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The art of show cards

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I really enjoy doing these (this one’s a hand painted show sign that I painted on acrylic) and hope more people start to see the craft that it takes to make one of these. Looks a million times better than that printed vinyl crap you see to much of these days. The Grand National Roadster Show is coming up at the end of this month and if you get a chance to go to this wonderful event take the time and check out all the signs. Most are hand painted and lettered with the exception of the background color which is usually sprayed. You can bet you’re at a quality event when you don’t see many new sign shop tricks with print media and cut vinyl letters. Help keep the art alive and commission one for your Classic or Hotrod. All I need are pictures of the vehicle, specs, and who you want to commend on the build. I also ship worldwide so there’s no reason you can’t have one of these done by me. 3-4 week turnarounds.

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Frenchy’s “Hot Rod Lincoln”

I never get tired of seeing Frenchy’s 1932 ford. Mostly cause it boasts a Lincoln V 12 and has some great detail work. I also had the pleasure of painting a couple pin-ups on it last year and a whole bunch of pinstriping before that. It even has a little bit of hand lettering. I was going through my pictures the other day and ran across this one i shot of So-Cal Speed Shop’s founder, Alex Xydias sitting in the drivers seat and decided I should share it with you. This was taken last year in front of So Cal Speed Shop of Arizona here in Phoenix.

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WWII’s influence on Hot Rodding

I’ve been a big admirer of the generation my grandparents were a part of, those who went to war in World War II. Ever since I was a kid growing up watching actors like John Wayne, all the black and white films about the war, instilled an admiration for those old guys who fought for our freedom. When watching those films you knew who the good guy was and cheered him on because he stood six foot tall and had a weathered, honest, tough look about him. My grandfather was no Robert Mitchum but I admired him just the same because he was there. He did his part like so many who gave a part of their youth to participate in something greater.

So needless to say, bomber and fighter planes have always had an apeal to me and lately while investigating more about the early days of hot rodding and dry lakes raises a question. Which influenced the other in terms of graphics. Those simple numbers, hand painted on the sides of all those modifieds look a lot like the markings and identifying digits of those war birds now don’t they.

Thanks to those who have served, then and now.

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