Airbrushed Flames Accentuate New Flatbed
By George Nitti
Flames on tow trucks are a popular theme, even with companies that don't specialize in towing. A-Rite Auto Parts of New Briton, Conn., is one such company. Owned by William Genovese, part of their business is focused on selling and delivering used auto body parts throughout southern New England.
They recently traded in their old white non-descript flatbed and purchased a 2015 International TerraStar with a Jerr-Dan 21' NGAF aluminum carrier. Named "Ghostrider," the truck is emblazoned with flames and used to transport salvaged vehicles.
"The boss wanted to turn some heads with the new design, so he had flames painted on it," said Melissa Gravelle, office manager.
A-Rite's flame-themed graphics were airbrushed rather than wrapped.
"Chet Maura Custom Creations did the airbrushing on short notice, working three days straight and spent hours with the colors," Gravelle said. "We think he did an awesome job."
"I was under a lot of pressure to get the job done in such a short period of time. The work is all freehand and very painstaking," said Maura.
"You hold the airbrush like a pencil or pen and a fine amount of paint comes out," he said. "I used bigger air brushes than I normally do in order to get a realistic style of fire flame and used templates and followed the organic shape of the flame while I was airbrushing."
Maura used red, orange, yellow and white as the truck's colors. The process began with drawing the flames in white on top of the black background and then adding the other colors on top of each other. Maura learned the process by studying other artists and watching YouTube videos.
Look closely, and you'll see the initials of Maura's company imprinted on top of a small skull.
The company motto states "Vehicle's first ride is as good as its last!! We believe every vehicle should go out with a blaze!!"
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