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Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Jive-Bomber, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
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    Jive-Bomber submitted a new blog post:

    The Barris Kustoms Shop Woodie


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  2. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 810


    Man wouldn't that be a holy grail find!
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  3. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 8,461


    Damn that's cool...great story and I'll bump up the article and read it later if I can...

    Interesting this showing up after a couple of threads recently on just those things, flames and me this is a perfect example of nailed it...thanks @Jive-Bomber
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  4. It is interesting how flames 'style' has changed. If a vehicle were to appear sporting the above style, without the province of the Hot Rod magazine, they might be called crude and with no style as we have all become 'used' to more 'realistic' styled flames,,
    I wonder how they would look on my 54 Country Squire???
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  5. Even Barris wasn't immune to chrome gee-gaws… those chrome louvers are pure JC Whitney...
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  6. I would guess that he sold them. He sold a lot of accessories, hence the use of them in one of his how to articles.
  7. Here's a color shot of one side of Dutch's work on the wagon.

    Mick BarrisWagon-VonDutch.jpg
  8. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 8,582

    Atwater Mike

    Only George could 'decipher' this mess into a self-promoting story of everyday goings on in his shop!
    I rather see a Pterodactyl blending into the first Concorde...that morphing into a swan.
    ...and that's only the white characters...
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  9. Remember, alcohol was involved....
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  10. Colin HD
    Joined: Sep 14, 2008
    Posts: 144

    Colin HD

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  11. Clevername
    Joined: Feb 18, 2011
    Posts: 310

    from Austin, TX

    "Alcohol" doesn't help a guy pinstripe all night :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018
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  12. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 8,461


    I'm not advocating drunkenness or drug impairment but I think it would be naive to think that many of the things we enjoy around here weren't created or dreamed up or modified under an influence of something other than fresh air...

    Dutch's Striping adventure turned into an evening of exploratory abstract art in my opinion...and the connection of art and the hobby is very traditional...and as always beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Many artists were historically many times like the stars...vulnerable to substances much like all of us. Art to many was a release of the inner self.

    I wouldn't be surprised if this well known Artist below was an influence of Dutch
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  13. BrandonB
    Joined: Feb 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,828

    from nor cal

    Alcohol? It looks more like he picked up some WWII surplus amphetamines, and "tweaked" all night on the wagon.
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  14. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 801


    Perhaps a lil'more than alcohol..
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  15. What are those headlight rings off of? I have a pair on my dodge. I got them for $5 from a bargain bin at a swap meet. But I never knew exactly what they were off of.
  16. Hot Rods Ta Hell
    Joined: Apr 20, 2008
    Posts: 3,566

    Hot Rods Ta Hell

    One look at that abstract and I'd agree. Maybe alcohol fueled with something. Though some with artistic minds don't march to a typical drummer. They're way out there in the creative and imaginary aspect, so much so that people assume they're on drugs such as LSD. Out of this world creative, but not his best technical work. Take a look at the tailgate stripes; not straight and a huge variance on the line width (drunk?). The far left of the insert looks like a vanishing road. Still, if the car survived in a garage and was found, it would be awesome.

    Aftermarket accessory emulating Cadillac. There's a recent thread on these.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2018 at 2:20 PM
  17. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 8,461


    The randomness of the flames creates balance issues for an artist. Hand pulled without helpers guarantees a randomness and weighting issues. He may or may not have outlined a pattern, though I'm not really
    sure. Perhaps he may have stood back looked at it and said it's off but it's still a go.

    Not saying the balance in the mind wasn't off...just an artist has hurdles to work around and sometimes irregularities happen. Machine versus Man.

    Abstraction there really is no right or wrong.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018 at 7:50 AM
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  18. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 778


    What self indulgent ignoramuses some HAMBers appear when the expsose their total lack of knowledge of the contemporary art of that period. Masters of abstract expression were splashing and dripping paint, particularly, Jackson Pollock whose paintings fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars, now. Others, like William de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothco, Raushenberg, and others explored other aspects of it. Because this art was shown frequently in museums and galleries, it must be assumed that the man behind the alias Von Dutch Kenneth Howard was familiar with this kind of Art that was contemporary to his times. Just as he was aware of Surrealism, and certainly Salvador Dali. Some of his work came from that knowledge, including the painting he did of the arm reaching out of the meat grinder still turning the handle. To attribute his noodling, in forms other than lines, on substance abuse or alcohol, is to forget what a maverick artist is capable of thinking and doing. If the claim it happened because of beer, a majority of the builders can be held to the same Standards. This, you may, pray not know, is only one of a few shop trucks he performed his magic on. There was a paint shop that he frequented where the owner, Stan Betz, would trade him a new motorcycle jacket to paint his shop truck, that was quite often and El Camino. He laid on stripes and a fair share of flying eyeballs and some of his abstractions, to a fare the well. Two things, ye of little knowledge might do to rectify your blatant ignorance: read something besides car magazines, more specifically about Art, and one of the many weekends you have, go to an Art Museum. Nothing there will bite you but, perhaps a desire to see and know more. I have always enjoyed the sculpture gardens.
    Maybe you can get a better grasp of plastic forms and start seeing the world in a different way. I sure as hell hope so.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018 at 4:54 AM
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  19. desotot
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,704


    I want an ignoramuses for Christmas, only an ignoramuses will do. Wait , I think I got that wrong.
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  20. fortynut
    Joined: Jul 16, 2008
    Posts: 778


    Mr. desotot, I think you should get together with another ignoramus and you wish will be granted
    Maybe, you could both make New Year Resolutions to enroll in a Community.College, or the equivalent and take an Art Appreciation class. With your wit, I am sure you enjoy having more arrows for your quiver. Just make sure you don't shoot yourself in the foot. Then you would have to stick it in your mouth to make it better.
  21. dan31
    Joined: Jul 3, 2011
    Posts: 875


    ^^^ Damn, talk about "self indulgent".
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2018 at 6:17 AM
  22. He must be a riot at parties....

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  23. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 5,810


    Have you noticed that if you look at the fames long enough they
    seem to literally reverse with red being the top coat car color and the
    lighter paint being the flames. Pretty neat.
    Sad that so many iconic customs are "lost" over the years.
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