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What makes a striper great?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by BigEd, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. BigEd
    Joined: Aug 12, 2005
    Posts: 243


    Been reading a long-running thread on favorite stripers and would like your opinions on what makes a striper great. Unique designs, symmetry of design, use of colors are all things that come to my mind, but I'm certainly not an artist. What are your criteria?
  2. a shake-able rack???
  3. being able to do a split and still be able to take the bill with their teeth has always been a plus!:D
  4. nexxussian
    Joined: Mar 14, 2007
    Posts: 3,240


    Well that and....OH, Wait....DOH, you mean....

  5. HotRodChassis
    Joined: Jan 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,283

    Alliance Vendor

    Yeah, she's got to have large headlights and a small frame. :D
  6. brokenspoke
    Joined: Jul 26, 2005
    Posts: 2,909


  7. and a great rear bumper..
  8. strike a poser
    Joined: May 23, 2007
    Posts: 399

    strike a poser
    from Salinas,CA

    Steering this thread back on track, (what a bunch of degenerates, LOL). I like designs that are uniqe, line quality and unifority are tops to me. Above all though, knowing when to stop and put the brush down. Less is more in more cases than not.
  9. Rusty
    Joined: Mar 4, 2004
    Posts: 9,449


    Large headlights are a must, keep eye contact, but the main thing to me is she has got to use the pole
  10. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    Proper use of color......
    I've seen some very nice striping by well known stripers, but the colors didn't compliment the item striped.....
  11. SUHRsc
    Joined: Sep 27, 2005
    Posts: 5,078


    i think a key to a good striper is their ability to adapt to what they're striping.
    some guys do more of a modern style on an older style car
    or put scroll type work on a car that it doesnt fit with

    thats one of the biggest things that bothers me with striping is seeing a car straight out of 1955 that has 1970's pinstriping on it....

    some people are good at adapting themselves to what they're working on, while other guys just do "their own" thing no matter what.

  12. Senica
    Joined: Feb 10, 2008
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  13. hrm2k
    Joined: Oct 2, 2007
    Posts: 3,695


    Knowing when to say " finished". Nothing worse than too much !
  14. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,699

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    Part of the challenge here is if the customer is paying for it, you can suggest but the man with the money gets what he wants, regardless of taste.

    Example. I am not a big fan of red and white together, I would rather use a cream or ivory to get a richer ( in my opinion ) looking result. I usually suggest it but end up doing red and white as per the customers request.
  15. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,436

    Kevin Lee
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    Easy... when they tell you they are.
  16. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
    Posts: 4,220


    Someone who's ability you can trust without having to worry when you say " do what you want, go at it." Knowing when to stop I think also comes with an experienced striper. I also agree with Zach with knowing how to adapt to the style and time period of the vehicle...very good point.

    Just my 2cents
  17. Impossibly fine lines and good use of color. As many as 3 complimentary colors in an elaborate work ( more than that is overkill ) . Pinstripping in the Von Dutch tradition works but some of his stuff was just over the top. Sometimes less is more if that makes sense.
  18. SinisterCustom
    Joined: Feb 18, 2004
    Posts: 8,269


    Yeah, that was going to be a question I wanted to present to the stripers.
    Personally, if someone wants me to stripe something and I think their color or design choice is going to look crappy....I WON'T do is, after all, my art and my name attached to it....he can take his $$$ elsewhere.....I don't stripe to get rich, I just enjoy it....

    I had a truck I had built, painted it light met blue with darker blue flames and grey interior. I had striped the tailgate and a few lines on the dash in blue and silver. I latter sold the truck and the new owner took the truck to a "professional" striper and most of my striping was removed. The truck was restriped with GREEN???? around the flames and green/blue on the tailgate.....looks like there is no other green on the truck....major clash...but then....I'm just a HACK.....

    I wonder sometimes if it's the customer or the striper choosing.....since alot of customers will just say "do what looks good".....ya know????
  19. WTF! thats like putting a beard on the mona lisa!
  20. HotRodChassis
    Joined: Jan 23, 2005
    Posts: 2,283

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    Definite sign of a good guy is his ablility to keep the project from becoming a circus wagon. :D
  21. Ace Brown
    Joined: May 3, 2005
    Posts: 750

    Ace Brown
    from OH

    two things...1: it's pinstriping, not pinstripping. you stripe, not strip...well, you might strip to pay for your striping habit. who's to say :D

    2: A good striPer (not stripper ;) ) also has to have lines that end somewhere. To me, leaving a line out in nowhere looks bad. look at a good stripers handi-work and you'll never see a line that just stops, it always ends somewhere. consistency of lines too is important...wait, that's 3 things...
  22. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,830

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    A good striper has to be confident enough to sell the mistakes and good enough to repeat it backwards. She's also got to be able to get all the paint out of her brush!
  23. Notice that no one said they wanted them to be fast.
  24. ryno
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,471


    Very good point.
  25. chaos10meter
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 2,191

    from PA.

    Being able to pick up a wet dime from the bar without using her hands:)

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