Archive for August, 2009

29
Aug
09

” those hoop dreams was only live for a minute.”

(To the loyal reader that read this, I didnt even want to wake up this morning. I was having a classic dream of me being in some sort of magazine showcasing my clothing line. Is it a sign from God, the higher power?.. Hope it is. Ima work towards this.)

To be honest, I wanted to do another post instead of this one but, I couldnt find any good pictures of the movie, Above the Rim.So this movie you see below is a fill-in, but it stills does the job for me. Two reasons why im doing this; getting into the mindset for the fall/winter collection, and it brings back memories on what me and friends use to do and just started back doing. Playing basketball.

Growing up, basketball was the biggest part of my life. The first time I was introduced to that circular object and the love for the game was at 2 years old by my mother. ( Hold on for a minute, thoughts and emotions are running through me right now, not to sound soft. ) After this small introduction i fell in love with it. My mother saw something in me at a early age that i couldnt see my self, that i had skills. by this, she made it her duty to make me this best around. Camps. Her own team. Put me on the best teams. Had me around other good players. She played me 1 on 1. Things that a good mother should do, since i didnt have a father to do this with. There’s no hard feelings or tears for this, everything happens for a reason. Gave me a chance to be my own man. Getting into the mind frame of a basketball player later came the next level. The 96′ 3 on 3 basketball tournments of downtown little rock called, HoopFest. Hoopfest use to be popping! If you participated you know what i mean! But, yeah. Where do I start from? It was like a feeling, more like a vibe of the whole atmosphere. Best of the best. Original Jordans. Hoopfest tank tops. Basketball shorts. Sun. And 6 people playing for bragging rights, and trophies. Just Like in White Men Can’t Jump. (Why doesn’t arkansas do anything like this anymore, really do anything anymore?)

The last level was AAU. I played for my uncle “Turk” from the Bronx basketball team. The Rockets. Oh man, this is an experience that could never slip my thoughts. These were the best times in my life. The team i was on we all had chemistry on the court, we knew each others weakness and Strong’s on the court making us succeed in all the national tournaments. Straying away from the more serious approach. The fun times we had were mostly on the van, traveling and when we were in the hotels. We where in Kansas right and we had a game in the morning i think ,but we decided to sneak and goto the pool downstairs to meet these girls that we meet in the lobby earlier that day. Coach was waiting on us in the gym the next morning, ready to run us! After my uncle/coach died, basketball seem to had left my soul at the time. I gave up. He taught me the real game of basketball, the art of it. Felt like it was nothing after this, like it was no point now. A good dude.. For some unknown reason, recently basketball has came back into my life. This is what was missing out of my life. Im complete now, like happier now.. just feel good in my skin. Who is responsible for this?..

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Now, for the second part. Fall inspiration.

White men cant jump, to me was the most classic basketball movie other than Above the Rim. It catches the whole feel of what i stated about the 96′ hoopfest. And its giving me inspiration for the fall collection im designing. I havent really decided on what ima do, as of know. But, i can tell you this though, im getting my whole design mind frame the 90’s culture. Movies. music. Art. Starter jackets. Jordans. The reason why im doing this mind frame is because i was talking with the owner of rock city kicks sneaker boutique, he said i could be in his store if i bring him 4 new designs. So im taking risk to bring you the fall collection. Good things coming your way. Stay tune..

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24
Aug
09

rushing to see…

I know the post has been slow lately, i apologize for this. But, i take pride in my blog post so, by saying this i will not just post anything that i find on the Internet. the post that you encounter here are thought out on a deep mind frame level so it takes me time to gather all of my thoughts for each post. I’m asking you to still follow my blog each day that you’re able to. We got that out the way, lets move to the real reason why we’re here.

