Writer at Work and Play


on the subject that he co-wrote with members of the popular TV show. The book is titled, Pro Pinstripe Technique, by Wolfgang Publications, and also credited to “East Coast Artie with the East Coast Pinstripe Police,” an insider handshake that distinguishes them within the national band of brothers.

Mike has had Unique Signs for 25 years, but has been an artist and pinstriper since he was a teenager. In under three hours, and for under $150 total, he made and applied the two decals—each white stripe is edged in black— to perfectly mimic factory-produced boot versions not available on my model.

As I was pulling out my car, a sweet Chevelle convertible was pulling in, awaiting Mike’s handiwork. “Mike’s the master,” said the owner. “I’m here to listen to Mike’s ideas and go with it.”  Mike look embarrassed, saying, “Come on,” then he looked over the car and, sweeping his and along the sides of it said, “I’ve got some great ideas that will look good over here and over here,” then grabbed a pencil, reached for something to draw on and got to work.

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Mini Cooper boot before, above, and after, top.