Darryl Tracy is into custom everything. From cars to trucks and even bikes and boats, he designs, draws, and drools over them all. After graduating from the Art Institute of Houston for Graphic Design, Darryl started his graphic design company called Tracy Media. With this company he does everything from vehicle renderings and vinyl wraps to logos and business cards. Each rendering that leaves this artist’s desk is packed full of heavy detail and imaginative design cues that feature clean, striking paint schemes and slammed stances.
If it has wheels, I can customize it.
This truck is owned by Chris Stafford from Louisiana. He originally finished the truck and named it Mobster. He has decided to redo it and is calling it Mobster 2.0. This version includes a graphic down the side that matches the custom-painted 22-inch Raceline Deceptive wheels. Big brakes will help bring the truck to a halt. Chris is also having a custom bumper made for it. The biggest change, however, is the stance. This time around, the Mobster will be laying body.
Fabian Arredondo of Houston, Texas, is building this '88-'98 GMC C1500 himself. The truck will be 'bagged over a set of 22-inch billet wheels. The door handles, tailgate handle, and antenna were shaved for a simple look. After filling in the low spots on the body, completely blocking it, and primering it, the body will be sprayed with a gunmetal silver base. Over the base, two-color traditional flames will be sprayed as well as some airbrushing and pinstriping before being sealed with clear. Finally, the grille shell will be filled with a billet insert.
A fad we have seen lately is the increase in popularity of the K5 Blazer. This rendition, out of Pearsall, Texas, has been turned into a roadster. Painted to look like a woodie, very realistic woodgrain is surrounded by teal paint. Before the paint will be applied though, the door handles, rear gate, and body lines will be forever removed. A set of diamond-shaped mirrors will be affixed and 22x10-inch Centerline smoothie wheels will be wrapped in 295/25ZR22 Nexen rubber. The woodgrain theme continues throughout the rest of the truck, even onto the butterflies of the shotgun intake.
Finally, a really cool Chevrolet C1500. Chris Tucker is the owner of this 1991 version and is taking his time making it look just right. After he removes the door handles, tailgate handle, and body lines, Chris is going to have the rear step removed. He will then have the truck painted with a dark charcoal paint and a simple yellow and black graphic. Tucking 22x8½-inch and 22x10-inch Raceline Speedster hoops. As the license plate states, Chris will drop in an LS1 to make this C/K more than just a good-looker.
Another great C10 out of Texas, this one is being built by Bernal Auto Designs' owner, Carlos Bernal, from Dickinson, Texas. Carlos wants to keep this one original, so he kept the shaving to a minimum, deleting just the tailgate handle, mirrors, and antenna. A two-color, orange and white paint scheme speaks to the originality while ghost flames in the white add a nuance that helps revive this old girl. A set of big brakes sits behind the 22-inch Intro Retro rollers and helps stop the truck.