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December 18, 2014

Day 30 of #Recovery: #Detroit #Love. As cliché as the statement “if you can make it out of here, you can make it anywhere” sounds, it feels like it was a phrase custom made for #Detroiters. There’s NO PLACE like Detroit. I wouldn’t have wanted to be raised anywhere else on the planet. Although there’s a lot of #depression there, there’s even more to be proud of. I love watching and hearing about all of the new developments in my city, it’s an ongoing hope like none other. From the #Music, to the #Art, to the #Historical Neighborhoods, to the people, it’s a great city. Maybe it’s not as big of a host to #Celebrities, #Money, and #Entertainment as a lot of other cities, but that’s part of it’s greatness; it’s a city that breeds #Hustlers & #GoGetters. So, this one is my dedication to my city… a self-portrait of my city and me. I hope you enjoy.

December 13, 2014

Day 25 of #Recovery: #ChallengeYourself. Today has been a little bit of a challenge for me. I try to keep myself reminded that #God wont give me more than I can handle. Life is unknown, except for the present moment that you’re in… which you have TOTAL control over, don’t ever believe otherwise. This journey comes fully equipped with non-stop loops, turns, bumps, and falls. Sometimes, these obstacles make life seem hard, but you know the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemon Italian ice (or something like that)”… this is the challenge. Challenge your #beliefs, your #faith, your #love, your #ambition, your #skills, your knowing that God is always walking with you. So many things are made to make us feel like this life is hard, don’t believe that. Our life is a gift; embrace it, with all of its goods and bads. The unique part about challenging yourself is, it’s a win/win situation… so why not go for it? I hope you enjoy.

December 12, 2014

Day 24 of #Recovery: #CMYK #WOLF (Way Of Life Forever). I can’t really explain this one that well… but it’s how I feel. I love to #draw, I love #photography, I love #painting, I love #FashionDesign, but I’m a #DigitalArtist. It’s what I know the most. It’s what comes easiest to me. #Simple. I hope you enjoy.

December 6, 2014

Day 18 of #Recovery: Where would I be without #TheHipHopShop? I think about this pretty often. If you know anything about me, then you know my passion for #HipHop. When I was 14 years old, I was lucky enough to get hired at this incredible store (The Hip Hop Shop). I was hired by a guy named Jerome Mongo by a referral from the late/great #BigProof. I then met a #Mogul of #FashionDesign, #MauriceMalone (owner of The Hip Hop Shop). This is what fueled my desire to do design, and just be involved in a progressive scene. Maurice used to draw these little quick sketch characters of people around the store. I was also able to learn a little about fashion design from him, as I would check out in detail his denim sketches and how he would do all measurements, size/color/material callouts, etc. I even had the chance to go by his house on #Detroit’s #Westside and get a few lessons. Proof taught me how to network, and meet/gain clientele. He introduced me to Brother Johnnie Muhammad, who assisted me in getting all of the right tools that I needed to get started with design. Johnnie delivered over $5,000 worth of graphic design software to me, Proof bought me a zip drive and a gang of zip disk… it was go time. I would design flyers for the #OpenMic Saturdays at the shop and mid 90’s #StAndrews shows. Then I went on to designing #MixtapeCovers for local Dj’s and Artist… This was in the #Cassette era. I had the honor of meeting sooo many people, most of which I’m still in contact and close friendship with. I was a 14 year old kid trapped in the amusement of early stage #DetroitHipHop, #Eminem, #SlumVillage, #RoyceThe59, #D12, and the list goes on and on and on… I met #Elzhi there, he ended up going to the same school as me, along with the late #Bugz of D12. This was one of the best eras of my life, and I truly believe that it made me who I am today. #iMissTheHipHopShop.

