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Lexus Builds First Tattooed Car To Cost Above ₦50m

From custom-built to modifications and now tattoos??? There’s nothing we won’t see in the automobile world. May we present the first fully tattooed car – a Lexus UX, you heard that right FULLY TATTOOED CAR. This one-of-a-kind interpretation of the UX SUV has been designed and created by leading London tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe.

Using a pure white car as her “canvas” and a Dremel drill tool in place of a fine tattooing needle, Claudia produced a sweeping design featuring koi carp along the entire length of the vehicle. The koi is a motif familiar from traditional Japanese art, representing qualities of good fortune and perseverance.

Claudia used the Dremel tool to drill away the surface paint and expose the metal underneath. This procedure is to create a complex pattern. She then applied five liters of high-quality car paint by hand to bring out the details. As a finishing touch, she used gold leaf to create highlights and give the design a stronger 3D effect, before the whole vehicle was given a protective lacquer coating so that it can be driven on the road.





The process took 6 months to complete from the initial drawings. It was a physically demanding task with the vibration of the drill and working with an object. “When you tattoo a person, you have to think about the muscles and tissue beneath the skin”, said Claudia. “With the car, it was about the way the bodywork changes shape over the framework. The best thing about tattooing the Lexus UX, and the reason why this car was ideal for the project, is its streamlined shape. Everything from the lines on the side of the body and the shape of the windows, everything is just so dynamic and beautiful. It was a perfect fit for the design and the concept itself”, she added.

The tattooed UX doesn’t have a price tag, but it’s estimated the bespoke work would cost upwards of ₦50m.

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