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Art & Inspiration Trend Books Custom Cars Annual

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mitchell de Moor, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. A while back Justin Kudolla a.k.a. "Trend Books-Justin" had been inspired by a post I did on custom cars here. After talking back and fourth he had wanted to send me out both the 2009 Custom Cars Annuals and the 2012 CCA. I have just gone through the books and can't believe it. They resemble the little books of the past in a big way. They are packed with lots of juicy custom car goodness. I would highly recommend supporting fellow HAMBer Trend Books-Justin and ordering the 2009 and 2012 now. It was also a cool feeling having someone inspired enough by something you said to send out those books. Justin is a stand up guy and it is so cool to have people like this a part of our community. These Trend Books are by far my favorite new magazine.

    Thanks Justin!
     
  2. They are awesome , wish for more color , but I'll take what I can get. If you like those you need to subscribe to Kustoms Illustrated. Luke Karosi put's out the best Kustom only magazine out there
     
  3. I have read a lot of my friends Kustom Illustrated magazines, but I really do need to get a subscription soon.
     
  4. Hey, thanks for the nice words you guys, it's much appreciated!
     

  5. I also have them both and thought they were very nice. My question for you Justin is will there be more?
     
  6. Yes, there will be more! I am working on the third one right now. They take a long time to do. In fact, the 2012 Annual took me 850 hours, (I kept a log of my time) and that was just the time assembling it on the computer, and didn’t include the time taking the photos, etc. The last 6 months I was working on it, I was averaging 80 hours a month on it, which is in addition to the regular job that I have.

    The 2012 Annual was originally supposed to be for 2010, but by the time I got it done it was the middle of 2011, so I think that if I would have still called it the 2010 Annual, then I would have been perpetually behind. I didn’t want the gap in the years because I think it looks unprofessional that way, but I think that was the best compromise possible.

    I have learned some tips and techniques that should help improve the time spent making each Annual, while subsequently improving the quality. I figure that when I get another one or two of them finished, then I should have a pretty good grasp of the process, and be able to actually put out one a year, like you are supposed to with an “Annual.”

    Thank you everyone for your support and your patience. Please spread the word! It means a lot to me! The custom car people are the nicest I’ve ever met.

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  7. 40StudeDude
    Joined: Sep 19, 2002
    Posts: 9,430

    40StudeDude
    Member

    Hey Justin, glad someone gave you some kudos for what you do...I too, wish you'd get to a once-a-year annual...but understand how assembling a book and a full-time job simply don't work well together...

    Just an FYI for those of you that like Justin's "annuals"...last year I put together a "car show' within a car show by a putting together over 24 "kustoms" in one spot in the show...as a thankyou to all those that participated, I gave each car owner Justin's 2012 "Annual"...the books were greeted with enthusiasm and Justin let me have them for cost...and that was a great gesture.

    If you haven't gotten either of Justin's "annuals"...order them now-you will not be disappointed...!!!

    I'm looking forward to next Annual Justin...

    R-
     
  8. Jerry_Rolls&Pleats
    Joined: Apr 19, 2006
    Posts: 327

    Jerry_Rolls&Pleats
    Member
    from Europe

    I can believe it took you 850 hours, there's just so much to read in every one of your books!

    These Custom Cars Annuals are must-have books for custom car enthusiasts, just like Kustoms Illustrated!
     
  9. rusty76
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 882

    rusty76
    Member
    from Midway NC

    I'm sure they are stellar!
     
  10. FASI
    Joined: May 11, 2001
    Posts: 1,130

    FASI
    Member

    Looking forward to the next Annual whenever it is....great job.
     
  11. Justin, Call me when you get a chance...
     
  12. LOW LID DUDE
    Joined: Aug 16, 2007
    Posts: 1,222

    LOW LID DUDE
    Member
    from Colorado

    Can't wait for Justin's next book.Yes he is a stand up guy.He even drove from WY to my house in the middle of winter to give me the book that had my car in it.How cool is that? Thanks Justin !
     
  13. Rikster
    Joined: Dec 10, 2004
    Posts: 5,781

    Rikster
    Member

    I have both of the Custom Cars Annual that Justin put out. They are really nice and highly recommended for every Custom Car enthusiast.
    And Justin is a really nice guy as well. I have met him at the Sacramento Autorama several years ago and we have stayed in touch ever since. He helped me on several of my projects and he just loves to share his stuff.

    What he does is really important. He interviews some of the old Custom Car heroes and makes sure their stories get told and collections get saved before it it to late!

    Looking forward to the next "Annual".
     
  14. koolkat
    Joined: Apr 1, 2009
    Posts: 83

    koolkat
    Member
    from Merced CA

    What everybody else has said! Great job, Justin! Thank you for stepping up to the plate to do the Annuals!
     
  15. Jonnie King
    Joined: Aug 12, 2007
    Posts: 2,077

    Jonnie King
    Member
    from St. Louis

    Justin does great work...I've met him in Salina, and he has the real passion to put it all in print, and keep "the flame" of those Trend Books burning bright !

