This is my very first art car. Inspiration came during a trip to St. Louis for Mardi Gras in 1994. Ripper the Friendly Shark was trailered there for the parade. Tom Kennedy, Shelley Buschur, Debbi Maciupa, J Elliot, Bryan Taylor and I drove thru the worst ice storm of the century to get there. 24 hours up, 24 hours there, 20 hours home. I rode in their "daily drivers" while there and knew I HAD to do this when I got back home. I drove Lucy Harvey's art car, Pom Pom, in their Mardi Gras Parade. Just like us, St. Louis has their own contingent of artists who make art cars. If you are ever in St. Louis, find the Venice Cafe on Pestolozzi Street. You'll never forget the place - tile, mirror, stained glass covered walls, floors and ceilings on every level - simply amazing. I came home and designed my very first art car. My mother helped me paint her. We had a BLAST! The Cat's Meow died in Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. I have her driver side door hanging in my back yard in her memory.
I'm Nicole Strine, these are my pages and my pictures and you may not use them or reproduce them in any way shape or form without my written permission. Have a nice stroll! :)