Kustom Kulture is an American neologism used to describe the artworks, vehicles, hairstyles, and fashions of those who drove and built custom cars and motorcycles in the United States of America from the 1950s through today. It was born out the hot rod culture of Southern California of the 1960s.
In the early days of hot rodding, many fashions and styles developed. Over time, each of these distinct styles of customizing have blended and reshaped our everyday life. Artists such as Von Dutch (Kenny Howard), Robert Williams, and custom car builder Ed "Big Daddy" Roth; along with Lyle Fisk, Dean Jeffries; hot rod and lowrider customizers such as the Barris Brothers (Sam and George Barris); along with numerous tattoo artists, automobile painters, and movies and television shows such as American Graffiti, The Munsters (The Munster Koach, Drag-u-la) have all helped to form what is known as Kustom Kulture.
Kustom Kulture is usually identified with the greasers of the 1950s, the drag racers of the 1960s, and the lowriders of the 1970s. Other subcultures that have had an influence on Kustom Kulture are the Skinheads, mods and rockers of the 1960s, the punk rockers of the 1970s, the metal and rockabilly music, along with the scooterboys of the 1980s, and psychobilly of the 1990s. Each separate culture has added their own customizations to the cars, their own fashions, influenced the music, and added their own ideas of what is cool, of what is acceptable, and what is not. Everything from wild pinstriped paintjobs, to choptop Mercurys, to custom Harley-Davidson and Triumph Motorcycles, to metal-flake and black primer paint jobs, along with music, cartoons, and monster movies have had an impact on what defines anyone and anything who is part of this automobile subculture.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Kustom Kulture had taken on a rebirth of American subcultures from the 50's and 60's with DIY activities. Each style is distinct, and has its roots in American automobile history. Many styles that would not have tolerated each other in the past now come together in large car shows.
The rebirth of Kustom Kulture has seen the use of the term “Kustom Graphics” to describe the style of artwork associated with the subculture when applied to posters, flyers, t-shirts and logos.
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Further reading 
Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2011 - The Shortfilm
Produced by Pixeleye Interactive for Dickies, http://www.dickies.eu Filmed & edited by Dirk Behlau, Edited on two flights from Frankfurt - Helsinki and Helsi...
1927 Dodge Sedan Hot Rod by Sasse van Essen // Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2012
A Beastwood Film, http://www.sasse-vanessen-custombikes.de, Filmed at the Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2012, Music by The Carburators "Burning Rubber", http://www....
Flake & Flames - Teaser II (California) // Kustom Kulture Documentary
Second teaser of the upcoming Kustom Kulture movie "Flake & Flames" with international artists like Dirty Donny, COOP, The Pizz, Dan Collins, Bob Spina, Robe...
Flake & Flames - Kustom Kulture Movie // Early Teaser One (Finland)
First teaser (this material will NOT be part of the film) of the upcoming Kustom Kulture movie "Flake & Flames" with international artists like Max Grundy, C...
Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2011, KARACHO shortcut
shortcut preview of the bottrop kustom kulture report for KARACHO 08-2011. Kurze Vorschau auf die Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2011 in der August-Sendung KARACHO.
Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2010
Once again the Flugplatz Schwarze Heide in Bottrop turns into one of the biggest Kustom Kulture Shows in Europe. Car Clubs & Lone Wolfs from all over Europe ...
Kustom Kulture 2010 in Bottrop - CUSTOMBIKE [HD]
http://www.rockandroad.de/studios http://www.custombike.de/ Impressionen von der Kustom Kulture 2010 in Bottrop (4.-5. Juni 2010)
Bottrop Kustom Kulture 2012.
Montage photos du bottrop kustome kulture 2012 !
Impressie Kustom Kulture show Bottrop 2012
Impression of the Bottrop Kustom Kulture show 2012 Shot on the canon 7d and 550d lenses used 50mm 1.8, 17-35mm f2.8, 70-200mm and the f4.0 contour HD 720 50p...
Kustom Kulture 2012
Kamer & Schnitt: D. Brunngraber Ortsgruppe Gladbeck-Mitte www.igbce-gladbeck.de.
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
Thu, 23 May 2013 00:19:00 -0700
Chuck Mitchell and Hanah Reed, Rockit Roost owners and sponsors of the Kustom Kulture Festival SUQUAMISH — Fans of 1950s hot rod culture and memorabilia won't want to miss Rockit Roost's fifth annual Kustom Kulture Festival, a celebration of iconic ...
Thu, 23 May 2013 00:31:07 -0700
Port Townsend □ Today at The Upstage, 923 Washington St., the Port Authority Shakedown Band plays a fundraiser for Barby Moegling, who represents Port Townsend next weekend at the fifth annual Kustom Kulture Festival at the Clearwater Casino.
The Lawton Constitution
Tue, 21 May 2013 23:53:09 -0700
He has built a reputation in the region's "kustom kulture" through his business, Full Throttle Kustoms in Wichita Falls, Texas. It closed in 2011. He wanted to set up something new and the stars aligned with the idea for the bikini car wash and the ...
The Lawton Constitution
Mon, 13 May 2013 22:03:16 -0700
Dryden's work will be among three dozen prominent artists in the "Kustom Kulture" scene on display Saturday as part of the Run Whatcha Brung! Art Show at the Side Show Gallery at Hotrod Lifestyles on Buck Owens Street in Bakersfield, Calif. Though he's ...
Wed, 08 May 2013 19:08:12 -0700
... can pull it again. It takes a lot of practise to get quick, but f— is it fun.” The Brains play the Pyramid Cabaret on Friday. Winnipeg surf punk band The Thrashers open. Advance tickets are available at Kustom Kulture and Into the Music. Showtime ...
Hot Bike Magazine
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 15:41:38 -0700
The Kustom Kulture movement was huge, but it didn't start that way. There was a real lull for a long time coming out of the "Boyd" era of the custom car stuff. I started by going to the old Bobs Big Boy in Reseda and selling my drawings and sculptures.
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:06:46 -0700
Фестиваль кастом-культуры KKK (Kiev Kustom Kulture) пришел на смену СБУ (Саморобні байки України) и стал уже третьим фестивалем, организованным столичным вело-клубом Pride Kustoms. С каждым годом фестиваль набирает обороты и ...
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