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Daniel Koenig of Ichi Bike

Photograph By Jill Brown

Daniel Koenig says his customers at Ichi Bike respond to skateboard banana seats "with glee and delight. There is cool art with grind marks, having been a loved and used skateboard on the bottom of the seats.  I cover them with padding and leather, and vinyl and whatever upholstery scraps we find at my parents' shop." And it's not hard for Koenig to come across raw materials, as his landlord is professional skateboarder Heath Kirchart and Ichi Bikes is housed in the same building as Kirchart's Subsect skateshop, providing Koenig with plenty of raw materials.