Surf Sand Music, is this Paradise?

June 25th, 2014

Human beings are capable of achieving spectacular things, and the credit for that can be given to his thirst for adventure and a why not attitude. It’s probably the same adventure that led us to define things. The evolution thought that its best and we humans didn’t do it, like flying – we developed plans riding the winds – we developed hot air balloons, for walking on water – we built ships, and for riding the waves we created the awesome sport of surfing.

Surfing is believed to have existed since humans began to learn swimming, body surfing has existed since a long time and the most recent innovation of standing on a board know as surf board can be traced back to the Hawaii islands of America.

Surf + Music

Human love to mix things up, probably the reason behind creation of the sandwich but this topic is not about food (though I wish it to be) it’s about music. When the surfing culture sprouted in the human narration in the early on 20th century, it was mostly all about surfing the big waves, later on things started to get a bit more interesting, the culture grew with more people, language, fashion and lifestyle with all these things included, how can someone forget about music. And that’s when music and surfing came together and we begin with the History of Surf music in the USA.

The society was at its highest point in the 1950’s & 60’s, and it had a strong hold in Hawaii, the American state of California and Australia the distant long lost cousins of Americans.

The legends

Though surfing was restricted geographically, the music culture it produced was not. The southern California is mainly attached to surf music, and if you are a follower of rock melody, you have to thank surf music for that as it can be called as the father of rock music.

Surf music evolved into two major forms

1. Instrumental surf rock,

2. Vocal surf pop

Dick Dale and Del- Tones can be given the credit of popularizing the instrumental surf rock genre.

The orange county of southern California saw a boom in rock bands that performed surf rock music in the late 1960 – 1966.

Throughout the History of surf music in the USA, numerous bands came and performed but they all had one thing in common, they all had a dedicated song to surfing and many of them managed to get their song in the Americas top 100 list. Leading the way were “The Beach Boys” and “The Chantays” with their songs titled “Surfin” and “Pipeline” respectively they managed to win the hearts of people and popularize the now world famous sport with a dash of music.

Decline and the fight back

The mid 1960’s saw a decline in surf music and garage rock, folk rock, blues- rock and other rock form took up its place. And not to mention when the Beatles came knocking, even the last light seemed that ever dimmer.

Nevertheless even if you are thinking like you have not heard surf rock, think again. The revival of the surf music began when the soundtrack of the famous James bond movie Dr. came out and it was not included a surf rock style guitar use, which meant that it will be used in subsequent bond movies and have also been adopted in other spy movies.

We can safely conclude that Surf music has been revived and as per the title Surf Sand and Music it is defiantly a piece of heaven for me.

Detail story of Monster Art and Role of Von Franco in it!

June 25th, 2014

In the late 18th and the early 19th century, people from the Continent and the Americas were undergoing an influence of the ‘surreal’ or the ‘psychedelic’ thought process. As it is in the nature of human beings to stand apart, opposite ideas began taking root in the minds of many young people in California, famous for its ‘adaptability’ of the unimaginable and ‘tolerance’ towards moral values.

What is Monster Art and role of Van Franco in the same?

In such an era, Von Franco, an individual with a rebel mindset was born in San Jose, California, on the 29th of May 1952. He was not alone, though, in this pursuit of Hot Roding, Lowbrow Art and Kustom Kulture, he had the company of other stalwarts of ‘Cult Art and Cult Music,’ namely; Robert Williams, Gary Panter, Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth, Newt and Stanley Mouse.

Robert Williams published a book, ‘The Lowbrow Art of Robert William,’ which rebelled against the ‘highbrow’ style of American art. He went on to edit a well-known magazine, ‘The Juxtapotz,’ although his work was considered antithetical by artists of his times. They categorized him as an illustrator, or a graffiti artist, which was a popular form of ‘self-expression’ in those days.

Gary Panter was one more die-hard fan of the psychedelic culture and underground art; having a punk ideology, he drew for comics as an expressionist and promoted commercial art, illustrations, music and cartoons.

The answer for What is Monster Art and role of Van Franco in the same began in the1970’s, when he started to modify roadsters or trucks into weird hot roads, he also notoriously duplicated Norm Grabowski’s Kookie T and Kookie II, which were modified from a Ford Model-T. He went on to advocate The Lowbrow Art movement; with his passion for surreal and psychedelic arts. His famous work was; pin-stripping for auto body shops, airbrushing Hot Rods for Roth, and hand-lettering techniques for car and T-Shirts, which he sold all over the U.S.

Lowbrow and Kustom Kulture:

The ‘Lowbrow’ or the ‘pop surrealism,’ was so named by the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art; where a similarly named exhibit was on display. It featured artists; Mariko Mori, Gregory Crewdson and Ashley Bickerton, etc.

An underground movement called the Kustom Kulture was very popular from the 50s to the 70s. It identified with and professed the antithetical ideas of the ‘wild,’ young and the restless, amongst who were – surfers, motor-cycle gangs, drag racers, skinheads, metal music and punk rockers.

They came up with antithetical lifestyle products; clothes, hairstyles, tattoos, make-up, head gear, eyewear, shoes, accessories, etc.

Along with Von Franco an ardent promoter of Monster Art, artists like Von Dutch, Ed Roth, Newt and Stanley Mouse were immortalized for their mysterious and amazing ‘Monster’ Artworks. Their work was sold at car shows across the states, and their T-Shirt graphic designs were popular among the Hot-Rodders, Motor Cycle gangs, Rock bands, and Punk movements.

