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Approaching the anniversary of his passing, we are going to take a look at the revolutionary work of artist H.R. Giger, and the style his work gave birth to- Biomechanical Art.

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Born in 1940 in Switzerland, Hans Rudolf “Ruedi” Giger, known to most as simply H.R. Giger, gained early success with his art at the end of the 1960’s, via production of posters featuring his art.

His unique style was one of stark surrealism, in which he usually depicted the intimate fusing of mechanical features or parts to distinctly biological components or beings. Giger’s compositions were usually desaturated or completely monochromatic, and the scenes were often emtionally (and visually) dark. This approach resulted in evocative, often bizarre, sometimes disturbing imagery in his paintings.


The visceral style of H.R. Giger strikes a deep and distinct chord. It presents us with universally familiar elements, yet portrayed in an unearthly context. It creates a deep resonance with its audience, regardless of whether the reaction to it is positive or negative. His creations and their lasting impact have had a great deal of influence on many artists in their own work, whether they realize it or not.

Given the style of artwork produced here at Killer Paint, it is not surprising to find some Giger-esque artwork here at the shop from time to time.

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Such designs have been created for customer jobs, side projects, and even television appearances. Mike even designed some Freehand Templates designed specifically for doing biomech artwork

An episode of “Payback” with the rock band Korn focused on an automotive project featuring biomech-influenced elements and artwork on the project. You may even recall the “Under Pressure” episode of “Rides”, in which both cars for the painting competition were painted with a biomechanical theme.

Using Giger inspired elements on vehicles both large and small works very well, and there are many ways that biomech artwork can be worked into the paint design. A number of color palettes can be applied effectively to these designs, or just done in monotone grays. The density of the composition can be varied as well, all the way from a few sparse elements to a super-dense layout, packed with visual components.

H.R. Giger was a mad genius of sorts, and brought something entirely new to the table with his work. People will probably likely feel the effect of H.R. Giger’s art for many years to come- the ripples of the creative splash he made in the world of art before he left it.

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We hope you enjoyed this post.  Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

The Official H.R. Giger Website: www.hrgiger.com

Killer Paint videos on YouTube

Biomech FX “Skull Buster” templates at Coast Airbrush: http://www.coastairbrush.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Biomech_FX_Skull_Buster_Set

Biomech FX “Spinal Trap” templates at Coast Airbrush: http://www.coastairbrush.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Biomech_FX_Spinal_Tap_Set

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

Grunge FX™ Tutorial Video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96hjkbrwprA

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com -The preferred paint of Mike Lavallee & Killer Paint

 

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This 2016 Camaro was brought to us by our customer Aubrey P., who wanted an electrifying look for her brand new car…

 

The Camaro Hyper Blue Metallic paint color is already pretty high voltage, so the artwork was painted right over the stock color.

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Bolts of lightning run across the hood, emanating from the Chevrolet bowtie emblem on the front, radiating outward. Even more electrical arcs flow off the backs of the wheel wells and down the doors, as well as a bit from the corners of each of the headlights.

 

On the back, the bowtie on the trunk lid was also hit by the lightning bug, and a “Phoenix” text emblem was designed to go on the rear at the customer’s request.

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This kind of  a simple though effective way to give a paint job some extra “wow” factor, without being terribly ostentatious.

We hope you enjoyed seeing this project.  Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint videos on YouTube

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

Grunge FX™ Tutorial Video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96hjkbrwprA

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com -The preferred paint of Mike Lavallee & Killer Paint

Back in 2012, just a day before Thanksgiving, this refrigerator departed Killer Paint and was delivered to its new home

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The customer, a huge fan of Pink Floyd, wanted this fridge done in a theme dedicated to his favorite band. Artwork from a number of different ‘Floyd album covers and other sources from the group’s long history. Plus, there are a few other fun changes made to this project.

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The image on the front door features a large central piece that is an amalgamation of the cover artwork from the albums Pulse and Dark Side of the Moon.


52780_10151291127180605_492615748_o2An additional feature on the door that is more than just paint is the handle. The refrigerator’s original has been removed and replaced with a custom one, in order to continue the Pink Floyd theme even further.

The new handle is made from two actual metal hammers. They were cut, fitted and welded together, then painted to look like the iconic marching hammers shown during the “Waiting for the Worms” song segment of  Pink Floyd’s 1982 film version of “The Wall”.

