Friday, December 31, 2010

My Boss Eric has been putting a little shop truck together to go cruise and have some fun with and hopefully be a rolling business card for us at the same time. It's a 1946 Ford and it has such great character.
Eric took his family on a vacation this week so I thought it would be the perfect time to paint it up and surprise him. I did another "patina" paint job on the truck with a Red metal flake panel on the back of the cab for some added texture.
Once the body was painted I enlisted the help of my super talented friend Matt Wood to help with some door art and lettering and his work really gives this little truck some attitude! Many thanks to Matt! :)
Hope you like it Boss Man! ;)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Yes Andy, There is a Santa Clause...

Maybe not my usual post but a story that I think needs to be told...

My Grandpa was and is one of my my biggest hero's. He was a good man with a heart so big. I have many great memories and it's sad because I feel like some of them are already starting to blur. He left this mortal plain on September 24th 2005 and left one big empty hole for many; especially my mother who had grown so close to him in his later years and had become his "caregiver" if that's what you could even call someone who gave so endlessly of everything she had...and my uncle Steve who I have seen many night's at my grandpa's grave just sitting there alone and who still keeps his horse's in my grandpa's pasture - more I think for grandpa than as just a place to keep them. :) and of coarse my beautiful grandma Mary who misses "her man" so much it hurts to look at her when she is in thought.

Now you know what this man means to this family so here is my we grow older I think that Christmas loses some of it's magic. It's a tragic part of growing up I guess. Instead of being a bright eyed kid who can't sleep and keeps looking out the window to spy a glimpse of Santa we turn into adult's and reality sets in. There are bills to pay, jobs that need attention, families to raise...the daily grind so to speak. So there it is, the magic lost and in it's place gifts or cards, shiny things, maybe some other material object which we use to fill that void.

I was blessed with the best gift of all this year when my beautiful daughter Lailah was born. Since this is her first Christmas I have been trying hard to find the spirit of the season and truthfully sometimes it felt more tedious than "magical"...and that is really sad on my part! It's not that I don't like Christmas, in fact I love it - I think I just got caught up in all the "hussle and bussle" way with which we treat things now.

Well here it is Christmas Eve 2010. We had just arrived home from a Christmas get together with my in-laws house and walked in the door and what do we see? my family had gone nuts with the presents and we had even more under the tree than when we left. There were even two fancy wreaths made of real pine that made the house smell good. I immediately started to wonder if what we had done would be enough, not that they would ever compare gift's but that's my point, when we start worrying about stuff like that the magic is gone.

Well I was walking out to our mailbox and something made me take another direction. I found myself standing at the foot of my parents drive way staring blankly at a lighted train my grandpa use to display proudly in his yard at Christmas time. I was just standing there looking at the lights for reasons I still don't know and all of a sudden a little wind catcher decoration my dad had hung in the tree above the train set started to twirl. The crazy thing is that there were several of these windcatchers (anyone who knows my dad knows that if one decoration is cool then a hundred of them is even better). Anyway, this single ornament is just twirling like crazy above my grandpa's train and it hit me...this was the good shepherd tending his flock. My beloved grandfather had made a visit to me! I think he knew that my faith needed to be restored, that I needed to have that Christmas spirit back in my life. I think he knows that I haven't been feeling it this year for some reason and I have been taking a lot of things for granted. Well grandpa, message received! Loud and clear! This little "visit" brought it all home. I have a true understanding of Christmas once again... It's not about present's, not really about giving or receiving, not about material things. It's about knowing that there is something else out there that is bigger than me, bigger than all of us. It's the celebration of Christ and keeping him in our hearts. It's about knowing that the ones we love who are gone are not really 'gone', they are still around us and they look over us and protect us.

This made me relize how truely blessed I am. I have been given the best gift of all...a family which loves me and whom I love deeply. Mom, Dad, Riss I don't say it often enough but I love you and I appreciate all that you do. I apologize for taking you for granted. The same to Tami, Frank and Ryan. Michelle, you're the best wife anyone could have. You're my best friend, I love you so much and you gave me my beautiful baby who is the light of my life...Grandpa, thank you for giving me this opportunity to remember what matters. I know your not gone and I know that you look over all of us and love us, (something your family needs to remember)

Love you,

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Large set of Christmas Ornaments...

