Wow!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 | No Comments
Wow!

            Did Hemmings Muscle Machines ever get it right!   In the September issue in the Speedobilia department on page 14, J Daniel Beaudry writes of  Nathanial Havholm’s grille photographs: “The effect is that the front of the car becomes, paradoxically, both more familiar and more artistically abstract, and the […]

NH Diary: Only in California I

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NH Diary: Only in California I

The Tag Collection began as an accident. On the way to a studio on Melrose Avenue, I spotted a mid-fifties Ford pickup in the parking lot of an apartment. complex. Bright yellow with polished chrome, it had recently been restored by an owner in love. Unfortunately, the mid-morning light came through a fence that, combined […]

NH Diary: Only in California II

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NH Diary: Only in California II

Affection for 50-year-old license plate design fragments extends beyond shirts. Only California offers license plates that precisely repeat a 1960s design.* State Assemblyman Mike Gatto (43rd district, Los Angeles) proposed Legacy Plates in 2012, and the 1960s plate, produced at Folsom State Prison from the original molds, went on sale in 2015. Our ’60s Tag […]

La Femme or The Dude?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 | No Comments
La Femme or The Dude?

  Alena’s modeling of the Culver City, the ’70s Tag Tee, and the Mar Vista on The Shop page prompted some research about what women find appealing in cars. That led to the discovery that the Dodge La Femme “was the first automobile with a gender” according to Popular Mechanics. Introduced in 1955, it came with […]

NH Diary: The Two

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 | No Comments
NH Diary: The Two

My favorite eight-lane ribbon of Los Angeles freeway runs from La Cañada to Silver Lake.  It stops abruptly as city streets merge with it and then—now a boulevard—meanders from downtown all the way to the Pacific. The eight-lane section, no more than 10 miles, differs remarkably from any other in the city.  Surrounded by the […]

CH Diary: Throwback

Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 | No Comments
CH Diary: Throwback

Cars are not built the way they used to be.  Now it’s all aerodynamic, fuel-efficient curves.  The beauties of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s—even the ’80s—were not concerned with either kind.   And from our point of view, size, shape and grille define an automobile.  The look is the car. Certainly there have been throwbacks to […]

CH Diary: Game Changer

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 | No Comments
CH Diary: Game Changer

My dad’s favorite family excursion was to a car show or a swap meet in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, and I hated them. A car show? Really? Who wants to walk around for three hours looking at old cars? But it was a family outing so I didn’t have a choice. And there were funnel cakes and […]

Car Culture and The Smoking Tire

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 | No Comments
Car Culture and The Smoking Tire

On a tip from a friend, we bought and watched volumes 1 and 2 of All Cars Go to Heaven at The Smoking Tire web site. They enlarged our understanding of car culture. We at Grilled Tees love the beauty and character of the grilles Nathanial Havholm finds on the streets of Los Angeles. The […]

NH Diary: Workhorse

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 | No Comments
NH Diary: Workhorse

Head designer Ted Ornas at International Harvester’s new four-wheel-drive division was asked in 1959 to “design something to replace the horse.”  In a company long associated with farm machinery, that meant a vehicle as powerful and reliable as the animal that had served humanity for five thousand years. The first International Harvester Scout rolled off the […]

NH Diary: Not a Bentley

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 | No Comments
NH Diary: Not a Bentley

Stumbling across important cars in places where they don’t fit is one of my favorite events in this process. A classic 1970’s grill from a General Motors’ brand stereotypically fits in an ethnically diverse neighborhood where many of the residents put bars on their windows. The classic car culture of Los Angeles is primarily a […]

“All-Old”

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 | No Comments
“All-Old”

If you haven’t looked at Hemmings Classic Cars magazine, you should. Alongside articles about the “epic restoration of a rare Canadian-built 1953 Pathfinder De Luxe”—in two parts!—and 1950s “forgotten” Chevrolet sedans, there are lots of opinions. Readers write in to mount hoity-toity attacks on TV shows that present car restoration as something you can do […]

CH Diary: We Get Mail

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 | No Comments
CH Diary: We Get Mail

Each week, our mailbox is full of requests for new designs: 60’s Ford Broncos, 68 Chevy Camaros, and of course the Chevy C/10.  Some are people’s favorites or just the classic they own. About 50% of them are for custom shirts.  Since our shirts are silkscreened and NOT heat pressed, like the tees you find […]

NH Diary: C/10 III

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 | No Comments
NH Diary: C/10 III

Highland Park is fast becoming Los Angeles’ hippest neighborhood, much to the chagrin of its long time residents. Auto parts stores and mechanics’ shops maintain a strong presence, but art galleries, tattoo parlors, and craft beer houses are taking over.  Fortunately, the streets are still littered with beautifully cared for classics. I found this 1963 […]

NH Diary: C/10 II

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 | No Comments
NH Diary: C/10 II

It was no surprise to me when I noticed the bright blue 1964 C/10 off Yosemite near the Figueroa intersection. I’d shot a few of these pickups, but I’d never been happy enough with the results to take the next step. And I’m not at that point with this shot yet, either. But after driving past […]

NH Diary: C/10  I

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 | No Comments
NH Diary: C/10  I

I didn’t become aware of the Chevy C/10 community until early last year. I knew people were out there who loved Chevy trucks more than most things in life, but I didn’t understand the level of devotion many of these folks have for the C/10 model. Then Aaron and Richard’s no-expense-spared C/10 build showed me […]

NH Diary: Catalina II

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 | No Comments
NH Diary: Catalina II

I crest the Barham hill and make the light over the 101 and then the light onto Cahuenga. Past the new condos built into the mountain, the little bridge back across the 101 isn’t backed up. The right at Cahuenga leads me to a red light at the turn-off to the Hollywood Bowl, and as […]

NH Diary: Catalina I

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 | No Comments
NH Diary: Catalina I

Many days begin before sunrise because most of my jobs start early, and I need time for the search. Monday’s client lives near the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue close to Beverly Hills, so today is different. I’ve seen a car I’d like to photograph on this route, but bad light or the […]

A Photo for Your Thoughts

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 | No Comments
A Photo for Your Thoughts

Our shirts are different from all the rest because Nathanial Havholm finds art in the personal histories of cars on the street. And we want to say more about that, with your help. The lives of those cars are the lives of their owners, the folks who have saved them, who drive them for the […]