A Dialogue on: The Air Force 1 — FOUR peak reasons Nikes Legacy is cemented with the Uptown’s

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The Air Force 1 is something I always wanted but didn’t know why since I was a kid. The influence black culture gave the AF1 and soon hip hop would match the shell toe in the air with Run DMC.

How I heard about the AF1 is my cousins in New York. They were about it, and said Air Force One was the flyest. At my first opportunity to shop for myself I got a black pair of AF1 with the gold trim to match my tracksuit. Was the first time I ever saw girls look at me different I was 12 years old I felt so mature then, like I discovered something for the first time, something no one else knew.

Cultural induction into Hip Hop

The reason for the feeling of greatness came years before that. Black culture in New York City was buzzing as you find terrible conditions you have people finding creative way to make it out. It’s the story of all generations, the best entrepreneurs come out of there, this is ’94 Harlem Ready to Die was about to drop, Post Alpo. A place of Go getters, hustlers, and the culture of hip hop, the most notable and cementer of the Iconic Shoe in Hip Hop was Nelly – Air Force Ones the greatest ad never paid for; The cultural currency this song held was like no other, it wasn’t just something for the streets it was now Hip Hops Sneaker and NOTHING has been able to replicate the effect of the song.

All whites

The summertime spectres/Casper’s/ Cocaine White’s. Sporting these meant you knew what you were doing you checked the weather and you knew no one would disrespect them by scoffing them; You were the man and these were a representation of such; You were brave; and you knew who you were.

Customs

These pearly criss whites were a reflection of great poise. Patent leather soon transformed into a canvas for those who would make the pair they owned individual so much so that there is an industry of people that clean customise and curate these sneakers. Retail price starting at £200 it is really lucrative for anyone that can circle the market for curating customs.

Curator Collaborations

The market for custom curation is so huge that Nike was losing so much money on resell and so forth they had to become a player in the market upping the number of collaborations they do almost ten fold in the past 3/4 years since the inception of AF1 they have had major collaborators with just the curation alone of the AF1 let alone the rest of The Air series or Jordan. Nike was no longer a place that collaborated with only “elite athletes” they inject themselves further into the narrative of streetwear by creating collaborations with other fashion influencers and houses.

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A Note: Contemplating what I Should and Shouldn’t forgive once I’ve been forsaken

We go again

How many people have forsaken you along your way?

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As I begin to construct the life I truly want I’m noticing my surroundings more and more.

This life I live has been hard fought people still forsake me to this day but as they being to see the things I foretold years ago coming to fruition my worth to them is becoming more apparent. I don’t know what to do with this energy, it’s not something I asked for only thing I want is a space to be myself without judgement; that’s too much to ask, I know. At the same time I want everyone around me to succeed and be happy.

My emotional awareness tells me when people feel terrible and know they done me wrong — as I know not what to do with the clout energy I have no idea what to do with those that have forsaken me.

Supposedly people enjoy the thought of being in a power position over others, never been me. I just want what’s best for everyone to win, some of us don’t know how to get out of our own way to do that; I surely do.

I’ve done it, I’ve been willing and I’ve taken the arrows in my front and back to prove it. I’ve got stories, a helluva lot of them. As I peer through the window of my mind into the distance I take time to contemplate how I should act with those who forsook me asking for forgiveness…

What would you do

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OYOS: Hoodish – Culture on my block #GrindersMode.

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Everyone knows the flow and style where I’m from and what it’s about when you’re living there.

But I’ve noticed so much of the philosophy isn’t spoken about, so I’m going to give it a crack.

Hoodish is the philosophy of the road mainly it’s about work-rate and perseverance. Mainly because that’s all you saw, before laws were put in place about public overtime hours all I saw was my parents working 7 days a week to put food in our bellies and clothes on our back. That’s got us all we have and all we could get because more hours working meant more bric-à-brac.

That being the philosophy where I grew up where your first consignment was selling chocolates on a playground and if you were were about that life, you’d turn that into a Q and so forth.

Credibility was earned on hard work. Where I’m from you put your hoodie on and keep your head low and get to doin whatever you’re doing to rub pence together to make a pound.

So when I’m feeling HOODISH I get that grinders itch, that no matter what I’m doing I feel I need to do more to get more.

That’s the ethics of where I was raised and when I apply it to this life I’m living now it can mean much more than what it was worth before.

