Ride In Pride/ CityArts Parade Commission

Howdy Folks!

I’m in a bit of the post-Pride doldrums here in Seattle, WA. After an energetic week of supporting and celebrating the multi-faceted queer community in my city, it’s nice to have a day off to sit back and reflect.

A month ago, CityArts magazine approached me about designing a vehicle wrap for their Pride Parade entourage. Mini Cooper is a proud sponsor of both CityArts and the parade, so the vehicle turned out to be a 4-door Mini! Total dream commission!

I immediately got to work sketching and concepting…

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I came to the conclusion that I would represent the GLBTQ Pride Flag designed by SF artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 as an array of helpful arms holding up the word “PRIDE” with an extra “!” to get in that 6th color band in the pride flag. The idea ended up being called “All Hands On Deck” and represents the diverse yet unified community that must come together for Pride to happen, and for change to be realized in our city and beyond.

Little did I know our entire country would change just days before Seattle’s parade with the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling.

Here’s the final design for the sides of the MINI, and some rad photos documenting the vehicle:

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pride_dealership

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I included a fun detail for folks watching the parade from their homes above the route: this happy guy on the sunroof. Get it?? 😉

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Oh yeah, did I mention that I got to RIDE in the vehicle for the parade? As a last minute surprise, Seattle MINI asked if I’d like to fill my finished vehicle with my queer family so we could all ride the route together. It was absolutely incredible.

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Overall, a fantastic day in the city of Seattle. The vehicle will now make its way to both Olympia and Tacoma’s Pride celebrations, before a short stint at America’s Car Museum. Absolutely Incredible.

Alright folks, thanks for reading and hope you all had an awesome, proud weekend.