Before I was an esteemed and well-regarded film critic/journalist, I was your garden variety psychobilly/rockabilly scenester. It was a small scene in the US when I jumped into the fray, but over the years, the 50’s aesthetic and surrounding hot rod culture has infiltrated the mainstream to a large degree. As is always the case, however, the good stuff always stays underground, and Kustom Kulture is one of those things that hasn’t quite made it into the mainstream in spite of its growing popularity below ground.
Kustom Kulture is the cult that has grown around a specific genre of artists that specialize in lowbrow/trashy art. People like Ed Roth, the creator of Rat Fink, have been doing this stuff for decades, but in the last 20 years the scene has grown exponentially. A few of these artists have even crossed over into the mainstream, probably the best know person in this area is Coop, who has done a ton of artwork for tattoo flash, as well as innumerable concert posters, sticker collections, etc. While both of those artists are American, it is hardly confined to the lower 48 these days, and the creators of this documentary are eager to show the world what’s happening everywhere.
Flake & Flames: A Kustom Kulture Adventure is an upcoming documentary from Dirk Behlau and Jesper Bram, both artists in their own right. The film goes from Finland to California to interview and showcase the work of some of the finest lowbrow and kustom artists working today. Kustom Kulture extends from stickers and tattoo flash to graffiti to hot rods and more. If you can put a design on it, they’ve done it.
We at Twitch are pleased to premiere the official film poster for Flake & Flames from our good friend Tom „The Dude Designs“ Hodge. It captures the feeling beautifully and is a worthy addition to his growing CV. Hodge is responsible for some of the finest poster art of the last few years. His recent posters include Hobo with a Shotgun, Dear God No!, The Innkeepers, and Father’s Day, and now he can add this wonderful piece of work to that list. Check out a couple of teasers for Flake & Flames Below as well as a larger version of the poster and some production stills.
About the film
“The world famous Kool Lifestyle Photographer Dirk “The Pixeleye” Behlau and the acclaimed Pinstriper and Artist, Jesper Bram join forces on an astonishing adventure to make a feature length documentary Film about the Kustom Kulture movement around the globe.”
Dirk and Jesper will spend a year going from California through Europe and end in Japan in search of the coolest Kustom Kulture people and events on the planet. Picking the brains of living legends, up and coming artists and builders within the culture.
The guys seek out some of the hottest Kustom Kulture spots and get some of the worlds best car and motorcycle builders, tattoo artists, pinstripers, custom painters and pin-up models to share their tricks and experience.