Design Exhibit Explores Detroit's Glory Days

If you find yourself in Louisville, Kentucky within drop-in distance from the Visual Art Association's Water Tower building — it's the one that looks like a lighthouse — go there. As the NY Times's car-design beatwalker Phil Patton reports, a current exhibition offers a glimpse inside Detroit's studios during the… » 8/27/07 7:15am 8/27/07 7:15am

Yes, Please Lick the Plug: Coop's 78-Foot Painting

Coop is not a man to be understimated. He not only paints pictures just shy of 80 feet, they also happen to feature spark-plug-licking females illustrated in his inimitable, sexy style. Pop by his flickr page and check out the genesis of this bechwheemouth of rad-ass art. Also, check out his Kimberly Kane stuff, which… » 5/21/07 8:00pm 5/21/07 8:00pm

Uberraschung! Du Bist Tot! Hypermagnified Roadkill

Chris Paukert, often simply referred to as "The Exclaimer," hipped us to this bit of oddball morbidity over at Deutschland's der Spiegel. It's a collection of highly-magnified photographs of insects who met their end courtesy of a motor vehicle. Good fodder for the next anti-car PETA campaign too, we suppose. » 3/02/07 8:00pm 3/02/07 8:00pm

Excelsior! A Profile in Obsessively-Awesome Geekery

Wow and yikes. Paul Brodie's 1919 Excelsior OHC replibike project is absolutely well...crap, we don't just have the words. Suffice to say, we just killed an hour absolutely rapt watching the prototype come together. Starting with a few photographs (none of which feature the left-hand side of the motorcycle), Brodie… » 1/25/07 3:00pm 1/25/07 3:00pm

Old Crow Belly Tanker Gets Engine Turned

For those of you who happen to be fans of the Bandit's dashboard or '50s diner countertops and/or trim, engine turning — aside from any weird fetishes you may have that we'd probably rather not know of — is likely the reason. It's simple in concept, really. Just a gritty pad on a mill laid down repeatedly. Of course,… » 1/17/07 9:30pm 1/17/07 9:30pm

Australian Sculptor Fiddles With Car Bits

Daniel Clammett, a New South Wales sculptor and bodyman, got his start due to nearly failing an art class. As a last-ditch measure to obtain a passing grade, he welded up some kind of monster in his dad's body shop, and Bob's your uncle, the piece sold. He only uses dented-beyond-repair panels in his pieces, saying "I… » 10/12/06 2:00pm 10/12/06 2:00pm

Jam Econo, Von Dutch-Style: '65 Ford Van Up for Auction

Von Dutch, even in death, has been sand in the Vaseline of the estabilshment, whether said establishment was mainstream culture of the 1950s and '60s or the hot rod hegemony of today due to the use of his logotype on clothing worn by people Dutch most likely would never have associated with. But, for all his legendary… » 7/21/06 3:00pm 7/21/06 3:00pm