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PINK "love courier service" coming to Portland

Posted by on March 30th, 2007 at 9:19 am

If I told you about a collective of cyclists and artists that started a movement called PINK to spread love by delivering notes around the city while wearing pink jumpsuits and pedaling pink bicycles, you might think it’s a natural fit for Portland.

After all, this city has serious penchant for pink, bikes, and love.

Sprockettes at the Summit

The Sprockettes are all about
pink, bikes and love.

We’ve got our lovely, pink, mini-bike pedaling Sprockettes, we’ve got Team Veloshop, whose official motto is “Bring on the pink” (and they already wear pink jumpsuits!), we’ve got an ex-messenger framebuilder who builds pink bikes, we’ve got Shift, who promotes bike love events like their Bike Kiss-ins, and so on…

But in this case, the folks behind PINK are from Austin Texas, and they’re on their way to Portland to share it with us.

According to creator Artistic Director Jaclyn Pryor, PINK: A (LOVE) COURIER SERVICE started last New Year’s Eve and was a,

“…month-long, site-specific, community-engaged, interactive performance event as operated out of an empty storefront in a rapidly gentrifying commercial district and run by a collective of cyclists, visual artists, performing artists, activists, and poets.”

A PINK Love Factory worker.
Photo: PINK

Jaclyn and her cohorts converted a downtown storefront into a love factory, and people throughout Austin, as well as local passersby, visited PINK to write and send pink love notes to friends, lovers, co-workers, and strangers. Then, a team of pink-attired volunteer bicycle messengers hand-delivered them to people’s homes and workplaces.

Jaclyn said those who received love were then encouraged to pass it on by visiting the PINK love factory, writing a love note, and sending it on to those they love,

“2007 bottles were sent and received in the month of December, and the event culminated in a community parade and bicycle carnival in downtown Austin, as part of First Night Austin.”

Velo-tines on the Bridges

Now they’re preparing to take PINK on tour and their first stop will be Portland!

They plan to get here and begin set-up for the project in May. I told Jaclyn their timing was perfect because Pedalpalooza, the world’s largest bike love fest, runs from June 7-23.

Once they get here, they’ll mobilize local artists and cyclists to volunteer for the project and set up their headquarters.

The group is currently in Austin, raising funds to make the trip.

For more info, check out PINK on MySpace, read about them on The Austinist, or contact Jaclyn at jaclyn.prior[at]gmail.com.

I have a feeling they’ll get a nice, warm, pink Portland welcome.

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  • bArbaroo March 30, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Yah! Word is that pink is the new black.

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  • sh March 30, 2007 at 10:24 am

    so silly and fun – luv i!

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  • SKiDmark March 30, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    We also have Show Me The Pink.

    Chris King makes pink parts (still no fixed gear hub) and the part of the proceeds go to breast cancer research I believe.

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  • Burr March 30, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    The SMTP and Trucks show last night was awesome!

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  • Ken Nelson March 30, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Hmmm… Maybe pink DryHigh Rain Chaps would be just the thing.

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  • justa March 31, 2007 at 9:13 am

    sweeeeet! lately i have seen more and more evidence that there are good things happening in, around, and out of austin, TX!

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  • SKiDmark March 31, 2007 at 2:07 pm

    Justa: did you know the the “Keep Portland Weird” stickers are a takeoff on the “Keep Austin Weird” stickers?

    It’s pretty “bikey” in Austin, too.

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  • Marc March 31, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Don’t forget about Dead Letter – the anarchist postal service thats already here in town.

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  • Marc May 30, 2007 at 11:50 am

    hey, i hear the PINK folks will be needing places to stay so if you’re interested please contact them

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  • Jeramiah June 13, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    This is an excellent idea for a courier service! To be honest I’m surprised that no one else is doing this or made a name for themselves doing this. As long as this company actually delivers top notch delivery services then I think the company will thrive. People love a gimmick especially when it’s clad in pink.

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