• BOMONSTER Meets Artist David Mann All Over Again

    When creating my own BOMONSTER art, there a few artists who I have liked for a long time. Dave mann is one. I've never actually met artist David Mann but have enjoyed his work for years. I always thought his style had a stiff draftsman-like quality to it - very accurate and most likely drawn from photos. Not a knock on his ability – he was a very accomplished artist. What I liked most about his work was that you knew he lived those experiences. The soul of his art comes not from the drawing style but from the stories told. He could capture a moment leaning into a sunset as beautifully as he could getting handed a beer while riding next to an army truck full of soldiers. Seeing his work again last weekend up close made me appreciate his stuff all over again.

    He really captured the open road chopper life adventure like no other. But what got my attention at the show was this little known work by David Mann. A vintage dirt dike rider in the mud and a Kawasaki street bike t-shirt designs. They were unsigned but I vaguely remember them back in the day probably advertised in a bike magazine. The other piece was a sailboat at Christmas time. It was beautifully executed and not a chopper in sight. It looked like one of those Maui art gallery specials that you totally fall in love with while on vacation and bring it home hoping to keep the vacation going just by looking at it.

    If nothing else it reminded me that artists usually have more than one interest.  Once we like an artist for one thing it's almost a shock to see them be good at something else. I'm glad I discovered that about him.

     

  • BOMONSTER Leaves His Mark On A Toilet Seat

    Before this year I had never been asked for my autograph. But after signing a few shirts, a bunch of prints, some car parts, a purse and a hat I felt like I was getting the hang of it. Then along comes a guy at the Mooneyes Show carrying a toilet seat and asks for my signature! I thought it strange that this art groupie would spend the day carrying a toilet seat around a car show but sure enough he had most of the famous artist's signatures already on it. While I was questioning the wisdom of permanently attaching my squeaky clean brand name to a questionable artifact, I noticed the signatures of Von Franco, Jack Rudy, Max Grundy, Tom Kelly, the Pizz, Weesner, Big Toe, Kent Reppert II, Doug DoRr, Diablo, Von Hot Rod, 3 Sheets, and on and on - even Robert Williams!

    So I figured what the heck, if signing a toilet seat is good enough for those guys, who am I to question the integrity of it all?

    Apparently he asked me last because there was one empty spot left on the corner next to a yellow splatter stain. I grabbed a Sharpie, took a deep breath, signed my name and then washed my hands.

     

     

  • Germany's Johan (Joe) Werner is a Fraud

    I usually try to keep my tweets and blog posts positive but in the interest of protecting the unsuspecting buying public from getting ripped off, it is my duty to inform you that Germany's Johan Werner (known as Joe) is selling counterfeit hot rod branded goods and has infected his products with a bad stink that is contagious and once you come into contact with these fakes it doesn't go away.

    Joe Werner also sells his counterfeit ripoffs from his website www.factory68.com. He calls himself Factory 68 Speed Shop which means he's stolen from at least 68 artists and is in business to make a speedy euro.

    Johan (Joe) Werner is at the Essen Motor Show in Germany this week with a showcase full of BOMONSTER stickers which he stole off this very website and made into low resolution, crummy quality stickers for sale without permission. Do not buy from this Joe Werner Factory 68 display case:

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    Creeps like Johan Werner don't get a lot of respect in the artist community and William B summed up Johan Werner best on facebook: "f#@*!+! no brain/no talent/ good for nuthin f#@*!+! loser." Hard to argue that one.

    On the other hand if you have some Euros burning a hole in your pocket and you're looking to purchase some quality BOMONSTER products in Europe check out www.bomonster.de and www.signzz.com. The owner Christoph is a good guy who cares about quality and represents the BOMONSTER brand well.

     

    quality BOMONSTER products in Europe

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    Be careful out there and stay away from Johan Werner and www.factory68.com. His stink doesn't easily wash off.

     

  • 24 Reasons for Buying a Triumph in 1967

    Before the two stroke invasion, big sleds like this ruled the desert. And Ted's in West L.A. knew how to strip down a stock bike and prepare it for battle. In 1967 my dad wrote a motorcycle results paper called Rap Up. He wrote the articles, took the pictures and created the ads. He must have been on a deadline because he hand printed all the cool features like "spokes securely wired," "Short kick starter for quick starting," "Straight through exhaust rerouted," "fork travel extended 1 1/2 inches - H.D. dampers," "wheel hub tack welded to wheel flange," "oil spout relocated to outside."

    As it turned out this was the beginning of an end of an era. That year new two strokes from Greeves, Husqvarna and Bultaco began showing up on the results list and it didn't take long before they were at the top of the points race. Guys like J.N. Roberts, Gary Conrad, George Walker and many others started a two stroke winning trend that lasted forty years.

    These days you can probably count on one hand the number of two strokes finishing in the top twenty. What goes around comes around.

