I don’t think anyone could accuse David or I of being people who make consistently good decisions, and I think one of our Velour-and-up member perks is a great example of why. We thought it’d be fun and make Velour members feel special if I’d do a little drawing of any car they wanted for their birthday. And, I think, sure, it is a fun idea, and so far I think people do like it, but if I’m totally honest, I made a lot of assumptions about doing this before we started. I figured people would probably pick the same well-known, iconic cars, and I could draw, essentially, a medium-sized library of some iconic cars, like 20 or so, and the majority of readers would likely pick from there, and it’d be pretty easy! Holy crap, was I wrong.
[Ed note: Matt here reminding you that you can become a member right here and, if you become a Velour Member, you can get one of these nifty drawings. Also, I don’t have to draw these, I just have to make this place sustainable, so please become a member if you love this website and force Jason to do more of these. – MH]
In hindsight, of course that was wrong. I know our readers better than that! Autopians aren’t the kind of car people that are just going to pick the same mass-appeal cars as anyone else. We’re a community of weirdo fetishists, and everyone wants something hyper-specific and different and unique, and as a result I almost never get to duplicate any drawing and there’s just so so many of these to do.
I mean, look at a selection of stuff that’s come up from the past few months here:
[Ed note: Hold on. I love this. One of our members requested “David Tracy’s next purchase” and got a Leaf! Mwhahahahahahahahaha – MH]
How do you predict these? You’ve got Malaise-era American heaps, Japanese econoboxes, Art Deco masterpieces, cars with massive dedicated followings, and heaps that nobody remembers. Oh, and Macho Man Randy Savage shows up there, too. In a Venza, of all things!
Even when the same kind of car shows up, it’s never exactly the same. For example, Beetles have come up more than once, but never the same Beetle, and our readers are particular. So when I get a Beetle request, it’s never just a Beetle, it’s a 1971 Super Beetle or a 1960 Beetle:
And yes, I know I forgot the Wolfsburg Crest above the hood handle. Crap.
The upshot of all this is I’m always drawing cars now. And they’re all different, somehow. And there are some of you who want, like Saturns and mid-’90s Buicks and you baffle me but, dammit, I still love you. And I’m happy to do all this, because that means we have more members! And that’s exactly what we want, and if you’re not yet a member, but want a car drawn just for you, along with all kinds of other member benefits, then, friend, you owe it to yourself, become an official, grille-badge-carrying Autopian!
At some point there will be repeats, right? There has to be!