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To stripe or not to stripe….

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There’s a time that comes when someone inevitably passes on the option of pinstriping. This is, in most cases, a mistake. It just looks better! It’s because it adds a level beyond being to simple and not simple-good, I’m talking amatuer simple. Pinstripes add a level of complexity that the job needs in order to look complete, finished and intentional. Now, deciding on the color of pinstriping is another decision and topic for another day.

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1950 Devil DeSoto

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I’ve had the pleasure of adding a significant amount of pinstriping to this 1950 DeSoto and will be adding more. Till then here’s a cool shot of the front! Thanks Shane!!

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Forty Years of Flat Out

SoCal of Arizona celebrates it’s 40th year in business!

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I know it’s a little late to post this but before the year is over I’d like to say thanks once again to SoCal of Arizona for being such a huge part of Hot Rodding. Frank, Mary and the whole crew at SoCal this one was for you!
It was a gift from the crew to be given to Frank and Mary for everything they do and for Fourty years in business. I’ve also got to give a big thank you to Norm and William of 10th Street Autobody for thinking of me when they needed to get this gift decorated. I’m very grateful and it was truly an honor!

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10 Years of Perfection

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Congratulations to my friends and neighbors Matt Howard and Deluxe Customs! 10 years in business!!

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Immovable

“VIP meets Irezumi meets Custom Painting”

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The VIP style is very much alive in Arizona and it’s making an impression everywhere it goes. This latest customization efforts for Ceasar (@ceasarluna) of Kyoei USA was accomplished by painting the whole Lexus engine cover which is comprised of five separate pieces. This Lexus LS460 made a debut at SEMA 2013 adorned with some very subtle white on white Pinstriping executed by me and in this year he was starting to think of how to bring an updated and exciting version to SEMA 2014. Time passed and Ceasar came by the shop a couple times with different ideas but he eventually settled into wanting something more. I was on the same page and immediately something bold came to mind. An image of a Japanese samurai popped into my head and I jumped at the chance to presenting him with this vision. He was immediately on board.
The five pieces where dropped off and prepped for paint. De-texturization of some of the panels was needed, priming and painting them white by was executed by my friends and neighbors at Deluxe Customs. The engine pieces were now a very unique blank canvas. Time passed and the deadline loomed. I finally got things in order to push everything aside and focus my attention on hand-painting the image we had decided on, an ukiyo-e image of Fudo-Myo-o (not the samurai but I’m hoping to paint another engine setup and use that image). I mocked up how the panels would sit in the car and created a patern to follow a basic layout I had drawn. 30 hours later the artwork was complete. It was time to look over the details and hand it back to Deluxe for the final clear-coating. A satin finish.
Fudo Myo-o is a Buddhist diety of early Esoteric Buddhism. Fit for VIPs specific Japanese heritage. Blending Japanese history, religion, Irezumi traditions and custom cars!!! Whoa, who would have thought of this!

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