It dawned on me a few nights ago, that even though I haven’t been messing with cars for that long, I really have been messing with cars for a long while. Though I definitely haven’t been doing this for nearly as long as some of my peers, I wouldn’t call myself a “Noob” or a “Young buck”. It’s weird for me to think that I’ve been doing this for the greater half of a decade now, and to look back at old pictures and just personally know how much has changed from 2008 to this exact moment in time, car related and not.
I’ve made great friends through cars, that I would definitely consider secondary family, and I’ve “met” a lot of people through cars via the internet that I would now consider international family. I really do think that I wouldn’t have made the friends I’ve made with out the attitude I have. My willingness to learn, and to know that I’m never too cool to meet anyone. I guess I lucked out in that my first friends in the car scene were people that were super good at car styling and really understood execution, to this day, we can still have hours worth of conversation just talking about styling, I also lucked out in that these same friends are also some of the most talented drivers I know personally, because they’ve been a large influence of who I am, and what my car’s become. Though I do now have my own personal tastes when it comes to automotive styling and modding, it all stems from what I’ve learned from people like, REVGASM Josh, LilPhil, Chob, EQ Morris, Kanjo Nick, Jamo, Tymebomb, and 3LLL . Even though I don’t always ask about things I should do anymore, when I bring things up when I’m thinking about my next mod, they always have something constructive to add, and whether I want to hear it or not, I do appreciate it.
These people definitely helped me make my car my own definition of cool, and I really do think that my version of cool really is universally cool. The thing that confirms this for me is seeing how many young kids light up when they see my car. (I know this sounds creepy, but it’s the truth) Whenever I see a super young kid do a double take and stare at my car, and say things like, “Whoa, racecar!” or “Wow cool!” it gives me a sense of accomplishment like, I’ve passed the torch of car modification on to future generations. If my car wasn’t the way it is now, and was just like every other run of the mill “entry level” Civic, half assed, and modified by current honda trends, just like everyone else’s with a whatever turbo kit, and lamo wheels, I definitely don’t think I would have gotten the same opportunities from the car scene, and would not have met the people I now know. Hell, I probably wouldn’t even have the Civic anymore. So I really do think that the people that you meet, shape who you become. Like Han said, “…who you choose to be around you lets you know who you are”.
Now to get back on track……… With my sudden epiphany came another realization, the whole new generation of car folk has formed. For a while now, I’ve just been pissed off at how lame their attempts at building their cars has been. But now that I’ve really thought about it, I was just like them at one point, and all they need is time and guidance. I’m sure people of the previous generations saw me and the other new kids in the same light we see these new kids now. So now I guess it’s my turn to pass on knowledge, and help the next generation, just like I was helped. It’s not so much about saving the scene I guess, because it’s not dead, if anything, it’s bigger now than it’s been in a long time; but more about keeping what should be alive and letting the trends fade.
This all being said, there are a few prospects that come to mind that I feel are definitely on the right path. Folks like Darian from [SQUARED], Dan from DKPhoto/Scrapeartist, Kevin Fongdara in Iowa, and a few other currently unaffiliated local youngbloods that already have a vision of what they want, and what they want is cool in my book. Let’s see where the rest of this decade takes me hahaha.