Painted Cyclists from the 2012 Solstice Parade

WARNING: You may will encounter nudity beyond this point.

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Many people watching the annual Seattle Solstice Parade in Fremont only get to see the infamous painted cyclists zoom by them and don't get a chance to really appreciate the work that goes into some of the painting.

I have been honored and lucky enough the past few years to meet up with the cyclists and painters early on Saturday morning as they get ready for the ride. I've been setting up a small photo studio and making portraits of the cyclists in their paint that haven't been shown publicly. That is, until now. A few of the cyclists have graciously given me permission to show their images here on my blog.

Unfortunately, I don't have the names of the painters to go along. Maybe next time I can get more photos of the painters along with their cyclists. But until then, I present some photos from before the parade. And a few from afterward at Gasworks Park at the end...

A couple of photos from previous years...

from 2009 and 2010

And from the end of the day in 2012...

Superman flies away

I'd like to hear from some of the cyclists saying what the experience was like in the comments here. Thanks!