Camper Van Graffiti Art With Montana Spray Paint

Camper Van Graffiti Art With Montana Spray Paint

van-painting-drew-and-perkYesterday was a long, hot day of painting a camper van in the sun.

I’m happy with how the painting turned out.

I have 10-15 more vans to go…..

Here’s how it all came about:


Our New Zealand Van

On our trip to New Zealand in February, we rented a camper van from Escape Camper Rentals. When we got there, the German girl who checked us in said “wow, if I knew YOU were coming, I’d have had a white van for you to paint!”

Andrew & Rob, the owners of Escape, just opened a location in Los Angeles and asked if I could paint a few vans here – about 10-15.  I said “let’s do it.”  So, yesterday we experimented with the first one at their lot in Lawndale.  Here’s how it went:

Sketching it on with Pencil

Sketching it on with Pencil

First:  I designed it on paper with the shape of the van in mind.  Then I drew the on the van roughly with a pencil, to give me a map to follow.


Taping off first color combo

My first color combination was yellow, orange and red.

After it dried (pretty instant), I taped that off and sprayed my second color combination of dark blue to light blue to white.

Applying Detail while Brian Ill Films

Applying Detail while Brian Ill Films

I added some detail with Uni Posca Pens and an airbrush, then pulled the tape!

Gotta have Poscas!

Gotta have Poscas!

For spray paint, I use Montana Spray paints because the colors are bright and bold and it sprays on real smooth and easy. (They are great for surfboards, too.)

I didn’t have any problems with this whole project – much to my surprise – the only real problem was painting out in the hot sun for 10 hours.

Thanks to my good friends Perk (John Perkinson) and producer Brian ILL, we were able to document the painting in stills and video.


One side Completed!

The finish turned out really great and I can’t wait for it to be clear coated, making the colors pop.  Seeing it drive down the road will be awesome!

We had so much fun in our camper van in New Zealand – it’s such a great way to travel around, especially if you have a lot of surfboards with you and you’re going from surf spot to surf spot.  This van is ready for rental now – if you’re interested, Call Escape Camper Rentals at 541-408-4979.

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  • Surfing Van and Killer Art | Drew Brophy - Surf Lifestyle Artist
    Posted at 19:41h, 04 February

    […] was so excited when I had the opportunity to paint vans for Escape Camper Vans.  It was such a release to be able to paint anything I wanted on these blank canvases that would […]

  • Mark Rush
    Posted at 06:52h, 06 August

    Being a veteran of airbrushed vans……YOU are a natural! Tons of thought and time go into a van project like this….I have never seen anything like it or even close……lots of pride in the ride there…..has to be a blast to rent one of these and cruise around in it…

  • charlotte
    Posted at 07:25h, 23 July

    that’s so cool !
    i wish i get a Van like that 😀

  • Jenni Burge
    Posted at 08:43h, 29 May

    Hi Maria,
    Yo mentioned “No Impact on environment”, I am very curious. This past year I started playing around with spray paints in my art pieces and just recently found this website (Very, very cool by the way). But I have never heard of invironmentally safe spray paints. Is the “Montana spray paints” Drew mentioned above, the name brand and where cane they be purchased? And what makes them environment safe?
    Just a FYI: I was searching the web for ome inspiration for painting my laundry room to be like under the sea and included in that I made a surfboard to hang from the ceiling that I wanted to paint really cool too, Drew is awesome and so generous with his talents, gifts, & tricks. And I think it is so cool that he uses multiple mediums. I am so inspired ~ I want to spray paint so many things now!!
    Bless you both and may your creativeness continue to flourish*

  • Maria "Spunk" Brophy
    Posted at 11:01h, 28 May

    We’ve taken great care to be able to proudly say that these paintings have no impact on the environment or neighborhood, other than positively adding to the aesthetic beauty of LA!

  • Carl Abejon
    Posted at 15:54h, 27 May

    Does the paint overspray have an impact the neighborhood, or the environment because of being done outdoors?
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Pam Guthrie
    Posted at 09:56h, 27 May

    Wow – Drew… I’m LOVIN’ your artwork on the VAN !! You KNOW you need to “hook up” your friends at ESCAPE CAMPER RENTALS with the “East Coast” and have them to call THE MYRTLE BEACH REAL ESTATE SPECIALIST: “ME”… I think their company would go over WELL in the Myrtle Beach/Surfside areas ESPECIALLY with YOUR artwork !! I would LOVE TO RENT ONE !!!
    Pam Guthrie

  • mitch fields
    Posted at 20:13h, 18 May

    what awesome talent you have I think the van and boards are just so creative I wish I were on the west coast to see it and surf them live.keep it brother .

  • Andrew
    Posted at 04:17h, 18 May

    Thanks for that great job on camper #1 Drew. Look forward to catching you in LA next Week. Cheers -Andrew

  • Perk
    Posted at 20:31h, 14 May

    Wait til you guys see the other side! It’s siiiiiiiiiiick!!!!!

  • Andres Grillet
    Posted at 13:25h, 14 May

    That’s so cool Drew, for me is one of the best projects that you have done.

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