I wanted to do a special post for the 4th of July because I’ve been busy this week and unable to keep up with my updating duties. With limited time under my belt this week, I enlisted the talents of the legendary Jenny Scott to help me celebrate the 4th of July with a polo twist!
Enjoy these beautiful masterpieces that only she could create and happy 4th of July to everyone around the world! (even if the holiday is irrelevant to you)
I’m sure for most of the Poloverse, the name Pinch Flat Press means little to nothing, so let me do a little introduction for you. Pinch Flat Press is a screen printing company ran by polo players from Missoula, Montana; Jeremy Haas and Shannon Rose to be exact. With five years of hard labor put into professional screen printing, the two know how to make quality products. Just like all bike polo players, the sport never leaves their mind (especially while at work). For that reason, Pinch Flat Press used their skills to start The Great Bike Polo Revival.
This moniker has been plastered all over stickers and beer koozies for the past couple years so there is a good chance that you’ve seen some of them at a tournament. Looking to take The Great Bike Polo Revival a little more seriously, Pinch Flat Press added this amazing shirt, featuring their dog (and new mascot) Horace as a Pentecostal Holiness Church snake handler, to their brand (If you don’t know anything about this religious ritual, I recommend looking it up. Shit is crazy!). Not only is this hand-drawn front design amazing, but the quote at the bottom is bone chilling: “Kiss the Snake, Drop the Hammer”. On top of all of this, the sleeve of the shirt has a hand-drawn print of an upside-down cross made of mallets and it reads “Praise Polo”. This shirt has so much awesomeness that it may explode off of your chest!
If you want to pick one of these bombs up, all you have to do is head over to the Pinch Flat Press Etsy page. Jeremy and Shannon are also throwing in a free Pinch Flat Press koozie for the first six order! Order soon and be sure to follow them on FACEBOOK, as Jeremy and Shannon promise growth from The Great Bike Polo Revival in 2014.
Also, if you’re looking to get some team shirts for this coming year, hit up Pinch Flat Press! Support bike polo by keeping your money in bike polo!
Bike Polo, 61(w) x 51cm (h) 24″ x 20″, Machine and hand embroidery
Whether it’s a journalist wanting to do a story on some crazy kids on bikes, or a company trying to make a profit out of a sport they’ve never played, it’s always interesting to see people outside of the community take an interest in bike polo. For fibers artist Bettina Matzkuhn, her interest in bike polo came from passing the East Van bike polo club in action at Grandview Park. Matzkuhn was amazed at the skill and coordination that the polo players exhibited; she found bike polo to be “like a kaleidoscope, the constant swirling movement.” The sport inspired her to include a bike polo piece in her 2010 series, Play by Play, simply called “Bike Polo.” Play by Play is a set of textile pieces inspired by her neighborhood.
To find out more information about Bettina Matzkuhn’s artwork, visit her website!
If President Obama played bike polo, he’d play fixed brakeless. Yes, he is that much of a bad ass!