Thursday, March 18, 2021

Pinkbike X Taj Mihelich T shirts



 PinkBike asked me to collaborate on some T-shirts for them. They are typically goofy and you can get them from Pinkbike's store here. 


Wednesday, March 3, 2021

The Legend of Paul Buchanan and the Church Gap

The Legend of Paul Buchanan and the Church Gap

I wrote some words about this story over on Pinkbike, but I'll include them here too. 

Paul probably wouldn't like being the center of attention in this cartoon. Sadly I can't be sure. There's no easy way to talk about Paul Buchanan without addressing the excruciating depression that overwhelmed him and ended with him taking his own life. Working on this project, I spent hours and hours thinking about him, remembering what a genius he was on a bike, and feeling heartbroken that I'd lost touch with him through the years. 

But this goofy cartoon I made is not a sad story. Thinking about Paul Buchanan also means remembering how pioneering, creative, inspiring, and just plain burly he was on a bike. Someone whispered a tall-tale-like version of this story to me a few years after it happened. I remember my feeling of incredulity. The "Church Gap" was a big deal. I couldn't wrap my head around someone attempting one of the biggest challenges on a bike and not bothering to capture it on film or video. The next time I saw Paul, still flustered with disbelief, I asked him about it. He calmly told me, "I just wanted to see what it felt like." 

Sandy Carson was with Paul that day and was kind enough to tell the story. Since there is no footage, I did some animation. Paul might not like being the center of attention, but I miss the guy and wanted to share this small moment of his greatness. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

NEW BOOK! Back Before They Invented Open Face Helmets


 

 I finished up a new book, Back Before They Invented Open Face Helmets. It is a collection of my cartoons, doodles and a few essays. Check it out here.

Also, my children's book, Bernie the Bike Builder is on sale too. 



Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Wrote a Story Over on the PinkBIke

 

I wrote and illustrated a "How to Pump" story over on PinkBike. Check out the story here.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Copper Harbor Trails Poster

https://chtrails.square.site
For the last few years I have done a poster for the Copper Harbor Trails Club "Art Bike" fundraiser. Typically they are sold only in person up at the amazing Copper Harbor trails, but this year (with big gatherings postponed) the event is going online. The big unveiling happens July 1 at 6PM EST. There are lots of other great artists that have also created posters and a big variety of styles. The posters usually sell out quickly and are extremely high quality prints. All the funds go to supporting some of the best bike trails in the midwest. Check them out here.




Big Project... Return To Earth: The Series animation

https://www.tajmihelich.com/2020/06/big-project-return-to-earth-series.html
Over the winter I got to work with Anthill Films on a new TV show they made for Outside TV called, Return to Earth: The Series. Anthill Films made a great mountain bike movie called Return to Earth (streaming on Amazon Prime if you wanted to check it out) that took them around the globe. On their travels they met some really interesting characters who all in their own way have contributed to mountain biking. They decided to tell the stories of the people they met through this TV series. Anthill asked me to do some animation segments for the shows. After explaining to them that I didn't know how to do that, and after they said, "We think you can figure it out," I accepted the job.