With Bells On
Hundred of BMXers filled out Austin, Texas,' historic Scoot Inn for Bell Helmets' art show at the 2013 Texas Toast Jam. Twenty artists -- BMXers, local tattoo artists, musicians and skateboarders -- each modified a Bell motorcycle helmet for the collection. Artists included Sean Burns, Afro Pat, Ron Bonner, Adam Roye, Sanctuary Print Shop, Mo Malone, Taj Mihelich, Clint Reynolds, Brittany Campbell, Team Shralp, Sandy Carson (who also shot all of these lovely photos), Tim Kerr, Thomas Hooper and many more. The show functioned as both a first-night after party and an auction benefitting a charity that helps injured action-sports athletes. Click through to see what some folks were lucky enough to take home.
Austin artist/skateboarder/musician/epic legend Tim Kerr's rendering of Mat Hoffman, painted on a shiny DOT-approved motorcycle helmet.
Fairdale Bikes' Taj Mihelich loves bunny doodling, but this is taking it to another creepy level. We wish someone would have ridden the BMX jumps at Toast with this on. Maybe MC Darryl Nau will have a go, since he won the bid for this piece.
Leigh Ramsdell took a selfie wearing Sandy Carson's vintage GoPro spoof helmet in front of a packed audience during the Texas Toast after-party.
"Rosey" helmet by Austin tattoo artist and BMXer Matt Morren.
Empire BMX and Cult BMX Co. graphic designer Adam Roye's helmet sold to fellow Empire employee and pro BMXer Hanson Little.
Haro BMX icon Dennis McCoy documented photographer Sandy Carson's "OldPro" helmet, consisting of an 8 mm camera and found movie reels. The helmet fetched $300 from BMX pro Van Homan.
Mat Hoffman, Tim Kerr
BMX legend Mat Hoffman and skate hero/artist Tim Kerr posed for a photo after Hoffman won a $1,000 bid for Kerr's custom "Ride to Live, Live to Ride" helmet.
An extremely tired Dean Dickinson of Team Shralp -- the man responsible for rallying the art show for Bell and also organizing the Toast Jam.
Nearly every BMXer within driving distance of Austin made the trek to the Texas Toast Jam last weekend, and not one was going to leave before they hit this party.
Local BMX gal Brittany Campbell posed next to the helmet she painted for the auction. Not only does BeeCam ride and paint, but she also books bands for the venue that hosted this exhibition.
Indiana's Church Shoes rocked the Texas Toast BMX audience with their own brand of garage-rock surf punk.
Team Shralp's Spencer McCabe proudly showed off the helmet he custom-painted for the auction.
Mo Malone's helmet was the talk of the night. Malone's amazing tattoo work is favored and worn by many BMX pros, like Joe Rich, The Fids and Kris Kyle, to name a few.
BMX pro and local Austin tattoo artist Pat Shraeder showed off his "Unite or Die" helmet.
In addition to his portrait of Mat Hoffman, Tim Kerr paid homage to the late, great motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel.
Texas Toast MC Darryl Nau (in USA shirt) and BMXer/tattoo artist Mo Malone (in denim jacket) check out the helmets in the show at the Historic Scoot Inn.
Bidding on the Bunny
BMX pro Leigh Ramsdell rocked Texas Toast organizer Taj Mihelich's "Bunny" helmet, while Leland Thurman riled up the crowd at the Scoot Inn.