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Art & Inspiration The First Time Von Dutch Screwed Me

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Nov 17, 2014.

  1. lolife
    Joined: May 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,120


    I think he was expecting you to say "I'll give you $50 a not a cent more". Well, enough for a weeks worth of beer anyway :)
  2. I ran into Von Dutch, a few years before he died, at a roadside produce stand near where he lived in Santa Paula. As we parked, I noticed a nice Moto Guzzi Falcone with a sidecar. Sitting on the sidecar seat was an engraved, German helmet with a spike on top. I immediately knew who it belonged to, For a split second, the little devil on my shoulder told me to swipe the helmet and get the hell out of there. Cooler heads and my basic honest nature prevailed. Finally, he walked over with a sack of groceries and I began talking with him about the bike. I never let on that I knew who he was. I worked at the movie studios for quite a while and I know most celebs don't like having their asses kissed. Anyway, he began a rant that I can't even begin to remember or reiterate. It was all over the map about the government, conspiracies, lies, birth certificates, money. After 10 minutes, or so, I slowly backed up and got in my car and split. He was a genius, of sorts, but he was, clearly, confused, if not clinically insane.
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  3. 100% Matt
    Joined: Aug 7, 2006
    Posts: 2,584

    100% Matt

  4. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Cool as shit story, and your dad sounds like he was a helluva guy, cherish the memory and the watch. Nice touch posting Howard's pic upside down as an obvious thumb in the (flying?) eyeball!
  5. ronzmtrwrx
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 594


    My thoughts exactly on the upside down pic. :)
  6. RainierHooker
    Joined: Dec 20, 2011
    Posts: 2,018

    from Tacoma, WA

    Can't wait for the story of the second time, or third..?
  7. -Brent-
    Joined: Nov 20, 2006
    Posts: 5,989


    I want to do the same for my kids. Thanks for writing this, Ryan.
  8. Yes, thanks for that.
    Your Dad is the real hero here.
  9. 24 Dodge
    Joined: May 2, 2010
    Posts: 707

    24 Dodge

    Great story sounds like Von Dutch. Some times he was an asshole. Pat Ganahl wrote a good book about, the man, the myth, the legend. Your story should have been in that book. Thanks for your story.
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  10. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
    Posts: 19,513

    from Austin, TX
    Staff Member

    That's actually not a sign of disrespect towards Von Dutch... I don't have any ill will towards him. That's actually a nod to Dutch's upside down ways... and his one-time upside down grill filler...
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  11. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 4,659


    Kool story! Thanks for sharing.
  12. While I apreciate Howard's art and his inventions, young people here should know "Von Dutch" was not really some rebel hero to be emulated.I don't want to trash him, but in reality he was an extremely prejudice person, an extreme alchololic and not very stable. I don't think he was some genius, but more a mentally ill guy, pretty much a sociopath in an age when that was not treated. You can call me a spoil sport
    and accuse me of disrespect if you want, but I know more than one person who witnessed his alcholic rants about Jews, blacks, Mexicans etc. And he screwed whole a lot of people.
    Great striping, terrible person. I have no ill will to Howard either, but let's keep it REAL.
    Sounds like Ryan's Dad was the real hero of this story!
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2014
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  13. yes he does! Great story!
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  14. I read them all, but this story ranks waaaay up thar' on the awesome list. Very well written, Thanks for sharing.
  15. Unstable? Mentally ill? sociopath? Alcoholic? Hell ! Now if my pinstriping was worth a damn, we could have been related!:D
    By the way Ryan,
    Your dad sounds like he was worthy of the title "HERO".
  16. ronzmtrwrx
    Joined: Sep 9, 2008
    Posts: 594


    Ok, I get that and that's cool, it was just my first thought when I saw it, kinda like flying an upside down flag. Guess I didn't go quite deep enough. :) I wasn't in any way raggin on you for it. Sorry if you took it that way.
  17. 51 BIRD
    Joined: Jan 5, 2010
    Posts: 431

    51 BIRD

    I met Dutch at the 1st RatFink Reunion. He was walking around with a long-barreled 45 revolver on him. I said "Dutch,whatz with the piece?" His answer: "The paranoids are out to get me..."
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  18. flamedabone
    Joined: Aug 3, 2001
    Posts: 4,887


    Nice title from a readers perspective... hard not to click on it.

    Great story, your pops was a neat guy.

    See ya, -Abone.
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  19. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,811


    Thanks Ryan, what a great story, felt like I was in the bus with you guys. INDY 500 from 1980-1992, who did your Dad introduce you to during those years?
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  20. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    I'm sorry that your dad isn't with us anymore.If he was,I'd bring him my adoption papers. ;)
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  21. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    The logo with the blue wings and the circle (or oval shape), being part of a watch, made me think of a clock face with wings, as in "time flies", from the Latin (if I have this right) "tempus fugit". K6
  22. autobilly
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 3,094


    Outstanding !

    RIP Doc Cochran.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2014
  23. engine138
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 1,732

    from Commack NY

    Great story and a great Dad to boot
  24. Your Dad was a great man to pull that trip off. That's pretty cool.
  25. Great story about a wonderful time. I feel fortunate to have met your guy.
  26. seatex
    Joined: Oct 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,660


    Actually displaying the flag upside down is not a sign of disrespect, but of distress.
  27. That is correct.
  28. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 14,812


    That's a great story, and the watch is much cooler knowing that he BS'd you into buying it, than it would have been if he'd really done all that work on it.
  29. SquireDon
    Joined: Aug 8, 2010
    Posts: 600

    from Oregon

    It sounds like your Hero took you to see a legend.

    Great story.
    Joined: Jan 18, 2011
    Posts: 1,268

    from alabama

    I for one was never impressed with his was sloppy......I don't see the Legend in him either.......his name does sell t-shirts though.
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