Good painters want to show their work. Most motorcycle painters have a bike or two around for customers to view. Ask to see their photo album. Study the painter's style. "Some painters do only pictures, some graphics, some trick paint," says Hoffman. "Also, all custom painters have their 'look.' For instance, some have long, flowing flames while some have short, heavy flames." Matching the painter's style to the envisioned scheme pays dividends. Remember, a painter's book is his or her audition. Check several shops before bringing in bodywork. Be sure to ask for references, too.