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Clint Rowe Joins the Team at Murpho’s Rods and Customs in South Austin
Clint Rowe has relocated to Austin, Texas to join the Murpho’s crew at Murpho’s Rods and Customs in South Austin.
Clint was raised in the car scene by his dad and grandpa who stoked his passion for traditional style hot rods and the art that surrounds that era even before he could walk. In this way he was introduced to the art of pinstriping. “When I was thirteen I remember my attention being drawn in by a group of guys laying lines and I just got so caught up watching, I must have watched them for hours.” He adds “From then on I caught the disease, it is just something you can’t get rid off.” Thus Clint has immersed himself in to mastering the art of “laying lines” or pinstriping.
Clint grew up in the small town of Blackwell, Oklahoma where he can remember traveling around with his grandpa in his Hudson. “The Hudson was his daily driver and we share many memories rolling around in that thing.”
Clint drives a primered 1941 Chevy as his daily driver and is among a growing number of young pinstripers who are reviving a hot-rod art form nearly lost in the 1970s and '80s."I can truly say that I respect anyone that stripes hard enough to make a living," he said.
Clint began pinstriping when he was fourteen and attributes his style to a combination of David Hightower and Butch’r Tucker style He stripes pretty much anything he can get his hands on including motorcycles, hot rods, panels, trucks, purses, and more. “I really like striping custom hot rods and motorcycles because it really accents the details and adds an additional touch that makes it stand alone.” Clint added.
Like stripers from decades ago, he learned techniques from older mentors, including the legendary Ron Myers out of Tulsa, and the master, Butch’r who learned the trade from the King of Pinstriping himself, Kenneth "Von Dutch" Howard. “They really helped me grow and become a better artist,” he explained. The art form is carried on in perpetuity by these guys with the respect and dedication to learn it.
Anyone that sees Clint’s work can only describe him as a certainly gifted individual. If you make it to Austin make sure to stop in at Murpho’s Rod and Customs and check out his work or even make an appointment to get your very own one of a kind art from Mr. Rowe himself.
Contact the shop at 512-912-1300
Murpho's Rods and Customs
1700 Fortview Road
Austin Texas 78704