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About PinstripingAbout Pinstriping


Pin striping (pinstriping) is the application of a very thin line of paint called a pin stripe, and is generally used for decoration. Freehand pin stripers use a specialty brush known as a pinstriping brush made out of squirrel hair.

Pinstriping History - From Roman Chariots to Stage Coaches, Cars, Trucks, Boats and Motorcycles, all have had pinstripes at one time or another. Pinstriping has been an effective way of accenting curves and creating decoration. Types of striping include straight lines by themselves, bordering graphics and colors such two tone paint jobs, as well as creating pinstripe designs to decorate key areas. Nice lines accenting a body style, outlining flames, striping wheels or restoring an old Deusenberg or Packard is all part of pinstriping. Fine attention to detail with a brush is the very essence of art.

Many different styles have developed over the years. Hot Rods inspired stripers like Von Dutch, Dean Jeffries and Ed "Big Daddy" Roth to pioneer the Kustom Kulture in the 50's - 60's.  The 70's-90's  brought in a new style of striping with local artists like Shakey Jake, Ron Lyster, Steve Kafka and Don Q adorning new production cars with accent lines and new creative designs. 21st Century striping is a mix of everything with freehand striping needed on hot rods, low riders, motorcycles, boats, wheels, 
vintage restorations, and various artistic projects.

Hand paint striping and lettering  once the sole source of vehicle and architectural advertizing is now sharing with modern technology. The introduction of computer design, vinyl graphics and digital wraps have  changed the industry completely. Painting by hand still has its purpose and cannot be duplicated by computers and vinyl in many areas. Fine striping on vehicles, wheels, antiques and numerous different things offer a personal creativity and uniqueness that cannot be replaced by art produced by machines.


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