Skunk began to join metal with lightning in August of 1996, at a small bicycle factory known as Merlin Metalworks, in Cambridge Massachusetts. Practicing after hours, he learned TIG welding on thin-walled titanium, eventually well enough to become a welder full-time. A year later he joined the team at Seven Cycles, learning the fluid hawkeye way of the finisher; the keen, perfectionist way of the machinist; and the zen way of welder – helping to create thousands of beautiful, life changing bicycle machines. Titanium is a resilient material: I enjoy wondering how many centuries these frames may endure.
Learning to weld was an important element in founding the bicycle chopper gang known as SCUL: once more ‘Fight Club’ & ‘Mad Max’ – now more ‘Roller Boogie’ & ‘Blue Angels’. As SCUL grew in years, so did its membership, complexity, lingo, tech and armada; and with it came a knowledge of engineering, bike mechanics, destructive testing, and so on. Most of all, SCUL continues to remind Skunk of the importance of play. The motto of SCUL is “Be a superhero version of yourself”. Many late night Bostonians have witnessed SCUL firsthand, piloting USB Cloudbuster, a cross between an elephant, a garbage truck, and a tear in spacetime. I’ve been flying with the crew since 1996: it’s been a long, strange, well-documented trip.