04-06-2018 – Laurie Southern
Internet Fame: Graphix D & Low Origin
Culture

If you’ve spent even five minutes on the internet recently, then you’re already aware of what I’m about to say. Over the past couple of months, Low Origin have been working with Graphix-D to cook up this season’s livery. Now that they’re out in the wild, it excites me greatly to be able to share this with you all.

A couple of weeks back I got the opportunity to pay the guys a visit and photograph the final livery being applied. Saule, you’re up.

By the time I arrived, Josh from Graphix-D was already well under way. The base design was completely finished on one side. And that’s his idea of ‘not rushing anything’. Right off the bat it was clear to see how well the livery would suit the Zenki-style S14. It was also plain to see the care and efficiency Josh works with. I knew I was in for an interesting afternoon.

Having put on (and subsequently removed for being wonky) many stickers in the past, I’ve a lot of respect for the work that goes into a Graphix-D car. I’d probably lose my temper and give up the moment the first air bubble appeared.

A little about the car itself. Saule bought the car in November of 2012, so it’s spent a fair amount of time in his ownership. It’s been through a number of paint jobs, body kits and grass verges in that time. the current look sees it sporting the same base paint as Dan and Alex’s Low Origin cars, affectionately named ‘The Instagram’. Go figure. All of the paintwork across all three cars has been carried out by Adam off of Retroshine, and they look absolutely nuts.

I couldn’t think of a better wheel choice for the car, and I think Saule is in agreement. The Advan AVS Model 5 suit the car down to the ground. Throw in a set of 326 POWER wheel nuts and you’ve got yourself a strong combination indeed.

The rest of the car features a DMAX Type 3 body kit, a subtle roof spoiler and a huge exhaust tip, among other things. You’d be forgiven in this day and age to leave the car as it is and call it a team car. Not these guys, though. Low Origin just don’t work like that.

Nice to see the classic LO yellow is retained in the livery. It’s changed in shade slightly over the years, but the original idea still shines through.

The walls at LO HQ are adorned with artifacts from drift seasons past. I touched on this the last time I wrote about the place, but every single time I step foot in there I notice something different. There’s a story to go with everything, and they’re always happy to share them. You can see in that article just how much the cars have come on over the winter, too. Just in time for some sporty business.

It’s very fitting that I’m writing this at the time I am. Nestled into the shelving is a screenshot of a text Saule sent out to the boys at the end of last year. I think it’s about time he got himself sideways again…

It’s not just parts and tools lying around, either. The boom box and old tuner magazines are a nice touch. I will however point out that a Haynes manual for a Vauxhall Nova is quite possibly the last thing I thought I’d see on the shelf.

Back to the task at hand. After removing any unnecessary parts and giving the side of the car a clean down, it was time for Josh to make a start. The livery consists of two groups of base flames, then team and sponsor logos laid over the top.

As well as application, he carries out all of the designing and printing himself too. An ethos of LO is to bring exciting style back into drifting. Inspiring the grassroots end of the scale to make a statement with their cars. Kicking pro drivers up the arse to make an effort. It’s all the same. This is something Josh understands to it’s core, and it shines through in his livery design work.

As if the base colours weren’t enough, the livery itself is the most beautifully vibrant thing I have ever seen. He even did the whole mirrored-on-one-side thing straight out of the 1990s. Of course he did.

As I sit writing this, I still appreciate the precision of Josh’s work. He’s spotted and eliminated any bubbles or creases from forming before I’d even noticed them. It requires concentration at the best of times, even more so when you’ve got a bunch of goons (us) working and chatting all around the car. The pressure didn’t get to him one bit.

You’ve probably noticed it in a couple of photos now, but I’m going to say something really stupid; I’d never in my life have thought of using magnets. If I were in his shoes, there would be badly torn off-cuts of masking tape strewn across the car. And the floor, for that matter.

It’s refreshing to see so many people begin to take pride in their drift cars. There’s been many an argument over the past couple of years about the state of UK drifting. Debates on the safety of ‘drift missiles’, and moreover whether or not they should be allowed on a circuit. Drifting is as much about style and presentation as it is driving, so why shouldn’t you take a little extra care when preparing your car?

It’s an argument that Low Origin are all too well versed in, and for good reason. Alex Law has completed a good number of seasons in the British Drift Championship at the pointy end of the field, and his car has been well presented at every single round. VHS tapes from Japanese street drifting all contain gorgeous cars, so there’s no excuse on this side of the Atlantic either.

You also have to ask yourself how on Earth you’re supposed to gain Instagram followers if your car doesn’t look as hot as this. After all, we’re all only really in it for the internet fame… Right?

As the sun started to go down, Josh and I took a step back to admire the base design of the car before heading to get some food. He began to run out of daylight so decided it was as good as time as any to refuel at the local Chinese. Now I may be biased, but I can’t think of a single more striking drift livery right now in the UK. Not one. Aside from the other two Low Origin cars, of course…

When we arrived back at the unit from our edible excursion, Josh went ahead and found some lighting to carry on his work into the darkness. That right there is dedication. He went on long after I’d decided to call it a night.

Unfortunately I wasn’t around the next day to see the livery completed. That said, you can read about the whole squad here and here. They’ve wasted no time in getting down to business on track. Head over to the Low Origin Facebook page to find out when they’ll next be out in full force. You won’t want to miss it.

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