After Being in that photo shoot all day, we had to rush home to get ready for the couture fashion show that took place downtown. Still drained i manage to have enough energy to get clean and dressed for the night that was ahead of me.. I didnt know what was ahead of, and these are the best times. Finally making it to the show, thinking we were late, little did we know we were early. Finding our seats, the lights began to flicker meaning it was time to start. Loud music started the show off right, cant recall the name of the song though. The first model came out the black curtains, with a aroma of confidence. Im feeling this piece that this model is wearing, how everything blends together, even her skin blends with the piece.. good stuff.

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I cant say the whole show was entertaining to me. not to bring hate or shoot down anyone, to be honest, the whole vibe of the atmosphere was inspiring for me. I say this because, i took in alot from the show; color combinations, how things are suppose to be put together, what goes with what, giving me drive to be in my first fashion show ( i have to step it up! ), and last giving me consideration of being a model, yes a model. People always told me that i looked like i could be a model. Back to this lack of non entertainment. During the whole show; money, Brandon and i cracked jokes and had a few laughs about any and everything. enjoy the moments you encounter. Another classic memory for my life book! But, we wasn’t alone on the laughs, my older cousin and her friends was feeling the non entertainment as well, so they joined us. At the end of the show is where the entertainment began to speed back up, causing us to kill our laughs and put a serious look onto our faces. leaving the show we decided to go eat downtown at big whiskey’s. the food was on point, enough said.

* Photo blessings came from Money. Appreciate you family for the epic photos.

thank you,

Drake.

19
Aug
09

camera lens zooms from a mile away…

Finally got around to uploading those portraits i was telling you about on the below post. These portraits you see here were chose from 120 photos and counting. Of course I couldn’t upload them all on here so, I  chose the best ones, that actually spoke to me. Hope you enjoy the viewing pleasure.

Me and my circle of friends had fun being creative and using our creative minds to produce these good photos. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of work was put in before the fun though. I decided to take a little break from the business aspect of my clothing line, and decided to text; Money, Drew, and Brandon to see if they wanted to take some pictures in the new Supreme Tour apparel. When four creative minds come together this is the outcome. Help from the man above, each day that we decided to snap photos, the sun was always shining on us. the weather was amazing.. a little hot, but other than that we couldn’t complain. But, before we were able to be productive, we had to stop by McDonald’s to fuel our minds. Because, a empty stomach and hot weather doesn’t mix at all. Making it back to the beautiful scenery, the creativity sparked. After, spending at least four hours shooting pictures and being drained from the sun, the creativity came to a end.

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thank you,

Drake.

12
Aug
09

the only reason i got through.

Today started early, and quickly turned busy. Me and Drew had planned to go to this beautiful scenery today to shoot a few pictures and to record a little interview that’s going to be in the video I’m throwing together. THE LOOK BOOK PHOTOS, PHOTOS WE SHOT TODAY, AND THE BEHIND THE SCENES/ MY LIFE STORY WILL BE POSTED ON HERE SHORTLY. Waking up at 8:00 AM, waffles and turkey bacon was the only thing I had to fuel my system. Still feeling tired, I stopped by my local shell  gas station to pick up this drink that I’ve been drinking lately. Arizona Rx Energy Herbal Tonic. This is the only reason I made it through the day.

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Thank you,

Drake.

07
Aug
09

east coast love.

 It seems like I almost forgot about the blog. I have a few things in the works right now, this is the only reason why I haven’t been updating lately. The madness is almost finished. Photo shoots. Videos. And just business, period.

East coast love. A original friend of mines moved to the east coast like in the 8th grade? We still keep in touch, we both send a blackberry messages every now and then. Nick, what up family?! My brain is on overload right now, and some how it slipped my mind that I needed to send him his Supreme Tour apparel, and a few stickers. So I finally got around to it, and went to the post office to ship him his t-shirt. I didn’t know shipping cost were so high. But, putting the shipping cost aside, I still shipped it, the shirt should be at your door step in a few days.! Tell the family I haven’t forgot about them, for me.

Nick, let me know when you want to get those other tees. So we can distribute them in VA. East coast get ready for some classic apparel to come your way.

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thank you,

-Drake.