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The Creatives. Part 1, Rat Patrol

By ArrEmm - 13 January 2012 27

What do you get when you put a whole bunch of intelligent people in a city with little to do?  The answers are many and varied, but among the many stereotypes of binge-drinking weekend-warriors and healthy living family folk, are the Creatives.

The Creatives are a group of like minded people share a love of creation.  There are many groups of Creatives and they all create ‘art’ using different materials.

Over the next few weeks, RiotACT will feature several of these groups.

This week, Let me introduce to you, The Rat Patrol.

The Ratrol Patrol makes freak bikes.  What is a freak bike?

These are freak bikes.

freak bikes

freak bikes

A freak bike is a functional, yet oddly shaped bike made from lots of other bikes.

This group of welder-wielding bike-binders meet up regularly to create their functional art and then peddle around for all to see.  The most recent ride being called, Summer Rats, where the lads (and laddets) rode down Lonsdale street among the Summernats hotted up petrol guzzlers.

These guys are also responsible for the mega awesome, Corinbank festival.

Check out their website, have a look at what they do, and be thankful for the creative and proactive people who add flavour and spice to this fair city of ours.

What’s Your opinion?


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27 Responses to
The Creatives. Part 1, Rat Patrol
Lazy I 3:48 pm 15 Jan 12

So this is what the rent-a-crowd protesters get up to when they aren’t chaining themselves to bulldozers!

Ko. 2:24 pm 15 Jan 12

LSWCHP said :

So are “the Creatives” actually an organisation of some sort?

They are similar to The Workers only they shower less and don’t work.

LSWCHP 1:11 pm 15 Jan 12

So are “the Creatives” actually an organisation of some sort which includes the Rat Patrol among others, or is the term used in the generic sense of “there are people in our community who are creative”?

And I really don’t understand the references to binge-drinking weekend warriors (WTF?) or the healthy-living. What’s that all about?

I think I’m tending to agree with Poetic about the tone of this post.

poetix 12:57 pm 15 Jan 12

DrKoresh said :

poetix said :

I found something about the the tone of this post really off-putting.

‘The Creatives are a group of like minded people share a love of creation’ is as fatuous as it is ungrammatical. Since when did being ‘like-minded’ with a group equal being creative? And ‘Creatives’ would like creation, wouldn’t they? Duh.

‘(B)e thankful for the creative and proactive people who add flavour and spice to this fair city of ours’, implies that the rest of Canberra is of quite a different and inferior nature from the splendid creative types identified by ArrEmm. Stale white bread, perhaps. Or bland slugs.

I’m not talking about the bikes here, just this smug little introduction.

Oh thank Christ I wasn’t the only one who thought that! I thought I was just being a cynical prick, but it is a really off-putting little introduction up there isn’t it? As if the people I see tooling through the inner-north on ridiculous bikes are really a secret society of geniuses who are too ‘far-out’ for most of us ‘lames’ to get.

I like the bikes; they look like fun, and a cheap equivalent to sky-diving. Also a kind of moving sculpture.

But how did you know about the lamé? (Sorry.)

DrKoresh 12:47 pm 15 Jan 12

poetix said :

I found something about the the tone of this post really off-putting.

‘The Creatives are a group of like minded people share a love of creation’ is as fatuous as it is ungrammatical. Since when did being ‘like-minded’ with a group equal being creative? And ‘Creatives’ would like creation, wouldn’t they? Duh.

‘(B)e thankful for the creative and proactive people who add flavour and spice to this fair city of ours’, implies that the rest of Canberra is of quite a different and inferior nature from the splendid creative types identified by ArrEmm. Stale white bread, perhaps. Or bland slugs.

I’m not talking about the bikes here, just this smug little introduction.

Oh thank Christ I wasn’t the only one who thought that! I thought I was just being a cynical prick, but it is a really off-putting little introduction up there isn’t it? As if the people I see tooling through the inner-north on ridiculous bikes are really a secret society of geniuses who are too ‘far-out’ for most of us ‘lames’ to get.

Ko. 10:27 am 15 Jan 12

I’m pretty sure they pedal their bikes not peddle them.

poetix 10:18 am 15 Jan 12

Jethro said :

Do creative poets rate differently?

