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Kustom Kulture—A tribute to R. Williams, Big Daddy Roth and Von Dutch

Posted by on May 17, 2011 in Big Daddy Roth, Kustom Kulture, poem, Poems, Robert Williams, Von Dutch |

32’ Fords
sporting pinstripes
with blown 427’s
reached for the sky and

chopped and channeled
50’ Merc’s slammed to the ground
white-walled and full-mooned
lined up at start lines.

Girls with beehives and bobs
stood in the middle lane
waiting to drop their bandanas
as 400 horses zoom-zoom-zoomed
down the quarter mile
praying to keep it straight
win by a nose and
avoid the fiery inferno.

Candied choppers were raked-out
front wheels quivering
hands held high while
pipes bang-bang-banged away.

Ghoulish Rat Finks,
The All-knowing Eye,
and pin-up girls
painted the path for

bright-colored skin with
demons, dragons,
and hearts
worn on sleeves.

Slicked back hair
blue jeans and printed T’s
with “Road Kings” or
“Rod-Fathers”

with Marlboros
rolled in sleeves
were the uniform
invented by them.

Bong-bong-bong
bass lines and surf-licks
On Fender and Gretsch guitars
was the soundtrack of the day.

Trippy dream-like paintings
with mad-scientists,
industrial machines,
and robots,

rockets flying through
space, stars and the Moon,
and gold treasures chests with
emerging octopus arms were

called Lowbrow
or Pop-surrealism
by critics and embraced
by the riff-raff.

The three gods weren’t
allowed in universities and galleries,
so they created their own
Kustom Kulture.

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