I started editing my first »magic rides« imagery at the end of 2020, in the second lockdown. Mountain biking – or better fat biking in all weathers – was at that time the replacement for my closed martial arts school and sport studio and too, a personal daily workout for my »creativity«. Today my fat bike is an integral part of my fitness program as well as of my creative work to give it a regular brainstorming and photoshop »exercise« in this for freelance designers still kind of »complex« times.
Wherever I am with my fat bike, almost always there is also one of my »very special insta pets« or mythical creatures near by. Often enough, I am then able to capture it with my GoPro and make it – my imagination – visible. Visible on my Mac with a »quick« photoshop editing – always a good and necessary exercise for every creative. Also to the delight of my steadily increasing number of Instagram followers who follow my personal account @stevenflier.
Creativity doesn’t stop when you leave your desk as a creative. Sometimes it even be the case that I have to force my »creativity« to go to sleep. Put it in an imaginary basket, so to speak: »That’s where you’re staying now, and tomorrow morning the two of us will go out to conquer the world again.« Whereby »creativity« is also not considered the most obedient of all human qualities. Sometimes it wants to stroll out in the middle of the night and sometimes it wants to put the whole world on fire.
»You should bring passion« is one of the standard phrases when an agency or a company is looking for a creative employee or freelancer. Honestly speaking, a creative without passion would get lost the first day and with great probability eaten by a predator coming by.
As a freelance creative in still »interesting« times I’m always looking out for jobs or offers. Of course the main reason of this gallery about my »creativity«. As you can see – beside the the expected passion I also have dragons to offer.
Stay healthy, ride on and fortune may with you – to see a dragon for yourself.
My magic fat bike rides – waiting for a passing lunch
The first one of my »magic ride« images – the starting point of my idea to explore magical worlds with my fat bike. Edited November 2020 in the second lockdown. In the woods, waiting for a passing »lunch« with one of my special insta pets.
How it started?
While I was shooting me and my fat bike with my GoPro a hiker with his dog was passing by – and I thought, as many other people in this lockdown times too, it would be nice to have a dog as company. Even if I more of a cat guy.
Back home on my Mac, viewing my shots, suddenly the basic idea came into my mind. And yes, honestly spoken, it was the idea of the child in me – 😁 – why not a cool dinosaur as a pet?
And who is the coolest dinosaur beside a T-Rex to have as an insta pet, plus has more the right size to walk or run on your side? Of course, there is only one choice: A velociraptor! And yes, before you ask – I call him »Blue«, how else …
On this day the »magic« in my rides was still far away, only a little gloss at the horizon – but it started with this image – waiting patiently for a passing »lunch« in the woods.
Winter wonderland. Exploring a pond hidden away in the middle of the woods with my velociraptor.
An urban late eve magic ride around my home base L.E. near Stuttgart with with my velociraptor.
Enjoying the lake view after a magic ride with my velociraptor. Location: Pfaffensee, Stuttgart.
In the footsteps of King Arthur. A magic ride with Camelot view. In the original it is the German castle Hohenzollern.
A dirty and muddy selfie with a baby dragon while having a stop on a bridge on one of my magic rides.
The winner of todays winter hunting games in the woods: My velociraptor. One of my special insta pets.
Crossing a creek in the woods watched over by a dragon near Siebenmühlental. Had I to pay a fee? Find it out on my personal Instagram account @stevenflier
A magic ride between the mountains with an angry dragon coming by. Actually, recognizable by its fire spitting, he is one of my special insta pets in a very bad mood.
An urban magic ride my velociraptor and waiting – again – for a passing »lunch«. Artist: Kosmik. Graffiti location: Stuttgart-Vaihingen. My personal »cathedral« of street art.
A magic ride in a galaxy far, far away. Or, a typical Star Wars postcard idyll with an AT-AT walking by. Location: The »Sculptura« outdoor gallery near Waldenbuch.
Magic ride in black & white and a selfie ninja style. Graffiti and street art location: Stuttgart-Vaihingen.
A magic ride on the lake, having small talk with a dragon. Maybe about politics, maybe about the correct nutritions for breakfast. Location: Neuer See, Stuttgart. If you are interested in the story behind – thanx for following me on Instagram: @stevenflier
A magic ride in the woods near Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Exploring a hidden cottage ruin with a #breakfree Graffiti on the wall. In my opinion, one of the most important statements in the year 2021.
Meanwhile in Middle Earth: Talking to a group of dwarfs (not in the photo) which asking for the direction to Mordor while a dragon flying nearby. Kind of t typical day when exploring Middle Earth. Find the whole story on my personal Instagram account: @stevenflier
Sleeping beauties – or, having a nap with one of my special insta pets. Some would say: Could be a dragon. Graffiti and street art location: Stuttgart-Vaihingen.
Give a fucking damn! An urban magic ride and personal motivation in ninja style. Very hidden graffiti and street art location: Stuttgart. And also one of the most important statements in the year 2021.
Introducing my »cathedral of street art«. One of my top urban magic ride locations near my home base. An always changing graffiti and street art location I always love to ride by – and, for me, a place where free spirits are born.
