The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. -Richard Bach
Pretty sappy for an art cat but in this case it couldn’t be more accurate. Sometimes a job comes around that changes your entire path and leads to a connection that is life changing in both spirit and action. That’s me and my man Vince Powers of Vintage Wagens in a nutshell.
So…I’m chillin at home one day, picking my nose and feeling stale about art in general. It happens. Growth in art can be slow and sometimes you feel like you’re spinning your wheels and just not getting anywhere. I was having one of those years and then I get an email from this cat near Atlanta.
He made mention of knowing my work in videos from like 10 years ago and he said he wanted to talk about doing a project for him. I get on the phone with this dude and instantly there’s a bond. It was weird. Like we have been friends forever. Like military friends, ya know? Turns out Vince restores cars in the Atlanta area. He was looking at his favorite shirt which happens to be a gig I did and he saw my name. That prompted the email.
What followed was nothing short of phenomenal. This cat is so cool I struggle to find the words to describe him. Just know that after hours and hours of conversations that go waaaaaaaay beyond just art, and getting a chance to meet, eat and hang out at a VW event in Florida, Vince is family to me. This cat lifted me from a deep down bad place and ignited a whole new flame. His tagline line is “Next Level Restorations.” It was through him that I was able to take my art as well as myself to the “Next Level”. I am honored to have V in my world.
Now…let’s look at the art!
Vince is an excellent car builder. He sent me pics of the 4 vehicles he wanted on this t-shirt design, and I was blown away! The quality of the restos is as good as I have seen in the hobby, plus he has a flair to his builds…a little attitude if you will.
I roughed out some layouts and then set about rendering the cars.