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The Art Of Design’s Dean Loucks changed how people think about high-performance powerboat paint jobs. And he’s not done yet.

Dean Loucks is more than a fine artist, more than one of the most colorful and charismatic characters in the high-performance powerboat world. The 52-year-old founder and owner of The Art Of Design paint shop in Elkhart, Ind., is a brand. That’s not exaggeration. It’s fact.

Of course, you know his work from the custom high- performance powerboat world. A bevy of The Art Of Design graphic creations from the Monopoly and Pure Platinum Skater Powerboats catamarans to the Stealth and American Muscle Cigarette Racing Team V-bottoms, in addition to a bevy of V-bottoms and catamarans from Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, come to mind.

Since he started designing graphics for and painting go-fast boats in 1998, Loucks estimates he has painted more than 500 boats. Think Gold Digger, Freedom, Man Of Steel, Perfect Storm, Factory Billet and (going way back) Sorcerer. The list goes on and on.

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