Hope you guys can make either SoulDub's show in Chicago (tonight) or in Grand Rapids on Saturday. Unfortunately I am scheduled to leave town on Saturday for the week, but I might have to rearrange some times and dates to make their show at the Mixtape Cafe (which I believe is right next door to All City Kicks!?). Click the picture to be directed to their site for more information. I highly recommend supported these dudes, they're good people who make good music!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
It took somewhere between two or three weeks to complete, but the "preview" painting of the LeBron shoe is complete. For those unaware of what it is and its purpose, this painting serves as the preview of what the shoe for King James will look like commemorating his Golden success at the 2008 Olympics. The painting is on 16" x 20" canvas using oil paints for the background and acrylics for the rest. This "preview" will be displayed on tour at the different sneaker/street wear boutiques while I work on the customization of LeBron's AF1s. Then at the conclusion of the campaign I will conduct an interview with LeBron and have him sign the painting to auction it off so the majority of the proceeds can benefit a charity (TBD). I am currently not permitted to display pictures of the painting yet but will post them as soon as the time is right. So this story and project is "To Be Continued..." So keep it posted for more updates.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Last Thursday was the first meeting with this newly formed group of young entrepreneurs in the Grand Rapids area. If you are a follower of myself (and the T.WayCustoms brand) on Twitter [www.twitter.com/TWayCustoms] then you probably knew a bit about the meeting. True to my word, I promised I would blog to fill those followers in more in-depth. Basically Entrepreneur Exchange is a group of around eight business owners ranging from ages 22-30ish. Each entrepreneur offers different expertise in business which includes brand management, real estate, information-technology, design, investment, etc. A good summary of the group is that for each business owner, this group gives each member (including myself) a board of directors. Not only will it be a great resource, but also seems it will be a good time of becoming a more well-rounded entrepreneur by helping others, learning different business viewpoints, and expanding our personal portfolios of business knowledge. I will most likely keep you posted on future meetings so that you too may benefit from this group of the next great entrepreneurs!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Here's an interesting concept, website, and article about it all on MLive.com. It's called MyBandStock.com and allows you (the fan) to basically buy stock and partially own the band of your choice. I've spoken with the founders a few times and they are extremely excited about this and have a great vision for it. Here's the link to the article [MLive] and then the link to MyBandStock.com.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
You first saw the result at the All-Star game, but you prolly never saw this! Now I'm not sure who was on the phone with AI saying, "The duck that got his feather's plucked," but it sounds a whole lot like Worldwide Wes...? Not that it's important, but it just caught me attention, ha.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Imagine your thoughts when you receive a text message while in class that reads, "We got robbed." Immediately I pictured the house stripped of everything including all my sneakers and pictures on the walls. Soon after running out of class I pulled in my driveway to see a police car sitting in front of the house. Inside were my roommates and the police officer walking around the house looking for clues, handprints, and things that have gone missing. The assessed damage was a laptop computer, flat-screen TV, digital camera, and money. Luckily whoever robbed us was not into sneakers because I had a collection of thousands and thousands of dollars worth of them on shelves and all over my floors. The collection ranges from my priceless custom sneakers to a pair of the Marty McFly Hyperdunks. Without my sneakers I would have been crushed!
When I first received the text saying we were robbed, there were a few things I specifically feared about instantly: (1) the LeBron painting I've been working on for the past couple weeks, (2) LeBron's size-16 Air Force 1 shoes being used for the project, and (3) the autographed 11x17 picture of Rip wearing the arm sleeve I made him for the 2008 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest. Those three things I've put a lot of work into already, would be hard to obtain another pair, and would be extremely difficult and unlikely to be replaced. Luckily I always carry my laptop, which is undoubtedly my most important asset. Otherwise that would have been one of the top feared missing items.
Material goods can be replaced, but putting hard work into certain things and personal items can never be. And not only that, but I found out the hard way that when you know someone broke into your house and went through your office and bedroom, there's a sense of security lost in violation. Lesson learned: make sure your valuables are properly secured - things could have been much, much worse. I was very fortunate.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
It was another great show on NBA All-Star Saturday. Nate Robinson did his Kryptonate-thing to knock off Super-Dwight Howard. T.WayCustoms wasn't as represented during the All-Star festivities like last year's with Rip Hamilton wearing his custom-shooting sleeve. They did show a few highlights of the sleeve during the highlight reel of last year's competition - so it did get a little more national television exposure!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
This weekend Adrienne, my sister Aubrey, and I made the road trip to Hillsdale to visit my sister Sumer and her husband Tim for the weekend and for the Grand Valley State vs. Hillsdale men and women's basketball games on Saturday. Tim is the assistant coach for the Hillsdale women's team and they were able to hold off the GVSU squad to improve to a school-best 19-2 record and a top-10 national ranking. The men's game was one of the most exciting I've seen. Grand Valley came back within the last 3 minutes and took the lead by 2 with less than :24 seconds to go. Hillsdale scrambled for a desperation shot, chased down a rebound, and threw up a reverse 180-layup as the buzzer sounded to send the contest into OT. Hillsdale's men also pulled out a victory after Grand Valley missed a buzzer-beating, could have tied the game, three-pointer to complete the upset for the Hillsdale Chargers.
