March 22, 2013

Customizer-in-Residence @The Oakland Museum of California



Customizer-in-Residence

I’m movin’ on my scraper bike
I’m cruisin’ on my scraper bike”

—From The Trunk Boiz’ “Scraper Bike”

When the world sends you signals that it plans on leaving you behind or when digital divides begin to feel like Grand Canyons, what can you do? If you are Tyrone Stevenson, you start a true movement, The Scraper Bike movement. Tyrone’s movement asks that you find your own upward mobility, cross lines, take leaps like daredevils over blocks and tracks while using the mass-produced and sugar coated wrappings of corner store candies to make your life the sweetest ride ever. Yes, a movement has a leader and a soundtrack but in the case of the Scraper Bike Movement, it has a bike that The Trunk Boiz remind you, “Got rims on candies, slappin’ too” and a reminder about trailblazers like Tyrone, “Don’t think I’m finished, I’m only halfway through.”

OMCA is hosting Bay Area experts in the gallery to lead demonstrations and hands-on activities for visitors that exemplify customization.

Fri 01.04.13 through Sun 01.06.13 1 - 4 pm
Tyrone Stevenson and his Scraper Bike crew started working on a bike during the
December Art Murmur. Watch him complete the project during his Customizer Residency and learn how to make your own Scraper Bike.



To Scrape Out:

Means to customize a bicycle in the scraper style. This may include spray painting the frame and embellishing the spokes of the bicycle wheels using duct tape, aluminum foil and candy wrappers.

Tips for Scraping Out Your Bike:

Colors! Colors! Colors! Think outside of the box when selecting colors for your scraper bike.
Recycle: Save and reuse your candy wrappers to decorate the spokes.
Think about the whole bike not just the parts.
Be creative and think outside the box.
How would you “Scrape Out” this bicycle? Show me how you scrape and join the conversation @

www.wecustomize.org
—Oakland Rover

August 27, 2012

"Scraper Bikes For Life" Saves Lives in Oakland"


On this day, the bikers were special guests of Sony Pictures at a special event, tied to the release of the film, Premium Rush on Friday, August 24. The film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight), is a big-budget, PG-rated action-adventure thriller, tailor-made for the urban bicycling crowd. It's big city, car-chase action, but with bikes. Gordon-Levitt's character is a daredevil Manhattan bike messenger who rides a "fixie," a customized bike with only one gear and no brakes. One of his deliveries leads him into an undercover world from which he must escape the only way he can--by pedaling furiously through city streets, dodging cars, taxis and pedestrians and riding like hell. The film reflects the growing nationwide interest in bicycling as both a pastime and a healthy way of life. Today, the occasion was the "Scraper Bikes for Life" contest, to determine which of these colorful mobile masterpieces would earn a special prize from the studio: a customized "fixie" by Republic Bikes, ridden by Joseph Gordon-Leavitt on the red carpet at the New York premiere of Premium Rush. (Disclosure: The author organized the "Scraper Bikes for Life" event.) (To read the full article, Click Link ---> Huffington Post.com)

May 30, 2012

The Original Scraper Bike Team Inc.


Were currently doing some background reconstruction for the Original Scraper Bike Team as a whole. Please be patient, and brace yourself for the Scraper Bike Take-Over! ( For Business & Collaborations ONLY - Please Email: scraperbikes@gmail.com)

December 24, 2011

Looking Back at 2011s Accomplishments

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Happy Holidays & Happy New Years To All!!!

As we get closer and closer to the end of 2011, i(the Original Scraper Bike King)looks back over this years accomplishments. From Jan. - Dec. we managed to rack up a list of accomplishments and promotion features that were very grateful to have received.


-"Scrapertown"- the short documentary about the Scraper Bike Movement reached over 200,000 views (via Vimeo).

-Scraper Bikes featured in French Magazine (Be Street Mag.)

-Traveled to Oshkosh Wisconsin to hold a Scraper Bike Workshop on the university campus.

-Traveled to Carbondale Colorado to present and received an award at the 5Point Film Fest.

-Nominated and Won a National Jefferson Award for Public Services, honoring me 1 of 10 "GlobalChangers of 2011".

-Voluntarily mentored at our local middle school (Frick Middle School - Oakland)

-Displayed the "Scraper Bike Teams" bikes in the Addison st. Window Gallery in Berkeley and the EastSide Cultural Center in Oakland.

- Released exclusive portraits of the Original Scraper Bike Team (via Hardy Wilsons Photos)

-The Scraper Bike Team awarded, Best of the Bay for "Best Single-File Style"..(via.SF Bay Guardian)

-Scraper Bikes featured in a Portugal Magazine (DIF Mag.)

-Began the application process to received our 501(c)3 non-profit status.

-Landed local Bus/BART and Billboard status with our "that could be me" HIV/AIDS campaign. (City-Wide)

-The Scraper Bike Movement featured & introduced on Cartoon Networks the "Regular Show" with an episode called "Cool Bikes".

-Successfully planned and hosted our 1st Annual Scraper Bike Toy Dive & Christmas Tree Sale..

-Able to see my 23rd Birthday (Dec.19th 2011)

Special Thanks to our believers and supports that made this movement what is today..
Continue spreading the word about the Scraper Bike Movement.(Were changing the world, one city and one bike at a time.)

I Wounder what 2012 holds for the Scraper Bike Movement? Only one way to find out...Stay Tuned for the Scraper Bike Take-Over!!!! Its the Movement #Shwag!

-Mr.International himself (Baybe F.Champ)

December 20, 2011

Scraper Bike - Christmas Eve. Toy Give Away!!

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"Imagine That Kids" & the Original Scraper Bike Team will be hosting a community toy giveaway, for under privileged kids in East Oakland on Christmas Eve.

Saturday, December 24th 2011.
(Christmas Eve)

Oakland PAL, 98th n Bancroft Ave
9600 Sunnyside ave

Over 800 toys will be given away!! Come early!
Happy Holidays, Hope too see you all there!!

December 5, 2011

1st Annual Scraper Bike Team Toy Drive/ Christmas Tree Sale!

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The Original Scraper Bike Team will be hosting our 1st annual toy drive - Christmas tree sale/ fundraiser ...With a 10% discount on any tree of your choice, with a 2 toy donation..Come show your support!!

Dec. 14th, 2011
6:30pm - 10:00pm

@Granny's Christmas Trees ... 4139 MacArthur Blvd, Oakland CA.

Douglas Trees $25+
Nobel Trees 35+

Flocking Available/ $20 additional
(Blue, Red, White, Pink, Purple and Orange Trees)

Deliveries available as well/ $10 additional
(Depending on location a TIP is required)

Granny's Christmas Trees - Next to Lucky's on 39th n MacArthur Blvd.
Family Owned Business hours are:
10:00am - 10:00pm 7days a week!...STOP BY!!!

To place an order now, call: (510) 508-2549

November 9, 2011

4th Annual SF BIKE EXPO 2011

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Cow Palace 2600 Geneva Avenue Daly City CA 94104
Nov 12th & 13th 10 AM to 5 PM

Tickets. $12 presale. $15 at the door. $20 two day pass.

Interested in a booth? Please email us at events@rideSFO.com

More details are in the works …. Follow us on our FB page and www.SFBikeExpo for updates..