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New shop’s ‘sign’ language is art

Dane B Kustoms also offers pinstriping
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
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Lifelong Auburn resident Dane Brown is putting his artistic talent to work. The 22-year-old recently opened Dane B Kustoms shop in Downtown, where he offers hand-painted signs for buildings and pinstriping for vehicles and windows. Brown began focusing on signs about four years ago. “I’ve been loosely associated with the tattoo industry, painting signs for them,” he said. His clients have come from as far away as Concord and even Bakersfield. In Auburn he’s created signs for a number of businesses including Utopia Tattoo, and a variety of products for area salons and auto repair businesses. Prior to opening his own shop, Brown worked out of his dad’s auto repair shop, Auburn Service Center, on Locksley Lane. He does all the work by hand. Prices are based on size of the project and the number of hours to complete it, he said. “My one main thing is if someone has a vision and knows what they want and wants someone to make it happen, I can put their vision into making their sign,” he said. He’ll create whatever style a customer wants, but his personal signature is vibrant tones with detailed accents. “I love color,” he said. “I love lots of colors — bright colors.” One of his recent clients was Look Sharp Salon in Auburn. “He’s done a sign, pinstriped the front windows and created the painting on the front of my reception desk,” owner Stacey Barton said Tuesday. “(His work is) awesome — the numerous things we’ve had him do — guitars, a car, my husband’s motorcycle pinstriped for father’s day. I think he is very talented. He’s very artistic. We love his personality. He’s very easy to deal with.” Along with the pinstriping, Brown also enjoys the classic cars he works on. He attends every Cruise Nite in Auburn. And what makes it more fun is coming across a vehicle that has his pinstriping, he said. Currently he’s working on his own 1950 Ford coupe, which is “in the middle of a top chop right now,” he said. In his spare time, Brown works on personal art projects. “I did 100 paintings in 100 days and am now doing the alphabet,” he said. His work has been displayed at Gasoline Gallery in El Segundo. He was also in the June edition of Pinstriping & Kustom Graphics magazine. Brown said he’d like to have a show locally some day and is looking forward to participating as a business in the Auburn Art Walk. He’s been at his High street location for about four months. “I went looking around (for a building),” he said. “This place was perfect and the landlady got me right in. I love being in a central downtown location.” Reach Gloria Young at gloriay@goldcountrymedia.com. ----------- Dane B Kustoms Where: 1115 High St., Downtown Auburn, Suite 13 Phone: (530) 613-7516 Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday More information:?See his work at Facebook.com/Dane B Kustoms