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By John A. Barry And Bill Carmel


Uploaded: Feb 16, 2016

I have four bikes that I employ for trAction Painting projects. Their tires are covered with paint that remains and dries after I’ve used the bikes to apply acrylic to surfaces. Whatever color I employed last on a given tire is what’s there—until the next color goes on. Then the tire changes color yet again.

Recently I thought: instead of applying paint with a bike, now about applying paint to one on a monthly, symbolic basis. I got the idea when I was in Hawaii last December and saw three bikes on a street median, painted in vibrant Christmas colors: red, green, with some tinsel thrown in for good measure.

I decided to paint an old hybrid bike each month in representative colors. So I rang in January with silver, gold, and glitter, symbolizing a New Year’s celebration. This month it’s pink and white (for Valentine’s Day); purple, green, and gold (the colors of Mardi Gras); and black for Ash Wednesday.

March colors will be green (St. Pat’s) and aquamarine (birthstone color for March, my natal month).

That’s as far as I’ve thought it through. Each month celebrates a wealth of people, things, and organizations. Any monthly color suggestions will be appreciated.