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Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy

The San Francisco Bay Area art community is large, but very cohesive for some reason.  It may be because they met each other through the usual ways you run into each other (parties) or at Burning Man or because it’s just a “small town” in some ways and people gravitate to similar kinds of things.  Friday night, the community honored one of their favorite sons: Tom Kennedy. Tom is/was truly loved and respected by these people (art car artists, sculptors, painters, musicians, steampunk engineers, etc.), which is a feat in of itself, because you can count on one hand the number of people that can be said for. He’s been in the community forever so knew and built projects with many of the people who were in attendance last night.

His death was covered by mainstream media all over the country (L.A Times, Time Magazine – my Mom even saw it on the news in Columbus, Ohio!)  because his cars poked through the haze of popular culture with their courageousness, ingenuity, sense of humor, and chutzpah. He was one of our

This is my art car "Marblas Sharpkr" with a fin on it to honor Tom Kennedy

This is my art car "Marblas Sharpkr" with a fin on it to honor Tom Kennedy

best art car artists (see his cars below – I have a humble art car – see here), if not the best of them out there, so his passing (rip tide accident on SF’s Ocean Beach) fell very hard on everybody’s shoulders. Everybody was “shocked” and deeply saddened as his heart and passion for life stood out further than his cars did.

Yesterday, the community memorialized him in various ways: 40-car art car parade navigating through Golden Gate Park from Ocean Beach to the American Steel warehouse in Oakland (2 hour traffic jam on the freeways because of a stalled car), big party at the warehouse featuring lots of cars illuminated (see below), bands, singers, speakers, photography, alter, and then New Orleans dirges as played by the Extra Action Marching Band, which was incredible. We left after midnight – perhaps too early. This morning they’re having a BlackSabbath pancake breakfast. Many people were gathering, celebrating, hugging, talking, drinking and carousing, but talented menschy people were on high attendance because that’s who he attracted and maintained as friends.

Congratulations to all the organizers and friends who honored him well.

We started out at Ocean Beach where we did a memorial for him.

We started out at Ocean Beach where we did a memorial for him.

Funny dog running around

Funny dog running around

Wandering through Golden Gate Park with headlights - probably about 40 cars.

Wandering through Golden Gate Park with headlights - probably about 40 cars.

Lady Bug car waiting with us in 2 hour traffic jam on the Bay Bridge

Lady Bug car waiting with us in 2 hour traffic jam on the Bay Bridge

All cars going inside the American Steel building for the memorial evening

All cars going inside the American Steel building for the memorial evening

Iron Horse parked across from mine - stunning!@

Iron Horse parked across from my art car - stunning!@

Tom Kennedy's Fish Car:  Hannah trying to climb in.

Tom Kennedy's Fish Car: Hannah trying to climb in.

Tom Kennedy's Flame-Throwing Penis

Tom Kennedy's Flame-Throwing Penis

Tom Kennedy in his famous Ripper the Friendly Shark car

Tom Kennedy in his famous Ripper the Friendly Shark car

One small corner of the alter for Tom Kennedy (shape of a fin)

One small corner of the alter for Tom Kennedy (shape of a fin)

Tom's best friend wearing the Shark jacket

Tom's best friend wearing the Shark jacket

John Sarriugarte's Snail Car - stunning!

John Sarriugarte's Snail Car - stunning!

Tom's red car and giant Whale Tail

Tom's red car and giant Whale Tail

Kimmerick - steampunk and accordian master

Kimmerick - steampunk and accordion master

The Phenomenauts

The Phenomenauts

Memorials took place on the stage - speeches, poems, songs, etc.

Memorials took place on the stage - speeches, poems, songs, etc. Many more people you can't see.

Haideen, Tom's wife, giving a speech

Haideen, Tom's wife, giving a speech

Flash and Dana (very good friends of Tom's) and excellent artists and good people

Flash (has his own show on Discovery now called "Doing Da Vinci" Mondays at 10:00 PM - watch! and Dana - very good friends of Tom's) and excellent artists and good people

Gorgeous Glenda

Glorious Glenda

Tom's Topsy Turvy bus (dark picture)

Tom's Topsy Turvy bus (dark picture)

Al Honig (very good friend of Tom's and ours) and Sally, his date. Mensch!

Al Honig (the greatest mensch and very talented sculptor - very good friend of Tom's and ours) and Sally.

Fashion of the night

Fashion of the night

Bye Tom.  Drive into the sunset and look back no more. We will never forget you.

Bye Tom. Drive into the sunset and look back no more. We will never forget you.

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2 Comments

  1. very good thanks

  2. i happen to step into this blog, i just had to say i really like it !
    u got yourself a reader !
    thank you:)


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