Bob's Big Boy Coin Bank

6"x4" oil on raymar panel Bob's Big Boy was initially a burger joint here in Glendale, California. It expanded to multiple locations with some restaurants having big fiberglass statues of Bob's Big Boy holding up a hamburger on a plate. The teenagers of the area, being a somewhat mischievous lot, tended to "liberate" him from his stand. The checkered guy could show up in some pretty odd spots, but he usually made his appearances on the campus of a rival high school. The Big Boy's flight happened with such frequency that the restaurants had to start bolting the poor kid down. No matter, there was a butcher in town who had a big fiberglass cow on his roof (Yeah, like it would be safe up there?) that served just as well. It was great seeing that poor cow on top of a rival's gym. I mean, it was very, very wrong of those kids to do that—they should have known better. Bad kids, bad kids. Well, I don't have one of those big traveling statues (and I do not admit to any involvement in past "liberating" of said statues), but The Mother Unit had this little coin bank in a drawer and being the graceful and benevolent matriarch that she is, she let me paint it. Thanks Mom!)
Posted August 11, 2014

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