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Reid x Lucan Art

Hot Read Hot read Mar 23

We had the pleasure of collaborating with local artist Miroslav Lucan (LucanArt). Miroslav is an artist/designer/photographer from Bournemouth. He is a local celebrity with lots of his art pieces brightening up local walls and buildings around the town. His unique art is admired and loved by many and now an awesome feature on his Reid Gents Cruiser bike.

We caught up with Miroslav to find out where the inspiration for his new bike artwork came from and how he went about creating the one-of-a-kind frame design.

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Interviewer:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how the bike/art mash up came about?

Miroslav: 

I was born in Czechoslovakia, a quite hilly and mountainous country, so cycling was with me since an early age. So much so, I used to do some racing too. Later in life, I also found out, that on my dad’s side, they used to have a bicycle factory, but sadly, not much of that survived. Still, it must be in my blood. And so is art.

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Interviewer:

Where did your inspiration for art come from?

Miroslav: 

I had many inspirations growing up, my mum taught me drawing, my grandfather was an oil painter… And there were many more artists in the wider family too, which for me was always something I could look up too, and to know, it is possible to do this as a profession, not just a hobby.

Interviewer:

Have you always been into this style of street art?

Miroslav: 

No, as an artist, my start was mainly working with pencil and I used to specialise in a highly detailed drawings of cars, bikes and architecture, so there was always a connection to the technical and automotive world.

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Interviewer:

What was the reason for introducing more bright and bold artwork?

Miroslav: 

The big change came through Freeway Poets. They were poetry and spoken word nights, but they used to have an element of live art and so one night, my friends pushed me onto the stage to create something for the night. Anything with pencil would just get visually lost there, so I grabbed a marker pen and scaled the whole thing up, kept the line, made it little more graphical… And that’s how my current style was born.

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Interviewer:

I guess as a previous cycling racer you’ve owned a fair few bikes, what do you ride now?

Miroslav: 

I have refined the things a little and fallen in love with going large scale too, that being street art or internal murals. As for materials, all depends on the scale and where the pieces is, so could be spray paints, wall paints and brushes or Posca marker pens, which are still my favourite to use, especially for the detailing.

Interviewer:

I guess as a previous cycling racer you’ve owned a fair few bikes, what do you ride now?

Miroslav: 

Yes, here in UK, bikes are still fully with me, although, living on the South Coast, cruisers are my main thing now (still taking them off road too, of course).

Interviewer:

We heard you had an accident with your old bike, it must be great to have the Reid Gents Cruiser now?

Miroslav: 

Yeah, I was knocked off my cruiser while riding few months back… Long story short I am slowly healing and starting to paint again, combining the military look with the coffee theme on this one was fun.

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As you can see Miroslav has been super busy designing and painting his Reid bike and still plans to add more! We’ll keep you updated with his progress and photos.

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