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1983 Volvo 240 DL with 9'8" Carl Olsen Noserider and 5'4" Almond “Sea Kitten.”

“Hand-painted this for myself after selling my beloved.”

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The Car That Started It All

1983 Volvo 240 DL with 9'8" Carl Olsen Noserider and 5'4" Almond “Sea Kitten.”

“Hand-painted this for myself after selling my beloved.”

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Jimmy Buffett's Ride(s)

2010 Ford Sportsmobile with 10' Takayama SUP and 9'2" Stewart Hydro-Hull

“My Mom is a huge Jimmy Buffett fan. She couldn't believe I was commissioned to do his rad ride. Proud Mama.”

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A Rad Family Car

1942 Chevrolet Coupe with 8'0" Skip Frye

“These [next] three cars were a huge part of my life. All three my dad built from the ground up. They're long gone now, but it was special to do these. My dad got this [one] for free as payment for some body work. It was a shell and he turned it into a show winner. We had the yellow ‘42 for about 10 years.”

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A Rad First Car

1966 Plymouth Barracuda with 6'4" Liddle “Burrito”

“[This] was my first car. My dad and I made this thing solo rad. Wish I would have kept it.”

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A Rad Gift

1956 Chevy Bel Air 2-door hardtop with 5'2" Mabile Mini Simmons

“My dad built this for my mom. It was perfect. The whole family would cruise around in it every Sunday. I still remember the way it smelled. He ended up selling it for like 25-grand to the owner of a Chevy dealership in San Jose. He parked it in the dealership showroom. My mom used to go visit it every once in awhile. It might still be there.”

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Before: A Rad Moped

Honda CT moped with Mackie 5'10" Sidecut Fish

“[Surfer] Matt Whitehead rode this thing from B.C. to Baja. It's not a ‘car’ per se, but I really enjoyed doing this for him.”

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After: A Rad Take on a Rad Moped

“Drew this as he was passing through L.A.”

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Before: Lee Clow's 1962 Datsun 312 wagon

1962 Datsun 312 wagon with vintage Phil Edwards and a no-name vintage single-fin

“Lee Clow is the chairman of the agency I work for. He's a legend in the ad business. I was so stoked to do this for him.”  

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After: A Rad Painting for an Ad Legend

Lee Clow, who commissioned this painting, is one of the ad men behind Apple’s 1984 spot and the “Think Different” slogan.

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A Rad Hearse

1959 Hearse

This rad car was featured in a Halloween art show at L.A.’s POP Gallery.

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A Rad Hot Rod

1928 Ford Hot Rod with 9'8" Dyer Brand Jetson, 8'0" Sandy Egg-o and 5'2" Belly Tanker

This really classic car belongs to Mason Dyer of Dyer Brand surfboards.

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A Rad Space Shuttle

“The Endeavor made its way through L.A. and I created some timely radness.”

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