I started to make these images just for fun, to see what it would look like to take a full bike on xray and it turned out later that I would make prints of it. Unlike some “xray artists” the images are real xray shots done just like a photography. I only photoshopped them to get the best contrast between the metal parts and the body.
The dose recieved by the models is not different than the dose they would get for a medical exam so there is no danger linked to radiations.
I have cycling for about six years now, fixed gear and track for a long time, now a bit more road and gravel.
Bike frame paintings
Growing up in Ensenada-Tijuana was a uniquely strange experience. Fairly removed to what is commonly considered as authentic “Mexican” and being overwhelmed by California’s influence, I came across underground subculture in the mid 1980s that became the outlet for my creativity and sociopolitical consciousness . Discovering “DIY” also brought my interest to reach out and to network internationally. Without feeling confined into geographical traps, I was able to gravitate freely, focusing on quirky and spontaneous nature of every day life. Feeling the urge to testify and to record interpretations, I sought out to freeze ephemera, making the impermanent permanent, the intangible something anyone could grasp and hold onto.
I’m interested in the exploration of mass produced waste and urban environments. I experience its intervals and document alterations found in weathered mechanical patterns and compile them into humorous poetic compositions. This is also a very healing process. Filtering emotions while using discarded materials represents a new contemporary identity of what it means to be Mexican, projecting a daring vision of self and the internal struggle, breaking the mold and creating a brave new example for future generations.
Painting Karl Kopinski
Design Jonah Birns