Pinstriping, the Art of Lines

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I’ll start off with a little bit of pinstriping history. Pinstriping was said to be born in America, there for it makes it American make, which I’m all about. Pinstriping began in the 1860’s with Andrew Mack of  JJ Deal Wagon & Buggy where he used simple pinstriping lines to accent the buggy’s and wagon’s body lines. Pinstriping carried on from wagons and buggies to the first car, the Ford Model T. The 1950’s is known as the “Golden Ear of Pinstriping” where famous pinstriper such as Kenneth Howard a.k.a. Von Dutch, Tommy The Greek, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, and George Barris really flourished their skills. Today, pinstriping is as simple as a line down the side of a car or as easy as buying a printer sticker. Pinstriping is a very unique type of art that is dying off.

I chose pinstriping for my blog because I am a car guy and I especially like the old muscle cars. Pinstriping can be applied to make surfaces such as metal, wood and glass. It could be found on toys, furniture, window borders, and cars, which is my favorite. When I go to car shows I like looking for the fine details, such as the pinstriping. It could be as simple as a couple hand painted line down the side of a 69’ Camaro or as elabrent as a full work of art meeting in the middle of a 57’s Chevy Bel Air’s hood. What I do not like about pinstriping is that it is quite difficult to do, trust me I have tried in the past. Also, it is a rapidly dying form of art. I would say that pinstriping falls into its own category of art. There are three methods of pinstriping, mechanical stripe, applied by a machine on an assembly line.  Tape stripes, the cheaper alternative to paint.  These methods are very clean, simple stripes, but they lack the creativity and design that has made the art so popular.  The third method, applying the stripe by hand with a brush and paint, which still carries the creative vision so many valued in the first place, including me. The images I found were through;

Fun videos

Has anyone tried to pinstripe before?

Has anyone seen pinstriping before? If so where?

Pinstriping is a dying art, is there a place in today’s world to where it can make a comeback?

Alex Martinoz



Truck Art

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What do you normally expect a truck in North America to look like? Mostly white with the name and logo of the company they are owned by. The most colorful truck I have seen in America so far is the Jewel Osco truck that has the pictures of the produce on it. In contrast to American trucks, trucks in Pakistan are extremely fancy, very well decorated and painted with all the colors you can imagine. Its not like all trucks in Pakistan are fancy only the trucks that are used to transport crops and farming products are like that. The owners of these trucks are usually poor. Their monthly income is approximately $200 with which they have to feed the family and pay their bills but still manage to decorate their trucks. The pictures above show the differences between the appearances of the trucks in America and Pakistan.

Truck Art can fall into many categories; Street Art, Moving Art and Jingle art. I love street art, it is usually very colorful, funny and has a message from the artist that depicts his/her beliefs. Trucks are the best way for poor people to share their ideas and beliefs in Pakistan. It is like a social networking site. They just don’t randomly paint or decorate their trucks. Their trucks show their personal, political and religious view. They paint poetry for their wife, mom or even for public in general. The poetry sometimes is very funny. I used to purposely drive slow just to read the poetry on the trucks, it is so entertaining. They also paint pictures of their children, political leaders or favorite actors or actresses, holy Kabah and holy mosque etc.

This is a line from a poem written on a truck: “Haaran ahista bajain kaum so rahi hai”

Translation: Don’t honk, the nation is sleeping.

The owner of this truck was probably tired of the political instability and the reaction of the people towards the unfair treatment by some unfair leaders. This was intended to sound funy but it has a serious message for the people in Pakistan, which is wake up and fight for your rights. Some people could also take it as revolutionizing.

I chose “Truck Art” for three main reasons. The most important one is, I never let go a chance to show how wonderful Pakistan is and how creative the people are. Second, one thing that I really appreciate about art is the way people can express their feelings, views, thoughts, and beliefs using their own unique way. Third, I love street art, I enjoy seeing all these colorful vehicles and reading funny and sometimes inspirational quotes on them.

  • Should the drivers paint their trucks with such a low income? Would you consider it waste of money?
  • What do you feel about sharing your personal views that openly?
  • Do you think poetry on the Trucks or on street art in general could have revolutionizing affects on the population?

Mahnoor Cheema

Seeing Art Differently? Look at that Chicken Bus!

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In Guatemala, old school buses from the U.S. are repurposed as the main form of public transportation in rural areas. Often times, live animals are accompanying the passengers in their travels; this is why they are referred to as “chicken buses”.

