HOW IT ALL BEGANKustom Kulture In A Nutshell
WHERE IT ALL BEGAN……
KUSTOM KULTURE is a term to describe the artworks, vehicles, hairstyles, and fashions of those who drove and built custom cars and motorcycles in the United States of America from the 1950s through to today. It was born out of the hot rod culture of Southern California of the 1960s.
Artists such as Von Dutch (Kenny Howard), Robert Williams, and custom car builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth; along with Lyle Fisk, Dean Jeffries; hot rod and lowrider customisers such as the Barris Brothers (Sam and George Barris); along with numerous tattoo artists, car painters, and movies and television shows such as American Graffiti and The Munsters (The Munster Koach, DRAG-U-LA) have all helped to form what is known as Custom Culture.
Custom Culture is usually identified with the greasers of the 1950s, the drag racers of the 1960s, and the lowriders of the 1970s. Other subcultures that have had an influence on Custom Culture are the Skinheads, mods and rockers of the 1960s, the punk rockers of the 1970s, the metal and rockabilly music, along with the scooterboys of the 1980s, and psychobilly of the 1990s.
Each separate culture has added their own customisations to the cars, their own fashions, influenced the music, and added their own ideas of what is cool, what is acceptable, and what is not. Everything from wild pinstriped paintjobs, to choptop Mercurys, to custom Harley-Davidson and Triumph motorcycles, to metal-flake and black primer paint jobs, along with music, cartoons, and monster movies have influenced what defines anyone and anything who is part of this subculture.
The KUSTOM KULTURE BLASTOFF SHOW is a platform to bring all these subcultures together through their love of art, a thread common to all as each is able to appreciate the talent, dedication and work that it takes to create this unique art form in whatever medium has been chosen for the display. In essence Kustom Kulture Blastofff captures a small piece of history that may be enjoyed, absorbed and recreated over the weekend.
LYNDA JOHNSON is the show creator and was inspired by her husband KRIS ‘PUK’ JOHNSON. Introduced to the new art form in 2000 after discovering her new husband was one of the early pinstripers in the UK she was instrumental in aiding him to start the original Pinstriping UK. This appreciation developed into a love and fed her enthusiasm for all things Kustom. Kris brought Pinstriping to the masses and was possibly one of the most influential advocates of the craft. He became one of the most prolific event stripers throughout the UK between 2000 & 2010, ‘Puk’ is still a signature you will see on vehicles nationwide. His appearance on Pimp My Ride helped launch pinstriper XIII career, and he has taught over 1000 people the basics of striping during this time. His earliest Pinstriping was done in 1984 on Chris Adams’ kustomised Peugeot 203 which graced the front cover of Street Machine.
Despite Kris’ success Lynda was stunned to see how under appreciated this art form was and whilst the bigger car shows had examples or retro shows appreciated the kustom lifestyle no show offered the limelight to the Kustom art form itself whether art or customisation. Initially Lynda created a newsletter, a single sheet with tips and news on the latest artists. Today that newsletter is a magazine in it’s own right, PINSTRIPING & GRAPHICS MAGAZINE is read globally both in hardcopy and digitally and is still one of the few magazines of it’s kind today. Kris by now owned & operated the original Pinstriping UK where he supplied a vast range of Pinstriping products both on line and via attendance trading at the Hot Rod runs and Bike runs throughout UK. But Lynda still didn’t feel the talent was being recognised at events and so the Kustom Kulture Blastoff Show was born.
Kustom Kulture Blastoff has grown from humble beginnings, hosted at a small Lincolnshire event centre to a sprawling weekend-long celebration of hot rods and custom vehicles for the people who build them, drive them, and just can’t get enough of the music, art, history and creativity inspired by and created around them. Lynda says “I see my role as supporting the artists in this niche field and inspiring the younger element to help to keep these crafts alive”. Come to this event and you will see that she has certainly achieved her goal. This year we are welcoming the scooter community with their distinct brand of customising.
LYNDA JOHNSON, the Show Founder & Kris ‘PUK’ Johnson
Whilst Kris is still Lynda’s support and inspiration, he is sadly unable to participate due to ill health. Lynda however, is still driving the show forward ensuring that each year she reaches out to another generation to bring into the fold.
The KKBO team work flat out all year round to make each show bigger and better than the last, if you see us at the show, come and say hello, we can be spotted in our purple jackets.
KUSTOM KULTURE BLAST OFF
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