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Thursday, July 24, 2008 George Barris Place

George Barris Place, Riverside Drive and Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood

The summer of 2008 might be remembered as the summer pop culture became just too strange, thanks to Hollywood a new Hulk movie (unmanageable anger creates the beast of vengeance, or something), followed by Ironman (the technology of death turned to good uses, with difficulty), followed by another Hellboy epic (the giant monster as reluctant hero, with personal issues), followed by the stunning new and very sinister Batman movie The Dark Knight. The last has as its villain a new interpretation of the Joker now he's just pure nihilism that cannot be countered without losing your own sense of right and wrong, and all innocence. You'd think the nation was going through some sort of existential crisis or something.

Back in the late sixties what you saw of Batman was all high camp the fey and slightly paunchy Adam West in his lavender leotard was Batman back then. Burgess Meredith channeling a mad FDR was the Penguin and Caesar Romero the dapper Joker.  That nation was in turmoil over Vietnam and so much more, but Batman back then was not about anything much just a goof, a kind of weekly lark.  And there was that cool and slightly cheesy 1966 Batmobile.  Those were the days.

That Batmobile built in three weeks on a Ford Futura chassis was the creation of George Barris, perhaps the best-known designer of custom cars in the world, the man who calls himself King of the Kustomizers.  In his mid-eighties now, Barris was, for decades, the go-to guy when any television show or big-budget movie needed a very strange and vastly amusing vehicle. And to get back to those good old days it seemed about time to visit George Barris Place, Riverside Drive and Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood, and Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive still going strong.

The City Council of Los Angeles, on March 23, 2007, dedicated George Barris Place there. The Batmobile in the Bat Cave is out back.

George Barris Place, Riverside Drive and Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood
George Barris Place, Riverside Drive and Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood
George Barris Place, Riverside Drive and Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood
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Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood

Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood
Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood
Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood
Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood
Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood
Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood
Barris Kustom Industries at 10811 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood

At the shop on the west side of Barris Kustom Industries, the Hulk

At the shop on the west side of Barris Kustom Industries, the Hulk

On the east side of Barris Kustom Industries, Hellkat Tattoos

On the east side of Barris Kustom Industries, Hellkat Tattoos

Current darkness in the alley out back

Skull t-shirt tied to pole, North Hollywood

See also, from May 2005, The George Barris Collection and Hollywood Rides.

If you wish to use any of these photos for commercial purposes I assume you'll discuss that with me. And should you choose to download any of these images and use them invoking the "fair use" provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976, please provide credit, and, on the web, a link back this site. 

Technical Note:

Photographs after March 3, 2008, were taken with a Nikon D200 or a Nikon D70 when noted. All previous photographs were taken with the D70. The lenses used are (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300 mm telephoto, or (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. Photography here is modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  The earliest photography in the archives was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

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