At first blush, Aston Martin and tattooing mix about as well as the Balvenie 30 and an Orange Julius. “The car is a work of art in its own right,” dapper Brooklyn-born graffiti and tattoo artist KAVES says as we stand over a brand-new Vanquish Volante. “How do you reinvent something perfect?”
It’s a good question. But KAVES has put his hand to it, layering the gorgeous silver drop-top with thick swaths of burnt orange paint, blood-red splatter and whimsical grey storm clouds. Portions of the car’s argent-coated carbon fiber skin peek through in lightning bolt patterns along the flanks and hood, enunciating its musculature. Much like a traditional Vanquish, it looks poised to erupt, and maybe eat your face.