The Art of Hot Wheels
An artist with a vision that captivates
I remember once visiting a museum in Richmond, Virginia that had a few of the famed Fabergé imperial eggs on display. I was deeply moved by their sheer decadence and attention to detail. Despite being so small in size, the creativity was simply mind-baffling. These custom designed pieces were manufactured in the late 1880's through the beginning of the 20th century and still, over 100 years later, considered by many in the industry to be the benchmark of artisan jewelry. One-offs, limited only by the imagination is what defines true art. It is a skill that requires years of dedication and commitment to allow for such individuality.
Awang Nurmansyah began customizing Hot Wheels diecast models in 2009 as a hobby. In the past 11 years, this passion has grown to something that most would consider beyond the scope of weekend indulgence. He has become a master at using a jigsaw, [which is] his tool of choice when cutting through metal. But he doesn't stop there. He also meticulously hand paints and creates bespoke looks for each of these cars. Like something you see but want it with a different twist? No problem. He can do that. His favorite source of inspiration? 1/64 scale.
He has, not surprisingly, several repeat customers (yes, you can buy these) ordering from him, sometimes 2 - 3 times in one month. He lives in Semarang City, Central Java of Indonesia and loves making his customers happy. The wonderful thing is, you can become part of the customization process and looking at his designs, ideas are out there plentiful. When asked how many creations he is responsible for, he says: "Hundreds". Having lost count is a testament to his craft. Being good is one thing. Being consistently amazing is another ball game altogether.
If you happen to be a collector or in the market for something a little more "special", then I highly recommend you check out his works and contact him over FaceBook. He is glad to take new customer orders on. The average price for one of his works is $150 shipped. Take a look - you won't be disappointed. My favorite? I really dig the Batman VW Drag Bus. It takes the cake.
The jigsaw Awang uses to make his cars bespoke.