In a swirling sea of leading brands, the "original recipes" are the most likely to survive. Now couldn’t the same be said about flames? Let’s face it, the oldest custom paint trick in the book has outlasted many a trend over the years. Does anyone remember graphics in pastel pinks and purples? Well, that’s over and even the trendsetters of that era (at least the ones I’m acquainted with) are back on track with a whole new appreciation for the longer lasting basics, like scallops and flames, not tribal flames or ghost flames, but flames in traditional hot hues as our earlier influences intended ’em to be--the way we learned our licks.

Here we will demonstrate a time-tested basic approach to a sort of ’60s-style flame job. We’ll begin our symmetrical layout with tape, not with crayons as you’ve surely seen before. Our layout will flow with the curvatures of our canvas, our blends will be smooth, and although we do have unlimited access to a state-of-the-art spray booth nearby, we’ll do this job in our dimly lit garage--for you. This is for the hobbyist or first-time flamer.

During the course of this seminar, we will not expound upon materials used, as materials are ever-changing depending partly upon your locality. By the time you’ve studied the following how-to, the materials we’ve used (leftovers in this instance) may already be obsolete, and/or unavailable where you live. More than anything, this is about the technique. With a little luck, maybe we can get you started right. If we can save just one poor ol’ truck from another truly bad flame job--mission accomplished. CCT