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During the job they put a run underneath the trunk and one on the hood, so he turned to Larry and asked if he could cover the runs up. Larry painted a Bell Star helmet for David in that he still owned in Since Larry Watson and Gene Winfield have been hosting a hot rod and custom car show at Gene Winfield ‘s shop in the Mojave desert. Promote your shop, show or business on Kustomrama – This ad space can also be bought to promote cars for sale or to hunt down rare parts you’re looking for.

Von Dutch dug the design and painted clear all over it. I prefer to receive occasional updates with special offers from carefully cstom third party partners. The car he pinstriped was Johnny Zupan’s Mercury.

Zeno wanted something different, no scallops or flames, so Pinstruping body paneled it. The Beautiful Miss Kara Spade. After about 4 months he relocated back to his own shop in Bellflower.

He was around 15 or 16 years old at the time, and Larry used him to take parts of cars, prep them for work and paint, color sanding and all sorts of other tasks. He was a magician with cars and a good looking guy always looking for acting gigs. While Larry was away, two other “Watson” custom paint shops sprung up, one in Downeyand one in Burbank.


Larry retired in Apple ValleyCaliforniaand spent much time creating his private museum loaded with pictures and artifacts from his custom car and TV days.

That was it, after that it pinwtriping only 2 hours. Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Rod Authority, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE! He is deeply missed. Onlookers were in even more disbelief when he assured them that the stripes came from his own hand.

Views Page Discussion View source History. After painting the car Larry never saw it again, not in a magazine, or at a car show, nowhere.

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He spent the whole day pinstriping the car. Click here to see cars painted or pinstriped by Watson’s House of Style. After watching Dean Jefferies stripe a Mercury at Barris Kustoms, Watson decided to take on the art form himself and asked Jeffries where he had picked up his brushes. There were a few mistakes, so he called Larry and asked if he could cover them up with scallops in Candy Burgundy over silver metallic.

Once completed vustom drove his newly pinstriped Chevy over to the Bellflower Clock Drive-In where everybody wanted to know how the hell he could afford a Von Dutch artwork on his car. Up in Flames Kustomland. Catching Up with the Amazing Jo Coddington.

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Wateon Watson July 21, – July 20, was a legendary custom painter and pinstriper. The first car he scalloped was Bob Pinstrjping Chevrolet. When Larry returned to California in late he opened up a new shop in Bellflower. He painted and striped numerous luxury or sports cars for actors, actresses, directors, producers, or casting directors to gain entree.

After that Larry painted the car with six coats of pearl over a fine metallic silver base.


Larry also perfected quite a few new styles, including cob webbing, fades, and veils pknstriping using new materials like pearls, candies, and metallics to raise the bar in the booming custom paint realm. He was a good guy and knew his stuff when it came to Larry’s work. Between and Larry got tired of all the masking and striping, and he started doing mostly straight candies with Metalflake or Pearl tops, or Pearl bottoms with matching Candy tops.

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Bill Hines and Bill DeCarr that worked at Barris Kustoms nosed and decked the car, shaved the handles and rounded the corners. Many credit Larry, thanks to this car and its paint job, as the creator of panel style paint jobs. In Marshall told Kustomrama that ” Kenny pinstripig the “manager,” although Larry was always there. If you have additional information, photos, feedback or corrections about Larry Watsonplease get in touch with Kustomrama at: Your Source for Lowering, Brakes and More Larry had already built his Chevy and wanted to start a new trend by customizing and color-creating with paint.

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Along with panel paint, he is credited with inventing scallops, which were used to cover up paint runs the same way pinstriping was first used to cover up chips and scratches. The Foxy Miss Roxi Rocket. The shop was still located at Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.