Oct 062012
 

It was Saturday morning at the Rainier Beach Art Walk.  The sun was so hot my skin felt crisp.  Gregory Davis (active community leader) and I walked down Rainier Avenue and chatted with artists at each community booth.

The first thing that caught my eye was the elaborate car art at one of the community booths.  I quickly found the owners of the cars, Thomas and Leonard.  As they talked about the history of car art, I realized how little was known about this form of art.

As I reflected on their art, I realized that there should be more awareness about car art in the community. Where else do we see car art? This unheard of creativity rides around in a compelling manner.  I was also surprised to find out that there were several communities of folks who create car art all along the West Coast.

Before I left their booth, I asked Leonard and Thomas one last question—“How long do you plan to make car art?”  Leonard said “Until I can’t drive anymore, which will be in about 88 years.”  And Tom said “Until I can’t make them anymore.” Both Leonard and Tom showed a lifelong commitment and dedication to expressing themselves in a way that is very eye-catching.

I hope that the Rainier Beach community gets to see more of this type of art.

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