For many people today their car has become only a way to get
from point A to point B. They seek something that is comfortable, affordable,
and easy to drive. But in this they forget about style and expression. For
vintage Volks lovers we understand that it’s not always easy driving an old
car, especially if you (like me) haven’t always had all the money in the world
to fix what might be ailing it. They can be cold, uncomfortable, leak, smell
like gas &/or oil… but we love them. They are a labor of love. And you can
make them comfortable, easier to drive and most importantly, your unique
vehicle, once you have put in the effort. The result quite often brings a
unique satisfaction each time you get behind the wheel.
From an artistic point of view there is something to be said
from both a stock (all original) standpoint, as well as the standpoint of the
“full custom” enthusiast. No matter what your tastes, you are still making a
statement when you’re cruising around in your vintage VW. You’re saying, “I am
not everybody else”, or “I keep it simple”, or (you fill in the blank). Some
people take their statement a step farther.
VW Bugs as art cars.
While most art cars can be seen either at car shows, or at
places like “Burning Man”. I’d like to take a moment today to highlight one car
of particular interest. Not only because it is beautiful but because it carries
special meaning behind it.
It took more than 8 months for Huichol Indians from the Mexican states of Jalisco and Nayarit to decorate. They used more than 200 pounds of beads and a special polymer glue to create something that is truly unique. Not only is this car special because of its cultural meaning but it has value because of its special meaning to the women of the Huichol Indian tribe, who have long struggled for recognition in their culture and whose art has been largely un-acknowledged until now. In an
interview with Mexico Today one of the young women spoke about her experience
in decorating, “I am very proud to be part of this project because it is
something that will transcend to the world, and we will be known
internationally. Even more so as a woman as many times we are often not
recognized for the work we do. [Art] is what I really love doing. It is
something I gladly do with a lot of respect to my culture precisely because I
like it and I would like people from abroad to like it as well”
The Mexican beaded Volkswagen will be going on a world tour
starting in 2012 visiting museums from Los Angeles to Madrid and everywhere in
between. You can see more about it here: http://mexicotoday.org/video/mexican-beaded-vw-international-voyage-huichol-volkswagen
We’d like to also remind you that, no matter what you decide
to do with your own Volkswagen whether it be leaving it traditional, painting
it with ping pong balls, or making a cultural expression, we’re here to help
you keep it running, (and not break the bank). Don’t hesitate to give us a call
at 805-650-2050 we can give you all the good technical help you need.
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