Josh Hadar

Bike Builder

Produced by Marc Santo & Scott Newman
Camera by Rainer Evans
Edited by Carlo Santangelo
Assistant Editor: Kevin Gillooly

After leaving his first career as a documentary cameraman, Josh Hadar took a cheap welding class and welded together the first of what would become an "obsessive amount" of custum built bikes that are collected by a cult following around the world.

"What I love about metal sculpting and welding," explains Josh, "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."

 

Josh Hadar's NYC


JOSH HADAR
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • “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.”
  • Urban Glass - Source: www.core77.com
    “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.”
  • “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.”
  • "They’ve got great food and I love the Goodfellas-esque entrance to it. This place is always a fun place to eat at."
  • "Cafe Habana has really good Cuban food. Years ago I was on a date and we were the only two 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."
  • Astoria, Queens - Source: www.flickr.com/photos/gaspi/
    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 there. Astoria also has some great Greek food."
  • "Blue Ribbon is a favorite place of mine. I actually got the idea for making bikes walking home from here. 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."

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