For decades, he has been putting his talents to anything creative: insanely detailed low rider cars, realistic murals, graffiti, clothing and high-end tattoos on the likes of celebrities and other exclusive clientele. He got his start in the roots of the low rider scene growing up in Southern California. His first venture was airbrushing T-shirts at car shows before moving onto murals emblazoned across the low riders of the era. From there he transferred his talents to tattoos as well as graphic arts and graffiti, becoming well known and sought after for his unique artistic style. His latest venture delves further into the automotive world with a full line of car care products called Mister Cartoon Sanctiond.
While mostly known for his low riders, Mister Cartoon loves to put his own style onto a variety of cars and trucks. Recently, he picked up a couple of classic trucks and turned them into classic bomb-style shop trucks. In the mid-‘30s, both Chrysler and General Motors did a complete redesign on their truck lines to match their sedans and coupes. The classic trucks bridge the gap from early hot rod to low rider bomb-style and would be a perfect match for Mister Cartoon to freshen up and add his touch to. Low rider bomb-style vehicles are somewhat the opposite of hot rods. “Low and slow” is the motto because style is valued more than aerodynamics and weight; cruising low is preferred over driving fast. Gathering all of the factory options, upgrades and accessories is a must. Because these trucks were originally intended for commercial and farm use, parts were procured from high end sedans from the same era, including turn signals, visors and the tire carriers on the trucks. From there, each truck was given its own special theme.
The Skid Row Tattoo truck is a ‘37 Dodge Brothers Commercial Express themed around the neighborhood where his shop is located and advertising his high-end tattoo work. Mister Cartoon saw the trend going in the direction of older pre-war bomb trucks and looked to build one of his own to advertise. He picked up the ’37 in decent condition, but it still had the old barn look and the 15-year-old paint job was fading. First on the list was lowering the truck the old school way. Then the paint was wet-sanded smooth and recleared. Mister. Cartoon and Danny D collaborated on the intricate lettering on the doors and bed advertising Skid Row Tattoo. To complete the bomb feel, several accessories, including the artillery-style wheels(these got some leaf work) and Firestone whitewalls, fog lights, wood bed rails and visor were added. Finally, Skid Row Stitch reworked the bench seat in gray leather and embroidered with the Joker Brand logo. Tunes are handled by a modest sound system featuring Rockford Fosgate speakers.
The Bail Bonds truck is a ‘37 Chevrolet coupe pickup done in similar style as the Tattoo truck, but featuring lettering from Mister. Cartoon and Danny D for “Uncle Toon’s Bail Bonds.” The bed saw even more work: a wood bed floor and rails were stained, cleared and lettered to advertise the Sanctiond car care line. All of the chrome, trim and accessories were brought back to life to finish things off. A double hit of classic bomb-style shop trucks have been added to Mister. Cartoon’s collection. He currently has a few more projects waiting in the wings, including a slammed early ‘50s Chevrolet Suburban. To checkout some of Mister Cartoon’s custom art and tattoo work visit Mistercartoon.com or Sanctiond.com.
Text and Photos by Jason Mulligan
Mark “Mister Cartoon” Machado
1937 Chevrolet Coupe Pickup
1937 Dodge Brothers Commercial Express
Los Angeles, CA