I have had the privilege of growing up around cars and the process of customization. From a 240sx to a Nissan GTR R35, I have been blessed to see the transformation of rust bucket to chick magnet. For this book I chose to photograph my pledge brother’s 2012 TRD edition Scion TC RS-7. Now rocking twin exhaust pipes and brand new headlights with the wheels sitting nicely – the car is looking meaner than ever. The close-ups really bring out the details of the car that people will gloss over but are important to the car’s aesthetics. From the tires’ walls to the custom diffuser, they all play a piece in the car’s looks as well as functionality.
My pledge brother has been working on this car ever since my first year of college and to see where it’s at now is gratifying. I wanted to capture how fierce and elegant the car looks with a little Bay Area flavour but also this car is a symbol of pride for my pledge brother which is also something I wanted to capture in my pictures.
“Pride to me means doing something the best you can do that you can show it off and want people to know it’s your work or that you did it. When it comes to my car, no money and no labor was spared. It’s like a painter and his paintings, every painter wants their work to hang in museums and they want to be proud and show it off, I just want to show off my car when I drive around or it’s parked. Not because it impresses other people but because it impresses me because it reminds me that I can do incredible things and I have a talent to be proud of.” – #136