Trends are interesting. They are usually seen at being in one realm. But often the trend has something that makes it cool and therefore it is often applied to other realms of car culture, or culture in general. One trend I want to identify today and share is the Fighter Plane Shark paint job. The first documented nose art (according to Wikipedia) was on an italian flying boat (it's an airplane) in 1913. By WWII nose art was in full swing. Everyone had it. One extremely popular style was the open sharks mouth and eyes, which was used in "1943 (by) the 39th Fighter Squadron became the first Americansquadron in their theatre with 100 kills, they adopted the shark-face for their P-38 Lightnings.[8] " - Wikipedia.

That has been used on so many cars with, what I think is often great success. What do you think of this paint job? Which has been your favorite you've ever seen?

These are a few actual planes which inspired the look.\

Here is a Tall-T from a car show. Hot rods were probably the first street vehicles to reflect nose art.

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It's been seen on sport bikes.

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It's been seen on muscle cars.

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And I think we can agree that this guy from Burning Man has basically taken it to the extreme.

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Thnks to rademacherdan for the picture (Flickr Creative commons.)

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