It’s been a fun and exciting month on The Hog Ring. Not only did we highlight the latest industry news, sales and promotions, but we also published some fantastic interviews — including a three-part series with Ish Jimenez, master trimmer and former star of MTV’s hit show “Pimp My Ride.” Here’s a look back at December 2015.
Jim’s Custom Auto Upholstery in Carter County, Tennessee, was destroyed in a fire last week. The blaze reportedly damaged several vehicles and much of the shop’s inventory.
The 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn made its North American debut at last week’s Los Angeles Auto Show, where critics praised it for being the world’s quietest convertible vehicle.
A new survey by research and consulting firm AutoPacifica shows that of the 10 most in-demand car features, five are interior related and the top two are seat specific.
Check out this beautiful photo taken in 1915 of an upholstery assembly line at the Dodge Brothers Motor Company auto plant in Hamtramck, Michigan.
We recently caught up with Ish to chat about his past success, new venture, the current state of the industry and future plans. Check out part one of our three-part series.
Ish talks in detail about the technical side of auto upholstery — including how he collaborates with customers, why he prefers Consew sewing machines, and more.
Ish opens up about why he left West Coast Customs to launch his own shop, Royal Auto Designs. He also shares his thoughts on the current state of the industry.
In his latest article for The Shop, veteran auto upholstery professional Harry Weimann teaches rookies how to properly replace a foam-back headliner.
Starlite Rod & Kustoms in California built a 1961 Cadillac. Among the owner’s many requests was a state-of-the-art radio deck that needed to be hidden in plain view.
This month’s newsletter features a poem titled “Glitter and Gold,” as well as a short essay “That’s why it’s called Christmas” — both by Kimmy, Electron Top‘s office manager.
In need of some inspiration? Check out this custom 1971 Pontiac Firebird Formula interior completed by SideEffect Ltd. in Tallinn, Estonia.
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to try out Alea Leather Specialist, Inc.’s free online Design Studio, here it is: Take $100 off your next purchase!
I’ve found a lot of weird and gross things in car seats – chewed gum, diapers, a dead mouse – but never $290,000. However, that’s exactly what one Texas cop found.
It’s about time that an auto upholstery shop got its own reality TV show — right? Tired of waiting for it to happen, Carl Austman of Revive Upholstery decided to launch his own.
Matt Williams of Haartz shared his insights with us on a range of subjects — from the market’s short- and long-term growth forecasts to recent styles and trends in convertible tops.
Check out these Star Wars-themed seat covers designed by Anton Kozlov of CarInterior.by in Vitebsk, Belarus. The seats are inspired by Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and others.
Best wishes to The Hog Ring community during this holiday season. May you and your families have a very merry Christmas!
We scoured the internet for the latest employment opportunities in the field of auto upholstery and posted them on our jobs page. Check them out!
Inspired by the yachts of the 1930s, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars designed the Drophead Coupe to resemble an elegant motorboat — even using hardwood slats in its design.
If you’re into street rods, follow Richard Perez of R.P. Interiors, Inc. on Instagram, where he offers a glimpse into his auto upholstery shop and highlights his best work.