Artists and grease monkeys don’t seem like the kinds of people who might get along well. Yet artists and car enthusiasts have quite a bit in common, especially when it comes to style and technique. Many car owners look at their vehicles as rolling works of art, and many arts have been inspired by the style and nostalgia of old cars.
Craft-centric website Etsy recently interviewed John Findra, an artist who draws his inspiration from the collision of classic cars and the never-ending march of nature. His works of art, called Classic Wrecks, focuses on cool cars left exposed to the elements.
Classic Wrecks draws its inspiration from the effects of wind, sun, and rain, an extension of the man made perfect Findra often sees on the road. Findra often does “field research” by exploring old abandoned wrecks and junkyards. A lot of his work comes from customers seeking to recreate old cars from their youth.
With the popularity of rat rods, Findra’s efforts of recreating barn finds and un-improving cool cars definitely has sparked the interest of gearheads around the globe. The little works of art aren’t cheap, going for around $75 a pop.
But with vehicles as varied as the classic Plymouth Barracuda, the original Ford Mustang, or some original hot rods, there is something for everything in Findra’s shop.
Is there anything you see that you’d like on your mantle? If not, what suggestions would you give Findra for his next project?