Pinstriping Done by Hand


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Royal Enfield is an Indian manufacturer of classic British-style motorcycles. Much of the work is done by hand, including painting the iconic pinstripes and logo on the gas tank. This amazing video shows one plant worker -- or artist, I should say -- adding perfectly formed pinstripes completely freehand.

-via Boing Boing | Jay Leno Explores Royal Enfield

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That definitely takes some raw skill, but it isn't free hand. He is clearly tracing lines etched into the tank. To me free hand means unaided. He is definitely aided by the perfectly placed lines already there for him.
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I'd like to see some pieces that guy has done when he's not at work and can show his creativity. I'll bet he gets asked to customize moto-taxis' all the time!
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That is truly amazing. One thing, though. You referred to him as an "artist", as have people posting here. This is not an art, it is a craft, so he is a great craftsman. Works of art are intrinsically final and do not have any practical utility. Craft is the application of intelligent skill, usually in a repetitive manner.
This takes nothing away from the craftsman, but I think that this is an important distinction.
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