Kenny Howard (September 7, 1929 – September 19, 1992), also known as Dutch, Von Dutch, or J. L. Bachs (Joe Lunch Box), was an American motorcycle mechanic, artist, pinstriper, metal fabricator, knife maker, and gunsmith. His father, Wally Howard, was a Los Angeles sign painter; and, by the age of 10, the young Howard was able to paint and letter at a professional level and went on to create what would be known as modern pinstriping in the ’50s, creating spider-webbed designs from following the lines of cars. Some of his famous works include the flying eyeball logo and the custom Kenford truck, along with numerous custom motorcycles and award-winning custom cars. Among many custom car and motorcycle enthusiasts, he is thought of as one of the fathers of Kustom Kulture. In fact, Von Dutch created the K in KUSTOM, a nod to his affection for German aesthetics. After his death, under duress, and without legal counsel, his daughters sold the “Von Dutch” name and Von Dutch is now an American multinational fashion brand named after Kenny Howard.
Considering that the Von Dutch name is now a lucrative, licensed brand, it is pretty ironic that Kenny Howard had famously stated: “Use any of my stuff you want to. Nothing is original. Everything is in the subconscious, we just “tap” it sometimes and “think” we have originated something. Genes make us more or less interested in certain things, but nothing is truly original! Copyright and patents are mostly an ego trip.” With that said, we give you the Von Dutch shirt that Kenny Howard himself would have most likely worn if he were alive in the days of overpriced trucker hats with his name on them.
Like all our designs, this one is treated with our signature ‘relic-ing’ process which includes our own secret recipe of hand-painted chipping, cracking, fading, and just the right touch of yellowing to ensure that it looks the part of a true vintage imprint.** We lay these works of art down on premium Bella+Canvas 3001 Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tees, one of the softest, best-wearing t-shirts available today, via state of the art direct to garment (DTG) printing which allows us to create a vintage effect that simply can’t be accomplished with other printing methods. In short, these shirts are everything you’ve dreamed of and more – it feels soft and lightweight with just the right amount of stretch making it comfortable and flattering for both men and women.
- 100% combed and ring-spun cotton*
- Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
- 30 single
- Tear-away label
- Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
- Retail fit
- Runs true to size
Not sure what size is your best fit? We recommend taking one of your current t-shirts, laying it flat and measuring it. The measurements in the chart below are taken with the shirt laying on a flat surface. To get the length, measure from the high shoulder point down to the bottom of the shirt. To get the width, measure approximately 1-inch below the armhole, across the chest, from seam to seam. While our tees are all made using premium, pre-shrunk, ring-spun cotton, there can be some shrinkage depending on your personal wash and dry cycles. With that said, if you’re on the fence, we always suggest going up a size.
All sizes are provided in inches!
*Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton/48% polyester. Athletic and Black Heather is 90% combed and ring-spun cotton/10% polyester. Ash color is 99% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton and 1% poly. **Due to the nature of the printing process and different sizes of shirts offered, imprint position and scale may vary slightly from the product images, but we do our best to be as accurate as possible.