Skunk began to join metal with lightning in August of 1996, at a small bicycle factory known as Merlin Metalworks, in Cambridge Massachusetts. Practicing after hours, he learned TIG welding on thin-walled titanium, eventually well enough to become a welder full-time. A year later he joined the team at Seven Cycles, welding well over a thousand bicycle frames before transitioning over to become their in-house graphic designer.
However once it became possible to join any variety of ferrous metals, imagination and a few laws of physics were the only limitations. While the results range from steel buttons to canopy beds, most of Skunk’s efforts were spent in the pursuit of refining the figure in metal: trying to be as expressive with as few parts as possible through the robot’s body language.
Learning to weld was an important element in founding the bicycle chopper gang known as SCUL: once more ‘Fight Club’ & ‘Mad Max’, now more ‘Roller Boogie’ & ‘Blue Angels’. As SCUL grew in years, so did its membership, complexity, lingo, tech and armada; and with it a knowledge of engineering, bike mechanics, destructive testing, and so on. Most of all, SCUL continues to remind Skunk of the importance of play. The motto of SCUL is “Be a superhero version of yourself”. Many late night Bostonians have witnessed SCUL firsthand, with Fleet Admiral Skunk piloting USB Cloudbuster, also known as ‘disco-bike’.
Skunk also teaches a TIG welding class at the Artisan’s Asylum. His studio space there doubles as the Ready Room Microgallery.