• BOMONSTER Faces at SEMA 2015

    Pretty faces from the SEMA show...

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    Photos by BOMONSTER: Max Grundy, Ed Tillrock, Kristin Cline, Jeff Allison, Josh Welton. Photo of BOMONSTER and World famous Bunny Ren- A by Matt. Photos of BOMONSTER and Mrs BOMONSTER by Art M and Jimmy Le

  • BOMONSTER's SEMA Thrash

    SEMA is the world's largest automotive trade show of it's kind. Attended by over 100,000 people over four days, there's always a week before/night before multi- all night thrashes that all builders and exhibit teams go through to get here.  This was mine. I had two long nights before the gallery show opening and scratched out these little masterpieces. I did them small - 5x7 size - and could do about six in four hours. Down and dirty but I liked the raw, bold lines that happens when I'm in a hurry. Most sold which took the sting out of the thrash.

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    Photos and scratches by BOMONSTER

     

     

  • BOMONSTER Makes Linda Vaughan Feel Young Again

    People of all ages say my art makes them feel young again. While at the Hot Rod Reunion at Famoso I swear Linda Vaughan–Miss Hurst Shifter from the sixties– came by my booth and looked 50 years younger just by meeting me. Here's proof...

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    Photo by Tom Davison  Model: Cassandra Hicks

  • BOMONSTER and Alex Gambino

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    Alex Gambino is one of the hardest working men in the kustom car business. He is at every show I attend plus all ones I don't. He gives metal working seminars and even puts on his own cool kustoms show every year–The Sit Down. He drives his orange '54 Chevy and purple fade '57 Chrysler everywhere and is always working on something awesome in his San Jose Kustoms shop doing a lot of the work himself. He followed us across Texas once in a sideways rain with the windows down wearing work shorts and a wet sweatshirt. With no mirrors. Total badass except to him it just a normal road trip. He digs the whole scene and the whole scene digs him.

    Photo by Curtis

  • BOMONSTER and "Lil' Daddy" Roth

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    Me and Dennis "Lil' Daddy" Roth have a lot in common. Our dads were artists who worked with each other, we are now both artists, we hung out in Maywood working for our dads as kids and we wear the same clothes. We were each selling our own stuff at the Hot Rod Reunion and it's always fun to share stories with him. We both pay to be at the show for three days but the difference between us is that as soon as he makes a big sale he goes home. And then people think I'm "Lil' Daddy" Roth and want to buy my shirt.

    Photo by a "Lil' Daddy" Roth fan

  • BOMONSTER at Famoso

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    One of the fun things about the Hot Rod Reunion at Famoso is that you can walk the staging lanes and talk to the drivers seconds before their race. Or in this case the backup girl for Stormy Byrd's nitro dragster - Anna "Heels High Cars low" Marco – Senior feature editor for Car Kulture Deluxe magazine. Moments after this picture was taken Stormy did a fantastic burnout to warm up the tires and Anna walked 1/4 the length of the strip directing him back to the starting line. The light went green and then he was gone...

  • BOMONSTER's Last Love Ride

    The annual Love Ride event in So Cal always attracts a crowd. Jay Leno, Peter Fonda, Willie G and lots of genuine celebrities and almost famous celebrities. What made this year different though was the announcement that this year's Love Ride was the Last Love Ride ever. And to make sure it was good one, Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters came to play. Grohl is one of those likable rock stars that loves what he does and seems to love what everyone else does too. The set list was a good one - two FF songs and a classic rock song - Stones, Queen, Petty, AC/DC, Pink Floyd and on and on. The covers were as good as the originals and the band really rocked it. Dave played with a broken leg sustained in a Swedish show after he fell off the stage during the set. He's continuing the tour in a cast sitting on a giant "Game of Thrones" chair stage prop but customized it as a giant chopper for this show - which was perfect since most everyone showed up on a Harley.

