Tuesday, April 21, 2009

"Ripper the Friendly Shark"

Tom Kennedy helped popularize the whimsical Art Car movement with elaborate vehicle conversions such as Ripper the Friendly Shark, a Nissan Sentra to which he added shiny fins, teeth and a swishing tail. Kennedy, a San Francisco artist whose whimsical wheeled sculptures and colorful personality helped popularize the fringe Art Car movement died April 12. He was 48.

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