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  • What Was BOMONSTER Doing at SEMA '14?

    Posted on November 11, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    Suppose they gave an art show and 130,000 people came? SEMA did and invited a half dozen great artists plus BOMONSTER. 2014 marked the first year art was shown on the Skybridge between the Central and South Halls. I had never shown my art there before so it was a thrill to be invited with Max Grundy, Ed Tillrock, Josh Welton, Dan Brown, Keith Weesner, Tom Fritz and and SEMA Hall of Famer Bob Larivee, Sr.

    99% of SEMA attendees are not there to buy art and were surprised by the cool gallery display and meeting the artists. I had a great time meeting celebrities, old timers, friends and had my picture taken about a 100 times. Like most shows, I don't get to see much of the actual show but the cool thing is all the fun usually comes to me. Here's a little of what I saw...

    One of the highlights was meeting Ed Iskendarian - the Godfather of racing cams - at a private small dinner affaire. He told some great stories about sponsoring Don Garlits in the old days. Like when Garlits rejected one cam had Ed grind another one and then complained about that one too. So Ed ground off the numbers off the old one and restamped a new number and sent it back to him. Garlits then set a world record with that cam. Ed is 93, a great storyteller and all-around nice guy.

    Photos by BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


  • Why Was BOMONSTER Invited to SEMA 2014?

    Posted on October 29, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    What is BOMONSTER doing at SEMA this year? I had to ask myself the same thing when I got invited to show my work to 130,000 car fanatics along with six other artists at this year's show. Let me just get this out of the way before I say anything else - it is an honor to be invited  - especially since the other six artists are actual (and very good) artists. I'm the new guy and feel somewhat like the imposter - but hey -  they invited me so who am I to tell anybody otherwise? I will say however that being in such good company does have its own way of motivating you to bring your best. Since SEMA represents a wide variety of car interests - from trucks to customs to muscle cars to everything new, it gave me chance to expand my art in a couple of new areas. Here's what I'm bringing next week; six large framed originals and these posters of those same originals. When I get back, I will have left over posters for sale here.

    Scratchboard art by BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


  • BOMONSTER Is All Over Ventura Nationals

    Posted on September 3, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    One of the first local car shows I attended a few years ago was the Primer Nationals in Ventura. I was knocked out by the appreciation of custom cars in a more "not yet finished" form. Many chopped, sectioned and modified cars in progress and many more which looked "in progress" but were called "done." There were great live bands with a Stray Cats and Blasters sound to them - because they were from the Stray Cats and Blasters. There were a few artists among the vendors and I remember liking them all. They each captured the creative spirit which ran through the entire show. I never knew such a crowd existed until the Primer Nationals.

    Cut to 2014 - five years later. I'm making my own art now, am friends with many of those same artists, the Primer Nationals became the Ventura Nationals and I was asked by the new owners of the show to create the poster and event shirt for this year's show. I don't usually get too excited over my own work but I admit it was fun to see my art blown up big on stage behind the bands and people grabbing posters and event shirts. Nothing like seeing your work in public to make you want to go back and make it better. Yes I'm proud of it but every artist sees the flaws - which hopefully makes him or her better the next time around.

    Photos by BOMONSTER




    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


  • Dirty Bachelor Party Photos by BOMONSTER

    Posted on August 26, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    My son is getting married in a couple of weeks and he invited me to his bachelor party. I had a million things to do this weekend but it hit me "My son invited me to his bachelor party!" Hopefully it'll be his only one so it's an honor just to be invited right? Thank God we have a boy who thinks the perfect bachelor party involves trucks, bikes, sand rails, ATVs, RC cars, campfires and camp food. I was invited because he needed a "camp dad" to drive the RV, bring the wood, cook the meals and blend the margaritas. I agreed and we left for Pismo Beach, CA on Friday night and returned Sunday after a fun-filled dirty weekend of driving vehicles off sand dunes at high speed, breakdowns, stuck trucks, campfires, campfire stories, lost dogs, carne asada burritos for dinner and breakfast, margaritas, cigars, bloody marys, lost dogs, middle of the night rescues, and a general all-around fun time with a great group of friends. Here are some pictures...

    Photos by BOMONSTER except the photo of BOMONSTER and Weston by Brad W


    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


  • BOMONSTER Art Unleashed on the Italiano Concorso

    Posted on August 19, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    Being a hot rod, chopper, dirt bike, kustoms, dragster, rat rod, woodies-on-the-beach scratchboard artist,  I don't go to too many high-end snobby affaires but I also like vintage Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Ducatis and Vespas and thought their owners would dig my stuff so I decided to spend the big money and buy a booth space at the annual Italiano Concorso held on a golf course green overlooking beautiful Monterey Bay during the famous Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance weekend. My art isn't what you would call "traditional" in the conservative sense - and tradition rules at these events - but I knew money was no object with this crowd if they liked what they saw. I brought my pal Doug Taub to the event to be a vendor and he brought his stellar Italian countryside and car photos framed and matted plus some bitchin' olives and olive oil to taste which he imports from Italy. We both had a great time selling our stuff surrounded by more combined money than the treasury of many small countries.

