Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Part I

Here we go with part 1!

I know a few of you were upset with the teaser last night because it was barely a shot of the car but that’s how I like to roll. Anyways – we started off right at noon and headed over to some industrial-type areas to get some basic shots. I’m usually excited and nervous for my first shoot every year because I really haven’t picked up the camera all winter and if I have, it was to shoot anything but a car. I always find that I can’t be inspired to shoot anything well unless the car or the location inspires me first. In this case, I was super stoked to shoot Tony’s car because it’s fresh and new to me so I ended up taking a bunch more pics than I usually do – hence the reason for three parts lol.

This was the first time I’ve met Tony in person – we were instagram buddies for a while and I knew that he had an Integra and he recently got the IS350 last August and has built it up to what you see today. In an amazingly short amount of time, he’s come a long way. In one way, I love builds that come together quickly and properly but on the other hand I hate it cause it takes the joy out of actually building it. That’s what happened when I owned the STI – I put it from stock to GT race car wannabe in a few months with nothing else left to do with it afterwards. That’s why I got so bored of it so quickly… But with the LS – I’m not quite done with it yet so I haven’t had a thought of letting it go nor has the thought of a new car entered my mind. I need to finish this first before I move on.

Anyways – let’s get on with part 1 of Tony’s slammed and static IS350.

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We stopped at our first location and we welcomed Tony to the Mode Luxe family. Him and his car was well deserving of it and it looks great!

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Tony wasted no time in slapping it on right away.

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The decal looks right at home on his rear window.

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My heap and JC’s in the back with his rears lowered a bit more from the last time I might have taken a picture of it.

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First shot of the day… Love the bronze on white.

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The side profile is my second favourite view of Tony’s car. His height is literally basically my bagged height in the rear. No rubbing back there either and the fronts are about as low as he can go without sacrificing his turning radius.

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Another shot of the rear tuck.

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And a profile shot. I love this picture.

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And finally my favourite view of Tony’s car is from the back. The set up is just super clean and aggressive at the same time. The best addition is the Wald lip spoiler IMO.

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Random rear quarter shot.

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Another profile shot… It’s very reminiscent of an IS-F due to the aggressive rear and addition of the kit pieces.

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Can’t forget about the head on shot either.

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JC and Diana chillin’. JC was busy editing his Instagram post..

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Our junkers off to the side. I’m not sure if that will offend JC or not… But it’s a good way to end part 1. We move onto the next location in part 2!

Tomorrow night!

Enter: Tony Dinh’s Lexus IS350 – Teaser

Today marked my first official photoshoot of the year and I’m glad to say that Tony’s slammed and static IS350 is first to grace the blog for 2014. I remember when I saw him post his car up on Instagram with his TE37’s, I immediately knew I wanted to shoot it. Most that go for this look are bagged, but I think it’s sick and crazy that he’s doing this all on coils.

The weather was awesome, and the rain held out (it said it was going to rain but it didn’t anyway) and we got some good locations for the shots. Thanks again to JC for being the chase car and Diana even joined us for the fun.

I wanted to post the teaser first and post the next three parts a day after each other. This shot happened to be just what I needed for this post…

Stay tuned for tomorrow! The first set goes up!

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Mode Luxe Bumper Stickers

This just in! Literally.

JC messaged me the photo of the flowers and said it’d be sick to see a bumper sticker with Mode Luxe on it. I replied with “great idea! I’ll put something together after dinner!”. He sent me shots of a few pictures we saw a while back of girls in stockings with Louis Vuitton print and said I should try it with them too.

10 minutes later and this is the result. I’m speaking for JC here too but we are so stoked on these and we’re trying hard to get these printed soon. We are still debating on whether it’s worth it to have these available to sell or not… Don’t get me wrong, the last thing we are trying to do is make a buck off of anyone but we feel that this is almost too good to keep to ourselves this time.

Mode Luxe was originally something that we came up with for ourselves that started in the VIP scene and it just seemed fitting. That’s the main reason we didn’t intend to sell anything related to it when we were asked. I’ve mentioned that before, but I’d like to hear feedback on what you guys think! Should we sell? Who is interested?

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The first LV Mode Luxe sticker

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Floral Mode Luxe

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In The Sheets Mode Luxe

Hybrid Bags. Coming Soon…

Well the time has come for Punit to get his bags installed. I’ve been bugging him ever since he got the car to bag it but he’s been going back and forth with his Integra and GS so it wasn’t a priority at the time. It’s going to be great to have another bagged VIP Lexus around the city. Now the only one left is JC *cough*.

Speaking of JC – he’s been gracious enough to send me these pics since he’s visiting Jackie at Zero Limit most days after work to chill and check out the progress. I’ve been busy as shit and barely have time to even do my own things after work so huge thanks to JC for providing me blog content 🙂

I know we’re all crossing our fingers that the GS is done soon and you all know a photoshoot will be in order as soon as it is. Weather has been great lately and it’s just getting better now. I already have a few cars I have in mind that I definitely want to shoot ASAP so just hold tight a little longer and the blog will be bangin’ again.

photo 1His bag set up…

photo 2A familiar site to me. The lines are all run…

photo 3Jackie sorting it all out.

photo 4The mock up

photo 1The planned layout… Lol

photo 2I hear Punit is doing a hidden layout… Should be interesting to see!

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photo 4The final picture I got from JC today. More progress pics to come soon!