What do you think of when the word "store" is mentioned? I would hazard a guess that most people conjure up the image of a stationary brick and mortar building where they go to buy something. With the Internet now such a part of our lives I am sure people might think of a web interface too. But how about hacking that concept with a bike interface?
Check out this from the folks at Microcosm Publishing:
With everyone and their grandpa declaring print media dead, Microcosm Publishing is saying "not so fast, dudes!" For the second time in six months the Microcosm zine store in SE Portland has expanded, moving first from a 9x15' room this July to a 13x15' space, and now upscaling to 22x15' of radical publishing goodness!
A zine tricycle!?
Yep, Biel has built a mobile zine trike, a tricycle zine display cart
that will take zine culture out onto the streets of Portland! On rainy
days the trike is based out of the store, where it functions as display
space, but as soon as the sun comes out, the trike goes mobile. "People
forget that even shopping is a form of socializing and if we push all
commerce onto the internet, we'll be leading some pretty isolated
lives," says Biel. "I hope the zine trike will fight that and add a
little old-worldly situationism into the mix at the same time."
Check it out man, mobile capitalism and socializing!
The email the fine folks at Microcosm sent me states:
Our publishing and distribution company focuses on D.I.Y living, with a
big emphasis on bike culture. Besides books and zines, we also sell
t-shirts, buttons, patches, stickers and more.
The Zine Trike is just the latest way we've incorporated bikes into our daily business operation. We also make our local deliveries by bicycle, and when our store changed location last year, we moved most of our supplies across town by bicycle caravan!
For more information visit the Microcosm Publishing Web site.