Morvélo x Aroe

Morvelo x Aroe

Back in the early 90s, when I studied Graphic Design, there was somewhat of a Sydney graffiti artist alumni in the year above me. It was an honour to study amongst them, for they did things with typography that rivalled any David Carson or Neville Brody.

Therefore, I love seeing aerosol art done well, even more so when it’s applied to a bicycle, like this collaboration between Morvélo Bicycle Apparel, Kinesis Bikes UK, Reynolds Wheels and one of the United Kingdom’s most famous — and infamous — graf artists: Aroe.

Morvelo x Aroe
Morvelo x Aroe

From the press release: “Last year Morvélo Bicycle Apparel were used to test and feedback on a new prototype Kinesis race bike, the Aithein. It was stripped down and intentionally visually nondescript in just bare metal with no branding. During the continued testing over the winter however their creative minds wondered what could be done with this excellent blank canvas.

Morvelo x Aroe
Morvelo x Aroe

“Being long time admirers of Aroe’s, Morvélo approached him about the collaboration. Aroe has a massive reputation on both sides of the Atlantic, also being a member of LA’s legendary MSK crew. His huge productions in Brighton are as recognised & photographed as the pier and his ‘Licence to Ill’ tribute to MCA gained massive worldwide coverage.

Morvelo x Aroe
Morvelo x Aroe

“Morvélo met up and had a chat about what they wanted to achieve with the project, handed over the Kinesis Aithein frame and forks and Reynolds Attack rims and let him get to work.

Morvelo x Aroe
Morvelo x Aroe

“Graffiti has given me many things: My best friends, crew loyalty, a sense of accomplishment, a creative outlet, a destructive outlet, massive opportunities for travelling/painting the world, adventures, beef, fights, laughter, tears, love, hate, understanding, diplomacy and above all, a sense of knowing that if I want something – there’s nothing that will stop me from achieving my goal.” – AROE

Morvelo x Aroe
Morvelo x Aroe

Special thanks to Pete Webb for the awesome photos.

  • spikebat

    Nice bike, shame about the paint….one for the hipsters

    • Turnip

      That’s a narrow-minded opinion.

      • spikebat

        Not intended to be so, you assume I mean hipster as a derogatory term but I don’t. It’s a little edgy for my tastes and I don’t like the over spray look of the finish. I have no doubt someone a little more hip than I would love it….like you maybe…

  • D

    I like the paint as long as you long don’t get too up close to it, the finish is awful BUT the general look and fades looks great. Not good custom paint quality but you know as a bit of fun, why not. It is art so it does exactly what its suppose to, entice thought and provoke discussion. Well done!

  • Onelesspedestrian

    Very Striking… for now. It’s gonna look awful once the brakes are pulled a few times though.

  • Jim Holland

    Shows how nice those kinesis frames can be, once they’re re-painted.