Dave Perewitz knows a thing or two about painting a motorcycle. He once did a $20,000 paint job for the band Aerosmith. As they say, the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, and his daughter Jody is a talented painter in her own right. Fittingly, the two have forged their own niche in the custom bike show sector with the Perewitz Paint Show, presenting awards for categories like “Best Use of Color,” “Best Art Work” and “Best Graphics.” Instead of traditional awards, winners get one-off custom-painted Perewitz prizes, adding to the uniqueness of the show.

Over 40 motorcycles rolled into the Broken Spoke Saloon wearing their paint like tattooed skin. The two worlds share many of the same themes, from tribal patterns to traditional Japanese images like koi and geisha to the ever-popular skulls. Gold inlay, hand-laid pinstripes, and metal flake glimmered in the Florida sun with paint jobs that undoubtedly cost more than some people’s motorcycles. The show was comprised primarily of baggers since they offer a big palette for eye-popping paint. Turbo-boosted engines were also a popular choice, as were air ride suspension and ear-splitting audio systems. And if you thought the big wheel bagger craze had faded into the distance, it has not gone gently into that good night. Contrarily, the phenomenon was alive and well at Bike Week.  The Daytona Beach Perewitz Paint Show also featured a sound system competition with two different categories, six speakers or less or more than six, with the “Baggers & Bass Best Sound Award” up for grabs.

This Vicla-style Softail was catching every last glimmer of sunshine. 
The crazy amount of detail in this headdress paint job had to have taken a seriously long time. 
"Southern Style" by SouthernBoy Baggers was high on style. 
This paint job was very tattoo-like.