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Praise Thee Almighty Bike Polo

January 8, 2014

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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!

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Art

The Fibers of Bike Polo

January 10, 2013

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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!

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Art, Culture

POLObama

October 15, 2012

If President Obama played bike polo, he’d play fixed brakeless. Yes, he is that much of a bad ass!

Photo courtesy of State Bicycle Co.

Art, Product

HOSER does it right!

August 27, 2012
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If there is one thing that financially helps a traveling team keep going in Hardcourt, it’s definitely T-shirt sales. Every tournament I’ve attended, I’ve spent my last $20 trying to get every tee I don’t have. It was no different for me in my more active punk rock show going days, I just want to live the shit I’m into even when I’m at work.

You can tell the guys who work at shops, or have their tees done professionally. They are clean, the prints are thin, and the tees are nice. That’s not to mention that the print is on the chest where it belongs, not hovering over your belly like some sort of sick artistic bike polo fetus. The problem is that it’s a crap shoot if you are going to get a good shirt, or more of an amateur attempt.

This is where HOSER comes in and why it’s such a super rad company. HOSER is a T-shirt imprint that is taking the most iconic teams worldwide, and putting their designs onto high end boutique style ringspun tees.

The teams that they have launched with are spread out geographically really nice and cover japan to france to the United States. Each one chosen is either a top team in their country or multiple championship team (i.e.: you want these).

I ordered a few of these tees to check it out first hand, and they ran around $25 us ea and they came in about a week and a half even though they were coming from overseas. I work in the screen printing industry and let me tell you the quality of the tees are extremely high. They are not a rebranded item like american apparel, they are a 100% ringspun cotton, custom cut and sew product that they are having produced in Portugal (the cotton country of Europe). The amount of details on the tees including little tags are very nice and make the cost of $25 very very worth it. That’s not to mention that a portion of that sale price is going to the Team that’s on the shirt too. It’s just a cool win win situation for Hardcourt fans and the top teams busting their ass year after year.

Now as with european tees there is always a little bit of sizing difference. Not all of us are still in our prime, so the best way to judge sizing for americans is to compare it to a size smaller american apparel. They are 100% cotton and can shrink, so I suggest buying a size or 2 bigger.

I can’t recommend enough, you getting one of these for yourself or someone you know that plays polo this holiday season. It’s one of those rare passion projects that is just done very well. These types of things need to be supported in full.

You can check out the entire offering HOSER has by going to www.hoserstore.com.