Friday, January 02, 2009
I spoke with Rip's assistant/best friend today and he updated me on Rip's birthday gift surprise. The problem with the surprise was that Rip already knew I was bringing the shoes to the game, so it would have been difficult for his fiance to come up with a great excuse as to why he wouldn't be receiving them for another month, ha. Apparently Rip kept asking his fiance and assistant/friend about the shoes so they had no choice but to fold and give him the shoes, haha. I was told that Rip loves the shoes and was more than pleased! The meaning behind the shoes are very deep and important to Rip because as I've gotten to know him and see his baby begin to grow, I've noticed the pride and love he has in him. Uncle Wes has mentioned to me in the past how Deuce has changed Rip and his life, and I felt inspired to create these shoes to express and celebrate that connection. I know by now you're beggin' to see the shoes - so I'll make sure to post some pictures within the next few days.