Luftgekühlt Artist Network
Luftgekühlt was born out of the desire to gather a unique group friends together around the cars we’re all so passionate about. As the group grew, it was clear that there were some very talented artists creating car art amongst the growing tribe. Through the process of planning our events, the idea of sharing this art and the artists’ stories became clear.
The Luftgekühlt Artist Network will showcase artists both well-known and little-known that share the passion for motorized vehicles by expressing it visually through their unique styles of art. Our mission is to grow the network and share artists stories through limited-edition runs of apparel and prints. We’re honored to introduce the first members of the network and some special pieces they’ve created for Luftgekühlt.
Known around the globe as the originator of Freestyle BMX, Bob Haro grew up influenced by the skateboard and BMX race scene in southern California. As a kid he started doing tricks on a BMX bike and wound up spearheading something radically new, and influencing generations with his riding style, artwork, and designs.
Also a stunt rider in the now infamous BMX chase scene in Steven Spielberg’s production of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, today Bob is known as the legendary athlete, designer, artist, and businessman who introduced a new sport to audiences worldwide as he started the first trick team, built the first freestyle bike, and started the first freestyle bike company, Haro Bikes, which continues as a mainstay in the bicycle industry to this day.
Brian Kesling is an award-winning Designer who is skilled in hand drawn illustration, graphic design, packaging and branding.
A Los Angeles native and Art Center College of Design Alumni, Brian has over a decade of experience working with some of the world’s most iconic brands. Brian’s work is influenced by his LA upbringing and extensive world travels, offering a unique blend of illustration and design across many types of media.
Currently residing in Southern California, Brian is Owner and Creative Director of Republique Design.
Kevin "Spanky" Long
A professional skateboarder for the past 14 years, Kevin "Spanky" Long is brother to Luft's own Patrick Long and a talented graphic artist to boot. Spanky has produced artwork for skate-focused companies including Baker Skateboards, RVCA and Independent Trucks, and his work has been exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles, London, Bordeaux, Tokyo, Mexico City and Sydney.
When discussing his work for Luftgekühlt, he said, "I like dogs and giraffes and etch-a-sketch. I turned pro before getting my drivers license. I still can’t drive a stick shift."