Originally posted on http://lapantura.vonsven.com/ July 20th 2007Blog ImageSo here is some of the pinstripe, sign or related photos collected during my annual stay in Minneapolis, MN. Midwest USABlog ImageI found these old signs on one of those odd side streets running along what is now the midtown greenway, and close to nicollet ave on the south side. Blog ImageI got a pair of tasseled loafers, which is a stride away from the usual cap toed church shoes. Blog ImageI got the shoes for only 5 bucks including a vintage shirt!Blog Imagethe guy that was working working has had this same hair cut since 1952!! Blog ImageThe Ideal diner was really, really good this year,Blog Image I had the lazy man specialBlog ImageThe Ideal diner opened the late 40’sBlog Image

They got a new cash register but other than that not much has changed.

that’s their coffee machine in the back ground, it’s the best weak american coffee I’ve ever had.Blog ImageBlog ImageBlog ImageForest and I went and reclaimed a bunch of old junk from the old LaPantura studio before it gets demolished due to progress, the whole buildings is comming down so a lot of local artists will homeless..er.. studio-less that is. it’s really too bad, the city also lost artists spaces at the ols sexton building which is beeing remodeled.Blog ImagePanther Painter, Ira was in town from Olympia with this amazing old paint box, it came loaded with some of Joe’s old sign painting supplies including a real nice old quill that Ira has been putting to use.Blog ImageBlog ImageThe Back to the 50’s car show went well Forest and Phil Vandervaart are seen beeing filmed by Milke Revard here.Blog ImageI got to stripe some really cool cars…..Blog Image…while Phil and Forest took care of the car names and truck lettering jobsBlog ImagePhil Vandervaart (who has been discribed by Pat Star owner of the world famous diner, The Wienery as “the West Banks oldest teenager”) was the envy of many young on lookers as he busted out his free hand lettering skills.Blog ImageI found this rod that was pinstriped by one of my favorite stripers Dave Bell..Blog ImageThe flames were laid out by bell and the paint spraying was done by Kirby, the flames were then outlined with Bell’s signature color change pinstripes.Blog ImageAfter the back to the back to the 50’s, I was doing some striping at Yesterday’s Auto Sales.Blog ImageYesterday’s sells old classic carsBlog Image This is Forest with Marit from Yesterday’s, she works with sales and appraisals.Blog ImageBlog Imagefor every rat rod…Blog Imagethere is a rat bike.Blog ImageBlog Imagethis is the old Sears building, it just recently reopend as the midtown exchange which includes a global market food court type place..Blog ImageThere is every kind of ethnic eating experiance there including this classic american diner type place..Blog Image…Signwriter Mike Myer painted a bunch of clean “no frills” signage for that place.Blog ImageAt the tail end of the trip I met up with Jim Schaefer and got to check out his car room again. This was Jim’s old hemet from his drag racing days, original monster art from the 60’s!


Well that’s it, I’ll be back next year same time, same place…

thanks for looking -vonSven