We caught up with 20 year old Thomas Michielsen from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and his custom built 2008 MKV VW GTI. Since Thomas is one of our own we were more than happy to share this unique build on our blog, Cheers & Enjoy..
Little info your past?
Thomas M: Ever since I could drive, I’ve been involved with cars, and only just recently have I gotten into photography. Cars started it all.
What inspired you to pick up a camera?
Thomas M: My car, you can only construct and do so much with your car, it came to a point where I wanted to be able to take a different step and explore with my creativity outside of cars.
What's the most important thing to you that inspires you shoot?
Thomas M: Having to be creative. I've found that finding something you can create from your position of view, is something you can share that shows what you’re about idea wise and as a person.
Style your going for?
Thomas M: I don’t know to be honest, I do it for the enjoyment. My favorite things to shoot are cars, and buildings and I try to include both when I snap off images.
People who inspire you?
Thomas M: My parents are the biggest inspiration. Always have supported me with my car, the expensive modifications, the stupid ride height and are huge supporters with my photography. These are people I’m more then happy to call my parents and look up to everyday.
Christian Allen: It clearly shows, Hahaha (sarcastic humor, nods off at license plate).
Thomas M: Alright, so for some reason everyone in the car scene locally seems to think my parents paid for my car. I'm younger than lot of the people around me and I guess have a newer car as well. Little do they know I just had a good job and financed it. So I decided to "stick it to the haters" and join in with them by the "supported by mom thing".
Christian Allen: Love it!
Current Car and build?
Thomas M: 2008 Volkswagen GTI - Bagged on BBS RS
Christian Allen: Come on share the goodies!
Thomas M: . Milltek 2.75" Straight Pipe 4" Tips (Non-resonated, Muffler Delete) .
3" Catless Downpipe .
Forge Diverter Valve .
BHS True Seal Intake .
Stage 2 Unitronic Chip .
R8 Coil Pack .
N2MB Racing Wot Box
Future Car and build?
Thomas M: Same car as my current. I’ll forever have this car, its my pride and joy and the people I’ve met because of it are some of the most important people in my life today.
What does the Aesthetes group mean to you?
Thomas M: I love it, its a group where you can drop some photos, not worry about anyone throwing you down, or looking over you. Everyone's in it for the same outcome, that's to produce a form of art, and support each other with what we all enjoy doing.
100 million Dollars how would you spend it?
Thomas M: Cars and Cameras, and maybe a over sized house if theirs money left over.
LA or anywhere in California I guess...