Obligatory since the 15th of this month, motorbike helmets have suddenly become the new canvas of commercial design, with decals and custom paint jobs leading the fad.
|A customer waits for her helmet to be painted|
Young people are reportedly keener on decals for their prices and convenience, favoring cartoon characters, flowers, the sun and moon: 15 minutes and VND15,000-30,000 (some US$1.50) and you’re done.
According to one helmet design shop owner named Minh, his shop sells 50-70 decal design jobs a day. And, since the business much more profitable than his shop’s prior services, like decorating cell phones, motorbikes or laptops, he has naturally switched its focus to helmets.
People seeking a helmet with a unique or luxurious-looking design tend to painting jobs instead for the greater artistry and variety allowed.
One paint shop owner said any helmet can become a piece of art after a little smoothening, spray painting and hand brushing.
A helmet paint job takes several days and fees vary from VND300,000 to VND1 million (some US$37) depending on design. In other words, the decoration costs more than the helmet itself.
Less expensive but still artistic works can be had with a bit of “rice cooker” calligraphy costing VND50,000-200,000 (over US$10).
Helmet producers have also begun to get with the game, introducing helmets with more colorful, eye-catching designs.