Levis, celebrated the legacy of the Hot-Rod culture, by manufacturing in collaboration with Von Franco, 35 unique styled ‘Kustom Monster Sweatshirts,’ individually airbrushed by Von Franco himself.

All said; it’s evident ‘cult culture’ is very popular with many people in America, but only a few can rise to fame in this parallel society. One such pioneer is Von Franco, he created a passion that paved the way for the release of ‘free-thinking art’ from the clutches of a few ‘self-edified’ people, and encouraged common people to come up with a ‘revolutionary’ art-form and live a ‘monstrous’ lifestyle like Von Franco himself.

Creatively different forms of Monster Art

June 25th, 2014

Mankind has always enjoyed art, the oldest ones being the paintings on the walls in caves where even though the language was not as developed and advanced as compared to today, people communicated with art.

Art in everyday language can mean lots of things, painting on canvas can qualify as art, so does dance, music, songs, etc. But the oldest one would have to be paintings and henceforth the word art would refer to paintings.

Canvas of Life

People have always been baffled by the amazing artwork that artist like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, M.F Hussain and many more have been able to accomplish. In modern times, art has evolved moving more from people and sceneries to a contemporary form; a recent one would probably involve monster art.

Alternate dimension

If you ask any artist about the basics of monster art, he would probably tell you to think alternatively or think about how the world would be if people showed their true self, or any other thing which will probably not make any sense.

Monster art has grown in the past couple of year, and one can probably trace its origins in Japan, where the Japanese comics or Manga as commonly known have incorporated monsters and otherworldly beings.

The monster art soon grew with the rise of video games and the further evolution of gaming consoles and play stations.

Fan Following of monster art

The Basics of monster art has also created an increase in fan following all over the world, here are the basic classifications about the monsters and their design

1. The sorry ones: These are generally such monsters that you end up feeling sorry for, typically depicted as those tormented souls that end up because of some terrible thing they did in their human life because of some greed or necessity.

2. The scary ones: These monsters mean business; they are here for one thing and one thing only and i.e. to scare the pants off you

3. The pure evil ones: These are next to Satan himself or somewhere from the ranks of Satan’s army.

4. The cute & Funny ones: These guys are my favorites, they show us that the world is actually not what it seems like, and the monsters are clearly misunderstood bunch. The perfect example for them would be the monsters from the movie monsters inc, where it is practically impossible to hate them.


We can thus conclude that monsters are just a part of your imagination and can range from really horrifying ones to the cute and cuddly ones. It all depends on what your main target is and what are you trying to show to the world. It is that humans deep down with hate and despair and there is no hope in saving their sole or is it that deep down we all have a child who’s just buried within the tensions and problems of the daily human life.

Going Custom Crazy With The Custom Feel Demand Of USA Automobiles

June 25th, 2014

Since the beginning, man has tried todistinguish himself from others; he always wanted to be unique, standing out of the crowd and so wasinvented Fashion on the more physical aspect and education on a more physiological level.

As man invented machines that acted as modes of transportation like cars and planes, he also started customizing the same.

When Henry Ford launched the famous model T car, he said that I can provide any color the customer wants as long as it is Black.

As soon as that line was said, people started customizing the model T’s; they experimented with colors and minor changes to the basic shapes.

The Crazeof people

I guess the demand for custom automobiles in USA, began with the rise inthe automobile industry. With American choppers or motorbikes and a robust automobile industry that rose and rose along with the middle class Americans, people started experimenting with their rides. New shades, modifications, add on systems everything was tried to distinguish their ride from the crowd.

I guess the real craze truly spread when Hollywood joined in, with the movies featuring high speed, nitrous burning, and direct fuel injecting rides people quickly caught up with it.

Maintaining the law

With Hollywood showing off the hot rides, people quickly turned to the next thing that was associated with custom rides, Street racing. Though speed racing is prominent in America, of course on legal race tracks, the illegal bit of thehit also caught hold. With the Fast & Furious franchise showing off the street racing in almost all of its movies, people too started street racing, and it became a problem for the law to maintain the speed peace on the streets. So, the law did what seems to be a textbook example of the phrase “If you can’t beat them, Jointhem”. Yes, in many states of USA the police department have modified their standard issue cars to custom high speed once, and they also regularly race with the kids with high speed cars, but it’s not like what you think. The police organizes such races legally, and the sole point is, that the cops have fast cars too, so don’t try to outrun us, now how cool is that?

The Auto Show’s

The demand for custom automobiles in USA has also led to a rise in one particular kind of event, and those are auto shows, these shows range from 2 wheeler show’s to 18 wheeler shows. That’s right the IOWA 99 truck show is the biggest in the USA where 100’s of truckers from all over the country to show off their 18 wheeler heavy hauler trucks. The trucksare given custom paint job and even custom interiors. It showcases the creativity and the imagination power of truckers, all in all,its one amazing event.


With the show factor and the glam and limelight associated with custom rides, and the fact that Hollywood and the daily reality shows that are dedicated to the customization of rides as per the requests, personalities and the imagination of artists the customization industry has truly taken off and it has proven to be a great canvas for people to show off their creativity and off course the deep pockets one has.