Kustom Kulture II Opening at Huntington Beach Art Center

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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!


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Church of Type Kustom Kulture II exhibition posters


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Adam Wallacavage‘s chandelier hangs above the Munsters’ family car


The Munsters’ custom car, one of the most influential icons in the Kustom world.

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Von Dutch


The Pizz, This Sporting Life

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Rick Reitveld, Road Queen

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Roy Gonzalez custom surf board

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Surf boards and dune buggies play a big part in the kustom world.

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Joel Tudor’s custom Barry McGee surfboard

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Michael Brown, Four Eyed Francis

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Margaret Keane, It Might Have Been. Keane’s icon big-eyed pop culture images have influenced five decades of art.

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Mark Ryden, Girl on Wood Color Study


Shag, The Modeller

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Anthony Ausgang

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Suzanne Williams, Robert Williams

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Suzanne Williams

Robt Williams hot rod

Robert Williams with hot rod and hot bod.

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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

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Sepp Donahower, C.R. Stecyk III, artist Jeff Decker and the Decker family.


Professional skateboarder, skateboard company owner, and artist Ed Templeton.


Artists Adam Wallacavage and Natalia Fabia


Brubank Choppers Car Club. Chopped and custom painted cars were the foundation of Kustom Kulture.

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Into the Zone director Jon Alloway with Copro Gallery’s Erica Miller and Gary Pressman

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Curatorial assistant Wendy Sherman gets poster signed by co-curator, designer Paul Frank.

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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

1 Comment

  1. Sketch V
    July 18, 2013

    Great pics!


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