Graeme, also known as Stormstatic, created the cover for issue 131, and it’s great. A great deal of sketches went into the concept for the cover, and amongst them we have this.
Lockdown was the perfect time to prepare for the next adventure, but all the time not knowing when that would be, or what conditions it would be under. There is a sense of “build it and they will come”, or “Noah diligently built his ark, and low n behold the rain did come like a vicious wet bastard, he cocked up a bit and now we don’t have any unicorns” (approximate quotation). It’s all about having a trust in the cosmic order of things, faith that your efforts will be rewarded.
What’s more, you should always keep a skateboard in your vehicle. “You didn’t stop skateboarding because you got old, You got old because you stopped skateboarding”. Jay Adams 1961-2014.
“It was a challenge to represent the mountain biking / outdoor adventure community in an urban (at home) setting. What would people who are normally found half way up a mountain or in a forest somewhere get up to when stuck at home and how do I turn that into a cool illustration that will work on the front cover of a bike mag? Luckily there was lots of inspiration from the Singletrack forum and all the likeminded people I’m connected with on Instagram.”
- Organic Cotton
- The colour is Mid Heather Khaki… kind of flecky.
I would suggest going up one size from your normal size. And, let’s be honest… are you really going to get slimmer now?