Guess what started this weekend?! The Tour de France!!! July is my favorite month ever. Not for the 4th, not because it’s summer and all bright and green out — it’s because there are nearly 200 tough-as-balls dudes rolling thousands of miles (primarily) through France on my tv for weeks on end. It’s seriously a yearly obsession, completely out of hand, and I couldn’t love it more if I tried.
So to celebrate the Prologue and Stage 1 this weekend — the 99th Tour de France! — I got my maillot jaune groove on and laid down two coats of Color Club Almost Famous (total jersey yellow, it’s perfect). With that dry, I used acrylics to paint in some TDF elements: a silhouette of a rider on the pinky, Didi Senft on the ring, the TDF logo on my middle finger (it shames me to admit this, but I didn’t even realize throughout the years that the “tour” part of the logo mimics the shape of a rider, good thing I decided to paint it I guess!) and just a simple happy bike on the index (which I kinda screwed up during cleanup around the cuticle, but whatever…).
“Uh, Nerd, who’s this Didi dude?” Here’s the thing: I pick a favorite rider to win every year, and every year they either get ejected, injured, or bonk out. So no more favorite riders (ok, I have one in my head, but much like a birthday wish I’m not putting it out there in case I jinx it again). Instead of painting one of the riders, I decided to paint one of my favorite characters from the TDF — Dieter “Didi” Senft. Fella is straight up AWESOME. In the early 90′s he started going to bike races dressed as a devil, pitchfork and everything, hopping and leaping and hollering to cheer on the riders. He’s also built bicycles, including the World’s Largest Mobile Guitar. If I ever actually get to go to the Tour de France I’m hunting him down and buying him a beer or twenty.
Vive le Tour!!!!