Look what I found at the warehouse recently. This is the original airbrushed artwork that was used on the Hot Wheels Redline Club VW Bus, 1 of 12,500? Man thats alot, but it’s cool art, non the less. I can’t believe I can do stuff like this. It’s been such a long time and I miss the kustom-paint side of me that’s aching to bust out.
I didn’t know where it was for a short time, but looking at it, it really inspires me to start airbrushing and pinstriping again. ahhh, only if I had the time.
How the HW VW Drag Bus was made from this airbrushed artwork was a process called graphic fusion. First a high-res image is taken of the original artwork, then the image is used to produce the fusion (fancy name), which is really a factory decal that can wrap around curves through a heat treatment, and adhere really well to difficult areas that tampo (pad printing) can’t get to. For me, the tampo process is my favorite application. It’s like an artform in itself, printing one color at a time. The fusion process does have it’s uses, but I personally don’t like it, it’s like cheating, you know, print a decal and place it on, easy but still not that simple. But again, fusion does have it’s uses but the tampoing, if done right and with quality machines is the ultimate fav.
Maybe I’ll do a write-up on the process of the step by step artwork, I recall taking pics all the way throughout.
As crazy as it sounds, we have another theft. This time it’s the “theft of the Mystery Chase.” We most likely think the theft is from one of the trucking warehouse employees from which the shipment is kept after it clears US Customs. This time the thieves sliced through a couple of cartons and took out some busses. Same as last time.
We been contacting and working with our transport company and we are offering a $100.00 reward to the first one who comes up with one of the stolen cars and furnish us with the sellers name and address and where it was bought. (We are not concern with you ‘receiving stolen property, please keep it – use the $100 towards the purchase) We want to know who the person is.
There’s also a $500.00 extra reward if the info you provide leads to the arrest and conviction of this person in a court of law! Everyone really just want this to stop and the person caught.
So if you happen to run across any of these ‘stolen’ number on ebay or anywhere else, please contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
*If you purchased any of these stolen items, you’ll have to send it to us to verify the number and furnish us info on the person who sold it to you, and we’ll send it back along with the $100 reward. We’ll take care of all shipping costs and toss in some other goodies for your help. Here are the edition numbers from the stolen cars:
STOLEN 192 EDITION MYSTERY CHASE from Commemorative Edition/13th Issue:
#147, #148, #151, #152, #156, #160
photos supplied to the authorities:
STOLEN 888 EDITION (BLUE VERSION) from Commemorative Edition/13th Issue:
#729, #735, #739, #740
STOLEN “24K EDITION” – from Artist Proof VI /12TH ISSUE:
#25, #29, #33, #37, #41, #45
From our talented friends Scott & Dirk at Stith Printing! Killer new Kustomcity T’s! These guys are really good!! I have to admit these shirts were ready to go back in early ’09 but got put on the shelves due to work & travel. These are so cool! I cannot believe how cool they turned out. We got so many emails saying how cool the EVO SS looks with a woodie deco, well, you can wear it proudly and get it on a shirt! Stay tune for more info on these as well as other cool stuff…
Here’s a sneak into some killer T’s!! I think they are HOT!
One of my favorite combination! Hope you guys like it! Just love that Silver Plated with the black flames and black-chrome dip rims…
Looks familar?? lol. One of these most likely have been delivered by that postal dude to your destination.
Took this shot of the KC Staff Van before our driver took off, lol, this thing was so full and it was the excess because the postal dudes van was so full, he couldn’t accept anymore packages himself!