The Pinstriper – Lyle Fisk | The Craftsmen Series


– My name is Edward Lyle Fisk. My dad named me that but
he never called me Edward. He always called me Lyle. People know me as a pinstriper. That would be probably the hot meal. Doing what I do right
now was though 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’s sign shop. And I would always look in there, and it was very interesting
to see what he was doing. And then my dad went in there
to have his truck lettered, 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, ’cause I could use some help. And that was really a springboard to learning what I learned. And you learn how to handle a brush, you know how to load it, you know what it will do, 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 even believe it. And it looked like a chicken
probably, was scratching on 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 the steadiest hand in the county. Have you ever noticed those
fancy razor thin 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? Well, automobile artist
Lyle Fisk of Ramona does. One of a handful of
professional pinstripers and 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, so to speak. I do all of the things that it takes to enhance the car after it’s painted. – What a fabulous artist he is. – Ah, and steady. – Oh, he should be a
surgeon, too, you know? – At one time there was only like six or seven of us that striped. Ed Roth and Dutch and
some of these other guys, Watson, but we were all
here in the 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, retire like you mean it. Well, what does that mean? Does that mean you’re so glad you’re not gonna be able to work what you’ve been doing the last 25 years? See that 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 the brush in my hand and trying to embellish something. My name is Edward Lyle Fisk. I’m called Lyle Fisk,
and I’m a pinstriper.

73 comments

  • Channel 53 - Herbie The Love Bug

    Very hard and a FINE skill

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  • William Large

    Beautifully done.

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  • John Hartley

    Thanks you for paying homage to this fine artist

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  • Majid Shaukat

    An ART very few will ever master… RESPECT.

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  • TheKillerjohny

    I wish good health, precise and steady hand to this man, because he is actually one of the best pinstripers I have ever seen.

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  • Granite

    thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Emmanuel Thommy

    this gentleman right here, is a national treasure

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  • The legend 27

    What a fantastic story

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  • Mark Sr DIY

    He is a master, TY Hagerty for sharing this with us.

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  • Saucie McDaniels

    This dude is Legit AF.
    RESPECT Sir!

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  • Tracer Loenan

    Great man with a marvelous skill.Great video and story. But – who in the world said every 59 Caddy has to be made into a Lincoln Clown Car.

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  • RamVan Bobby

    ol skool right there

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  • PedroMendes25CC

    This makes me so happy watching this.

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  • Mr. GTO

    Such a talented bunch of artists.!!!! Ed Roth pinstriped my 1967 GTO at Turlock back in 1991. He made it look so easy and did it right in the middle of the swap meet area.. Remember to HONK…!!

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  • saltybugger

    More videos like this pse. MOST EXCELLENT!

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  • 53Peterbilt

    Go get'em Lyle!!

    Brothers of the Brush! 🙂

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  • Serce Boga

    The real renowator does not live who you are cheating

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  • Lula429 Roberts2

    I restored my parents car a 1979 Ford LTD Landau 2 door. The only new car they ever bought. When it came to the pinstripe, I wanted done by hand. That was in 2001.To this day, It looks as it was done yesterday by the remarks people make when they see it. Finding someone to do this type of work today is hard. By the way the LTD has over 500,000 miles!

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  • Ger Ruddy

    Great to see this master craftsman at work, should pass on the skills to the next generation

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  • Integra DIY

    Very touching video, very well done! Is pin striping a dying art/skill? Love that purple color he was working with too.

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  • Rolas

    love this guy he's a hell of a guy we need more people like him ?

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  • Jay Bisky

    Apprenticeships the way the world works

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  • john maccarone

    Nice film!

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  • c3dk

    Hagerty TV is one of the best !!

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  • J.T. Versteege

    amazing video great

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  • Sony H K

    I also wish a good health

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  • Clinton Flynn

    "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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  • tundetsuB ehT

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

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  • bunsome

    Beautiful

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  • MannyBro

    Awesome

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  • Chauncey Johnson

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

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  • Brad Cornelius

    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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  • ᗒ╬ᗕ1112223333111ᗒ╬ᗕ

    and you show none of his work…

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  • Alex Enns

    very nice

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  • 7ViewerLogic

    Great video!

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  • Pontiac GrandPrix73

    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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  • Junior Barton

    legend

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  • V10 Adventures

    Fascinating!

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  • justwhat youreallythinking

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

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  • Anthony Sibary

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

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  • dwight fry

    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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  • Matthew Shambler

    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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  • jojozz52

    Truly a dying Art, keep up the Great Work !

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  • Thomas Cooley

    amazing work sir

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  • William Lopez

    one of the greatest

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  • Pau Ayelo

    Real pasión an profesionality

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  • RodGriTV

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

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  • TheCanadianBubba

    Lyle gets a like !

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  • jeremysikes420

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

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  • Tomislav Kordek

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

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  • joe cahala

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

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  • Toyota Lexus

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

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  • Hugh-John Fleming

    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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  • wictor h

    love this series

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  • Amrith Haripersad

    STUNNING video of an AMAZING man.

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  • unionrdr

    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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  • Jose Gonzalez

    OLD SCHOOL, very very few left…

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  • goldsilverandiamonds

    Cool

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  • Brains Ironically

    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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  • Robert G

    Awesome man, awesome skills, awesome legend.

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  • AD's Garage

    very nice vide

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  • ShowerThoughts

    Beautiful

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  • 415 s30

    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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  • My Creation

    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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  • wlwal1

    Thanks Hagerty, a true "Golden Californian" !

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  • Vishal Wagh

    amazing pinstriper

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  • frank liquori

    What a fantastic video!

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  • Villa Pinstriping

    Living legend

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  • Eric Mark

    Isn't these stripes done through automation or something ?

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  • Marc René Yvon

    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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  • Painter D

    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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  • sl1950 sl1950

    very cool

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  • James Browne

    I live in Ramona and bought a new 2000 black short bed Silverado and brought it to Lyles shop in Ramona to have him put traditional flames on it pinstriped in blue. I kept that truck for 14 yrs and sold it to my friends who kept it for another 4 yrs and the flame job and striping looked like it did in 2000. I remember Lyle was doing a goldleaf job on a red antique fire engine as i recall. I found him to be a class act. JB

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