They say if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Koapono Patrick is one of those people (with the exception of a short two-week stint as a Domino’s Pizza driver, which he quit to go back to renderings!). KP Concepts has been helping others visualize their ideas since 2010. As a child, Koapono was drawing cars and trucks nonstop. He later transitioned to digital design in high school. After realizing he could turn his hobby into a paid living, he attended Francis Tuttle Technology Center, where he earned a certificate in graphic communications—including graphic design, photography, and printing—in just half the time it usually takes. Though he already had a full roster of rendering demands, he created KP Concepts to give his business a name his clients would remember. He has completed renderings for everyone from the casual enthusiast wanting a visualization of ideas to corporations in need of real project plans from which to build. If you want a dedicated designer who can offer quality service at an affordable rate, give him a shout at
This ’03 Chevrolet Suburban HD owned by Decovin Booker will be rolling all over the Lone Star State with his club, Texas Khaos, when it’s finished. The plans begin with a full frame and suspension by Garage-19, including Air Lift airbags and Viair compressors. Decovin plans to enlist the skills of his own company, Booker Customs, to do a full Cummins motor swap and wiring. That power addition should make it fairly easy to turn the massive 28-inch, eight-lug, “Texan” Intro wheels bolted under it. On the outside, Self-Made Customz is installing a ’16 Chevy front end while shaving the doors and adding a roll pan. To finish it off, this Suburban will receive a Legacy 4x8-foot ragtop, 3M Liquid Gloss Copper Vinyl Wrap, and full interior by Guy Designz.
This all-black ’17 GMC Sierra Crew Cab beauty belongs to John Etherton and will be laid out before its first oil change. The truck will undergo a full-replacement chassis built up front with a control arm kit, custom-made front sway bar, and Air Lift 2600 airbags. In the rear, a parallel four-link kit will be utilized with Firestone F9000 sleeve ’bags. In addition, Phat Phabz will be adding a 23-gallon fuel cell behind the rear axle, Accuair E-level, Endo VT tank, dual Viair 480 Stealth compressors, and 26-inch Intro ID350 wheels. The factory 6.2L will be upgraded with a Whipple supercharger, K&N air intake system, and Magnaflow 3-inch exhaust. The chassis will be powdercoated gloss black and the motor painted matte gold. To clean up the body, the door moldings, emblems, bed caps, tailgate handle, gas door, antenna, and OnStar fin will all be shaved and the bumpers will be sectioned for better fitment. After the interior is modified, reshaped, rewrapped, smoothed, and painted, John will be ready to roll!