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April 18, 2006

{     Timbuk2 Artists' Canvas Bag     } There are about two, no, three really well-known makers of hardass, sleek, bike-messenger-esque bags that I've had people tell me were worth every cent spent - and Timbuk2 is one of them. Known by their carriers as a constant companion that's with them every day, worn and beaten by rough and tough use through the streets, subways, late-nights, early mornings, concrete floors, and slung-open car doors that they encounter throughout their urban lives. Marked by time and spotted by grime, the patina of a Timbuk2 bag is respected amongst most anyone that doesn't own a car, and worn for sometimes a decade or more, these bags are to some just as or more important than their wallet. To put it simply, the more you beat the shit out of these bags, the better they are and the more you'll love them. Begun in San Fran since 1989, Timbuk2 has since branched out into other bags, laptop carriers, backpacks and more, but with their new Artists' Canvas Bag they have taken their Classic Messenger bag and modified it with a center panel of 100% cotton, untreated artist's canvas in the idea that now anyone can get their new bag and paint, draw, stencil, dye, or customize it in any way they please so as to have not only a classic, but a classic that starts off as unique as you'd like it to. It all works great - Sharpies, acrylics, whatever - and even though it starts out as 100% respected, you have the perfect, um, canvas to make all other bags on the street look dunzo. Of course, the above pic shows a bag that has already been worked over, so if you would like to see the unpainted original as well as check out more details then please click 'Read on' below. Details of the Timbuk2 Artists' Canvas Bag: Black Cordura® nylon side panels. #10 duck canvas center panel. Waterproof vinyl liner. Heavy-duty stitching. Quick-adjust shoulder strap. Cross strap for on-the-go stability. Reflector tabs. Safety flasher attachment loop. Internal organizer pockets. Key ring tether. Timbuk2 Quality Guarantee.

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I have one of their I-pod cases and feel the same way about it. It's durable on the outside, soft on the inside and exactly I need to navigate the city while rocking out in my own world. Timbuk 2 know's what's up.

Posted by: Aaron at April 18, 2006 3:55 PM

It is refreshing to see Timbuk2 veer away from their normally naseuating day-glo fabric palette.

I know, I know, the people who actually messenger for a living need to be as visible as possible, but does that really justify looking like an extra from "Rent"?

Posted by: Adam at April 18, 2006 5:48 PM
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