On July 2 the customizing community lost a great member. In a tragic traffic accident, Michael Martinez, known as Mercury Art Studios, was killed in a head on collision with a drunk driver. Mike was only 27 years of age. My deepest condolances go out to his fiancé Hollie and his daughter. As a father of two little girls myself, I am heartstruck at the thought of how to cope with such a tragic loss.
Michael was a passionate customizer, really cranking out one fantastic custom after the other. His work, his enthusiasm, his skills, but most of all Mike himself will be sorely missed.
His loss deeply affected the customizing community, which is ever growing, yet remains tight-knit. Various forums have already started honourable causes and auctions in Mike's rememberance and in aid of his family. While I did not know Mike in person, it feels like a friend has been lost to me. I immediately decided to take part in the various causes in his honour.
Please take a minute to view Mike's work and do take a look at the various causes that already have been set up by members of the community:
Mercury Art Studios - customs showcases:
Last, but not least, take a look at this fitting tribute by The Kessel Run Review: