Friday, April 15, 2011
Bob Bond, pinstriper extraordinaire, continues to add his artistic touch to cars all over Kansas City while passing his skills on to others
One of my favorite side skills in the automotive world belongs to the graphic artist. When you see flourishing pinstripes, faded flames, and hand-painted signage on an old vehicle, it doesn’t take long to determine how skilled that artist was. And if you are paying attention to what’s out there in the Kansas City area, you realize that some of the best stuff flows from the steady hand of Pinstripers Hall of Fame member Bob Bond.
And with his big, white beard, Coke bottle glasses, and scruffy, white ponytail, you may get the impression that Bond possesses some Von Dutch-like eccentricities. But if you speak to him for awhile, you start to realize that there is a real order to his technique.
“Bugs were the easiest cars to stripe,” recalls Bond, “because they had those grooves in the hood that you could follow with a brush.”
14 years ago, Bond recognized a need for his type of artistic skills in the Kansas City area. Today, cars and trucks featuring his work are prevalent at nearly every car show in town. In fact, when asked how many cars he has worked on, he just sighs and says, “thousands.”
Bond is also one of the foremost experts on gold-leaf lettering, and his work can be seen on many ornate fire engines and high-end hot rods. He is also proficient in painting flames, cartoons, and even fine art.
And lest you think Bond’s work is only recognized locally, you may be interested to know that he is regularly featured in nationally known automotive art books, and he is the publisher of Auto Art Magazine.
The slideshow below contains several photos of Bond’s automotive masterpieces over the years. You are sure to see something you recognize, and it may give you an idea for your own ride. I can attest that his prices are reasonable for the work you get, so if you are interested in learning more, be sure to visit http://bobbondart.com/.