The new handle piece was bolted to the door using metal mounting pegs welded to the back of the hammers, ensuring that the attachment will be sturdy enough to hold up to continued usage for a long time to come.

It is definitely quite a bit less ergonomic than the handle the fridge came with, but you could probably open bottles using this one if you wanted to.


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Down on at the bottom of the fridge, in the lower left hand corner of the door, is a bit of art that is a little less prominently displayed-

It is the cow from the cover of the ‘Floyd album “Atom Heart Mother.” Well, almost the same cow.

If you take a closer look, you will notice that some of the cow’s markings have been modified slightly in order to resemble the spade and skull used in the Killer Paint logo.

Almost every job that comes out of the shop gets a Killer Paint logo painted on it somewhere. It is just not always as subtly placed as this one.

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The artwork on each side of the refrigerator is designed to transition from one image to the next. The elements from the designs on the door flow over and morph around the corner and onto the right hand side.

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On this piece, the stone heads from the cover of the Pink Floyd album “The Division Bell” sit on the ground at the bottom of the fridge. Above them, artwork derived from the cover of the live double album “Delicate Sound of Thunder” occupies the top half.

Also tucked into the artwork on this side is the iconic image of the Battersea Power Station, made famous by its appearance on the cover of the 1977 “Animals” album. (click image to enlarge)


 

On the opposite side of the refrigerator, the image from the cover of the “Wish You Were Here” album is the central piece.

At the bottom sits the screaming face associated with “The Wall,” while a transparent brick pattern runs up the side over the other artwork. The logo for “The Wall” sits at the top in the dark sky, where the iconic flying pig, floats across the sky, lit by an array of multi-colored spotlights.


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Most refrigerators painted at Killer Paint are destined for home theaters, game rooms or “man caves” and not a typical kitchen. This one was no exception, so as with many custom fridges, neon was added to the back, to add that extra ambiance in its final setting. In this case, what better color than pink?


 

To make this fridge bring a complete Pink Floyd experience, there was one more feature added. (See video below)

It has a music player and speakers built into it so that it plays a random Pink Floyd song when the door is opened! The songs play in their entirety, even if the door is opened


 

Completed just before Thanksgiving, the refrigerator was loaded up and driven to the customer’s home, to make sure it was in place before the madness of the holiday season started. The room the refrigerator was to be in was full of other valuable keepsakes and memorabilia, and up a narrow outdoor stairway, so getting it into place was no simple task.

However, once it was in place, it looked like it belonged, and had always been there. The customer was definitely thrilled! (click images to enlarge)

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We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Pink Floyd Offiicial Band Website: http://www.pinkfloyd.com/

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

Grunge FX™ Tutorial Video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96hjkbrwprA

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

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Recently, the final episode of Overhaulin’ titled “Foose and the Bandit” aired on the Velocity Channel. Mike was called in to do his magic on the project, though he didn’t know it would be his last appearance on the show at the time… Continue reading

In 2013, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was brought to us by a client who is a big fan of a certain legendary rock band…

AC/DC Harley-Davidson by Mike Lavallee of Killer PaintThis bike was going to be fender-to-fender AC/DC. The owner of the bike had a bunch of favorite images from the bands albums and history that he wanted to incorporate into the design on this project, so basically every section on the motorcycle has its own piece of artwork, and some parts even have more.


931248_10151652654010605_608199029_n2This Harley’s fairing features a “Rock N’ Roll Train,” from the band’s song of the same name. An image of AC/DC guitarist Angus Young on a motorcycle appears on the front fender, with both parts sharing the same stormy, thunderstruck sky.


Several different elements were combined for the artwork on the gas tank-

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For the top of the tank, Mike painted a literal “Highway to Hell,” using his Killer Grunge FX spray to add texture to the pavement. The road is engulfed in flames all the way to the burning horizon. Smoke issuing up from the bottom forms the letters “AC DC,” and a highway sign marking the damned route completes the scene.

The center console panel that divides the tank was painted with the band’s stylized lightning bolt emblem, crackling with burning energy. (click images to enlarge)

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Each side of the gas tank received its own separate artwork. One side has another “Rock N Roll Train,” while the other side has an image of the band from the cover of the “Highway to Hell” album, right below the burning highway sign. Additional flames tie the images from the top and sides of the tank into a single flowing piece.


