we talkin bout practice
personal thoughts📝 // i feel most pple will never understand sneakers mean more to us beyond hype. my fondest memories of friends replay when certain pairs retro. i know u can relate — for instance in 2012 my big bro @m.tomamichel bought over 10 pairs of bred 4s, noticed i never had a pair and sent me one by surprise. i wore those shoes out and damn he was right, they’re one of the most wearable jordans ever. fire with jeans, shorts and even dress pants. i never asked matt to send me a pair & he didn’t have to send, but he knew i’d appreciate the experience. now that i think about it @kingezy loves 4s, so does @premiumpete and @grocsmith <- dude prolly went crazy over this cool grey release. all of them have unique connections to different colorways • at the end of the day that’s what makes this sneaker culture thrive, the memories we make. — okay that’s enough sentimental stuff for the week 😂 sometimes i wish y’all could see i just sit around my crib playing with shoes 🙄 i gotta grow up ...jk...
wow the universe... i’m in an adidas global commercial for BOOST the same day i touched down in germany 🇩🇪 • swipe to watch the spot • i’ve always been just a kid who admired sneakers and when the ultra boost hit i was addicted... — from debuting some crazy colorways to designing my own, interviewing @benherath to now being in a commercial for my passion & dedication... the journey has been crazy. most importantly i’m happy i stayed myself and a brand like adidas respects that 🙏🏽 thank you.
thank you greece 🙏🏽💙🇬🇷 off to the next country.
yes, i absolutely got a fit off & almost arrested for taking pics on private property lmao 💙 but experiencing greece like i’ve always dreamed has been insane so far. here’s a little glimpse into my day, check my IG story for more vibes 🇬🇷
“she wanna get married tonight, but I cant take a knee cuz im wearing all white”
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vacay ray 🇬🇷🇬🇷🇬🇷
personal thoughts 📝— i always felt bad enjoying myself bc i’ve got to put my fam in a better situation. sometimes i go weeks feeling down, depressed or whatever, even completely exhausted • i realized it’s bc im always on go mode & my 🧠 needs a serious break. i decided to take my 1st ever summer vacation bc i been working non-stop since 17. my mental needs it & my work is gonna be even stronger after a refresh. hope you enjoy the content these next two weeks. i appreciate y’all for always showing ur boy extra love. means a lot 🙏🏽 — shouts to @tumitravel for the luggage. RPJ looks extra fly on these joints. now i’m thinking about designing luggage 🤦🏽♂️
crazy... i’m proud to announce i’ve partnered my mentoring program w the @LA_Sparks presented by @nike on July 7th at the Staples Center 💥🏀GIVE AWAY ALERT🏀💥 just comment below to be entered to win a pair of tickets (10 winners total) for access to Sneakerhead Night with the Sparks — an educational Panel im a guest on for career advice and you get crazy fire seats to the game against the Mystics... **read link in bio for full details** — this is so surreal. big thanks to the organization and nike for making this happen for my community 🙏🏽 📸: @basic_cam
🍭today’s drip — i marble dyed my travis af1 with a light wash for a vintage feel 🤘🏾
new sleepers 🏴
he’s name is Hennington 🧡
wow... thank you @la_sparks for the amazing seats. surreal to watch NY vs LA 🙏🏽
🎈happy birthday kanye 🎈 — never posted this rare smiling pic before.
ultra light beams 🌬 • triple white FOG’s, best yet.
“samples” c/o virgil • which pair you think should’ve dropped?
coast to coast 🏀✔️
mental health day 🏰
lebron celebrated 16yrs of signing his 90mil nike deal by dropping a shoe that honors the four bestfriends/biz partners on the same exact day the ink dried on that contract May 22nd... • it’s amazing to see what they’ve accomplished on and off the court. we need the documentary soon @kingjames @mavcarter @richpaul
the hustler’s shoe, that’s what i’m accustomed to 🌬
personal story 📝// in 2006 i’d take the 4train from the bronx to flight club on greene street to admire all the special sneakers in there every weekend (the mecca of culture back then)... it’s also where my journey began as the first shop that let me take 📸’s back then to post on TheShoeGame.com • 13yrs later seeing a shoe that i brought to life through the vans lens ending up being sold at flight club is fucking crazy... so now when pple call me crazy, i’ll say “i know.” — make crazy happen bc anything else is boring.
every day above ground is a good one. Amen 🙏🏽 #sundayservice
dear mom, converse tapped me to design a shoe & i decided to design a surprise for u 💐 it’s a thank you for all your unconditional love, effort and advice (even when i didn’t understand it). i took ur love of birds, the tropical colors of florida and ur taste for fashion to create this from my heart. we went from you telling me to stop buying sneakers to going to a brand’s headquarters and making ur own shoe... crazy huh? haha. you motivate me every day to wake up & provide for our family regardless of what emotions im going through. you’ve instilled a strength in me that compares to nothing else. my life is dedicated to making you proud & giving you plenty to brag to your friends about lmao. i’ll take the weight of the world on my shoulders just to see you relax and enjoy yourself. i love you beyond words. you don’t even have instagram but somehow you check in and lurk lol so i know you’ll read this. it was great talking to you earlier today. i’ll see you soon mami ❤️ thanks @converse @cajaxxon really appreciate y’all.