When we were talking about street art in class, I was reminded of how awestruck I was as a visitor to Guatemala to see these brightly colored buses travelling through the mountains. Unlike street art, which is temporary, these buses are painstakingly painted so that their colors will last for decades. Sure, in the United States we see lots of colorful advertising on our city buses in the states, but that is different. These were painted for the sole purpose of decoration. That is ART!
Here is a link that takes you to Paul Guyer’s acrylic rendition of the explosion of color on an old school bus.  I think that Paul Guyer does a great job in his painting of capturing the feeling of these buses.
Keep in mind I am not talking about graffiti here, these buses are elaborately and skillfully painted in primary and secondary colors that are very noticeable because of their intensity and saturation. The contrast between the colors used is very pronounced which seems to make the bus jump out at you (advance) and implies movement. The contrast of the brightly painted school bus against the neutral browns and greens of the landscape make the buses even more noticeable. If color is used to evoke emotions, then the full range of human emotions are riding through Guatemala on the side of an old school bus. Many times the bus has a name as if it has taken on a life it’s own.
Born and raised in the Midwest my eyes had never seen this type of Art. My colleagues who live in Guatemala didn’t even notice the buses, whereas I just couldn’t take my eyes off of them. Funny how your culture shapes your impression of what is Art. I was seeing this art differently than they were. This was the first time I had ever seen school buses painted this way; it struck me as ironic that you can still see that they are school buses and the artist does not try to cover that up at all.
I wondered:

  • Is this a single person who paints the bus, or is it a group project with many people contributing?
  • Did the artist(s) who painted the bus get fame and recognition for their work? Or were they anonymous?
  • What do they use as an inspiration? I couldn’t help to think that the colors probably had some significance beyond the visual impact (Mayan culture is prevalent in Guatemala and the use of colors may signify different villages, etc. ) .

My experience with the school buses showed me that Art is all around us. We just need to try to see it!

Cathie Schoenecker

Art on Wheels – Roy Lichtenstein and the BMW

I have always been passionate about automobiles, and there is nothing I like more than discussing them. I’ve also always had a passion for German makes, particularly BMWs. My first “a-ha” moment (thank you, Oprah) was my aunt’s stunning Austin Healy Sprite. It was a striking shade of red, with a leather camel-colored interior. Those headlights, chrome everywhere, and wire wheels – I was mesmerized!  This class, Art 1100, is prompting me to question what art appeals to me, and which artists, if any, have captured my attention. The answer, it turns out, is easy – Roy Lichtenstein.

The BMW 3 Series has always been my favorite model. Over the course of a few years, I saw my neighbor own three successive models, from a BMW 2002, to an ice-blue 3 series, to a railroad crossing signal red 320i. I liked the simplicity of the design. Race track models (not available for sale) offered an over-exaggerated look of the 3 series.

Everything changed when I first saw Roy Lichtenstein’s take on the exact same race track model. It captured my attention like nothing else, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on why.  I eventually realized that Lichtenstein’s use of black dots, and broad yellow and black strokes represented the sun and a highway, perhaps the Autobahn (look carefully under the driver’s side door). On the top of the car, notice the green and black depiction of a mountain (the Black Forest?). The long strokes of blue are, I believe, the sky, and the streaks of green and black look like what I might see out of the corners of my eyes at a high rate of speed. This is moving art! It was then that I started to read more about Roy Lichtenstein and the work he was doing.

The first picture is the BMW 3 series that I could have purchased in 1977 (if I had had the money) at a BMW dealership.


The second picture is the BMW series 3 race car as painted (on commission from BMW) by Roy Lichtenstein.


Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City in 1923, and he died in 1997.  He was a “pop artist,” like Andy Warhol, and he was inspired, it seems, by comic book art and comic strips.

When I first began to look at Lichtenstein’s art, I was struck by his use of dots. As I read more about him, and even attended an exhibition of his art at the Art Institute of Chicago, I learned that he was mimicking the Ben-Day printing process (think: dot-matrix printer). This process was used as well in comic books of the 50s and 60s because dots overlapped in the four process colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) could inexpensively create shading and other colors, such as green, purple, and orange.

This is one of Lichtenstein’s most famous pieces, Drowning Girl.


I do have questions about Drowning Girl.

  • What does the caption mean? Something very dramatic has happened, it seems, to get to this point – but what is it that happened!?
  • Why did Lichtenstein choose to make the girl’s hair blue? Is she actually drowning in water (unlikely, I think, as if she were she would hardly be able to call Brad anyway). So is she drowning in her own emotional turmoil? Her own bed sheets? A Dream? Is she drowning at all? She looks to me as if she is sleeping, almost in a fetal position, rather than drowning in turbulent water.

I found the picture for use here in Wikipedia. I saw it in person at the Art Institute exhibit, and the reproduction here does not do it justice. It actually is much more bright and bold, and close inspection reveals the extraordinary use of dots. (As this course progresses, I would like to learn more about pointillism.)

There is MUCH information about Lichtenstein on the Web, and one of the best sources is

Al Garcia