I'm a bag'ophile. I love anything carry-all, especially sport-utility oriented with a good mix of high function and high fashion. I used this limited-edition pack for a 5-day trip to Denver, with four pair of kicks, clothing for the week, and traveling by train.Read More
RDQLUS on the mind-up w/ Joel PDX, Berto the Legendary & Jesse Rowell in these Portland Streets.
I always count myself very fortunate to have a roster of good folks around the world who just happen to be tops in their fields and making moves of their own. Birds of a feather, right? What I dig about that is that it motivates me to stay on my game, elevate and bring my unique perspective to a level worthy of the folks I chill with. Bottom line; my crew is boss!
So while on excursions in Portlandia for the first time ever, I found myself with very little knowledge of the city and even less directional bearing. Solution: a simple digital "bat signal" by way of text, Instagram & Twitter and my crew appeared in force, without question or fail. And who is my crew on the Upper Left Coast, you ask?
Firstly, my dude Jesse nabbed me from the airport, took me on my pilgrimage to my sports mecca (the HQ of Adidas America, Adidas Village and the Employee Store), and vibed with me on some real and candid life and career convo. Secondly, swinging in to pick up the task of nannying RDQLUS was none other than designer Joel Colley (aka "Joel PDX") who had a hand in one of the more noteworthy sneaker retros designs of the last couple years—the insanely cool Nike "Paranorman" Foamposite. Joel offered up his whole day to cart me around PDX, cross the berm into Beaverton and brave the tunnel during rush-hour to get me to Nike's campus, and ultimately link up with the third of my good peoples, Berto Herrera—global graphics visionary (and general trouble-maker) at Adidas. I wish I could share all the subtle nuances of the conversations that were had and the time spent, but I can say you will see things in the coming year that will have precipitated from that couple days I spent with these fellas in the Pac Northwest. Thanks be to the crew… it is right to give thanks!
"My Own Summer"
Your guy has been busy this summer, taking RDQLUS all over the country in-tow behind my multi-faceted prism of a life. But the travels are done and for now and the work has always been getting done. The truth is, the work is more on point than ever when I'm out in the world making life earn its keep! Let's get back on these RDQLUS "Dropshots" and show you what I've been up to.
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1. One of the most exciting projects I've had the privilege of working on the past few years is just wrapping up. Let's set the serendipitous scene; a land development firm from Chicago, working with an urban revitalization company in my hometown to develop a desolate inner-city area into thriving new planned community, only (2) blocks away from where I grew up… and who do they call for much needed—and crucial—naming, identity design & brand development? Yep.
2. I love creating new & custom design from existing shapes and elements. the ultimate exercise involving that skill is the development of a monogrammed letter from non-alphanumeric shapes. This one will be for the identity of a new online style & cosmetology boutique.
3. More monogramming using unconventional forms to build lettering. This project is the second piece of work I've gotten to do for the legendary DJ of 'A Tribe Called Quest', Ali Shaheed Muhammed.
4. A quick stop thru Chicago brought up my standard ground rules for when I'm in "The 'GO"; a) smash on some Giordano's, and then b) anything goes.
5. The better part of June & July was spent traversing the country with my track & field training group—Tachyon Athletik, taking the young track stars I coach to various championships & competitions; culminating at the USATF National Trials & the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals. I came home tired, drained and clinically exhausted—but with several ranked All-Americans in tow.
6. And of course there will be kicks! I have waited for the much anticipated Adidas "Spring Blade" runners all summer. When they finally dropped they caused much noise. Upon donning my own pair, I was floored. Design, technology, innovation, form following function, and design (yep, said it twice); this shoe makes me geek-out on all levels!