Obviously, you can’t really tattoo a car because it’s made of hard, unyielding metal instead of soft, absorbent skin. But what Lexus and experienced tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe have achieved with this UX is pretty damn close.
The six-month project, including five eight-hour days of ‘tattooing,’ has resulted in what Lexus is calling the world’s first tattooed car. Instead of a needle, De Sabe used something called a Dremel drill to engrave an intricate pattern into the UX’s plain white bodywork, in some places taking it right down to bare metal. Five layers of high-quality paint were then applied, and the whole thing topped off with gold leaf details and, finally, a protective clear coat.
The design, which covers virtually the whole car, features a koi motif that’s supposed to represent “qualities of good fortune and perseverance.” It’s estimated the bill for the work, were you to commission it yourself, would cost around £120,000 (P7.25 million). That’s substantially more than the car was worth to begin with.
Very clever, no?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.