Tony Natsoulas
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Big Daddy Roth Sculpture

Big Daddy
Ceramic, hand blown glass and wire
48" x 27" x 20"

This is a portrait of Big Daddy Roth.

Rat Fink and Big Daddy Roth's characters were a big influence on me when I was growing up. I loved the exaggeration he made and the wonderful humor he had. I remember getting my first Rat Fink in about 1965.

Roth is best known for his grotesque caricatures — typified by Rat Fink — depicting imaginative, out-sized monstrosities driving representations of the hot rods that he and his contemporaries built. Roth began airbrushing and selling "Weirdo" T-shirts at car shows and in the pages of Car Craft magazine as early as July 1958. By the August 1959 issue of Car Craft "Weirdo shirts" had become a full blown craze with Roth at the forefront of the movement.

Permanent Collection Crocker Art Museum

Big Daddy Roth

Photo by Izzy Schwartz