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    We were there too selling my BOMONSTER art and apparel. Willie G. Davidson stopped to say hello which always makes my day. We've talked at other shows and what impresses me most is that Willie G. actually goes to the shows – and enjoys them and loves connecting to the people. The guy has zero attitude and is genuinely interested in the scene and who's in it. I had it easy at this show. I talked to the stars and signed autographs while my three favorite girls–Mrs. BOMONSTER, our daughter and daughter-in-law–did all the selling. Then at the end of the day our son loaded us up in the BOMONSTER trailer and we all left the show early for some Mongolian BBQ. And that is something I'll always remember the Last Love Ride for.

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    Photos by BOMONSTER, KB and Dave Grohl photo by Kristi Haivala

  • Introducing Winston's Drag Art

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    Introducing Winston's Drag Art. If you were around in the mid-sixties you may have seen this in the car magazines. Crazy pen and ink drawings of hot rods and motorcycles available on calendars, shirts, stickers and pens. Winston was my dad. He passed away at 84 this month and now I am going through his files and rediscovering what I admired as a kid. Yes it's obvious where I got my talent from but the difference is I had lots of other artists to be inspired by since then – and back when my dad was doing this, it was all new.

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  • "BOMONSTER's Dad" – Ride in Peace 9-11-15

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    My dad Winston Beaumont passed away peacefully this morning Sept 11 at 10:48AM. To many people at the shows we attend, he was known as "BOMONSTER's dad." He joked that he remembered a time when I was known as "Winston's son." He was 84 and heart issues had caused stroke issues which led to effects of Alzheimers and Parkinson's. It all happened over a three month time frame which allowed him to be surrounded by family and friends and it allowed him to feel the love of so many. Anyone who has experienced this first hand understands the real/surreal moment the spirit leaves the body of a loved one. I am happy for him because he was released into a fantastic heavenly realm and is free of time and space in Godly place where there is no sadness or tears - and yet my heart is heavy with memories of a really great life shared. He was my father and I am his son. I thank him for that. He was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ and understood this life is not a light switch - on one second and off the next. His "hope" wasn't an empty campaign promise by a politician trying to win votes. His hope was built on an empty tomb that defies all logic and natural physical boundaries. His very real faith was formed by daily Bible reading for 37 years. It took him nine years of dedicated reading - and analysis against every other known form of spiritual worship along the way - before he put his faith in a God of Love who calls everyone back some day. "The spirit returns to the one who gave it" the Bible says. It happened today and I was fortunate to be there.

  • BOMONSTER Scratches a French '55 Chevy Gasser

    I just finished scratching this '55 gasser for a customer in France. He sent me the following picture and asked me to create an original BOMONSTER masterpiece for him.

    I liked the angle and submitted the following rough idea. Not everyone can look at a scratchy rough drawing and imagine a finished piece of art but this owner did and loved the concept. Since the car had English writing all over it I added the DRAGS sign to give the driver some motivation to hit the gas.

    What's important about the rough drawing is that I can get to an idea quickly and run it by the customer to get an approval before spending lots of time scratching my art. It also allows me to explore more ideas and this case I emailed the one you see here plus a more serious version without the sign and driver. But you know the French. They love crazy stuff which suits me just fine. The quick turnaround time lets me get right to the scratching. The best kind of client says "I love it. Do it." When I hear that I go into high gear and start scratching while I'm excited about the project. If there is a lot of "input" it tends to slow the process down and too much input turns a fun project into a job. Thankfully, my customers tend to dig my stuff right away. And the scratching begins...

    Once the outline image is transferred to the scratchboard, I scratch the tricky areas first - a face, the wheels, lettering, whatever might cause a drawing to not look right later. That way with the "harder" parts done, I can concentrate on how light shapes an object and I scratch where the light hits first and leave the shadows alone. The above image is nearly complete but lacks the explosion of scratches to show the reflected light coming from the headers behind the wheel. Once done I sign my name trying not to misspell it. After a Paypal transaction, I wrap it up and ship it to its new happy home.

    If you want BOMONSTER to scratch your cool car or bike, email me at bomonster@bomonster.com

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