Tag Archives: ed big daddy roth

beginning with boris

by Art Chantry: in my eternal quest to find the origins of the dreaded “hot rod monster”, i have been reminded (by jordi duro) of this particular image. this ad here is illustrated by boris artzybasheff (from fortune magazine, 1952.) … Continue reading

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rick griffin: drawing as performance art

by Art Chantry: rick griffin was one of those guys who changed my world when i was a kid. the first time i saw a griffin poster, i realized there was a different existence out there. he became my hero. … Continue reading

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rat finks and cars and kits

by Art Chantry: back in the mid 1960’s, ‘monsters-driving-hotrods” became a huge fad. originally starting life as WW2 nosecone art, it drifted into the racing world throught he displaced WW2 vets and (particularly) through the person of ‘von dutch’, who … Continue reading

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Impko: some cheezy pop history

by Art Chantry: this thing is a called a water-transfer decal, specifically, this is a souvenir travel decal. you know the ones, you’ve seen them everywhere all your life. i always referred to them as ‘winnebago decals’, because you saw … Continue reading

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clean,crisp and sloppy as heck

by Art Chantry: yeah, i love a good bar-b-que, no doubt, no doubt. this is (of course) me, modeling the latest in extraordinarily hip bbq togs. i have a deep soft squishy spot for anything with lettering like this on … Continue reading

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altered cover

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) there is this weird corner in the crazy record collecting world that is reserved for the truly twisted. these guys collect records that are such crap that nobody wants them at all. it do this. … Continue reading

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sub genius : trust your heroes?

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) back in the early 1980’s, the church of the sub-genius was just as “out there” and just as scary fucking dangerous as survival research laboratories. what SRL was doing to technology, the church of the … Continue reading

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Obscure objects of dezire

Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.) “Odder Rods” Donruss trading card stickers, 1970 Illustration: Bob “B. K.” Taylor By the time the Nutty-Mads/Stanley Mouse/Big Daddy Ed Roth-influenced Odd Rods came along, B. K. Taylor was already … Continue reading

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the rats are winning

Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.) Character decal, “Rat Fink,” ca. 1990. Though Rat Fink came into the world sometime in the mid-to-later-1950s, and is the “creation” of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth—an appropriation/adaptation/knockoff of characters Stanley … Continue reading

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typecasting the typeface

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) ross f. george was probably the most familiar, most influential, most ubiquitous and the most important calligrapher, lettering artist, type designer and graphic designer of the last century. sure, we all know about herman zapf … Continue reading

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