The Pinstriper – Lyle Fisk | The Craftsmen Series



my name is Edward Lyle Fisk my dad made me that but he never called me Edward it was called me live people know me as a pinstriper that would be probably the hot deal doing what I do right now was through the advent of being 13 or 14 years old coming home from school I would go down an alley on my way home and I would go by this guy sign shop and I would always look in their nose Rock is very interesting to see what he was doing and then my dad went in there to have his truck letter for the company he worked for and the guy that owned the sign shop said Lyle comes by here on his bicycle every day from school tell him to stop and come in because I could use some help and that was really a springboard to learning what I learned and you learn how to handle the brush you know how to float it you know what it'll do and how to mix colors and how to reduce it and then I saw a guy striping a car in a magazine and I went ballistic so I had a 48 Chevrolet primered and I striped the lid on it and drove by the corner bank where we all hung out it got so much attention I couldn't believe it and it looked like a chicken probably was scratching on it it didn't have a lot of form or anything but it was striped and it was a brand new thing coming into play people just they went nuts over it also this morning a Ramona man with a steadiest hand in the county you ever notice those fancy raisins in pinstripes that you see on the sides of so many automobiles these days and have you ever wondered if those pinstripes are done by machine or freehand and if by hand who has one steady enough to do the job while automobile artist Lyle Fiske of Ramona does one of a handful of professional police represent creators of vehicle arts in the nation the one nice thing I like about my job is when I start on a car they bring it to me completely painted everything is finished and I do the icing s so to speak I do all of the things that it takes to enhance the car after its painted a fabulous artist and steady oh you should be a surgeon too at one time there was only like six or seven of us that striked you know ed Roth and Dutch and and some of these other guys that you know Watson but we were all hearing in a California area so I was very fortunate to have been in the right place at the right time there's a sign in our town that says retired like you mean it well what does that mean does that mean you're so glad you're not going to be able to work what you've been doing the last 25 years yeah it doesn't make any sense to me if you're healthy enough to continue why don't you continue I mean I get tired and frustrated and all the things that go along with it but I'm doing what I really like to do but I am getting older every day but I like getting a brush in my hand and trying to embellish something my name is Edward Lyle Fisk I'm called wild Fisk and I'm a pinstripe bird you

50 Comments

  • sl1950 sl1950

    April 14, 2019

    very cool

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  • Painter D

    April 14, 2019

    Been pulling lines for 30+ years now and the only downfall is the fact that you can't just hire someone to work for you. If you want the job done right, you have to do it for yourself. No two stripers do the same work. I'm sure I have my own style compared to others.

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  • Marc René Yvon

    April 14, 2019

    I used to be a "commercial illustrator" before the computer invasion. I thought I had a good hand with brushes. That's before I saw this Man… Amazing hands.

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  • Eric Mark

    April 14, 2019

    Isn't these stripes done through automation or something ?

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  • Villa Pinstriping

    April 14, 2019

    Living legend

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  • frank liquori

    April 14, 2019

    What a fantastic video!

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  • Vishal Wagh

    April 14, 2019

    amazing pinstriper

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  • wlwal1

    April 14, 2019

    Thanks Hagerty, a true "Golden Californian" !

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  • zain ali

    April 14, 2019

    This is my Dream job but unfortunately i am a software engineer . I am quitting my profession as a software engineer right now. Thanks for sharing this video from tomorrow looking to learn pinstripping

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  • 415 s30

    April 14, 2019

    I'm in the Local 510 Sign and Display union in SF, some of our senior members started as sign painters and they would hand letter etc.. There is a shop in SF now with a younger guy doing those signs again. I do vinyl a lot but the way they did it before is amazing. You can see the old Coca Cola or older hand painted advertisements around SF on the side of buildings if you know where to look.

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  • ShowerThoughts

    April 14, 2019

    Beautiful

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  • AD's Garage

    April 14, 2019

    very nice vide

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  • Robert G

    April 14, 2019

    Awesome man, awesome skills, awesome legend.

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  • Brains Ironically

    April 14, 2019

    Holy crap, this guy did the stripes on my first Vette, a '75 I bought in 90 with my re-enlistment bonus in the Navy. I didn't know he was such a big deal, I just thought he was a kick ass pinstriper!

