Archive for the 'History' Category

22
Oct
09

reign supreme.

This supreme life is truthful to me, even for my little cousin. Its meant to be. I really didnt see the meaning behind her ribbon until she sat on my knee, when i did see the meaning it was like this feeling that came through my soul, like the meaning behind this ribbon spoke so loud to me that i couldnt deny it. by this, i had to capture the whole feeling through this portrait.

After waking up from a long friday night, i had to go support my little cousins at their first pageant. Models in the making? I believe so. I never been to a kid’s pagent in my life, no pageant for that matter,  the whole atmosphere was positive but, when i first walked in im looking around, saying to myself, “this is crazy!” because i didnt even know they had things like this for kids. just imagine the Ms. USA pageant but for little kids, crazy right? im talking bout kids with hair pieces on, heavy make-up, and wedding dresses. they were serious too! but, back to my little cousin. this was her first pageant and she did good, so good that she came home with all of the awards in her category! support the kids, they need it. while she was walking towards me leaving the stage with her ribbons around her, the only ribbon that stood out to me was this blue and silver “Supreme Winner” ribbon. dont get me wrong i congratulated her on all of her winnings, but this one was the most important.

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The reason why it spoke so loud to me is because, this statement, “Supreme Winner” defines my brand as a whole. We just want to win in life, by being supreme. Erasing failure and losing from our mentality. Being a champion is not just about winning, but for more realistic approach a champion is a person who fights for or defends any person or cause. I wont go in on the previous sentence too much, because it defines itself. The concept behind my brand is being superior, the highest ranked. i know when your eyes read the word superior, you may get the feeling that we’re trying to be higher and better than everyone else and this is not the case. to me, superior means being the best and highest in what WE do, and in our selves. not the world. If we did reign supreme over the world it wouldnt be the human, but our knowledge. “Knowledge Reigns Supreme Over Nearly Everyone”. creating superior clothing is the main focus, but being superior doesnt just fall under the fashion aspect; being supreme in life, being a superior man, and being a supreme leader is involved with the Supreme Tour. Reign Supreme..

In history, reigning Supreme was embodied with the Kings. Let me try to break this down. We were all descendants of royal egyptian kings and queens, by knowing this, this whole vibe and feeling is helping shape and mold the Supreme Tour into something so deep that one wouldnt realize it until it was brought to their attention.  

Thank you,

Drake.

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24
Sep
09

the battle between love and hate.

 

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Love and hate can mean so many different things, but to me love and hate means a battle between good and evil. We all have this battle. I came across this philosophy while i was looking for a design reference for the winter collection. YOU MIGHT SEE A REFERENCE FROM THIS T SHIRT THAT RADIO RAHEEM HAS ON.To be honest, i was blind to the story behind this photo you see above. A regular mind would look at the photo below and see a person with four-fingered rings on that says,” LOVE and HATE “. A deep mind would look at this photo and see a story that is so in depth that person wouldn’t believe it theirselves. But at the end of the day, it’s true. It’s just told through human hands. How do you look at it?..

It took me a while to read between the lines of these four-fingered rings, but i got the story. Here it goes: the story behind these rings are simple, Love is in the right hand. Hate is in the left hand. Is this why we give right hand shakes? if so, beware of the left hand ones. Let me get more in-depth with this philosophy. in life its always a struggle to fight off the evil. One hand is steadily fighting the other, which causes static. this is the philosphy of life. Life is so cool to me, because it’s so much that you can find out about it. A journey of knowledge. Like different theories; however you look at life determines your future. You also can learn that life is a mind thing,  how you play it in your mind is how you live it. I leave you with a quote from the movie:

“Let me tell you the story of “Right Hand, Left Hand.” It’s a tale of good and evil. Hate: It was with this hand that Cane iced his brother. Love: These five fingers, they go straight to the soul of man. The right hand: the hand of love. The story of life is this: Static. One hand is always fighting the other hand; and the left hand is kicking much ass. I mean, it looks like the right hand, Love, is finished. But, hold on, stop the presses, the right hand is coming back. Yeah, he got the left hand on the ropes, now, that’s right. Ooh, it’s the devastating right and Hate is hurt, he’s down. Left-Hand Hate K.O.ed by Love.”

– Radio Raheem, from Spike Lee’s classic “Do The Right Thing”

*Im not here to categorize you, im just here to help you look into things instead of just looking  at them.Everything you see has a meaning behind them. Life. People. Pictures. This computer screen you’re looking at, as some sort of story/message behind it.

