By Associated Press
October 13, 2003, 6:51 PM EDT
OAK PARK, Mich. -- Some people are turning to an inexpensive and
controversial way of customizing their cars: applying decals of
"So real-looking you have to touch them with your own finger
to tell," says the Web site bullet1.com, which offers vinyl
stickers depicting .50-caliber holes and smaller ones that look
like they came from a .22.
Doug Rock, 25, of Sterling Heights, buys the stickers from a North
Carolina supplier and sells them on the site. He said he's working
his way through nursing school and has sold millions of the stickers
"They're a great gag item," Rock said. "Otherwise,
I guess it's just for the look, it's like a fad. I honestly don't
think it will fade. My business is doing nothing but growing."
Not everyone finds the stickers funny.
"It sends the wrong message to our young people," said
Gregory Wims, president of the Victims' Rights Foundation in Maryland.
"It's sort of like a badge of honor. It sends a bad message."
Daniel Morton, 21, placed 10 bullet-hole decals on his 1994 Honda
Accord to make it look as if it had been riddled with gunfire.
"A lot of people ask me about them and think my car got shot
up," Morton said Monday. "I just try to be different."
Morton, who works for a rubber and plastics manufacturer, said
it was cheaper than, say, customized wheel rims.
"I just spent a few dollars instead of $20,000," he said.
Copyright © 2003, The Associated Press
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