The Unframed Story

The Unframed Story

In 2014, we launched the first Nutcase Unframed Artist Series campaign. Our first global call for submissions generated 55 fantastic design ideas, with submissions from around the world, and our second call expanded on the success of the first with 84 submissions.  And most recently, our third call generated over 200 submissions. In all three contests, three artists were selected to collaborate with Nutcase to create helmets. In addition, we collaborated each summer with the artists at two of the worlds largest bike trade shows – Eurobike in Germany and Interbike in Las Vegas, USA – to paint mural panels live during the shows. The panels were auctioned off at the end of the shows to benefit World Bicycle Relief.

2016 Winners
The 2016 Nutcase Unframed artists are Yan Yan Ng, Collin Sekajugo, and Kyle Confehr.

YanYanHeadshotBWYan Yan is a Melbourne based artist originally from Hong Kong. A doodler since her childhood, Yan Yan’s helmet design is playful and filled with those doodles you’d scribble while the teacher wasn’t looking. Her helmet design, titled “Good Vibes” and due out in 2017, will display these lively drawings.

CollinHeadshotBWCollin’s helmet design draws on the bold and vibrant textile prints from his birthplace of Uganda. He’s been putting art on helmets for a while now, with a portfolio of East African inspired motorcycle helmets. 

KyleConfehrHeadshotBW  Kyle is a professional illustrator by day and visual artist by night from Philadelphia. His art funnels his energy from skateboarding as a teenager, and pairs microscopic attention to detail with frenetic urban motifs.



Good Vibes, Yan Yan Ng


Twendeni, Collin Sekajugo


Nonsense, Kyle Confehr

2015 Winners
The 2015 Nutcase Unframed artists are Jobert Cruz, Carla Bartow, and Tiago DeJerk.

UnframedHeadshots_JobertJobert Cruz studied art at Far eastern university, and has been featured in a number of group shows in the Philippines. His bold lines and rich colors take inspiration from the start style of his beloved graphic novels and from the ever-changing urban landscape around him.

UnframedHeadshots_CarlaCarla Bartow paints and produces signature linoleum-block prints and murals. Her art blends a keen love of the natural world with bright-yet-earthy colors, a touch of humor and some whimsy that emerge in many of her Pacific Northwest-inspired themes.

UnframedHeadshots_TiagoTiago DeJerk sees his form of stencil-based art as the most democratic art form he can pursue. He is influenced by street art, street life, and by the colorful pageantry of professional clowns (he once was one!). His murals can be composed of as many as 60 different stencils.

Here are the helmets they created. They will be available in stores worldwide in spring of 2016.


Paikikibaka, by Jobert Cruz


Fathom This, by Carla Bartow


Freakalicious, by Tiago DeJerk

Watch the documentary video about the work of the 2015 Unframed artists below:



2014 Winners


Web_SandraHeadshotSandra Ramirez, of Columbia, draws whimsical, kooky, upbeat creatures she calls monsters.  Ramirez said her funny creatures spring directly from her ugly thumbs.  “I have weird thumbs, as a child I used to hide them, I was so embarrassed, but then I decided to draw eyes on them and they became my favorite monsters.” She draws her monsters on backpacks, boots, and yes, helmets!

Web_RayHeadshotRay Moore, a Munich-based native of Mississippi, combines spoken-word poetry, found collaged objects, and images and ideas from his own mind to create mixed-media, loud, politically-edgy art. With the help of some hip hop or soul on his headphones, he’s able to “let inspiration seep into his veins,” and says as an artist, “it’s the groove, the mood, the flowing together that happens, that’s what I’m going for in making art.”

Web_ToddHeadshotTodd Standish, from San Francisco, is at home in many styles — illustration, drawing, painting. But it was his work as a full-time mural painter, creating backdrops for Hollywood sets, ceilings of casinos, frescoes in private houses, that inspired his Unframed design. His inspiration for his helmet was simple, “It just revolves around the idea that it would be totally cool if angels rode bicycles and did skateboard tricks.” It sure would.

And here are the limited edition Artists Series helmets they created, sold around the world during the 2015 season.

Boogie, Ray Moore

Boogie, Ray Moore

Locombia, Sandra Ramirez

Locombia, Sandra Ramirez

Cloud Nine, Todd Standish

Cloud Nine, Todd Standish

Watch the documentary video about the work of the 2014 Unframed artists here:

To participate, please download the Helmet Design Template on which you can create your design (analog or digital artwork). Head over to our submission page to send us your art!

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