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Lack Lustre Luxury — Luxury Lines Lost Lineage

Fashion houses Losing their way in form of trying to appeal and offend people who are not Their customer base

We Go Again,

It makes me uncomfortable to see this happen, I wrote about the high fashion hoodie and people thought they could take items that appeal to my social base and create items that have nothing to do with them in order to capture a new audience; Even at the expense of offending us.

I shake my head and wag my finger at these guys who thing they can really mess with my people’s emotions, it’s a problem.

Don’t lose your job

First of all don’t lose your job trying to appeal to an audience that isn’t for the company you’re working for. You’re talking about Vivendi LVMH and Marc Jacobs, billion dollar corporations that run on merchandising and margins.

You cannot be an artist with margins. Just ask Raf and Alexander Wang. I only name them because I love them dudes, bringing America to Balenciaga and Paris to CK wasn’t going to work the sensibilities of those two don’t blend, like herbal tea and milk. If you ever tried to put milk in lemon and ginger tea you know what I’m talking about

When you’re not sensible with blending cultures you’re going to have a problem with the customer base because what you’re doing won’t sell…

Bringing me to my next point

Don’t try be artsy with MY HISTORY

The most uncomfortable part about this past year is the using of racist imagery and cultural items thinking my people will fall for it.

You cannot try make an artist statement as a non black person with black history. It’s unacceptable, some of my people don’t know better so they can’t say better which is why they need someone on the understanding side to be forthcoming with them.

It’s like what on Gods Green Earth are you expecting making clothes with the sensibility of black sentiment trying to gain when the customer is aristocratic white and Asians.

My people have got killed for less so why do more than necessary. There are an infinite number of formations and patterns and styles you can use. Making stuff that doesn’t appeal to your main customer when clothes isn’t your companies main exploit. It’s weird -big man ting – uncomfortable for me to have to write like this. Smh.

I’m really done with you all

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A Thought: Full Circle – Creative curator

About 4 years ago I wanted to start an arts curation page with my friends. I wanted to share art far and wide of creatives I loved/ art works that I thought was cool with the inter web.

Creative curators we were going to call it. See I never liked doing things by myself, in fact I knew to some degree doing something by myself can go on for some time, it may be able to last but it was unsustainable for a long period of time.

I wanted to cut the learning curve down and the work curve in half, I wanted to enable my friends and I to have a large social presence back then. 4 years ago when it was still really essential and the market was saturated but it was not at its apex like it is now.

What the unfortunate part of the joke is I was the only one that saw the vision of today and how crucial social media is. I knew it as a marketer and not as a participant, it was such a shame I was unable to convince work ethic into friends that see the big deal but don’t want to do the big work.

Everything I wanted to promote before is everything I’m promoting now

I have been beside myself trying to get this vision underway for so long, real life ticks got in the way and I am all alone now on this mission to spread creative work throughout the ether and get it seen by the masses. I am truly unable to go without sharing and spending the love, it’s my thing (it was also my friends thing) my capacity for sharing others work back then was even larger for sharing my own. Now 4 years down the line I am sharing my thoughts with the people giving you guys my art and creating the things I want to work with professionally all the while sharing artists work.

I don’t know why I felt to share this piece of information I just see a type of full circle where I’m able to do all things because my skill set is larger than what it once was.

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Baroque works – Big patterns and Big colours on my Baroque shirt

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I don’t know what happened but I suddenly feel the need to shop in season. And for those of you who don’t know what that means, simply it’s shopping for spring clothes in autumn and shopping for winter clothes in summer. It’s obviously winter but I’m new and only getting the hang of this fashion month rotation. I’m not industry yet but I’m open to it. 👀

Reason why I bought that up is because who the heck is thinking about silky shirts in this winter here. I am. Me. Not your typical. Anywho I’m really leaning into this blogger role and seeing what I like and wanting to make it or get it in a style I like so I want in spring to wear baroque shirts with patterns I love – that Versace style of high quality fabric with designs all over really is the in thing to me. Not them floral designs people were doing but maybe a really cool Italian or Belgian art piece on a high thread count silk. Just sounds luxurious to me paired with a simple black skinny leg trouser and cashmere scarf. Renaissance art with a French flavour and hint of Spanish, a meal.

I’m really on the lookout for a really creative shirt about now outside of the hype outfits – even if my blogs say otherwise – my style is really influenced by the people of my culture and I love it living through my art influences. I’d love a David or Venus de milo shirt I just think it’d look so great with a glossy finish.

If you guys find home or someone who could help with that I’m all ears. Luxury is the key this spring let’s bring it to life come April and up our game with what we’re wearing and what we know – bless up

Whatever Moves Your Dial , AOL

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