It may seem commonplace now, and pinstriping has come the long way from its luxury ...
It may seem commonplace now, and pinstriping has come the long way from its luxury roots. The practice is now in vogue in the hot rod customization culture, or as the professional pinstriper, Edward Lyle Fisk calls it, embellishing.
Fisk is one of only the handful of people who have dedicated their lives to the art of pinstriping. And no, those extravagant, crisp designs aren’t laid on by the machine—the passion found in each brush stroke comes from a steady hand of Fisk and few others.
Fisk’s curiosity into the world of pinstriping began at the young age. He consistently peeked inside the local sign-painting shop at the young age, and eventually, the shop offered him the job.
It is there where he learned how to handle the brush, mix colors, and dilute them properly.
Following his education, Lyle Fisk discovered pinstriping in the magazine and he knew he had found his calling.
He is spent the past few decades taking on the pinstriping work, was one of a first artists to truly specialize in the art. Well, in fact, Lyle’s services are in demand and he’s not too keen on retirement anytime soon.
I get tired and frustrated, and I’m doing what I really like to do. Every day, I like getting the brush in my hand and trying to embellish something, he said.
There may be many emulators, and Fisk is truly one of the patron saints of pinstriping.
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