Radical Renderings: Vagrant Visuals
Shreveport, Louisiana, resident Angelo Perez started Vagrant Visuals in response to all the requests from his friends during high school and college. As a truck builder himself, friends would ask him to create a digital indication of how their trucks would look with different wheels, heights, or color schemes. His entrance into the rendering game arose from his early building days when he started hand-drawing project trucks. This evolved into him making the drawings piece-by-piece in a digital format that enabled him to zoom in and make subtle changes without the image becoming pixelated. On the advice of another “Radical Rendering” veteran, A.J. Kemper owner of No Life Designs, he sharpened his skills and started doing renderings, logo designs, T-shirts, and other graphic-design projects for clients during 2015. A prolific force on social media, Perez exhibits his work on Instagram @VagrantVisuals and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org to have a rendering produced.
This screaming orange ’85 Blazer is owned by David Bouchard, who purchased it as a half-built project and wanted to transform it into combination showstopper and daily driver. Custom frame built by Brent Sharp at Sharp Ingenuities in Marion, Texas, will have a Mustang II front end and a Watts link in the rear. JD Machine Works out of Austin, Texas, will build a 383 stroker with a 700R4 tranny. House of Kolor Orange Pearl with a chrome strip along the bodyline will open to a triangle of Burnt Orange in the rear by Kyle and Bo McElwee at KC Customs in Minden, Louisiana. It will be completely shaved, have an induction hood scoop with a paint-matched bumper and rollpan. It’ll ride around on 20x22 HRBB (Hot Rods By Boyd) Slayer Wheels with 255/35R20 Nittos in the front and 255/35R22 Nittos in the rear.
Dubbed “Kingslayer” this ’54 Chevy 3100 is owned by Brett Blackstone and will have a 5.7L 470hp LS1. It is designed to be noticed out on the show grounds and to embarrass other drivers into believing this classic is just another trailer queen. Running a TCI Mustang II front end and four-link, full AccuAir e-Level system, QA1 shocks, and Wilwood brakes. The exterior will be simple with a custom-blended Porsche Macadamia Metallic and a tasteful balance of chrome and trim removal to accentuate the natural lines. The interior is just as impressive, sporting Lokar pedals and floor shifter with custom Dakota Digital gauges, a Glide Engineering bench seat covered with Relicate leathers by Kutting Edge Interiors out of St. Louis, Missouri, and door panels courtesy of Jamey Jordan from the Handmade Seat, Co. It’ll ride around on a set of understated Detroit Steel 20-inch wheels color-matched to the exterior with a set of 235/35ZR20 Nitto NT555s.