By Desmond Williams
Brooklyn resident William Thomas Porter builds wonderful – and really weird – bikes. “I wouldn’t call them mutants,” he says of his bike caricatures, “because that would make them sound ugly. It’s more like creating this… splendid form.”
We followed him around for about a year documenting his projects and cajoling him into demonstrating the bikes’ awesomeness in a series of humorous, fast-paced vignettes.
In the clips Tom rides a modified plus-size BMX, the Unibike, on a Brooklyn roof top and then on indoor ramp; gives a PG demo of his infamous sex bike; gathers a bunch of friends to test his Brooklyn Bounce bike; chats about what went wrong with the Drag Bike; and almost gets kicked out of a playground by New York’s finest for doing crazy turns on the Spin Bike.
Throughout the film Tom chats with good friend (and sometimes collaborator), Diego Guzman, about how and exactly why he does what he does.