Peter Geiger

Custom License Plate Artwork

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Personalized Special Occasion Gifts for Special People

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You learn something from everyone in life. From these people, I learned how to give back.

Three years ago, I started helping Ray and Erin Evernham with their charity Ignite when Ray, a client, needed some artwork for his annual charity auction. He's a car guy from New Jersey with a racing background.  My artwork has helped raise money for this important organization. It really makes me feel great to know that I can make a difference and help out.

I created this piece for Erin and Ray when they recently celebrated their 8th wedding anniversary and Ray's 60th birthday. The license plate art represents their love of racing and the states they are from. They have two kids featured on the sides and a shamrock represents Erin's Irish heritage.

It's a custom, personalized gift that represents a milestone and special occasion.  Best wishes to this couple.

 

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Red Robin guitar art spotted on the Internet

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Having my license plate guitar art featured nationally has been a great experience. partially because, thanks to social media, I get to see my license plate guitars on the walls of Red Robin restaurants around the country. 

Working with a commercial client like Red Robin is almost like having my own personal gallery across the United States. Clients come in to get food and then the experience my custom wall art. While they're waiting for their food to come, they take pictures of my artwork, share it with their friends and on their social media sites.

I have seen many pictures of my license plate guitar art on review sites such as Yelp, Trip Advisor and Google. Lucky for me, it makes it possible for clients to find me on the Internet.

I appreciate my job every day. It's a great time to be an artist. Here are a few pictures that people have posted on reviews of the Red Robin restaurant chain.

If you're in a Red Robin or see my guitar art elsewhere, post a picture and if you can, tag me. I'd love to see it.

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License plate guitar for National GUITAR Museum

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To say I was honored when the National GUITAR Museum asked me to create license plate guitar artwork for their traveling exhibit is putting it mildly. However, this experience wasn't just an honor. It was an opportunity to stretch myself and my license plate art; by placing license plates on an actual guitar, I was able to explore a new medium. (It reminds me of the time I created a laminate of my artwork for Taylor guitars. More about that here.)

Until now, my artwork have been sculptures of guitars that don't play, so this one is really special to me. I have been working about a year on this piece with the museum's curator, HP Newquist. When we first started talking, HP explained that the people at the museum really wanted a piece that would play, and asked me if I was up to this challenge. Being an artist is always challenging; I think it's one of the things that make it so special. I said yes. 

The guitar, which arrived a few months later, is a Fender Stratocaster. The license plates were donated by people at the National GUITAR Museum. When I inspected the tags, I immediately noticed the Connecticut saying, "Preserve the Sound." How appropriate, I thought,  since the tags are being used on my first piece that will actually make sound and be played. 

I always find it interesting how the artwork takes on a life of itself and how the tags always tell the story of the piece. The guitar has a very interesting sound and the reflective qualities of the license plates really take it to another level.

HP was kind enough to share kind words about about and photos of my license plate guitar sculpture on display at the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio through April 2017.

If you would like to see this true license plate guitar be sure to visit the National GUITAR Museum when this exhibit comes to your city. Until then, here's a video I created of the guitar in action. Hope you enjoy it.

Custom artwork for Bluegrass Festival

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Last year I met a client at Wide Open Bluegrass, a bluegrass festival in Raleigh NC. She runs a bluegrass festival in Maine and liked my work. When she asked about a custom piece, I told her I create them all the time. 

When she got in touch with me a few months ago, she was surprised I remembered our conversation. I've got a nack for remembering everything; just ask my wife. Some people's memory gets weaker as they age. Mine seems to get stronger LOL.

The end result to this story is the piece I will be shipping today for the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass festival. Thanks to Patti Crooker for working with me on this project.

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Good things come to those who wait

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I have a client who ordered a license plate guitar featuring the Beatles and Abbey Road last year. When most clients order a custom gift for a birthday or special occasion they say they can wait. But once they get the artwork they have a hard time keeping the secret. 

I always like to check back with my clients to make sure they are happy and to see how the artwork was received. I would email Sonya from time to time to see if she was able to hold out. She finally gave it to him last night, and proudly shared this photo.

To my surprise she did and in the process I made a new friend. We would share funny stories about what was going on here and there and life in general.

I never knew that being an artist would create a pathway to all these great people and stories. I feel very blessed to have the best clients in the world.

So remember: good things do come to those who wait.

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License plate guitar on Please Subscribe documentary

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A few years ago, I made a custom license plate guitar for You Tube star Joe Penna, aka MysteryGuitarMan. He has featured it on his videos in the past. Like this shot from this clip:

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And this one.

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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. 

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Red Robin customer designs his own artwork

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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.

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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."

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License plate guitars in Red Robin restaurants

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This past year has been an amazing ride. Last April, I was contacted by a firm representing the Red Robin chain of restaurants, which commissioned me to create license plate guitars for several hundred of their restaurants, which were or still are undergoing renovation. I've created more than 100 pieces for them, including license plate guitar tributes to Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Brad Paisley, and, of course, the American flag. Here's a few of my favorites.

I just found this article which talks about the custom license plate guitars in Red Robin that I created for a franchise owner in Billings, MO. I featured his colorful license plate guitars in a blog post last year. This license plate guitar was a special commission for a Red Robin in Texas.

I completed my most recent order of 50 for them last month, and now I'm turning my creative juices to new ideas that I've been wanting to pursue but haven't had the time to do. If you have suggestions, I always welcome them.

If you see my work in Red Robin, please leave a comment below and let me know.