It’s a high-power contrast of unexpected colors and free-flowing shapes with symmetrical lines and steady gun work. “To me, tape shading is an old lowrider or hot rod type of effect,” says Mitch Lanzini, owner of Lanzini Body Works. “I picture Larry Watson or Barris using this technique in the ‘50s or ‘60s.”

Mitch also says this technique is ideal for beginning painters looking to build confidence. “It’s so, so easy, doesn’t take much time and the effect is cool.” He also believes his paint of choice, the ENVIROBASE High Performance waterborne basecoat system, is ideal for this effect. “That’s the thing with this paint, it shades so nicely. It’s great for shadows and blends.”