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CAPTURING TOKYO CAR CULTURE: RIDE WITH @alexgrabowskiii
Tokyo is undeniably one of the hottest melting pots in the world when it comes to car culture. It’s close to impossible to make your way through Tokyo without seeing at least one noteworthy car along your way.
You could be out in Shibuya on a Saturday night when the next thing you know, you’re amidst a sea of the most immaculately presented lowriders you’ll see outside of LA. Watching them bounce around on hydraulics, soaring nose-up along the road raised on three wheels or purely scraping their low frames on the asphalt sending sparks flying off into the night is a transportive sight.
It makes you feel like you’re not even in Japan anymore. Such blatant acts of hooliganism are a hilarious kick in the teeth to a country that places so much emphasis on conformity.
With so much machinery here being at such a high standard, it almost feels like a disservice to capture them poorly. Simply pointing and shooting without thought or consideration of the end result is completely disproportionate to the time and effort poured into these labours of love.
Let us introduce you to an up-and-coming artist whose work is immediately recognisable as his, no watermark required.
@alexgrabowskiii is a graphic designer and photographer hailing from Los Angeles who now calls Tokyo his home. He is one of those people who brings a refreshingly unique perspective to how he approaches photography and applies that to presenting the car culture of Japan.
His style of combining film photography with digital collaging and adding his own graphic design elements stands out amongst swarms of car photo/videographers churning out content largely indistinguishable between one another.
It’s visually arresting regardless of your level of interest in cars. More importantly, we feel like he does right by the inimitable culture here, showing it in a way nobody else did before.
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