This Holiday Schwinn will be featuring an artist of handmade good each week of December. Each week we will introduce an artist on Monday and then give you three chances to win their amazing goods and a Schwinn bicycle of your very own. To enter, visit us on Facebook Tuesday – Wednesday each week of December!
Featured Artist Week 4| Coryn & Adam Enfinger| Dark Cycle Clothing
Coryn and Adam first began designing t-shirts as teenagers for their own rock band. Now in their thirties, this power couple resides in Tampa, Florida where they started their own t-shirt business inspired by their love for cycling.
Continue reading to learn more about this duo’s journey of living on a farm, starting a business and riding matching Schwinn bicycles.
Schwinn: How did you first become interested in your craft?
Coryn: When Adam and I were teenagers, we played in a punk rock band, and we designed and had our shirts locally screen printed for our band. It began the journey of designing and selling t-shirts together.
Schwinn: At what point did you decide to start selling your items?
Coryn: When we were in our early twenties, Adam screenprinted at and managed a corporate screen printing shop. At some point his car died, and we became a one car household. Driven by a lack of money and concern for the environment, instead of buying another car, he bought a $300 bicycle and used it to commute 30 miles round trip Monday through Friday.
During these rides, he thought up different animal on bicycle designs, which he drew and screenprinted on his breaks at work. After a few months, people kept asking where they could purchase our shirts whenever Adam would wear them. So after a bit of nudging, I started our Etsy shop and listed the shirts.
A few months later, I decided to take the shop seriously and work on our photos and listings. Dark Cycle quickly became both of our full time jobs.
Schwinn: What is your favorite item to create and why?
Coryn: Our animal on bicycle shirts are my favorite item to create. I love the whole process— from drawing them up, to getting them screenprint ready, to getting it on a shirt and to seeing our customers smile as they see it in person.
Schwinn: Do you have other favorite past times?
Coryn: We both fill our time with our animals and cycling. Adam fills in the margins with art and music, while I love to cook and read.
Schwinn: What are some of your favorite things to do in Tampa?
Coryn: We love living in Tampa, there is a vibrant creative entrepreneurial energy here that is so fun to be a part of. We vend monthly at Tampa’s Indie Flea, which is filled with amazing creative energy. We also have some fantastic independent coffee shops, breweries and restaurants here. Fodder and Shine, Blind Tiger and Coppertail are our current favorites.
Schwinn: Where do you most like to ride?
Coryn: Adam’s gotten into mountain biking lately, and has really been enjoying Alafia State Park. We have a lot of winding trails in our area that are perfect for long rides.
Schwinn: What is your favorite feature of the Schwinn Cutter?
Coryn: The clean lines and black on black are just super cool. It’s an understated sleek bicycle, with a great ride.
Schwinn: What is something unique about you?
Coryn: Oh, we are just total weirdoes. We married each other when we were teenagers and now have three kids, a mini farm with goats, chickens, dogs and a pig, and make our living off of our t-shirts.
Schwinn: What is something you would like others to know about you? About biking? About your products?
Coryn: After eight years of production, sustainability is still more important to us than profit margin. The garments we print on are ethically produced, and we source 95% of our components from the United States. We print with eco-friendly inks, and do not cut corners when it comes to sustainability and quality.
Coryn and Adam’s Motto to Live By: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.”
Want to learn more? Check out the Dark Cycle Clothing website!