Toru Sekiguchi gives us some insight into how he honed his artistic and design skills to become one of top modders from Japan and is now the owner of a well known cable sleeving company. We got to see Toru in action along with Ronnie and Reapervon during our PC MOD Workshop in Japan back in December. And when we decided to launch the best power supply ever made, MasterWatt Maker 1200 MIJ, it was only natural to ask him to be a part of launching the best of what Japan has to offer in terms of quality, performance and craftsmanship.
1.Who is Toru Sekiguchi?
I am the founder and owner of Sleeving-Japan, which is one of the top cable sleeving companies in Japan. But I actually started out in digital media production. I used to sit at a computer all day working on website content and animation. Now I sit at a computer all day making cable sleeves.
2.When did you build your first PC?
Back when I was an art student at university, I used to spend the bulk of my time creating digital art and the bulk of my free time on my computer as well. Eventually I decided that I wanted to improve the appearance and performance of my machine. That was nine years ago.
3.How did you first get into modding and/or sleeving?
Ever since I was a kid, I have always had a passion for making things. Whether in the physical form with arts and crafts or in the digital form with animation, graphics design, and 3D modeling, I have always loved creating art. I was first inspired to try modding by a website I used to visit called “Million Dollar PC”. I would see amazing computers that were both stylish and powerful. Eventually I wanted to create such a machine for myself. I consider modding as an art so for me I’m just doing what I’ve always loved.
4.Where do you get your inspiration from?
I draw inspiration from many different things. I love cars and motorcycles. In a lot of ways building a PC is kind of like building a vehicle. But as an artist I also really like art. I enjoy the works of people like H.R. Giger and M.C. Escher. I’m also a big fan of vintage styles from the 70’s and 80’s. I try to expose myself to many different cultures and time periods.
5.Why do you think cable sleeving is important?
Cable sleeves are important both practically and aesthetically. Like with a car, the way a PC looks is just as important as how it runs. But cable sleeves aren’t just for show. They protect the cables and promote good cable management which has a direct effect on airflow which leads to lower temperatures and better performance.
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6.What is your favorite tool for your modding?
The Dremel 300 series multipurpose tool and the Makita DF330D power drill.
7.What was your experience when creating Chappie Rusty mod like?
I challenged myself to new levels of modding by trying out new techniques and styles. This was the first time I ever did a mod in the style of a robot. Obviously this mod was inspired by the film Chappie from 2015. I used new painting techniques with sponges and artificial rust for the first time in my career. I was really happy with how this mod turned out.
8.What is your favorite mod by someone else?
I would have to say BETA by Gtek. It’s a delicate and beautiful piece that you just can’t get with tower modding. I’d like to try scratch building sometime.
9.Which modder do you follow the most?
I really like Alain-S. His style gives off a very crafted, handmade feeling that I’m very impressed by.
10.What advice would you give to people who would like to get into modding?
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Allow yourself to be challenged by you own imagination. Remember to take advantage of the vast amount of resources out there. Forums and YouTube channels are full of tutorials and guides to help you accomplish anything you want to. Make sure to share worklogs so other people can give you advice as you move forward with your project.
Anyone that is a proud owner of the MasterWatt 1200 MIJ can enter for a chance to win a free set of custom sleeved cables hand-made exclusively by Toru. Click here for more details.