I figured I'd do something similar, and pay tribute to one of my favorite music artists of all time. Introducing my "Jimi Hive".
I made a stencil based on a pretty famous photo of Jimi, and spray painted it in purple (of course) on the front of this year's hive. My bees get here in less than 2 weeks (April 16th), and I'm putting the final touches on everything.
To make the stencil, I finally broke down and bought a machine that I've been eyeballing for a long time. It's called a Silhouette SD.
It hooks up to your computer just like a printer, but instead of ink it has a little exacto knife in there. You can put paper, vinyl, or sticker material in there, and it will cut out a pattern for you. It comes with quite a few patterns, but I went straight for the custom Jimi Hendrix graphic. I've been wanting to paint this image on an old acoustic guitar I've had for a long time... thought I'd try it out on the bee hive first.
What do you think?