This year marks the 35th anniversary of one of BMXs' earliest and perhaps most colorful pioneers, Radical Rick. Years out of the spotlight, we tried to track him down to get an authentic roots perspective from someone who made an immeasurable impact on the sport and lived through the growing pains of BMX. Elusive as ever, we were forced to settle for his spokesperson, Damian Fulton. Enjoy a few light-hearted questions with Damian that lead into some info about the gallery that he currently has going on.
So 35 years?
Damian: Yeah, weird, huh? I drew the first episode for BMX Plus! Magazine November 1979 for the January 1980 issue. All toll he and his bike-riding buddies appeared in at least 150 episodes over 13 years. And Radical Rick returned in reruns in the 2000s.
Wait, what? That Radical Rick dude is a drawing?
Actually a BMX comic character that started back when the sport was in it's infancy.
So you're Bob Haro?
No, he drew the Grab-On Kid cartoon for a grip company.
And founded a pretty awesome bike company. Do you have a bike company?
Hey I really just wanted to let your readers know for the first time there's going to be a collection of some really classic original Radical Rick artwork on display at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles. There will be over 25 pieces there including rare covers and poster art.
Sounds kind of hoity-toity.
Nah, It'll be a kick to see the evolution of the sport through the artwork.Times and trends changed, from neighborhood tracks to monster super BMX events, to freestyle, to halfpipe and street, and back to BMX. Fashion, hair, music changed and Rick rode through it all. He was just a kid addicted to extreme thrills because of an over productive rad gland. Most of us can relate.
How does someone who can't swing a trip to Hollywierd get a shot at seeing the exhibit and maybe snagging some BMX history.
The gallery sets up an online preview of the show June 29th, a week before the official opening July 4th. That way those interested can see the art and get the best crack at owning an original Radical Rick. My hope is the paintings land in hands of people who would appreciate the historical significance as well as the artwork.
Will Rick be there signing autographs?
Doubt it. I'm certain he'd rather be riding.
"Rad!" the Exhibit
The Art of Radical Rick at La Luz de Jesus Gallery July 4 – Aug 3
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles,
CA 90027 (323) 666-7667