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Dec
09

Chuck’s Triumph “The Mindbender”

Today my son and I went to  see my friend Chuck who I had heard painted his Triumph and it was KRAZY.  Around the back of the building I can’t help but laugh at the freak drop/Kandy bubble paint job on their shop truck. What other shop truck have you ever seen that had freak drops painted on it? (I love it! ) Chuck greeted us at the door as if he knew we were coming and this wasn’t planned at all. Crazy minds think alike I suppose…We do both have lots of the same tattoos just as a side note on our insanity.  In the shop we checked over the paint booth which is air brushed and pinstriped to the hills and well beyond. Their spray booth is covered with Kandy painted and metal flaked welding helmets and other Hotrod-esque items.

Against the spray booth leaned the long Triumph chopper on its chrome kickstand. The bike is still being built, but I wanted to get down to take pictures of its insane custom late 60’s inspired paint job. The fully chrome looong twisted square bar springer front end is a site in itself. The front wheel was probably a good foot further forward from its stock position with some help from the Kandy blue frame’s neck being stretched.

The gas tank was soaked with Kandy yellow paint and rainbow flake. On each side of the tank he had painted a different pattern. The right side was a panel  of large  Kandy orange gills with Kandy root beer shading. The left side of the gas tank popped with layers of Kandy faded bubbles. The top of the tank also had two separate panels, on the left side, a blue Kandy lace job showing its finely detailed lacey pattern. The right side of the top panel was a Kandy green small fish scale. And that’s just the gas tank!

The rear fender was bobbed and graced with a long Kandy red lace job and Kandy green fish scale panel running front to rear. The background of the fender panels were surrounded by green, silver and blue Kandy boarders. Off the sides of the fender were two brackets for the not so sissy bar which makes a good mount for its hand grenade and devil tail  also soaked with silver Kandy and  tons of metal flake that of course added to the sick-ness.

Behind the engine hung a spade shaped oil tank which I believe a late 60’s show rod custom paint book had exploded onto.  It then was fogged with clear coat which causes you to just stare at the bike to try to figure out what happened…Give up… There’s a method to Chuck’s madness and it’s locked away in his shed. The spade was time warped with different trippy styles including; Kandy shaded bubbles, turnpikes, Kandy fine-line strips, Kandy droplet panels, freaky flame panels and then topped off with Indian Larry’s legendary question mark to complete the madness.

Chuck is now plugging away on the mechanical part of the chopper, and I will get back to him in the spring for a full write-up when it’s done.  He will be causing hell in the South Shore before you know it. Just watch out for his Suicidal Tendencies flipped cap coming at you!

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11 Responses to “Chuck’s Triumph “The Mindbender””


  1. 1 woodman
    December 27, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Amazing article and fantastic photos. I hope these photos make it into your 2010 PieCrust Annual Book. Look forward to the spring installment!

  2. 2 Supercushion
    December 27, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    This thing is crazy

  3. December 29, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Man that bike is freakin amazing cant wait to see your finished pics

    • 4 piecrustmagazine
      December 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

      Yes that bike is killer..I can’t wait to see it in the spring on the road

      • 5 jb666
        January 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

        Me either.. Chuck (and Blair) built my General Lee.. I am proud to own something that they built for me.. And Chuck’s influence is “all over the car”, as it’s got Hemi Orange paint with House Of Kolors metal-flake.. Totally one of a kind.. Anyways, I won’t get off subject, but I’m with you there, the guy should have his own TV show!!!

  4. 6 JB666
    January 1, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Chuck does some awesome work!! I go there every weekend to take pictures of his latest creation(s) and am putting together a nice collection for him… DEFINITELY one of the greatest artists I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, though.

  5. January 2, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Nice idea! I was thinking about writing something along these same lines. Will have to bookmark this for future reference.

  6. October 21, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Really cool bikes, if you guys want more cool photos and more check out http://manedition.wordpress.com/ 🙂

  7. 11 Brian Turner
    October 13, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Hi, My name is Brian and I’d like to speak with you about your blog, please email me at your earliest convenience.


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