Blastolene truck spotted on Squid Row at the Santa Cruz Art Center. The label reads, 'Blastolene, High Test, Nox Off Your Sox, Crude McFly Distillery'

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Blastolene is the name given to the suped-up, custome hot rods built by, "a Brotherhood of autonomous individual artists and craftsmen who encourage each other's creativity."1 Blastolene artist Michael Leeds lives in Santa Cruz and describes the Blastolene frame of mind, "It [building cars] expresses the identity of who we are. It also expresses this love of speed, power, autonomy and freedom. We create our own superhero identity."2

The other Blastolene artists, including Randy Grubb, live throughout California.

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