With a second metamorphosis in full effect, Brandon decided it was time to quit playing and go all out with the truck and build it into something that would be one step ahead of what is usually seen at shows. He has wanted a skull-themed paint scheme for almost as long as he had owned this truck, but even though he is capable of painting, he still lacked the skill as an airbrush artist. This minor setback changed after meeting Mike Speck from SPECKtacular Kustom Graphics and seeing what he could do with his weapon of choice. The two of them devised a plan to turn the Taco into a tribute to '90s tribal style peppered with tattoo-style skulls. When the design was finally set in stone, Brandon's truck was loaded onto a trailer and dropped off in Lexington, Kentucky, so Mike could get down to business.
No filler artwork or stencils were used during the paint process. Brandon left Mike with a list of about 100 different specific skull ideas he wanted on the truck that would represent his family, his life, and things that were important to him. The rest were left to Mike to flex his full creative control. Mike made sure that the truck had a smooth flow, and even rolled skulls that were on the doors into the jambs so when the doors are open the truck would look complete opened or closed. The wheels were also taped up so the inside of the spokes and center caps could receive some paint themselves. By the time May 2010 came around, it was time for Brandon to head back to Mike's shop. Brandon was blown away at the outcome and quickly loaded it back up and took it home to continue the build. Once home, he noticed that once the bed was set back on, the fully smoothed and boxed frame that was painted silver looked very out of place. Everything was pulled back apart to in order to alleviate the problem by painting the frame black. The suspension was also yanked and was sprayed with Hampstead Green to tie everything together.
If Brandon would have planned the build better from the beginning, he would have constructed the interior before the paint process even started. Knowing that mistakes do happen, he tried to put that behind him and began designing an inner atmosphere that could hang with $100K street rods. The first things to find their way into the cab were chopped and faux-leather-wrapped Isuzu Rodeo seats. A one-off fiberglass dash was built, and just because HVAC controls or any other switches or gauges are not visible doesn't mean they aren't there. All the factory gauge plugs are still intact and are plugged up any time Brandon wants to get the truck on the road, while the temperature controls and head unit are stashed away under the dash. Fiberglass door caps were built to flow into the new dash, while the lower door panels were stripped of all handles and window cranks to make room for the custom-stitched panels. AVS power window and door switches were sunk into the new custom center console (next to the air suspension controls and gauge), which flows up between the seats tying into a full fiberglass seat wrap that completely fills the back cab wall. Details like this are what it takes to ensure people are blown away with the outcome.
For a full disclosure of modifications, check out the Lowdown.