Custom Painting

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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Something Gleams

“A Rachelle Thiewes Retrospective”
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I’ve been painting for Rachelle Thiewes since 2010. Kandies, Pearls, flakes and Kameleons, all automotive grade custom paints on jewelry involving many layers of paint and color with multiple clear coatings and polishing. She’s meticulous, has very high standards and has been a wonderful person to work with. For any of you in the El Paso area or maybe traveling through, you need to check out this exhibit at the
Rubin Center for the visual arts, located at:
The University of Texas El Paso
500 W. University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968
Rubin Center Hours
Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thurs 10:00am – 7:00pm
weekend hours by appointment ph: (915) 747-6151

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Something Gleams is a site-specific retrospective of the artist Rachelle Thiewes that celebrates her work in the context of the place it was made. here. in the starkly beautiful landscape that has informed her decades-long study of light. movement. order and chaos.
“I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams…”
-Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The Little Prince

*catalog available August 1

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MOTORCYCLES ON MAIN

I’ll have a booth set up with art for sale and live pinstriping this Friday evening in front of Lulubell Toy Bodega in Mesa, Arizona. The flier has all the details! See you there!!live pinstriping

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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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Commodore Concept

Stay Tuned! This ol 1949 Hudson Commodore is about to get rendered!

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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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