The Art of the Auto
In hard times, high-end auto restoration endures. It doesn’t come cheap.
June 9th, 2011
Growing up in the area of Las Vegas known as the “Naked City,” Dan Tinker watched as the guys with the flashy cars were always the ones to get the girls. Many of them were drug dealers, but Tinker didn’t want to go that route, so he began painting his friends’ lowriders and mini trucks at age 15 as a way to get closer to the customized rides—and perhaps to some females, as well. That passion eventually evolved into a career, with Tinker quitting his job as a union painter five years ago to establish Devious Designs, which specializes in custom paint and body work. Read more »
The legendary motor-head talks about classics, memorable customers and, of course, death
April 29th, 2010
Danny Koker’s shop, Count’s Kustoms, is a little menacing, with its flame-detailed hot rods and skull-encrusted motorcycles. So when he emerges to ask where to conduct this interview, I gingerly reply, “How about your office?” “You asked for it,” an employee says. What could be up there, I wonder, as Koker offers his arm to lead the way up an ominous metal staircase. Read more »