• BOMONSTER meets Buddy Holly


    On our way to sell BOMONSTER art & apparel at the Lone Star Roundup in Austin TX we passed through Lubbock, Texas and stopped at the gravesite of Buddy Holly. Interesting that he was only 22 with so many now classic hit records already made. Also interesting his last name was really spelled Holley with an e. The sign told us it was customary to leave a guitar pick and luckily my friend Joe Krow had given me one earlier which was floating around in the dash drink holder. I don't know what they do with all the guitar picks but mine was put to good use.

  • Not BOMONSTER's Kellison


    While selling my art at the Detroit Autorama earlier this year I came across this stunning 1962 Kellison J5 on display. Michigan owner Jim Hart told me he bought the car from a Beverly Hills, CA pawn shop for an "obscene amount of money" nearly 20 years ago and raced it in a few vintage road races until a recent compete restoration. The body is actually a one-off Kellison "drop nose" concept developed between the J5 and J6 model which has the quad lights of the J5 and oval grill opening of the later X-300GT. I guess you never know what you can find in a Beverly Hills pawn shop.


    Photos by BOMONSTER

  • Not BOMONSTER's Kellison For Sale


    Does the above post make you want your own Kellison - a car that everyone goes crazy when they come into contact with one? Here's a deal. It's for sale by the owner who sent me these pictures hoping to find a good home for this cool project. The 1964 X-300GT body sits on a Chuck Manning X-frame chassis and is powered by rebuilt '63 283 Chevy with '57 fuelie heads. It's less than $10K and Steve the owner will deliver anywhere west of the east coast. Mrs BOMONSTER told me I needed to finish my own Kellison before thinking about buying another one. But your wife might say otherwise.

    interested? email the owner:

  • BOMONSTER Loves Hot Rod Cupcakes


    I love cupcakes of all shapes, sizes and flavors. Especially the ones with a hot rod edge. Yes, I'm taking about cupcakes. I scratched this one and the original sold but you can still get your hands on this awesome women's tank top. Where?

  • BOMONSTER's Scratched Truck


    While scratching this litho design "Halfway House" it brought back memories of my '72 Ford F-150. Seafoam green with aluminum slot mags and green Hawaiian curtains in the back window. This limited edition litho is available on my website and features three vintage Ford trucks in front of the Halfway House - an actual cafe on the outside edge of L.A. county where I live and the location for many TV car commercials and movie scenes. To get your copy, check out my website here.

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  • BOMONSTER Answers Gnarly Questions


    Get your own copy of the premiere issue of Gnarly magazine to see profiles on lots of current lowbrow kustom kulture artists including BOMONSTER. Here's an excerpt from the interview...

    What are sales like on your site compared to going on the road and selling. You’ve gone on, what, ten shows in the month we’ve been talking about this magazine feature… Do you love traveling, or is that just the best way to get your artwork seen by the like-minded masses?

    Both require a huge amount of effort. Just having a website is not enough. You have to get people to see it and that means you need to be involved in social media. My website sales are best when I’m engaged on facebook, Instagram and my own blogging. Art is not the easiest thing to sell because it’s not a rational decision – it’s an emotional one. I see things I like online all the time and then get distracted and forget to buy. And that’s the great thing about live shows – the music, the cars, the creativity, the people - all create an environment where the art fits. I look for shows that I personally enjoy as a fan - not just as a vendor. I’ve done art gallery openings, music events, car and bike shows, drag racing events and a couple of big AMA MX races. The art purchase becomes more of an emotional reaction to the day versus a logical decision of what it will look like next to something else on a certain wall.

    In April my wife and I drove to Austin, Las Vegas and So Cal for shows three weekends in a row. They happened to be very good shows with an international following but yes I love the travel in between. It helps that my wife is a great traveling companion and drives while I sleep. The shows are a great way to get my work in front of people and I do love the travel part too. I love observing the every day life of others and have a much more positive view of people when I travel. I have come to realize that today’s news media, education, TV and online entertainment presents a very edited, slanted and politicized view of society. Traveling is a great reset button for the mind.

    Read the rest of the interview here:

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  • BOMONSTER Scratches Harleys


    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


    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


    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:

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