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Popcycle SF – Treats on a Traveling Tricycle

Popcycle SF in Downtown Oakland, ink & watercolor
Popcycle SF in Downtown Oakland, ink & watercolor

I almost passed up this sketching opportunity as I hurried home from work but realized it was worth postponing dinner for and walked back. Here was this cute guy selling gourmet popsicles out of a pretend ice-cream truck that is really just a large tricyle inside a cloth-covered frame, playing rinky-tinky ice cream truck music.

I asked the proprietor, David Meisenholder, if he would be there for a while so I could sketch him. He’d been about to leave but was nice enough to wait while I sketched him (and he even made a few more sales).

The pretend, miniature “truck” is a brilliantly creative work of art, the kind of thing that makes your mind sort of expand and contract all at once, and is perfectly executed down to the little pretend headlights and grill on the front.

This is a new venture for David and his partner; you can see photos of the Popcycle’s “Maiden Voyage” here and you can find his locations via Twitter.

5 replies on “Popcycle SF – Treats on a Traveling Tricycle”

Fun sketch, Jana. You really do find them. What a great idea for the ice cream truck.
He must have strong muscles to wheel it around. Now over to the SF blog.


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