The Art Himsl Photo Collection

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There was never a lack of cool cars in front of the Himsl house in Concord, California back in the 1950s and the 1960s. This photo shows three of Art Himsl's high school hot rods parked on the street. Photo courtesy of Art Himsl.
A photo of Oakland, California pinstriper Tommy the Greek with his 1936 Ford custom. According to Art, there were only three or four stripers in Northern California when he started pinstriping. "There was Tommy the Greek, myself, and one or two other guys." Tommy restyled his 1936 Ford in 1937, and when this photo was taken, Tommy had removed the running boards and added a DuVall Windshield. Art has no idea how he ended up with this great photo. Photo courtesy of Art Himsl.

Paint trends come and go but Art Himsl is forever. Art has been called the hot rod Rembrandt of our generation. In 1964 he decided to quit his daytime job. He was fed up. Tired of selling his life for 2 dollars and 78 cents an hour. He took a leave of absence and decided to follow his passion, opening up Himsl Custom Paint Studio in a little one stall shop in Concord, California. It worked out pretty good. Art never went back to work, and he has spent most of his life laying down some of the worlds most beautiful custom paint jobs. We spent a couple of days with Art in Concord during our California Roadtrip in March of 2019 to look through his many boxes of photos and record his story.

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