An early morning magic ride in the fog. When you ride always use your own imagination to see all the fantasy behind the landscape you are crossing. Have #nofear – and maybe you will see dragons for yourself.
Middle Earth parking spot: The Skull Tree. After every magic ride there: Use safe bike parking in Middle Earth owned by dwarfs: Reasonable fees and 24/7. More about this topic: See and follow my personal Instagram account: @stevenflier
A magic ride in rain and cold. Riding one of the darkest forest trails downhill direction Stuttgart – and a little dragon photobombing my »hero« image.
An early morning magic ride to to clear the head. I call it a »free your brain ride«. Always use your own imagination to see all the magic behind – and #staymentallyhealthy in this crazy times.
One of my personal and very hidden magic ride lookout points into another universe. My advice: find yours! Take a breath and enjoy the mountains of your imaginations – and with a bit of luck you see dragons fly.
A magic ride and dark thoughts about »the cage« – the political aristocracy in the 21th century: The golden crows in cages, worshipped by the masses. Location: The »Sculptura« outdoor gallery near Waldenbuch. Find the full story behind this image on my personal Instagram account: @stevenflier
A detail shot of my »cathedral of street art«. One of my top urban magic ride locations near my home base and one of the always changing graffiti and street art »cathedral« entry points. Location: Near Stuttgart-Vaihingen.
Crossing the hidden »Troll Bridge« near Ditzingen. A bridge into »no mans land«. The locals say you have to pay a fee and after that there is no way back. Nevertheless: Enjoy your magic moments! – Credits to the Troll/Fantasy Art to Magnus Norén / Sweden – Find the full story behind this image on my personal Instagram account: @stevenflier
A magic ride through my personal »Tigerland«. A jungle who sucked me in and a predator who almost hunted me down in 2021. Find more images, a video and the background story on my personal Instagram account: @stevenflier
Again in the footsteps of King Arthur. A dusty magic ride arena near Ditzingen. The main message behind this image: Believe in your imagination. Camelot is always near, even in dark times – so, #nofear and #staystrong
A selfie with the cookie monster. I love to ride my fat bike! All terrain, all fucked up conditions. And I love cookies! So – I love the #cookiemonster too! Lucky me, to catch it on this magical ride.
Selfie with one of my dragons. One of the reasons I love to ride my fat bike and use my imagination to view you a bit of the magic I have the fortune to explore: »Don’t fight your inner dragon. Play with him.«
First image of a man’s classic – sending compliments with flowers to your love. A magic ride trough a flower meadow with a dragon in the sky.
Second image of a man’s classic – sending compliments with flowers to your love. A magic ride trough a flower meadow with a dragon in the sky.
First question when coming by a baby #dragon should always be: Is it really helpless? In 99% the answer is: NO! Second and more important question: Where is the mother? And please note: Both questions do not apply only to baby dragons! Find the full story behind this sweet magic image on my personal Instagram account: @stevenflier
More a magic walk than a ride. And why? Easy. Because there is a tree to walk. Location: Neuer See near Stuttgart.
And while you have a walk on a tree at the three well-known lakes near Stuttgart – there is, beside all the other magic of this location, always the chance to view the legendary »Kraken«. For more facts about this very mythical Swabian lake creature: Check you my personal Instagram account @stevenflier
Another of my magic ride lookout points: The »Dragon Bridge« near Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Even in the dark, cold and crazy days of 2021, you should always use your imagination to see one them fly by.
I caught this T-Rex on the roof of the »Neues Schloss« in Stuttgart two weeks before the German federal election 2021. Is it a splendor jurrasic one of my magic rides creatures – or more a symbol of German politics? Your choice.
Short before the German federal election 2021. A magic ride in the woods having an armchair politics chat with one of my velociraptors. Find his interesting opinion about German campaigns in the media on my personal Instagram account: @stevenflier
Be a wolf and run with the wolves – is a typical motivation quote you find in masses around social media. For me, run with big cats and #stayfree – is much more motivation when riding my magic rides. But of course, I’m by birth more the cat guy.
A magic ride into the light? Or better be beware of the light? A very old question. This image is my actual analogy of Plato’s Cave. Read the story behind on my Instagram account: @stevenflier
I love to ride my fat bike, or as I call it: My »Muscle SUV«.
All terrain, all fucked up conditions. About my fat bike: It is a 2018 »Silverback Bikes Scoop« with a carbon fork. Customized and optimized for my magical rides by myself: Other »Shimano« Breaks (front and back) and a »OneUp« dropper post.
In the now almost two years I ride my Scoop on a mostly daily basis it never let me down. Always brought me back home. Even when I crashed it. In other words: It’s built like a tank.
Thank you for viewing this gallery of my »magic rides«. I will update this gallery regularly. There is still a lot for me to experience as to tell – and at every corner there is always the chance that one of my insta pets lurking behind. Follow me on my personal Instagram account @stevenflier to stay tuned.
And yes – as a freelance creative in »interesting« 2021 I’m always looking out for jobs or offers. Thanx in advance to contact me. Business Instagram: @stevenflier_design