Austin Weiss – Custom Fabricator and Tattoo Collector

Austin Weiss – Custom Fabricator and Tattoo Collector

Astin_Weiss_office1Many people know Austin Weiss as a custom fabricator; turning cars, trucks and motorcycles into works of art.  He has appeared in American Iron Magazine for his work.  He has built motorcycles for Anheuser-Busch (Bud Light), Krieger Watch Company and Will.i.am (from the Black Eye Peas).  He has just completed “The Zombie Jeep” for one of his clients in Texas.

Here are some pictures of his work:

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Krieger Watch Bike
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BudLight Bike
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Zombie Jeep

Another Tattoo:  What project are you currently working on?

Austin:  I have been asked by the Smithsonian to restore one of Hitler’s personal cars. Adolf Hitler was one the worst men to walk the face of the planet. Ordered the Killing of all Jews because of religion and half my family was erased by the gas chambers. This is why 16 blue eyed skulls with Family is tattooed on my entire right arm.  Now, a tattooed messianic Jewish boy is restoring one of his limousines for a museum, for history to see and never forget what he did. “Arbeit Macht Frei” was what the gates of Auschwitz said whenIMG_7076 - Copy my family walked through after unloading off the trains. That means “work will set you free.” Well, 70 plus years later I fulfilled that for all men and women whose loved ones were lost to an evil man’s sick dreams of an Aryan race… Guess he forgot about Karma.  One tree can make a million match sticks, but it only takes one match to burn the entire forest down!

Another Tattoo: Can you explain more about his car and what needs to be restored?

Austin: This was one of his (Hitler’s) 3 personally owned Hardtop Armor plated 770k Mercedes limos. It’s chassis #3.  The other two hard tops were destroyed during the war. This one was shot and banged up to understand the technology after its capture. Two assassination attempts were made on this car with Hitler in it. Those two attempts stayed the rest is to repaired to flawless. The entire car has an Aluminum outer body with armored steel interior body protecting the passengers. Glass is 1.25″ thick. The limo is fully bulletproof and was ordered in 1939, this was his personal not a Nazi state car he rode it; basically his daily. Driven by Heinz Linge his personal bodyguard and driver. I have been commissioned to restore this limo for a museum. I am a messianic Jew. Many of my ancestors were killed In concentration camps. 70 years later I was chosen to be the one responsible for restoring it. One rule was it had to be as nice as it was when he owned it and I cannot use any fillers. That’s why they chose me. My specialty is panel shaping. I’m restoring the car for a museum to teach about the history of world war 2, not for a Nazi collector. I don’t like who rode in the car but I love history.  It is an honor to be chosen to be the one who restores it. Guess you could say Karma is a bitch.

Here are some pictures of the ongoing project:

Of course, you need to have some fun at work while working on a piece of history:

Another Tattoo:  You were inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2008; if I understand it you were the youngest builder to be inducted.Liljon_AMA How did that make you feel?

Austin:  It was an honor, it was an amazing experience. It was very special for me because of my age. After leaving my former place of work, and being told by my old boss that I would never make it in the industry, it was so validating to see all of my hard work be recognized. I felt that I had finally proven to myself that I could succeed at turning my passion into my career.

Another Tattoo:  You have worked very hard and overcome some personal obstacles in your life to become successful.  What is your secret or drive that pushes you?

Austin:  A lot of people ask me all the time what is my secret, I am no different than anyone else. I am human, I put my pants on one leg at a time. I can say that believing in God has given me the strength and opened doors I never thought would be opened. At the end of the day, I just don’t want to fail. I Just get back up and keep moving. One of my favorite sayings is, “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

Austin Working Bob TattooAnother Tattoo:  Any thoughts or words of wisdom you would like to share to anyone thinking of going into for business for themselves?

Austin:  It’s going to take a lot of work. Be prepared to eat, sleep and live your dream for the rest of your life. It’s not easy. It’s especially not easy because you will encounter people who will try to take advantage of you and knock you down. At the end of the day, it’s worth it and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Be prepared, don’t give up, and work as hard as you possibly can.

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Another Tattoo:  Most of our readers are into bikes, fast cars and of course tattoos.  When did you start collecting your ink?

Austin:  I waited to get my first tattoo until the day I turned 21.  It was something that I wanted to save until I was old enough to make the right choices for the images that I will have with me for the rest of my life. My first tattoo was the Rat Fink on my bicep.

Skull_Blue_EyesAnother Tattoo:  What is your favorite tattoo?

Austin: My favorite tattoo is my Bob Marley tribute leg piece. It has a lot of meaning to me. One of my favorite quotes of his is, “Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality . Wake Up and Live!”

Another Tattoo:  Where do you get your ink done? Do you recommend any artists in the South Florida area?

Austin:  My good buddy Chris at Aloha Tatu in Stuart he is my artist.  I would absolutely recommend Chris at Aloha Tatu to your readers.

Another Tattoo:  One of our goals is to educate the public that just because you have visible ink does not mean you can’t be a productive Officemember of society.  Have your tattoos kept you from closing any deals or turn people away from using your shop?

Austin:  I get judged a lot, and definitely, get a lot of stares in public, but once people get to know me they realize that the ink is fitting for my personality and the industry.

Another Tattoo:  No story on Austin Weiss would be complete if we did not ask about your dogs.

Austin:   They eat a lot of food, ha ha. But seriously, it’s important to note that having big dogs requires a lot of training. People may think that having big dogs looks fun, but these are working dogs. Big dogs have a lot of energy, power, and drive, but my wife spends a lot of time training them and working with them to get them to where they are now.

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Editor Note: Ruger the middle dog is a Neapolitan Mastiff

 You can even follow “The Garage Dogs” on Instagram here.

You can visit Austin’s website here and on Instagram here.  He also has an online store selling some of the coolest tee-shirts on the market, my personal favorite design:

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In closing we understand that you and your wife are expecting your first child – we would like to congratulate you and wish you the best of luck.  To use your own words:

“Grind Hard. Stay Humble.”

 

~ ☠  AnoTat2 
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