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

What Sneakers Mean To Me

What do sneakers mean to you?

If you ask that question, I’ll give you the most dramatic, but honest answer. That is, to me, sneakers mean everything, and I mean that. There isn’t a thing I cannot tie a certain sneaker to.

And I’m not saying that just to say that I truly mean it.  My earliest memories in life are of me as a toddler rocking Jordan 8s and being able to relate the design to Bugs Bunny.  I’m talking me at 4 years old fresh as hell in AJ8s.  It’s a wild image to remember because I truly don’t remember anything else at that age unless my mom recorded it.  But that image of me in a baby windbreaker and some Air Jordan 8s walking down the stairs at my Aunt and Uncles house for a family party will never leave.

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At that point, a monster was certainly created and my mom lets me know all the time she loves/hates that she built that in me lol.  Crazy thing is my mom has always had fresh shoes.  Not limited to just sneakers but she certainly had those to, so without question I got it honest as hell.  So like I said, for as long as I can remember she made sure that my kicks were fresh.

Growing up and going through school I always was the kid with nice shoes, at that time it was more so Jordan Brand of course but see, I’m a basketball connoisseur and have tremendous respect for the history of the game from the actual art of playing to the shoes, outfits that the players wore.  Outside of Jordan’s, you would certainly catch me in my favorite players shoes including Penny Hardaway, Allen Iverson, Pippen’s, hell Shaq’s, Barkley’s, Grant Hill’s and I could go on!  There was no doubt that my love for sneakers stemmed from my love for basketball.  And like that, before I could hold full conversations, I was engulfed into this passion for sneakers.  

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This passion continued to grow of course and at the time my fashion sense was more of full basketball outfits with the sneakers to match.  A much more basic approach lol.  But, the beauty of sneakers is it opens you up to a world of different things you had no idea about.  So via collabs and the early stages of the internet brought the introduction to the now more so prevalent streetwear culture.  Because my obsession with sneakers and wanting to know more about the what’s going on in sneakers, I was able to find out about these different streetwear brands.  My style definitely is built from the ground up, I start all of my outfits with shoes lol.  To some it may be a weird concept but like I said before, my shoes represent a lot more to me than just being fresh, they are actually my mood for the day.

The quests!  The long searches!  The building of bonds!  One of the more under-appreciated arts of sneakers and the craze to attain them is how they bring tons and tons of people together, all for a common theme.  It’s crazy the amount of people I’ve met and connections I’ve made with awesome individuals.  Having to look into sneaker releases and see when and where releases might take place are some of the more enjoyable moments for me.  Things are a lot easier to find out with social media and that part is love/hate because I remember you didn’t know unless you knew somebody.  It’s a bit different now with the bot evolution and resale of sneakers being mainstream but I still enjoy it.  And this quest never gives, no matter how rich you are or even your access I think there’s always a pair that you are hunting for and that’s the beauty of it all.

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Personal brand building from sneakers is also a great highlight. Building a brand of self happens whether you are a known reseller or a Shoetuber or just have been known to talk cash shit at big releases and/or are a source for release information etc. etc. etc. Individuals such as Foamer Simpson and HesKicks are the reason I started watching YouTube for shoe reviews and it has grown to these individuals having tons of opportunities outside of YouTube. They aren’t the only people I watch but they certainly changed how review videos go. A reseller such as 23Penny is someone who is well respected and it comes from the footwork he puts in and some of the most fair after-market prices that you will see. I enjoy this because what often ends up happening is they release merch or introduce me to different brands that otherwise I would have overlooked. Hell, I rock Asics because of Foamer and they are now one of my favorite shoes.

This sneaker game has come a long way, both good and bad but I’m happy to be a part of it and look forward to the continued growth.

LLC Out