Pinstriping is and a time honoured art form that has become an integral part of hot rod culture thanks to legends like Von Dutch and George Barris. In their purest form, pinstripes are applied by hand, without guidelines or tape and require a straight eye and a steady hand. I have done some photography work with a few stripers and am always amazed by the talent it takes to lay down wicked stripes.
Master striper and fabricator Skratch was the subject of an interview on Gizmodo yesterday, which included a great video of the West coast artist in action. Part of the allure of the art form is the imperfections that come from freestyling with a paint brush. That said, I noticed some splotches at the intersection of a few lines that made me look twice. They aren’t imperfections that even I would be accepting of. Of course the artist had a guy interviewing him as a camera guy circled his work space, so it isn’t as if the guy had no distractions.
The funny thing is that the comments thread at Gizmodo has exploded with some folks flaming Skratch for the quality of the stripes, while others are sticking up for him. The comments alone are rather entertaining.
Source Vimeo via Gizmodo