    I sure wish I owned this '67 Triumph now.

     

     

  • BOMONSTER Experiences His First California Hot Rod Reunion

    I've been a spectator at these Bakersfield shows for a long time but this was our first time vending. It wasn't so much a reunion as an introduction to Nate Greco, Zombie, Tiny, Cory Lee, Diablo, their friends and many friendly Europeans and a few cool Australians. Got to know Max Grundy, Vintage Klass, Jack's Graphic Station, ACME Speed Shop and many HAMB Friday art Show fans a little better. Jack Rudy, Alex Gambino, Kiwi Kev, brothers Coby and Marc Gewertz, Keith Weesner, Cody Roth, the artist Scribbles and Gene Winfield all stopped by to say Hi. I used to think being stuck selling in a booth for three days would mean I'd miss all the action. I do miss most of the show but it turns out there is a really nice reunion that goes on behind the scenes that I'm now happy to be a part of. I did manage to take a few pictures...

  • BOMONSTER Meets Ed "Big Daddy" Roth's Beatnik Bandit

    The Beatnik Bandit is my favorite of the Ed Roth cars. What set Roth apart from Barris, Jefferies, Winfield, and the other customizers of the day was that he didn't modify existing cars, he created new ones. It's surprising to think Ed built this bubble top car in 1960. I saw it at the Long Beach Motorama and got to look at it up close. It's smaller than I imagined - more like a small import economy car. Which of course made it ahead of its time and it still looks contemporary in a "wild show rod from the sixties" sort of way.

  • BOMONSTER on Route 66

    We visited the fine town of Duarte this weekend following the original Route 66 route to the Santa Monica pier. They had a parade and a car show so we set up our booth and joined the fun. A very low key family affair with a good band, good food and good weather. Here are some nice pics...

  • Tanks a lot: BOMONSTER's look at chopper tank paint

    While at Born Free 3 I couldn't help but love the variety of painted functional masterpieces atop equally cool rolling pieces of art. Translation? Painted gas tanks on motorcycles. So cool.

    Photos by BOMONSTER. Paint by real artists.

     

     

     

  • BOMONSTER does Billetproof

    This is our first year acting like vendors at shows selling art, shirts and things. So far we've only been to Southern California shows – and Viva Las Vegas – which is good because there are so many to choose from every weekend. The only downside is that you sell to some of the same people at every show. So now customers are already asking if I have anything new. "Everything I have is new. I'm new!"

    It felt good to get out of town and drive six hours to Antioch, CA to the Billetproof Show. Held at an old tree lined fairground, there were close to 1,000 cars. Very unpretentious and relaxed vibe all day. All of the cars were driven there most likely by their owners and there was great mix of radical customs, rusty survivors, hot rods and interesting beaters. Bands played in the background and crowds cheered as pin up girls landed in the dunk tank for charity.

    We set up shop off the main walkway away from the crowds – which is the exact opposite of most vendors think– and had a great time meeting people and selling my art which most were seeing for the first time. We hired a beautiful pinup girl named Joleen to help greet the crowds (or should I say attract the crowds). Sorry no pictures - I lost my head for  a moment.

    My favorite heavy metal lead singer/car guy came by, called me "daddy-O," gave me a hug like we were old friends and chatted about a piece he commissioned me to do and a new project he's working on.  Out of the corner of my eye a crowd formed around us in the booth. Then the crowd bought my stuff until he moved on and the booth was quiet again. I wish more famous people would stop by my booth. (The only reason I don't use his name here is because the last time I did thousands of rabid fans googled his name from my blog and crashed my website but didn't buy anything).

    By the end of the day I was hired by three owners to scratch their cars, we had some great conversations with very interesting people and left with a lot less art and shirts than we arrived with. Great show. Good times. Like it was the first time in So Cal.

    Photos by BOMONSTER.

     

  • Behind the Scenes at a Fashion Shoot

    I've always marvel at how we perceive things that are published or broadcast. For instance I can't watch a movie without imagining the whole crew just inches away holding sound mics, adjusting lights and taking notes. I know this because I am in advertising and always enjoy the behind-the-scenes reality of the pictures and films we make. While it's no fun to watch a movie with me, being this way does help me to better understand the world's media, politicians, sex appeal and people's opinions about things they heard or saw on TV.

    Maybe it's just me but I enjoyed stumbling upon this scene last weekend while at a car show in old town San Diego. Nice girl dolled up to look her best and an old grizzled camera man with a cane directing her to "look this way," "lean on the car, lift your chin," "turn towards camera," and on and on.

    Maybe the picture will end up on a calendar? Or in a magazine? And no doubt will look sexy and fabulous by the time the photoshop retouchers are done with it and editors add her personal comments like "I love big cars and big boys who drive them."

    Watching a photo shoot is like seeing sausage being made. Takes the appetite appeal away.

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