Peter Geiger

Custom license plate art

Unique Wedding Gift for the Couple that has Everything

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I have created many wedding gifts this year, seems to be an upward trend. Weddings are a special time and if you have a special friendship you need a special gift that stands out. That's especially true when you're trying to give a gift to a couple that seems to have everything.

Like most people in need of something, my client headed to Google when he was searching for a unique wedding gift, and found me on the Internet. The California gentleman asked me to create a personalized wedding gift for this special couple. He wanted to incorporate all the things they love and places they've lived. He wanted his gift to memorable and hold a special place in their heart.

We nailed down most of the details during our phone interview. We decided to feature a photo of the couple in the center of the guitar. He emailed me a few to work with. 

The image worked so well as the highlight of the artwork that it left me speechless. It's amazing how the couple's story can really come together in this medium. You can really see a reflection of their life together in the license plates.

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Are you looking to create a special, handcrafted, personalized gift for someone special? Email me or give me a call at 516-376-6499. Hope to hear from you.

Unique Wall Art Customized for a Music Lover

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When people see my license plate art their wheels start turning. A lot of my clients are music lovers, and this is how they get to combine their love for music and art.

They take their favorite song or band and mix it in with the things that they love to create a unique piece of wall art that speaks to them.

Here's the wall art I created for one of my clients from Wisconsin who is a Pearl Jam lover. He asked me to combine his love for Pearl Jam and the Green Bay Packers to create this unique license plate artwork. One of his favorite songs is Release by Pearl Jam. I featured it down the neck of the guitar sculpture. On the bridge is a phrase from the song, "I'll ride the wave." The band members of Pearl Jam are from Washington so I used vintage Washington state license plates to create this piece.  I placed the letters "PJ" around the body because Pearl Jam uses this as a symbol in most of their artwork. I mixed in the Green Bay Packer colors as spacers between the letters to highlight my client's love for the football team.

The Stickman, a symbol immediately recognized by Pearl Jam fans, is prominently on display in the center hole.

Let me know what you think of the piece in the comments. If you would like me to create a unique piece of art for your wall, drop me a line. 

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Being an Artist Also Means Being a Good Box Maker

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I've found one of the most important aspects of being a good artist is being able to package your artwork for shipment. That is so important as much of my business is done on the internet. It's one thing to create a beautiful piece of artwork. It's quite another to make sure it gets to its destination safely and in the same shape I sent it out. Here's a little on my process.

At the end of the day, I check my email; that's usually when I learn of orders that arrived on my internet doorstep. First thing the next morning, I'm out in my shop cutting and shaping cardboard to pack up the artwork for shipment.

All of my shipping materials are recycled from car dealers. I happen to be a great dumpster diver. I'm lucky to have a few body shops in my area which are my go-to places for cardboard and bubble wrap.

I've had a few different jobs over the years but by far this is the best one. I love this life and I wouldn't trade it for anything -- even if I have to jump in a dumpster once in a while. It's all for a good cause - and that is to make sure you get my artwork as I intend it to be.

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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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Personalized wedding gift tells a great story

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My artwork is always about my clients and their lives. So when I get commissioned to create a unique gift for that special day  -- in this case to celebrate a wedding -- it's always a reflection of the road the couple traveled.

This custom wedding gift was ordered by the groom for his bride. The bride was in the US Air Force in Alaska and loves nature and all the wild life associated with that state. The groom has very a specific nickname for his bride, "My Angel," and requested that be featured prominently along with his favorite saying "I love you more."

They were both originally born in North Carolina and wanted that mixed in but he requested that Alaska be front and center. He also said his wife had a tattoo of the Alaska flag and stars.

I used the Alaska gold rush tags on the face because the blue used in the plate is a very close match to the US Air Force blue. The sides have the Carolina tags and the center is the bear for her love of wildlife. The top features their wedding date and the Alaska flag is just like her tattoo.

The sides of the wedding gift feature the wedding song "Green Eyes" as well as the bride's birth date.

I think their story has transformed well into a personalized piece of art, and you can see that in the final piece.

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 art at Artsplosure in Raleigh

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I do a lot of art shows around the East Coast, so it was a real nice change to be able to participate in Artsplosure right in Raleigh. It was fun to meet up with many previous clients, as well as folks who had seen articles or news clips about me from Our State Magazine, WRAL's Tar Heel Traveler, UNC-TV, or my story in Southern Living.

It was like a homecoming, and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I also would like to thank all the new friends I made here this time. ABC 11 did a nice feature that included an interview with me, which resulted in more than a few people asking about my license plate art on Sunday.

One of the pieces featured in above news clip is my Bruce Springsteen license plate art. The client who ended up purchasing the Bruce Springsteen piece was so happy with it that he sent me a photo of it in its new home.

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Thanks, Artsplosure and Raleigh, for another great art show.

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License plate art Amy Winehouse Back to Black

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I would love to take credit for this piece but I have to give most of it to my client from Miami. First for requesting this amazing artist. She was so talented but left us to soon. She wanted her favorite Amy songs featured on the piece and we worked really hard on all the other details to make sure Amy could really come thru on the piece.

