nolimosnyc asked: I just wanted to say, I always wanted to know what happened to you after four-pins since i like many others have already stated was a big fan of your writing. Im glad to see theres another way for me to follow you. With that stan shit said, since i read you can be a dick, FUCK YOU. And keep up the good work.
I can definitely be a dick to people, if they’re fucking scumbags. Other than that I’m mostly nice but make a lot of jokes about people, WHICH ARE JUST JOKES. I’m a consequence of my surroundings, I guess. I grew up playing basketball in Queens, people. Growing up you were basically verbally ASSASSINATED at the park unless you opened your mouth. Yo, my nickname was Rick Fox for like 5 years. Rick FUCKING Fox. Can you even imagine what being called a good looking 8th man off the Lakers bench does to a kid? Traumatizing.
These menswear bloggers from like, fucking Wisconsin or some shit, don’t understand that they’re just jokes. Such loose butthole.
Thanks for the kinds words.
Anonymous asked: Love everything you've written on this blog. Love the all the posts. Love the whole thing, thank you - honestly thank you. It's so refreshing to here someone out there with an honest opinion and the balls to say it. I was just wondering if you might post some of the artists you've been listening to lately? I am in between music and looking for some inspiration - thought you'd be the one to provide it. Thanks.
Thanks, my guy. I wish professionals and other bloggers enjoyed my honesty as much as you, but like, they rather you just lied all the time and kept everyone happy and were boys with everyone. Apparently that’s how you succeed in life….. by being a cornball.
As for inspiration, I mostly hang around architects…
Seriously though, I work so much nowadays I don’t have time to listen to too much new music. I’ve also been listening to way too much hip hop since my time at Complex; comes with the territory, I guess. Lately I’ve been listening to this on repeat, relistening to Kendrick’s album (seriously a classic), Push, J. Cole’s stories for some serious inspiration, and a friend’s unreleased music. (insert cool hipster points)
Such a weak list - I apologize. I need to hit up The Hype Machine and PnP quick fast.
Anonymous asked: WHAT THE F IS THAT SONG IN YOUR BACKPACKING VIDEO. I KNOW THAT'S WIZ BUT WHAT IS THIS REMIX. LINK. DON'T BE A DICK YO.
Haaaaaa. That song is straight HOT FIRE FLAMES!!!!!!!!!
The song is in the description box of the video on Youtube.
I’ll save you the time, though, it’s by a young trap DJ called BeazyTymes - Got so much.
He’s decent, some of his stuff is really good. And I’m not even that big of a fan of trap music.
Thanks for peeping the video.
Anonymous asked: Yo, I know you may get this a lot and I know you've answered this question before; but I want to know will you ever style write again? I really enjoyed your articles on Four Pins and especially since it was in the perspective of someone my age about current Menswear.
Thanks, homie. I appreciate that. I’ve never truly come clean about the whole thing on Tumblr so I’ll just get it over with and let you people know what’s up.
The truth of the matter is that I have absolutely no idea. I was so turned off by writing in general around 3 or 4 months ago because of how the industry exactly works for a 22-year-old. Editors know you’re trying to make a name for yourself and will do close to anything in doing so. You see, if there’s 1 thing editors love, its desperation. Why? Well, if you have a kid who is desperate enough to write countless articles for your publication and you don’t have to pay him DICK out of your budget, why would you ever pay him? Morals? Because it’s the right thing to do? Na, bro. Alls fair in love, war, and unpaid internships. That budget is way more enticing to editors when it goes directly into their pocket, so they’ll have you write for these things I like to call the “E words” - “experience” and “exposure.” And unlike these other kids in Manhattan, in the fund I don’t trust. While they’re fighting to get the chance to work for free, I’m honestly fighting to feed myself. My single mother can only put a roof over my head and doesn’t charge me rent, and for that I’m truly grateful because life could be way harder than it is now.
Multiple publications, including my favorite news outlet in the world, have asked me to write for them after my time concluded at Four Pins. It’s all good until I say, “Is this compensated?” Holy fuck. Like, after those words come out of my mouth, editors literally scramble to come up with ANY type of excuse to not pay me. For example, “I’m rehashing the budget in 2 months, we’ll get it sorted then,” “this is a great opportunity to get your name in front of celebrities and important people,” and “I can’t pay you now but we can talk about it in the future.” Those quotes aren’t hyperbolized. Those aren’t paraphrases. Those are EXACT quotes, word for word, on what some editors have told me. In my eyes, anyone who tries to feed you that bullshit has blatant disrespect for you and doesn’t see you as a peer, mostly because you’re younger than them. It doesn’t matter how good your shit is, the second editors find out your age is the second they gauge how much they
can want to pay you.
Now, my problem isn’t the fact that you have to work for free for a little while until you’re paid, my problem is that there’s no one saying when your time working for free will come to an end and you can get started. I can literally work my entire lifetime for free only to get nothing in return because no one REGULATES unpaid internships, or in my time at Four Pins “unpaid freelancing.” Yo, for real, “unpaid freelancer?” What the fuck? How is that even legal? I don’t mean to undermine at all what African Americans went through in this country with slavery, but you have to ask yourself, if you owned a cotton field and had motherfuckers picking cotton for free, would it all be legal if you called them “unpaid freelancers” and not slaves? I don’t think so, but that’s just my naive and immature 22-year-old self talking. When people would come to me and ask me to write for experience or have a period of no pay to see what my writing is like, I would smile and be as cordial as possible, but in my head I was always thinking, “Dude, I’ve been at Four Pins for 7 months and have 200+ posts. You’ve seen my fucking work, bro. You’re asking ME to write, I’m not begging you for a job,” and gracefully decline - well, try to gracefully decline.
Let’s get it straight, I have no personal malice towards anyone at Four Pins or Complex. I was treated well there. Granted, my treatment and coolness factor was heavily based on merit, because let me be honest and forget humbleness for a second, paid or unpaid, ya boy fucking crushed it there. Period. They’ll probably be angry with what I’ve said but I really don’t care. I’m telling the honest truth and that shouldn’t be held against me at all in my eyes. And as for my writing style, I’m sure they’ll try to disagree, but we all know there is some heavy biting still going on over there, but, you know, they would never actually admit it. Nothing personal against them, I would bite my shit too.
And as for me writing ever again? I think this essay should give you a hint of how I’m feeling on that.