Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Let Us Introduce Cindy "Crash" Raschke

HouseOspeed, owned by Cameron and Debbie Day, is pleased to introduce Austinite and artist extraordinaire Cindy “Crash” Raschke. Her desire to paint began at an early age, when she found herself unable to part with homework until she had purged the page of all blank space. Always looking for a theme, she would embellish science homework with images of flora and fauna, microscopes and experiments. "I could draw before I could spell or read," she says.

Crash uses a variety of paints including one-shot acrylics, car paints, glow-in-the-dark reflectives, and can spend anywhere from a few minutes to several weeks on a single item.

Her art subjects range from macabre to the ethereal. She loves just about everything she paints, including a collection of vintage vinyl purses, featuring Hawaiian landscapes. Most recently Crash was asked by Gibson Guitars to contribute to a very special project. The arts project consisted of ten foot tall Gibson Guitar sculptures and showcased guitars painted by visual artists such as Crash. They were exhibited throughout the city of Austin and later auctioned off for charity. She along with Craig Barnes painted their guitar with a Rockabilly Theme mixed with a little Hot Rod, signed by the members of ZZ Top.

Frankeee Stein

Tiki Piston
 Crash can be seen at various art shows, and Hot Rod events around the country, but if you can’t get to one of them, some of her work is available at HouseOspeed.com.
Her latest creations are disappearing quickly at HouseOspeed’s newest site, HotRodShiftKnob, an online store that sells automobile shift knobs. They retail an exclusive line of “Crash” stones, which are unique resin shift knobs, each hand painted and signed by Crash. The subjects of the shift knobs range from Tiki Pistons, Stray Cats, Elvis Frankensteins, and her latest, Tattooed Good Girls, fully adorned sexy nude girl shift knobs. The prices range from $100-$200.00, but they change regularly due to demand and supply. If you’re lucky to own one of these little gems already, you know just what we’re talking about.