Just before sunset Saturday evening David hit me up to go for a cruise and shoot. He wanted to try out his little German spy camera he recently purchased online. David wanted to make sure it was in working condition for his Japan trip this week. Yup, homeboy is going back to Japan, twice within a year. Well the photos came out pretty cool! I love how crisp and out of focus the image came out. It shoots like a disposable camera actually, but with better lens. Thanks for the model shots David! Have a great time in Japan!
A couple of car guys who do things more than car guys do. From the ghetto to the coffee shop, we see that all. I dedicate this blog post to our friendship, being in the car scene ain't as sweet as you may think. But that goes for anything we go through in life though, but in this case, I'll talk about us in the car scene.
We all got into the game hoping for popularity or fame. That want for the attention on your build, some of you want it in the worse way though, fucking homies over for a 15 second of fame, burning bridges thinking that is the way to pay your ways. Man, even if you're just a good dude building a car just for the love of it, that same love you get from people can still fuck you at the end. We get confused sometimes, had to learn fake love from real love the hard way, but that's the ONLY way to learn it. I've heard someone asked Bojangles "how can an average Joe know so many people in Japan." To be honest, we're nobody, regular cats from the block who has the love for photography, cars, food, the world, and people, but I can tell you we ain't no average Joes. This is no diss to the guy or claiming we are better than the next man, nah. We're good Dudes (DBC). But to answer his question though, start by giving yourself more credit but stay humble with it. The best way to elevate in life man, is to just BE YOU, genuinely you. People try too hard to be someone they're not and that will cause conflict in your head and the world around you because now you're just confused and creating chaos all around you. Be 100%, no fuckboy shit, don't burn bridges, pay your dues, learn from others, surround yourself with good people, not to take their resources, to learn and provide a service my dudes. That's all I got to say, cuz the more genuine you are the better you shine my dudes. Real recognize real, that's how an "average Joe" does it.
Bojangles and I been through that fire, of weeding out real friends to fake friends. 7 years later David (Bojangles) remained humble and a good friend. We still meet up to shoot the shit, we don't talk everyday, but we take the time to see each other once in a while. So it was great pleasure to share the gallery with David for the first time ever. His photography has improved by a lot! I was impressed with his work! Cheers! To real friends David.
Photography courtesy of Mike Albritton
I was invited to throw an art show at VIP Smog Center Grand Opening ceremony a few months back and I told him I couldn't do it since it was such a last minute. Some how Kevin (owner) pushed it back but not for me and this time I have enough time to get prints and frames together. I invited David a.k.a Bojangles to join me since we've been talking about doing a show together for years ya'll, years! And we're finally doing it. David recently went to Japan as well, his photography captures the car culture in japan as for mine, it's more of the Japanese people in general. It was a great mix. Me and David got a great start at getting the prints done and IKEA frames was so available and affordable we bought a box worth in one day. Two days before the show I called Kevin to see how's everything going and he said "a mess." Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I stopped by the shop and he wasn't lying, it was a mess, like nothing was done, no evidence of him preparing the shop for the Grand Opening. So while we're standing around talking about a Plan B if we fail to get it done but Kevin is a whole different kind of monster. It's a good and bad thing, he definitely inspired me because he doesn't take NO for answer, even if its Fate herself, he would not settle for a no. His style of getting things done may not be the healthiest but that dude is fucking relentless! He WILL get it done even if it means working nearly 24 hours. So anyways, one day before the show Kevin wants to fucking renovate the gallery, are you fucking kidding me!?! So anyways, we disagreed but David and I supported his decision and worked our ass off to get things done. As soon as we started clearing up all the junk in the gallery. We loaded it up with large amount of wood from Home Depot. He hired a flat bed two truck for them shits. Saturday morning we cleaned up, painted the wall, put them heavy as wood on the wall. And also building a wall behind the sink from scratch! He took the floor panels and created a wall haha. Kevin kept coming up with ideas while rebuilding this damn place and I'm over there like "ideas, ideas, NO IDEAS please!" cuz I Know that'll just kill us haha. The sun had set, Kevin looked over at me, "you believe me now? I told you I can get this done." I never said it was impossible but fuck man, imagine what he can do if he can do this in 24 hours. Oh yeah, Kevin finally bought a fucking door for the bathroom, at 8PM on a Saturday night.
I woke up pretty early Saturday morning, had a big breakfast knowing there will be alot of movement. David had to be at his friends funeral so he couldn't be there in the morning to help. Hats off to David for being strong and composed, he said good bye to his fucking friend and came to help like nothing ever happened. He didn't get much sleep though, so he was extremely tired but carried on anyways. Mad proud of David for all his hard work and sacrifices. And he's going back to Japan this month! He managed his time and money very well.
Well, the renovation started late on a Saturday! We spent a lot of our time clearing out the space and waited for the handy man Paul and a couple of others to show up to get work started. While Paul and Kevin put them heavy wood on the wall I was on the opposite end painting the shits. Paint tried up pretty quick and was able to put up my photos. David arrived late after noon and went straight to work. Slowly but surely things were looking good, Kevin kept looking over at me and says "Watch, we're gonna fucking work a miracle" and by the evening time he looked over at me and said to me, "see?! I told you I can make this happen." I kept talking shit as usual but hats off to Kevin, mad props homie.
That is not a typo in the title, Ryan took what he loves from his Porsche GT3RS and implemented into his Integra. The GT3Integra was set to debut at the Chronicles 7 Years car meet and then into SEMA where it is currently sitting. I sure hope he brings the car down to San Diego for AutoFashion's VIP Fest this Sunday. I can go on forever about this video and car but Ryan explains it all so I'll let him tell you about his build.
This Spoon Sport Honda s2000 parked outside of a Market in Del Mar.