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19 Lids, 19 Artists from 13 States Mix it up

At the Paint Slinger Shootout

By Jeff Najar

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I like custom bike shows where builders enjoy interacting with enthusiasts. I get a kick when I see a guy get on his hands and knees evaluating a billet battery box.
Over the last 7 years my team and I have handed out over $1 Million in cash and prizes. That’s why when you come to a J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Show, Championship of America show or a Kustom Kulture Artisan Show, you see great bikes. Builders and custom bike owners revel in the competition.

This year I started a new program for artists called the Paint Slinger Shootout. And I hope it becomes as successful as the custom bike shows.
I got on the bat phone and called pinstripers, painters and tattoo artists. In the end nineteen artists from 13 states participated in the competition. Each artist received a black retro Simpson M30 lid as their canvas and one criteria, make it cool.

So, the artists dug-in for the sheer joy to create as well as for the $1,000 check and to see their design on an exclusive limited run of Simpson helmets. The winner also gets a 6-pack of lids with their design and a trip to Bornfree where he will be in the Simpson booth autographing his helmet.
On Sunday September 24, 2017 Scott Holbrook from Simpson selected the winner from 5 finalists. The TOP 5 were selected from a VIP Panel of Judges and from People’s Choice. The TOP 5 include:
• Mo Diaz of Mo’s Image Customs
• Kacey Elkins of Krossover Customs
• Atomic Bob of Atomic Dice Studio Arts
• Jason Maddox of Timebomb Kustoms
• Shannon Best of BestBuiltCustoms.com

All the artists were deserving but in the end, there could only be one winner. Kentucky’s own Kacey Elkins of Krossover Customs took the win with his lovely white, gold and striped helmet.

Elkins is now working with Simpson with a design that can be reproduced. We are looking forward to seeing what comes from this collaboration.

The other participants in the shootout include Jace of Fast Life Garage, Brittnay of Bombshell Deluxe, Dusty Pine of Krambo’s, Rodney Smith of Southeastern Customs, Spacey Lyons of Spacey Tattoo, Ron Harris of Chop Docs Choppers, Jeff Brown of Right Coast Tattooing, Rod Pond of Infinite Custom Werks, Jason Wharton of Jason Wharton Art, Zach Matthews of ZM Custom Paint, Pinstripe Mickey Ayers of Pinstriping by Mikey, Chris Garrison of CG Marine, Todd Gilbertson of Gilby Street Department and Kathy Braune of Kathy Kool Graphix.

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