About Pinups

A pinup girl, also known as a pin-up model, is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture. Pin-ups are intended for informal display. Pinup girls may be glamour models, fashion models, and actresses.

The term pinup may also refer to drawings, paintings, and other illustrations done in emulation of these photos (see the list of pinup artists). The term was first attested to in English in 1941; however, the practice is documented back at least to the 1890s.

The pin up images could be cut out of magazines or newspapers, or be from postcard or chromo-lithographs, and so on. Such photos often appear on calendars, which are meant to be pinned up anyway. Later, posters of pin-up girls were mass-produced. They became an instant hit.

Many pin ups were photographs of celebrities who were considered sex symbols. One of the most popular early pin-up girls was Betty Grable. Her poster was ubiquitous in the lockers of G.I.s during World War II. Other pin-ups were artwork, often depicting idealized versions of what some thought a particularly beautiful or attractive woman should look like. An early example of the latter type was the Gibson girl, drawn by Charles Dana Gibson. The genre also gave rise to several well-known artists specializing in the field.

During the Rockabilly movement Pinups became very popular and using Pin-Up Decals to adorn guitars became very Vogue.  Brian Setzer of the Stray Cats had several Pinup Decals on his guitars as well as Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols.

We offer Great Pinups plus a lot more, and we’re in the US.

Some time in the 1960s it became fashionable to add Pin-Up Decals to guitars.  The great part about using Waterslide Pinup decals is that they give the appearance of a custom paint-job at a budget price.  Having your guitar painted would cost hundreds of dollars and meant that you had to have it recoated with a Nitro-Cellulose coating and you would be without your guitar for some time.  With Pin Up waterslide decals you get instant gratification in minutes.  At $9.75 per sheet they are economical and they apply in minutes.  You can clear-coat over them to make them permanent or leave them un-coated, even the Fender Custom shop does not coat over them.  We have provided Pin-Up Waterslide decals to major Guitar custom shops throughout the United States and all over the world.  We provided the Pin Up waterslides that Gibson’s custom shop used on the limited edition Steve Jones Gibson Les Paul.  You can find the same sheet in our store as was used on the Steve Jones Les Paul featuring the Ukulele Cowgirl and the Record girl by typing in 23 into the search bar.

We also offer Pin Up Decals in a variety of medium.

We offer Pin-Up Decals in Waterslides which can be applied to any smooth surface including vintage style guitars without any damage to the surface.  These are very popular for those who want to add a little zing to their bathrooms.  They can be added to painted cabinets and pre-installed tiles and on cabinet knobs.  Anything smooth surface that will not be exposed to large amounts of water are the ideal place for our waterslide decals.  Just remember to order transparent PinUp decals for white or light colored surfaces and White Pin-Up decals for darker surfaces.

We offer Pin Up decals in a bake-on Water slide medium which can be used on any surface that can withstand a 350 Degree home oven.  These are very popular for people who want to put pinups in their bathrooms on the tile.  The bake on decals must be applied prior to installation.  The Bake on Pinup decals are also very popular amongst jewelry makers because they can be added to porcelain cabs prior to being set into necklaces, earrings and bracelets.  We have also used them on porcelain coasters and they look fabulous

20 Responses to About Pinups

  1. gary suko says:

    Will the waterslide decals stick the best to airplane cowling ????

    • The general rule to waterslides is that water applies them and water will remove them. IF you are going to clear coat over them then waterslides are the best way to go. Waterslides are a very thin membrane of plastic with the image printed on it. Because the membrane is so thin the image actually looks as though it has been painted on the surface especially if the image is clear-coated over. If you will not be clear-coating over the image then waterslides just aren’t the way to go.

      • By the way Gary, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a product that can accommodate your project. We do carry vinyl decals which may be the way to go for you. Also I did want to add that we are limited in the size of decals we can produce, however Jerri @ Victorygirl.com can produce most any size decal you could need up to 3 feet by 30 feet…. Yeah, that’s a big decal.

  2. Sherry says:

    I want to make a decal for my houseboat with the boat name and one of the pinup images in the center, so I need a custom size. Is it possible to either a) have you make a decal with the boat name and the image, or b) get the pinup image in an electronic format so I can have a local sign shop make the decal with the boat name and pinup?

    • Unfortunately we never send our images in electronic format since once they leave our hands, we have no control of what happens to them and how they will be used. We spend many hours cleaning up and improving these vintage pin-up images so they can be used in decal format.

  3. Jeff says:

    Can you please post more examples of the models the artists used?

  4. Crefrelplic says:

    I keep coming back to your blog to see what else you have written.

  5. Cedric says:

    Love these waterslides, I’ve put them on several of my guitars. We just can’t get this quality in the UK.

  6. Peter says:

    Keep up the good work. Loving it.

  7. Fredric says:

    Thankyou, great information

  8. Cref says:

    Indeed, you guessed it appropriate. Thanks for the post

  9. J Jones says:

    You will never get a decals of this quality elsewhere.

  10. Ed S. says:

    Excessive is available for those individual’s your call which brand you choose

  11. larosh says:

    me : People with minimal knowledge about retro pinups can get a lot of information from this blog.

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  13. Otello says:

    Great Blog, thanks

  14. Alanna says:

    Great website!!! This is a VERY POWERFUL and POPULAR topic. I am so glad you posted this information

  15. Daby says:

    This is great information on Vintage Style pinups from the World War II era. Thank you so much.

  16. Goo Goo says:

    I’m planning on putting a few decals on my Strat.

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