Hey, I remember when a thing called a "Rat Fink
" ring was popular, and I am pretty sure I had one.
Balmforth Bitter (3.9% abv) also re-brewed in cask and bottle Rat & Ratchet: New beers are Number of the Rat (6.66% abv), Spitzel Rat (5.5%% abv) and Rat Fink
The band, recently up for a Juno Award (Canada's answer to the BRITS) for best band, and who walked off with the best video gong at the ceremony for their Rat Fink
song, had a slot in their European tour free and were keen to return to the scene of their previous triumph.
While Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and James Dean represent the holy trinity of '50s culture to most of us, these new rodders have adopted their own icons from the hot rod world--Big Daddy Roth, creator of the cartoon "Rat Fink
," known for his wild show cars, wild airbrushed tee shirts, and wild life style, and the even wilder Kenneth Howard, a.k.a.
"I pinstriped anything and everything, even bowling pins." A fan of artist Ed Roth's Rat Fink
work, he embraced the 1960s hot rod culture.
His latest namesake is the coolest of the cool, the Electra Rat Fink
and Pink Fink, adorned with no other than Rat Fink
himself, the Roth-created grinning, fly-pestered image who is an icon of the Southern California car scene and beatnik years.
Around him are several of his comic monster creations, including his most famous, Rat Fink
His Rat Fink
skateboard team, plastic nazi helmets, and socially satirical art work such as "Sidewalk Surfer" caused Time magazine to once malign him as being the "supply sergeant to the Hell's Angels."
Custom car builder Ed "Big Daddy" Roth monumentalized his "Rat Fink
" (a bug-eyed, human-footed giant rat that became a drag-strip fad in the '60s), complete with swarming flies, in recent canvases and two silkscreens.
Portrayed in Time magazine as the "supply sergeant to Hell's Angels," Ed Roth tilted the trend for hot-rod graphics even farther toward the defiantly tasteless with the sweeping array of popular "Rat Fink
" T-shirts and gimcracks he pitched at car shows and in the back pages of car mags and comics.