Los Angeles

I lost my Role Model

photo by Jordan Barnes

photo by Jordan Barnes

They can’t keep taking all the heroes... the marathon continues rest easy big homie @nipseyhussle you were the biggest influence in My life when it came to business, respect, ownership, health and wealth, as well as just being a stand up man for your family and friends. The music was a byproduct of how real and genuine you were. You inspired a lot of change in this generation and for those to come. Glad I got to see you and visit the shop before they hated. I’m sickened by this but can’t help but use this as motivation to never give up chasing my dreams and helping my people. #RIPNipsey Still cant believe this shit.

When You came to DC I was there, when I flew to Cali I visited the same exact spot you were shot at. I remember the feeling when I pulled up eating leftover Roscoe’s. The feeling of “Man I could do this shit!” You gave a black man 50,000 miles away hope, a blueprint, a way of life different from what I saw every other day. Seeing you incorporate technology into Streetwear was genius to me so much that I even created a QR code logo for my brand. When you said Cryptocurrency was the next big thing Indownloaded every bitcoin app I could find. Seeing you create STEM programs for underprivileged kids influenced my work with kids teaching them how to print and press. On days I felt I couldn’t make it thru I played “I don’t Stress” on repeat and conquered every obstacle in my way.

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When I felt like “fuck these bitches they ain’t worth my time” I would see pics of you and Lauren and instantly redirect my energy to wanting that life and a partner like you had. Every verse you spit was timeless and even though you was talkin gang shit it resonated cause it was real shit wrapped all around it. They robbed you of the Album of the Year cause Grammy nominated isn’t good enough for how great the Victory Lap really was. This is hard. I can’t see myself connect with as many artists as I connected with you. You were a legend way before Victory Lap and to have grown into a man in the prime of your rap career was no cooincedence you shaped my life something crazy with your music and videos and influence. Rest in Power Ermias Davidson Asghedom.

photo by Jordan Barnes

photo by Jordan Barnes

tHE rECAP: cOMPLEX cON

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Last month I flew out to Long Beach for Complex Con, as you all know if you have been following me. Just now getting my mind wrapped around everything that happened while in the Great State of California. First and foremost shoutout to the homies Zeke, Wayne, Modi, Geordan, and Dionna for showing me around town and hipping me to a lot of different Vibes. First night there I missed the Lakers Game cause my Rental was late. Ended up checking out Modi's Word Of Mouth bi-weekly DJ set at "A simple Bar" in West Hollywood. Dope party full of colorful people and well made drinks, Zeke met me there and we traded shot for shot. I was turnt, first time in a long time since I pretty much stopped drinking, I don't remember much but crashing on Zeke's couch. The Next Morning hurt, could barely move and ended up hitting Complex Con hours late but missed the line to get in so a win for me, I hate lines. Once inside it felt like I just climbed through my phone screen into Hypebeast Magazine or Complex for that matter. Celebrities and Fans in one big convention of Hip Hop, Fashion, Art, and Culture. I met endless people who gave me positive vibes and feedback on the brand, made some connects and possible clients for the future. Day 2 was even better because I already knew what to expect and I could get straight to business. Wayne came and kicked it with me and got us some passes to Rich the Kid's after party which was dope and open bar.

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After Complex Con ended I spent the next few days seeing what LA had to offer, from Roscoe's, to Rodeo Drive shopping, to hooping down Venice Beach. I even went to LA Fitness to see if there was a difference from ours here in Largo and theirs, but no difference their courts are actually worse. I woke up early and watched the sun rise on Venice Beach one day and hiked to the top of Runyon Canyon the next. All on my own, and it was really a maturing experience being across the country by myself even if it was only a few days. It gave me a certain confidence in myself to do so more often, and reassuring that I am okay on my own if I have to be. I try to learn from every experience good or bad. Only bad I can think of on the entire trip was flying home extremely too high from smoking the last of my tree and playing Russian roulette with a bag of medicated Sour Patch Kids mixed in to sneak pass Airport security. I was fucking stoned man I think I slept the entire three flights. A great trip though and I can't wait for next year. I could even see myself making a move to the west coast. Definitely would expand the Brand. But anyway I'm rambling on. Here's the Recap Video... Enjoy.

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Friday I'll be flying out to Long Beach for ComplexCon 2 day Expo and Concert. Looking forward to the ComplexCon[versations] series with a number of analyst and different streetwear themed conversations from people like Virgil Abloh, Takashi Murakami, Chicago DON C, Gary Vee, Jerry Lorenzo, and a number of others all weekend. Music performances and exclusive vending from select designers like BBC, Off white, Adidas Y3, you know just endless cool shit... Aside from the convention I plan to shoot with a few of my friends that reside on the west side now. Maybe even do some interviews of their perspective from living on that side and being where we from and how they differ or correlate.

Truth be told even though Ive only been to L.A. once i could see myself living out there. Theres a certain feeling of creative freedom out there. I can't wait to get that feeling again on friday. Oh and when I land Im racing to the staples center to catch the end of the Lakers game against Deangelo Russel in his first game back as a Brooklyn net.

What a time to be Alive.