HomeEncounter with Charlie Tweddle - book cover

Charlie Tweddle, AKA The Midnight Plowboy, was an internationally known visual and performing artist from Santa Cruz, CA whose canvases just happen to be shaped like hats and guitars - and just about anything else.

Charlie Tweddle passed away quietly on Oct 4th, 2021.

He leaves behind his lovely wife Barbara and their adoring son Luke. Charlie would often say,

"Like many artists, I make my living with a pallet. Mine just happens to be a cowboy hat."

The family is in a state of grieving and thanks you for understanding.

Please send flowers or monetary donations to help with the arrangements directly to:

Barbara Tweddle
424 Branciforte Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA. 95060 - USA


Tweddle's creations adorn some of the biggest heads in Hollywood as well as the Nashville music scene.

"Wearing a Charlie Tweddle hat can change your whole life," says Porter Bibb, a New York Daily News journalist. "I can't walk down the street without causing a sensation. I was even stopped on Madison Avenue by Ralph Lauren, who wanted to know where I got this 'incredible thing.'"

Charlie has been Tweddlizing things his whole life. Take a look at these incredible hats.

The Legend

"In 1972 I lost my favorite hat. Finding a replacement for something that had such character proved to be frustrating - so I set out and bought a new one and tried to make it look like the one I'd lost. Failing to make it look the same, I bought yet another...

"After six hats, I got tired of making new ones look like old ones... So, feeling down on my luck, I took my six hats to a little shop that sold new and used clothing.

"The shop keeper wasn't really interested, but said, 'Leave 'em here on consignment.' A week later I returned not expecting anything. The shop keeper was very excited. All six had been sold!

"This marked the beginning of my adventure with hats.

"Now my works of art are on the heads of Wall Street banker's and Hollywood movie Moguls."

Charlie Tweddle, pronounced Tweedle, is often misspelled as Tweetle or Twiddle.


July 2014 (D2K tour)