Guardians, Rat Fink and Graffiti


What do they have in common? Holy cow, they will all be in Boise this weekend for the Guardian Ball (December 3rd) to raise money in support of wounded and injured veterans pursuing careers!


Paul Combs, a real life firefighter blessed with unfair supernatural talent, has drawn an original piece of art he calls GUARDIAN as a tip of the hat to the Wyakin Foundation, since Wyakin is a Native American term meaning Guardian Spirit.

GUARDIAN by Paul Combs

GUARDIAN by Paul Combs



Any motor head or drag racing fan knows Rat Fink art. Originally created in the 1950s by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth as a counterweight to Mickey Mouse, Rat Fink has been embraced by generations of hot rod aficionados, a love affair that continues to this day. This year, Rat Fink certified artists Matt Wood, Josh Wood and Gene Chambers have donated real no-kidding Rat Fink pieces of art to be auctioned off.

They have helmets…

Fink Rider by Matt and Josh Wood

Fink Rider by Matt and Josh Wood

Big barrels…


Barrels by Gene Chambers

Barrels by Gene Chambers

Corrugated steel (and another helmet)…

And lots of other cool original Rat Fink articles. The art is rare and coveted by collectors and Rat Finkers around the world.

Watch this site ( because starting real soon you will be able to bid on these and other one-of-a-kind materials from anywhere – you don’t even have to be in Boise!

And then…on Sunday, all of the world famous cartoonists in town (there are about a dozen of them) will travel to some lucky person’s house and draw all over the walls! Hopefully, it will be on the property of the person who actually won the auction, but cartoonists with sharpies are kind of like piranhas on raw meat. Once they get started it is hard to stop them.

And I didn’t even tell you about the San Diego Padres trip that includes air fare, two nights at the Hyatt, restaurant vouchers and tickets to see the Padres during a military appreciation Sunday game.

So join in the fun! If you can come to Boise this weekend, don’t miss the Guardian Ball. If you can’t make it, make a bid for some of the auction items or give a donation to the Wyakin Foundation. Click here for details, or just call 208-853-6001 for more information.
It’s all for a good cause – helping wounded and injured veterans get an education and a solid career. I hope to see you there!

[Updated Nov 29]


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