Thursday, April 28, 2016

Your girl in the brand new May issue of Nylon Magazine feat. in an article about "5 All Girl Skate Crews." Wearing Onto's and doing mollie flips in 30 degree weather- you know it. Let's be honest though- we're more like pirates than a crew. Who's free next Sunday for this thing? is more the vibe. Known these girls forever, and if it was another day we could have squaded way deeper. If it was 5 years ago, doubted any of us would have wanted to really participate in something like this. But with skating becoming as big as it's become and tons of young girls ripping and doing their shit out there, thought it was good to represent the over 30 rag tag lurkers of never-been-sponsored, who-cares-about-being-sponsored-or-seen females.  But it goes to show once you hit the age of 30, you start to give less a shit about being as "visible" especially when you go through adolescence engineering an existence of trying to not be noticed. I guess everyone has to sluggishly grow up sometime. I don't think they have published the story online yet- but def. in print currently. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

One of the best songs ever. Lifts me up on a rainy day.

Super cool. Really good to know the history of all places- especially a neighborhood that I've only been recently living in the past 6 years. And I love the Southside. Mainly because it is still actually diverse and the JMZ is better than the L.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

SWEATPANTS HEAD. "Documentary Now" on Netflix's first episode where they spoof Grey Gardens is pretty amazing.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you haven't already, check out my new footwear brand Onto at Above: The talented Samuel Farrier took both photos during our trip to China. One in the sample factory and the below in our outsole factory. The first photo is of a woman carefully marking the upper leather pattern of a pair of 'Tilden" shoes. It's pretty cool to feel my footwear journey coming full circle, from the moment I started learning to make my own patterns ( years ago ), to now having a dedicated platform to be able to share my work with a bigger audience. I think the story sharing vibe is going to be a big element, feels like I'm constantly trying to figure out my own voice in the process. I guess that's the whole point of having a brand lol. Starting a company is a bit like having a kid I think. Cliche I know but in a way where the process is always so obscured, almost taboo, so the concepts on their own always sounds kind of "ideal" or "having it all" to some people, but people never tell you about the leaky vaginal wounds, stitches, pelvic dislocations from endless hours of child bearing, or having a nurse have to fist your baby back in your vagina for instance. Maybe, just maybe if you were aware of ALL the custom tailored physical and psychological trial and errors that you were about to go through during those heavy transformative periods, MAYBE just MAYBE you might have not committed in the first place. I guess you just have to be lucky that if you strive to be successful doing something you actually enjoy and love doing, there is no other thing you'd rather be doing or no other place that you'd prefer to be. You'd take all of life's beatings and move through it as gracefully or horribly as possible. Because afterall, fuck it- you're doing it, doing something you believe in. 

I don't really have any photos of me during the start up phase of starting Onto ( which I currently still am in)- which basically beyond the launch last July, has been the last few years of sourcing said factories on my own and with some help of previous footwear industry connections but mostly utilizing my Chinese language asset and practically living in Asia ( with family ) to make sure I could get a quality product in production up and running with all said logistical undertakings managed responsibly. The scariest part of probably starting a company with all competitive and quality footwear manufacturing done overseas ( initially in China and now I'm starting new development  in Portugal ) is that there are really no certainties in the economy or business for that matter. The humbling upside is that it has brought me to so many different countries in the process and my view and appreciation of the world have been further influenced by those travels. It's like learning to swim in the middle of the Ocean during a storm- and I can't swim for shit. Like at all. Horrible at it- physically can't. Throw in a storm and it feels like dying. I'd equate to stormy, constant torrential downpour to having to internally battle your creative priorities with the unknown dynamic of "knowing your numbers" and anything practical and business associated that as a creative often leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The lightning, sharks, and all the other shitty situations are all fires you have to put out when you run any business on a daily business. You don't know what's coming or how many different ways you'll eat shit, but you somehow have to trust that those gnarly thresholds are part of the process of growing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

2016, the year Kanye West held a fashion show of 1200 models/extras at Madison Square Garden and just days after, publicly letting the world know on twitter he's $50+ million dollars in debt. There's a lot of ridiculous shit happening in the world right now- but Kendrick Lamar is bringing that conscious hip hop fire. And the performance? Outstanding and powerful. That jazzy, haunting saxophone though? So about it. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Anyone still on this thing? If so, 7-10PM tomorrow. Open bar while supplies last.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) and Arcade Fire were two of his favorite bands.
He said that to The Guardian when asked what kind of music is on his iPod. He also said, “I have a thing about Chinese folk music, OK?” referring to why “Embroidering Pouch” by Peng Liyuan was on the device. -