Cycling Across The Soviet Union in the Twilight of The Cold War
By Charles Youel, September 12, 2016
In 1990, Steve and Dan Buettner joined two Russian cyclists for a five-month bicycling journey across Europe and the Soviet Union. On the 25th anniversary of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Steve Buettner shares some stories from this epic ride.Read More
Babes In Bikeland: An Alleycat Unlike Any Other
By Charles Youel, September 11, 2016
Riders, organizers, and supporters share their stories from the 10th Babes In Bikeland, an alleycat race for Women/Trans/Femme cyclists.Read More
Bike Night at Mia? We're so there.
By Charles Youel, July 11, 2016
Join us at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on Thursday, July 21 for an evening of bikes, art, and the usual accompanying shenanigans.Read More
What’s wrong with asking people to work for free.
By Charles Youel, June 28, 2016
After 10 years of fielding requests for free creative work, here are some thoughts on why design contests, crowdsourcing, and spec work suck.Read More
ARTCRANK at the 2016 Winter Cycling Congress
By Charles Youel, January 31, 2016
We'll stage a Bike Poster Pop-Up Shop at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis as part of the Winter Cycling Congress Bike Parade & After-Party.Read More
ARTCRANK at Giordana Pop-Up Shop
By Charles Youel, December 13, 2015
Giordana is staging a pop-up shop of sweet bike stuff in Charlotte, NC. Did we provide some awesome bike-inspired poster art for it? As a matter of fact, yes, we did.Read More
The Sell-Outs vs. The Knowledge
By Charles Youel, October 14, 2015
How do the six most popular posters in our first round of designs stack up against everything we’ve ever learned about design from 2,500+ posters and 60+ shows? Let’s find out.Read More
ARTCRANK brings bike art to Clif Bar's CykelScramble
By Charles Youel, September 23, 2015
After six years of amazing shows in the Bay Area, ARTCRANK is proud to be part of the first-ever CykelScramble in Marin County on Saturday, September 26.Read More
Hi Bob! Kobra Puts the finishing touches on his Dylan Homage
By Charles Youel, September 15, 2015
On Labor Day, I had the good fortune to witness Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra and his team complete a massive mural of iconic Minnesota singer and songwriter Bob Dylan. Here's what I saw.Read More
Afghan Cycles: Change On Two Wheels
By Anna Brones, September 09, 2015
Afghan Cycles is a feature documentary about a new generation of young Afghan women challenging gender and cultural barriers, using the bicycle as a vehicle for freedom and social change.Read More
It's The Show That Never Ends
By Charles Youel, August 31, 2015
After eight years of staging pop-up bike poster parties from Minneapolis to New York, San Francisco to London, and Austin to Paris — and NOT selling posters online — ARTCRANK just launched a new bike poster shop. Our founder and Creative Director explains.
Making the Poster
for the King of Bike Poster Parties
By Charles Youel, July 21, 2015
When we plan our Minneapolis show every year, we try to pull out all the stops, always trying to top what we did the previous year and deliver something fresh and amazing. The same can be said for the signature posters that Twin Cities artists have created for us over the years.
It never gets easier. You just go slower.
By Charles Youel, February 17, 2015
Growing up in Middle America, ARTCRANK founder Charles Youel dreamed of London as a faraway magical kingdom of cool. As we gear up to take on a new business model and new challenges, he looks back on our first London show in 2010 as a turning point for ARTCRANK, and for him personally.Read More