About The Artist:
As a freelance artist and illustrator, I’m trying my best to help spread the gospel of the Kustom Kulture from the small town of Heythuysen in the south of Holland.
In spite of my obvious drawing talent (but never one to recognize the glaringly obvious), I had opted for Business School rather than Art School. My excellent grades there led everyone, including myself, into believing that I had a brilliant career in the corporate world reserved for me.
However, the brilliant corporate career never materialized. From the long list of jobs and positions that I held after graduation, a pattern of smoking ruins started to emerge, slowly making it apparent that I would probably be far better off shifting my ambitions towards my creative abilities and the artistic aspects of my personality.
Always doodling and drawing, I had picked up an appetite for hot-rod and custom-car-related art over the years with the usual American suspects as my heroes: Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, Ed “Newt” Newton and Robert Williams.
My interest in kustom kulture was first sparked in the 1980’s when the custom-van craze hit Holland. The colourful vans with the wild airbrushed murals suddenly pointed me the direction in which to aim with my own art. It didn’t take long before I had bought an airbrush-kit. Later on I acquired a can of One-Shot and a striping brush. For lack of like-minded gearheads in my peer-group or for whatever other reason, I never progressed into swapping my practice-panels for real cars and motorcycles. Instead, I got into screen-printing and computer-illustration.
Over the years, I had amassed a nice little portfolio of artwork. Based on that, I was hired as an illustrator by a small company specializing in technical documentation. After working there for five years as a technical illustrator, the labour-intensive illustration work was being farmed-out to low-wage countries more and more and my job became obsolete, leading eventually to my dismissal.
With two young kids to raise, me and my girlfriend decided that I would become a stay-at-home dad. To vent my creative urges and to generate some extra household income, I founded an illustration and design studio aptly named “Dutch Courage Graffix” working as a freelance artist from the family home. I’m slowly but steadily building an international client-base, specialising in Kustom Kulture related artwork.
Hot Rod/Custom Car