Tag Archives: ed roth

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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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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rat fink

by Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com) ED ROTH (given the name”big daddy” by one of his model kit clients) is one of those iconic pop culture figures of the last half-century. there is an awful lot of things that we take for … Continue reading

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copied out

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) ok, here’s that image by edmund sullivan that mouse spotted. this is the entire page i reproduce, rust stains and all. i don’t quite understand the whole “copyright crazy” era we’re in. when i started … Continue reading

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buster: salvaged by tried and true nobodies…

buster keaton… by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) i just wanted to share this 8×10 b&w glossy photo of buster keaton wearing one of ed ‘big daddy’ roth’s “surfink” tshirts. amazing, huh? seems like everybody was wearing those things back then, … Continue reading

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von dutch and “disasterware”

von dutch and charles krafft…. by Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com): This is the story of how i hooked up with von dutch. it’s also the story of how i met the legendary charles krafft. birds of a feather, two eccentric and … Continue reading

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drella the prankster

conjuring magic.living in the age of drella and taking a look at warhol…. by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com): Trying to tackle in a little essay anything about Andy Warhol is (for me) a supremely monumental exercise in incompletion and frustration. … Continue reading

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its a virus, i tell ya!

Once you catch the bug… by Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com ): One time, while I was being tattooed, I was in so much pain that i actually started to hallucinate. no joke. After it was over, I curled up in a … Continue reading

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good vibrations: still cool after all these years

From the Bauhaus to your house… Art Chantry (art@artchantry.com): In the pantheon of graphic design professionals, there are very very few who have reached the levels occupied by Ivan Chermayeff. He’s considered one of the grand masters of 20th century … Continue reading

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