970369_10151652656950605_1932487534_n2Behind the seat, the “Highway” continues on through the rear fender, ending with a flame engulfed “Hell’s Bells” emblem.

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Portraits of guitarist Angus Young and lead singer Brian Johnson were painted on the saddle bag lids, flanking the rear fender. Both portraits are done in deep blue hues, accented with flickers of bright orange fire over them. (click images to enlarge)


The side of each saddle bag also received its own artwork, of course.

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The right hand bag (as the driver sits) shows a concert scene with a “Whole Lotta Rosie” astride the train.

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The other bag side shows cannon from “For Those About to Rock” blasting away, with more lightning striking down from above. The side cover on this side has shows another flame-licked portrait of Angus Young. (click images to enlarge)


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The bike showed up at a concert by the all-female AC/DC cover band “Hell’s Belles.” The ladies in the band seemed to appreciate this Harley, too.

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX Spray: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

AC/DC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acdc/

AC/DC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ac_dc

Hell’s Belles Official Website: http://www.hellsbelles.info/

Harley Davidson Official Website: www.harley-davidson.com

In case you missed it, you can read True Fire™ Basics Part 1, “Know Your Fire,” on our website by clicking here.

True Fire™ Basics Part 3, “Your Sword vs. Your Shield” can be viewed on our website by clicking here.

The information here is intended to help painters and artists get the best results they can when painting True Fire™ on their own projects. For detailed instructions on painting realistic fire, we recommend that you watch Mike Lavallee’s “Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire” DVDs.

Show Your Colors

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There are several layers of color that come together to add depth and realism to True Fire™

When painting realistic fire, the number and types of colors you use in a recipe to paint your flames can make a huge difference in the result.

Cutting corners and using too few paint colors and layers can greatly diminish the depth of your flames. Most of the time, when painting realistically-styled flames, you will want to show a range of colors, moving from the deepest colors in the background, brighter colors in the middle-ground, and brightest colors to the fore. The fluid nature of fire can make this tricky to get a handle on, as fire does not tend to have many clearly defined edges.

The flames as a whole can be painted in a number of different color ranges. Blues and greens are popular colors, for instance. Just make sure to get your color recipe down, and test it on a scrap or sample piece before you jump straight to the final job. This gives you an opportunity to avert any unforeseen complications (aka: huge disasters!)


Choose Your Weapons Wisely

IMG_1957BObviously, the choice of which type of paint to use can have an effect on the outcome of any paint work. At Killer Paint, almost every job is painted using House of Kolor‘s urethane paints. However, regulations in some states and countries limit or prohibit use of urethane paints. This has narrowed painters’ options in the past. Fortunately, advances in waterborne paint technology in recent years have made it a much more versatile option than before. Many artists are having good results using this type of paint as well.

Not every artist or painter can justify using many of the more expensive paints, especially those people who are just getting started learning about True Fire.™ There are paints that range across the price spectrum, but bear in mind that not all paints are created equal.

Whichever brand or type of paint you use, remember that using low-quality paints will make getting a high quality result more difficult to accomplish in the end. So research the paint you want to use before you make the dive.


Background Color is Equally Important-

You can paint flames on almost any surface you choose, but not all background colors will work well. For realistic fire, the general rule of thumb is that black and other darker colors work best. Lighter colors such as white, silver, yellow and so on should be avoided almost entirely. It’s not that it cannot be done, but it is typically far more trouble than it’s worth, and the result may not look so great. Another tactic to consider is that it is sometimes a good idea to adjust the “temperature” (shift more to the red or yellow, etc.) of your flames to suit the color(s) you choose to paint on to achieve the best visibility (or subtlety, if you like) of your fire.

If you are using variant flame colors, then making sure that the fire and background colors look okay together is even more important. Some color combinations might sound like a good idea initially, but end up clashing in the final result. Again, using a test panel to preview your ideas can save a lot of headache in the long run.


Movement and Direction Can Make or Break the Illusion-

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Take into account the shape you are working on when determining where to paint your flames

When painting realistic fire on any surface, keep in mind that the flames need to behave as fire actually would on that surface. They should flow and move in a way that compliments the objects they are on- be it a car, boat, mailbox, bowling pin, etc.

