Paint by James

Tacoma, WA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Ive been doing it since I was a kid in my parents shops. I not only do all forms of custom paint and Art work. I do all the body work, prep and finish work as well.. No need to go to three different shops. I know paints of all kinds and know what to do or not do. I also have thousands of awards for my work over the years both locally and nationally. So if its quality and experiance you want then im your guy. Ive been trusted with the most exotic and expensive cars in the world

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

what I like most would be the creative part. Creating something new and wild. Or something that will drop jaws. I love it when a customer just gives me a basic theme or concept and lets me handle the rest with complete artistic freedom. Unfortunately most people want something a certain way or just like something else.. This is no problem for me and what I can practically do with my eyes closed.. Nothing compares to having full artistic freedom with an unlimited budget.. Woohooo! That would be my ultimate full time goal.


Tacoma, WA 98444

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11 Reviews
  • Paul S. Jan 23, 2014
    I had James paint a motorcycle for me. I told him what I wanted and let him decide how the design should look. quite frankly I was taken back by the amount of detail and workmanship that he put into the project. Even non bike lovers comment on the paint job. Thanks James!
  • Keith G. Jan 22, 2014
    While I have never had James do any work for me, I have seen some of his work close up. He is an amazing artist and really puts a lot of effort into his works. He is also a man of integrity and will not try and cheat you. Whether painting cars, painting motorcycles, painting, murals, or painting people, everything comes out looking totally professional, so much so that a famous artist had him recreate one of their works for the hood of one of his cars. Oh, and James is also starting to dabble in tattoos. Although he may still have a ways to go to be considered a professional in that profession, his tats are really starting to take shape and look phenomenal.
  • Mishele D. Jan 22, 2014
    Not only a truly amazing airbrush artist but also one of the kindest most down to earth folks I have ever met. Also, he is knowledgeable and well rounded. You get the whole package with James Scott.
  • JF S. Jan 22, 2014
    This guy ROCKS! Any media, any kind of art. I highly recommend!
  • Rob G. Jan 22, 2014
    James Scott did a Grim Reaper themed airbrushed custom paint with true fire flames on my 2008 Suzuki B-King. The artwork and quality of the job was simply put, outstanding. He captured the real flame look and when light hit the paint the flames popped and seemed to come to life. I was blown away and the bike drew crowds at stops during rides. I highly recommend James's work. See for yourself!
  • Michelle K. Jan 22, 2014
    I’ve had numerous experiences with James, and his talents. I've seen him work on cars (including mine), trucks, RV's, boats, motorcycles, buildings; it really an endless list. The quality of his craftsmanship is superior to that of anyone’s I’ve seen. He takes pride in each and every step he takes to perform the task at hand. His art work in general exceed the definition of creativity. Not to mention he has an all-around peaceful, and humble personality, which makes it pleasant to do business with him every time.
  • David S. Jan 22, 2014
    James work is amazing!
  • Dave H. Jan 22, 2014
    James Scott has done absolutely amazing work on the projects which I have had him accomplish. From our trucks to our Stunt Teams Sport Bikes, this guy is the most amazing artist I have ever seen hands down! It did not take long to figure out why this slogan I saw on his website was more than accurate, "Not just show quality, Award Winning Show Quality!"! James, thanks for all of the wonderment you have worked in the past and we look forward to the future!
  • Steven H. Jan 22, 2014
    The motorcycle used as his avatar photo is my bike, the amount of detail and the amount of quality put into his work is incredible. I waited for several years before finding the right painter and I am very glad I did. Very few people have the creative insight that James does. If I ever am in a position to have one of my cars painted he will be the first person I go to regardless of where I live.
  • John C. Jan 22, 2014
    This dude is talented beyond belief. He can paint, tattoo, draw or airbrush anything.
  • Jon K. Oct 5, 2012
    Vehicle Exterior Services
    Verified Review
    Received good advice, much appreciated.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Price all depends on what you want, what kinds of paints you want, what colors you want, what kind of clear coat.. what kind of prep and finish work you want. Also what you want the art work done on.. A portrait of Elvis may cost $150 on a t-shirt but $500 on a leather jacket, or $1000 on a car or $2,000 on an RV or $5,000 on the side of a bulding.. THe same exact portrait lol
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I always stay up on the latest and greatest methods and products.. Keeps it interesting plus its cool being the first to try something. Many companies will give me free samples or schooling to try out their products witch is nice..
How did you get started doing this type of work?
was raised in the biz! Happen to be a gifted Artist that keeps it interesting
What types of customers have you worked with?
Race car drivers, to custom car and bike lovers, to NFL players, to celebrities to every day people that love custom paint. Flames, logos, portraits, skulls, fabrication, graphics, portraits, candy paint,all custom paint
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
proud of all my jobs at the time...I always try and out do my last job so I still keep getting better and better . I guess I could look back 10 years and say I am not as proud of some of those jobs. But at the time they were awesome and I was very proud. lol
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be careful choosing a body shop or Artist.. Remember most Artists dont have a clue about car paints and body work.. If they mess it up can they afford to fix it? It is also very easy for a shop to rip off customers and very easy for them to keep your car if you dont pay your bill when its done.. Dont put half down and hope you will have the rest by time car is done.. Make sure you have all the cash before starting. Dont put down more then half or they will take forever on your car or wont do as good a job.. if they still have money coming you have some leverage still..Also get the full amount in writing before hand... read fine print! I re do so many jobs that were done poorly..
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I prefer to mostly do The custom artwork these days.. I will do body work if its part of a custom paint job or if the car or bike isn't perfect enough for my paint.. But I wont just do body work. I am a custom painter so it inst wise to have me do a plain old factory paint job when a body shop would do it for less. I do not like seeing people waist their money and usually will send them to the best place for their needs and budget.