Robt. Williams

A good example of Robt. Williams' art for Roth's magazine ads.
Robt. Williams art samples for the famous felt patch sheets that Roth sold.
A page from my copy of The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams

On a trip to L.A. in June of '71, I wanted to see the Brucker's Cars of Stars, and Planes of Fame museum. I wanted to see Ed Roth's cars again, because I had heard Brucker had bought them all when Ed was going thru his divorce, and they were all there. What I didn't realize while I toured the place was that Ed Roth was working there - and probably that day as I wandered around, and that two large paintings I had looked at that day were done by Robert Williams.

I knew Robt. Williams' work only from the underground at that time, mainly Zap Comix, and Coochy Cooty. His art always blew me away with it's complexity and detail. It wasn't until a few years later that I found out that he was the man responsible for most of Roth's ad copy art and design from '65-'70, and had done the art for his felt patches,and other art for Roth. Robt. Williams had inadvertintly influenced me two times before I even knew who he was.

Robt. Williams went to work for Roth in '65, and was there working thru everything that happened in that shop until Roth closed up in '70. He also met his future wife Suzanne at Roth Studios, who is a great lady, and a supurb artist in her own right. Williams remarked that this (Roth Studios) was the first job he was ever issued a pistol along with his art supplies. Robert's commuter car then was a '62 Ford sedan, factory equipped with a 406ci. big block w/3 deuces and a 4 speed. While he was there, among others, he also worked with Jim Jacobs (later the Jake, in Pete & Jakes Hot Rod Parts). Robert Williams has been a lifetime hot rodder, and his early patrons were the Bruckers. That's how those two early Williams paintings wound up on exhibit in the Cars of Stars.

While some of Williams' art might not appeal to everybody (I love it!), his art relating to hot rods and cycles is something that draws everyone right in. It's his incredible detail in his paintings, and the mechanical knowledge he's gathered "living the life", that everybody can recognize right off. I don't think there's too many rodders or bikers that don't have prints of his Hot Rod Race, A Devil With A Hammer & Hell With A Torch, Blue Collar Bravado, or Hittin' A Glass Truck At Midnight hanging in their houses, garages, or club houses.

One time In the Spring of '01, ChopperDave was up at Bob's Big Boy in Burbank, CA on a Friday night, and he was talking to Robert Williams. It's not unusual to see Robert up there in one of his Deuces, and I need to say right now, that if you've never been to Bob's on a Friday cruise night, you don't know what you're missing. If you're EVER in the area, DO IT! Anyways, in passing Dave mentioned that he had a friend in Denver that had a big appreciation of his history and work. Robert told Dave if I'd like to send out any of his books, he'd be glad to personalize them for me. Needless to say, I didn't hesetate!

That Fall of '01, at Jesse's No Love Party, Dave came up to me and said he had a couple people he wanted me to meet, and he took me around the corner of the shop, and Robert and Suzanne Williams were standing there. Man, talk about being blind-sided. I was a little intimidated at first, but we must have talked for at least an hour about the party, his cars, his art, Suzanne's art, what I did, both their time at Roth's - and I have to tell you, I've never met two more gracious and genuine people in my life. It was truly an experience I'll never forget, and it isn't often you get the chance to stand and talk to somebody who's influenced you, and who's work you've enjoyed ever since high school.

Comment with Facebook


Comment with Chopcult (0)

Please Login to Comment

Recent Blogs


Drag Specialties Seats now offers a double diamond pattern for its popular low-profile seat. These seats feature solar-reflective leather in the seating area and automotive-grade vinyl on the sides. This patented process reduces surface temperature by as much as 25*F for a cooler seat, higher durability and longer life over conventional leather or vinyl. Underneath is a flexible urethane foam interior to provide maximum comfort. The 3/1" ABS thermoformed seat base has a carpeted bottom and rubber bumpers to protect paint from damage. A handy EZ-Mount system requires no tools for taking seat on and off. Seat geometry places rider 2" further back and up to 1" lower (depending on model) than the stock seat for a better rider position with improved styling. The seat also covers the two seat fender studs for a low, clean look. Can be used with Drag Specialties solo rear seats (sold separately) and includes mounting hardware. Proudly made in the U.S.A. Available with your choice of black or silver double-diamond stitching for 97-07 FLHR, 06-07 FLHX H-D models. Suggested retail starting at $328.95. For more information, go to or contact your local Drag Specialties dealer.


JUNE 22/23 2019 Visit for more info

Enter The Alpha 6 Mega Pinstriper Pack Giveaway

Head over to our Instagram account and enter this sweet giveaway from Alpha 6 Corporation. We'll announce the winner on May 21, 2019. Big thanks to James for making this giveaway possible and for supporting the ChopCult community.

Welcome ALPHA 6 to the CC Family!

Started in 2016 by James (Kaye) Kwiatkowski of Detroit Bros Cycles - Alpha 6 Corporation produces Professional quality Lettering Enamels, Artist Tools, and Supplies made in Detroit, Michigan by artists for artists and artisans in the Pinstriping, Sign Painting and Graphic Arts Industries.


"We care about our products and those that use them. Our products are tested in the field by our team of artists and perfected using their feedback. We listen to our customers and retailers to ensure we are providing them with the highest of quality tools, supplies, and paint on the market. Our current lineup of products can be viewed and purchased at until the early June release of our new website, and you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Check out Darren McKeag's latest work below using his signature Alphanamel Darren McKeag Black. It's been an honor to work with Darren, and we can't wait to see more from him." -James


James would like to offer you the opportunity to try their paint. Please go here and use the code ALPHACC to get the ALPHANAMEL Mini-Starter set for $14.99 ( a $30.00 value). You will receive 2 oz. each of the Alphanamel Alpha White, Hanson's Red and McKeag's Black. The finest lettering enamel on the market.

New T-shirt Design by Chiko

Big thanks to Chris Rupcic at Chiko's Pinstriping for creating a new t-shirt design for CC. It blows our mind when people offer up there talents to help CC move forward. Please check out Chris' website and give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram for his generous donation. You can buy yours here. We appreciate your ongoing support!

Animal Welfare Institue

If you're interested in donating to any of the numerous animal charities out there, this is one of the best.  "The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) is an American, non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1951 with the goal of reducing pain and fear inflicted on animals by humans. Its legislative division, the Society for Animal Protective Legislation (SAPL), pushes for the passage of laws that reflect this purpose."  Contributions actually go to the cause at hand and not just advertising. 
The AWI Quarterly magazine shows a glimpse where your money and efforts go.  "Since 1951, the Animal Welfare Institute has been dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people.  We seek better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild."

New Focus Feature

Take a moment to check out Holly Anderson's coverage for the first Locked 'N Lodi show.

A blast for the past

Take a moment to check out " Dirty Little" built by Hank Doss. Article and photos are by the ever-talented Jennifer Farris.

Barnstorm Cycles Summer Open Barn

Start the riding season with Barnstorm on Cinco de Mayo! Come to Barnstorm Motorcycles & Jeeps on May 5th for our Annual Summer Open Barn Party with Grimm Co Stunt team, contests, games, giveaways, food, drink and fun. Get the riding season started at Barnstorm. Stop in and meet the team that gets you ride-ready! Enjoy great food, friends, games, sweet rides, contests, giveaways and fun!
Share This



ADVERTISE    |    CONTACT    |    ©2009 - 2017 ChopCult    |    REPORT ABUSE    |    CONDUCT

Chopcult on Instagram Chopcult on Pinterest Chopcult on Tumblr Chopcult on Facebook Chopcult on Twitter