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Stitching With Rocky Hardcore, An Impressive Daredevil Who Knows How to Use a Needle & Thread

rocky-me.jpgI’ve stitched with a lot of people, but only recently did I get an opportunity to craft with a daredevil.

Today my GR Press column is about Rocky Hauri, aka Rocky Hardcore. He’s a 53-year-old stunt man from Owosso, Mich. who embroiders the uniforms he wears to crash cars. I met Rocky at the Thriller! Chiller! film festival here in Grand Rapids.

Rocky was in town to promote “Hell Drivers: America’s Original Crash Test Dummies,” a documentary that traces the history of stunt driving and features Rocky and other modern-day daredevils. I worry too much to enjoy stunts that can result in serious injury, but I got over it when I learned about Rocky’s embroidery skills. I can’t help but respect a man who can jump a car over a school bus and then embroider a photo of the stunt on the back of his uniform. That’s undeniable talent and totally hardcore.
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Check out this short video clip of Rocky talking about his art.

And here’s a trailer for “Hell Drivers: America’s Original Crash Test Dummies”

Thanks Rocky! It was a pleasure to stitch with you!
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Comment from heather
Time: November 16, 2008, 11:32 am

I LOVE it!! Thanks for sharing!

Comment from Cassie
Time: November 16, 2008, 1:30 pm

This just made me smile!

Comment from Jacqui
Time: November 16, 2008, 4:03 pm

Now there’s something you don’t see every day :-)
That’s fantastic.

Comment from Michelle
Time: November 17, 2008, 2:59 am

Oh my gosh Jennifer! This post totally made my day!

Comment from Leanne
Time: November 17, 2008, 7:50 am

Awesome!

Comment from Darren
Time: November 17, 2008, 11:26 am

Wow, Jennifer, you have truly captured the artistic side of the only man in the world to crash a car through a motorhome LENGTHWISE. Any shmo can do it through the sides.

LOVE the video. Love the stills. Keep up the Rocky Hardcore coverage!

Naturally, I am biased since I am one of the producers of the new daredevil documentary about Rocky, “Hell Drivers,” but great art speaks for itself.

Comment from Turtle
Time: November 17, 2008, 11:57 am

very cool rocky!

Comment from Denise Felton
Time: November 17, 2008, 12:18 pm

Far out! LOVE this! I’ve scheduled a link to this post to go live on my blog mid-day (Central USA time) tomorrow. I hope it brings you a few extra clicks.

Denise
http://needlework.craftgossip.com

Comment from Catherine
Time: November 17, 2008, 1:11 pm

Love it! I grew up in Owosso and never knew it was home to such a cool guy. :)

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Comment from tattingchic
Time: November 18, 2008, 8:55 pm

Wow! His work is amazing. What a fun article. Thanks!

Comment from Sevena
Time: November 22, 2008, 2:11 pm

Captivating article on a very multi talented man. He’s fearless and functional…I wish I could embroidery half as good as he does. I love his humor, too…would love to hear about him. You have to love a man who’ll walk through fire! ;)

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