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list your favorite three stripers!!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by punkabilly1306, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. 6inarow
    Joined: Jan 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,204


    Louie striped my dad's hearse at Rollie Purifoys place and it turned out great. If you can stripe a hearse and make it look good to an old fart - you got talent!!!!
  2. superjunkman
    Joined: Jul 21, 2006
    Posts: 965

    from Austin, TX

    I can't believe Tawnt Topps and Pandora Peaks didn't make this list.
  3. Unkl Ian
    Pistol Pete
    Without the tips, motivation and inspiration from them I never would have gotten to where i am today with my striping, making some extra cash on the side and fucking up the economy.
    Joined: Aug 16, 2002
    Posts: 425


    Calico Joe from Neenah Wisconsin....

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  5. Bassfire
    Joined: Nov 17, 2006
    Posts: 468

    from Mart, Tx.

    Jake (from Texas) and Brian Bass
  6. LazyDave
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 2


    I know I'm coming in on this pretty late in the game since the original post was years ago. My top three are people I've watched and studied over the 30 or more years I've been interested in the art. They're not new, young hot shots but were the most inspirational for me.

    - Charles "Shaky Jake" Babbitt
    - Frank Smika
    - Herb Martinez

    I became a sign guy because of Jake. I learned more about signs and striping from Frank than any other source so far. I've watched Herb at many car shows and always liked his really thin lines.

    All are southern California dudes, except for Frank who came from Oklahoma a bunch of years ago.
  7. 50Fraud
    Joined: May 6, 2001
    Posts: 9,537


    Art was the go-to guy in West LA in the mid-50s. He was already middle-aged by then; he'd worked as a striper in some automobile plant prewar, and when they stopped striping cars he turned to sign painting. When striping became popular on rods and customs, Art picked up his brushes again. He striped 2 of my cars while I was in high school.

    I dated Art's daughter Nancy for a while; sweet girl. Somebody told me that she took up pinstriping too, but I don't know anything about that.

    Among current guys, I became aware of "Lil' Louie" (San Bernardino) because of the great sign work he did on Don Small's '34 "Mines Field" roadster, and I had him stripe my pickup and roadster. I really like the basic, outline-style work that he did on them.


  8. Brad B
    Joined: Apr 7, 2006
    Posts: 321

    Brad B
    from Nor Cal

    there are a lot of great artist doing this type of art again.
    My favorite are:

    Krazy Keith ( San Jose,CA the guy is amazining)
    Chico Von Spoon AKA Hayfork, AKA Phil, AKA Spoon,AKA Jim
    Von Franco
    are all tops.
  9. Doug Dorr, Skratch, Kelly
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
    Posts: 1,195


    Back in the day i use to go to Dennis Jones and in my VW days i used Herb Martinez but now i would have to say hands down my favorites are two of my personal friends.... David Anthony Garcia (D.A. Designs of the Drag-N-Shop) & Manuel Cisneros of the "Strays c.c." -
  11. ArtGeco
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 760

    from Miami

    Disregard this.
  12. IGOR
    Joined: Jun 27, 2002
    Posts: 645


    Jerry Cambell
    Ed Roth
  13. Great info 50;thanks for posting that.That turtledeck T is KILLER!!!

    There is another striper out on the left coast name of Rory that does some really great Tommy the Greek style stuff.Never met him but a friend of mine said he originally came from the Detroit area and only started striping about 10 years ago.I saw a Brizio car he did(a Deuce with 34 fenders and a 35 grille) in ivory and red and it was dead nuts on.
  14. crook
    Joined: Oct 10, 2007
    Posts: 375

    from Winder,Ga

    Anthony White
    Charlie Decker(one arm bandit)
    Pete Finland(hot dog)
    Brian Papa
    I know, that's four.....but the list goes on from there.
  15. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,494

    from east , tn.

    My friend Brian Papa
    To see his work look at the 32 roadster in the Honest Charlie adds.
  16. archied1067
    Joined: Aug 5, 2007
    Posts: 425


    im still looking for stripper pics?
  17. Old School 40
    Joined: Nov 13, 2007
    Posts: 109

    Old School 40

    You said three, Grew up in oakland,foothill seminary area,spent early teens in tommys shop,he had lots of charactor,late teens ran with herb martinez,early 20s,ran with Cary Greenwood,had all 3 of em stripped rods 4 me.Pulled some lines myself.
  18. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,656

    from ohio

    fuck it post whoever you want too
  19. RYZART
    Joined: Mar 22, 2005
    Posts: 409

    from NJ

    Hey thanx for mentioning me !! But i suck compared to the guys that are being mentioned here. I couldnt pick only 3, but my favs include :

    Makoto, One Arm Bandit, Anthony White, Mr.J, Alan Johnson, Pete finlan (he can do it all), Skratch, etc, etc. I could go on forever.
  20. rbroadster
    Joined: Mar 23, 2005
    Posts: 396


    My three (and it's really hard to narrow) would be:

    1. Brandon for my first custom lettering and being so nice to a noob.

    2. Larry (Old Bob Sign) for his immense talent, being an amazingly nice guy, and laughing at all my stupid jokes.

    3. Ray Smith (El Vago) for just loving the life. See pic below from 'Rama '07. Stopped in the middle of a stripe job to teach a little and giggle a lot. ;)

    - RBR

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  21. punkabilly1306
    Joined: Aug 22, 2005
    Posts: 2,656

    from ohio

    ray is the best isn't he!!!!! look mom i made a 5 star post w00t w00t
  22. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 12,914

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    Safariknut,Rollie and no particular order
  23. Rusty Kustoms
    Joined: Feb 5, 2006
    Posts: 238

    Rusty Kustoms

    there's a guy in MN that does a lot of lettering and some pretty badass striping, Its been years since I have seen his work, don't know his real name but he goes by "Creeper", also I saw a kid at a show in Willmar MN this past summer just tearin it up, I think he was with Bo Huff, this kid looked like he was 15
    Joined: Dec 21, 2007
    Posts: 142


    hot dog
    alan johnson
    jimmy c
  25. dirty of dallas
  26. Kail
    Joined: Jul 7, 2007
    Posts: 825

    from Austin, TX

    Mike Clines
    TJ Pagano
    Kellie the kandy striper
    Last edited: May 8, 2010
  27. Johnny Ace
    Joined: Jul 20, 2002
    Posts: 2,200

    Johnny Ace

    1.Kali Verra, my all-time personal favorite
    2.Steel Phoenix- an inspiration,and humble
    timeless masters:
    3.Dean Jeffries
    4.Larry Watson
    5.Ed Roth
    6.Von Dutch
  28. ///Juan
    Joined: Nov 28, 2007
    Posts: 26


    Dennis Jones of Jones Custom Lettering and Pin-Striping, I only saw him get mentioned once but this guy has been around since the early 60's here in Whittier and has been friends with the best of them and this is only because of the great amount of pictures and memorabilia in his shop that I have seen over the years while me and friends would go thru while we waited to get our lettering or striping done and he would shot the shit with us and school us about hot rodding. One of my influences for sure. He just striped my 65 Sub with variegated copper leafing. One day I need to let him scan all the pictures he has in his shop. Sorry for the long story.

    Here's my Fav's,

    Dennis Jones
    Hiro "Madman" from Japan
    Tom Kelly

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  29. i havent seen his name mentioned yet so ill say my all time favorite is willie fisher aka daddy-o.
  30. Dino the weirdo
    Joined: May 27, 2007
    Posts: 879

    Dino the weirdo

    Dean Jefferies
    Jim "dauber" Farr

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