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Old 02-28-2011, 10:30 AM   #1
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The first year of Hot Rod Magazine was humble. They pretty much published the magazine by the book - taking few risks that would alienate the publication from the dime store news racks. Hot Rodding had yet to garner the 100% clean cut image promoted ...

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Old 02-28-2011, 11:08 AM   #2
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Pin ups have "come a long ways". It is interesting to see how the "kustom kulture" has really taken pin ups a whole different direction. Like Betty Page style girls with lots of tattoos, crazy hair and "attitude".

Rebel Rodz recently featured "Malice". God, I was really disgusted. Not at all attractive. The fact that they featured her and puffed her up as though she was some kind of "rebel queen" or whatever. She was just gross.

In good taste. Pinups should be good lookin!
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:23 AM   #3
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An old advertising adage is "sex sells". Ridgid calendars were always a highlight of going to my uncle's machine shop when I was a pubescent teen.

Bought a copy of Hot Rod Deluxe the other day and I must say that what is considered a pin up today isn't what I'd be fantasizing over late at night if I was 14 again.
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I can see a comeback someday for "traditional pinups", rather than "Rat Girlz"
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Old 02-28-2011, 11:52 AM   #5
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Old 02-28-2011, 12:11 PM   #6
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Though they followed the "rules" and tried to promote a positive image one has to remember that the title "Hot Rod" itself was controversial as it conjured up images of hell raising hooligans tearing up the streets in loud greasy jalopies. So "Parts With Appeal" had to remain somewhat tame but still appeal to young men. They were quite litterally treading on thin ice as there was a very strong movement to outlaw hot rodding and still is.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:17 PM   #7
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What parts??????????



Them some purtty ladies there!...........
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:22 PM   #8
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These gals are wearing more than 90% of the ladies at the Oscars last night. Been to the beach lately? I hurt my neck severely at one last summer. Doc said I had Whiplash. You could ship a modern swimsuit with a letter stamp.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:29 PM   #9
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I agree Ryan. Just like many of the car builds of today, you can see that it's vintage inspired, but it has been infused with some newer element that makes it a hybrid of old and new. Whether it be punk rock, goth, metal, emo, whatever it may be, many of the new "pin-ups" of today fall into the neo-traditional than the truly authentic.

Channeling your Model A - Traditional
Channeling your Model A 15 inches so your head is a foot over the windshield - Neo-trad
Pin-ups - traditional
Pinups with tattoos of dice, cherries and other retro-cliches - Neo-traditional

It's no different to me
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:41 PM   #10
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Pin ups have "come a long ways". It is interesting to see how the "kustom kulture" has really taken pin ups a whole different direction. Like Betty Page style girls with lots of tattoos, crazy hair and "attitude".

Rebel Rodz recently featured "Malice". God, I was really disgusted. Not at all attractive. The fact that they featured her and puffed her up as though she was some kind of "rebel queen" or whatever. She was just gross.

In good taste. Pinups should be good lookin!
I saw that Rebel Rodz as well. The fact that cover was chosen almost makes me not want to let a shoot I did for a friend get submitted to that magazine.

There's nothing wrong with some tattoos, big hair and attitude. I can only vouch for myself and some of the girls I know, but we shouldn't be restricted to "no modifications." You can't say that hot rods and customs haven't caught up with the times as well. Everything will change over time. You have to watch out for the super traditional girls, because she might yell at you if you aren't wearing '56 underwear, haha.

I know I couldn't replicate those photos, and the class those girls had, so I will sit and admire those former beauties. Thanks for sharing those pics Ryan. I wish that's how performance parts were still advertised, but alas. We can only reminisce. I would still enjoy seeing ads like that in the magazines.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:24 PM   #11
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kind of reminds me of Christmas. the "presents" always seem a little nicer when someone has taken the time to wrap them attractively! and there was always FUN in unwrapping!!!!!
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:49 PM   #12
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The dropped axle swing is awesome. Ahhhh no tattoos. Thanks Ryan. Slim
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:59 PM   #13
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:10 PM   #14
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I think of all the new stuff out there, Hot Rod Deluxe has done a good job of keeping nice looking girls on there that aren't trashy. There's nothing wrong with the occasional tattoo or whatever, but it shouldn't be a prerequisite for getting into a car magazine. Getting really tired of outrageousness within and outside of the hobby. This was a great read, Ryan.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:21 PM   #15
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... Been to the beach lately? I hurt my neck severely at one last summer. Doc said I had Whiplash. You could ship a modern swimsuit with a letter stamp.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:28 PM   #16
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Don't know why anybody gets uptight seeing a pretty girl in a mag. Hope i never get too old to enjoy it.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:21 PM   #17
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Too bad none of them were showing off a pair of chrome plated King Bees. They could have used a two word caption:

"Nice headlights!"

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Old 02-28-2011, 05:50 PM   #18
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Don't know why anybody gets uptight seeing a pretty girl in a mag. Hope i never get too old to enjoy it.
Did you see the Rebel Rodz magazine cover and article that is being talked about? If you saw it, you would understand. It was relatively tacky and the girl was not pretty, just...nasty? I am not a fan of that part of the hobby.
http://www.mooneyesusa.com/shop/prod...oducts_id=2442

It is also sad that the magazines are already 3 months ahead of themselves too...but that's how it has always been.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #19
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I’ve often felt that vintage pin-up art isn’t a genre that should be reproduced.
With today’s technology… today’s people… pin-up art comes across more
as a weird fetish thing rather than the innocent seduction of yore.
As such, the real vintage stuff is all we will really ever have.
Enjoy it



Ryan,
For the most part I would agree, but there are a few artists (left) that have at least
some assemblance of style and/or taste in these days of "a weird fetish."
-The twisted take on 30's 40's and 50's pinups is not lost on all.



.....In the 40's, a talented young artist known as George Petty plied his
skills for an established ladies lingerie manufacturer.

'Bestform' approved some of Petty's sketches to run in nation wide
magazines including Life magazine.
For a brief moment in time the artistic talent of this little craftsmen
became nationally published while he himself moved on to do
bigger and better things...


Not to be forgotten, his style was recently resurrected only to
be displayed on the sides of a motorcycle tank at the local world of wheels in 2010....


The innocent faces of the models chatting on the phone for the most
part was missed by many a passerby.
But there were some that were old enough to remember the large format
of life magazine and the often seen but somewhat 'risque' content placed within.
And some might have even remembered the ad style of
the 'Petty' models with their phone in hand....

For a brief moment in time, at least for the artist, the owner (Mark)
and maybe for the odd passerby, Life would again stand still.

As for Petty's 1944 artistic take on 'pinups'?
it has not been totally lost or disgraced.
-There are still a few greybeards that can
remember what Life was really like.




















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Old 02-28-2011, 06:04 PM   #20
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Speaking only for myself, I don't buy car magazines to look at pictures of scantily clad women and it annoys me that the women in those pictures have a bad habit of blocking my view of the trick mechanical details on the car that I bought the magazine to see. If I want to look at pictures of scantily clad women I know places to find them on the internet for free.

(Which I will not be linking here for what I think are obvious reasons. )

Of course, iif a magazine wants to pose a woman who is connected to the car or its owner (or IS its owner) behind the car or seated inside it, that's okay.

I'm also content to see a friendly looking pooch in the shots. I like doggies, and if you ask me doggies often go with vintage vehicles better than trashy women do. For example:



That there is somebody's riding buddy.

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