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Timbuk2 event will benefit local bike group

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 25th, 2007 at 7:58 am

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As part of their "Artist Originals" campaign, messenger bag manufacturer Timbuk2 is hosting an art charity event at the newly opened Ace Hotel in downtown Portland.

The event will coincide with the First Thursday art walk on June 7th.

Three artists will use Timbuk2's Artist Canvas bag as their canvas to create original, one-of-a-kind works of art. The proceeds from sales of the bags will go to local non-profit groups.

Local artist Justin Gorman chose b.i.k.e. as the non-profit he wanted to help. b.i.k.e., which stands for Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment, is a Portland-based non-profit that, "facilitates the development of values and life skills essential for productive citizenship in inner-city youth through bicycling, tutoring, year-round mentoring, and leadership training."

You can get a sneak peak of Gorman's design on his website.

Event details:

    Timbuk2 Artists Originals Benefit Event
    June 7, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
    at The Cleaners - Ace Hotel
    10 SW Stark Street, Portland

UPDATE: A few days ago a reader sent me a current Timbuk2 ad that they felt, "normalizes male sexual conquest of women for market appeal." Here's the ad:

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  • brad May 25, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Check this out...their advertising isn't so...ummmm....ethcial.

    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/05/359914.shtml

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  • JJ May 25, 2007 at 10:11 am

    This sounds like a great opportunity to offer some constructive criticism to Timbuk for it’s recent controversial ad campaign. Perhaps those in attendance could make mention of their opinions to the Timbuk reps. I’m no Timbuk hater, my bag is my trunk, my seat-belt, and I feel naked riding without I – but I do not appreciate their new ad implications of teen-rape. I am glad that they are supporting non-profits that serve “at-risk” populations and would hope they would want to remain consistent in their values.

    There is an indymedia article on their recent ad campaign here - http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/05/359914.shtml?discuss\

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  • Jonathan Maus / BikePortland May 25, 2007 at 10:15 am

    JJ and Brad,

    I forgot to mention this. I will share the image you sent me as an update to the post.

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  • Ryan J May 27, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    'Implications of teen rape'? Get a sense of humor.

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  • jami May 28, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    actually, ryan, "stole" your virginity does imply rape, and the prom dress does imply teen. i have a timbuk2 m'self and i like this benefit they're doing, but that ad is crap.

    rape is not funny, no matter how cool it's supposedly become to make jokes about it. i spent a day at the sasquatch music festival this weekend, and three different comedians made rape jokes. so it's not only offensive -- it's cliche.

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  • Donna May 31, 2007 at 2:13 am

    Wow. The cheesecake advertisements of the road racing and mountain biking/BMX products worlds seem so pleasant and wholesome to me now.

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  • nuovorecord May 31, 2007 at 7:35 am

    "Wow" is right. That's over the line as far as I'm concerned. I was going to buy a larger T2 bag, but I'm going to get something different now. I won't support that.

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