Even before the heyday of Von Dutch, Tommy the Greek, and Big Daddy Roth, the ultimate (and often most economical) way to personalize your car or motorcycle was to lay some wicked lines on top of your paintwork. Done with a steady hand and an eye for style, pinstripes are the enamel cherry atop a steel sundae.
In How to Pinstripe, acclaimed veteran stiper Alan Johnson teaches you everything you need to know to get started, understand how a good design comes together, and further your mastery of the form.
In addition to a primer on the history and evolution of pinstriping, Johnson explains every step of the pinstriping process, from choosing paint and brushes that suit your style and abilities, to preparing surfaces, experimenting with symmetrical and asymmetrical designs, striping freehand, and using patterns.
In addition to stressing the importance of finding your own style and having fun with the hobby, Johnson explains the basics of color theory and unique considerations for antique and classic cars, hot rods and customs, and motorcycles.
For more advanced pinstripers, there's even tried-and-true advice on apprenticing and working car shows.
Completely illustrated with step-by-step color photography throughout, How to Pinstripe is a comprehensive source for stone-cold beginners and salty veterans alike.
About the Author
Alan "AJ" Johnson caught the pinstriping bug at age 11, when his father took him to see Ed "Big Daddy" Roth at the New York Coliseum. In 1974 Alan moved his family to the country where he started his own business, which still thrives today. He also serves as a consultant to automotive paint manufacturers and is the author for several how-to articles for periodicals. He recently launched his own line of signature brushes with The Mack Brush Company.