On a vertical surface, flames should move upwards, never downward, with only a few exceptions, like dragons for instance, where the fire might be projected from another direction.

On the side of a vehicle, they tend to look best moving front to back, as they would when in motion. The entire point of painting realistic flames is to make them seem as authentic as possible.

…So when in doubt, ask yourself: WWFD? (What Would Fire Do?)


Know how much is too much-

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…Sometimes you need more

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Sometimes a little is all you need…

It is also important to use the right amount of fire for the job. Every new layout will have different requirements. Sometimes just a few licks of flame will be all that you need. Sometimes a solid sheet of flame will look best. It is easy to get carried away and overdo things when it comes to laying down realistic fire. In many circumstances, less is more.

A small amount of fire placed correctly can make a big impact if you let it stand out. There is no easy rule to follow on this one. You just have to learn when to say “enough is enough.”

We hope you found this information useful. We hope to make more posts about airbrush art and painting True Fire™ in the future, so stay tuned! Thanks for visiting!

Update: True Fire™ Basics, Part 3 is on our website!



If you are interested in purchasing DVDs from the “Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire” series, click here.

Artool’s True Fire™ Freehand Templates, used in painting realistic fire, can be purchased from Coast Airbrush here, and the “2nd Degree Burn” templates are here.

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Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about reference materials for painting realistic fire, or share with us your favorite ways to gather images for inspiration in creating your artwork.

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

True Fire™ Basics Part 1, “Know Your Fire”: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics/category/basics-part-1

True Fire™ Basics Part 3, “Your Sword vs. Your Shield”: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics/category/basics-part-3

True Fire™ Basics Part 4, “Square Pegs in Round Holes” https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics/category/basics-part-4

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs: http://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=227

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: http://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=215

House of Kolor Official Website: http://www.houseofkolor.com/

This firefighter’s helmet just departed the shop here at Killer Paint on its way to help raise funds for a family struggling with the costs of cancer. (see below)

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3691670_1433372832.334Tim Ridenour is a US Navy Veteran, and Retired Greenville, Ohio Firefighter. In September 2013, Tim was diagnosed with a Stage IV Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) brain tumor.  He has undergone two surgeries and required a surgically implanted shunt.

Tim continues to undergo chemo, a treatment which is a 24 hour, seven days-a-week commitment. MaryAnn, his wife of 32 years, is now his full time caregiver, and does not work outside of the home.

They are having a difficult time making ends meet, as medical bills and unexpected expenses continue to mount. This helmet will be a raffle prize as part of a fundraising event on taking place on Saturday, August 29.

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If you live in the Troy, OH area and wish to attend, it will be held at the Troy Elks, at 17 W. Franklin St. at 6:30. The event admission fee is $5.00.

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Screen shot 2015-08-13 at 4.59.01 PMIf you cannot participate in the fundraising event, but still wish to contribute to Tim and his family, there is currently a crowdfunding campaign underway (as of this posting) over at Gofundme to help relieve the financial burdens of this already terrible situation

(click here to donate)

Their goal there is to raise at least $10,000 towards his treatment and expenses.


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

Fireman Tim’s Brain Cancer Fund: http://www.gofundme.com/firemantim

Greenville Fire Department on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Greenville-Township-Fire-Department/176521289113730

Troy, OH Elks Lodge #833: https://www.elks.org/lodges/home.cfm?LodgeNumber=833

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Just a few days ago I was confronted with a question from somebody on my KILLERPAINT Facebook page. Well, it wasn’t really a question it was more like a sideways statement or accusation.  You see here’s the deal-io.  I put up a post to my fans about me doing affordable custom one off pieces of art on aluminum panels to see if they’d be interested in purchasing them.

Well this one guy comes on there and say’s “Mike must be hard up or work must be slow for him to be doing this”  and that kind of pissed me off !    who is this guy to be saying such a thing?  was he another painter? a fan? who?   and why would he say such a thing?  granted it has effected my automotive custom business but it hasn’t touched my fine art business.  One door closes and another one opens my grandmother used to say!

