Saturday, February 4, 2012
Orlandi's Body Shop (part1)
One person who set me straight on more than a few things is Don Orland. Ya how cool getting the story first hand from the man I have read about so for many years.
"This is the last version of the shirt we ever did for Orlandi's Body and Fender. 37 years of our lives went into that business. A lot of fun and a lot of heartaches. The best was doing cars for movies. I met Harrison Ford, Ron Howard and all the actors from the movie at the time when nobody even knew who they were. It was always fun and I painted cars every night of the week until all were done.
Painting all night long if that is what it took. Same for More American Graffiti as well"
Don used to give these shirts away at car shows. Don also said it was "The Best" advertising he ever did for the shop. Reports have the shirts seen as far away as Russia. World wide exposure is nothing new to Don. Star Wars fans take note. George Lucas liked Orlandi's work so much he reenlisted Don to do work on sets and props for movie Star Wars. You can't miss his handy work through out the film. Orlandi's Body and Fender even laid a sinister paint job on one of Darth Vaders helmets. I wonder if that color is "Wicked 55" black?