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Von Dutch. The Art, The Myth, The Legend

Ganahl, Pat; Roth, Ed "Big Daddy" (foreword)

ISBN 10: 1884089984 / ISBN 13: 9781884089985
Published by CarTech, Publisher, North Branch, MN, 2005
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Glossy paper covered boards in unclipped jacket, with cover and jacket illustrations matching. Small, square folio. 191 pp. Color photos throughout. Isbn# 1884089984. A biography of Kenneth Howard, better known as Von Dutch. Von Dutch was a artist and pinstriper, becoming a cult figure among hot rodders and surfers during the 1950s and 60s, and perhaps best known for his striping and decorating of hot rods. GOOD jacket on a VERY GOOD book. Jacket torn and creased at the head of the spine, with some minor chipping. Minor soiling, scuffing and fading to the jacket. Minor soiling, fading and edgewear to the book. Bookseller Inventory # 007686

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Title: Von Dutch. The Art, The Myth, The Legend

Publisher: CarTech, Publisher, North Branch, MN

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

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Von Dutch is one of the most interesting characters in hot rod and popular culture history. Considered the founder of "modern" pinstriping, he was a prominent character in many of the rodding magazines of the late '50s, and his fame endured long after he apparently tired of it. Besides being a striper, he was a gifted artist, machinist, and gun- and knifesmith. Using stories and quotes culled from interviews, vintage photos, and images of the art and other works he left behind, this book chronicles Kenneth Howard's life from pinstriping beatnik to bus-dwelling hermit. Where it can, this book sets the record straight on Von Dutch the man, but in many cases conflicting stories will serve to illustrate the contrary, colorful, and sometimes difficult nature of Von Dutch the legend. This book is a must-have for fans of hot rodding and hot rod culture!

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Von Dutch is more than just a patch on some trendy celebrity’s trucker cap – born Kenneth Howard and nicknamed Von Dutch, he was a beatnik artist and pinstriper who became a pivotal figure in hot rod history and pop culture. Considered the founder of “modern” pinstriping, he became a cult celebrity among hot rodders, surfers, and artists in the 1950s and ’60s. Besides being a striper, Dutch was a gifted artist, machinist, and gun- and knife-smith. Dutch and his work were profiled, copied, and revered, while stories of his exploits spread faster and lasted longer than the pinstriping craze he fostered. However, the larger his legend became, the more he tired of it. He eventually became a recluse, living in a converted bus that served as both living quarters and machine shop. As the years went by, the stories continued to grow, even as his public presence faded. Using stories and quotes culled from interviews, vintage photos, and images of the art and other works he left behind, Von Dutch: The Art, The Myth, The Legend chronicles Kenneth Howard’s life from pinstriping beatnik to bus-dwelling hermit. Where he can, author and noted hot-rod historian Pat Ganahl sets the record straight on Von Dutch the man, but in many cases conflicting stories serve to illustrate the contrary, colorful, and sometimes difficult nature of the Von Dutch legend. With more than 310 photos of Von Dutch and his work, this book is a must-have for fans of hot rodding and hot rod culture!

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