Originals by Monte


For five decades, mystery surrounded the identity of Monté, the reclusive master of cartoon monster decals. Now, the remarkable and poignant story of Don “Monté” Monteverde — from his early roots pinstriping cars and motorcycles in Los Angeles to his eventual rise and fall as America’s decal king — is revealed, including the revelation that Monté, not Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, was the hand behind the creation of the iconic Rat Fink.

Often imitated but never surpassed, by 1964 Monté had turned his back on pop culture, eventually reinventing himself as a consummate stained glass craftsman. The book explains Monte’s process and overflows with hundreds of full-color examples of his work: retro eye- candy guaranteed to raise a smile and satisfy even the most hard-core Kustom Kulture retro Jones. There’s even a reproduction bonus pack of Monte decals included!


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