I have worked professionally as an airbrush artist, off and on, for the past 20 years. Now, mind you, that “off-and-on” disclaimer means more “off” than “on”, but I know my way around airbrushes.
I first began my journey learning how to airbrush on a very cheap one, the AZTEK, which was super easy to learn, but I knew from the beginning that it was a starter tool in this new style of painting that I was teaching myself. It’s more for painting model planes than for painting T-shirts or motorcycle tanks. On the left is a photo of the second T-shirt I ever airbrushed with it.
As I progressed in my painting abilities, I placed an ad up in a local supermarket in York, PA that eventually caught the eye of a local store owner, and he asked if I’d like to come share his space, and we ended up selling lots of cool airbrushed T-shirts, license plates, and whatever else I could paint on.
I decided to step it up and buy a few Paasche VL Airbrush Kits, one for white paint, one for black, and three for my primary paints. I had seen this in the magazine, Airbrush Action. That way, I could keep the paints in the bottles all the time, and I could paint shirts so much more quickly without having to always be cleaning bottles and airbrushes–until the end of the day. I have to admit, I didn’t clean them out nearly as much as I should have.