I created a custom, handcrafted license plate art in the shape of a guitar for an Oklahoma realtor who loves his family, the OKC Thunder and OU football.
When you want to say something special with a gift, custom license plate art is the way to go. I create custom gifts that reflect what is special about the recipient on your gift list. They represent who they are, what makes them unique, and tells that story. It's the type of gift you want to give to someone special - even if that special someone is you. Here's my most recent example.
This custom license plate art was created for a client who is an Alabama alum and was looking for a unique piece of artwork. I used vintage Alabama license plates to create this handcrafted license plate artwork. I think you will agree that this one of a kind a gift will light up any room.
What room would you put it in? What story do you want to tell through custom license plate art?
First I have to say no gift is possible without good friends and a great desire to share.
A few months back I had the pleasure of working with Ray Evernham and his people at IGNITE, a community center in Davidson, NC for young adults with high-functioning autism (HFA) or Asperger's Syndrome (AS).
I donated one of my license plate guitars to to be auctioned at their fundraising event in 2014. When two people raised the bidding on my Brad Paisley license plate guitar to $5,000, I agreed to make a second piece if both bidders would donate $5,000 each. It was such an honor to help raise money for this important cause.
The second guitar would be a custom piece, created as a gift for the very generous client who was not in the room but made the donation.
I always need the help of others to create a piece for a special person, I have to thank Dale Ledbetter for letting me pick his brain. This is the process that makes the gift special. This would be a gift for a man who has everything. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t creating something he already had.
That is no easy task, as the gentleman owns the greatest collection of guitars I’ve ever seen, as well as the world’s largest collection of classic Corvettes. Dale invited me to see these collections. I was in awe.
During the interview, I asked Dale which car was my client’s favorite. He showed me a Black 1967 Corvette Stingray 427 with a white stinger down the hood.
That was my inspiration. Using a guitar shape as my canvas, I set out to combine my client’s love of Corvettes with his love of music. Then I used vintage auto parts and license plates to bring the piece to life. Here are the details:
- I used license plates to spell out 1967 for the year and 427 for the engine at the top to represent the keys.
- I spelled out CORVETTE down the neck with vintage tags with a red, white and blue underlay to give it the classic Chevrolet feel.
- The body and hood stinger is created from license plates that are sculpted and shaped to resemble his favorite car.
- I used a 1967 Corvette gas door with the crossed flags logo -- one of the iconic parts of the car -- in the center hole.
- The original Corvette designer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, is featured on the guitar body, as Dale explained our client was very fond of him. I used vintage General Motors emblems to spell out his name at the bridge position.
- At the bottom of the piece I wrote out STINGRAY in license plates to complete the face.
- Around the outside of the piece I spelled out "worlds Largest Corvette Collection. Its on of the clients many distinguished accomplishments.
I would like to thank everyone who helped make this piece so special.
And this one.
When my daughter told me the guitar art I created for him was on You Tube, I assumed it was another one of his videos. I was wrong.
Joe Penna is featured in a new documentary called Please Subscribe: A Documentary About You Tubers. My guitar is shown in the clip previewing the interview with Joe Penna. I am always thankful and grateful to see my work featured.
My client, Rick, contacted me after he went to a Red Robin restaurant near his home and saw the commercial work I've done for the restaurant chain as part of their nationwide restoration. He found me through a quick google search.
He is a big fan of the Drive-By Truckers and wanted a piece of art to represent them for his home. We spoke on the phone for about 30 minutes. I took in all the things he loves about the band during the call.
After searching for vintage tags and getting the colors to match the the flavor of the band, I started creating the piece.
I love working with clients to create that custom piece of artwork that you can't buy in a store.
Thanks, Rick, for working with me and sending the photos of the piece in your home, and for sharing your comments below.
"Peter. Looks fantastic! You really nailed it. Thanks so much. Attached are several shots of the piece in situ (in my study). It’s really fantastic. Couldn’t be happier with the way it came out. Thanks again."
Kenny Chesney has always been a favorite of mine, so I was thrilled when a client asked me to create a license plate guitar featuring his favorite Kenny Chesney songs. I chose the acoustic model because I often see Chesney playing it at his concerts. And it has the most room to feature the song titles my client wanted.
My client asked me to feature Flora Bama, Ivans , The Life and Boats. The last one appears on the side. I also added How Forever Feels because it's a favorite of mine. Palm trees, dophins, and the FL "One Happy Island" saying gives it a real, no shoes, no shirt' kinda feel.
My client walked into a Red Robin restaurant in Florida recently, and saw one of my license plate guitars on the wall. She knew it would be a perfect Christmas gift for her music lover son. She did a quick google search and found me.
After visiting my website, she reached out and texted a photo of my Eric Clapton piece. Here's the photo:
She told me about the license plates she's saved over the years. She wanted to customize the piece and add her son's name. My answer? Yes you can! Here's a photo of the final piece:
Hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gift
If you see a license plate guitar at a Red Robin and want to customize it for that special someone in your life who deserves a hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind gift, personalized with your states and sayings remember: yes you can!
My client went to a Rascal Flatts concert and saw the guitar I created for their tour. He came up with the idea to commission a piece for an employee who was retiring after many years with his company.
My client requested a custom piece for their game room that combined her husband's and son's sports passions. They love the Cleveland Browns, the NY Mets and the Brooklyn Nets.
was honored to be commissioned to create this retirement gift for the chairman of the Independent Community Bankers of America.
I crafted this license plate guitar art for my client who will present it to him on his 40th birthday.
I am really looking forward to participating in Artisphere, which takes place in Greenville, SC, May 10-May 12.