About Us

Rick's restoration family picAmes Flames and Customs is a freelance design company specializing in made to order automotive artwork, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Pinstriping, Leather tooling, Metal fabrication, Welding, Custom paint, Photography, and Creative thinking.  Send us a photo of your car and we will do a high end professional rendering of it.  Each painting takes between 20 to 30 hours to complete, so be aware that this isn't, "some artist who will do you a favor and draw something for you."  This is a profession, not a hobby.  If you desire professional quality workmanship, be prepared to pay a professional rate for these unique skills. Owner and Entrepreneur, Sam Ames, works full time as a freelance Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Industrial Designer, Fabricator, and Pinstriper.  Sam is literate in Mac OSX, the Adobe Suite, (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) Maya 3D, Mudbox, Corel Painter, and is currently learning Alias.  He is also well versed in Microsoft word, Powerpoint, and is proficient in Excel. Sam grew up in Wyoming and Colorado as the middle child in a family of five siblings.  Nothing was handed to him, therefore he was raised to be a hard worker, resourceful, and creative.  In high school he was a State Champion 4A football player, captain on the track and field team, Student Council Leader, and involved in Boy Scouts. He played Guitar, Bass, and Drums in a few different bands. In his free time he would draw, and work on cars. After graduating high school, he served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Singapore and Malaysia.  There he learned to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently, and read and write some as well.  He also learned world cultures, and worked 24/7 to enrich the lives of the wonderful people he met. Throughout high school and college Sam worked many jobs to fund his passion for custom cars, places such as: McDonald's, Target, Cracker Barrel, mowing lawns, Construction jobs, Wingers, Phone Surveys, Theater set painter, and Door to Door alarm Salesman.  After all of these odd jobs, it was apparent that Sam's creativity wasn't being utilized, so he  started Ames Flames and Customs and has been self employed since January 2010! Sam graduated college in 2012 with a Bachelor of fine arts degree in Illustration from BYUI. There he focussed his efforts toward Transportation Design, Industrial Design, and Apparel Design.  He graduated with a 3.6 GPA (not bad for an artist!), and received multiple talent scholarships, and art awards.  There he also met his beautiful wife, and they have a beautiful little girl together. Sam is a well rounded individual who is never content with "normal," average, or "good enough."  He strives to be the best at whatever he does and keeps his originality at the forefront of every job he takes on.  Creativity and craftsmanship are what he is known for.  Working hard, working efficiently, honesty, accountability, and ethics are at the utmost importance in his life. If you've taken the time to read this far, hopefully you have an idea of the kind of person Sam is.  Thank you for reading, and please explore the rest of our website! Like us on Facebook: Ames Flames & Customs - Sam Ames   40's concept LR WEB