The Kustom Kulture opening at the Huntington Beach Art Center was a super party with amazing art focused on the Southern California trifecta of cars, surf, and music. The show, organized by Copro Gallery’s Greg Escatlante curated by Southern California native, C.R. Stecyk whose life was portrayed in the 2001 award-winning documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys, and Paul Frank, originator of Paul Frank Industries and creator of Julius the Monkey featured so many artists and old friends! We’ll be doing a another coverage focusing on only the art. For now, here’s some of who and what we saw!
The Munsters’ custom car, one of the most influential icons in the Kustom world.
The Pizz, This Sporting Life
Rick Reitveld, Road Queen
Roy Gonzalez custom surf board
Surf boards and dune buggies play a big part in the kustom world.
Michael Brown, Four Eyed Francis
Margaret Keane, It Might Have Been. Keane’s icon big-eyed pop culture images have influenced five decades of art.
Suzanne Williams, Robert Williams
Robert Williams with hot rod and hot bod.
The Pizz and lady friends.
Christoper “Coop” Cooper, right, and friend with Coop’s custom car.
Me with Kustom Kulture curator, C.R. Stecyk III
Sepp Donahower, C.R. Stecyk III, artist Jeff Decker and the Decker family.
Professional skateboarder, skateboard company owner, and artist Ed Templeton.
Brubank Choppers Car Club. Chopped and custom painted cars were the foundation of Kustom Kulture.
Curatorial assistant Wendy Sherman gets poster signed by co-curator, designer Paul Frank.
Kustom Kulture II organizer, Copro’s Greg Escalante with Mear One and friend.
My parents, Sande and Richard Schwarzstein, who inspired my lifelong passion for art and adventure.
Top photo, Munster car photos, and This Sporting Life photo: Jon Alloway. All others: Cindy Schwarzstein/CARTWHEEL