• BOMONSTER Scratches Harleys

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    Google "scratchboard" and you're likely to find that medium used to create nature scenes and animal portraits. But I like how it looks for machinery like old vintage Harley-Davidson choppers pitched sideways at speed. For this design "Triple Threat" an old Knucklehead, Shovelhead and Panhead are scratched into the design. "Triple Threat" is also available on a black men's tee. Click here.

  • Gnarly BOMONSTER questions

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    Gnarly magazine is out and here's some more from the interrogation...

    How did your early years watching your dad build race cars and seeing all of those racers influence you as an artist?

    My dad’s race car and dirt bike racing buddies were all super nice guys and really great to kids who showed an interest. There were all different personality types and skill levels but I recognized early on that they all had one thing in common – they loved the fun of it. All the things I loved – the sights, sounds, smells and feel of speed they loved too. So my art isn’t about a “thing” like a specific car or bike but more about a “feeling” being around cars and bikes.

    You’ve done commercial artwork for clients such as Porsche, Apple, Acura, Yamaha, and Nissan. What was that like? Did you work on anything that we would be recognizably BOMONSTER? (If possible, can you provide any visuals of that client work?)

    Every one of those clients were different in some way but they all wanted great work and had the budget to do things right. Great work at that level is a team effort and I love working with talented people. Making art is mostly a solitary effort and while I sometimes miss the interaction I also like creating art that pleases me without other people weighing in on what they would do differently. 99% of my work for those clients ends up in the form of polished contemporary film or modern, slick graphic design whereas my personal art has a grittier, more organic “old school” feel.

    What do you find more rewarding: Commissioned art pieces for happy clients or the random scratchings from your own imagination that you sell on your site?

    Both are rewarding but people’s reaction is always the real reward. When a client has high standards and confidence in their own field of expertise they tend to respect the abilities of others and will treat a project as if it’s a given that what you create for them will be great. Creating great work for great clients is its own reward.

    Likewise when I create a personal piece and then offer prints for sale I’m always interested to see who likes it. I’ve really come to like my customers – not because they give me money but because they can articulate better than I can why they like something I did.

    Want to read more? Check out Gnarly magazine by clicking here.

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  • Gnarly BOMONSTER Interview

    bo-blog-8-gnarly-photoWant to know more about the creator of BOMONSTER art & apparel? Gnarly magazine  interviewed BOMONSTER for their premiere issue and here is some of what was discussed...

    What are the tools you use for your scratchboard art, and can you give people a quick idea of what scratchboard art is?

    Scratchboard is the art of drawing with a knife. The board is about the thickness of Masonite. There is white undercoating with black ink applied to the surface. I use a #16 Xacto blade to scrap the black off revealing the white underneath.

    If you make a mistake on a scratchboard, there’s no undo button. BUT, can you paint over the mistake with black ink in order to do a re-scratch?

    Yes I can fix small errors that way – or scratch big flames to cover the mistake but usually it means starting over. That’s why I treat every piece like a tattoo. I spend a lot of time designing the piece and then transfer just the outline shape to the board for scratching and fill in the details as I go. I used to fear having to do a piece over again but while reading an Ed Hopper book I realized old masters would pre-paint a piece before completing the masterpieces we see today in the books and museums. And their pre-paintings were spectacular so it hit me if that’s the way the old timers did it then I should too. Now I plan to do every piece twice. If I nail it on the first one, it’s a bonus.

    Not counting the reference research and sketching time, how long does it take -on average- to finalize a scratch project?

    One very long night for a 12x16 size board. And then I give it the overnight test see it with fresh eyes and add another hour or so. Larger 18x24 pieces can take two very long nights.

    What’s your art background? Self taught, formally trained?

    I was the guy in high school who drew cartoons for the school paper. I got into advertising and used my drawing skills to illustrate rough ad ideas and TV concepts. Once the ideas were approved we hired real artists to illustrate them - which didn’t really allow me to develop my art chops to a high degree. But directors and photographers liked shooting my stuff because of the ideas, composition, and design of my ideas. Six years ago I went back to a medium I remember liking in high school art class – scratchboard. I scratched some hot rods and bikes and showed them on hot rod forums. Other artists got excited for me and pushed me into making some prints and shirts to sell. Their enthusiasm psyched me up to be a better artist so I poured myself into making more.

    Want to see more? Check out Gnarly Magazine by clicking here.

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  • BOMONSTER and Lots of Nuts and Bolts

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    Got a cool dad who needs some cool apparel and accessories? My dad was cool and gave me the inspiration for this awesome BOMONSTER scratched shirt design. He said ask any mechanic to empty his pockets and he'll have a ton of random screws, bolts, clips, nuts and no idea where they came from. If you're into hot rods, Model As, roadsters and anything with a chopped top and open motor you're ready to wear BOMONSTER. Click my website: www.bomonster.com

  • BOMONSTER is a Solo Lobo Artist

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    I call this one "Solo Lobo" and I think it reflects the chopper adventure lifestyle just right. I made the rider a drifting cowboy leaning on his bedroll next to a campfire enjoying a smoke and cup of coffee. He's joined the 21st century and traded in his horse for an old Flathead Harley chopper which is just as loyal. For more on BOMONSTER's unique style, art, tees, hats and patches, check out this 21st century website: www.bomonster.com

  • Cool BOMONSTER swag

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    This BOMONSTER original was scratched for Matt Armor's record cover. He wanted his '53 Chevy custom in the picture but left the rest to me. So here he is serenading a girl in the window over a record store. I used Matt's '59 Gretsch for border design. Got someone in your life who needs some cool swag? Check out BOMONSTER's website for shirts, hats, patches, stickers, prints and more. It's all original - Just like the people who wear it.

    www.bomonster.com

  • Proof BOMONSTER is Gnarly

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    Gnarly is a new magazine and they chose the gnarliest artist they could find for their featured interview and front cover - BOMONSTER. Once I saw what designer/editor/publisher Johnny Von Griz wanted to do with my art I signed on immediately. Or maybe every other artist turned him down I don't know. Whatever the case it's cool to make literary lowbrow history.

    Get Gnarly here: GnarlyMagOnline.com

    Get BOMONSTER here: bomonster.com

  • BOMONSTER Scratches a Lincoln

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    I own a '64 Lincoln Continental which was also my grandfather's and father's car at one time. I decided it was time to scratch it. My BOMONSTER art is created on scratchboard - which is the art of drawing with a knife on a piece of black-inked Ampersand Scratchbord. I use a #16 X-acto knife to scratch the surface into original art which looks awesome printed on a shirt - which is what all this scratching was for! If you like custom Lincolns, Cadillacs and rat pack-era Las Vegas, check out this scratched black men's tee. (click here.)

  • Hire BOMONSTER for a Scratch

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    Looking for something unique, different and original in a shop shirt? Kentz Kustomz - a local VA custom shop did and hired BOMONSTER for their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. They sent me some photos of their shop and favorite dog and this is what I did for them. Is your shop worthy of a custom BOMONSTER design? Check me out by clicking here.

    Art by BOMONSTER

  • BOMONSTER Art Appreciated by Model A Fans

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    I like people who like BOMONSTER art. Not everyone likes my art but the ones who do love it. Tyler and Ali Weeks are not typical individuals but they are typical BOMONSTER fans. They like and drive cool stuff like this 1927 model a roadster truck. Tyler scrounges, trades and barters for parts and builds all his own cars. And they all seem to have been built before 1930. So original, so old school. Just like my art.

    Photos by BOMONSTER

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