After the game we went back to Sumer and Tim's newly built home and watched some other great college games and that night's Pistons game while enjoying everyone's company and great food. Sunday morning was welcomed with one of the best breakfasts I've had in a long, long time. Then we went to their local church and hung about watching Sunday's NBA action before road trippin' it back to Grand Rapids.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Friday night was the annual President's Ball for Grand Valley State University held downtown Grand Rapids at the Devos convention center. I was notified that a record 4,500 GVSU students attended the party, but out of all of them, I was the luckiest. Why you ask? Simply because of my better half of course: Ms. Adrienne Rehm. You know we had to dress it up special for this event. So I went with the bow-tie and suspenders, Crooks & Castle jacket and patent leather FILAs properly accented with the red laces. My lady looked beautiful in her white poka-dotted dress with a red accented bow-tie hair piece and heels. We both racked up the compliments from people we have never seen before - if there was a competition, we woulda mercied anyone that night! HA
(Apologies about the less-than-best quality pictures, my camera crew was unavailable and had to compromise, ha) And those sneaker paintings you see in the background...done by artist Ms. Adrienne Rehm herself! Pretty anddd talented...yessir.
Thursday, February 05, 2009
I just thought I would keep you posted on things with the LBJ project. Right now I'm just starting the canvas painting of the sneaker that will serve as the "preview" during the tour at the various sneaker boutiques around Michigan (All City Kicks - Grand Rapids and Snyx Studio - Detroit), Chicago, Cleveland, and possibly NYC. This painting is gonna be sick! At the end of the project the plan is to have LeBron sign the painting alongside my own artist signature and then auction it off with the proceeds benefitting a charity yet to be determined. As things progress, of course you'll be the first to know.
Monday, February 02, 2009
The Super Bowl was (being as cliche as possible) SUPER! Although I was pulling for the underdog Cardinals, the game itself was one of the most exciting Super Bowls I have seen. Larry Fitzgerald is amazing and I loved watching him do his touchdown-grabbing thing like a man amongst boys. But like I said, I wish the outcome was reversed. Before the game even started I was very excited for one reason. Well...more like 50 reasons: McDonald's had been running TV ads with a modern/young professional "cocktail" party with their nuggets as main appetizer pieces for months. While seeing these ads I thought they were kinda "odd" since all of a sudden they focused solely on their nuggets (which are usually for Kids Meals). But then earlier this weekend I saw on the outdoor signage at individual McDonald's the 50-nugget special they were having this weekend. Being curious about how many is 50 chicken McNuggets and how big the box is they come in, I decided that was what I was going to bring to the Super Bowl party. So I did. Adrienne (my girlfriend) got sick from the smell of the nuggets on the car ride from the local McDonald's to the party at my cousin's apartment, but it was worth it. I didn't think many people would eat the nuggets, and I was kind of hoping they wouldn't so I would have left overs for the week. Surprisingly however we managed to put down 40 out of the 50 nuggets before half time. That statistic wasn't bad considering it was only a handful of people (and the majority of them being female). But I was happy because I had those that were left over today for lunch. But well done McDonald's because I have heard of quite a few people and parties having these massive 50-piece boxes of golden nuggets. Yum.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Coatesville, PA - You have seen on the sneakers I have done for him and heard him discuss it with me in the T.WayCustoms x Rip Hamilton interview. Recently Coatesville has been on Rip's mind more than it should for the wrong reasons. Just in January alone, they have been a reported 17 arsons set in the area of Rip's hometown. His charity, Rip City Foundation, is and will be collecting items of all kinds to donate to those families that have lost everything. You are needed to donate anything from bed sheets and household items to clothing for people of all ages. Monetary donations can be sent to Rip City Foundation, P.O. Box 358, Thorndale, Pa. 19372, or by telephone at 610-696-5916.
These are pictures of the Porsche museum opening soon in Germany. According to Curated it was designed by the Viennese firm Delugan Meissl. From their blog they also included a link to an article assessing this museum structure written by Steven Bailey on the Guardian. When I first saw these pictures I was thorn off balance. The structure is crazy and seems to mess with eyes and mind. This will be a great museum just for its building alone.