    Jonnie www.legends.thewwbc.net
     
  16. i got the 09 and 12 and 2 issues of 1960 and looking for more
     
  17. gary mundy
    Joined: Nov 26, 2009
    Posts: 45

    gary mundy
    Member
    from Kansas

    This guy is something special to the kustom world.I have known justin for some time and he has visited me twice in the past and i welcome him anytime in the future. He puts out a fantastic book and all on a limited budget. This young man is and will be a great person one day. A Real friend Gary Mundy
     
  18. Thanks so much for the nice words and support everybody, I’m real glad that you enjoy them!

    When I first had the idea of doing this, two people that I drew a lot of inspiration from were Rolls & Pleats and Kustoms Illustrated magazines, both of which are put out by individual people, as opposed to the large companies that make the magazines that you see on the newsstands. That gave me a sense of “maybe I could do that too” as they were both produced by enthusiasts without huge staffs. In fact, Luke Karosi of Kustoms Illustrated was very supportive with giving me advice on what type of computer and programs to get, and both he and Jerry of Rolls & Pleats were helpful with helping me figure out options for printing. I’m also proud to say that the Custom Cars Annuals are printed in the U.S.A. (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and not in a Chinese sweatshop as most other car books are.

    One of the coolest things since I began doing this has been to be able to meet a lot of the people who I have wanted to meet since I got interested in custom cars, and be able to talk with them and ask them questions. Through Mark (TUMBLEWEED GARAGE) I was able to meet my friend Jay Johnston, who had one of the coolest chopped Fords of the 1950s. I had long admired the cars of Gary Mundy (gary mundy), seeing photos of them in various magazines over the years, and was able to meet him and his wife personally, and hear about all of the great stuff he had done. If you want to see a customizer who has a real imagination and his own distinctive style (just like the cars made by the Barris Brothers, A-Brothers, Bailon, Cushenberry, etc. all have their own respective styles), take a look at some of the cars he’s done in the albums on his profile.

    There have been many other people who have given me great assistance in other ways too numerous to mention. LOW LID DUDE has always been real supportive, and in fact he and his friend picked up and moved my Trend Books booth when I got boxed in by a semi-truck at the Leadsled Spectacular! 40StudeDude has always been great as well, and as he already stated, he has been a big help in getting these Annuals out at shows, etc. FASI was one of the very first people who ordered the 2009 Annual when it came out, and was very kind with supplying me ideas about places to sell them, etc.

    People like Jonnie King (who’s got a cool website where you can listen to custom car and hot rod legends talk about their work), koolkat (check out his great “Kustom & Hot Rod Models Magazine”) Rikster, SuperFleye (Kustomrama.com) have been instrumental in helping promote these Annuals and spread the word out of the goodness of their hearts!

    I just want to publicly thank everyone (and not just those who I have specifically listed here) for their help and contributions in all of their various ways. I apologize for not having them out in a more timely manner. Believe me, there isn’t anyone who is more bothered by it than me! But please rest assured, I’m working on advancing these Annuals all the time, whether it is actually physically working on the next issue or tracking down new material, etc. Thanks again everyone!
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  19. Hi Justin....You know I'm a huge fan of what you're doing. I'm hoping this latest flutter leads to another Custom Cars Annual in the near future. I'd love to see some of the old East vs West Challenges that dominated much of the Little Book Era, and that folks will be willing to share the wealth of old photos and stories with you. I've owned at least 1/2 dozen copies of the '58-'62 Annuals over the years, just because they provided to means to "time travel" for a short time. Your efforts to revisit the concept were very much appreciated by many of us who lived it the first time around. Best Wishes to you as to continue to invest yourself, your time, and your money. We need to be as supportive as we can in making sure you continue the dream. You're a pleasure to know, and worthy of our admiration. Centurion9
     
  20. kustomsrule
    Joined: Sep 18, 2009
    Posts: 301

    kustomsrule
    Member
    from L A

    Justin deserves to have his efforts supported: BUY A COPY OF THE 2012 ANNUAL!! Justin is a one man show, in producing and marketing these magazines. If you're into customs, you'll appreciate having one of these books on your shelf.
     
  21. If ya love Kustoms ya gotta have it!
     
  22. Bob K
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 5,773

    Bob K
    Member Emeritus
    from Antigo Wi.

    I love kustoms and I do have both of them. Anxiously awaiting the next one. As said before, Justins books and Lukes Magazine are the to two out there for us Kustom Lovers.

    B:DB
     
  23. Thank you Bob and everyone else. Your comments and support are very much appreciated!
     
  24. SuperFleye
    Joined: Jul 17, 2005
    Posts: 2,033

    SuperFleye
    Alliance Vendor

    I'ma huge fan of your annuals Justin, and I can't wait for the next one to come out! Keep up the good work :)
     
  25. Hello Justin,

    I too have both of your books. I saw your 2012 at Charlie Smith's house of Kansas City MO.. I got my copy of the 2012 a few weeks later. I'm building a custom '59 T-Bird for Charlie.

    Keep up the good work.

    Keith Daleen
    Sedalia, Mo.
     
  26. Thanks Sondre, I sure appreciate it! You are doing a fantastic job with your website! For anyone who likes real custom cars (and hot rods), it is a must see, with a lot of exclusive photos and information that you won't find anywhere else! Check it out at: http://www.kustomrama.com . It's an online encyclopedia pertaining to our favorite types of cars, and it's amazing!
     

  27. Hi Keith, thanks for the comments! Charlie is a great guy, and one of my personal heroes! I think he is (along with Harry Bradley) one of the best "custom car" designers of all time. I've seen photos of his T-Bird, it should be great when it's all finished. Have you ever seen the '55-56 Ford Victoria that he designed that was built in the early '60s? It's really neat, it looks kind of like something the Alexander Brothers would have done. It's still around, I believe in the Kansas City area. Thanks for the support, and tell Charlie I said hi when you see him!
     

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