This past weekend we were in Los Angeles.
For the last few months we've been training to do the Tough Mudder. Which is essentially just a giant obstacle course over the course of a half marathon. About a week ago, I got lucky and was asked to make a video for it rather than actually run it. Which for me, was a major win considering I never even signed up to run it in the first place.
So on Saturday we drove out to San Bernardino to accomplish this popular fitness challenge.
Little did I know, I would actually be running a lot of it in order to make a compelling video, which can be seen here.
In a nutshell, the weekend was a huge success and I got to make some great memories with some great friends.
Based out of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, Noble Denim makes attention to detail the highest priority in their jeans.
I may be a little biased because they're from my hometown, but this is my absolute favorite clothing company out there. I've been looking at their products for over a year, but it's hard to get anything because the demand is so high. Every time they release they are generally sold out in a matter of hours.
Simply put, these aren't just jeans, they're artwork.
Yes, everyone, including myself, has shopped at H&M and seen how "trendy" the clothes are, but they're built so cheap. H&M is essentially the IKEA of clothing. So I don't expect anything to last, or even be comfortable for that matter when I buy anything from there. And in turn, it doesn't give you that feeling.
I've always had a thing for quality/ authentic clothing, as well as my jerseys. The first thing I look at is the detail in the seams and the stitching. The things that not many people will ever notice or even see. For me, this instantly justifies paying a higher price point rather than just your "name brand" stuff. I'm not saying I don't buy cheap clothes, I'm just saying when I get something higher end, it gives me a different feeling when I put it on.
Which to me, is art.
Making someone feel something continues to get harder and harder to do in our society. People become numb to branding, advertising, slogans, and catch phrases. Knowing that detail exists, seeing each part of the thread and the copper, and seeing the finishing pieces such as the tags and the branding all create a sense of quality.
You can see how thought out every stitch is. You can see how many trials they had to go through to get everything perfect. You can see the originality in something that's been done so many times. All of these things contribute to how you feel when you buy a piece of artwork such as this.
For me, I'm a sucker for story. These jeans have their own, which gives me inspiration for mine.
Standing out in today's market is a daunting task, let alone for a small business focusing on getting back to authentic, American-made clothing. Noble denim has hit a homerun with me. I love the work they do, and the work they're doing. Not just for the jeans, but for their passion. Their team is all around artistically inspiring, and I only see big things in their future.
Consistency. Something I could use more of in my life.
I've finally committed to a schedule to making videos. For the first time in a little while, I feel that same initial passion I had when I first started out. I actually want to start taking my YouTube "career" serious. Is it going to run my life? No. But I do want to be able to have a schedule where people can expect to see something from me. It's easy to get super disorganized in so is going to be one of my constants.
I'm motivated to do something new. . . Starting tonight @ 8:00 P.M. EST
Last May I met this guy in Brussels while we were in Belgium.
I asked if I could photograph him while he played guitar and he obliged.
After a few minutes of playing, he went on to tell me why he made his living by street performing. Before leaving Jamaica in the 1990s, he claims to have been a successful musician. But as time went on, he had found himself in some legal trouble with a couple of different copyright infringements on his music. He kept mentioning to me how quickly "Hollywood" was coming after him for selling what was supposedly "his music." He expressed how badly he wanted to stay in Jamaica, but the Government and the large amount of fines piling up forced him to flee the country.
There's no way of knowing if anything he was saying was the truth, but his story was entertaining none the less.
From what I remember, the rest of Brussels was just as mysterious and interesting.
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Best Lasagna I've ever had though.
Last night, Haylee took me to dinner downtown. Outside of the restaurant was this unreal view of the city. I took advantage of it.
Snow. And it's only getting started.
Back in Cincinnati, sources tell me it has been 60s-70s, which has been a record high for December. Personally, I don't have a problem with the cold. It reminds me of when we we're gone every weekend on hockey trips. It's a weird thing, but I absolutely love it.
Lucky for me, I hear it snows a bit in Utah.
My goal with these new hats we're to be able to wear them with anything.
This is the hat I've been wearing everyday for almost 2 months and I couldn't be happier with the way they turned out.
I'm planning on growing and continuing to release more stuff in the coming months. I'm basically just making things I want to wear and giving other people the option to wear it as well. I'm aware these hats aren't for everybody, and quite frankly I really don't care. Essentially, it's what I like. It's my style. I'm not doing anything but me.
I love my city.
It's Fall Time.
Live from the airport, as I wait for my flights SLC-ORD-CVG. Going home for Thanksgiving. Football. Family. Food. Christmas.
I waited to long to write this post. . we're boarding now.