THE LEADING TASTEMAKERS IN MUSIC | FASHION | ART | LIFESTYLE
Firm400 Magazine's inaugural print issue debuted successfully at this year's 2013 SEMA Show highlighting various trends within the Southern California Lifestyle including the ever so popular automotive sub-culture. Firm400 looks to inspire the young entrepreneurs and the leaders of tomorrow where we take pride in highlighting the tastemakers that bring a new element to the industries that they are involved in and contribute to. That's where we've created our "Young & Restless" feature; individuals who have paid their dues working hard 24/7 maintaining that drive to succeed in whatever they need to get done and help shape their industry into a whole different level. We were fortunate enough to catch up with AA Autoworks' Karl Canta, where many of his company's builds have been featured in movies, television, and even the grand stage at the SEMA Show. It is without a doubt that AA Autoworks will be having a big season in 2014 with new builds unveiled and the hottest exclusive industry events in Southern California. So let's get the inside scoop from Karl Canta within the pages of the first print issue of Firm400 Magazine where we are bringing you this exclusive interview on Firm400.com!! Stay tuned for the digital Firm400 Magazine version to be viewed online coming soon! Now lets continue with the interview..
YOUNG & RESTLESS | STACKS: "YOU SCARED?"
Written By Lee Ho // Photography By Claim Ho
Fast cars, hot girls, and BIG money. The life much associated with So-CAL and even moreso a dream-come-true if this was part of your J-O-B. That’s right, dreams like this do come true and for one So-CAL Firm400 featured ELITE it’s not only his career but his lifestyle!
Firm400 is all about bringing you the “in” and showcasing the BEST So-CAL has to offer it’s residents. And that’s what AA Autoworks is all about. This shop prides itself on customer service and satisfaction and that’s why it’s been in business for 15+ years! If it’s not the service that gets you coming back for sure, it’s the quality. Premium quality from a experienced staff and team that not only cares about satisfying their customer needs but understands and eats, breathes, lives the automotive lifestyle. AA Autoworks thrives because their passion and dedication shows through their quality of work, experience, vast network, and vision of Karl Canta - this month’s “Young & Restless”.
Imagine waking up and going to the office. But it’s not an everyday office. Instead of the desk, computer, office chair, pens, and paper you come to paint, bondo, fiberglass, cars, cars, and more cars. WAIT, not just cars - CUSTOM cars! The kind you often wonder “Who drives that?” or “Why, why did they do that? And HOW MUCH!?” or simple “DAMN!!!” type of cars. That’s the life for one So-CAL resident thats in the Valley who runs AA Autoworks in Van Nuys.
Big Whoop! Another shop that does custom cars you say? Well, there’s a difference with AA Autoworks and what Karl has to “endure” in his line of work. Karl Canta and AA Autoworks DO CUSTOMIZATION and they do WORK...REAL good WORK! So good that past clients include vehicles that have appeared in “Gone in 60 Seconds”, “Fast and Furious”, “NCIS: LA”, and too many car clubs of So-CAL to mention. Canta’s recent work includes JDM Sport: Project Genes-X which has been featured at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas as well as countless builds for car clubs that have competed for awards throughout Southern California. If that roster is not impressive maybe further insight with the AA Autoworks' own Karl Canta will show you why.
(Pictured Above: JDM Sport: Project Genes-X By AA Autoworks | Photo Credit: Icon Media)
"In Life, & The Streets, Only The STRONG Survive."
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in L.A.
Did you have any siblings?
Yes I do. I have 3.
Who and what did they do?
My older brother is Lenard. He works for Trans Star Automotive & Paint. Second one is Al who I learned all my skills from & got the business from. Third one is Kevin, the youngest & hes in college.
Who motivated you to be where you are at today?
My brother Alain. He was my father figure that kept me out of trouble where I learned the business.
What aspects of the car game do you enjoy most? Why?
The finished product because when u see it all done & put together, you see the time & effort that was put into the car. Thats where I get my high from.
In life & the streets - only the strong survive. How did you survive & place yourself on the map in the game?
Well business comes & goes. You gotta be updated with the trend & set it apart from the rest.
What sets your shop apart from the rest of these shops in the game?
Well its the team I got here. We’re not scared of what people say about the car & dont follow the way to build cars & just do it.
What was the first car you worked on (personally) and business?
First car I worked on was a Honda CRX my brother gave me. It had a Mugen body kit on it and I built the motor for racing where I blew it up.
Who was your first big job?
Well the first big job I did was a tC.
What was done?
We made a whole new wide body on it and charged him 15 stacks.
What motivated you to keep pushing in this game?
Just seeing all the new cars and seeing what we can do to it to make it our own uniqe car or truck.
What is your most memorable moment in this business?
Just working on a couple celebrity cars and seeing it to the t.
If you could give advice to a youngster starting out in the game - what is the best advice you can give?
Just stick to what you’re good at and dont give up no matter what people say about what you do. As long you like what you do and you enjoy it then thats all that matters.People will see the dedication you have when you work on the car they will like the finished product.
Aside from seeing you at the shop - where else can we catch the AA Autoworks Boss spending his off days?
Sh*t.. home with my lil girl cause I almost work 24/7. Other than that I got a couple projects we’re doing to entertain the people in the industry!! But we’ll keep you guys posted cause people will hear about it soon..
And any last words you’d like to say to the Firm400 Magazine audience or shoutouts?
I just want to thank God for putting me where im at now. My family and friends for sticking by my side to what I like to do and thanks to Firm400!!
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