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Type on cars

It's not just for emblems.
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For as long as anyone can remember, custom builders from low-riders to hot-roders have not only been in love with their cars, how they look and perform, but have had a knack at dressing them up with some amazing typography and decorations from pin-stripping to characters.
Here are just a few of the ones I've stumbled on to while going to car shows this summer.

And just for fun, a few very funny signs and warnings on some cars warning of the consequences of touching.


The last automobile striping on an american car was done by General Motors in 1938. Then, in the mid-fifties, customizers brought it back in style in mostly radical form believing they were doing something entirely new! Kenny, the motorcycle mechanic was the man who started this "new" vogue under the name "Von Dutch."


von dutch flying eyeball logo

The Von Dutch "Flying Eyeball" logo.
No discussion of Von Dutch would be complete without touching on the subject of his famous Flying Eyeball logo. What's the story behind it?

According to Von Dutch, the flying eyeball originated with the Macedonian and Egyptian cultures about 5000 years ago. It was a symbol meaning "the eye in the sky knows all and sees all", or something like that. Dutch got a hold of this symbol and modified it into the flyin'eyeball we know of today. He always believed in reincarnation, and the eyeball, somehow, was tied to that.There have been numerous "incarnations" of this design over the years. It still remains an icon of the '50s and '60s street rod crowd.

Dutch lived life hard. His bad habits eventually caught up with him, and he developed a stomach abscess. He didn't like doctors, but towards the end, the pain got so bad, he finally saw a doctor. By then it was too late. Dutch died on September 19th, 1992, leaving behind his two daughters, Lisa and Lorna. (source: Letterville)

As with most articles on Cartype, they never remain static and are always being updated with relevant content to the issue of the article. Keep visiting, you'll always see something new.


TYPE
low fat slow s

grandpas toys s

dodge hell raiser 2

Mr. Norm Dodge Hell Raiser.

psychoto s

nova on sunday s

red alert s

rat pack

headers bt iggys

swamp zombie s

sweet dreams s

taylor made s

lee austin s

joe krupinski s

lieana fiberglass s

performance posse s

maurauder s

bitch a little cuda 1 s

bitch a little cuda 2 s

no big thing 1 s

no big thing 2 s

motoramic 1 s

motoramic 2 s

lemon drop kid s

lettering by dee jay s

built by voddo s

odd ball s

thirty3 s

302 stroker s

GRAPHICS & CHARACTERS
tree s

haul n ass s

rocketeer s

a bomb s

eye 1 s

eye 2 s

spderweb s

hood art 1 s

pinstripe 2 s

pinstripe 1 s

SIGNG
sign 2 s

sign 1 s

sign 4 s

sign 5 s

sign 3 s

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COMMENTS
rat rod | rat rods1927 days ago

I am saving this page, I have not seem such a cool selection of "old school" writing and pinstriping on cars before. I love this stuff.

Stiffspeed1833 days ago

Bookmarked. An absolutely fantastic selection there!

Side1256 days ago

Bookmarked here as well. Gonna love this stuff right here. One of this "old school" stuff will surely be in my car.

Peter Reynolds810 days ago

Simply terrible cars and graphics.

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