With this weekend’s opening of Marvel’s Black Panther I am excited 😃 for my people’s jubilation for the awe inspiring, positive, visual representation of so called “black people” in a world that constantly feeds us a negative one. But at the same time we must be vigilant. Brothers and sisters… one’s STYLE should be a representation of one’s HERITAGE, TRADITIONS, & CULTURE and not merely an illustration of one’s fantasies.
“A man may be known by his look, and one that hath understanding by his countenance, when thou meetest him. A man’s attire, and excessive laughter, and gait, shew what he is.” Ecclesiasticus 19:29-30 KJV 1611
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Fresh should be easy and a man’s ride is his new horse! #OPTIMUS
My sister recently asked me if I’d ever given any thought to putting some artwork on shoes. Well I hadn’t, and MOST HIGH willing I will do a project for her, but until then, this is my first endeavor into the field. I converted these Tom’s into a personal work of art! Seeing how Tom’s are literally made from CANVAS, they definitely made great first candidates. I simply used my usual beloved acrylic paints. I think they turned out good. How about you?
Can never go wrong with Earth Tones.
“INTRINSIC VALUE.” Perhaps the most important phrase when it comes to STYLE. SHALAWAM!
YO! YO! YO! Wassup fellas’!? Been a minute…I had to recover from a long week of Nashville Fashion and all the whoa’s that came along with it. But I’m back! And what better way to come back than with a nice NEW garment! Heroes need 2 things: 1. A reason and 2. A SLEEK jacket! Well, my new leather…well…Pleather Express Biker Jacket definitely takes care of #2. Yeah, yeah, yeah I know what you’re thinking, “What if it rains?” Hence the PLEATHER! Despite popular belief, Pleather is probably a far better option for the average consumer and some could argue PERIOD! You don’t have to worry about getting it wet, no animals are harmed in the process, it’s actually more durable than leather, and last, but certainly not least, it COSTS A WHOLE LOT LESS! And remember, you don’t have to spend a million dollars to look like it. Every man needs a nice Moto Jacket in his wardrobe, you’re looking at mine. It instantly toughens up any look. It’s one of the most Manly staples there is! Heck, I almost bought a Harley too! LoL When you do go shopping, keep in mind that you want the jacket to fit snug so go a size smaller than what you would usually wear and there are many designs to choose from so you’ll just have browse until one speaks to you. You’ll know it when you see it 😉 I paired it with my Moto Jeans and a nice, lightweight Spring sweater. MAN UP GUYS! If it’s good enough for The Fonz’ then it’s good enough for me & you! “AAAAAAYE!” “LIVE ABOVE IT!”
SHOES: Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtip Suede $300 | PANTS: GAP En Noir Moto Skinny Jeans $80 | SWEATER: Merona $25 | JACKET: Express (Minus The Leather) Biker Moto Jacket $250
If the words “BEAST KING GOLION” don’t mean anything to you…then you have NO IDEA what this hat is all about. Trust me, these words are for TRUE Voltron fans only. Now as for the fit, hey man, keep it simple. It was a little cool out there that night and the event was outside. Yes, I’m speaking in the past tense, because this was last night. I told you I’ve been a bit out of it, what with the food poisoning and all, but anyway, a perfect night for a light denim, like this one. And my Chukkas kept me toes nice and toasty! The key is SIMPLICITY. Like all art you want a good Focal Point. My lid is the FP of this masterpiece. Always keep the objective, which is your anchor, in mind. It’s all about the Heroes this week! Oh and SIDE NOTE: When sporting a lot of denim, be sure to mismatch the top & bottom. So choose either a dark top & light bottom or vice versa. Or else risk looking like a JC Penney’s model from the 90s. LoL Alright, that’s it! “LIVE ABOVE IT!”
Happy Monday dudes! Sorry, I guess the Spring Sun has got me feelin’ like I’m a surfer on the California Beach! LoL But it is definitely warmer today so today’s fit doesn’t require much. This is why it’s important to have not only Joggers in the traditional Sweats make up, but also in lighter fabrics like Khaki. The same goes for my Blazer. I bought this in the Fall, but I went with this lighter Polyester on purpose so that it would transition well into the hotter days. And I have retired the Long John’s so that the Khaki’s can breathe. You see this is the genius of Layering. You can control your temperature by the amount of layers you put on. This is also why you don’t buy “ONE OFFS!” You buy things that can be mixed & matched in any season for any reason! Alright fellas…”LIVE ABOVE IT!”
SHOES: Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtip (Suede) $300 | PANTS: Express Khaki Joggers $80 | SHIRT: Haynes V-Neck T $12 Pack | BLAZER: Target by Mossimo $60
Today I decided to break out some old friends! My Radii boots! I love these boots, but I’m just not a fan of the clicking noise they make when walking. Sounds like a chic wearing heels. So I don’t wear them often, but today I’m going to be in dirty auto shops while I search for a new wheel to replace my damaged one from the aftermath of the recent ice storms. It’s also raining, so I don’t have to worry about getting these bad boys dirty. They’re comfortable, stylish, & durable. You can’t beat that. Also, I rarely rock hats except for when it rains, but I bought 2 hats yesterday that I plan to use for more than rain. As I become more comfortable in my Personal Style I’m starting to venture out. The 2 hats make a distinctive statement about who I am. I love comics, but as far as comics & clothing go, I’ve never been a fan, but I’m starting to find cool ways to merge them. Generally I find comics inspired clothing to be too daunting. I’m more low key, but the hats I bought work for 2 reasons: 1. They FIT well and 2. They don’t overwhelm. The Voltron head actually reminds me of the Chicago Bulls logo. Maybe that’s why it works so well? My Spring/Summer Style plans to be SIMPLE. So my attention will fall on the accents or details. A nice lid, like this one, or my shoes…or a nice Rosary like these red ones I picked up from the store today and added to this gallery. And finally I bought new draws! LoL Men, you should replace your undergarments every Spring. Just trust me on this one. I’m trying Haynes’ new tagless, moisture resistant product. Here’s to Simplicity & good hygiene! . “LIVE ABOVE IT!”
BOOTS: Radii $100 | PANTS: Express Alec Quilted Moto Denim Skinny Jeans $120 | SHIRT: Haynes $12 | JACKET: Target by Merona $30 | HAT: VOLTRON!