Category: Motorcycles


In 2013, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was brought to us by a client who is a big fan of a certain legendary rock band…

AC/DC Harley-Davidson by Mike Lavallee of Killer PaintThis bike was going to be fender-to-fender AC/DC. The owner of the bike had a bunch of favorite images from the bands albums and history that he wanted to incorporate into the design on this project, so basically every section on the motorcycle has its own piece of artwork, and some parts even have more.


931248_10151652654010605_608199029_n2This Harley’s fairing features a “Rock N’ Roll Train,” from the band’s song of the same name. An image of AC/DC guitarist Angus Young on a motorcycle appears on the front fender, with both parts sharing the same stormy, thunderstruck sky.


Several different elements were combined for the artwork on the gas tank-

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For the top of the tank, Mike painted a literal “Highway to Hell,” using his Killer Grunge FX spray to add texture to the pavement. The road is engulfed in flames all the way to the burning horizon. Smoke issuing up from the bottom forms the letters “AC DC,” and a highway sign marking the damned route completes the scene.

The center console panel that divides the tank was painted with the band’s stylized lightning bolt emblem, crackling with burning energy. (click images to enlarge)

946757_10151652657545605_32328965_n2Here are the components of the tank fully assembled, including all of the the chrome pieces. (click image to enlarge)

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Each side of the gas tank received its own separate artwork. One side has another “Rock N Roll Train,” while the other side has an image of the band from the cover of the “Highway to Hell” album, right below the burning highway sign. Additional flames tie the images from the top and sides of the tank into a single flowing piece.


970369_10151652656950605_1932487534_n2Behind the seat, the “Highway” continues on through the rear fender, ending with a flame engulfed “Hell’s Bells” emblem.

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Portraits of guitarist Angus Young and lead singer Brian Johnson were painted on the saddle bag lids, flanking the rear fender. Both portraits are done in deep blue hues, accented with flickers of bright orange fire over them. (click images to enlarge)


The side of each saddle bag also received its own artwork, of course.

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The right hand bag (as the driver sits) shows a concert scene with a “Whole Lotta Rosie” astride the train.

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The other bag side shows cannon from “For Those About to Rock” blasting away, with more lightning striking down from above. The side cover on this side has shows another flame-licked portrait of Angus Young. (click images to enlarge)


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The bike showed up at a concert by the all-female AC/DC cover band “Hell’s Belles.” The ladies in the band seemed to appreciate this Harley, too.

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX Spray: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

AC/DC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acdc/

AC/DC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ac_dc

Hell’s Belles Official Website: http://www.hellsbelles.info/

Harley Davidson Official Website: www.harley-davidson.com

When this Harley-Davidson motorcycle came into Killer Paint a while back, its owner wanted to give the bike something different than a stock paint job, but nothing too outrageous.

Faux Stone and Celtic Symbols Harley-Davidson by Mike Lavallee of Killer PaintThe design chosen for this particular project called for large sections on the bike to be painted as a white, cracked stone, in addition to some other design elements.


994089_10152050113240605_1120083242_n2The faux stone effect on this project was accomplished using one of Mike’s favorite products and secret weapons… Artool’s Killer Grunge FX™ Masking Spray.

The spray has made a multitude of visual effects a whole lot easier to manage. From textures like stone or rust, to things like the skin on various creatures, this stuff gets used a lot. The results can be simple and subtle, or bold and loud, depending on the task at hand.


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Multiple paint layers using Killer Grunge FX™ can be combined to produce a wide variety of increasingly complex effects. On this project, several applications were combined to help achieve the deep stone appearance. Varying the pattern used for each paint layer created an even more elaborate texture appearance. (click images to enlarge)

Spraying the Grunge FX™ from different angles or distances can change how it sets up on your project. Also, if you let the spray sit on your painting surface after application, the pattern will change as you watch, and you can paint the surface as soon as you are pleased with the look.

If you don’t like the way the spray pattern is developing though, you don’t have to paint it. Just wipe it off, and you can re-apply the mask until you get a pattern that you are more comfortable putting your color over.

