240 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43205
Written and Photographed by Doreen Dawkins
I was thankful for the low 80s temperature with a slight breeze, as the closest lot was full and I had to walk from a few blocks away.
Tell me the concept behind your art car.
This is my second car. I don’t drive it every day. Greg Phelps was the inspiration for my car. In 2009, he was in Athens, Ohio. My wife saw and took pictures of his car. I thought it was kind of neat. A year and a half later, I did an art car. I have several themes; the front is my love of hockey. I did music in the back because one of my sons is into music, I like the beach; so, on the doors, I have the beach, then I randomly put freaky things on.
What’s up with it being for sale?
I am trying to downsize. I’m looking towards retirement in 5 to 7 years from now. It might be time for someone else to enjoy it whether they want to keep it the same or alter it.
Tell me about yourself and what you are doing.
I am from Pakistan. In Pakistan, I have been painting cars/trucks since I was seven (for 30 years).
Someone flies you in from Pakistan to paint their car?
Yes. I have a lot of friends in Columbus. Every year, Greg and Candy invite me to the Hot Times Festival. Every year, I paint cars in different styles.
The car owner wanted me to paint some kind of burning man (I went to the Burning Man last week).
Sidebar: I had no idea what a Burning Man was. According to the internet, it is where participants create a place of art and community. I still don’t know….
Tell me about the type of music.
We do lovers rock reggae, couples only reggae, and Old school reggae.
Are you a local band?
Where do you play?
Woodlands Tavern on Third on Columbus, and Dank House Brewing in Newark
My take: This festival has a chill vibe. Most people were admiring the art cars, or sitting/standing around talking as they listened to the performers at one of the three stages. I had a chance to catch up with several people I haven’t seen since last year. This is a festival to just come relax, catch up, and connect.