Get Out and Bike: ARTCRANK

Posted on April 5, 2012 by Adam Ziskin

ARTCRANK™ is a gift to the world, let’s just start there.  Its foundation is cemented with the marriage of two of the purist forms of happiness known to us.  Freedom of expression (in the form of posters) and freedom of confinement (in the form of self propulsion on two wheels).  Slap those two concepts together, add some great beer, sweet sweet music, a good charitable cause, some delicious eats, stir for 2 minutes, and you get one of the best events known to our universe, ARTCRANK.

It currently hosts events in 10 cities, one being London, so it is officially an international player.  But more importantly than where it is, is what it does.  ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired posters.  It gives local artists of the host city free exposure, something local artists are always screaming for.  It also gives the community of the host city exposure to these talented artists they may not have known otherwise.  And to top it off, the posters are extremely affordable, even a 10 year old kid with a weekend neighborhood lemonade stand could save up enough to get at least one poster he/she was salivating after.

ARTCRANK was created in 2007 by the extremely creative Charles Youel.  Sure we can brag yet again about how killer it is that it was born in Minneapolis, the number one bicycling city in the United States of America.  Minneapolis isn’t short of amazing companies in the bike, arts, & brewery scenes.  But setting that aside, at its roots, ARTCRANK is a brilliant concept, and even more brilliant end-product.  It is only starting to break out of its infancy shell, but it could easily be a jolly bicycle-inspired poster giant for the rest of eternity.

You need to visit their site here ARTCRANK.COM and/or check out their facebook page here ARTCRANK on FACEBOOK or follow the brilliant ideas & comments daily on twitter at @ARTCRANK.

The next event is in Minneapolis on April 14th, 2012.  Learn more at