Jay Skorupski - artist
XSPAINT LLC officially started in June 2008, but the idea was created long before that.
It was a typical summer day. Jay Skorupski, the man behind the airbrush, was hanging out at a local bike shop when he noticed a cube of packing foam and an Exacto blade sitting on the counter. In his natural creative nature, Jay started carving and whittling the foam into a 3 dimensional flame lick. Very fitting for being at a custom motorcycle shop right? After about 5 minutes his creation was done. The shop manager quickly noticed the foam lick sitting on the counter. He immediately asked if Jay could "flame a bike" and handed him a roll of fine line tape and pointed to an all white Harley-Davidson Fatboy. Within a short while the bike was covered in tape and looked like blue pinstripe flames had just been applied. The manager said "Looks like we have a guy to do our flame jobs”.
A few weeks passed and Jay found himself with a medium he was very familiar with - a paper and pencil. The manager went on a coffee run and was only gone for about 5 minutes. In that time, Jay sketched a comic book character on the scrap of paper. When the manager returned and saw the drawing he quickly asked "Did you JUST draw that?". Jay responded "yeah, why?". He was then asked if he could airbrush. (Throughout his childhood he had experience with all types of mediums ranging from color pencils to acrylic and oil paints, but the airbrush was pretty unfamiliar to him. His father got him a Badger 150 kit when he was 13 and, after using it primarily for doing graffiti art on a piece of wood, he pushed it to the side and continued with what he was used to).
When asked if he could airbrush he said "I messed around with one when I was a kid, but that's it". A day later, a neighbor lent him an airbrush to see if he had an interest in it. It only took a couple trigger pulls for him to realize that it just "fits". It was like it was meant to be. Everything made sense. He was able to take the images in his head and quickly transfer them to a surface - in this case it was a motorcycle fender - in a way he never could have dreamed of using traditional methods with pencil and paper. After a couple of practice fenders and learning how urethane paints work, he was ready to start taking on clients. Within 4 months of nonstop painting, Jay won his first "BEST PAINT" trophy in Springfield, Mass. After that, he was totally hooked and the rest is history.