This video demonstrates how the stone effect used on this project was produced, using Killer Grunge FX™ spray:

Since it is a very loose method, it allows for a lot of diversity and creativity in its use. Exploring different techniques in painting with this spray can open up a whole new level of painting possibilities.


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Since the Killer Grunge FX™ Spray is fluid, it allows the textures to be added in and around corners and recesses on complex parts as well. (click images to enlarge)

Once the textures had the right appearance, details and embellishments (like cracks and larger chips, etc.) can be painted individually to hit that extra level of realism. A bluish white pearl paint was dusted over the top to help give it some extra depth and richness, especially in the light.


10379894_10152499598120605_2997202909225076456_o copySome additional Celtic weave designs were added to various areas once the stone was finished. The weave patterns were kept fairly modest in size, so as to not overshadow the faux stone effect.

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Bands of metallic gray were used as a break between the dark blue spaces and the white stone sections in the design. If you look closely, these metallic areas were given a texture treatment as well, though it is a far more subtle effect than the one used for the stone. (click images to enlarge)

Celtic patterns were included in these bands, too, and a lighter blue pinstripe was added in the dark blue side as an accent.


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The color split band runs in a more or less continuous flow down the side of the bike, finally tapering off at the bottom of the saddle bags.

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The customer’s helmet was also painted to match the rest of the project. The cracked white stone effect runs down the center wedge, and the silver swoosh bands and Celtic weave design from the Harley are repeated on either side. (click images to enlarge)


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We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

Grunge FX™ Tutorial Video on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96hjkbrwprA

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

In 2014 we had a very interesting bike come into Killer Paint. In addition, the owner wanted to have a pretty extensive artwork theme done on it.

Knights Templar Bike with Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint

1535483_10152152939115605_476396490_n2The bike came into the shop already completely black. So there was no paint re-basing needed on this project, which always makes things much easier. This ride also sports a sizable 26″ front wheel.

The customer wanted to pay tribute to military servicemen, and depict skeletal, eternal warriors from the Order of the Knights Templar in the fires of battle. Skulls and fire? Definitely something Mike Lavallee has some experience with.

The color scheme for the artwork has a monochromatic foundation. The added flashes of red used for all of the knight’s cross emblems help them stand out in stark contrast, and all of the True Fire™ on this project is in full luminous color as well.

There is a ton of artwork that ended up being put all over this bike. Multiple scenes and numerous individual elements make up the composition on the finished artwork. There’s not enough space here to feature every detail, but we’ll try to show as much as possible here…


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The headlight ring was left black, and the rest of the assembly was embellished with skulls and flames.

The front fender features a large sword, and a blood-stained Templar skeleton warrior, engulfed in flames. The back end of the fender features an elaborate Templar emblem. Again, red was used sparingly to give some of the elements extra visibility and impact against the monochrome pieces. (click images to enlarge)


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Each side of the tank sports the seal of the Knights Templar in bright red, to stand out as much as possible among the multitude of other imagery. Skulls and wispy mists swirl around and about the various pieces of imagery.

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The bike’s tank has quite a bit of area to cover, and the majority of it is filled in with horse-mounted knights, carrying cross emblazoned banners into battle. These undying Templars are also revealed to have skeletal features, and the battlefield around them is engulfed in bright, hot flames, flowing toward the back of the tank. (click images to enlarge)

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Even the horses are rendered with an unearthly quality. With glowing eyes and mouths, they appear as fearsome as their riders. Here and there, bolts of lightning lash out In the background. (click images to enlarge)


1291808_10152320199275605_3184341666524787818_o2The saddle bags on this bike also have a lot of real estate for artwork, so rather than fill it with an awkwardly large single element, there is instead a collage of imagery more in proportion the the artwork on the rest of the bike.

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A supernatural lion, more cavalry knights, and some ethereal spirits make up some of elements on the side. A larger image of a skeletal knight swinging his sword in battle wraps around to the back. (click images to enlarge)

IMG_8727BThe saddle bag on the other side also features a composite mural. A castle is the centerpiece of the scene, and a knight, ravens and skulls are also depicted.


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The rear fender features a much larger scale image of a skeletal Templar Knight, wreathed in smoke and flame. Another skull-faced knight is superimposed in front, swinging his sword with a raised shield.