Here is a set of twenty ornaments I just listed on Ebay! There are Ten shiny root beer Brown Ones with Robin Egg Blue and Ivory White stripes and Ten flat Ice Blue Ones with Cashmere Brown and Tan stripes...I started them at $50.00 with no reserve. If anyone bids on them that follows my little blog here let me know and I will hook you up with cheaper shipping! :)
Thank you all...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Gone, but not forgotton...

Everyone that knows me knows that I am the biggest American history buff ever...I would actually like to be an American history teacher (when I grow up) :) but I thought it appropriate to pay tribute to one of my personal hero's today. Today, November 22 marks the 47th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy's assassination.
I was not alive during JFK's time but I have always been fascinated by him. I do believe that he made America a better place and that his ideal's were just.
I grew up on stories of him from parents and grandparents...I don't know anyone from that generation that can't remember the day he was killed like it happened yesterday. Forty seven years gone and it is still a raw nerve for so many.
I imagine 9/11 will be the same way for those that experienced it as well...almost Ten years and it is still an open wound, And I still remember that day exactly like it was yesterday.

Some previously unpublished photos from a trip to Utah just two months before his death...

Friday, November 19, 2010

Custom Pinstriped Christmas Ornaments III...

It's been a pretty great year as far as my pinstriped Christmas ornaments are concerned! I've already sold a bunch of sets and there are a lot more under the tree that are ready to go! :)
Here are a few more sets I finished this week...the top picture is of a big custom order I did that included names on a few of the ornaments, The center picture is a cool flat Brown color with Gold and Silver stripes and the bottom picture is a flat Purple with Gold and Silver stripes.
If you see anything you want just let me know and I will get a set done for you!
Thanks for looking,

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Pinstriped Ornaments II

I have been busy this weekend doing more ornaments! I have a few sets for sale on ebay right now but if your interested in getting your own custom set with the colors of your choice please let me know! There is still a couple weeks left that I can finish these sets and get them shipped to you...
Thanks for looking and God bless,

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Metal flake panel...

Here is a Red metal flake panel I painted at work the other day and I finally got it cut and polished and this morning I striped it up with Silver and Ivory...happy Halloween all!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Thankful and Grateful...

So I was asked recently to come and stripe at a charity car show that was being held for a little girl in need of a heart transplant. Usually at these type of shows I will just set up and stripe and donate the money that I make but this year was a little different...after having my beautiful little daughter it got me thinking, there is nothing I would not do to keep her safe and healthy so I just had to help out...My good friend Matt Wood has a big heart as well so I knew he would be on board to help, and help he did...
I had a wagon that I had custom painted and I was going to sell it on ebay but when I found out about this little girl I decided we could donate this wagon in a raffle and try to get some good money for her so I asked Matt to "do a little lettering or something on the wagon" and two days later he delivered it to my house and to my surprise he had invented the "Dragon Wagon". Matt's specialty is lettering and if you can't tell, he freakin rocks at it! I can honestly say that this wagon was not half as special as it was when Matt was done with it and he really gave it the "personality" so everyone needs to go over to Matts blog and give him a big high five...or atleast give him some crap and tell him to update his blog! ;)
Thanks for listening to my ramblings...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Matt is the best...

I have been privileged to meet people in the art world who I don't think really realize how amazing they are and Matt Wood is definitely one of them. He called me up one day and said, "hey Andy, I'm gonna make you a banner for the car shows"
I was expecting something cool since everything Matt does is amazing but this banner is indescribable! I swear the guy has more talent in his little finger than most of us do in our whole bodies!!! His son Josh is getting pretty good in his own right and they have a cool blog spot that I think everyone should check out...if your a fan of pinstriping art or kustom kulture at all their work will inspire you! Here is a link to there page...happy browsing!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Long awaited updates...

Sorry about the delay's in updating this thing! I know a lot of people like to check out this page and see what's new with my paint...and my life sometimes, and I thank everyone who cares! :) So without further ado, here are my update's!

I included the collage my wife made of my beautiful little girl because it makes me laugh...hard! :) She is the Great Hambino!

Other than that is a new Midnight Harley that I did for my buddy Dave at West Side Auto, as well as the Black Snap On tool box. I did some new business card holders that are in some of the local bike shops around here and there are some shots from the Keep On Rollin show including an action shot of me striping the Harley and my buddy Matt, or "Mark" if your in the know, doing the most killer letter work ever! There are also some items that I donated for the charity raffle and then once again I got the honor, and I do mean honor of striping Frank Rudy's little 40 Ford truck. Thanks once again for listening to my ramblings...