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Thinking of Larry Watson

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Tom davison
    Joined: Mar 15, 2008
    Posts: 5,436

    Tom davison
    from Phoenix AZ

    Wow, what more can I add to this?

    My thoughts and all the best to Larry. You can beat it when you know you can, my friend.

    Nothing short of a legend, Larry's style and innovation was strictly a So Cal thing in those days. I was fortunate enough to get out from the midwest to LA a few times in the 60's and see those rows of Watson-painted cars in the shows and be able to see them cruising Harvey's.

    I had the means, so, combined with Larry's influence, I went home and created several of my own Watson-inspired late model, wildly painted mild customs over the next few years.

    It's been great reading all of these stories. I never had the chance to meet him, but anyone of his stature who takes the time to talk to any and everyone, as so many of you have indicated, is truly a hero.
  2. bbb
    Joined: Jul 10, 2005
    Posts: 230


    Get well soon Larry, your an inspiration. The 59 Caddy is you painted is one of my all time favortites :)
  3. elricho
    Joined: Jul 19, 2009
    Posts: 197


    Get well soon-you would have to be my biggest influence in the cars I have built-thankyou Larry Watson[​IMG]
  4. Jonny69
    Joined: Jul 24, 2007
    Posts: 275

    from England

    I got the scanner out at the risk of being sued... :D

    The book is called Custom Cars of the 1950s by Andy Southard and Tony Thacker. Photos taken by Andy Southard. Annotation as per what's in the book:


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  5. Joe Grippo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2005
    Posts: 292

    Joe Grippo

    Positive thoughts to Larry Watson....

  6. Harms Way
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 6,869

    Harms Way

    A true visionary,... cars are his medium, We look at cars and see a car, with shape and style,.... He looks at them and it's a blank canvas,... just ripe for the masters touch. I can't think of one of his masterpieces I didn't like.

    Larry Watson set the Custom Paint world on it's ear,.... A true pioneer & one of a kind,.... Many people have adapted, copied & imitated his style and call it there own,.... Truth be told, there is, and always will be Only one,.. Larry Watson. All others that preform similar work,.. Are only expressing the most sincere form of flattery.

    There are only a handful of people that reach "Legendary" status in there own lifetime,
    Larry Watson is one of these people,.... God bless you and your family Larry.

    Isaiah 40:31
    "But they that wait upon the LORD, shall renew there strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not faint."
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2010
  7. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,223


    Lucky enough to have met him at a chance visit to the Barris shop in 1960, treasure the moment. I thought I had met a god, and it turns out I did! ~Sololobo~
  8. Tinman
    Joined: Mar 6, 2001
    Posts: 963

    from Orange, CA

    Incredible imagination & creativity with the talent to physically express it. Rare traits, especially in this little nook of our world.

    I love Larry's work, but most especially a certain candy green & silver flaked '59 Ford pictured somewhere on his walls, and can only hope to meet him and thank him for all he's done.

    Larry, if you read this, get well soon man!
  9. RIP LARRY.... A True Friend & Game Changer!!!
  10. Moldy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2001
    Posts: 386


    I Just got the news Larry Passed away at 3:00am this morning.
    I'm very upset, will start a new thread...
  11. 60'shotrod
    Joined: Nov 18, 2007
    Posts: 2,913


    This news is bad, a true legend.

  12. 64C20CrewCab
    Joined: Sep 7, 2009
    Posts: 42


    RIP Larry - I've always liked your work!!
  13. f1 fred
    Joined: Apr 29, 2005
    Posts: 514

    f1 fred
    from mn

    I just want to pay my respects he was an immense talent.
  14. I have these 3 photos that I shot at the Drag N' Shop BBQ. I don't remember how many years ago this was but Larry was always at those BBQ's. I first met him at a shop bbq with Al Lazarus, Larry will be missed, I know I miss him. R.I.P Larry!!! Thanks for being such a cool dude.:cool:

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  15. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,594

    from Garner, NC

    It's a sad sad day... RIP
  16. Abomination
    Joined: Oct 5, 2006
    Posts: 6,702


    For fun, here's Larry's IMDB file:

    Between 1967 and 1985 Larry ended up in 141 different shows, such as MacGyver, Columbo, and Mission Impossible.
  17. VonWegener
    Joined: Nov 19, 2009
    Posts: 786


    I am sad today. RIP Watson. You were the real deal.
  18. shoprat
    Joined: Dec 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,109

    Member Emeritus
    from Orange, CA

    Not a good day, RIP Watson
  19. Ah no - say it ain´t so. RIP Mister Watson.
  20. Sad day indeed. You will be missed Mr. Watson, thanks for leaving us with so many beatiful works of art to remember you by.
  21. rick finch
    Joined: May 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,003

    rick finch

    R.I.P. Larry, none better.:(
  22. texastramp
    Joined: Jan 11, 2002
    Posts: 81


    This really is sad news .........
  23. Limey Steve
    Joined: Apr 4, 2005
    Posts: 1,523

    Limey Steve
    Alliance Vendor
    from Whittier

    Yet another Legend falls, very depressing , RIP Larry your work will live on forever.
  24. Sailor
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 824


    A true hero.

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  25. HighSpeed LowDrag
    Joined: Mar 2, 2005
    Posts: 968

    HighSpeed LowDrag
    from Houston

    That it is.
  26. Whoa. Not what I expected to read today.


    We'll miss you buddy.

  27. MUNCIE
    Joined: Jan 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,280


    A sad day indeed...May he rest in peace.
  28. Hot Damn, nothing stays the same.. I remember seeing some flames Larry did, in the mid-nineties, on a car at tuxies.. Black with yellow to orange & red, but pinstripped twice. Once on the flames edge & the other about a quarter away. But the outer stripe danced, if you will.. not exactly following, but accenting. thanks for all the eye candy! Jay

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