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Painted above the eternal knight on the rear fender is a cracked stone tablet depicting a list of names, requested by the customer, of United States servicemen along with the military branches they each served in.


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The bike was given a final clear coat in matte finish. It is something a trade-off- you don’t get the nice show shine that many people prefer, but in this case, less shine means fewer reflections and glare to interfere with the visibility of the artwork. It allows the darker shades to push into the background better, while the artwork, especially the color splash elements, can take center stage.


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The helmet to accompany this bike is no less elaborately painted. The Templar seal is repeated on the back of the helmet, again in bright red.

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Similar thematic elements from the bike carry over to the helmet as well. Mike’s signature gem-eyed skulls are the dominating elements here, with bright fire and gray mist balancing out the rest of the surfaces. (click images to enlarge)

If you would like to see even more, here are two video walkthroughs for this bike, where further elements and details are discussed:

VIDEO PART 1:

VIDEO PART 2:

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


ShinyDimemsionalSpadeSkull

Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Knights Templar Bike Video #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6F80MNBnV0

Knights Templar Bike Video #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeGb2vc_xB4

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

This Yamaha motorcycle came to Killer Paint from an agency working with Progressive Insurance on a show display piece.

1377101_10152767951655605_7849107734219958167_n2This design of this bike has a bit of a retro-throwback feel, which made it a great choice to do a vintage military aircraft homage theme. This motorcycle was in great condition, so very little in the way of prep work was needed, and work could start right away.


1979848_10152767949935605_6992829823427173134_n2The intention for this bike was to keep it simple and elegant, so the color palette is pretty basic. Green, white and black, with  splashes of red for a little bit of extra eye-catching pop. The helmet that accompanied the motorcycle was also painted to match.

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While some of the parts were being prepped for paint, others were sent out to be powder coated. The wheels, rear grab bar, some of the hard lines, and a few other pieces were coated in bright red. The frame stayed black.

The seat was also removed and sent out to be re-upholstered brown, to be more in fitting with the vintage feel that was the aim of the project. Some green military patches were sewn on the sides and top of the seat too.

When it came back in, a metal bombardier pin was attached to the rear end of the seat as well. (click photos to enlarge)


10649731_10152765285660605_3823455336886367583_n2After the wheels came back, the the edges of the rims were painted white to create a classic faux-whitewall tire look. If you look closely, there is a green pinstripe as well, to tie it in with the color on the rest of the bike. (click photos to enlarge)


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After the emblems were painted on, many of the green parts (and the helmet) were given faux rivets and simulated panel lines. Mike also decided to invert the rearview mirrors for a retro motorcycle racing feel.

All of the paint was finished in a matte clearcoat, to make the whole bike seem more like a military vehicle than a glossy finish does.


10525702_10152769555075605_1292179426129559045_n2A little something extra was finally delivered while the rest of the bike was in progress- the additional fairing that Mike had ordered just for the project. It got the paint, rivets and emblems treatment as well.

Part of the windscreen was painted green too, in order to give it the appearance of having a little more substance. A pair of faux intake vents were painted on each side, too. Once it was attached, it greatly changed the look of the whole project.


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As a final extra touch, Mike went to a local Army Surplus store that had an authentic vintage dogtag stamping machine, and had a pair of Killer Paint dogtags made to serve as the keychain for the bike.


We received a few photos later of the motorcycle set up in the display at a show. The bike and helmet each got their own spaces.

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The project was completed relatively painlessly, without much in the way of unexpected problems or delays, and the customer was thrilled with the result.

The customer gave us pretty much full reign on the design, which was fantastic. When a customer dictates too many specifics on a job, or micro-manages the work being done on a project, it does more to bind one’s hands creatively.

Artists usually do their best work when creativity isn’t stifled or restricted by a laundry list of requirements or details. Otherwise, they can’t do anything beyond the scope of what they are told, and the job can be no better than such a list asks.

In this case, allowing creative license made the whole project turn out that much better.

