Thursday, July 27, 2017
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
|We had the Surfink and the L600 at a show in downtown Vegas. We were a hit.|
|On the way into Vegas we were stopped by the biggest DOT asshole I have ever come across. After an hour of harassment he finally gave up trying to pin something on us..|
|into the trailer she goes|
|there were a lot of doodles on the dash and the walls. They looked familiar|
|After some research we have been told that this van was the Roth Studios shop truck in the mid 60's. WHAT A FIND. You have no idea how excited I am about this one!|
|guess we're gona leave it like this for awhile.|
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Heading west to eventually arrive at the SEMA Show.. Making a stop near Salt Lake City for the Kulture Krash car show. A bunch of my pinstriping bretheren put togeather a show in Riverton , so we decided to hit it on the way.and of course, a stop at the In n out burger
Thursday, July 10, 2014
|This was a delivery that I did several years ago. It was repaired and I got to do it again.|
I have made a lot of progress on the early Dodge
|I took off the exhaust system to polish it., touch up paint, and install shocks.|
|all shiny lol|
|got the seat trims installed.|
|the door handles are painted.|
|the last major thing to finish is the bed top.|
|I took the I.D. plate off to paint the door jams.|
|one of the last things to do.|
|The sign board is finished.|
Sunday, March 16, 2014
|Got the overhead console mounted and all the electronics hooked back up.|
Interior lighting,power window switches,Sirius radio dock, and camera monitors both sides and rear.
|The stitching design was done by Rick's wife Elaine Swank, before the panels were sewn into the seats. Awesome job,.|
|I also did a mount for my Ipad under the dash.I have all my music on it and it can be controlled thru the alpine head unit. This makes it look built in and the Ipad wont be flopin' around while driving.|
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Being a young kid ,living in Columbus (read that cow town) Ohio. I was about as far as you could get from the heart of the custom car culture. The big daddy , rat fink and the like, may as well have been on another planet.
I was first exposed to the pinstriping world when I came across an article in Hot Rod magazine about Von Dutch. That was in the 70's. It had a brief history about the man who is credited with starting the custom pinstriping art form ,and several pages about the basics of striping. What paint to use, brushes, thinner, technique etc. It was enough to get me to buy some brushes and play with it.
A short time later I started my correspondence with Ed Roth. He really was the one to teach me most in those days. As many of you know I was asked by Ed and his wife Ilene to paint his casket when he passed away. That was an honor that I still can't believe was given to me.
Well, today I was honored to be asked to do some striping on the newly restored Von Dutch bus. If you wrote a movie script using Dutch's life it would be so far out there, not to be believed. He was a character to say the least. Not only was he a famous pinstriper . He also loved to work in metal. building vehicles from scratch. Knives and guns were also a favorite of his. His knives alone command a healthy price now, into the thousands of dollars..
For many years Dutch lived in this bus and would park it in the desert and create in his portable machine shop. After he died in 1992, the bus was stripped and was left sitting in a field. years later, Steve Kafka bought the bus and restored it. He found a lot of the original machinery and parts and put the bus back the way it was when Dutch was living in it, complete with some of his cigarette butts on the work bench. lol.
My bud Magoo ,from Vegas ,was also to do some work on the bus, so we met up at Steve's shop near Phoenix today and went at it. I was to do some striping on the panel that was just above Dutch's bed. The design I was asked to do was, the some what famous Dutch design, of "Harvey shaken by cross breeding".
It was an almost spiritual experience being in his bus and striping on a wall panel having gotten started 40 years ago with advice from him. That along with my association with Ed, I am humbled to have ended up here.