No one can complain that Royal Enfield doesn't make them like they used to. In India, the motorcycle bike manufacturer is still busily cranking out machines just the way it always has, right down to their hand-painted tanks. It's difficult to fathom that once not so long ago, every motorcycle and car on the road was available with hand-painted details.

With changing tastes and the arrival of vinyl and computerized vinyl cutters, that art has all but vanished from fashion. These days, those who can apply paint with a steady and skilled hand are masters of a dying art.

Workers at the Royal Enfield plant have been kind enough to show off what goes into painting the company's beautifully pinstriped tanks. We have to admire the genuine investment the artist has in his work, as well as the pride he so obviously takes in the finished product. Check out the video after the jump to see what we mean.



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      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      My jaw just broke my desk in two...
      • 3 Years Ago
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      DT
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quite impressive. If I had that job, I wouldn't wear nice clothes, because after 15 minutes it would be all over my shirt, my pants, and smudged everywhere on the tank. Amazing how he can keep from accidentally rubbing into the wet paint.
      axiomatik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful Craftsmanship that is so rare today.
      TOGO
      • 3 Years Ago
      What skill, amazing!
      Christopher
      • 3 Years Ago
      IMPRESSED!!! Highly impressed...
      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      Insane artisan skills there. Perfectly closing the loop to where he began, at the same thickness. Varying the thickness by the amount of pressure as he goes down, it takes such a steady hand. Hats off to the painter.
      chan625
      • 3 Years Ago
      Classy....and yeah he'll be hugely underpaid :(
      Kris Dimitroff
      • 3 Years Ago
      F**k me!
      Ravi Shanker
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys should really check out the Royal Enfield ad http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Amy8yS9OTQE Brilliant picturised, shows what it really means to the city & its people!
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      human robot. my hands would shake doing that
        creamwobbly
        • 3 Years Ago
        @joe shmoe
        No actually, you can see he's human -- right before he starts painting the second side. That's emotion, dedication, *love*.
      xthebillx
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...and what about that nickel-sized dent in the left side of the tank?
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