The bold design was inspired by Japanese Manga animation.
To help ease the wait for the new Nissan Z car to arrive, we've started to see artists offer some radical new takes on older models like the current 370Z and its predecessor, the Nissan 350Z, to give the aging sports car a new lease of life. Earlier this month, someone made their Nissan 350Z stand out from the crowd by wrapping it in artificial grass. Now, Florida-based artist Kyle Bryce Monteiro, better known as 'KBMER,' has created an incredibly eye-catching custom paint job for the Nissan 350Z.
Using nothing but off-the-shelf Montana Cans spray paint and markers, the graffiti artist has created a unique, bold design featuring multiple shades of blue that replicates the cel-shaded art style of a Japanese manga comic book.
It looks like it belongs in an episode of Initial D. As a finishing touch, a comic book-style shadow was even added to the ground for the car's photoshoot. The striking design took just a few hours to create.
This stunning Initial D-style Nissan 350Z was designed for the car's owner, Roy Richardson, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Before it was given a graffiti makeover, the Nissan 350Z was completely stock, meaning it's still powered by a 3.5-liter V6 producing 306 horsepower and 268 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
"We did it just for the love of cars and Initial D, but also to break the mold on art," Richardson told CarBuzz. The design was created for Richardson's birthday. Having also owned several FC-generation Mazda RX-7s, Richardson is clearly a fan of Japanese sports cars.
A quick browse on the artist's Facebook page shows this isn't the first time Kyle has given the Nissan 350Z the graffiti treatment. Back in April, the artist also created a custom paint job for the 350Z inspired by the 'Alien vs Predator' film.