BLEEDING THROUGH bassist RYAN WOMBACHER has launched Hellmerica Customs, a brand new company serving the motorcycle and extreme sports communities.
A longtime Harley enthusiast and skateboarder, Wombacher has combined his passions for these endeavors into Hellmerica which boasts a line of uniquely hand-painted helmets, boards and more.
"Ever since I bought my first car, a 1971 Ford Torino, at the age of sixteen I've been messing around with custom painting," Wombacher says. "One summer during a break from touring with Bleeding Through, I decided to take my hobby to the next level by forming this company."
Wombacher's initial run of hand-painted vintage motorcycle helmets did well enough that he's continued to branch out in incremental steps. Airbrush, 1-shot paint, pin striping, gold / silver leafing and leather tooling are among the skills Wombacher has developed with Hellmerica.
Hellmerica Customs has also expanded to include custom paint jobs for guitars, basses and other band equipment. And this week, the company launched a brand new online store.
"Everything I do is one of a kind. I don't like to repeat myself," Wombacher points out.
Bleeding Through has sold close to a half a million albums and toured around the world with bands like Slayer, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, AFI, Senses Fail and on Ozzfest, Warped Tour and more. They've been featured on the covers of Revolver, Metal Edge and Chord. They recently entered the studio to record a brand new album for Rise Records, which will be released in 2012.
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