I’m fired up to have a chance to visit with you, Jack. I have a bunch of questions about fueling your cycling on a vegan diet and racing, but first things first. You have some pretty iconic cycling tattoos. Can you give me the story behind them?
The tattoos started off as a joke, like all good tattoos should. I was working as a bike messenger here in LA, and had just started racing track, and was doing very well. I was winning every cat 3 track race I entered, tons of alley cats, had done really well at Cycle Messenger World Championships, and had a friend that was a tattoo artist. I went to him with the idea and some pictures of old diesel pistons from turn of the century locomotives. The tattoos took almost 3 years to finish, from outline to shading, every time I would sit down with my artist, he would be astounded at how much area there was to fill, and the 3 hour block he had set aside to finish the piece was eaten up with very little progress. Now that they’re done, I’m stoked, and I’m very quickly recognized everywhere I go, it’s pretty cool.