Motorcycle flames are a popular style of motorcycle custom painting. They can be done in many different ways. Motorcycle flames are also one of the oldest ways of custom painting. Back in the Fifties (and before) people would paint the red and yellow flames down the side of their hot rod.
Since the they have been done in solid colors with or without pinstripes on their edges. they have been done with “pearl” colors usually without a pinstriped edge, this is called “ghost flames”.
Pinstriped flames are just an outline of the flames. They can be masked and sprayed or hand striped with a “dagger ” brush. The points of the flame can be “tipped” with a slightly lighter color. They can be shaded like is done with lettering sometimes, to give an illusion that the stripes are “raised”.
A way that I like is where you paint the background color then do the motorcycle flames, stripes and graphics that you want first. Those are done usually using shades of golds and silver, maybe black, then covering everything with a “candy” color. The tank is then one color that you can see your design through.
Realistic flames are the newest type of Motorcycle flames. Done in several of regular and candy color layers it gives a very effective look.
These are several methods to do flames. There are many ways to alter and combine methods. Flame painting has been around a long time and looks like it will be around a long time to come. Keeping the same ways and also changing and coming up with new ways.
Source by Greg Griswold