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We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


ShinyDimemsionalSpadeSkull

Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

Progressive Insurance Website: www.progressive.com

Yamaha Motor Website: http://global.yamaha-motor.com/

A few years ago, a customer brought his motorcycle to Killer Paint for some ambitious custom paint. He was interested in a fairly unique project theme- Evil clowns playing a high-stakes game of poker. He definitely was not looking for understated on this one.

 Low Front Angle of Evil Clown Ducati Bike by Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint

This project got bumper to bumper artwork coverage, and then some. There is a lot going on on this bike, so it would be crazy to try and show every detail. Let’s see if we can show as much of it as we can…


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Okay then. What better place to start than the front?

The fairing and windscreen of the bike were transformed into one enormous wicked clown head, with the headlight forming the opening of its mouth. Some True Fire™ pours out the edges of its gaping maw.

The front fender forms the edge of the clowns’ poker table. Flaming poker chips adorned with clown skulls are strewn about, along with a few poker cards, including a Joker card, also aflame.


CIMG4919BThis side features a large, cigar-smoking clown, with fiery red hair. His poker hand is black Aces and eights, infamously known as the “dead man’s hand.” A closer look at the scroll on the front fender shows it to be a Deed of Souls. (click photos to enlarge)


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The other side of the motorcycle features a wicked shark-toothed jester with glowing eyes, clad in dark purple. His poker hand is nearly a royal flush of hearts, except for the missing ace of hearts… which his cigar-smoking marionette seems to be bringing for him… or is he stealing it? (click photos to enlarge)


CIMG4918BBack on the driver’s side , a few more evil clowns leer menacingly from the side of the gas tank. Next to them is a portrait of our customer’s wife. But under the “mask” of her face is revealed another wicked clown, with a stitched head and neck.


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On the back of the bike behind the seat is a particularly vicious looking clown in a bowler hat. With long, sharp needle-like teeth, drooling what appears to be blood, one could only imagine what he’s done.. or plans to do.


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Here are a few more detail shots of some of the other clowns to be found on this project from before the parts were reattached to the frame. (click photos to enlarge)


CIMG4928BThere is a lot to see on this bike, and pictures can’t always show the whole story. If you ever get a chance to see this bike in person, take some time to take in all of the details put onto this one.

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


ShinyDimemsionalSpadeSkull

Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

Ducati Official Website: www.ducati.com

Several years ago, Johnathan Hillstrand, Captain of the crabbing vessel F/V Time Bandit brought his bike to us looking for a truly supreme paint job. The Time Bandit is one of the featured vessels on Discovery’s popular television documentary-drama the Deadliest Catch.

Jonathan Hillstrand motorcycle done by Mike Lavallee at Killer Paint

After discussing some ideas, Mike had an idea of what he was going to do on this project. The theme would elaborate on the Time Bandit concept, and show sailing scenes and battles at sea throughout different eras in time, including pirates, vikings, sea monsters, and more.


The Fuel Tank-

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The viking side of the fuel tank, still in progress.

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The left side of the tank portrays the ethereal visages of viking warriors and their ship at sea. This side is done in mostly cooler blue tones, with some purple and pink accents that help blend the scene from this side to the images on the tank’s top. A Swedish flag was added above the scene as an homage to the Hillstrand ancestry.


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The top side of the tank shows another viking vessel in the background, with a profile portrait of Captain Jonathan in the modern day. A time-spanning Time Bandit clock-like graphic is overlaid on the scene in a bright metallic gold, which catches the light brilliantly in the sun. This scene is done in warm glowing tones, in contrast to the harsher cold sea scenes on the sides.


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The modern-era scenery carries over onto the other side of the bike’s tank, where the current day F/V Time Bandit is shown battling a gargantuan monster-crab at sea. An American flag flies above the scene, a counterpart to the Swedish version on the opposing side.


The Front Fender-

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On the front fender is a montage of images from a sea pirate era, including a buccaneer captain that looks somewhat familiar. A sailing ship floats below the portrait, backlit by a late-day sun, casting a fiery reddish hue on the whole scene.


The Rear Fender-

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Above the tail light on the rear fender of Johnathan’s bike is a Time Bandit “Jolly Roger” flag, engulfed in flames.

