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Not related to anything that is going on in the post below but man, I am glad that this whole El Nino thing worked out this year because the summer hasn’t been crazy hot like it has been the last couple of years. Usually I’d be sitting in my office chair at the shop with just my underwear on because I’d be sweating fucking balls everywhere. This year, it is still pretty warm but things have been manageable. It has only hit triple digits like, less than a handful of times this summer. Last year I didn’t even want to post any photos or do anything on the internet because I wasn’t sure if my computer would even stay on in the heat. At one point, I grabbed my lap top, walked out to the garage area, and set up a folding table with two fans blowing right at my face because I couldn’t bear the heat. No, I don’t have A/C. Well, okay, I do but honestly, it hasn’t been installed yet and just sits under my other desk. We’ve been meaning to install it but every day when we start to head towards and semblance of installing the damn thing, we decide that it isn’t quite that hot yet so we just leave it under the desk. Literally I can’t even put my feet under that particular desk because there is a A/C unit sitting there. I’m only telling you guys this because I really have nothing to talk about today and no one has been here to keep me entertained at the shop. It’s hot and I got Wekfest shit to prepare for before the weekend so it’s all business here. I think I just haven’t spoken to anyone today, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it is starting to get a little too quiet over here with just the vinyl cutting machine running back and forth cutting my decals…

Anways…. Today we are looking at the rest of the photos from the 2016 Spocom Anaheim event. This was there 10-year anniversary event so they really spared no expense when it came to making this show a good one. The model lounge was a bit iffy, but I think that has more to do with the current generation of Instagram models, more so than Spocom not willing to bring in the big guns. By “big guns” I don’t mean huge titties either, I just mean the more “well-known” models. I didn’t look that hard anyway, I swear. Tiffanie was walking the show with me and we just made casual observations. I’m sure all these ladies are working hard and doing their thing to get more exposure on social media and what not. Fucking teeth-whitening creams or lasers or whatever the fuck they are isn’t going to sell itself, right? Man, I am angry today. Seriously though, do you older guys remember the days before all this social media hype came around and models actually had to work hard to get exposure and to get industry jobs? Shit. It seems way too easy now. Go buy some followers and all of a sudden, you’re an internationally-published IG super model. Madness, I tell you. I’m not saying they’re all bad. I know quite a few who are great people and work hard because they take their jobs seriously but social media has left the door way too wide-open for some…

Spocom was a  great event, as always. I look forward to coming back and walking around like I’m half asleep while also taking photos with my tripod-assisted camera. Thanks. Oh, Tiffanie is here, time to go to lunch and talk to another human being.

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Man, it’s really hard to believe that it has been ten years since the first Spocom event took place down here in Southern California. I still have regrets from missing the first event in 2006 but I’ve been to pretty much every Spocom Socal event since then. Maybe I might have missed one other one during that span of 10 years but holy shit I am getting old. I still remember trying to figure out how to shoot under the dim convention center lights when I first borrowed my friend’s dSLR camera. The shows just seemed so much more epic back then but I think that has more to do with myself just being older now and having experienced so many of these type of shows. Now it all seems pretty routine to go before the show starts, shoot as much as I can, and then spend the rest of the day just hanging out while the hoard of spectators come flooding in when the gates open. I always have fond memories of the Spocom series because it is one of the few shows that I go to where I just kind of sit back to have fun with friends. The staff has always been welcoming, courteous, and more than willing to just let me roam around to do as I pleased. The cars have certainly changed over the years but I’m glad that many of my fellow enthusiasts have stuck around. Of course we are all getting older but events like these are good landmarks for us to get together to spend some quality time together. We all like to complain that events like these tend to go on way too long sometimes and we get home incredibly late but I honestly think that we still subconsciously enjoy being forced to stay in these environments. It gives us a reason to hang out and catch up with friends. Cars seem to be much more of a byproduct along with all the aspiring “import models” that seem to come and go…

