Pin striping has been an important part of car customisation and hot rodding since the 1950s. But over the years the methods of performing this dark art and the tools used have changed. The latest instrument for one pro pin striper is the humble Sharpie marker pen.
Usually found on sale at Warehouse Stationary the Sharpie permanent pen is more often seen in offices rather than car tuner workshops. For pin striper Chris Dunlop the Sharpie pen has become an important tool in his highly acclaimed work. The latest machine to feel America-based Dunlop’s Sharpie is a Chevrolet Camaro. Without the need for cans of paint and fine brushes, Dunlop has created two magnificently detailed Sharpie stripes where the Camaro’s original lengthy pinstripes would have been.
Apparently the Camaro is the fourth vehicle Dunlop has decorated like this, and there have been more since. Ten pens were used to create this art, as well as a few layers of clearcoat to make sure the ink remains permanent.
If you’re thinking of buying some Sharpies and doing this sort of thing to your old Commodore take a look at the close up photos below, first. You better have a steady hand and some serious patience.