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Triton Power Pinstripes

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Just a little Green and gray pinstriping on a white Ford F-250 that I completed for a customer who didn’t like the “standard” stuff that it was equipped with when she purchased it from Trucks Only. She had the old pinstriping removed and brought it to me to apply what you seen now.

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Bitch’N Cragars

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Pinstriped wheels used to be the norm in the early twentieth century. I love seeing artillery style wheels from the 30s or the old wood T wheels with starburst style pinstripe details dressing them out. It seems the big hubcap that took over in the 40′s-50′s killed off the decorative pinstriped wheel. It just wasn’t needed anymore. Now I’ve seen a lot pinstriped wheels, I see pinstriping everywhere I go, but over the years I’ve never seen a set done up like this. The closest set that I saw were set up at a GNRS in a wheel vender’s booth, on a similar if not the same style wheel but it was still a bit different.
This set now belong on an old ford pickup who’s owner came to me while he’d been updating it. It had some older billet wheels that just didn’t work with the truck. So he had sought out something cooler and with these Cragars in hand I was allowed to do what I thought would look good…..perfect situation! I just had to stick with pinstripe colors that already adorned the truck. Here’s what I came up with. Some pictures of the wheels when I had them and a before and after shot of the truck sent to me by the client.

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From Russia with Love

This was a fun project to work on considering I can’t read or write, to my knowledge, the Russian that I painted on it. Trusting the client to come up with the sayings and words to be painted on this Shark helmet was a must. I then had to research the spellings and convert the letters into a block style font that I could create by hand. Everything was done in a very traditional manner of laying out the design and painting by hand with lettering brushes except for the front and rear designs that utilize negative space. Those were done using a stencil technique.

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Distressed quickie

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The guys and gals at Drew Brothers Customs besides doing collision work have been into trucks, early trucks, patinaed trucks and just plain cool trucks and they’ve been putting together these classic pickups with a Hotrod flare. This one in particular is a 1959 Chevy step side done up with a faux patina paint job and of course they needed some hand brushed logos to finish it up. This was a stencil process considering that Franklin Law needed to keep their logo consistent and unchanged so we opted to do the quick route by using the companies vectored logo, making a stencil, still brushing in the paint by hand with classic sign paint, letting it dry overnight and doing a rub through to give it that vintage look.

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Prius Pinstriping and Shugoshin Designs

Another great car featured in this video by Jin of Kyoei USA. A car I decorated with a little “Shugoshin” design accompanied by long stripes down the sides of the 2014 Prius.

Shugoshin designs are sort of amulets of protection, talisman, crests or symbols of status. It pulls from two cultures, Japanese iconography and American Hotrodding and are designed to fit these VIP style cars with restraint and subtlety. The look is very impactful when discovered by the viewer but goes unnoticed from a distant glance.

The car is the second feature in this video starting at the 2:04 mark. Thanks to ACCtv for producing this video!

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Pinstriping “Panel” Art for Sale

In the very near future I’ll be adding more items to the storefront. Pinstripe artwork, stickers, one off shirts and maybe some prints. This piece in particular will be up for grabs so get some scratch together…. first come first serve!

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USA Speedskaters with Pinstriped Suits

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If you hadn’t noticed yet, at the 2014 Olympics this year in Sochi, US speedskaters are sporting new high-tech suits created by two companies, Under Armour and Lockheed Martin, which feature some very bold pinstriping. In the search to create the world’s fasted suit somebody decided that nothing was more American than “flat” black and hotrod pinstriping!

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Bold Statement

What a difference a simple pinstripe can make! Just make sure you know the correct placement, color and thickness of stripe to paint. Subtle changes in these elements can make BIG differences in the appearance for better or more often worse, changing the whole impact of your project.
Scott brought me this Suzuki tank from his cafe racer that he recently dressed up with paint and was looking for something simple. This is what he got!
Cost: Minimum charge of $80
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GNRS 2013

I just attended my third consecutive Grand National Roadster Show and I gotta tell ya, if you haven’t been, start making plans to attend next year because it’s one hell of a show. This was its 64th year and I was more than happy to be there even when the rain washed out the cruise in portion of the show which happens on Saturday/Sunday. Previous years I had gone as a spectator and when I started thinking of making the trip this year I discovered that East Coast Artie was now directing the pin-striping charity portion of the show and that some expenses were paid to help pinstripers attend and partake in the event. I have had the pleasure of meeting Artie at SEMA years past and sent him an email asking if there was still room for another striper and lucky me, there was!
I’ll finish this up by saying everyone I encountered and met at the show were a swell bunch of guys and galls! So here are some of the pics I thought turned out well enough to edit and post, not a lot, just enough to wet your whistle and make me plan a little better for next years show so I can spend a little more time looking at cars and still do a bunch of striping!

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New Cards!

I just got the new business cards in and I gotta tell ya, I think they look great! The best ones I’ve done so far. I took a different process at creating these unique little guys this time around. The pinstripe design featured on the front is an exact copy of an original design that I created for this card. Yes exact size an color! You can see the small imperfections unique to hand pulled pinstriping that gives it more character than a computer generated design. I’ll be out at the Grand National Roadster Show next weekend with these things so come find me and grab a couple!

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