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  • BOMONSTER Scratches a French '55 Chevy Gasser

    Posted on August 5, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    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

    This post was posted in Scratchboard secrets


  • BOMONSTER in The Rain at Washougal

    Posted on July 27, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    I know this doesn't seem like much of a news flash but it rained on us in Washington. We drove all the way to Washougal to vend my BOMONSTER work at the AMA Outdoor National MX race and we got wet. The news as that it was the first time since 1982 that it rained on the race. Here we are on setup day getting the booth ready for the thousands of spectators we thought were coming...

    And then on race day the rain came. Not a downpour but enough to stay wet all day inside and outside the booth. At least we had a cover over our heads. This was our view from inside the booth:

    Oh yes. there was a race going on. Here are some pictures from my pal Steven Kristoff from Gate Drop Productions taken on press day.

    Photos by BOMONSTER except the race photos by Gate Drop Productions

    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


  • How To Cut Up a BOMONSTER Mens Tee for Girls

    Posted on June 30, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    Mellodee stopped by the BOMONSTER booth at Born Free 7 to show what she did with one of my small mens tees. Here's what she did: Step One: fold the shirt sideways in half and cut a vee shape out of the bottom. Step 2: Cut off the sleeves for a tank top look. Step 3: Cut off the sleeve art and use about 15 safety pins to pin together a pocket on the front. Step 4; Put it on and hear everyone say "you look awesome!"

    People say my art is one-of-a-kind but some people really know how to prove it. Good job Mellodee!

    Photos by BOMONSTER Model: Mellodee (instagram @_mello_dee)


    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


  • BOMONSTER Found at Born Free 7

    Posted on June 30, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    Born Free 7 was a great show for the fans. A custom biker build-off featuring some spectacular bikes, tons of unique bikes ridden into the show, live bands, people watching, many chances to win free bikes, and of course lots of one-of-kind vendors with a chopper art appeal.

    We were there to sell our BOMONSTER art and apparel and we weren't alone. After a long walk looking at the 200+ vendors I started thinking how does anyone decide what to buy? Most of what's for sale is pretty cool. It made me appreciate those who buy my art and apparel all the more.

    There are two bike shows. The roped off biker build area which features a couple dozen fantastic one-off cutting edge customs from literally all over the world and the larger owner ride-in area which you'd be hard pressed to find a showroom stock motorcycle. Everything about the show screams creativity and individual expression.

    I took lots of pictures but when I got home this one of a light green metallic Shovelhead Harley really caught my eye. What made it unique was that it was ridden into the show and just sitting under a tree without a show sign or anything to tell its story because it wasn't a featured show bike. I thought it told a great story about the quality of the show. If the "average bikes" parked on the edges of the show were this good then just imagine how good the featured bikes were. And they were.

    Photos by BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


  • Unloading the BOMONSTER Trailer

    Posted on June 9, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    "Hey buddy, could you give us a hand unloading our trailer before the crowds get here?Thanks."

    Photo by BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


  • BOMONSTER and Rat Fink Reunited

    Posted on June 7, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    I got invited by the Roth family to come up to Manti, Utah and be a part of the Rat Fink Reunion. I expected to see a few cars, meet some artists, hear some Ed "Big Daddy" Roth stories, and see a few Rat Finks. Check, check, check, Check! Did all that. What I didn't expect was to be in a room with everything ever printed with Rat Fink on it from all over the world. Every year the family opens their Roth-filled memorabilia home and opens a large building out back filled with everything Roth and it takes hours for your bulging, bloodshot eyeballs to take it all in.

    Featured behind glass is Ed's workshop exactly the way it was the day he had a heart attack and passed away in 2001. He was working on a fiberglass trike body and it's still there sitting on sawhorses the way he left it.

    As they say with most experiences like this, pictures don't do it justice. It's one of those places where you almost don't know where to point a camera. For those of us who grew up with Roth models, shirts, stickers and the show cars, the Rat Fink Reunion is a must-attend experience. You get to see all the stuff you remember but you also see a lot of stuff you've never seen as well as Ed's personal stuff too which can only be seen here in Manti. It was very generous of the family to open their home and Ed's life for all to see and I was glad I did.

    Photos by BOMONSTER. Photo of BOMONSTER taken by his lovely assistant Mrs BOMONSTER.