Thank you,

Drake.

 

 

18
Jul
09

a king on my neck. a lion on my finger.

I need these gold Egyptian accessories in my presence today. I really never have worn accessories with an outfit of mine.. well not like these. If I do wear accessories it’ll be my earrings, my white G-Shock watch, and my wood beads that I got from Urban Outfitters. Thats it. But, recently with me doing this clothing line, I’m more in-tune with my sense of style and actually putting thoughts behind my specific outfits that i choose to wear. To be honest with you, I’ve never really put thought behind my outfits, i just put on clothing and go out. To me, if you have a good sense of style you dont have think about what you are going to wear, or what goes with what. Because, when you have to think hard on what you want to wear, mostly likely that style isn’t for you. Effortless style. I know i said i was going to put thought behind my outfits and you may say, ” I thought you said you dont think about what you wear or if you have to think to hard about choosing your fit that style isn’t for you?” True. But, im referring to a different thought process of putting fits together. I really cant just tell you that process yet because I havent really just sat back and thought about it on a deep level. When I find out what I exactly want to do, you’ll be the first to know. I was told a fool talks about things he doesnt understand or doesnt know about..

The reason why these gold accessories are appealing to me is because, I can see the vision that this jewelry designer is trying to project threw her pieces and plus I have always been in love with the Egyptian culture. A certain accessory can complement a outfit well. You can have a mediocre fit and add these things below to your fit and make your fit historic. Just imagine me or you walking down the street with king tut around your neck, and a two-finger lion ring on your fingers. Turning heads, right? Yes. I will explain the significance of king tut and the lion later in this post. The person behind these inspiring pieces comes from Japan and is a 21 year old accessory designer. Respect. She has more pieces but these are the ones that caught my eye.

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The significance of King tut. Tutankhamunwas an Egyptian Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty, during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom. Tutankhamun was nine years old when he became pharaoh and reigned for approximately ten years. In historical terms, Tutankhamun’s significance stems from his rejection of the radical religious innovations introduced by his predecessor Akhenaten and that his tomb in the Valley of the Kings was discovered by Carter almost completely intact — the most complete Ancient Egyptian royal tomb ever found. As Tutankhamun began his reign at such an early age, his vizier and eventual successor Ay was probably making most of the important political decisions during Tutankhamun’s reign.

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However, various fateful combinations of factors made King Tut, more fortunate in death than in life, the most famous Egyptian ruler ever. Still, his fabulous tomb, while revealing to us the extent of the wealth and beauty surrounding the kings of Egypt, tells us nothing much about Tut, himself. The cause of Tutankhamun’s death is unclear, and is still the root of much speculation. In early 2005 the results of a set of CT scans on the mummy were released. The body originally was looked at by Howard Carter’s team in the early 1920s, although they were primarily interested in recovering the jewelry and amulets from the body. To remove these objects from the body, which often were stuck fast by the hardened embalming resins used, Carter’s team cut up the mummy into various pieces: the arms and legs were detached, the torso cut in half and the head was severed. Hot knives were used to remove it from the golden mask to which it was cemented by resin.

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The lion. It is interesting that, during most of the Pharaonic period, lions were relatively few in Egypt, but were at the same time significant to the Pharaonic Egyptians. Today, we know of no wild lions in Egypt. Their number declined steadily as the more lush climate of the prehistoric period faded into the desert climate that most of Egypt knows today, and as the inhabitable land of Egypt became more and more densely populated.  However, it was probably during the prehistoric times that they became a symbol with religious associations. It is likely that the connection between the king and the lion grew from the tribal chiefs hunting these animals. Lions usually lived on the edges of the desert, and so they became known as the guardians of the eastern and western horizons, where the sun rose and set.

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The most consistent depiction is in keeping with their image of “king of the jungle” or “king of the beasts”, hence lions are popular symbols of royalty and stateliness and a symbol of bravery. The earliest recorded depictions of lions can be found in some of the earliest paleolithic human cave art possibly dating to 32,000 years ago in the Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche region of southern France, where lionesses are depicted hunting for the pride in much the same strategy as contemporary lions. Found first in Ancient Egypt the sphinx, which had the head and shoulders of a human and the body of a lioness, represented the goddess who was the protector of the pharaohs. Later pharaohs were depicted as sphinxes, being thought as the offspring of the deity. Which is somewhat like the picture above to the left.

Didn’t mean to make this a history lesson.

” It Must Be The Pharaohs. He’s in-tune With his Soul.”

Thank you.

– Drake