Today is Father’s Day, and in honor of that fine manufactured holiday, we pay tribute to Ed, “Big Daddy” Roth, a master car customizer, designer and the creator of none other than RAT FINK!

As it says on the Wikipedia, “Ed “Big Daddy” Roth (March 4, 1932 – April 4, 2001) was an artist, cartoonist, illustrator, pinstriper and custom car designer and builder who created the hot rod icon Rat Fink and other characters. Roth was a key figure in Southern California‘s Kustom Kulture and hot rod movement of the late 1950s and 1960s.”

There is an official website that preserves the legacy of this influential man. On it you can find toys, decals, T-Shirts, posters and tons of information on his life and work.

Above you see coverage of last year’s Ratfink Reunion in Manti, Utah. Below you’ll find a two-hour discussion about pinstriping between Roth and Von Dutch. On the other side of the jump there’s even more Big Daddy Roth video goodness.