RODS N’ RAT FINKS!! The Classic Big Daddy Roth LP in MONO.
01. THREE KATS IN A TUB,
03. HEY RAT FINK,
04. 1947 AVANTI,
05. CHERRY-TOP CHARLIE,
06. THE LONELY STOCKER,
07. THE BALLAD OF EEFIN FINK,
08. THE COOL COOL ROD,
09. HEARSE WITH A CURSE,
10. THE WALTZ OF THE RAT FINKS,
11. FINK ROD 409.”
Rat Fink is one of the several hot-rod characters created by one of the originators of Kustom Kulture, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Roth conceived Rat Fink as an anti-hero answer to Mickey Mouse. After he placed Rat Fink on an airbrushed monster shirt, the character soon came to symbolize the entire Hot Rod/Kustom Kulture scene of the 1950s and 1960s.
Roth began airbrushing and selling “Weirdo” t-shirts at Car Shows and in the pages of Hot Rod publications such as Car Craft in the late 1950’s. By the August 1959 issue of Car Craft “Weirdo shirts” had become a full blown craze with Ed Roth at the forefront of the movement.
Rat Fink was advertised for the first time in the July 1963 issue of Car Craft. The ad called it “The rage in California”. Also in 1963 the Revell Model Company issued a plastic model kit of the character. The initial run of the kit was from 1963 to 1965, but the Rat Fink kit along with Roth’s other creations have been re-issued by Revell over the years. Rat Fink continues to be a popular item to this day in Hot Rod and Kustom Culture circles in the form of t-shirts, key chains, wallets, toys, decals, etc.
Rat Fink is green, depraved-looking with bulging, bloodshot eyes, an oversize mouth with yellowed, narrow teeth, and a red T-shirt with yellow “R.F.” on it.