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Off to meet Wes at the Kustom Kulture event...
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Look for my Japanese friends too. NASH will be the one with the BIG smile. Please tell him Skate Fink says hello. Good folks.
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Off to meet Wes at the Kustom Kulture event...

Look forward to seeing from pics from that show!  Please post a few 
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Back from the Kustom Kulture event. Happy I went to. Not because of the event itself, but because I finally met Wes in person. I'm so stoked. He's such a down-to-earth guy. But let's take one thing at a time...

Had my right Achilles tendon injured last Wednesday while skating Europe's biggest wooden indoor bowl, the MU-bowl at the area51 skatepark in Eindhoven/Netherlands. Hurts badly. Anyway, because of that I decided to go to the Kustom Kulture event by train, instead with the car, and to leave my skateboard at home. Ok, took me about two hours to reach the location in the city of Herten. The event took place on the site of a former coal mine, that had been shut down in 2001. As Wes already mentioned there were giant brick buildings with partly thrown in windows, rusty window frames, a hugh shaft tower, massive metal parts everywhere, green hills, probaly arisen from former mine dump, surrounding the scenery.
When I went inside the venue I saw hot rods, 50s road cruisers and motorbikes everywhere, some of them rusty and fucked up looking, some brightly polished with chrome and funky colors all around, engine noise everywhere. 90% of the visitors were Rockabilly style guys and girls. Greasy hair, black leather jackets, check shirts, blue jeans, etc. Well, I fell out of alignment with my Vans, cargo shorts, black Z-Flex t-shirt and unkempt hair. So did Wes. I found him in the first tent I went into, only 10 minutes after I had come to that event. He sat behind his stall, a good collection of t-shirts with his art printed on in front of him (I got me a black one later, with a small Sabertooth art print on the left chest and a big Sabertooth art print on the back). I introduced myself and sat next to him behind his stall. And then we just started talking and talking and talking. In between we went out to get a beer, I met Wes' personal chauffeur/guide, a nice guy from the neighbo(u)rhood. We talked again, went back into the tent, talked more. Wes has so many fascinating stories to tell, it's unbelievable. I could sit a week or so next to him just listening. Anyway, since I had to go back by train and with a birthday invitation in the evening ahead, I had to leave after three hours, without even having a look at the rest of the event. Spent all the time talking with Wes. Well spent time. It was great to meet him in person. He's funny, he's down to earth, he's a living legend. I'll try to meet him again on Tuesday, before he flies back home from Duesseldorf, where I live.

Did only take two or three pics within the first 5 minutes, then ran out of steam. To be honest, I'm not the guy who likes to take pics the entire time. So, while I could have spent hours just taking pics of all the cool cars, the motor bikes, the tattoo artists, the pinstriping artists and their art, etc, I chose to just have a beer with Wes and relax. Wes sure will post up a couple pics when he's back home next week.

Here's what I have so far...











Wes signed my copy of his art book...





As said, nothing fancy. There were really cool cars and stuff, but, yeah, I was lazy. So no more pictures.

@ Skatefink

I talked to Nash, the Japanese artist, and told him you said hello. He took a pic of me and Wes, that he wants to send you or post up on facebook or something.


@ Trevor aka Four95

Last year you did post up a couple pics of a deck with pinstriping done by artist Simon Pollock aka Nefarious. He was there, too, pretty sure, right next to Wes' stall. He had some amazing art for display...

http://bulldogskates.websitetoolbox.com/post/show_single_post?pid=1275476713&postcount=2011










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Very cool that you got to meet the Big Dog. Just sitting, sharing a couple beers and hearing the stories is priceless. Thanks for saying hi to NASH. We''ve not met in person but have had several exchanges online. The 'net is amazing in bringing the World together. Here's a guy from Germany meeting a guy from the west coast of the USA, saying hi to a guy from Japan from a guy from the east coast of the USA. Amazing if you ask me. Healing vibes for that tendon..... (((((*)))))
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Wes, looks comfortable in Germany ~ you should stay a few more days, enjoy the trip of a lifetime
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Would be cool if you could swing through Ireland on the way back and see some of the kin folk..
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@ Trevor aka Four95

Last year you did post up a couple pics of a deck with pinstriping done by artist Simon Pollock aka Nefarious. He was there, too, pretty sure, right next to Wes' stall. He had some amazing art for display...




Hi Steven, it looks like you had a great time there and I'm glad you got to share a beer with Wes. I sorted out my 4 boards that Simon has done for me this past week and I was lending them to him to take along to display on his stand. Somehow I managed to get the day he was leaving mixed up and by the time I tried to drop them off he had already left. What a dumb ass. This is what he was meant to have with him.
Hope the injury is better for you soon.





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Stoked for you Steven that you got to meet Wes.  Looks like a fun event.  Just by coincidence, we kind of had a German Kustom Kulture thing going on in Milwaukee today.  Actually, it was a BMW and VW car show.  About half the cars were straight up stock and the other half modified to some extent.  I don't mean to hijack the thread, but thought you might like to see some pics?  I can delete if out of place.

This was a cool custom V-Woodie based primarily on a 1964 Beetle convertible.






Somebody's road warrior surf wagon.


This would be better.  It has teak wood floor mats.


An immaculate VW Bus.




How many Beetles were converted to dune buggies?


This was a popular tongue-in-cheek mod back in the 70s.
















My brother and I with our German skate-mobile circa 1979.

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Right on! Seems like a good place to film a "Saw" type movie....   

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Would be cool if you could swing through Ireland on the way back and see some of the kin folk..


  Pat, you're so f'ing classic!!
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Indeed, Pat, it's a small world. Glad we have the internet. It can bring people together thousands of miles away from each other. Wes did show me his Irish passport. Didn't know he was born there. Always thought his parents were Irish and he was born in the US. He's from Europe actually. Funny...

Trevor, amazing pinstriping on your boards. I've watched Simon do some pinstriping on a jigsaw or a tool or something, don't remember. One really needs a steady hand to do. He has.

Wow, cool cars, Chris. Thanks for the pics. I would love to try one of the dune buggies. The V-Woodie is beautiful and the orange military style car with the teak wood floor mats looks like the perfect car for a summer breeze ride.

Joel, true, perfect setting for a horror movie or a movie with an apocalyptic scenario.


Thanks for the get well wishes, guys! Will have an orthopedist have a look tomorrow. Hopefully nothing serious. Fingers crossed...
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Great thread, good stories, incredible pictures....
Way to be on site for us KK!!!!!!
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Great thread, good stories, incredible pictures....
Way to be on site for us KK!!!!!!
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Still in Germany I'll be leaving tomorrow sometime with a good noon ish 1 something like that but a good time to meet you too and I love those old BMW's was a great.... Anyways trying to do this on the phone really sucks but everything else is great have a lot of fun and I'll post some pictures when I get back alright....
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