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Sticky Fingers Design History

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Over the last 22 years John Meehan, known in the industry as “Sticky” has worked with many of the all-time greats in the automotive industry in both racing as well as automotive design.

In 1990, while racing Motocross locally in Southern California, John chose to paint his own helmet in his backyard after he was not satisfied with the results of a local painter/airbrush artist. That quickly led to designing and  painting friend’s helmets and buggies for the SCORE off-road as well as Mickey Thompson Off-Road Series. Within a short time John was employed at a well known custom paint shop taking the first steps in his design career. At this time, prior to computer aided cutting systems, everything was cut by hand using “pounce patterns” and frisket paper. John found that he excelled at this and began laying out race car graphics for many of the top NHRA drag racers such as John Force, Kenny Bernstein, Kalitta Racing, Darrell Gwynn, Jim Dunn, and Kenny Youngblood. By 1994, computers had become much more prevalent, at this time John founded his company; Sticky Fingers Design.

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That same year, John landed his first big client; Toyotas Off-Road division, known as P.P.I (Precision Preparation Incorporated). With PPI, racing and winning in both the SCORE and Mickey Thompson Off-Road Championships, John once again was fortunate enough to be surrounded by the best in the business. In 1995, the same year Toyota decided to go Indy Car Racing, John was diagnosed with a rare form of Ocular Melanoma. After successful treatment and recovery, John was given the opportunity to work exclusively for PPI/Toyota. 


John, (by this time known as “Sticky”) lead the design team to create the signature look for the newly formed MCI Racing Toyota Indy Car Team. These efforts resulted in the team winning the prestigious PPG Refinish Award “Best Use of Color and Design” for the #25 Toyota Reynard driven by Max Papis.
Highslide JS In 1998, Sticky chose to leave Indycar to focus fulltime on Sticky Fingers Design. Continuing to work for Toyota MotorSports as well as Toyota Racing Development, once again he align himself  with the best in the automotive industry. Making  the shift from racing to hot rodding and car design, he was personally selected by notable Hot Rod Designer Chip Foose to celebrate the Hot Wheels 35th Anniversary. The Hot Wheels Division of Mattel Toys commissioned Foose to create a full scale working car modeled after one of their popular die casts  cars ,the “Deora II”.  Five Axis Models built the vehicle and  Sticky produced and applied the graphics. This build was filmed for a new automotive lifestyle show on Discovery “RIDES”.
Highslide JS 2004 began with the invitation by Foose to work on his new Discovery  TV Program “Overhaulin’”. Sticky was involved in the first episode and continued to work with Chip and the Crew acting as art director for the series until his cancer returned in late 2005. John was forced to leave the show, give up his shop and undergo treatment and recovery. However,  Sticky’s entry in the Hot Rodding world of design and graphics was made and secured. 
Highslide JS After recovering cancer free in early 2007, Sticky began to work even closer with Foose. At Chip’s request he relocated his business to Huntington Beach on the set of Overhaulin’. This began a new era for Sticky ,as he became more involved in car design, building significant relations with companies like Metalcrafters, Mazda R&D, Five Axis Design, Scion, Toyota, Lexus, Tesla, Hyundai and most recently Nissan Design America. Today Sticky enjoys working with the very creative and innovative people involved in the forefront of automotive design. With a full calendar of events for these clients and an invitation from Chip to once again join the team for the recently announced 6th season of Overhaulin’, the future looks even brighter for Sticky Fingers Design. 

Sticky Fingers Design Testimonials

"Sticky has supported large professional works and my own special race car projects with equal dependability, enthusiasm, quality, flair and craft. Sticky has a great eye for detail and interpretation. He is the go to guy for everything related to automotive graphics and I would most highly recommend him."

David Woodhouse - Chief Designer/Design Executive, Strategic Concepts Group at Ford Motor Company

"Sticky Fingers Design's founder, John Meehan is a true professional and a great talent. Beyond these stellar qualities, he is also a great person and very fun to work with. I've had the opportunity to work with the very best in world of motorsports and in my opinion John is at the top of that list so I trust Sticky Fingers Design with all my personal motorsports graphic needs."

Paul Pfanner - President & CEO at Racer Media & Marketing, Inc.


"Sticky has been a huge asset to our custom vehicle programs at Mazda design. They Are very professional, meticulous and are up on all the latest films and techniques. I highly recommend their service."

Derek Jenkins- Director of Design Mazda North America at Mazda North American Operations