zondag 10 juli 2011

Von Dutch

Kenny Howard,  a motorcycle mechanic, eccentric, artist, pinstriper, metal fabricator, knifemaker and gunsmith, spent his life's blood, sweat and tears doing what he loved, with little concern with or regard to the fruits of his labor. The story goes that he saw very little money for his work and that suited him just fine.  In fact, the accredited Godfather of pinstriping--the delicately intricate craft of transforming wheels of steel into beautiful speed racers--garnered him a loyal following among motorcycle riders and connosseurs of custom cars, past and present. One written account of Howard's positioning on money quoted him in a 1965 article saying, "I make a point of staying right at the edge of poverty. I don't have a pair of pants without a hole in them, and the only pair of boots I have are on my feet. I don't mess around with unnecessary stuff, so I don't need much money. I believe it's meant to be that way. There's a 'struggle' you have to go through, and if you make a lot of money it doesn't make the 'struggle' go away. It just makes it more complicated. If you keep poor, the struggle is simple."

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