Rare Original Art of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth
and hot-rod icon Rat Fink

by Pierre Vudrag on Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Custom car designer and builder Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was a key figure in Southern California’s Kustom Kulture and hot-rod movement of the late 1950s and 1960s but as an artist and cartoonist Roth created several extreme characters including Rat Fink.

Rat Fink became and still is a hot-rod icon. Roth originally conceived of Rat Fink as an anti-hero answer to Mickey Mouse.  Instantaneously recognizable, Rat Fink is comically grotesque with bulging, bloodshot eyes, an oversized mouth with sharp, narrow teeth, and wears overalls with the initials “R.F.” on them.  First introduced in the July 1963 issue of Car Craft magazine and the character quickly became popular, so much so that the Revell Model Company issued a plastic model kit of Rat Fink which initially ran from 1963 to 1965, but has along with other charactres created by Roth been re-issued since.  Rat Fink’s popularity continues in Hot Rod and Kustom Culture and be found reproduced on t-shirts, toys, decals, and other paraphernalia.

Limited Runs has just released a number of rare fine art silkscreen prints which have been numbered and signed by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.  In addition to the fine art silkscreen prints, Limited Runs’ has released a series of rare one-of-a-kind original hand-drawn pencil drawings by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth which were created by Roth in 1992.  Many of these early concept drawings feature Rat Fink.

Rat Finks Have More Fun! Shake Up The Troops! (1992)
This Original Pencil Drawing by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth is signed and dated by Roth.

 A Tired Back Keeps Your Brain Straight (1992)
This Signed Original Pencil Drawing by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth also features Rat Fink.

Wild Child (1990)
This limited edition print of 150 is Signed and Numbered By Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

Click here to see the complete collection of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

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