Lets be honest, this nasty economy has taken a giant bite out of everybody who is in this businesses ass!  and the same goes for me here! I’m being honest here. BUT I am not curling up and going away.  NOPE!    I have lots of avenues to explore to fill in the void in the automotive custom trade.  I’ve started my new SKELEBRITIES  brand of fine art, I’ve made partners with toy companies, as well as offering my fans original pieces of artwork that they can own.   I’m also working with somebody in the funeral business to custom paint and personalize final rest items.

you see I’m not JUST a car painter and I’m not JUST a motorcycle artist NO!  I’m an artist that can apply my work to many items as well as license original artwork on many items from T-shirts to die cast cars to figurines and much much more.

people are frustrated that their business is lacking and I totally understand but always remember this,  “Whenever you point your finger at someone there’s ALWAYS three fingers pointing back at you!”

to survive this mess you all have to be sharks, always moving. keep looking for new opportunities , create new things.   When I was busy painting everything that moved I didn’t have the time to develop the ideas  I had. now, I have more time to explore them plain and simple!

 

  I know I’ve built this huge reputation for being the fire guy but let me tell you I have not always been on the friendly side of the flames!  Let me start from the beginning.  It all started when I was about 12 years old in my dad’s workshop in the basement.  It was the day before Halloween, and my brother Bob and I were going through my dad’s taxidermy stuff to try to make our costumes. No store-bought costumes for us! NO WAY.

I wanted to be the Wolf Man, so Bob decided to help me make my costume.  I found some flax ( flax is a hair-like substance that is made from some plant and is tan in color. Dad used it in his bird taxidermy)  Now that I had the hair, I had to figure out how to attach it to my face :).  Glue was out of the question. The next thing I ran across was a roll of window putty. Perfect!  I took some of the putty, and put some  across my cheek bones, chin, upper lip, forehead and sideburns.  Next, I took handfuls of the long flax material and pressed it into the putty, longer on the sides and chin, mustache and eyebrows, and really long on the forehead and sideburns! Next I took my dad’s camo makeup, and finished coloring my exposed chin with brown color.  I took my plastic vampire teeth and broke the top from the bottom, and put the top part upside down on my lower teeth to complete my WOLFMAN look.  It looked awesome to us!  We were laughing and thinking we were sooooo cool!  now we had to make it look REALLY cool and scary so I took a flashlight while Bob  shut the lights.  I took my mom’s double-sided makeup mirror ( you know the kind that has a side thats normal and the other side has a magnifying side?)  I flipped the mirror to the magnified side and put the flashlight under my chin and made my best wolfman faces and sounds……too COOL man!  It was then my brother got the bright idea to take a candle to make it look even spookier!  Me being an idiot, I agreed to do it… He lit the candle and put it under my chin in the darkness of the basement I looked pretty damned spooky in the mirror. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH spooky. Then bob thought it would look even scarier if he came closer to my face with the candle! Uh, yeah!!!!!!

As he got closer to my face with the candle the flame connected with the flax beard!  the flax had been drying since , oh, I don’t know, Egyptian times!!!! And all I could see in the mirror was the wolfman going up in a flash! have you ever seen flash paper the magicians use???? Yeah, like that!  Only after the screaming was over and my brother found something to put my face out that the real burning happened!  The putty that I used to hold the flax to my face was….uh, FLAMABLE! yeah!   it was REALLY flammable!  In fact, it was bubbling like the cheese on a freshly baked pizza!   Then my ass got beat by my dad for almost setting the house on fire!

