About - Why I do what I do...
This adventure of mine is dedicated to my Dad - a hot rodder and motorcycle enthusiast in his day, and the most unorthodox back yard mechanic I have known!
Simply, Dirty Monkey Kustoms is my passion for hot rods and my creative muse. It is a one man operation but I do rely on and am very thankful for the support from family and friends to make this possible.
Being a designer and photographer for the past 20 years, I have been able to combine my passion for art and photography with my love of the mechanical, hot rods, rat rods, rockabilly choppers, and all things vintage. I love creating original images and designs that I am proud to share with you.
At an early age - (thanks Dad), I took a shine to playing with tools - taking apart and putting things back together. Be that toys, anything with screws and bolts, and even the household furniture. The collapsing coffee table was not a big hit apparently. That curiosity carries on. For some reason - even to this day, I inherited Dad's skill of being able to put something back together with parts left over, and things still work. We figured those extra bits would just slow yah down, so totally not needed. Lighter is better and faster right?
When I wasn't under the hood - playing with motors and building cars, I was drawing or taking pictures of them.
When not in the studio, you will find me behind the camera at car shows, and Rockabilly events, hanging in the shop and twisting my own wrenches, or cruising in the sunshine on one of the hogs, or even better, the hot rod.
Rumbling V-8's, loud exhaust, swing'n tunes and roll'n the white walls. Simple.
The art work you see is all unique, custom designed and / or photographed by me - the artist.
The items I produce and sell are all made from high end materials. Outstanding fit and finish is my goal. I produce in low quantities, locally and by hand, with an artist's pride and attention to detail.
DMK (Dirty Monkey Kustoms), is environmentally conscience. My goal to use the most eco friendly packaging and printing process that I can, and to source products that are produced by suppliers that are also environmentally responsible.
Paying it Forward:
I believe in giving back to our community and helping those in need. A percentage of all profits are donated to select charities and initiatives that are in the service of helping others and that I have a personal connection with. I encourage my customers and friends to "pay it forward" as well.
If you have a legit charitable function, show or run, let me know and I will post the details and help get the word out.