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Eric Clapton license plate art goes home

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I just returned from doing the St. Stephen's Art show in Coconut Grove Miami. The show was packed, and I met a lot of interesting people there.

Hover, my most memorable experience was a client who came into my booth during the weekend, then called me up as I was driving home to purchase this Eric Clapton piece. When I asked him where I should ship it, he told me the address: 461 Ocean Blvd!!!!

That stopped me in my tracks. Anybody who knows Eric Clapton and his albums knows that the 461 Ocean Blvd. album is probably one of his best.

The gentleman told me his family purchased Eric Clapton's house a few years back and have really enjoyed it. He purchased my Eric Clapton artwork because he felt that it was a really great representation of Eric and his work and it should stay with that home. 

This is why I love being an artist. I love having these experiences and meeting some amazing people. Everyone has a story to tell.

Personalized artwork as thank you gift has special meaning

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Here's a piece of artwork I created for Scott Borchetta, owner of Big Machine Records. It was commissioned as thank you for his generosity at the Americarna Live fundraiser, which I also participated in this year. 

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The license plate art highlights what Mr. Borchetta origins and passions. He's from California and lives in Tennessee.

He's a big race fan so this piece pays tribute to the Dan Gurney Eagle, the Unser brothers and his Big Machine label group. I used the colors from the Johnny Lighting race car down the neck under his name because it is one of his favorites. The checked flag around the center hole represents his love of the Indy 500. I used Tennessee tags on the head stock. The right side keys are numbers from the Marty Robbins 777 race car. The left side keys are 24 for Jeff Gordon, and 98, which represents one of his own race trucks. The number 48 is Dan Gurney.

I want to extend a special thanks to the Americarna people for commissioning me to make this piece. It's definitely one of my favorites.

License plate art for that special someone

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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?

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License plate art is the perfect gift

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Special people get special gifts. They also have great stories. License plate art is a reflection of their journey in more ways than one. 

Here's what my client, Tracie said: 

"Peter, it was really easy working with you. You understood what I wanted right away!  All I can say is WOW!!!! The guitar is so amazing!!! Exactly what I had envisioned!!! Love love love it!!!

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License plate art for Brad Paisley in Country Music Hall of Fame

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Today I learned that the license plate art guitar sculpture that I created for country music star Brad Paisley is featured in his exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

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A few years ago, I had the privilege of recreating Brad Paisley's signature Telecaster style using his own license plates that he had saved and shared with me. I had read about his vanity plate, GTRPLR. which you can see in the center, and mentioned in a Southern Living article that I would love to use it in a guitar. That caught his attention, and the guitar was created. I met him in Raleigh when he played at Walnut Creek, and he was very gracious. (I had already delivered the license plate guitar art sculpture to him which is why I'm just holding a photo.)

Today I learned that Brad Paisley chose my license plate guitar to be included in his exhibit, Diary of a Player, which opened today at the Country Music Hall of Fame. My guitar will be on display from November 18, 2016 - May 14, 2017. If you're in Nashville, let me know if you see the exhibit. I hope to get there soon.

License plate art for Red Robin Mechanicsburg PA

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I have worked with Red Robin for the last three years on the remodel of their restaurants across the U.S. One of the great things about the experience is the opportunity it has given me to explore what makes each one of these little towns special.

I use the same process that I use whenever I create a guitar that has special meaning. I conduct research to find significant details and transform my findings to create license plate art that  speaks to the people who live there.

Here is a license plate guitar that I created for the Red Robin restaurant in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Their motto is, "it's a good place to live." I also included the year the town was incorporated.

American Graffiti for Americarna live 2016

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This license plate art was created for the 2016 Americarna live auction. The host Ray Evernham has recently restored the 1958 Impala featured in the hit movie American Graffiti. 

The theme of the benefit is American Graffiti. So when i did my research I wanted to feature that iconic image of Mels drive in. The movie is about a few friends there cars and a last night in a small town in Californa

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.

Guitar art in Red Robin gourmet burgers

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I have been working with Red Robin gourmet burgers for the last three years by creating custom guitar art for each of their 500 restaurants across the US. The project has been a lot of fun. I have made several custom pieces for certain locations across the country. They reflect the interest of the Red Robin patrons and surrounding businesses.

For example, I recently created this custom wall art to feature Lehigh University for a Red Robin restaurant in Pennsylvania. Watch this video to see some of the details I created in the piece. it includes their logo, when the university was established, the name of their sports team and their passion for football.

I love working closely with my restaurant clients to create a unique dining experience. This really gives their customers a personal hometown feel. It reflects the people who visit their restaurants and the things they love.

Custom birthday gift for a Rush fan

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I created this custom 40th birthday gift for my client who lives in North Carolina. When his wife contacted me, she told me during our interview that he is a big Rush fan and has been to many of their concerts over the years. On this custom gift, I cut, shaped and molded license plates to feature his favorite "Roll the Bones" tour and his favorite song, Xanadu. The license plate art uses a classic Les Paul shape to keep that rock and roll theme. This custom wall art uses license plates from the states he has lived to tell his personal story.

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