We are going to pause this week from our normal custom coverage to pay tribute to one of the greats.
The custom world lost a stalwart this week with the tragic passing of Shozo Fukushima of Japan, better known as Chojiro D. Crazy and head of Hell’s Dept. There is truly no one as creative, skilled, prolific, and just plain clever as Chojiro, and I don’t think there is anyone who would disagree.
Chojiro had the ability to amaze with his skill, and at the same time put a smile on anyone’s face with his custom’s themes and play on words. “Hot Whee”, “Dead Bull”, and “Monoeyes” to name a few. His mischievous approach was refreshing, addictive, and contagious. While I never met him (our only contact with him was when he granted us permission to post his photos), it was apparent that he never took himself, or the hobby, too seriously, and that is something our hobby always needs.
Lastly, we will always attribute the phrase “Very nice works!!” to Chojiro. HWC is littered with his supportive phrase, as he constantly encouraged other customizers to keep going. It was equivalent of Meryl Streep encouraging a 12-year-old at a school play. Nothing was as valuable as Chojiro’s words of encouragement.
Our little world of minicars lost a great one this week, and we will all miss him.
RIP Chojiro. Very nice works!!