Nike, SNKRS, ATLANTA: The Wait Is Over

As an avid shoe collector and overall connoisseur of sneakers, the time has finally come for ATL to get some real love from Nike. I am a resident of ATL as well so for me to even understand how Atlanta has been overlooked for their since of fashion, style and love of sneakers has been beyond me for the longest. And for Nike to have shown so much love to New York, Los Angeles and occasionally Chicago via SNKRS Pass etc., I’ll admit that I am happy as hell to be a resident of Atlanta right now and extremely happy that the city that brings so much when it comes to the trends being set in what people call the “Culture” gets the well deserved notoriety. This is without question long overdue.

On to the SNKRS pop-up! For about two months Nike has provided a SKRS pop up in Atlanta that will give sneaker enthusiasts and resellers as well a chance to get their hands on some of the hottest releases both past and present. The news about the pop-up for a few people were rather sudden, but for those in the know, it was expected. Either way, the crowd control was going to be tough to handle, especially with the Super Bowl being being in Atlanta this year. The opportunity to make some serious money is certainly there.

February and March are expected to be highly anticipated in the world of sneakers with the final installment of The Ten Off-White collab, NBA All-Star Weekend amongst other pairs. Scheduled to be in Atlanta until March 26th will give plenty of opportunities to stay A-1 in the sneaker game.

Lastly, I want to say it’s about to Nike and also I hope this isn’t a 1 stop shop. The city of Atlanta deserves more exclusives and special drops just like the before named cities. If you’re in the city and would like to stop by the SNKRS pop-up, the address is right below.

711 10th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

LLC Out!!

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Put That Pride To The Side

2019

What type of energy are you bringing for this year? Personally I’m trying to elevate my brand, Limitless Lifestyle Crew. The goal is to reach the American Dream, you know work a job that includes things that I am passionate about so that it never feels like work. That American Dream is the one I am chasing. But this also means being less prideful without sabotaging my pride. I know it sounds oxymoronic, but this is what has to be done. Nothing is accomplished strictly alone, we all need help and a helping hand with positive intentions should at least be considered.

So my goal is to go out and be open to help. Hopefully the right help will come along and give me some major keys to success with building my brand which will only help me get closer to living that sought after dream. A big part of of this newfound thought process is realizing that often I leave the opportunity gaining exposure and credibility on the table, something that I believe I did out of pride and not attacking these opportunities with diligence. This time around, I’m going all out.

LLC Out

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A Letter To JG

Dear JG

How are you doing my brotha? I mean, like how are you feeling, what are your thoughts, what do you think about in idle time? I’m interested in how you feel personally because that’s all that matters to me and several others. I could give a damn about a football and your ability within this game because my brother, my friend, you are much more important than any game.

I’ve been reading your story and I admit it is heartbreaking and I’m not going to be like a lot of people and tell you I understand how you felt back when all this started in Middle School, hell mentally before that. I do believe in demons and I do understand the impact of trauma and how that can have an affect on ones mind. I grew up in a small but reckless city called Saginaw. MI and have seen my fair share of crazy shit. You know, dead bodies on corners, murderers, friends I’ll never see again from death and behind bars. All that shit can break the strongest of us.

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The thing is JG, you matter to a ton of people, maybe you know them but there are some you don’t know, but we are out here and in support of you!! Yes you, JG the young black King who will change the lives of thousands. We care about you because we love you and want the best for you the person. And although it is almost impossible to tune out things these days, please try to tune out football and those who only seem to care about you when you are participating for their favorite sports team. I’m all for taking care of self because at the end of the day, you have to make sure that you are fine.

You see, even with your current problems I see a long line of success waiting for you. You have already beat the odds JG, and on the road to building up yourself please remember that this is all part of the process. The only timeline that you are on is the one God has destined for you. And I know there is pain in all of this, I know there is, but you have a special story and one that you are not the only one to go through so think about that going forward. You have the ability to help more people than you ever imagined but it starts with you.

More blessings you JG and get well ASAP. We need you happy and healthy.

Confidence

The truth is confidence can come from many different forms both internal and external. Going into a situation the right string of confidence can push you towards whatever goals you may have. But you have to ultimately believe in yourself for everything to come to fruition. I’m saying this because often times we say we believe but don’t demonstrate that belief in our actions.

