I got these shoes as a gift from my girlfriend, Elvia Medina. When I first got them, I didn't know whether to wear them everyday or keep them in a box, never too be worn. Along with my guitars, these shoes are my most prized possession. These shoes tell a story of this life journey I've been on so far, and each symbol means the world to me.
The Sublime Sun - Sublime's is my favorite band of all time, by far. Yes, above The Jimi Hendrix Experience and MGMT. I didn't listen to Sublime much when I was younger, I didn't get into them until I went to Brewster Academy and Paul De Lac played Garden Grove at a coffee house. That performance actually inspired me to pick up a guitar myself, and changed my life more than Paul even knows. Sublime's lyrics hit me hard, I could go on and on all day. When I moved to California, one of my best friend's, Damon, listened to a lot of Sublime too. We would drive through Long Beach and hoop in Garden Grove. I was just happy as fuck to build my legacy in the same place my idols did.
Skyblue Seal - The super OG, Don, made this logo for us. We were struggling for awhile to find a logo that had everything we were looking for. Wanted to incorporate the shaka sign, because that means so much to us, but also keep it simple and clean. Thank you Don.
40x44 - 40x was the group I used to be in. Well, I guess I'm still in it. But when we were like 19, we used to drink 40oz and go stupid. Sometimes we would make brass monkey, but most of the time I drank half the bottle and was sauced. My first 40 I had was in lake Chelan. I ate this crazy, caramel to go with it. It had the ingredients to success. 44 was the code name to one of my best friends ever, Leah (4) Tate (4). She had a big heartbreak, and I always keep her spirit with me. Also, I grew up on 44th & Cloverdale.
Such Is Life - This is my life motto. Basically "It Is What It Is". Ned Kelly is an old Australian folk legend. I learned about him when I went down to Australia to play a little ball and his story stuck with me forever. My grandpa always had me watch old outlaw and cowboy movies, so that lifestyle always interested me. It's what I base my life off now. As far as getting up in the morning, rolling with my boys, trying to figure out how to make this dream happen, every single day.
Hollywood - I didn't go to Hollywood on purpose to chase my dreams. I got dropped off there. One of the craziest stories of my life, we'll get to that another day. But it was a major blessing in disguise and at the time I thought I was going through hell. If it weren't for my brother AP and Bobby, I don't know where I'd be in life.
Racing Flags - I've always lived this fast life and been obsessed with the thrill of it. Grandpa says make sure I keep the Lord first, Grandma says she praying for me and my mama always ask me "You're not afraid of...?" I never really have an answer for her, there's just something inside of me that's seeking something greater than the norm.
Money w/ Arrow - I love money, not for the materialistic things, but for the freedom. I know for a fact we're supposed to be living much more free than this. Being able to travel and see friends whenever we want. Eat whatever meal we want. Take a day off and relax. Go to the dentist and get our teeth fixed with no worries. I want that freedom for me and my family.
Cloverdale/Lake Stevens - Cloverdale and Lake Stevens are the two places that shaped my life the most. I always say "From the skaters to the gangsters", because in Lake all I kicked it with were skaters and in Seattle all I kicked it with were gangstas.
Ski Mask - I love the imagery of the ski mask, because it symbolizes me taking what I'm worth. Nobody in this world is going to give you anything, and most importantly you have to know your worth. I know for a fact I'm worth more than $30/hr, $100/hr.. shit, you are too, but no one's going to treat you as such until you start treating yourself as such. Also the ski mask is a representation of what me and my brother have had to do to get to wear we are now.
Nirvana - I love Kurt Cobain. Whenever I go to Starbucks, I tell them that my name is Kurt. Much love to the legend.
Venice/Santa Monica - Moving to Venice/Santa Monica saved my life. I struggled in Hollywood because I saw nothing but what I would deem as evil. I saw so much deceitfulness and hatred that I was lost. I felt like I was in a movie. More specifically that scene in 300, when they bribed the hunchback into turning on Leonidas. That's exactly what it felt like. Venice/Santa Monica gave me a peace of mind and the vibes there were unlike anything I've felt since Waffle House. Everyone in Venice seemed so free of judgement and care. Thank you, Venice.
Prience of Peace - My grandfather's name is "Prience", and he is my everything. Everything I do, I do it in his name. Also, in the Bible, they called Jesus "The Prince of Peace". Now I know I am not Jesus, but I try the best I can to treat others with greatness and be the best person I can possibly be. I am no saint, I do a lot of wild shit, but lets not forget Jesus flipped the tables in the temple and he also turned water to wine. Haha
Keyboard - Music is the world. Music runs life. I play guitar and piano, and I will learn the saxophone before I die. I love music with all my heart. My dream is to play with Lia at Hinano's bar in Venice Beach sometime. There's nothing more pure in this world than a garage band.
Thank you, this is all a dream to me. Appreciate all the love and support. This journey has been wild, but I love meeting the people and I love gathering the stories. When I die, urban legendary is the ultimate. Like "Did you hear about...?" A life so crazy, people struggle with believing if it was real or not. Not in a fantasy sense, but a historical one. SKYBLUE FOREVER!