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This time report is on about "Preview of tribute to Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams". This event was held at MOON GARAGE beside the MOONEYES Shop in Honmoku, Yokohama during the OBON Holiday weekend. The summer days continued through the 3 days, from Saturday August 14th to Monday August 16th.


The Preview show was held in advance of " Tribute show " which is already fixed to be held at this years MOONEYES Hot Rod Custom Show (HCS). Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams are guest for Yokohama show this year and we are celebrating their appearance in Japan and named it "Tribute show". This "Preview" show was planed to spred the words about this coming Tribute show so many people can see and meet Robert and Suzanne at Tribute show in HCS. At MOON GARAGE as know as the garage beside the shop of MOONEYES in Honmoku Yokohama, had special set up for this event. Actual fences used at "Rat island" in HCS were set up inside garage to make that real "Art and Hot Rod " combined look seen in Yokohama show.

14 art pieces made by Japanese artist were shown all people gather to the event and shopping at MOONEYES shop to spread the news of Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams coming to the show.


Saturday 14th was first day, it was busy just being the first day of the event but on top of that national TV broadcast was here at MOONEYES for shooting their program with local musician "The Crazy Ken Band" (CKB). It was more like a festival with many people, many cameras and many people came by to watch both things happening at MOONEYES.

Many 1 Shot paint in paper cups were set up on pin-striping table owned by Japans' first pin striper "Wildman". The idea of making special present for last day Monday has suddenly came up and every artist there were to collaborate to make a Pin- stripped MOON Disc.


So "Wildman" first drew the Preview show title with 1 shot paint and all artist who came to the show will do a little pin-striping with their signatures on it. Disc was soon filled with many signs and pin-striping by Mr. G, Krazy Dotty, Tomokuni, Psycho, Boo and Casmin.

Mean while many art collector were busy checking out the art pieces and already started to purchase. Art piece sold today was oil paint by artist "Dirty K". His art piece was an oil paint involving new sculpture by Robert Williams on small black canvas. It was purchased by art collector Mr. Maeda from Kasukabe, Japan. Artist "Krazy Dotty" also sold on first day.
His art piece has Robert Williams famous cartoon character called "Coochy Cooty" from days of "Zap" comics and his race colored '32 Ford Roadster were drawn by dots. His art piece were sold to art collector Mr. Chiba who also purchased self portrait of Robert Williams drawn by illustrator artist "Tomokuni". Thank You !! During this 3 days, special present was arranged. Chance to win the MOON DISC with original signature of Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams. Customer with purchase of MOONEYES Robert Williams design T-shirts, his literature and or an art piece shown in the garage will have raffle ticket.


It was to Thank everybody coming to this preview show in very hot summer days! Before that raffle, it was still baking hot in late afternoon when "Burn Out" Publisher &KUSTOM KULTURE NASH and Mr. G who flew in from Fukuoka, far west Japan to come and join the Talk Show. NASH give out those good knowledge of his and Mr. G gave real experience and a hour went by so fast. MOON Disc with Signature was won by Krazy Dottys wife. Congratualtions. Sunday 15th was crowded with people as it was Sunday and 2nd day of the show. There were many people who showed up from magazines, Mr. Matsushima from Custom Car, Mr. Oikawa from Fly wheel, Mr. Iwasaki from GRIND, Cycle HEADS, Ollie, THRASHER Japan.


Mr. Shibahara from Street Biker. We can see how many different type of people has interest about this years HCS Guest Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams, Who is active in many different angles and catching people attention. Here is artist and illustrator in Japan called "Tokyo Guns" who was so inspired by the art of Robert Williams and drew more than 40 different art piece from that inspiration. Tokyo Guns appeared for talk show with NSAH and gave real opinion and questions. It will be best opportunity for all artist to ask honest questions, all wonders and how to while Robert and Suzanne are in Yokohama for HCS. The summer heat is still on and Krazy Dotty showed up for 2nd day too, with art collector Mr.Sato who purchased the original drawing for Tribute show poster by wildman And he also won the raffle for MOON Disc with signatures of Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams.  

Day after the Sunday with record long returning traffic from OBON holiday weekends, Expectation for heat on Monday 16th was little less but it turned out to be very hot again. Temperature was hot from morning and so was Krazy Dotty who showed up and joined us for the 3rd day. Making full attendance of the Preview show which we admire his effort and interest to this show. It was surprising to see how many art collectors showed up on last day and turned out to be very good day. Art collector from Yokohama Mr. Kanda purchased Derringers Black campus with 397 logo from Robert William's '32 Ford Roadster. Naturally purchase spread to NASH who was digging in to art piece by CASMIN Which Cooty was a motif. It spread to Art collector Mr. Ueda from Meguro who purchased deep art piece by "BOO" showing two different style and history of Robert Williams '32 Ford Roadster with Aces sign from primer finish days and race car coloring from current paint. Triple talk show went like bouncing topics by Wildman, NASH and I. Many interviews of Robert Williams was key to all talks. Wildman brought his book, most famous art show called "Kustom Kulture"in‘93 at Laguna Beach, California. Wildman bout this book from Robert at Rat Fink reunion with signature. This show name is where word and whole movement of Kustom Kulture came from. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, Von Dutch and Robert Williams, the real triple masters showed up. No doubt it is a legend now and living legend Robert Williams story is also introduced on MOON Illustrated Magazine issue #5.



The raffle on the last day had more great present, MOON Disc with pin stripes and signature of all attended artist. Plus the 3rd MOON disc signature by Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams. More present was made to give much appreciation for every one who attended and The preview show poster and schedule poster was given out to raffle too. Last one was spontaneous, Shige Suganuma hand wrote 1 pair free ticket for HCS. It was all good and we had after party at MOON Cafe when Eshimasa came to join us from his solo exhibition in Tokyo.

The great Preview to the Tribute show in HCS has ended, foreseeing great expectation by Every one in every angle involved. It was great to finish with no trouble even though the heat out side was just deadly high this summer. I like to thank all artist, art collectors and NASH and GOHST who has deeply involved in this and Thank Robert Williams and Suzanne Williams for all help and support to make this happen.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, & see you at HCS, Yokohama show! Goshu MOONGARAGE

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