As someone who played sports there were always times that I had someone pushing and motivating me because they believed in me and my talent and wanted to build up my confidence. Those times I will never forget and am forever grateful for, but it took me believing in myself for that confidence to come to life. People on the outside can tell you that you are the greatest ever but if you don’t believe that yourself, you may never build your confidence.

The purpose of these post is to help push everyone who takes their time to read this to be the source of your on confidence building and believe in yourself. Only you have to make actions become a reality and by you stepping onto the scene like it’s already yours, your half-way to claiming those wins you have to accomplish for yourself.

LLC Out

Mayhem in Miami

I find it pretty dope that sneakers and the sneaker culture has grown at a pace that is almost unreal. But here we are, sneakers are a part of everything and have made sure to celebrate the significance of several holidays and special occasions whether they be globally, country-side or even locally recognized.

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This takes us down to Miami where Art Basel was celebrated from December 5th to December 9th this year. When it comes to Art Basel and sneakers, the crowds come in capacity level numbers. Such numbers are brought not only because of the sneakers that are beautifully crafted often with a great story behind them, but just overall clean sneakers that will forever have a space in Art Basel history.

For the second straight year, an Air Jordan 1 was the center of attention. Last year for Art Basel, the Air Jordan 1 was presented in two different Artsy colorways that included one Rust Pink, and the other Igloo Blue with a color-block design that is in the mold of the OG Black Toes. As of December 2018, both of those shoes go for over $2,000 so you could see why this brings out the crowd for the 2018 version.

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This year, Miami based sneaker boutique SoleFly were called to bring to life their version of a classic Art Basel Air Jordan 1. Right away, the hype for the shoe was in full force when DJ Khaled and store owner Chino hit social media to let the people know what was coming! And from there, it was a race to Miami, not only did residents of Miami want these, but people all over the globe who are into sneaks.

Fast forward to the day of release, anticipation is of course all over the place for the limited shoe that was to be released at a secret location. Word was mistakenly leaked of the location before SoleFly was able to let the public know and all hell broke loose. Eventually the police were called and the release had to be cancelled as it was seen to have unsafe conditions. With people who wanted the shoes for the wear and others wanting them for the flip, mayhem was all but destined unfortunately. Truly does suck for the individuals who traveled to get these shoes for self though, but that is part of this culture, you can’t please everybody.

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Personally, I wanted these shoes as they brought back a special theme to myself, a kid from Michigan. The Jordan 1 with Miami Hurricane colors brought me back to the time I started watching football, college football in particular. It was the 2000 Miami Hurricane team that made me fall in love with the sport of football. Seeing that type of swagger on the football field was all I needed to be hooked on the sport. While I was not able to travel to Miami due to work, the cancellation of the Miami only release still bummed me a bit because I know the work it took for others. But like I said before, in this culture it is impossible to please everyone, Supply and Demand.

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The weekend comes and goes and many suspect a drop online for this special shoe, tons of us dreading this because of the possibility of bots eating up the drop. So Monday, without notice SoleFly dropped a raffle link via Google that opened at 3:05, the famous Miami area code that is also embossed on the backside of the tongue for the left shoe of this coveted pair. The raffle was a shock and ended in about 15-20 minutes but was at a capacity making it rather difficult for the people who caught the tweet to sign-up, luckily for me, I caught it right away and was able to sign up! Others were upset that they missed the raffle but I thought this was as fair as it could be considering the demand for these bad boys. Winners were to be notified throughout yesterday and even earlier Tuesday but in the between time, they released the clothing piece of the SoleFly x Art Basel x Air Jordan capsule. This too caused a commotion on the net as people hoped it would be the shoes, thankfully for the clothing piece, I was able to cop some pieces that I wanted, on the shoe tip I wasn’t so lucky but I knew I had a chance seeing as I entered the raffle. Salute to the owners of SoleFly for calling out to individuals and informing them of their winnings, that was a nice touch that is greatly appreciated. All in all, they did what they could to make sure this was a safe release and that is what matters, but this definitely will go down as an Art Basel classic!!