Looking for locally-made gifts AND a way to support Tucson’s 501(c)(3) bicycle education and recycling center? Look no further for a wide variety of gifts available for local pickup through early next week at etsy.com/shop/bicasart. Use the coupon code ‘SHOPLOCAL’ at checkout to shop online and pick up at-store with all shipping fees waived. See you on N. 7th Ave to scoop up your one-of-a-kind holiday finds, and thank you in advance for supporting BICAS!
BICAS Candle, Candle Holder, and Wall Hook ($6, $8 and $8)
Little to Non-Rusted Used Chains for Art ($4 for set of 2)
BICAS Loteria Tote Bag ($12)
Welded Salvage Mask Rack by Car Arteaga ($35)
Dragoon Brewing Company Pint Glass and BICAS Dad Cap ($5 and $28)
Collective member and part-time Auctioneer Jesus is here to welcome you to our 2020 mini-auction, featuring a wide array of salvage bicycle art by our staff and board. Instructions on how to bid at www.bicas.org/art-auction. Auction link at www.ebay.com/usr/bicasbikes. All proceeds go to BICAS, a worker self-directed 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Video by our amazing WTF Coordinator Shruti Kaul.
Video Closed Captioning:
“Attention! Come one and come all to the 2020 BICAS Staff Mini-Auction. COVID has whooped us all in the you-know-where but one but we are gonna have our auction whatever way we can.
We have some charming folk at this here bike collective and of course they can twist a wrench or two. But! ..can they use those hands to whip up something beautiful that isn’t a sleek single speed?
Of course they can! Our greasy mechanics have a tender touch and eye for salvage art. You’ll see.
Now our selection for today are plentiful and mighty fine. You wanna know what’s on the menu? Well that’s what I’m here for.
Today we’ve got
Barrio Casita by Mel Dominguez
Is it Over? By Jreems Kmchroo
Barrio Cruising Print by Mel Dominguez
BICAS 2020 by Emma Muir
Blue Chain Danglies by Hattie Houser
Childhood Memories by Jesus
Desert Sunset by Colin Holmes
Dzidze’doo nizhoni yoo’ by AMG
Enter Stage Right by Sebastian Kind
Fish Stories by Carlyn Arteaga
Hanging Chain Lamp by Ellie Kaszniak
Larrea Tridentata by Linus
Lunar Landscape by Adam Frumhoff
Monsoon Love by Kristin McRay
Remember Spirit Bird by Gavin Troy
Sol Mate by Clifford Ludeña
Spinning Closet Organizer by Clel
Stop Me Oh Stop Me by Andrea Burke
Tassel Key Chains by Miro Gutierrez
The Bliss of Flying Through the Wind by Tyler McCullough
I am from Northern Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. I have been making things since I was a little kid and my sisters got me into jewelry making in high school. When I first started making jewelry, it was to sell to tourists who visited our area. I really enjoyed making things that were slightly different from the stuff we made to sell and when I think that really contributed to my liking of using bike parts to make jewelry. I personally really like making earrings, they are dangly and eye catching. I’d say I look at stuff that intrigues me then I just start trying to add to it. It starts off with one eye catching piece and I just try to accent or compliment something that’s already so beautiful or interesting.
Available on Etsy
I began at BICAS as a customer. My love for making things with my hand translated well into working with my hands on a bike. I now work at BICAS and still love working on bikes because once you understand how it works, your hands can just do it themselves. Plus the feeling of accomplishment is immediate, which I like.
Yoo’ disxosih by AMG.
I donate to the art auction because I like to make jewelry and I wanna help the place I work. I think being able to use my creativity is a real plus side when helping a cause. I really like the auction pieces that mimic nature. The bike part animals and cactus always get me. I think it works into that love I have for paying tribute or complimenting things that are already so beautiful.
I have no other place I sell or promote my work. They are only available at the BICAS Art Auction but if I ever do decide that, it will probably be how other indigenious artists do today. Instagram, USPS delivery and a payment app.
We loved getting to interview local artist Racheal Rios (@rachealrios on Instagram) this past week! Racheal describes her love for BICAS that went into her fabulous 2020 Mini-Auction t-shirt design. Thank you Racheal for your shout-out to BICAS essential services, which have allowed us to re-imagined the way that we engage with and learn alongside the community in assisting with equitable transportation for all. Purchase Racheal’s shirt and BICAS shirt by staff artist Jreems Kmchroo (@jreemskmchroo on Instagram) at https://shop.creamforever.com/collections/bicas-bicycle-inter-community-art-salvage-, and, don’t forget to check out our mini-auction on eBay from this Sunday, Dec 6 at 9AM MST – Saturday Dec 12 at 9PM MST!! More information at www.bicas.org/art-auction! Thank you in advance for your support!
Did you know that if you’re an Arizona resident you can use your tax credits at BICAS? Please click here to make a year-end gift to BICAS today!
Since BICAS switched to an Essential Services model in April 2020, we have helped over 4,000 Tucsonans with their transportation needs and have subsidized over $25,000 in labor, parts, and bicycles for people who would not otherwise have been able to afford them.
As a grassroots, local nonprofit, we rely on the generosity of people like YOU to support BICAS’ crucial role in the Tucson community as the COVID19 pandemic stretches on. Although there are many bike shops in Tucson, there’s only one BICAS!