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On the right-hand side of the fender is a manifestation of the Greek Sea God Poseidon, angrily brandishing his trident while a storm rages. On the opposite side is a crab pot being hauled onboard in spite of the ocean deity’s wrath. A map of the Bering Sea is superimposed over the whole set of scenes, painted again in a bright gold metallic paint that shines in the outdoor light.

SONY DSCOn the lower center of the fender, just below the tail light, the F/V Time Bandit plows through stormy seas, with the skull and crossbones emblazoned on the bow. The deckhands at work bringing in another catch can be seen more completely, just above.


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Right before Johnathan was to arrive to pick up his newly painted bike, Mike had the idea to etch the Time Bandit logo around the perimeter of the glass on the center gauge. It was finished literally moments before he arrived, so unfortunately there are no pictures of it to post. Captain Hillstrand definitely approves of his bike, though!

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


ShinyDimemsionalSpadeSkull

Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

Official F/V Time Bandit website: http://www.timebandit.tv/

Jonathan Hillstrand on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Johnathan-Hillstrand-191546427803/timeline/

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Deadliest Catch Season 1 on DVD: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00187FPCW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00187FPCW&linkCode=as2&tag=killerpaintco-20&linkId=EZHKFN2FMKQ4OIVV

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

Harley-Davidson Official Website: http://www.harley-davidson.com

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

This time we’re taking a look back at a bike that came to the Killer Paint shop a few years ago. This Harley-Davidson bagger got a pretty straightforward paint job, but still looks pretty phenomenal.

SONY DSCThe base color on this project is a pretty spectacular blue, even before the flames were added. Having a rich metallic or pearlescent base color to start with helps enhance the look of airbrushed flames, adding that extra “glow” to the overall paint job.

SONY DSCAs far as True Fire™ goes, this one got the all-over treatment. True Blue fire was added to every piece that had any paint on it, from front to back fender, even including the air cleaner cover.

This is a good example of painting realistic flames that are a color that is in the same range as the background color. This approach works especially well in blues. It creates a more subtle, complimentary look that can still turn heads, but isn’t as in your face.

SONY DSCSome customers prefer painted emblems in lieu of having the original emblems put back on after the bike is painted. The Harley-Davidson emblems on the side of the tank were removed, and replaced with a more calligraphic, incised-looking letter style. The text was lined in a darker blue to help it stand out from the flames behind it.

SONY DSCThe fairing on this Harley got a stylized Chinese-style dragon on front, breathing a bit of blue fire as well. This one is more stylized, with a more tattoo-art type look, and less like traditional Chinese art.

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

True Fire™ Freehand Templates: Artool Freehand Airbrush Templates, True Fire Template Set

Harley-Davidson Official Website: http://www.harley-davidson.com

House of Kolor Official Website: www.houseofkolor.com

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This project was just delivered to our customer, Tiffany G. She brought in her 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler trike and wanted an elaborate vampire theme and some fire to go with it.


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A cemetery setting is the backdrop for this theme, so there are a bunch of other elements involved, working to tie the whole thing together.

Tombstones and skulls and such are woven into the artwork, and lots of ominous mist snaking its way throughout the different pieces of the design along with the True Fire™. Of course, there have to be numerous bats found throughout the artwork too.

IMG_1884BOur customer wanted the vampires on her trike to be on the sensual, mysterious side of the spectrum, and not in the monstrous or gory range. So Mike made sure to keep the blood to a minimum. But still enough to make sure there is no mistake that these are vampires, despite their beauty.


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This project got more than just a paint upgrade, though. To the inside of each of the fenders, a pair of physical skulls were fabricated to partially cover and disguise the handles mounted there.

Once they were made, the open-topped skulls were attached firmly to the fiberglass shell before being blended seamlessly into the body.

Mike made sure that they each received some added shading and highlights so that they will both have a little bit of extra depth and pop.


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In order to not go into overkill (*cough*) with too many vampires, and help incorporate some more cemetery elements of the theme into the design, Mike put a grim reaper on the other fender. He also tucked a weeping angel statue on the side panel of this side. (Don’t blink!)


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Along with the almost obligatory fire leading the front fender, there is a sultry vampiress as well, done in much more vibrant, colorful hues to stand out on the front of the trike.

