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

Posted by dwallace 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

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

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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