Tipped flame striping “I did the flames in red,” says Bruce, “ then came back and tipped them off with orange to highlight the ends of the flames.”
Real fire Some like flames that look like, well, real flames. The colors can be realistic or unusual, as in the case of these blue flames.
Painted flames The flames are painted first, then outlined with pinstriping. Sometimes the flames are airbrushed while they are still masked.
Flames and long lines “I wanted to find a subtle way to knit flames into conventional striping for those who liked it but didn’t want to go with a full flame job. The flames are more like small ornaments, but they’re still flames.”

Stripes & Graphics: What is it about flames?

It’s been a favorite of pinstriping customers since the 1950s

By signcraft

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

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“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.

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