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The rear end of the Freewheeler got something a little special. Mike painted a portrait of our customer Tiffany in his trademark Skelebrities™ style. The background has a cemetery gate that carries over onto each of the fenders, while ghostly figures also lurk around in the background.

(It is difficult to tell from these photos, but the tail lights were reworked, and new lights in an iron cross design were integrated into the fenders.)

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We hope you enjoyed seeing how this project turned out. We know the owner of this unique trike sure did! Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this trike gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, etc.?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Harley-Davidson Website: http://www.harley-davidson.com/

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In 2005, Jesse James and West Coast Choppers built a special El Diablo II bike for musician Kid Rock. Mike was brought in to do the artwork on this special bike.

Kid Rock El Diablo Motorcycle by West Coast Choppers and Mike Lavallee

This ride has a chromed frame, black wheels and a vibrant orange paint job. Many other small custom additions make this bike stand out from your standard WCC El Diablo.

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The tank features Mike’s signature True Fire, and a stylized West Coast Choppers cross logo. The gas filler cap is made to look like a loaded revolver…

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The rear fender has some more fire, a small portrait of the “General Lee” from The Dukes of Hazzard
and a fiery skeleton. The title from Kid Rock’s “American Bad Ass” sits arched above it.

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The rest of the other painted parts all got a touch of fire added as well.

This bike, along with Kid Rock himself and Jesse James were featured in Motorcycle Mania 3 – Jesse James Rides Again in which they ride across the deserts of Northern Mexico, down to Copper Canyon.

Kid Rock El Diablo Motorcycle by West Coast Choppers and Mike Lavallee

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Killer Paint is often known for over-the-top paint jobs. However, fantastic results can be achieved with a relatively modest amount of artwork added to an existing paint job.

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Joe B. had previously had his lower fairing add-on pieces painted for his Harley, and last month he finally decided to bring his ride back to have the rest of the bike done to match.

2012 FLHR Road KingHis 2012 FLHR Road King still had its stock Candy Red and Beer Bottle two-tone, similar to the bike pictured above.

The idea was to add artwork across the bike to match the flames and skulls on the lower fairing pieces done previously, while keeping much of the feel of the stock paint design intact.
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The darker sections were filled in across the whole bike with much of the artwork. In this case, the skulls and some fire. Additional flames were added in as an accent where appropriate, in the red areas on the bike.

Road King Fender Two Tone DetailThe front fender and side covers were given a Beer Bottle Brown two tone and pinstripe to match the stock paint scheme, as well as matching artwork in those areas.

11403474_10153326024165605_1327764437036631823_n2A flaming skull with smoke, with some shading for extra depth and dimension, were added to the Harley-Davidson logo on each side of the tank. The front fender got a flaming skull as well.

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While the bike was still in progress, Joe brought in some skeletal rear-view mirrors that he had found. They were going to be a perfect match to his bike when once it was done. The chrome skeleton arms and hands were masked off so that the mirrors could be painted red to match.

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The result is an effective look. By not overloading the bike with the design and working within an existing paint scheme, you can still achieve a big impact. Wallpapering the parts with artwork is not necessarily the best approach every time.

10613021_10153360018195605_2564750922883798813_n2The customer definitely approved! He even brought a gift to show his appreciation.

We hope you enjoyed taking a look back at this project. Let us know if there is anything you would like to see us post here in the future!


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Maybe this project gave you some ideas, or you already have an idea in mind for your own car, truck, motorcycle, refrigerator, etc?

If you would like to contact Killer Paint about working on your own project, visit our website, or contact us at info@killerpaint.com


Related Links:

The Original Killer Paint Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-Original-KILLER-PAINT-INC/297040465604

The Official Killer Paint Website: www.killerpaint.com

Killer Paint’s “True Fire™ Basics” Blog Series: https://www.killerpaint.com/true-firetrade-basics

Killer Grunge FX™ Spray at Coast Airbrush: https://www.coastairbrush.com/products.asp?cat=789

True Fire™ Instructional DVDs:
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 1
The Secrets of Airbrushing True Fire™ – Part 2

Killer Paint on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/killerpaint1033/

Harley-Davidson Official Website: http://www.harley-davidson.com