Strangely, I think you can practise in whatever area of the arts you choose, without necessarily thinking you’re the cat’s lurid nightwear. (Note necessarily…)

Jethro 9:54 am 15 Jan 12

I-filed said :

Jethro said :

Do creative poets rate differently?

If there’s a bunch of vain hipster smug poets with unjustifiable Attitude around the traps, do let me know. Vibe of the Australian Poetry Society and ACT Writers Centre is, well, inclusive & serious … they seem to be actually just getting on with their work without a layering of “lookerme”. I’d sooooo much prefer to be posturing as a Creative somewhere. How do I begin? Where do these soi-disant “creative, intelligent” people hang out? The hip cafe in Lonsdale St? Hardly – I keep seeing senior public servants there with no ersatz New York ‘tood whatsoever (serious, employed). The Front? Hardly!

Slam poetry anyone?

I-filed 6:48 am 15 Jan 12

Jethro said :

Do creative poets rate differently?

If there’s a bunch of vain hipster smug poets with unjustifiable Attitude around the traps, do let me know. Vibe of the Australian Poetry Society and ACT Writers Centre is, well, inclusive & serious … they seem to be actually just getting on with their work without a layering of “lookerme”. I’d sooooo much prefer to be posturing as a Creative somewhere. How do I begin? Where do these soi-disant “creative, intelligent” people hang out? The hip cafe in Lonsdale St? Hardly – I keep seeing senior public servants there with no ersatz New York ‘tood whatsoever (serious, employed). The Front? Hardly!

Jethro 10:45 pm 14 Jan 12

poetix said :

I found something about the the tone of this post really off-putting.

‘The Creatives are a group of like minded people share a love of creation’ is as fatuous as it is ungrammatical. Since when did being ‘like-minded’ with a group equal being creative? And ‘Creatives’ would like creation, wouldn’t they? Duh.

‘(B)e thankful for the creative and proactive people who add flavour and spice to this fair city of ours’, implies that the rest of Canberra is of quite a different and inferior nature from the splendid creative types identified by ArrEmm. Stale white bread, perhaps. Or bland slugs.

I’m not talking about the bikes here, just this smug little introduction.

Do creative poets rate differently?

G.R.R 8:47 pm 14 Jan 12

Rat Patrol…broke hipsters?

poetix 1:43 pm 14 Jan 12

I found something about the the tone of this post really off-putting.

‘The Creatives are a group of like minded people share a love of creation’ is as fatuous as it is ungrammatical. Since when did being ‘like-minded’ with a group equal being creative? And ‘Creatives’ would like creation, wouldn’t they? Duh.

‘(B)e thankful for the creative and proactive people who add flavour and spice to this fair city of ours’, implies that the rest of Canberra is of quite a different and inferior nature from the splendid creative types identified by ArrEmm. Stale white bread, perhaps. Or bland slugs.

I’m not talking about the bikes here, just this smug little introduction.

Jethro 1:39 pm 14 Jan 12

I-filed said :

Can’t quite see how being creative quite warrants the “intelligent” descriptor … in my experience, people with uber-smarts are more likely to be self-deprecating. Calling yourself “intelligent” is a bit too like people (often of moderate intelligence) who join Mensa …

The whole concept of intelligence is obviously subjective.

The idea of multiple intelligences is probably the best way to approach it. Creativity being seen as a ‘type’ of intelligence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_multiple_intelligences

I-filed 12:14 pm 14 Jan 12

Can’t quite see how being creative quite warrants the “intelligent” descriptor … in my experience, people with uber-smarts are more likely to be self-deprecating. Calling yourself “intelligent” is a bit too like people (often of moderate intelligence) who join Mensa …

That said, the bikes are cool. Just please don’t have a chapter on knitting graffitists …

matt31221 10:29 pm 13 Jan 12

Jebus you wouldn’t want to fall off the top of one of those bikes without a helmet, you would completely eat it!

I also imagine that you would want to have ruddy good welding skills. Wouldn’t be a pretty sight when the upper half of the bike collapses and you are waiting in ER to have the lower half of the bike removed from up inside your colon.

I spose that is why Freak biking is fun though right?

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