Hernan D’Aloia, of Montclair, CA., is the owner and operator of Hernan’s Custom Engraving. He began engraving in the lowriding scene fourteen-years ago when he started engraving on his lowrider bike called “Argentinian Pride.” Soon, he started doing engraving on other bikes before moving on to cars. “I used to use an Air Scribe tool to engrave, which is the incorrect tool,” explained Hernan.

“Engraving was hard because I was self-taught and I didn’t have time to go to school or to take any lessons.” Hernan kept engraving as a side job, but as time went by, he was getting more and more clients until he was engraving full time. “I think when I did the Lowrider Bomb of the year named “Pura Vida” and also when Lowrider Magazine added a category called Outstanding Engraving, my business started taking off. During that time I was working on a car called “Orgullo Mexicano” and when it hit the show circuit no one was able to touch him.”

“Back then, I think judges wanted to see a little engraving but lately people have taken it upon themselves to do as much as possible. A lot of engraving is being put into these cars. I love the art of engraving but I don’t like it being overkilled. I feel that the engraving shouldn’t overpower the paintjob and it looks like some people are spending more money on engraving than on paint. I think that is the incorrect way to building a car because I think you should accent it and not overkill it with the engraving.”

“When it comes to engraving, the skies the limit, but I think that in the future it will be toned down to having minimal engraving on it.” You can see more of Hernan’s engraving by logging on to his website at www.HernansCustomEngraving.com or to contact him you can email him at hldap@hernanscustomengraving.com.