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Lou's Custom Exhaust Graffiti
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We repair exhaust systems on cars. Our target audience is anyone that drives a car that's a little older.
What's your vision?
This is a pretty detailed description so bear with me. I'm building a new automotive exhaust repair shop and want a big graffiti image on one of the walls. I'd like the graffiti to symbolize the father and son founders of our franchise, Papa Lou and Johnny and the work we do. I also want to bring in many elements of my family life and my other interests. In lettering like our logo, I'd like the words "Lou's Custom Exhaust" very prominent. You can see the logo on www.louscustomexhaust.com. The founders should be depicted to one side of the logo with the rest of the ideas spread in whatever way makes sense. I'd like it to have an old school kind of cartoonish feel, like caricatures. But I want at least Johnny and Lou to pretty distinguishable. I added a photo of myself, Linda, my kids and Rachel for reference. I'd like founders, Papa Lou and Johnny, depicted with entire bodies standing tall next to each other as they are in the attached picture named "Lou and JB Wedding". They should appear as sort of exhaust fixing heroes, but not in an overexagerrated muscular superhero way. They are big strong guys and Johnny is in the hall of fame for college football but I don't want them to have bulging muscles. They should look big, athletic and very powerful but not freakish. They should look happy to be together like they do in the picture. They both have massive hands and their hands should be dirty if that's possible. They're super friendly and extremely street smart. I'd like them to have an old school auto mechanic uniform with their names, "Papa Lou" and "Johnny" legible on their shirts. Their facial likeness should be very accurate. I don't want there to be any doubt who they are. Papa Lou and Johnny should be prominent enough to tell they are very important but they won't be the sole focus. Papa Lou should have sleeves rolled up with "Pat" (his deceased wife) tatooed on one arm and "Patty" (his deceased daughter) on the other. I also need the number "13" subtly included somewhere near Papa Lou. It was his wife's lucky number. I'd also like two important cars in the image. One is Johnyy's Impala. It's a black convertible 1967 Chevy Impala with a black interior. Its license plate should say "Janet". I'm attaching images named "Johnnys Impala" for reference. This is founder Johnny's favorite car so I'd like to be pretty accurate if that's possible. Another important car that shoud be included is the founder's deceased brother Scotty's car. It's a Chevy Chevelle with a massive chrome race motor and the license plate of that car should say "Scotty". There is a picture attached, but although the car is now painted dark blue, it should be sky blue in the graffiti image. There are subtleties between Chevelles and Impalas so please try to keep it pretty accurate if that's at all possible as this is a car family. There should be a Lou's Custome Exhaust truck similar to the image attached but make the truck black or blue, definitely not white. It should be a GMC truck with big tires, but not a monster truck. It should have a "Lou's" paint job with the logo and flames but the flame job does not have to match the picture. Some of the Lou's trucks have cool blue flames painted on them. That part can be creative as long as it's clear it's a Lou's truck. No Ford trucks! It has to be a GMC or Chevy. Also include a white Jeep Wrangler that looks like an off road beast with a license plate that says "Clint". All vehicles should have cool exhaust pipes coming from them. Women can be drawn sexy, but not half naked. One woman should be depicted as Rachael, Johnny's sister. She is white, tall and very athletic with a slender face with shoulder length blonde hair and blue eyes. Maybe Rachael is in the Lou's truck or near it? Another woman could be my wife Linda. She's also white, with shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes with glasses, a rounder face and she has a petite frame with a large chest. Maybe Linda is driving the Jeep or near the Jeep? They don't have to have their names on them anywhere, I just want them to be represented as caracitures in or near those vehicles. There should also be a likeness of myslef. I'm also white, with an athletic build and brown hair. I have a crew cut and blue eyes, clean cut look. I'd like to be wearing a mechanics shirt like Papa Lou and Johnny, but I'm straining while pushing a wheelbarrow loaded with skulls up an impossibly steep hill while straining and sweating. Linda and the Jeep can be near a campfire with a lake and a camper nearby. My kids should also be in the camping scene jumping on a trampoline. They are two adolescent girls and a young boy. One of the girls is 14 years old with a dancers physique with long brown hair and blue eyes. The other is a 12 year old girl, very thin and athletic with blonde hair and brown eyes. Finally an 8 year old athletic boy with short brown crew cut hair and blue eyes. They are in the attached family picture. Poker cards and/or a poker table can also be incorporated. Maybe the ace of spades or a hand showing 4 aces? I'm a poker player but it doesn't necessarily have to be a poker game or poker table. Just some reference to cards/poker will do. Some other design element possibilities. I'd like to show someone doing some sort of exhaust work. There could be a person MIG welding on a car exhaust with the car up on the lift. MIG welding is different than ARC welding and it's important that it's MIG if welding is used. Someone could also be cutting something with a cutting torch showing sparks. Flames could be used throughout. I realize this is a lot of disparate things to pull together so do your best. It all has a connection to me or the business so it will all make sense to me. A picture of the actual wall where this will be painted is included. The image of Johnny and Lou should go on one side of the vehicle lift in the picture or the other side of it. The image on the wall will probably end up being 6' to 10' tall and 20' to 30' wide. I plan to paint the background wall blue before the graffiti is added, but the background could be other colors. Let me know if it should be white or another color. The location of the vehicle lift you see in the picture shouldn't have too much influence on the design as the lift may get moved at some point. I'd just like Lou and Johnny to be far right or far left and near the top no matter what. Let the rest fall where it falls.
The shop is going to be in a city area. We want it to feel like a neighborhood shop with some grit. It won't have a corporate feel at all. This image is somehow going to have to be transposed onto a wall so any guidance on that would be helpful. I do not have a local artist to transpose it yet, but I imagine it may be projected on somehow. I'm not sure at all how that works.
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