I have a real good friend that does custom pin striping and lettering that I have known for over 40 years that I had asked a while back if he could stripe my '39. Well last night he called me and said he wanted to come down and check out my car and while here, he would stripe it for me, so I was ecstatic! This guy has several six figure real, deal hot rods; I mean stuff that was on the cover of Hot Rod magazine in the 50's. He has had cars at Pebble Beach Concourse and said he wanted to see my rides!
So he showed up first thing this morning and crawls all over it and is amazed, so I'm stoked when he tells me "I stole the phuckin thing".
Anyways, we get down to talking colors and we both agree that the car doesn't need to make a statement with stripes and that it should be subtle; I said I agreed and wanted something close to the paint color, almost "ghost stripes". He concurs and starts mixing colors and dabs them on the car until we both agree on the result. He then lays down this super fine line, free hand, over the car and I have to admit, I am still amazed after 40 years of him doing my work.
These pics were taken inside, so the color really does it no justice, so I will take some tomorrow in the sun. I also had him do some fancy scroll work on the deck lid that I will show tomorrow as it is barley noticeable in the garage, what you see, is mostly grease pencil for center line and width. I'll wash it off and take a pic in the sun.
Here is the super fine and extremely subtle line he laid down"
Even carried it over the door hinge, all free hand:
I'm sure some of you are familiar with Kenneth Robert Howard (Kenny Howard), a/k/a Von Dutch, known as the father of the modern pin striping. He started striping bikes and then moved on to Hot Rods. One of his most famous designs was known as the "flying eyeball" and has been seen, in different variations, on thousands of rods over the years.
Here is a pic of Von Dutch with his design and his work:
This has been used (and abused) by many artist over the years and a lot of the "purists' have let it be known as seen in the T-shirt design below:
I have always been a fan and wanted to "spin" off of the original design and had this done on my dash as a kind of cool tribute to the original: