To many people, a helmet is just the thing that protects your head. But there is a cottage industry of artisans that use helmets as the raw material to create works of fine art that just-so-happen to double as safety equipment.
Custom painted helmets can take upwards of 40 hours for disassembly, design, paint and reassembly before seeing action on track. They are incredible labors of love created by craftsmen around the globe. We've highlighted sixteen of the best and their most stunning designs ranging from amateur karting through Formula 1.