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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Scott Hoepker - Chemical Candy Customs

When you see a paint job on a bike or helmet with a carefully planned out thought process behind the entire design with lines of perfection, beautiful color combinations, and it makes you say to yourself "holy shit that's amazing and I want it!" It's most likely a Chemical Candy Customs'  paint job by the one and only Scott Hoepker. His stuff is just so brilliant, always high end and you can tell he is a perfectionist, not letting anything leave his booth until he is 110% happy with it. When I asked Scott if he would be a part of Fuel Cleveland and paint up a Biltwell Gringo for the show he was more than thrilled and humbled by the whole idea. For him to fit this show in on his super busy schedule is so awesome. I've seen a few pics of what he has painted for the show already and I can't wait to have it on display for all of Cleveland to see! I wish Scott could make it out for the show but unfortunately with Born Free around the corner he's a busy, busy man, painting up some bikes that will be in this year's show. Here is a one on one we had the other day, enjoy! 

-Mikey Revolt

When did Chemical Candy Customs begin?

S: Damn, good question. Well, I guess I started at a nail salon, "Get Nailed" in Irving off Harry Hines Blvd. I was hooking up hot house wives and creepy cougars with some of the finest nails that DFW has to offer. That got boring quick as I was tired of being looked at like a piece of man meat and the place smelled funny. Haha, but seriously, it was about 4 years ago.

Your skills behind the spray gun are insane my friend! Did you apprentice with anyone or learn everything on your own through trial and error?

S: A bit of both. I had a bike of mine painted by a local artist/professor that shared some of his time and trade secrets as we became friends. The rest just comes to me, each project I take on, I try to develop new skills. These days it's hard to break out with something new. It seems almost everything has been done so I just try to put a spin on certain techniques to make them my own.

How long have you been painting rad masterpieces?

S: I was always really into art growing up and used to do a little abstract art and oil painting. My pops used to do random paint projects and encouraged me to pursue the craft. About 9 years ago I got into pinstriping and took a stab at painting custom helmets. When I first started my company name was "Backstreet Buckets". This led people to think I only painted helmets, so once I started painting motorcycles is when Chemical Candy Customs was born.

Was there a time when you decided you were going to start painting professionally as a career? Was it hard to take that leap?

That was an interesting transition for sure. I was working at my family's restaurant chain and pin striping helmets and tanks in my spare time. Biltwell was a huge support when I first started. My wife encouraged me to break out and pursue my own career goals. Eventually, I developed my skills and added Kandies, Pearls, Metallics and Flake to the mix. Once I dove into that realm of work, I realized I had found my true calling. It was hard to take that leap but I wouldn't change the path I chose.

What's your favorite bike you have ever owned and or still own?

S: My first bike was by far my favorite as it opened up a whole new world for me. It was a 1977 Honda Z50cc mini Trail Bike. My pops thought it would be amusing to put a set of apes on it. I was only 5, way too small, and my arms weren't long enough to even reach the bars. From that day on I was hooked on motorcycles even though I couldn't ride it.

If there was one place you could jump on your bike and just go where would it be and why?

S: I'd love to take a road trip through Utah. Such a beautiful place, I imagine experiencing it for the first time on my chopper would be at the top of my bucket list.

Is there anyone that inspires you?

S: One of my best buds, Kirk Sharp. He's the kind of guy everyone loves and wants to be around. He's a huge motorcycle enthusiast and in my eyes will be a legend. As Kirk would say, "Fuck it, ride it!"

Any life mottos or standards you live by?

S: I believe in working hard, not giving up when things get tough, and hold on to the people you love.

What's the coolest thing you have ever laid paint on?

S: My wife's sippie cups. But seriously, my new shovelhead my buddy Jim and I built together.

What's your dream machine?

S: Knuckle or pan, either one would do me just fine

Is there any other crafts, medium, or other things you have been trying to master?

S: I like to dabble in photography and short films, motorcycle related obviously. It's still a work in progress.

When coming out of the paint booth do you look like you came out a paintball match from hell or a tv show host for one of those home improvement shows that doesn't have a single drop of paint on them after painting for hours?

S: Paint ball match from hell and flaked out shoes.

Any big projects in the works you care to share?

S: I have been given the honor of painting a couple of builds for Born Free 7 this year. I am always humbled to be a part of someone's creation.

Are you a steak and potatoes or burger and fries kinda guy? Or you can really mess this question up and say your a vegetarian ahahah... 

S: Ha, I'm vagi-tarian....but burger and fries works too!

Anyone you would like to thank or give a shoutout to?

S: My wife and family for their patience and encouragement while I pursue my craft. Mike D Ellis & Bill Bryant at Biltwell, ChopCult, Lisa Ballard, and my friends who support me "rain or shine"...you know who you are. Thank you Mikey for inviting me to be a part of the Fuel Cleveland. And of course, the customers who continue to choose me in a sea of gifted painters.

Be sure to check out Scott's Biltwell Gringo that will be on display at Fuel Cleveland on May 9th and if you love his work as much as I do and want more, check out his website www.chemicalcandycustoms.com

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