For this year’s event, they moved the Spocom event to a different hall within the Anaheim Convention Center. I don’t think I’ve been inside this hall since the Import Revolution show back in like 2003 or something. Thinking about that now makes me feel even older. I think the biggest model at that time was Tila Nguyen and she’s a fucking nutcase now. Anyways, what I was trying to say was that this change of venue helped to add a completely new look to the Spocom show. The show felt much bigger and cars filled the venue from end to end. I actually had to leave at one point during the middle of the day to go help Tiffanie shoot a surprise engagement but managed to find enough time to come hang out at the end of the show. In hindsight paying for parking twice didn’t seem like the greatest of ideas but I didn’t want to have that whole “FOMO” (Fear of Missing Out) feeling so we went back to shoot photos and talk shit with friends. It’s always a good time at Spocom and I am deeply appreciative of their hospitality. I arrived early the day of the show and just cruised around the venue and snapped photos of whatever I saw. If you don’t see a photo of your car here, do not be alarmed, because I really almost never try to capture a photo of every car there. I just capture whatever catches my eye at that particular moment in time and what you see here is basically what I got. I like using a tripod for situations like this because it is typically pretty dim at these night events and I continue to have the shakes after all these years. All in all, I think I was pretty happy with what I shot and Tiffanie was running around shooting with me as well so I’ve included some of her photos in her too just to break up to the tripod-monotony. Enjoy and congratulations to the Spocom series for 10 great years. Cheers and a round of applause. Thanks for always giving us car guys a space to shoot the shit and have a good ol’ time…

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Tomoyuki Sasaki’s Civic Ferio is one of my favorite Honda builds of all-time. It’s incredibly well-built inside and out. It’s damn near perfect. Every time I see it in person the paint is just immaculate and he’s always looking to add new stuff to the car. What many may not remember, or not know at all, is that this car started out early on as just a very simple ’95-98 Civic Ferio slammed on CCW wheels. The engine bay wasn’t done, it was just a stock brown color, and overall just a street cruiser. Once Tactical Art got a hold of the car, they tore it down, caged it, found a 99-00 Ferio VTi donor car, and meticulously swapped over all the panels before painting it. The idea behind the car was to build something that was very much “USDM”-inspired while putting a traditional Japanese twist on it. The result is something pretty unique to itself. It’s a mix of both sides of the cultural spectrum while still standing above most Hondas in sheer quality and execution. Most of the parts used on the car were also aftermarket components from popular U.S. tuning companies, as you will see in the heavily Skunk2-equipped engine bay. The most unique aspects of this build comes from the cockpit. The car is fully gutted and caged throughout. Even the rear speaker panel has been cut out to make room for the cage…

I shot this feature for Super Street last year but the car hasn’t changed much since then. The fenders are now aftermarket, wider, fiberglass fenders and the CCW D110 wheels have been replaced with Rays Gram Lights wheels with a bigger Falken tire combo. I don’t know how much more he plans to change up the car but I think it is great just the way it is. When I shot this feature, I wanted to show off the details of the interior so I paid most of my attention to that particular area of the car. As stated, the paint is beautiful on this build and this Civic is one of the builds that looks every bit as good as it does in photos. Honestly, the photos might not even do it justice. It is one of the best builds that Tactical Art put together back when Atsuki and Yasu worked together and it continues to be one of the landmark “USDM” styled builds that Japanese enthusiasts look to for inspiration currently in 2016. Below are the photos that were published in Super Street magazine in April of this year along with many unpublished shots that didn’t make the spread. The feature was shot in mid-2015 but didn’t run until this year. Most of the time features run pretty soon after they are shot but this one sat on the back burner for awhile before it was published. It happens from time to time. If anything, I think these photos sat on my desktop and I kind of just forgot to submit them because there were so many great cars waiting in line to be published at the time. It doesn’t take anything from this build at all because it remains one of the top-tier Hondas being showcased in the Kansai region of Japan. Enjoy the photos and make sure to click the attached links below if you want to learn more about the car or are hearing/seeing it for the first time…

Here are some build photos of it before the 99-00 Ferio VTI conversion when the cage was being built at Tactical Art…

Check out the digital version of the original Super Street feature HERE…

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