Shift Knobs

One Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater

One Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater

Occasionally I take on a commission piece. This one happened to be a super fun sculpt right out of 1950’s music. “I said Mr Purple People Eater, what’s your line? He said eating purple people, and it sure is fine But that’s not the reason that I came to land I wanna get a job […]

Shrunken Brothers - Artist series shrunken head shift knobs

Shrunken Brothers – Artist series shrunken head shift knobs

Fresh from the forests of South America and straight to the dark lab of Defiance Speed Shop come the artist series of shrunken head shift knobs. The cast stitches have been removed and replaced with hand stitched hemp cord. They come expertly preserved in a glass dome and look at home on a desk or […]

Zombie Hand Shift Knob - Press Release

Zombie Hand Shift Knob – Press Release

Hot out of the molds! These zombie hand shift knobs will thrill all the boys and ghouls! Custom sculpted in the deep recesses of the Defiance Speed Shop studio by resident artist Cody Langford in November of 2010, these 2 piece shift knobs finally came out of the molds and are the first of their […]


Resin casting. Work in progress shots.

Resin casting. Work in progress shots.

It has been a busy week! I won’t write much. I just wanted to show my progress on molding and resin casting. This is my temporary work area in the garage. I have a borrowed pressure pot, a found vacuum compressor, an air compressor, my trusty glue gun and a lot of foamcore. Here is […]

Shrunken Brothers update - hot rod shift knobs teaser

Shrunken Brothers update – hot rod shift knobs teaser

I made good headway on my artist series shrunken heads. Here are the first 2 in green with hand strung hemp cords and tassels. The official release will come once all 5 of each shrunken head are complete. Until then I will do teaser posts.

Sneak Peak - Shrunken head shift knobs - Artist series

Sneak Peak – Shrunken head shift knobs – Artist series

Straight out of the laboratory at Defiance Speed Shop come the first fruits of our labors. Here is a sneak peak of what is to come. The first 5 pulls of each shrunken head shift knob are being transformed into a custom artist series. Each shrunken head shift knob will be hand painted and hand […]


Bone Hair - Shrunken Head Shift Knob

Bone Hair – Shrunken Head Shift Knob

Just finished – the second Shrunken Head shift knob for release in 2011. Bone Hair, is justly named because after the cannibals caught him and shrunk his head they tied his hair around his own arm bone. He sports twisted rope ties for his eyes and mouth and some thick hoop earrings. Look for more […]

Flying Pie

Flying Pie

Flying Pie Crust Slick that is! I have put some in some time the last couple of weeks to create this sculptural piece. It’s a bit large for a shift knob but would make one heck of a hood ornament. The slick will be cast as 2 parts so I only had to make half. […]

Zombie Hand Shift Knob

Zombie Hand Shift Knob

Here is another sneak peak for 2011. This custom sculpted zombie hand sits atop a skull shift knob. The zombie hand idea came from a conversation with well known pinstriper and hot rod shift knob painter Jason of  Timebomb Kustoms. He said that he had never seen one like that and I asked if I […]


Shrunken head shift knob

Shrunken head shift knob

Here is a sneak peak for a new shift knobs for 2011. Created in the the style you have come to expect from Defiance Speed Shop this Shrunken head shift knob will not disappoint. Check back for progress as this shift knobs gets molded and cast in resin in the spring of 2011.

JUNE SALE - All shift knobs!!!

JUNE SALE – All shift knobs!!!

We just wanted to get June rolling with a sale on hot rod shift knobs. Get them while they are hot because on July 1st they go back up to normal prices. Hit our SHOP page to pick one up!

Vending at Greaserama 2009

Vending at Greaserama 2009

For some reason I really like being a vendor. Vending at a car show is just an added bonus! Here is a shot of what my area looked like at Greaserama 2009. I was running low on a few posters so I pulled a few Dragstrip Riot posters in blue and green for this show. […]


Series 1 Shift Knobs - Buy yours NOW!

Series 1 Shift Knobs – Buy yours NOW!

Cody Langford owner and resident artist/designer has been up to it again. This time he has sculpted, molded and cast in resin a series of 6 hot rod shift knobs for 2010. Drawing from different aspects of the hot rod culture he created this mix of monsters and tikis. Not completely satisfied with selling raw […]

Series 1 Shift Knob Posters

Series 1 Shift Knob Posters

These posters were inspired by the Series 1, cast resin, hot rod shift knobs. These letterpress prints, from hand cut linoleum, are printed in Black and Metallic Gold. Two versions of the prints were created. The first on Pearlized Metallic 120# cover stock will only be available for purchase to people who purchase a full […]

Timebomb Kustoms Letterpress Business Cards

Timebomb Kustoms Letterpress Business Cards

I whipped these up for Jason Mattox of Timebomb Kustoms. Two color letterpress print on metallic pearl paper to really make them shine. Jason is a hot rod pinstriper and he also paints a lot hot rod shift knobs. We recently did a trade for these business cards and he painted a limited series of […]


Defiance Speed Shop Series 1 shift knobs

Defiance Speed Shop Series 1 shift knobs

I just finished the artwork for the Defiance Speed Shop Series 1 Shift Knobs. This is the top of a wrap that will go around the box that all the shift knobs will be packaged in for sale. Look for updates on this project in the next few weeks. the goal is to get them […]