Larry Watson single handedly changed the way we paint custom cars. He is best remembered for his innovative panel paint jobs, and the huge impact they had on the custom car world in the late 1950s and ’60s while he was painting, and throughout the subsequent decades as his work influenced custom car painters that followed.
In 1955, a 16 year old Larry Watson sat on his bicycle outside of Barris Kustoms in Lynwood California, and watched the pinstriping artist Von Dutch stripe a car. He spent the next two days striping the dash of his own car in his driveway using paints and brushes from an art supply store. That car was a 1950 Chevy that would later be known as The Grapevine, an influential custom in its own right. Before long, every time he got home from school there were three or four cars sitting in the driveway waiting to be striped, including Duane Steck’s 1954 Chevrolet – The Moonglow.