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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 20 - March 26, 2019

Ancient Theatrics Found on Flatbed

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What do tow trucks and kabuki theatre have in common? One look at a tow truck owned by Aimes Towing & Collision in Freeport, N.Y., might provide a good indication.

On the hood of their 2004 International DT466 4300 with a Jerr-Dan 22' aluminum bed is a Japanese masked demon which has a history rooted to Japanese traditional theatre.

"I was looking to do something different and I found this image online. It was based off of a Japanese tattoo," said Paul Aimes, one of the owners.

Although the tattoo is rooted in an ancient Japanese art form traced back to the early 17th Century, the imagery presented is not that far removed from much of what we find on tow trucks now. Today, many trucks feature illustrations of mythological characters, cartoons and action heroes, perhaps expressing a tower's connection with the superhero and acts of bravery and heroism.

These ancient masked figures, which were used as theatrical devices to shock the audience and engage them in stories, were later adopted as masks by Samurai warriors to illustrate acts of heroism.

Aside from this graphic on the hood, the body of the tribal flame-themed truck melds well with the demonic mask. Its background colors consist of beautiful gradients of blue, green and yellow, and integrate perfectly to accentuate the company name, Aimes II.

Other eye-catching features of this unit include its red visor and 400-plus LED lights and strobes.

In the environs of Long Island, you might say that the competition is stiff.

"There are about 75 to 80 tow companies in our area," Aimes said. "Slaying the dragon is a metaphor for slaying the competition."

(Note: This article originally appeared in the March 9, 2016 edition of Tow Industry Week)

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The Money Maker

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When it comes to dispensing wisdom on the art of making money, there is no one like Ben Franklin to lead the way. Franklin's contributions to America were many, and to honor him, his image was printed on the currency of our $100 bill.

For Handsome Rob, owner of Vintage Autobody and Towing in Westbury, New York, he knew when he purchased a 2014 Dodge Ram 5500 with a 2014 Jerr-Dan MPL40 it would be a money maker. So much so, he used Franklin's image as it appears on the $100 bill.

With the help of master artist Cecil Burrowes, they began executing on a design that Rob envisioned. Franklin's image is hand-painted with scalloped designs surrounding him. Under his image it states, "100."

Aptly, the design on the hood is done in green paint. Along the outlying areas, a number of gray, white and black images of skulls with haunting eyes peer outward.
The name under Franklin, however, does not contain Franklin's name but rather the "Handsome," after the owner of the company, which represents a clever play on the currency.

On the sides of the unit, just next to the doors, are more iconic images. On one side is DC Comic's "Joker," with his girlfriend "Harley Quinn" on the other side.

"I thought it would be a nice fit as the Joker's colors are green and purple, matching our design on the hood," Handsome Rob said. "It also ties in with the fact that Gotham is New York City, which is the location of Batman."

The city of New York sprawls across both sides of the unit as well, as large tribal flames are layered on top in candy purple and green.

Other interesting details abound, with more skulls covering the back, while the company logo stands out in an elegant design across the boom.

This money-making machine won first place in the Light Duty, Pre-2017 Class at the American Towman Wrecker Pageant in Baltimore, Maryland, last November.

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