Q&A with Sergio Necksbreaker, pinstriper and kustom painter from Spain
How long have you been pinstriping and doing kustom paint work?
I started pinstriping in 2007. I didn't do anything more than pinstriping until two or three years later.
What is the kustom kulture scene like in Spain?
Well, in Spain, compared to other European countries, the kustom kulture scene is not very popular. But we do have awesome kustom artists, motorcycles builders, car clubs, and shows.
Who are your influences now and who were they when you were growing up?
I'm absolutely a fan of Darren McKeag. I also follow and get inspired by the works of greats like Ken Takabayashi, Von Dago, and my friend Ismael Navarro, among many others.
What are the tools of your trade?
In my trade, I have about 20 cans of Alphanamel enamel and additives, and my brushes case with some different brushes for every type of work. I have the new Escoda Necksbreaker brushes for sure. Hehehe!! But I have and still use brushes like Von Dago's Pinstriping brush, Steve Kafka's brush for scrolling, Escoda lettering brushes Serie El Deletrista, and Tidwell's brushes.
What project are you most proud of?
Now, I'm very proud to be teaching. It's very nice to be able to teach other artists some things that make it easier for them to learn pinstriping. Something I would have liked when I started.
What's the best part of your artwork day?
I think that the best part is when I deliver the artwork to the customer.
When you started doing pinstriping and lettering, what was the most difficult thing to master and how did you overcome it?
About 13 years ago, for me, every learning step wasn't easy. Now with social networking sites, YouTube tutorials, courses or the increase of the kustom scene, is very different. When I started, I think that the most difficult thing to learn was how make a closed curve line with a clean stroke ... and repeat it symmetrically on the other side!!! Haha. It was much easier when I discovered that I could turn the brush with my fingers.
Where do you see yourself and your art in 5 years?
It's not easy to know it. I hope to continue traveling with my brushes to other countries, painting in shows or putting on workshops. I hope to go to the USA and paint something there.
Any final words for the Gnarly Magazine readers?
Give what you can to make this world not boring.
For more photos of Sergio's work, check out his Instagram page: