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The flying eyeball trademark was owned by Dean Jeffries. xoxo your spam folder
Jeffries wrote a book, read it. In it he states he saw Howard used to paint a third eyeball on his forehead and it gave him an idea. That. So, like I said, and it must tear you up to see it, "ripping off another artist" and as for trademark? When you lawyer up, don't skip on the budget. Any honest judge will agree that the law says one thing, and then it means one thing, and when one artist acknowledges ripping off another artist, the trademark filed and certified will be nullified as evidence shows from the statement of the trademark holder that they neither invented, created, nor adapted that symbol, they admitted to stealing it. A symbol stolen can not be held by the thief under trademark if challenged. Until it's challenged, no one gives a shit. After both artists are dead, it's a moot point. And again I'll repeat, ripping off another artist's trademark is not cool. Let the first asshole to argue that be recognized by his own arguments
http://justacarguy.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/dean-jeffries-with-flying-eyeball-shirt.htmlAlthough Kenny is accredited for drawing the first Flying Eyeball in '48, Dean had a winged eyeball design all of his own.So much so that he trademarked his "Flying Eyeball" logo in '51. Deans logo is often wearing a roller skate and has slightly different wings that look almost more youthful and immature compared to those drawn by Mr Dutch. It's possible it was some kind of 'in house' joke as Kenny taught Dean how to stripe through the early fifties. Perhaps it was a Master/ Apprentice thing between them at the time as they were referred to as "Dutch and the Kid".Trivia Time, ...the box he has with him in the picture is a bit burnt on top... from being in the Barris shop fire.(I cheated and looked that one up....it's a quiet day at work).
wow, I knew I had a photo like that, and I couldn't find it! THanks!
Interesting discussion, I like to think of Roth Jeffries, and Dutch as the Holy Trinity of car art, As always....thanks for this stellar blog!
Whoa... that's deep. Wow, the trifecta of car art... I'll need to ponder that to even respond with a sensible reply! I mean, Jeffries with the show cars, AMBR win, and tv show cars... Dutch with the invention of pinstriping for all intents and purposes, plus the stars and stripes on Capt America chopper, ... invention of lace paint, art on race cars, bonneville cars, etc, tail panel and trunk pinstriping art forms, ... Roth inventing the flame job, inventing the show car fad of things that aren't driveable, but pure eyecandy, and bubble tops, and the monster shirts ... I don't recall who gets credit for inventing the airbrushed t shirt, but all 3 did them. Wow, is there anyone that is in contention for the car art trifecta? Would anyone else even be possibly the equal to, or greater than any one of these three when it comes to being a guy to bump one out of the holy trinity? Wow, you've got me wondering! Dang! Awesome notion, and profound car guy thought! Thanks!
you've got me wondering... who else did as much, did anyone do more? Maybe Gene Winfield? Boyd Coddington? How many guys simply are right there, but I can't get my brain to work down that thought direction?
Larry Watson and George Barris are the others I think of in that group.
wow, Watson is certainly in the top 5. His extensive paint work, custom body work, and sensational publicity (miss USA in his paint booth!) along with publicizing lace paint, and whatever I'm not aware of... he did a lot more than most in the business!Barris... well, we can't discount the Batmobile, Munsters coach, and though not as high quality, the ridiculous amount of Hollywood cars his shop made. What's you're thoughts on 1st tier Von Dutch, Roth, Barris. 2nd tier Watson, Winfield, Jeffries?