    This post was posted in Famous People BO Knows


  • BOMONSTER Goes Grave Hunting for Ed "Big Daddy" Roth

    Posted on June 6, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    While in Manti, Utah, I stopped in at the local cemetery to see where Ed Roth was buried. I remember seeing a headstone with Rat Fink on it a long time ago while Ed was alive and looked for it. It turns out the Rat Fink headstone wasn't used and instead the headstone today only has the familiar "Roth" font to recognize it as "Big Daddy's." I met up with one of Ed's long time garage buddies and it turns out he has the original Rat Fink headstone in his garage.  I didn't see it but he told me enough other stuff not to doubt him. He also said Roth collector Beau Brockman of Galpin Ford thinks he owns it but in actuality only owns a copy. Such a mystery. Here's what Ed is buried under today. He was married to Ilene at the time of his death. The caption reads: "We added our two cents worth!" (People left the little garden gnome and pennies.) The dates read March 4, 1932 - April 4, 2001 - one month past his 69th birthday.


    Hey who put that BOMONSTER sticker there??!!! Curious, I looked around the interweb and found this photo of the Rat Fink headstone Ed was showing off at the Rat Fink Reunion in '79.

    Ed Roth Rat Fink headstone

    How many men end up with two (or three) headstones in their lifetime? If only headstones could talk.

    Photos of today's headstone by BOMONSTER. Photo of original Rat Fink headstone by Tom Davison

    This post was posted in Famous People BO Knows


  • BOMONSTER Interviewed in the Netherlands

    Posted on May 27, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    Car Art Spot out of The Netherlands is a very informative website covering a wide range of excellent automotive artists from all over the world. They must have run out of excellent artists to interview because they recently included an interview with BOMONSTER. The full interview can be viewed here.

    How did you get started with painting cars?

    On one hand I’ve had a career art directing car ads and commercials for Porsche, Acura, Nissan and Toyota. The goal is to tell a visual story that makes the viewer want to be there. On the other, I’ve always attended vintage drag race events and traditional custom car shows and they always felt separate - not connected to my ad world. Most art directors in advertising can’t draw very well but have lots of ideas. The advertising craft is one of putting existing images together in new ways on a computer screen so that clients with no imagination can see exactly what the proposed ad will look like when it’s produced. I always wanted to develop my art chops but didn’t have the time. Five years ago I was making little white lines on a black computer screen and thought the result looked like a scratchboard technique we did in art class years before, scratching a black inked board to reveal the white layer underneath. I remember liking the look and that lead me to creating some ideas on actual scratchboard – which also allowed me to develop my drawing skills to better level.

     What is your background? Did you grow up amongst cars?

    When I was a my dad built one-off six cylinder roadsters for drag racing and V-8 powered dune buggies for the desert from cheap cars he bought out of the local classifieds.  We went to car shows where I grabbed all the free stickers I could while he talked to clients of his small automotive ad agency. One of his clients was Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. As a little kid I remember meeting Ed in his Maywood, CA shop while he was shaping his “bike/truck” concept show car with plaster over chicken wire.  Back then he was calling it “Missing Link” but later it became Captain Pepi’s something or other and then later “Megacycle.” Growing up I also built model cars, raced slot cars and drew cars so I guess I could say I grew up around cars.

    Did you go to art school?

    I went to a trade school for commercial art in L.A. and then later to a specialized school for advertising concept development. I’ve taken classes in figure drawing but the majority of my schooling was advertising career motivated. My own art is something that is self-taught. I’ve spent most of my life looking at work in galleries and museums all over the world saying “I could do that” but never actually doing it until recently. The challenge to being self taught is staying objective about your own work and learning to trash what doesn’t work and do something over again without someone else telling you it could be better.

    What sort of cars do you like to paint?

    Hot rod Model As and Ts, ‘36 Fords, ‘40 Fords, ‘50 Fords, ‘50 Mercs, ’60 Cadillacs, VWs, 60’s Chevy trucks and chopped bikes. Basically cars that defined a specific 1950s-1960s time period in America when a grass roots nationwide car guy group, crazy with creativity, developed aftermarket technology, invented customizing trends that most of mainstream America didn’t really understand.  I like more than just those cars of course but I always like how hot rods and traditional customs look like out driving in the modern world.

    What inspires your paintings?

    Inspiration usually comes to me in a visual way – I’ll see a low car and imagine a creepy looking guy looking at a cute girl or blown Chrysler with flames pouring out of the headers and imagine the light it creates. Inspiration to me is a feeling that the outcome is going to be awesome and that I must get started on it right away. The end result doesn’t always match the early enthusiasm but when it does it’s a beautiful thing.

    What helps you choose a specific topic to paint?

