Didn't really know where to post this, feel free to move it. Anyway, was just going to let anyone know if you are thinking about getting a new paint job or want anything painted. Try to find someone in your area that does hydro-dipping. It's just is durable and there are literally thousands of designs you can go with. It also is a lot cheaper to get done! Had a guy quote me $500 to dip my 650 with the fairing. Asked a guy that painted what it would cost and he wanted $1250 for my bike. Looked at some more, most dippers wanted $500-$700. Painters wanted $1000-$1500.
BTW: Comment your favorite design. These are the designs I am thinking about doing
I lived through the faux wood atrocities perpetuated on family station wagons and it doesn't look any better on a motorcycle gas tank. The style may be different from what you might see on bikes nowadays but the old wooden clogs concept isn't any less goofy if you apply it to the latest in running shoe styles.
As far as "hydro-dipping" is concerned, yeah that's nothing new. Although it didn't have that name back when I was doing it, it was a process I used in the early 90's (I was late to the game) to make custom textures on various items using a cold bath of water and strategically placing and manipulating strategic designs/patterns of oil paints (in this case One-Shot lettering enamel) to replicate the old styles of paper marbling that was used for centuries in making and aesthetically enhancing leather bound books. In the early 90's when I attempted to apply those earlier 'book printing' principals to motorcycles and cars as an alternative to the traditional pin-striping and graphic practices, by which I made a living, the reception was less than favorable. I guess it was too weird for the times. My mentor the late great and notable pin-striper, Mark "Top Hat" Fenyo, told me to just stick with it because fashion and trends is just a matter of money and marketing. I folded in favor of a career in Information Technology.
I guess this is a better time than naught to commemorate the passing of a true artist who I'm proud to say was a mentor... Mark "Top Hat" Fenyo... RIP bro.