Description Mid-Fifties Modern is still holding its own down every avenue it overwhelmed. And in 1957 Chevrolet knocked the design world for a loop with the 57 Belair Hardtop. Just about everywhere i've been around this blue ball I've run across a 57 Chevy. Some were so fine. Others were showing their age. But one thing was common. Everyone knew the 57 Belair Hardtop for what it was and still is. Automotive design genius - no it's straight out Design Mastery. ~:0)I mean who in their right mind wouldn't want a bewdy of a 57 Belair Hardtop. Be careful how U answer that one. Sometimes it's best to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. The 57 Chevy in all its incarnations is arguably one of the most hot rodded rides ever. I know the 56 Belair is a great rod. Did U hear me say it wasn't. Some People! So argumentative - Ha!None-the-less, every Saturday night Cruise has its share of five-sevens. At just about every drive-in eatery sunset finds a 57 Belair rolled-up for the evening with a cowboy and his best girl or a photographer even - kicking back enjoying a salute to sundown in his or her five-7. Man that's living!One thing I know. Just about everything on the planet looks better come twilight and with that setting sun over the horizon the cool of night settles in an a cowgirl gets frisky in a hot street custom, rat rod or resto when it's a fine 57 Belair Hardtop or even convertible. That's when it's transformed into a room with a view. And that's specially out here in the Texas Hill Country round sundown when we all become part of the landscape. Soul restoration I calls it. Get a nice VivaChas print to remind U of this important goal. Get out and Cruise ~:0) VivaChas!
Chas Sinklier, VivaChas! Member Since November 2008 Artist Statement The VivaChas! Story
There's a new sheriff in town here at VivaChas! - - - We have a story to tell U about what it is we do with all these cool photos we make. Long-Story-Short, VivaChas! uses half the proceeds from the sale of the Hot Rod images here to make a difference in the world. We got the idea for making giving a major part of our business plan from the book by the founder of TOM'S Shoes, Blake Mycoskie's - "Start Something That Matters" - it's all about integrating helping others in need into Ur business from the very start & that's what we're doing here at VivaChas! ~:0)
The mob here at VivaChas! works out of what we call "The Club House" that is a small building on the property where Chas lives & works - we rely on third party venues for printing and shipping, so the only expenses outside production are web-site related and that's very low. So what sort of donations do sales at VivaChas! support with the "profits" from Hot Rod, Rat Rod & Pickup Art Photographs?
For starters VivaChas! supports the work at World Vision International. There we and U can provide on a monthly basis the money needed by children in the needy places of the world. Right now we're helping a one year old girl in Guatemala - As funds become available more will be done there to supply water and other necessities many of us take for granted. We also suggest U support a child through World Vision urself - here's a link - http://www.wvi.org - That's a great place for U to start helping as well ~:0)
Now for closer to home. About 400 miles North of our Texas Hill Country Clubhouse is the town of Abernathy, Texas just outside Lubbock. There the hard-working staff help kids & teens learn what real love is all about - self-less love and direction for youth is what they do. The Love Shack is a genuine non-profit just as is World Vision - just closer to home so-to-speak - Go to The Love Shack site - http://www.abernathyloveshack.org - and read their story. They step into the midst of a need in their community and make a difference. Help us help them; or help them directly through their site. VivaChas! supports The Love Shack with a monthly donation - - - U could do that as well either directly or by buying Hot Rod or Hill Country Art from VivaChas! ~:0)
Let's face it kids and teens are the world's future. By supporting world relief and regional relief folks, we here at VivaChas! are pitching-in where and how we can. U can jump in where U want - it's up to U ~:0) Our goal is for giving to remain a lasting part of our business plan as it is in our everyday lives ~:0)
That reminds me about local giving. VivaChas! in a focus of global giving, regional giving and local giving provides locally from our own income from VivaChas! - Hot Rodney Hot Rods - and other sources as we think them up in the future! Additionally, I - Chas Sinklier the photographer behind VivaChas! - teach college students about the Way, the Truth and the Light - along with PhotoShop and other Art classes ~:0)
So - when U buy a VivaChas! print, half what we call "the Profit" - above printing & shipping goes to World Vision, The Love Shack and other non-profits as our bit in helping our fellow man. So there U have it. The VivaChas! story as it now stands. We'll be updating it regularly for U - - - now go buy a nice print for Ur own clubhouse, that blank spot on the wall, or as a special gift with a story for someone U know & love ~:0) VivaChas! - VivaTexas! & VivaYou!
The VivaChas Story - Texas Hot Rod, Rat Rod & Pick-Up Truck Art