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