    Ferraris were the hit of the entire Pebble Beach weekend. One won Best of Show Sunday at Pebble Beach and a 1962 250 GTO was auctioned off the night before for $38 million. Needless to say many of these cars are only trailered and brought out by "car handlers" for rare showings at events like the Italiano. While looking at a sea of red Ferraris, the funniest comment I heard from an owner who asked a young "handler" - who delivered and parked his car at the show - was "Which one is mine?"

    Photos by BOMONSTER except the photo of BOMONSTER taken by his trophy wife, Mrs. BOMONSTER.

    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


  • GOD Bless Flat Tires

    Posted on August 15, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    If you're the praying type, you know prayers work. Before each road trip we say our prayers and ask God to keep watch over us. While on a six hour drive to northern California for another show to sell our BOMONSTER art and apparel, Mrs. BOMONSTER suggested we stop at a rest stop outside Paso Robles on the 101.  We had been driving since 3:00am and we were both ready to stretch our legs. On the way back from the facilities, I noticed our BOMONSTER trailer tire had an off-center bulge and the tread was separating from the tire and showing wires. Changing a trailer tire means unloading half the trailer to get to the spare. I found out how convenient it was to change a tire on a newly paved truck lot with no crowds and all the room to empty a trailer. And when I was finished, I walked a hundred feet to the restroom and washed my hands.

    Adding up all the ways in which it could have been much, much worse if the tire separated at speed in traffic a few minutes later VS. all the little things like getting the urge to stop in the first place, noticing the bad tire on the walk back to the car, having the room and a calm place to fix the problem in the cool morning air and it's easy to see that prayer works.

    Photo by my co-praying wife, Mrs. BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


  • BOMONSTER Travels the Oregon Coast

    Posted on August 7, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    Driving to other states to sell BOMONSTER art and apparel means we have to drive at high rates of speed to get to show venues early enough to set up and then race back home to get ready for the next show. For us, there's nothing better than having an extra day or two to take a side trip off the GPS planned route, discover some new scenery and take a few pictures.  Here are some memories from Coos Bay, Sunset Beach and Reed's Port, Oregon. I like looking at these pictures - makes me want to go on another road trip.

    Photos by BOMONSTER except for the picture of BOMONSTER by his model-turned-photographer wife, Mrs. BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


  • Fans Dig BOMONSTER's Art at Dunefest

    Posted on August 5, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    While vending our BOMONSTER art and apparel at one event, people will often turn us on to another event they think we will do well at. When we were in Washington, a bunch of off-road fans told us about Dunefest in Oregon. Five days of dune riding fun for thousands of fans - and only a handful of vendors. We had some time to spend this year so we stopped in on Dunefest and brought out the BOMONSTER merch. Five days of even sales adds up to a decent profit but it doesn't start to feel like you made any money until the last day. It looked like a lot of fun for anyone with a vehicle with paddle tires and I had a couple of offers for rides but we were there to make enough gas money to get back home so I put business before pleasure but now that I look at these pictures, I realize I should have gone riding.

    Like everywhere else we go, it's the people who make the live events so fun. We had some absolutely fanatical buyers who went crazy for BOMONSTER art and apparel. Five days is along time to sit in a booth on an asphalt turnout while 99% of the crowd is out having fun somewhere else. At the end of the show I was asked if we would come back. Mrs. BOMONSTER immediately said "Of course we're coming back. Think of all the people we sold to. They'll be expecting us." So I guess we're coming back.

    Photos by BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


  • BOMONSTER On Television at Washougal

    Posted on July 26, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    Technically I don't know if our BOMONSTER art & apparel booth made it on screen but the cameras were at Washougal, WA covering the AMA Pro Motocross and we were there with our good pals Joe and Betsy Krow selling and representing. They live in nearby Ocean Shores, WA and they surprised us with gifts from the northwest including an awesomely cool BOMONSTER ruff cut art wood sign created by Joe K.


    Photos by BOMONSTER except for photo of BOMONSTER taken the warm-hearted Mrs. BOMONSTER

    This post was posted in Live Events Journal


  • Art is Everywhere at Born Free 6

    Posted on July 1, 2014 by BOMONSTER

    Born Free is one of the most scenic shows of the year. I go there to sell my BOMONSTER art and apparel but it's hard not to notice all the creativity everywhere you look. The bikes, the people, the displays and the art is all eye candy. The bikes are all one-of-kind-masterpieces and the custom-painted gas tanks scream originality. Here are a few...

    Photos by BOMONSTER. Tank art by real artists.

    This post was posted in Miscellaneous


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