📝 honest thoughts // for so long it was disgusting to see pple fight, kill eachother and be miserable during air jordan releases. the sneaker buying experience should never be difficult nor stressful. it’s just sneakers! it’s so fucking cool to see an iconic shoe drop where the brand made more than enough (for the pple who actually want them), not have to stand in line and not have to sign up for any raffle to cop. i was working on my footlocker show at 10:07am looked at my clock and said “damn i missed my shot for another pair,” went to the snkrs app anyway and they still had my size in stock. truly amazing experience and hassle free. i’m gonna go enjoy this beautiful day in LA and i hope y’all do too ✌🏾
wow... @dwyanewade blessed me w my own official nba ball to help spread his new mission of donating basketballs & socks to communities in need by partnering w @nba x boys & girls club of america @spaldingball @pkwy_official @ttwersky 🙏🏽 being 5’7 with sneakers on i always knew the NBA wasn’t my calling 😂 but being able to connect with the league and one of the greatest athletes of my generation through community work is crazy. thank you and keep up the great work post-retirement champ.
adidas. thank you for everything you’ve helped me do w my community
mario kart 💛❤️💚
miss piggy 1’s 🐷
my fav pants rn ✔️✔️✔️
jordan going brazy this weekend 🧯 — AJ1 or AJ3?
🎈AIR MAX DAY GIVEAWAY WINNER @joey_spencerrr🎈 comment ur size below & share this post to your story to enter the giveaway • unlimited entries • must be following me — had to give back to my community for #airmaxday — winner gets a pair of air max 720 in their size. will choose by 5pm PT on march 27th 🙏🏽
how DadYe became my fav kanye during an afternoon w the fam • tap my link in bio to read about the lemonade stand experience
north west handed me the first pair of yeezys 😭🙏🏽❤️
wow... so i just got yeezys from kanye, kim & fam who setup a yeezy lemonade stand
before i go cry... 🤯 my BIGGEST creative mentoring session yet... thank you @adidas @footlocker putting on an event with me that was about the REAL people in the community, not the cool kids, not the celebrities. after being in the sneaker industry for 13yrs i knew my calling was higher. it was to help elevate the pple who connect with me through sneakers and that’s what led me to launching my creative mentoring program “nurture” last year. this is my 3rd event and it’s absolutely wild to see brands get behind the vision to really impact the future. thx to everyone who came out... brb gonna go cry now. 📸: @basic_cam
thoughts 📝 // my collab w adidas tmro means a lot bc being a huge fan of a shoe and having the brand acknowledge that is what every sneakerhead dreams of. the ultraboost is a shoe i wanna have deadstock pairs of until im 60 lol. • many pple have asked if i’m excited for tmro but i haven’t really sat down to think about the answer to that. i’m just happy i get to use my platform to help others enjoy themselves. myself and the /// team put in so much effort planning that i’m just happy it’s finally here. i don’t take anything for granted bc i never forget when i just had one pair of black air force 1s for the year.
im mad hyped to announce my collab events w @adidas on 3/16 for young creatives & the community of LA • RSVP right now, tap my link in bio... full details below: 🏃🏽♀️🏃🏽♂️💨💨💨 •PART 1️⃣• as part of my “nurture” mentoring program, i had this new idea of an active panel run starting at @footlocker santa monica that’s 1.5miles with 4 stops along the way. at each stop young creatives will be able to ask career advice & creative insights. ☀️🌮🍻🥃 •PART 2️⃣• if u don’t wanna run, come to our private afterparty (ages 18+, 21 to drink) at the ViceRoy on santa monica from 3pm - 6pm for free food, free drinks & over $1500+ in giveaways 🤯. Comment below if u wanna be on my VIP list bc spots will fill up fast... 💥💥if ur not in LA and read this far, i’m giving away a pair of #ultraboost19 just comment your size below. you know i always gotta look out for my people 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 #boostyourblock @adidasrunning @footlocker
thoughts 📝 // many industry pple will pressure u to choose sides but i never involved myself in the competitiveness of the sneaker industry simply bc every brand can get these ideas. i think once u fall into that competitive trap it takes the fun away from sneakers. before this ever became a career, i would just take the train downtown to admire everything on the shelves. i keep that with me everyday. it’s a blessing to work w every brand i wear bc lord knows the doors pple try to close due to this fake “loyalty” code they follow. so what i’m trying to say is, if ur looking to be in this industry be your authentic self no matter the roadblocks and you’ll find a way. even if it takes 13yrs to get to where you wanna be, just be yourself. i promise you’ll be just as happy as i am at the moment.
so hard 🍁 one of my fav recent pickups