    I bounce around from hot rods to customs to dirt bikes, VWs and choppers. I just did a cross-country trip to Texas and back from California and watched all the cactus go by and it opened my mind up to the types of vehicles, people, animals and stories one might find in that world. Now that my head is filled with deserts, highways, vultures, skies, art and music so I feel inspired to create something from that experience. Same thing happens when I’m around the rockabilly scene, choppers, the beach and from listening to albums.  So I would say my experiences help me choose the topics.

    What are you expressing with your art?

    I want the audience to have the same “WOW” reaction to my work that I had while creating it.  Ultimately I want my art to have an uplifting and encouraging vibe to it. In a word “fun” is what I’m going for. My art is usually shown in context of other artist’s work who often explore the dark, creepy and angry, unjust side of life.  While I understand its role in expressing individuality and going against the grain I want a different reaction to my work. If my work is seen by others as happy, cool, creative, relevant and positive then I’m satisfied.

    What techniques do you use?

    What makes my art unique to the eye is the scratchboard technique. I scrape away lines with a knife on a black-inked board to create a white on black look. Often times my designs start as a small thumbnail drawing which I scan bigger, print and retrace. Once the drawing is good, I’ll scan and put on my computer to adjust perspective, composition, cropping, etc. I’ll print the drawing out and then like a tattoo artist I’ll transfer just the outline shapes to the board. But whereas a tattoo artist will start filling in the shadow side to define the illustration, I start scratching the lit areas and leave the shadows alone. Once scratched, I scan the final art and create a printable file for shirts, future books, social media, etc.

    Who is your audience in general and which audience are you aiming at?

    What I know about my audience I learned by bringing my art to shows and meeting them face-to-face. I go to the biggest and best car shows, chopper shows, rockabilly music events, nostalgic drag races, and wherever I think there’s a fit for my art. I’ve also been in a few lowbrow gallery shows, which is also valuable learning.  People who appreciate my work tend to be creative themselves. They usually build and create unique things themselves – cars, clothes, write music and make their own art. My work is appreciated by men, women, old and young – there doesn’t seem to be  a specific “demographic’ – it’s more about a mindset.

    You have a clear unique style of painting which is easily recognizable. Is that something you learned or a natural influence?

    The artist Pizz told me that an artist’s style is defined by their strengths and weaknesses. My aesthetic is inspired by a 60’s style defined by Rick Griffin, Jim Phillips, Ed Newton, Basil Wolverton, R. Crumb, Teen Angel and many others – most usually found on album covers, t-shirts  and underground comics. What I’m learning now is not to try and make something photo real and 100% accurate in every detail. I’m trying to make my art look like someone in high school - who could draw really good - drew it. There’s a kind of non-judgemental innocence and not caring what anyone else thought that I like from that time period. It was a “Hey look at this cool thing I drew’ feeling I try to tap into constantly.

    What is your ultimate goal or your dream and what do want to achieve with your art?

    Ultimately I want my art to pay the bills, buy my cars and motorcycles and let me travel. It sounds crass I know but what better way to make a living than doing what you love? To do that, my art would have to find its way onto commercially available products as a brand and once a style is merchandised the challenge is how to do that in a world of production costs and market demand. That’s usually the point when other artists feel like they’re selling out and losing their love of creating what they love.  Hopefully if that ever happens, I’ll have the experience to know where to draw the line between compromise and the nagging desire to create.

    BOMONSTER can be reached through his website here. 

    This post was posted in About BOMONSTER's work


  • BOMONSTER Trailer Sighting

    Posted on May 24, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    Stopping back in time in Los Alamos, CA

    Photo by BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


  • BOMONSTER and the West Coast Kustoms Santa Maria Drive-By

    Posted on May 24, 2015 by BOMONSTER

    The annual West Coast Kustoms Santa Maria Show is always eye candy on display. The low key atmosphere and relaxed vibe hides the true story of how rare and how perfect some of the cars on display really are - often being unveiled for the first time at this show. There are rarely any signs or announcements telling you anything about each car but the flip side is that the owner or builder is usually standing nearby and ready to share the details. I'm actually there to sell my BOMONSTER art and apparel and miss much of the show but the great thing is that the owners, builders and interesting people usually come to my booth to check me out so I usually get to know the car owners before I see their car up close.


    Since we were set up outside along the award show parade route, the cars literally came to me this year. It was great getting to know the winners and putting the faces with the cars. Drive-By Kustom Car Show. What a concept!

    Photos by BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


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