Following the opening of New Belgium Brewing’s new production facility in Asheville, I was asked to participate in their ongoing series of artist-designed and painted Fat Tire-style cruisers.

I learned that painting and photographing a bicycle can be particularly difficult, as the surface necessitates a custom approach. There was physical trial in contorting both my body and studio to the continual plane of the frame’s surface.

In December 2016, the bike was raffled off to benefit Foundation Asheville, and to make ceremony of that event, I was asked to present the winning ticket. Although I typically refuse such offers, I asked if they would in return, grant me the tasting room floor to say a few words on “vulnerable places and the people that move about them.” To their absolute credit, they agreed. Below is what I read aloud to their public clientele.