Saturday, November 29, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
McAlarney from Notre Dame just hit his 10th three-pointer to give him 39 against UNC. Dang. He jacks 'em up from everywhere. Another useless sidenote: Detroit Lions 0-11 tomorrow! Hah, might as well make history one way or another...Mannnn, I miss Barry.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
That's me with the cous, the 6'7" guy in the middle, and my sister Aubrey (the volleyball player from Cornerstone on your left)
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
LeBron James dunking from the free-throw line doesn't seem too crazy or unbelievable, right? But IN A GAME, being chased down by two defenders, and taking only 1 dribble from the mid-court line? Are you serious?!? Granted it might have been a 1/6 step in from the foul line, it's still sickening that LBJ did this without any difficulties...He did this last night IN A GAME against the Milwaukee Bucks. We're not talking about practice (insert Iverson joke here)...but IN A GAME?!?!
God bless & be easy
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Last night I stayed up until...well...I guess I didn't go to bed until this morning, but then I woke up early this morning, so...I guess you could say I had a nap last night. But back to my regularly scheduled thought, last night I started work on a baby sneaker for Wes' new-born daughter, who is now just a couple months old. These things are freaking cute. Yeah, that's right: I'm a guy and said they're cute. They're supposed to kinda be a surprise/late birthday gift/early Christmas gift - so if you talk to "The Most Powerful Man in Sports," please don't spoil the surprise. After I finish these, which will probably have to be delayed until Wednesday (because today I've had classes all day and am about to head to Cornerstone University for my sister, Aubrey's conference playoffs in volleyball), then I've got another pair to sneak in (haha, that pun is definitely intended!) before the BIG project. I've got another pair to do for Rip Hamilton, so my goal is to get those done within the next week or two before the LeBron project really kicks off.
The latest on the LBJ project is: I've just e-mailed the proposals to some big corporate companies to join as sponsors (names TBA upon contractual agreements) and am continuing to look into the aspects of the budget, time schedules, travel, tour stops, promotions, etc., etc., etc. I'm definitely looking forward to just getting it underway and begin designing the sneaker - because I don't like handling the business as much as I do the actual art work. I should prolly just hire someone to run the day-to-day for T.WayCustoms, but I still enjoy having a hand in everything I do and put my name on. That's something I need to work on: not doing everything myself, because it certainly adds up very quickly.
I'll continue to move on, get good grades, design beautiful sneakers, and prepare to change the world if you continue to support me in doing so...agreed? Thank you very much for listening, and I look forward to our next discussion. *The numbers show you read these, but more discussions/comments are always appreciated, ha thanks! God bless & be easy!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Then on Friday I made it to Jugrnaut on the South Loop. They had a bunch of tees from a number of the usual and others streetwear brands. The dude was real cool, and they had a nice tight spot...just not as many sneakers as I would have hoped - but they've got their own niche in the Chi-city, so they're doing their thing and just celebrating being 1-year strong so far!
My next stop came suggested to me from my man at Jugrnaut, called Succezz, near the southside. NBA player Bobby Simmons is an investor is this shop that just opened this past June. I met his good friend Marvin and talked with him for a good minute and decided this is the prime spot for the LBJ project when it comes to Chicago! They've got the Nikes, a lot of space, and the right atmosphere to collaborate with the T.WayCustoms brand. Definitely more work with them, I'm sure of it.
From Succezz, Marvin directed me to Self Conscious, which was actually the next stop anyways. This spot is "the spot" for the T.WayCustoms clientele...so definitely a shop I'll look into working with in the near future. The dudes were cool as heck, and if I didn't have to leave early for a meeting, I could have spent all day in there with 'em. That night they had a big event with LRG and some Chicago Bears players too, so they're doing their thing.
And of course, Adrienne and I visited the Niketown store on the Manificient Mile. I'm not sure what else I have to say here, except that it's Nike. I think that's enough said, ha.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Physically I came back from the trip with a winter coat, hat, gloves, and an umbrella. But overall I gained much more than that. I met and networked with some of the most powerful 20-something year olds across the nation and world. My favorites was a small group from Melborne, Australia. One of them flipped when they heard of the LeBron project coming up, haha...he just about choked on his dinner. Nice to know I've got a couch with my name on it Down-Under; now I've definitely got to make a trip.
Some of the multiple highlights of the trip include listening and learning from Robert Kiyosaki, author of the international best selling series, Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Doris Christopher from The Pamered Chef (which she just sold to Warren Buffet for a nice chunk of change). More than just those keynote speakers and the highly-effective group sessions that I participated in, I was also able to further my network outside the conference center and all over Chicago. I made sure to make time to visit all over the Chicago metro-area to the different sneaker boutiques - but I'll share more about them in my next post.
Truly, entrepreneurs, especially these young ones, are our nation's future. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, just wrote about the future of entrepreneurs in our country and how PE Obama made his first mistake by not having one entrepreneur on his advisory board. It's interesting, quickly read Cuban's statements HERE.
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
God bless & be easy!
Monday, November 03, 2008
The story behind the photo is from the 1948 election: one of the great blunders in history from an election that many thought was over before Tuesday. Beyond popular belief at the time, we now know there was no President Dewey. Never count out the underdog, just another real-life example that anything can happen. McCain supporters should not stay home just because you don't think it will matter, nor should Obama supporters stay at home because they believe he'll win by a landslide - seriously, every vote counts! Make sure to take serious consideration about the proposals and any other state elections on your ballot as well!
God bless your decisions, & be easy!
Allen Iverson quickly turned that little frown upside down though...not only is he an amazing PG that can score at will, but he's also real tight with my business advisor, WWES. You know what that might mean: SNEAKERS! Even though he's signed with Reebok, I'm pretty sure I can find a nice canvas of theirs to work with. So who's telling what will come from the deal, but there's always that silver lining. Besides, I've still got my dudes Rip and Tayshaun, ha.
God bless & be easy!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
It's not quite the same process or art as customizing sneakers like T.WayCustoms, but this video documents the process an Italian craftsman goes through to build the Air Force 1 Lux limited-edition series that he was commissioned to complete for Nike.