It was a couple of years later when the flame master struck again… When we were kids we made these cannons out of  soup cans, we would take about 5 soup cans that had the tops and bottoms cut out of them we taped them together with duct tape  to make a tube, then we’d attach a pop can at the bottom with the open part to the inside. Then we put a tiny nail hole in the bottom of the can just opposite of the opening.  Next, we all bought the family sized can of Zippo lighter fluid and put a couple of squeezes of fluid in the nail hole.  Then you shake it up till you couldn’t hear the fluid anymore and it was now in a gas form. then you light a match and touch it to the hole and then BOOM! the cannon was supposed to go off, NOT!  so what did I do? yup! MORE FLUID!  shake it up, light the match, touch it to the hole… Nothing! grrrrr! more fluid!  shake, touch the match… Still nothing!   by now all my friends cannons have worked without a hitch, mine not so much.  Now there I was with what amounted to a bomb in my hand.  I wanted to light this thing  bad!  So I did what any kid would do! I lit a match and dumped it down the front of the cannon. hehehe!  still I got nothing!  I repeated this maneuver a couple more times and got the same results every time.  By now my friends had backed away from me by about 50 yards! Hahahaha  pussies!   I couldn’t believe that damn thing hadn’t gone off!!   So there I was holding this bomb in my hand , then I did something that at the time didn’t seem like such a stupid idea! I looked down the front of the cannon! and  there in the very bottom of the pop can was the smoldering head of the last match I dumped in there. it was at that exact moment in time that my brain separated from my body!  I thought I’d just blow out the smoking match head… and in slow motion I filled my lungs with air and exhaled down the length of the tube until the air hit the smoldering match head and then I saw this little red glow and then the match got the air it was looking for and I think it was at that exact moment my brain reconnected with my body and I realized just what I had done but it was too late!  as my  eyes widened in shock at my stupidity I saw the flash!  I couldn’t move fast enough! BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The next thing I remember was the smell of burnt hair and sound of running feet of my friends to my side!  by the grace of god I wasn’t blinded or worse!  I didn’t have any better luck with fireworks either!    a few years ago I decided I was gonna give the kids a 4th of July to remember!  I went down to the fireworks store on the reservation called BOOM TOWN, and spent about $600 bucks on all the coolest fireworks, I had a huge box of every imaginable thing you could think of from jumping jacks to the big roll of über firecrackers, sky rockets, mortars etc!

Everything was going great till the parachute incident!  One of the rocket deals had the fireworks float to the ground with the flares attached to little parachutes. Well, the parachutes were floating everywhere, and I didn’t notice the one stray chute that floated into my huge box of fireworks!!!!!  Shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Immediately, it looked like World War Three with fireworks blowing everywhere!  They were bouncing off the house and blowing up. The kids and Nic went running for cover in the house, while I tried to keep the place from burning to the ground!  It all lasted about 5 minutes, but felt like it lasted an hour!  Hahahahaha! Oh well, I guess I should stick to just painting fire huh?  Happy 4th everybody! Be safe!

Bloggin’ like a virgin

Ok,  they say there’s a first time for everything so here goes nothing!   I don’t know anything about blogging I’ve never even read anybody’s blog before so I have no idea what to do. I’m guessing I just tell you what’s going on or whats on my mind or tell you about my feelings….oh God, not that!

Just how long is a blog anyway?  I would  have been  blogging a long time ago if it weren’t for My girlfriends insistence of not being helpful in my time of techno troubles!  she obviously hasn’t received the same treatment from myself when it came to matters of the airbrush! If you’ve seen her work lately! 🙂  but alas I managed to put the two techno brain cells I have together and POOF! here I am……blogging. hehehe  I don’t need no stinking help!    what am I saying?  of coarse I do!  All kidding aside, I couldn’t do any of this stuff if  didn’t have Nic to help me.  she’s a wiz at this computer stuff!

 I have a nasty habit of just submitting my posts without proof reading what I’ve written so if you see spelling or grammar errors…….deal with it! hahaha  you’ll know what I’m talking about and I never claimed to be perfect!

  Today started out like most Mondays, slow to get into the shop, at least an hour and a half behind my other more timely employees. but in my defense, I worked most of the weekend so I feel like I’m allowed to come in a little late if I work after hours or on the weekends right?  ok, maybe I should set a better example.  what -ever.

started work again on the Amazonia fridge and helped Abel a little with the truck we are doing a complete color change on.  got a visit from Grant Harris and his buddy to pick up the last piece of Grants classic chevy pickup truck we did for him. grant is the father of the late Phil Harris from the show “Deadliest Catch”  you can tell Grant really misses Phil.  I have Phil’s portrait piece on an easel in my showroom right now, I felt bad it was there when he showed up but I had no idea he was going to be coming in today. If I did I certainly would have removed it to spare Grant from opening that wound again.

I’m trying to find the time from keeping this boat afloat to work on one of my new personal projects but can’t seem to do it.  I’m just gonna have to make myself do it or it’ll never get done!

well, I suppose this is a good first effort to blogging! I hope it didn’t put you to sleep!  hahaha!  see ya next time