When Chris Frasher, a 1994 graduate of Ardmore High School, painted his first helmet, in 1988, he had no idea he was beginning his career. “I started doing dirt bike helmets for all of my buddies because we all rode, and it just grew from there.” Today, he owns his own custom paint shop, CF Designs Paint, has had his work published in numerous magazines, and does specialized paint jobs for the fifth largest Harley Davidson shop in the nation.
“I probably wouldn’t have got this opportunity if it wasn’t for Longhorn Scooters in Lone Grove,” Frasher said. “The owner gave me a chance in 2005, and it just took off from there.” Through word of mouth, he was presented the opportunity to perform a custom paint job for a service manager’s bike from Texoma Harley in Sherman, Texas. This deed opened the door to doing custom work for Texas Harley in Bedford, Texas. “They’ve been the biggest client I’ve ever had, and it’s changed my life.”
One of his favorite aspects of his work for Texas Harley is working on the new bikes.
“We’re painting brand new motor cycles. They’re pulling them off the floor, tearing them apart, and sending them up here,” Chris said. “It’s nice that they aren’t beat up and covered in bugs and tar.” He can get right to work doing what he does best.
He also enjoys the challenge of matching colors and re-creating factory techniques. For a recent job, he worked on painting a trailer for a Harley Davidson CVO. The bike had stripes that were faded from orange to red, and he needed to duplicate that on the trailer.
“We had to fade all of those colors and try to make it match,” Frasher said. “That’s the hardest thing — getting the right color.”
Fortunately, he’s quite savvy at just that skill. For another of his projects, he recreated the color Tiffany blue to make a one-of-a-kind motorcycle.
“We actually took a Tiffany box and matched the color to it,” he said. “The lady who ended up buying it had gone into the store with her husband to pick up his new bike, saw it, and knew she had to have it. She’d never ridden a motorcycle in her life, but had to have it because it was that color.”
In addition to working with motorcycles, he’s also created custom paint jobs on vehicles. His work has even appeared on the cover of magazines such as a Rod & Custom and High Performance Pontiac. His talent and dedication have taken him from a child painting helmets to an accomplished professional, and the future holds even more promise.