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We’re all familiar with pinstriping: the thin application of paint (or special tape) onto a surface to enhance that object’s lines or to create a freestanding decoration. But did you know the art of pinstriping has existed in some format for centuries—actually, millenia—seeing popularity among ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Native Americans, and tribal cultures of the South Pacific? While it’s safe to assume that back then it was considered something more like ‘decorative line art,’ the concept is much the same. For as long as people have owned things, they’ve felt the need to customize them.
But it was in the 1980s, thanks to one film in particular, that the suit morphed into the incarnation we know so well today. When ‘Wall Street’s’ Gordon Gekko proclaimed ‘greed is good’ and sported a range of pinstripe suits, it spawned an entire movement in menswear, where a bold wardrobe went with a bold lifestyle.
“Pinstriping started on stagecoaches in the 1800s and was very ornamental with a filigree look to it.” Simple, decorative, hand-painted lines were used to decorate horse-drawn carriages.
Freehand pinstriping is a timeless craft. For thousands of years – going back to the Roman empire – pinstriping has adorned objects of nobility. By the 1800’s, pinstripes decorated the intricate body lines of coaches and carriages. In the early 1900’s, painted pinstripes accented the contours of most early American automobiles. As skilled stripers became a part of assembly line production, the art of hand painted pinstriping became widespread.
Pin striping (pinstriping) is the application of a very thin line of paint or other material called a pin stripe, and is generally used for decoration. Freehand pinstripers use a specialty brush known as a pinstriping brush. Fine lines in textiles are also called pinstripes.

Automotive, bike shops, and do-it-yourself car and motorcycle mechanics use paint pinstriping to create their own custom look on the automotive bodies and parts.