San Mamiya is a brilliant artist from Japan that operates mainly on Instagram. With an apparent fondness for old cars, bosozoku cats and the superdeformed style that populates manga, his illustrations exhibit a unique Nihon style that can probably be loosely described as Japanese Ed Roth.
In lots of — and by lots of I mean most — automotive art, it’s just a hyper-realistic painting of a car. It’s the “Here is a car” style. San Mamiya captures slices of Japanese culture and tuning styles and make them come alive with color and emotion.
The proportions may be cartoonish, but the details are indisputable. From Okamoto Condom decals on an FC to a seriously proper zokusha based on a Galant Lambda to an RX-3 in Katayama’s racing livery, he gets the finer points right.
san_mamiya is obviously a close watcher of car culture on American shores. The Hot Wheels Mad Manga even makes an appearance.
Perhaps best of all, San Mamiya takes commissions. Simply contact him via his Instagram account and make your request. When he reaches 20, he closes the list until he can finish the artwork. Then the request line opens again.