Published on May 21st, 2013

Switchblade™ Kuala Lumpur, a rockabilly lifestyle boutique is proud to present the second year of Malaysia’s first ever Kustom Kulture & Hot Rod Show; the Art of Speed Malaysia. Following the successful inaugural event held at Publika, Solaris Dutamas last year, this year the event will take place at Citta Mall, Ara Damansara on 8th and 9th June 2013.

With its tag line, “Celebrating Art in Automotive Culture” the event showcases the crossover of art in the automotive culture and the lifestyle of its enthusiasts, which is part of the urban couture that Switchblade™ is promoting. Art of Speed will showcase the finest in contemporary and classic interpretation of art in the automotive scene. This event is modeled after the highly successful “Mooneyes Yokohama Hot Rod & Custom Show” that recently celebrated its 21st anniversary.

AOSMY13 Brand Partners

AOSMY13 Performing Artistes

The event will be held over two days with gallery exhibitions and various activities both indoor and outdoor; and will feature artwork in various formats including canvas, poster, moving visual, sculpture and rolling art. Exhibitors are exclusively invited to the show, promising a quality show for the spectators.

“We have been planning for this event since we introduced it to the public last year at Publika; and hope to entice crowds that are into custom machines, live music, art works and photography. To add value, we are also inviting speed addicts, pinstripe and airbrush artists to display their work during the Art of Speed show,” said Asep Ahmad Sastrawidjaja, Managing Director for Switchblade™ Kuala Lumpur and Initium Sdn Bhd, an event management company.

Asep introducing custom bikes builders


“Switchblade™ Kuala Lumpur is also flying in celebrities in the custom and hot rod scene. They are Shige Suganuma and Hiro “Wildman” Ishii from MOONEYES. The MOONEYES company is globally accepted as champions of the Custom and Hot Rod scene from this part of the world and Malaysians now get to see their work of art closer. This is historic to Malaysian automotive custom scene as this is the first time we are welcoming Mr. Shige and a renowned pinstripe master artist, Wildman,” Asep added.



Asep also informed that this year the Art Gallery of Art of Speed Malaysia is slightly special and they proudly introduced Andrew T. Crum as the curator of the gallery. Crum hails from Portland, Oregon and has been based in Malaysia since 2009. He is an artist and researcher, passionately exploring creative process and connecting with other creative people. He is also an avid biker and very active in his own project called Project Moments of Truth. Special guest from MOONEYES Japan, Hiro “Wildman” Ishii demonstrated some of his marvelous pinstripe artwork in this art gallery and took some commissioned work from his fans and local enthusiasts.



The highlight of the show will be the Midnight Cruise event where traffic police will be escorting a parade of customized choppers and custom cars, for a drive around the city.

“This is truly an event where fans of customized vehicles can get together and share their passion,” Asep explained.

Art of Speed Malaysia 2013 is expecting about 35,000 spectators from local and international audience and it is estimated that 150 owners are invited to display their hot rods, American Muscle Car, Japanese Old School, choppers and lowrider bicycles at the courtyard of Citta Mall and also the Art Gallery.

For details, call 03.7804.6978 or 019.373.6798 or browse www.artofspeedmy.com for more information.

words: Switchblade Kuala Lumpur  pix: Fotografia de Lyzard


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