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  • goldsilverandiamonds

    April 14, 2019

    Cool

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  • Jose Gonzalez

    April 14, 2019

    OLD SCHOOL, very very few left…

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  • unionrdr

    April 14, 2019

    Not too many of you pin stripers left from my day. Max props man. And RIP, Big Daddy…we all miss you and your splendid coupe de fink!

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  • Amrith Haripersad

    April 14, 2019

    STUNNING video of an AMAZING man.

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  • wictor h

    April 14, 2019

    love this series

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  • Hugh-John Fleming

    April 14, 2019

    A considerable chunk of my formative years were spent in Toluca Lake, just bicycle moments from Barris Custom. The front window was always fun but on the side of the building you could poke your nose in, those many years ago, and watch goggle eyed as these masters worked.

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  • Toyota Lexus

    April 14, 2019

    What a great story and person. This guy is a bad ass.

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  • joe cahala

    April 14, 2019

    Lyle, my hats off to you. True gentleman and a professional.

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  • Tomislav Kordek

    April 14, 2019

    Im glad to see this video and this man doing what he loves…grettings from Zagreb,Croatia

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  • jeremysikes420

    April 14, 2019

    That's is so freaking kooool. That's real pinstrippong right there . Thats a real craftsman

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  • TheCanadianBubba

    April 14, 2019

    Lyle gets a like !

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  • RodGriTV

    April 14, 2019

    God Bless you, Lyle!! Beautiful job Sir. My respects!! ????

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  • Pau Ayelo

    April 14, 2019

    Real pasión an profesionality

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  • William Lopez

    April 14, 2019

    one of the greatest

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  • Thomas Cooley

    April 14, 2019

    amazing work sir

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  • jojozz52

    April 14, 2019

    Truly a dying Art, keep up the Great Work !

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  • Matthew Shambler

    April 14, 2019

    A craftsman in every sense of the word, what a great story. Such skill, you just don't see that enough these days. Keep doing what you do Mr. Fisk!

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  • dwight fry

    April 14, 2019

    Thats a lost Art…I got to see a man do that here in N. Ga. a few years back…amazing to watch him work, He called himself a Swordsman, He could freehand designs like no ones business!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  • Anthony Sibary

    April 14, 2019

    What a legend…hope he has been training an apprentice! Thanks for posting this.

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  • justwhat youreallythinking

    April 14, 2019

    after this he's gonna be booked for. 2 years str8

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  • V10 Adventures

    April 14, 2019

    Fascinating!

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  • Junior Barton

    April 14, 2019

    legend

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  • Pontiac GrandPrix73

    April 14, 2019

    True ol school pro, I'm in NY, we had Vin the pin, Vic Kessler, and Andre, all artists, this guy should be commended, cause it's a art that will probably go the way of White Wall tires when we, the 50, 60 and 70 yr olds are gone, new cars are mostly all grey slabs, I'm having my 73 pictured hand striped in a few weeks, if Lyle was in town, I would let him do it

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  • 7ViewerLogic

    April 14, 2019

    Great video!

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  • Alex Enns

    April 14, 2019

    very nice

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  • ᗒ╬ᗕ1112223333111ᗒ╬ᗕ

    April 14, 2019

    and you show none of his work…

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  • Brad Cornelius

    April 14, 2019

    All that effort and dramatic, slow-motion editing… and you didn't show any of his work!?!?! We saw him paint one line… how about shots of some of his masterpieces?

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  • Chauncey Johnson

    April 14, 2019

    i saw that Ed Roth magazine he signed for him. thats some history right there ill tell yall that

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  • MannyBro

    April 14, 2019

    Awesome

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  • bunsome

    April 14, 2019

    Beautiful

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  • tundetsuB ehT

    April 14, 2019

    I have that same Cadillac except mines a Sedan de ville ? and not it good shape tho.

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  • Clinton Flynn

    April 14, 2019

    "If you're healthy enough to continue, why don't you continue?… I'm doing what I like to do"

    Truer words never spoken. Many happy years doing what you love.

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  • Sony H K

    April 14, 2019

    I also wish a good health

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  • J.T. Versteege

    April 14, 2019

    amazing video great

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  • c3dk

    April 14, 2019

    Hagerty TV is one of the best !!

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  • john maccarone

    April 14, 2019

    Nice film!

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