Tuesday, November 21, 2006
ROCKIN' with pinstriper Herb Martinez
Herb Martinez--one of the leading pinstripers in the world today--and I've been motoring around in the same circles. Although for years he's known of my work, beginning with THE ART OF ROCK, we first met, formally, at the annual TRPS rock poster show (that's The Rock Poster Society) at the Hall of Flowers in San Francisco two months ago. That's where Herb first saw ROCKIN', amongst an acre of spectacular rock & roll art.
We met again at the SEMA convention in Las Vegas, signing books at Bob Larivee's Art and Heritage section of South Hall. Herb was promoting the excellent PINSTRIPE PLANET: FINE LINES FROM THE WORLD'S BEST (Motorbooks, 2006), for which he's General Editor. Herb's work is featured inside, alongside luminaries like Von Dutch, Tommy the Greek, Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, "Dirty Donny" and many, many others.
Herb then invited me to sign books at the "Anatomy of a Hot Rod" exhibit at the Bedford Gallery (inside the Dean Lesher Center for the Arts) in Walnut Creek, CA, curated by Oakland Museum's Phil Linhares. That's Herb with ROCKIN' next to a cherry '33 Plymouth which he pinstriped. And there's me and Herb admiring a nicely pinstriped rear lid on a rod outside the hall.
Oh, and we we sold the most books of all the participating authors!