A bit of backstory real fast.
I am a student photographer. When I graduate I have a plan to buy a Sprinter and convert it to a mobile workspace/home. I plan on living in the van for 2 years after school to offset its cost and construction. After that I will find more permanent living arrangements and keep the van for work and play.
I have been researching here and various other sites and compiling plans on how to do so without spending a ton as well as keeping the vehicle in more of a stealth operating order as not to draw a ton of attention to myself in the urban areas i will be parking/living in.
As I do not have plans to be traveling a ton. More like working in major cities for months at a time. So my issue becomes concealing the contents by keeping the outside looking like it belongs in a more industrial urban area. I have had several ideas on how to do so. Having custom vehicle magnents made with different made up business names/functions ect. but upon further consideration I felt that an observant eye or an authority might take this as threat or criminal activity. The last thing I want to do is draw attention from any form of law enforcement.
There is something to be said about the size and odd shape of the sprinter. I would normally go with something other than such a large vehicle but the photo gear I have to carry to be effective in business wouldnt allow a smaller vehicle. So now comes the task of making this vehicle blend.. I personally dont think that a bright white shiny van blends well anywhere. I also think that a black van draws uneeded attention like FBI style vehicles. And frankly I dont do color in that much of quantity.
So I started looking for ideas. I think I have found a reasonable solution. Or at least a great base/ awesome idea for other van/rv owners.
This artist http://www.kevincyr.net/
has an amazing talent. I have contacted him to see if he could produce a painting that would look semi realistic from a distance to "distress" the look of an otherwise new vehicle. Much like his work in this painting "Great Jones" which I have attached. I dont think the need for it to be extremely worn or derelict is what I would be looking for, just mildly.
Now if my idea is correct, myself or anyone could have work like this mans made into a wrap much like you see commercial business's using for advertisements. A really great idea for those of you who would want a look like this without actually messing up your paint!
Anyways thanks for reading and I look forward to any comments or ideas you have regarding this thread. Also if you love this mans work I encourage you to at least purchase a print from him if you have the means. It truly is amazing and inspiring.