Stripes & Graphics: What is it about flames?
It’s been a favorite of pinstriping customers since the 1950s
Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
“I don’t want just regular pinstriping—I want some flames…” Every pinstriper knows that flames are sort of magical for some customers. The effect has been around for decades, and it shows no sign of running its course. Some folks just love flames.
Bruce Ottway, Ottway Signs, Murray, Kentucky, has done his share of them in the nearly 40 years that he has been pinstriping. Flames—in all shapes, colors and sizes—are a common request.
“Around here,” Bruce says, “when people have a street rod, they want flames—it’s just part of the culture. But that’s not the only time they want them. Pickups, everyday drivers, bike tanks, helmets, golf carts, pedal cars, wagons, toilet seats—I’ve done flames on them all.