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The shop was still located at Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. Walking back and forth to get the flames symmetrical, the paint job took 6 hours. See all 9 photos. 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.

Onlookers were in even more disbelief when he assured them that the stripes came from his own hand. Click here for more info Many credit Larry, thanks to this car and its paint job, as the creator of panel style paint jobs.

Larry was painting Doug Carney’s Pontiac Grand Prix for the show, and decided to do a lace paint job on the car.

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There were a few mistakes, so he called Larry and asked if he could cover them up with scallops in Candy Burgundy pinstripnig silver metallic. He was paid in hamburgers and fun, and he recalls working on Evel Knievel ‘s jet bike, something that was really cool for a 15 years old kid. He spent the next two days striping his Chevroletthe Grapevine. Larry Watson lost his long battle with brain cancer in the early morning hours of July 20th While wondering about what to do with Doug’s Pontiac, Larry remembered this story and decided to paint the whole side of the car using a lace pattern with Lucky Lager Double X Pattern.

David was one of those kids that hung cuustom Larry’s shop, that after a while was put to work. The Foxy Miss Roxi Rocket. In Marshall told Kustomrama that ” Kenny was the “manager,” although Larry was always there. Wtason retired in Apple ValleyCaliforniaand spent much time creating his private museum loaded with pictures and artifacts from his custom car and TV days.


As a youg fellow, I was very pleased to host them until he returned. Von Dutch dug the design and painted clear all over it. He was a good guy and knew his stuff when it came to Larry’s work. Retrieved from ” https: He is deeply missed. To David and his friends, Larry was the coolest guy they had ever met. Marshall Tripp remembers that Larry once took a few days off and went to Las Vegas ; ” A week later, he was out to lunch and these four Vegas show girls show up to see him.

After that Larry was the hit of the drive-ins, and every time he got home from school there would be three or four cars sitting in the driveway ready to be striped. Harvey Budoff called the bluff and pulled into Larry’s driveway with his car one day after school. I prefer to receive occasional updates with special offers from carefully selected third party partners. Larry decided that he wanted to start a new trend: The X-Sonic also featured Watson’s first fade paint job.

While Larry was away, two other “Watson” custom paint shops sprung up, one in Downeyand one in Burbank. Barris was just starting to paint candies, and he’d shot candy lime over silver. His inspiration came from watching Von Dutch striping, while sitting on his cstom outside of Barris Kustoms in Lynwood.

Put me out of business? About Us Sponsors Advertising. Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Rod Authority, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE! After about 4 months he relocated back to his own shop in Bellflower. When George called they were building a pizza parlor in front of Larry’s shop, so he said ok. 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.

I prefer to receive internal offers and promotions. As Aguirre kept modifying the car, Watson painted it six times.


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Larry Watson was born inin Bellflower, California. Our mission is to protectpreserve and share traditional hot rod custom car history from all over the world.

Larry Watson July 21, – July 20, was a legendary custom painter and pinstriper. Over the years, Larry continued to create and perfect many of the styles and techniques of custom paint that are still used today in the Lowrider scene. Larry Watson’s pinstriped Chevy Kustom aka Grapevine After getting absolutely no information from Jefferies, Watskn ran down to the local art store to grab some brushes and copper paint. Our Babe Of The Month: Laying in his bed he hit upon the idea of using with tissue paper and a piinstriping red china marker.

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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. The backside of the flyer shows a print of Larry’s business card.

Von Dutch was doing crab-claw-style flames, so that’s what Larry also did. Marshall once drove him to the house to check progress on the remodel work. After Buzzy cruised the Clock with his newly painted Ford, other people also wanted Larry to lay flames on their cars. He was around 15 or 16 years old at linstriping time, and Larry used him to take parts of cars, prep them for work and paint, color sanding and all sorts of other tasks.

We’ll send you the most interesting Street Rod articles, news, car features, and videos every week. He painted and striped numerous luxury or sports cars for actors, csutom, directors, producers, or casting directors to gain entree.