Helmets are a requirement for scooter-riders in Taiwan, though many have taken it as an opportunity to showcase their own personal style.
A man was recently captured wearing what looked like the top half of a gas tank cut open and placed on his head as a safety helmet, leading many to comment that most would be sure to give him a wide berth while cruising on the streets.
Social media users also pointed out that the man made sure his outfit coordinated with his helmet as he was also spotted wearing a T-shirt which also featured a gas tank on the back.
According to Facebook users, the helmet and T-shirt are all the creations of local business, “OK Community Workshop” (OK社區工作室) who made headlines in recent years for creating merchandise from gas tanks.
The creator, Ben Hsu previously told local Chinese-language media that he started out as an ironworker, but later decided to incorporate “art” into his work, which led to the birth of amusing gas tank-related products.
Hsu explained that he chose the gas tank as his primary design because he fell in love with motorbikes during his schoolboy years.
He recalled that at the time, motorbikes were often associated with huge gas tanks attached in the back as they were often used to transport the tanks to people’s homes.
However, the design though innovative could lead to buyers getting fined. Police officers previously spoke out and explained that though the gas tank helmets may be made from regulation helmets, they are in fact regarded as substandard helmets after modification.
According to the “Act Governing the Punishment of Violation of Road Traffic Regulations” (道路交通處罰管理條例), those wearing modified helmets that don’t meet the standards may be fined up to NT$500.
The photo led many social media users to share other funny helmets including one rider who had installed nearly 6 dash cams on his which led the original poster to say he felt immense pressure riding his scooter near him.