Peter Geiger

Custom license plate art

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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Custom corporate gifts are well received

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I have to say it's really fun being an artist. I have made so many new connections and love sharing my work with everyone on social media. When I received an order for five pieces to commemorate a company milestone I was very happy. The hard part was not being able to share any of this while it was on the bench. So to everybody on the web I just want to say, No, I did not take the month of March off; I was working. But I did go back to NY to see my family at Easter. And, when my sister said to me, "Peter, you haven't had a job in 4 years," all I could think was,  'damn (Daniel) that's good.' I work harder now than I ever did, and love every minute of it.

Now, here's what I did in March. Read more details and my client's gracious testimonial here:

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License plates' reflective qualities reflect on life

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When clients see my artwork there's always some type of connection. Then when they look closer they see it’s not a real guitar it’s a sculpture made from vintage license plates. Then they get the story from the tags, the places they are from and the reflection qualities of the tags. The reflection is also a reflection of a life it's self.

Then they imagine what their story would look like in this format. They start to remember the places they have lived or traveled and music that has touched them along this journey called life.

Then I get the email about a request and the fun begins. This has been the best job I have ever had meeting so many great people along the way.

So here's another. Dan is from Illinois and spent most of his life in the Air Force and finished with the rank of Chief. The name of his company is "Prime Beef." He is a huge Johnny Cash fan, favorite song Get Rhythm. Being a loyal Cubs fan he wanted that featured too.'

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A Red Robin stop sparks idea for artwork to commemorate family trip

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I was contacted by a client who stopped in a Red Robin Gourmet Burger Restaurant and had seen my license plate art featured as part of their recent remodel project.

He said he had also seen me on TV a while back and always liked my artwork. While waiting for his food with his family, he realized my artwork would make a great custom piece to commemorate their summer family trip across the U.S.

They had taken their kids on a real patriotic journey. They visited many of the historic sites they would learn about in school. Th kids got to actually experience our American history instead of reading about it in a book or learning about it in a classroom.

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Their stops included Ft. Henry in Maryland, Williamsburg, ,VA, Jamestown, PA, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross' house, and Gettysburg, PA. They went to the Hershey Factory too, as well as Boston, MA, the USS Constitution and Plymouth Rock.

My job was getting all those sites on my artwork. I got to work. 

I wanted a real patriotic feel to the piece and also wanted to highlight their family saying "5ISENUF." They have a personalized tag on there car that states this.The family is from NC and wanted this featured also. 

Personalized wall art features U.S. states 

I used license plates from all the states they visited, and put their kids' names around the outside and their photo in the middle. The flag theme ties it all together.

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Best raffle prize - custom acoustic guitar wall decor

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I'm often commissioned to create personalized guitar wall art that can be used as a raffle prize or in a silent auction. I've created pieces for companies to feature as raffle prizes at their annual events, charities that raise money for good causes, and other occasions.

This piece was created especially for Thomas Point Beach's Bluegrass festival. (fill in the blank here). We could link to the Keller Williams one if you have one up. Do you?