MR HERO PRINTS

MEET THE KIWI DE­SIGNER BE­HIND HERO PRINTS

NZ Performance Car - - Contents - IN­TER­VIEW: MAR­CUS GIB­SON IMAGES: ASH WESTMORELAND

NZ Per­for­mance Car: Hey Ash, wel­come to the hot seat. Please be­gin by in­tro­duc­ing your­self to our readers.

Ash: Hey, my name is Ash­ley Westmoreland. I’m a de­signer for Hero Prints. I il­lus­trate drift cars mostly, and I also de­sign liv­er­ies.

Cars are clearly a big part of your life; do you re­call what first got you into the au­to­mo­tive cul­ture?

Ever since I was a lit­tle kid, that’s all I can remember — be­ing stoked on cars. My dad has al­ways liked cars — we were for­ever chang­ing cars when I was young. My grand­fa­ther was also re­ally into cars. He had a Fer­rari, and he also had a Porsche at one point. So, yeah, it’s al­ways been a part of my life.

When did draw­ing/ art be­come a part of that?

Man … it would be the same, re­ally. I can remember my par­ents show­ing me pic­tures of cars I was draw­ing when I was like, four years old. I’ve been do­ing it ever since.

Have cars al­ways been the fo­cus of your art?

No, not nec­es­sar­ily. When I was a kid, I was into all the stuff that kids are into — di­nosaurs, car­toons, etc. I was re­ally into Sonic the

Hedge­hog, Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles — all those clas­sic 90s car­toons. As I got a bit older, I started to fo­cus more and more on the car side of things. But I used to draw loads of dif­fer­ent stuff.

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