The Egyptian is Don Boeke, and owner of The Egyptian Body Shop.  An artist in metal, paint, fiber glass, carbon fiber or any media of his choosing, he garners a national recognition yet hides among us in plain sight! Creating some of the worlds most beautiful and outrageous automotive statements have made his name synonymous with extreme quality and personalization. For 55 years, one of America’s top bike, automotive customization, paint, and body shops has won national awards, been featured in countless publications, displayed in world renown art museums, and has been located right here. His shop is an unpretentious old sign and fixture manufacturing plant on Dayton’s East end. It also serves as his home and art studio. At 60,000 square feet, there’s room. Don is just the kind of talent that refuses definition. One day he’s designing a motorcycle, the next it’s furniture. To know the Egyptian is to know that no matter what, whatever he touches is changed forever. He raises heart rates and makes smiles. Oh, and he plays saxophone, scuba dives ship wrecks, collects antique fire hydrants… there’s a lot that goes into the makings of a Dayton Original. Don “the Egyptian” Boeke has it by the truck load!

13 Responses to “The Egyptian”

  1. JIM MAYBERRY
    15 May 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    THE BOEKMAN DESERVES ALL THE PRAISE !!! A REAL ORIGINAL !!!

  2. Bill Myers
    15 May 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I finished the college Boeke got thrown out of. Now I build trashy cars in a small warehouse and nobody pays me. Show’s you exactly what that institutional judgement was worth. I am the anti-boeke, he’s the real deal.

  3. Dave Thomas
    2 June 2012 at 6:02 pm #

    Don is a national treasure,and I am proud to call him a friend.

  4. Debborah Wallace
    2 June 2012 at 11:25 pm #

    Boeke is THE Egyptian, his work is awesome! His talent is really appreciated by car and bike buffs, but is art work could be in any gallery in the country! Hard and constant worker and his creations will be appreciated for years. He even does a great job fixing all the blemishes I have created on my many vechiles.

  5. Patrick Roberts
    3 June 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Boeke is an Icon in the custom world and East Dayton.

    Some of us stayed in East Dayton and some of us left, Boeke has made it a better place by staying.

  6. Ed Donovan
    3 June 2012 at 10:06 am #

    The ‘GYP’ is truely a,unique individual. He has created some amazing works of art in his ‘alley shop’. Don is one of the leading pinstripers and custom painters in the country. The main thing I have to say about him is ‘HE’S THE BEST’

  7. Ralph Skilken
    4 June 2012 at 9:58 am #

    Chip Foos has nothing on The Egyptian and pesonal advice from from the alley is as good as it gets..

  8. CHAPPELLE
    4 June 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    cool life style, the bitchin kars ,the crazy projects,an a great mentor,in my life an passion. oppurtunity of a life time,workin with a legend.

    truly appreciated,thanks DB

  9. Dave Weber
    5 June 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Glad you got some well deserved recognition. It’s an honor to call you a friend.

  10. Bil-CLOUD-Sheets
    6 June 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I write to you, from : “Way-out-West”,
    Albuquerque. A native to Dayton, I had
    X -trails with The *Egyptian some 45 years ago. He has always been my
    ARTISTIC-hot-rod- Champion !
    “Yeeeeeeeee-Haaaaaaaaa”, Don !

    Bil-Cloud-Sheets / CAR-ART

  11. Robert - Packman - Meisner
    21 June 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I am one of many people to have a car Don and his crew restored. Enjoyed evey minute I spent in the shop over the years.

  12. Terry Cook
    31 July 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Probably the best candy apple paint jobs in the world come out of his shop.


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