3.03.2011

STANLEY MOUSE DETROIT'S HOT ROD ARTIST





After I finished the Autorama story a few readers wrote in to ask me if we ran into Stanley Mouse at Cobo Hall. Stanley has had a booth in the many car and motorcycle shows in the Detroit area over the years.


Stanley Mouse Converse Shoe Collection




Big Rich Dorris told me he first saw Stanley painting hats at the State Fair. Many years ago and Stanley now paints whatever he chooses. His work is loved by Motorcycle fans and muscle car fans alike.

Stanley Mouse is one of the hottest graphic artists/painters to date... He did all the great funny cars of years past to the present...





Though born in Fresno, California Stanley George Miller grew up in Detroit, Michigan. His Dad was a Disney Animator. Stanley was given the nickname Mouse as a ninth grader. Miller was expelled from Mackenzie High School in 1956 for mischievously repainting the facade at The Box, a popular restaurant across the street from Mackenzie. Following his junior year at nearby Cooley High School, Mouse completed his formal education at Detroit's Society of Arts and Crafts.

By 1958, Mouse had become fascinated by the Weirdo Hot Rod art movement that had begun in California a decade earlier. Having developed skills using an airbrush he began painting t-shirts at custom car shows.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

At the Detroit Autorama, Mouse and Roth would have booths set up on opposite sides of the building, both airbrushing T-shirts. They would use us bratty kids as messengers to send insults back to each other :)

Susie Forkin said...

Cool story..his name just came up @ Marios the other night...I have never met him though....XO

Jim Edwards said...

Stanley painted a green mouse on my Dads 56 Chevy Belair that he equipped with mechanical fuel injection from a Vette. The little critter was holding a hypodermic needle and the caption said, "Fuel Infected" super cool. I have a picture somewhere."

RetroKimmer said...

WHERE IS THAT PIC JIMBO!!!

jEFF SWOPE said...

"Used-to hit the Ypsi store, when i was a kid. Didn't Dad hang at that place ... think it's an all-night diner now, across-from E.M.U. business school."

RetroKimmer said...

Yep it is Abe's

Eric Rasmussen said...

"Never made the connection. Used to go to the mouse house in Livonia all the time!"

Kevin Ernst said...

"Mouse in the house!"

Matt Gregory said...

"went to the livona mouse house all the time.!!!"

Crumb said...

Mouse t-shirt catalog saved my life

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