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He was around 15 or 16 years old at the time, and Larry used him to take parts of cars, prep them for work and paint, color sanding and all sorts of other tasks. The car he pinstriped was Johnny Zupan’s Mercury. He is deeply missed. Laying in his bed he hit upon pinstripinng idea of using with tissue paper and a bright red china marker.

David worked for Larry for a short period of time, and he remembers him as a good guy that always treated him as a friend. He painted and striped numerous luxury or sports cars for actors, actresses, directors, producers, or casting directors to gain entree.

Wayne Watson’s Pinstriping

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To David, Larry was who Burt Reynolds copied himself after. After Larry had opened up the shop in Bellflowerhe determined that he had to get his name back on the show circuit, so he decided to do something completely new for the upcoming show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in April Brian Epstein of the Beatles lived two houses to the west or north.

His inspiration came from watching Von Dutch striping, while punstriping on his bicycle outside of Barris Kustoms in Lynwood. There were a few mistakes, so he called Larry and asked if he could cover them up with scallops in Candy Burgundy over silver metallic.


Larry Watson – Custom Paint Job Innovator

Along with panel paint, he is credited with inventing scallops, which were used to cover up paint runs the pinstripinf way pinstriping was first used to cover up chips and scratches. Put me out of business? Walking back and forth to get the waton symmetrical, the paint job took 6 hours.

Onlookers were in even more disbelief when he assured them that the stripes came from his own hand. When Larry returned to California in late he opened up a new shop in Bellflower. Harvey Pinstripjng Ford was the first car Larry pinstriped for a customer. We promise not to use your email address for anything but exclusive updates from the Power Automedia Network. David was one of those kids that hung around Larry’s shop, that after a while was put to work.

Jeff answered “What do you want to do? Kustomrama is an online encyclopedia dedicated to traditional hot rod and custom cars. He used the cigar like a prop when he made his points.

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.

For the movie Larry was looking for racers, hot rods, customs, and stocks or older. Zeno wanted something different, no scallops or flames, so Larry body paneled it. Many credit Larry, thanks to this car and its pinstriipng job, as the pinstripig of panel style paint jobs. Even without the proper striping brushes or paint Watson still went to town on striping the Grapevine, his iconic Chevrolet. Creating A Solid Foundation.

To David and his friends, Larry was the coolest guy they had ever met. He put an eyeball on a spoon with blood dripping out of the spoon in the back of the glove box. The shop was located on Lakewood Blvd. While Larry was away, two other “Watson” custom paint shops sprung up, one in Pinstropingand one in Burbank.

Kustom Age: Larry Watson’s Humble Beginnings And Tenacity To Paint

Larry decided that he wanted to start a new trend: Larry retired in Apple ValleyCaliforniaand spent much time creating his private museum loaded with pictures and artifacts from his custom car and TV days. We will safeguard your e-mail and custon send content you request. After painting the car Larry never saw it again, not in a magazine, or at a car show, nowhere.


He was a magician with cars and a good looking guy always looking for acting gigs.

Larry Watson – Kustomrama

In order to promote his new trend, Larry bought a brand new Ford Thunderbird that he took to Barris Kustoms for some mild modifications. As a youg fellow, I was very pleased to host them until wwtson returned. Larry was painting Doug Carney’s Pontiac Grand Prix for the show, and decided to do a lace paint job on the car. Inat the age of 16 Larry began his pinstriping career.

Retrieved from ” https: Views Page Discussion View source History. Sign up today for our FREE Newsletter and get the latest articles and news delivered right to your inbox. In Larry shot his first metallic paint job and his first scallop job.

Barris was just starting to paint candies, and he’d shot candy lime over silver. Von Dutch dug the design and painted clear all over it. Larry painted a Bell Star helmet for David in that he still owned in If you have additional information, photos, feedback or corrections about Larry Watsonplease get in touch with Kustomrama at: Larry Watson’s pinstriped Chevy Kustom aka Grapevine After getting absolutely no information from Jefferies, Larry ran down to the local art store to grab some brushes and copper paint.

After visiting the store he bought some German brushes and ccustom 1-shot.