If you think your bike or scooter isn’t cool, and don’t want to fork out for a new one, don’t despair. Come along to a Sunday afternoon “Bling ya bike” session at the St Vincent’s community centre on the corner of Talma and Probert Roads and you’ll be shown how to re-spray it to your own showy design. Or you can choose a recycled bike to work on.
The idea is the brainchild of artist Lamonte Johnson who saw the potential when a bike he had decorated for his girlfriend (to match her decorated shoes) caused such a stir that loads of people started banging on his door wanting him to do one for them.
He says: “I could have just set up a business but decided it would be better if I trained young people how to do it for themselves.”
The sessions run from 1-4pm each Sunday and most people there are between 9 and 19 years old.
This picture shows some of the results. He’s hoping to produce some bikes painted with a jubilee theme in time for the celebrations in June.
Lamonte also runs a fashion outreach project that goes to Tulse Hill and Norwood, giving young people the confidence and skills to to design their own clothing such as teeshirts and baseball caps.
You can find out more here.