Halloween Post: Airbrush Tattoo for Pregnant Woman

Although I didn’t do it for Halloween, when my good friend, Amy, asked me this 4th of July ( a day when I airbrush tattoos on any guest to our annual barbecue) if I would paint a representation of her baby trying to escape the womb, here is what I came up with:

scary airbrush baby tattoo on pregnant woman

Here is a mask I’m working on possibly for Halloween this year (2013)

 

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Race Car Bed: Here is a Jeff Gordon Bed I Built

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Here is the finished product. I sent this to a customer down in San Francisco

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Here is the first painting step before I airbrushed the details onto this Jeff Gordon

A few years back, I was building beds in my spare time (HA!  what’s spare time?), and I had a customer ask me to build him a race car twin bed for his son, Talon.  He wanted a Jeff Gordon Nascar style bed–the one with the flames on the side, not the rainbow colored style.

 

Well, here are some of the only remaining photos I could find of it.

I based it off my original Earnhardt Jr. race car design, and just basically changed the paint job.  This one ended up being my favorite of the two.

It assembles in minutes, and I had to charge an extra $200 to ship it!

It weighed closed to 80 pounds and beds are very difficult for a one-man show to sell because of how large and unwieldy they can be.

Jeff Gordon Nascar race car bed

Here is the left side of a theme race car bed based on Jeff Gordon’s Nascar

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How to Build a Homemade Nascar-Themed Race Car Bed for Toddlers

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I first primed each side of the bed with a white primer paint, then added a red water-based enamel paint as a base for the airbrushed details

Back in 2002, I built my oldest son, Matthew, a blue race car bed for his “big boy”  2 year birthday. I didn’t want to buy him one of those plastic Little Tikes beds–they have this mass-produced soulless look to them, in my opinion. I was pretty sure I could learn how to build a homemade racing themed bed for him with my own skills at woodworking and airbrush painting abilities.  Turns out,  the bed turned out great!

I bought the race car bed plans online, and, after I saw that my son enjoyed his cool new bed and showed it off to his friends, a neighbor suggested that I sell them online.

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Here, I’ve added some of the stripes, tires, and fleshed out where Dale Jr. would sit.

I thought, “Hey, that’s a great idea!”  and immediately whipped together my very first website.  It was a ghastly design–but hey, it was 2002, and it was not much worse than other websites at the time.  BTW, I built it in Frontpage.  UGH.

Anyway, so, after several days of manically checking my emails for ONE response, I finally got an interested buyer–who wanted me to make him a Earnhardt Nascar style car.

As you can see from the photo of my son’s race car bed, I would need to design something myself–and the customer also wanted me to build in a “trunk” toy chest at the head of the bed!

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Here is the finished assembled car bed. Notice the toybox “trunk” in the back. I had a movie contact me to see if I could build them on–but they needed it built and shipped in one weekend! No way!

Well, the pictures you see are the result of my design–and I finished it off with a custom airbrushed paint job to resemble Dale Earnhardt’s real car.  I didn’t want it to look like one of those cheap plastic Chinese beds–plus, I made it out of 3/4″ cabinet grade plywood for a quality build.

I designed it so it could be assembled without any tools by the customer–it incorporated slide tabs that fit together snugly and can be assembled in under three minutes with two people, or about 5 minutes by one person.  Not too shabby!

I used a water-based enamel paint to paint it (after I primed it with Kilz), and then I airbrushed it to look like Dale Junior’s red car design.  I even cut out a stencil that read “Good Year” and made the tires look kind of real.  I didn’t really like the flat decal-based “paint jobs” of those mass-produced car bed designs.

I sold that car bed for approximately $900 ten years ago, plus about $200 extra to ship it.  Not bad for my first attempt–and I made several more before I decided that building beds by yourself is quite a lot of work for a side-job.  Here is a Jeff Gordon bed I built.

I’ve considered creating plans to sell online, but I’m not sure that there is a lot of demand for homemade race car beds anymore.  If you think there is, feel free to comment below.

 

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Custom Airbrushed Xbox 360 Modern Warfare

airbrushed modern warfare xbox 360Gamers are a group that love to stand out from each other and show some flair.  It’s fun to customize an Xbox 360 by grabbing an airbrush and painting video game cover artwork on it.

On this 360, I painted the cover artwork from Modern Warfare 2 in the Call of Duty franchise.

I’m not including a step by step how to paint tutorial for this because I didn’t have the presence of mind to record my steps (I didn’t have this blog when I painted this).

Word of advice: before you begin airbrushing your 360, it would be a good idea to carefully remove the case from the inner electronic components — just so you don’t get paint inside the machine.

 

 

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