original t-shirt and decal art, gauche on artist paper, artfully matted, framed and glazed, 20x24in.
The "Kalifornia Kustom Kar Kulture," (that sprung in the early 1960′s) was propelled and pioneered by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth as one of its seminal figures. Roth used an airbrush to put his intensely detailed and overly exaggerated hot rods driven by gross monsters on to t-shirts. It fueled him financially to create his inventions and later grew to establish his own studio of artists and fellow customizers. Clearly the most famous piece by Roth was the 'Rat Fink.' This character soon came to symbolize the entire hot-rod/Kustom Kulture scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Roth is accepted as the individual who popularized "Monster Hot Rod" art form.