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Old 04-04-2013, 09:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hand-etched Honda Civic; 5,000+ hours of labor

How do you turn a $1500 car into something worth considerably more? a dremel and a shitload of free time

The hand-engraved Civic that


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Scratch art lives mostly in the toolbox of grade-school art teachers as a way to demonstrate how etching can create images as subtle as drawing or painting. But for self-taught engraver Shawn Lisjack, an old high-school scratch art project became the inspiration for a fully realized piece this Honda Civic, covered from bumper to bumper in detailed engravings. He calls it the world's first fully hand-engraved car; I call it the Sistine Chapel of bodywork by Dremel.

Like the Sharpie cars, Lisjack's Engraved EG car started as a fairly pedestrian ride, a 1992 Honda Civic VX hatchback. Lisjack told me after picking up engraving in 2007 and playing with various materials, he realized he could recreate a scratch-art surface using painted metals: "I wanted to create something that was truly unique and 'one of a kind' that the world has never seen before."

More than three years ago, the Honda was upgraded with a few custom carbon-fiber parts, then painted with a white primer and a black top coat. Using a Dremel with a diamond-bit drill, Lisjack then set out to hand engrave the entirety of the body, integrating Japanese-themed designs, company logos and freestyle layouts to fill in between.



Lisjack estimates he's spent 5,000 hours slowly removing layers of paint, and the amount of detail on pieces like the dragon-themed Seibon hood that took 600 hours alone back that up. (Click the photo to see what I mean). It's not just the surface; Lisjack has engraved the valve covers, strut towers and other pieces of the Honda that can withstand a bit of drilling. The car isn't complete; Lisjack says there's still engraving to be done. "I will be adding color within the hand engravings to make the engravings pop. After that, the car will be clear coated to help preserve the engravings and finally a clear bra protection film will be added to protect the car from getting rock chips and other damage."

The total amount of time Lisjack estimates he will have spent when he's finished: 6,000 hours. "I like to push myself with each and every hand engraving I complete," he says, and it's hard to see how Lisjack will ever top this.
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the dedication is impressive. as well as the skill.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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fuck that guys got skill.

my dremel would have caught and zipped across that 1000 times ruining it all.
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I like it, except for the sponsor logos.

I wonder how many brush replacements he had to do on that dremel.
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that is one of the coolest civics ever! I give mad props!
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Dude looks like vanilla ice.
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Love the dragon on the hood and the psychedelic valve cover.
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too bad its still a honda
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too bad its still a honda
If it had been a Jeep I'm sure you'd have splooged your Dickies
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talk about polishing a turd...

All that artistic skill and no good taste in cars. sad
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talk about polishing a turd...

All that artistic skill and no good taste in cars. sad
yes, because all "artists" can just go etch up a Ferrari
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Wouldn't a wrap have been easier/ cheaper?

Yeah it's cool, and I respect the work, but that's still an EPIC waste.

I suppose it at least gave him something to do when he was though.
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Definitely props to the dudes skill.

Edit: and patience.
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yes, because all "artists" can just go etch up a Ferrari
And NOBODY would shake their heads and question our taste when they beheld our welded-up, spray-painted, noisy-tire, dent-covered awesomeness....
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Wouldn't a wrap have been easier/ cheaper?

Yeah it's cool, and I respect the work, but that's still an EPIC waste.

I suppose it at least gave him something to do when he was though.
Why was it a waste? He made an art car out of something with little value. Would have been dumb to go carve up a new Audi or Mercedes or Ferrari.
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Gotta demolition derby coming up, wonder how well that Honda will hold up?
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yes, because all "artists" can just go etch up a Ferrari
Anything with a v8 would have been acceptable
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Why was it a waste? He made an art car out of something with little value. Would have been dumb to go carve up a new Audi or Mercedes or Ferrari.
Well I beg to differ. If he was a "Big named popular" artist he could afford to buy and carve up any expensive cars. Just sayin...
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And NOBODY would shake their heads and question our taste when they beheld our welded-up, spray-painted, noisy-tire, dent-covered awesomeness....

Agreed.

The only thing different in my eyes is welds and loud tires usually add some functionality.
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Agreed.

The only thing different in my eyes is welds and loud tires usually add some functionality.
that honda probably pulls more poon though.

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Won't be long the engraver be bitchin about corporal tunnel <- how ever it's spelled.
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No doubt. The etching, rims and flatbill work every time.
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fuck that guys got skill.

my dremel would have caught and zipped across that 1000 times ruining it all.
No kidding! Mine too. Bzzzzzzzzz FAWK!

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No doubt. The etching, rims and flatbill work every time.
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