After Josh Hadar left his first career as a documentary cameraman he entered the nightclub business by reforming and restoring the original Studio 54. This didn't make him happy either so he eventually sold his shares and took a cheap welding class. Shortly after, he created his first bike and his obsession took off from there.
Today, Josh has become sort of a George Barris-like character, whose custom built bikes are collected by a cult following around the world.
"What I love about metal sculpting and welding is that there is no standard building methods or techniques required to attain a desired result. I’m basically self-taught in my methods, which is predicated simply on trial and error. Each bike is a progression of intuitive process. The bikes seem to want to be built and the specific building methods seem to unfold as the development evolves. Like watching a film of an explosion run backwards, ideas, shapes and building techniques seem to come from total chaos and settle in one place."
Luigi Colani - “He builds incredible and outrageous, futuristic, designer vehicles. He designs a lot of spaceships for movies. He is a futurist with gorgeous lines. He is a huge inspiration to me and it would be a dream to do a project with him.”
Raymond Loewy - "I really like and am inspired by Raymond Lowey, who was a leader in the art deco period. He did these really beautiful streamlined locomotive trains, and even did a pencil sharpener in that tear drop shape. Really beautiful stuff."
Roxy Paine - “His sculpture work is beautiful. My trees have been compared to his although he works in stainless steel and I use bike frame piping and tubing made of regular steel.”
WK Interactive - “WK Interactive is a friend of mine. He started out as a graffiti artist but now does fine art. He works a lot with glue and paper and creates great feeling and motion. He did a piece protesting the Iraq War and other politically driven works.”
Invader - “He did a series of tiled mosaics that look amazing. Amorphous to a million images that didn’t look to form anything until seen through the screen of a cell phone. You see beautiful Zepplin album covers and other really interesting things. He is really innovative.”
Juxtapoz - “For the art that I am personally interested in its one of the more relevant magazines and websites. I love it. My art is street inspired and they feature a lot of that kind of stuff.”
West Side Highway Bike Path - "This bike path goes for miles up the Hudson. It's a great place to take a relaxing bike ride and has really made biking in the city hassle free."
Art Galleries and Museums
Eyebeam Art & Technology Center - “They concentrate on art and design that blends with technology and that’s what my art is about. They feature a lot of multimedia and interactive video, sculptures that move and things like that. John Johnson, the founder, was the first guy to buy one of my bikes.”
Museum of Modern Art - “The ultimate goal for every living artist is to get their work featured at the MoMA. They show the finest modern art in the world and it would be a dream to be presented alongside artists like Picasso, Monet and Lichtenstein.”
Jonathan Levine Gallery - “I like how he curates and the collection of artists he represents.”
Museum of Natural History - “This was my favorite museum as a kid and remains so. I could spend all my time in there exploring everything from the gem stones to the dinosaur bones.”
"I go to furniture exhibits. I like to go to the International Contemporary Furniture Fair at the Javits Center. There's always interesting stuff there."
Highline - “There’s a particular installation on the Highline that I really like. It’s like a theater with tiered raised seating overlooking 10th ave. From below, looking up, it looks like high def tv. It’s a very cool interactive installation.”
"If you want the true bohemian art culture you have to go to Queens. Go out to Astoria. There's a great art scene out there. You can eally see young talent, young inspiration and very refreshing ideas coming out of there. Astoria also has some great Greek food."
LaHore Deli - “This Pakistani food stand on Crosby between Houston and Prince is outstanding and inexpensive. All the taxi drivers stop there. Its so 'New York' and like visiting another country at the same time.”
La Esquina – "They’ve got great food and I love the Goodfellas-esque entrance to it. This place is always a fun place to eat at."
Blue Ribbon - "I actually got the idea for my bikes coming back from Blue Ribbon, which is a favorite place of mine. My wife and I were walking home and I saw a dumpster full of bike parts. I jumped in and started hurling frames out of the trash and in to the streets. People probably thought I was nuts."
Public - "Public on Elizabeth Street has a nice brunch. My wife and I go there a lot. It's one of our favorite brunch spots in the city."
Café Habana – "Cafe Habana has really good Cuban food. Years ago I was on a date and we were the only 2 people in there. We were talking about Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness and then we look up and there’s Francis Ford Coppola and his wife. It’s just a neighborhood--y joint that I like."
Urban Glass - “This is the place to go to learn how to blow glass. They have ovens and all the equipment needed. You can even get a private instructor like I did. It’s a great collective and an excellent resource.”
Burn Clinic - “The burn clinic is a class that I run out of my studio. I teach small groups of 4-5 people on basic metal sculpting techniques. You can contact me through my website.”