Cool Hand Customs Is Growing Beyond Expectations


A Madison, Wisc., custom painter who started a home-based business doing custom motorcycle paint jobs has grown so popular he’s branched out to musical instruments, cars and just about anything else folks want customized.

E.J. and Amy Fitzgerald, owners of Cool Hand Customs, are hoping to get a lease on a vacant, city-owned building in Middleton that would give the business six times as much space.

Earlier this month the Middleton Finance Committee approved an independent appraiser to determine the property’s value. Once that’s completed, the council will decide whether to sell, Middleton Administrator Mike Davis told the Wisconsin State Journal.

The Fitzgeralds launched Cool Hand Customs out of their home in April 2008, about the same time E.J.’s construction contracting work started to trail off. In the past two years he’s painted a variety of designs on motorcycles and motorcycle tanks, Guitar Hero guitars, golf carts and pool cues. He’s also painted about 60 shovels for former Green Bay Packer Gilbert “The Gravedigger” Brown’s foundation, according to the newspaper.

The Middleton building would have room for a spray booth big enough to fit a car or truck, to accommodate increasingly frequent requests. There would also be retail space to display some of E.J.’s work.

Posted by Holly Wagner