My first time visiting the west coast, more specifically, the City of Angels.Read More
The four–year trip on the struggle bus has reached its final destination.Read More
Pretty much every designer has a go-to set of artists + albums to listen to when designing. I decided to compile a list of artists and albums that I frequently listened to while designing in 2015.Read More
Have you wanted to visit the Cleveland Museum of Art, but never had the chance? In this blog post, Elijah shares pictures and commentary describing his first time visiting the museum. The types of art pictured from the exhibition include: Chinese, Indian and Southeast Asian, Abstract, and many more.Read More
I celebrated my 21st birthday on May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day). The night before, some of my greatest friends and family put together a surprise bowling party for me.
The night was the perfect beginning to my birthday. It was a great feeling seeing so many people around who support me. Sharing my birthday on Mother's Day was a blessing. I created a Peanut Gang illustration of my family and gave it to my mother. The following week my friend Telayne and I had a party to celebrate our birthdays.
I had one goal to accomplish before turning twenty-one. The goal was simple: Do something big. That goal was accomplished and you will see some of the results by the end of the year. Since I am now twenty-one the mission and work ethic remains the same and I won't stop.
The Ying Yang Twins came to Ohio University on Thursday April 23 to perform their greatest hits with a mixture of new songs. The Throwback Thursday event was put together by two groups at Ohio University: UPC and BSCPB. In addition to the performance by the Atlanta duo, there was also a giant velcro wall, a dunk tank, a ladder climb, spin art, shutter shades customization, air brush tattoos, and more. The southern crunk group continued to smile at the crowd while maintaining an energetic performance. Check out the pictures of their performance below.
I had the opportunity to design and craft a poster for Women on the Line, a poetry reading and exhibit to raise awareness about My Sister's Place, a domestic violence shelter in Southeast Ohio. The 24" x 40" poster featured my interpretation of a poem titled Fear by Wendy McVicker. National Poetry Month is held every April, and was started to celebrate poetry and its place in American culture. Check out the slideshow below of the event.
A year ago today, I spent a weekend in New York City. I really felt like one of those kids in a candy store. You know, the kid that is completely hypnotized by the assortment of flavors and bright colors. A classmate invited my friend, Aaron and I to her home in Long Island. After flying in her dad's plane for about four hours, we were greeted by The Statue of Liberty and the Hudson River. The first thing I got to eat in Long Island was pizza (of course). The calm before the storm is what I considered this first day.
The next day, Saturday, we woke up early to take the train into the city. Anticipation built up as we got closer and closer. The closer we got to the city, the more graffiti and art we seen on buildings. The train finally arrived to NYC and I was beyond eager to leave Penn Station.
My first step out of Penn Station and I was greeted by giant skyscraper buildings. The site was amazing. Each street I crossed, I was greeted by a new world it seemed. The different culture, food, people, art, all of it was unique in it's own way. Aaron and I instantly started searching for different streetwear shops to visit. We visited Bape, Ice Cream/BBC, Stussy, Dirty Rat Bastard, and more. The BBC/Ice Cream store had an amazing presentation and feel. The first floor was ice cream themed, and the second floor had a space theme. On your way to the second floor the stairs were dark and glowed in the dark. This was to enhance the space feel.
I met up with an old school friend and we went and got pizza. It may sound like we had a lot of pizza, but I promise you each shop had its own taste. My friend and I caught up and walked around the city. Before I knew it, it was time for Aaron and I to catch the train back to Long Island. But since we didn't know the city to well we missed our train 😂. We decided to visit Times Square since it was next to Penn Station. Times Square is enough to make you want to move to NYC. The bright lights hypnotize you into wanting more out of life. The aura becomes inspirational to anyone. It was at that moment that I realized NYC is the place I need to be.
On Sunday I had to say farewell to New York City. While it was bittersweet, I knew that I would sooner or later return. The reason I took this trip to New York was because I was dealing with the stress of changing my brand name. I was not sure if I wanted to continue designing clothes because of the Cease & Desist letter I received. This was my first time leaving Ohio in at least ten years. I knew I was gonna continue designing clothes but I needed more proof on why I should continue. Seeing the bright lights, skyscrapers, the many streetwear shops, and just the environment of NYC was enough to make me realize that I should never give up on my dreams. I hadn't released any clothing in over a year before my New York Trip. This trip kept me inspired to never give up. The following spring I released more clothing, and now I'm currently preparing for my winter capsule collection.
Thanks to all that shared this experience with me.
Decided to post every design project I've done. Back when I got my first cease and desist letter I had to change the branding of my clothes. In streetwear, many companies take pride in receiving a cease and desist letter. It means you've gotten enough attention that you actually pissed some people off. But now my design style and branding is 1000x better, so I'm welcoming the change. Fall/Winter coming soon.
So this past week I met up with a good friend of mine since the early days of high school. We met at renowned burger restaurant, Swensons. Finally, after stuffing our faces with Galley Boys, Potato Teezers, and milkshakes we started catching up on each other's lives.
Scott and I reminisced on the good times at our high school. This included funny memories of playing xbox, terribly gone wrong house parties, and even the heartbreaking moment where LeBron James left the Cavaliers and Scott became terribly upset.
Shortly after reminiscing, we decided to visit two local malls. One of these malls was Chapel Hill Mall. A staple in every Akron child's youth. We stopped in every shoe store and talked about what's hot and what's not.
Lastly, before our day ended, Scott had to get his hands on the Sunshine & Dimes tee and the Thug Jug™ tee. Checkout the picture below of The Legendary Scott Leonard rocking the Thug Jug™ tee.