 

#Vector Drawing from original photo by: @elroywill

December 3, 2014

Day 15 of #Recovery: #Respect Yourself, #Invest in Yourself. This doesn't mean go out buy new outfits & shoes everyday.... Invest in your mind and spirit. Having nice things is always good, though lately I've been trying to think smarter. I could go out and buy a nice new shirt, or I could stay home design a nice new shirt for someone else to buy from me. I'm a full-blooded creative being... I'm constantly thinking about what I could do to enhance myself creatively. Whether it is new equipment, learning new software and #techniques, working on practice pieces, etc. I've never been too big on trends, extensive/expensive fashion, or much of anything outside of #creating. Most of the time, I feel like whatever's out there in the world isn't anything that I couldn't produce on my own. I'm not against supporting brands, I support them often; I'm just more into developing myself into all that I can be. How do you think all of those brands & companies that people support got to where they are? #SelfFocus #Invest 

November 29, 2014

Day 12 of #Recovery: TRY TO #CARE. We live in a very #careless world, which is the number one cause of all negative things that surround us. #Caring isn't a difficult effort, in fact, it's a natural instinct that we were all born with. To not care is to consciously resist that instinct (in most cases). In other cases, amazingly, there are really a lot of #Heartless people on this #Earth. Today, I'm just thinking of everything that goes on in this world, and a lot of it is a result of #Carelessness. I just put in my request to #God for more #Care, #Love, and #Support. We need it. 

November 29, 2014

Day 11 of #Recovery: #MyFather, Winston David Butterfield was the best man ever invented. He passed on July 1st, 2014... He's now my #GuardianAngel, I feel him everyday. His spirit was with me during my surgery, just to keep and eye on everything and make sure they did everything right. He takes every step and every turn with me. For him, I will be more than ALL I can be, I will be #Magnificent! Daddy, I love you sooo much!!! I wear your necklace everyday, I keep you with me 24/7. You have always been my #Hero, I'm happy that it was you and mom who raised me, Y'all did the most perfect job. #iMissYou #iLoveYou #MyTeacher #MyHero #MyDaddy #Dad #Father

November 27, 2014

 

Day 10 of #Recovery: #HappyThanksgiving!!! I'll leave out the stories of #Squanto, slaves, lynching, etc. And focus on the important meaning that our modern world goes by. Today is a day to reflect on things that you're thankful for. The number one thing on my list will always be #God. No matter how tough life gets, I look back and remind myself, at least I have life, and a healthy one at that. There are so many people in this world who are fighting to survive, whether it be on actual life support, or sleeping on a bench in these cold winter days. We have so much to be #thankful for, and I believe that it starts with #Life & #God. 

 

November 27, 2014

Day 9 of #Recovery: Today I went for my surgery follow up... the doctor say's I'm doing pretty good. My recovery is going well, my spirits are a little less than that, seeing all that's going on with the publication's of our kids being shot and killed. There has to be some kind of #Change that is possible to put in action. #MarvinGaye said it best in one of his lines fom #InnerCItyBlues... "Crime is increasing / Trigger happy policing / Panic is spreading / God knows where, where we're heading" This is the world we live in. #TheyDontCareAboutUs #ItsNothingNew #RacismLives #NoJustice #SadButTrue

 

November 25, 2014

Day 8 of #Recovery: We live in a country where it isn't ok for us kill in defense, but it's totally perfect for us to be killed just for not walking on the sidewalk, possessing candy, speaking our mind, and being a minority/middle class. If the outcome of standing your ground, or simply doing act's of defense or innocence will conclude in you being killed, then I say SHOOT BACK, It's the only logical option. The Jim Crow Laws are still so very much alive, the only difference with the modern Jim Crow Laws than the 19th Century laws is they don't have a southern barrier, they're now nation wide. We as US Citizens will NEVER have power in this nation, no matter how much voting, picketing, rioting, or petitions we get signed. They do what they want. They kill who they want. They get away with it all. #TheyDontCareAboutUs #ItsNothingNew #RacismLives #NoJustice #SadButTrue

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