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~ An Extension Of The Self With Jack Greer

 

Episode 27 is with artist, designer, and filmmaker Jack Greer!
Jack is the owner/creator of the fashion brand IGGY

 

 

 

Making art since a child, Jack speaks about the art he creates, his experience at art school, and his years of pursuing the fine art world. Learning that it was not the place for him, he decided to step away. Jack notes the muddy waters of fine art, being pigeon-holed to one medium, and that being a catalyst for creating a full-length documentary about Tompkins and starting his brand IGGY.

As a fellow cynic, I loved Jack’s critical honesty about his crafts and running a brand by himself. No sugar coating in this episode, he reveals the perks but also the immense sole responsibility he experiences to make sure IGGY operates as you see it.

 

 

He spoke with conviction throughout the interview of how imperative it is to be yourself. IGGY is truly just an extension of himself transferred into a physical world through design! At his apartment, I saw binders and binders of perfectly archived graphics he had drawn. I loved learning that all the designs for IGGY are hand-drawn by Jack and then rendered.

Oh also! Jack’s pup, Iggy, makes a couple cameos in the interview…it’s only fitting 🙂 

~ Nine 4 Cupid With Caleb Barnett

Episode 26 is with Detroit’s very own Mr. Caleb Barnett aka lil tut!

Recently going pro for Hockey, we talk all that good skate shit you wanna hear. I asked Caleb about filming for recent videos like “Hockey X” and James Cruickshank’s “SENSIBLES”. Living out in Paris a lot to be with his girl, he talks about his love for Paris, filming out there, and living abroad.

Knowing he had a love for it, I asked him about how he got into boxing. We discussed his origins with it as a kid, his father being a boxer, and training in it as an adult. He talked about his intensive workout routines, sparring, favorite fights, and learning discipline from the sport. I have to say my man had me dying in this interview! The stories he told about getting into it with assholes who tried him were hilarious. I appreciated him saying that he’s never looking for a problem, but that he’s not going to let people get away with violating/disrespecting him or his friends.

A large part of the back half of the interview discusses Caleb’s music career as “lil tut”. Tut talked about getting into making music, always loving writing raps, and how moving in with Genny causing him to start to take music more seriously. Buying beats, sitting in the studio all day making song after song; tut knows the discipline of practice well! He spoke about not being afraid to be himself in the music, singing and rapping on songs, and his love for R&B. Check out lil tut on soundcloud and his videos on YouTube!
Tut will be releasing his first project “Josiah” on August 27th!!

Thank you Caleb and check this shit out!

“Full interview at” 

www.sayyouswearpodcast.com

(Also on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google, etc.)

Clip by Johnny Wilson

~ The Value of Criticism With Jerry Hsu

Episode 25 features artist, art director, photographer, and (of course) skateboarder Jerry Hsu.

This episode is an extra special one for me due to my personal fandom of Jerry’s work. From watching his Stay Gold b-sides nearly 100 times, wearing his Sci-Fi Fantasy label, owning his The Beautiful Flower Is The World photo-book; I have found myself immersed in Jerry’s creative world since I was a teenager. This interview was months in the making and an absolute dream come true that I was able to create a platform that would invite such a personal hero 🙂

Throughout the interview we touch on several different subject matters from reflecting on his years of professional skating, his photo work, love of book making, running Sci-Fi, and even family. It was eye opening for me to hear about the immense pressure that skating can bring at that level and how psychologically tolling it can be.

It’s too daunting for me to write out all that we discussed, but I will expound slightly on a part I did not expect…but really enjoyed. Jerry spoke about his wonderful relationship with his wife and how impactful/inspiring she has been in not only his life, but also his creative outlets. He explained how crucial it is to find a partner in life that can challenge you to be a better version of yourself. That having “yes” people around you can be detrimental to personal growth and that he supremely values how critical his wife can be. This is what I do this for!

Humbled that this worked out and that it went so well. So so excited for everyone to hear this one. Much love

~ On Yoshi’s Island With Genesis Evans

https://www.sayyouswearpodcast.com/1828058/11036693-on-yoshi-s-island-with-genesis-evans

For this episode, I sent it to Brooklyn to record with Genesis and play a couple hours of smash!

Genny’s early YouTube videos, Lurknyc parts, and tricks in Johnny Wilson edits had such a huge influence on me coming up in skating. In high school, pre-917, Genny’s videos and personal skating showed me that skateboarding is truly about having fun with your friends and doing what comes natural!

Upon arriving to him and Caleb’s home, I gained a profound new appreciation of Genesis’s creative world. I walked into a house full of music, plushies, in-progress paintings, Caleb at their table recording a song, and their friend Marcus cutting out and sewing letters onto a polo. I quickly learned that skating is just one of many tools in Genny’s bag!

He said something that has since stuck with me because it was a feeling I’ve had, but I’ve never quite put into words.  As a kid, he thought that art/music were things someone was naturally good at and that it was like a superpower; you either had it or you didn’t. He noted that this ideology is one that deters people from trying new things. However, sometimes you suck at new things but that doesn’t mean you should stop or that you can’t be great at it!

We speak in-depth about Genny’s love/ear for music, deep musical roots, Blair, and venturing out into a solo career as genny!. This episode coincides with his first solo album release 8 SONGS, as Genny spoke at length about his creative process and work for this album. Go check that out!!! Oh and, as always, hope y’all enjoy.

~ Project Mayhem With Lucien Smith

https://www.sayyouswearpodcast.com/1828058/11026368-project-mayhem-with-lucien-smith

I took the 6 to Chinatown, to the STP offices, to kick it with Lu!
There were many interviews out there covering Lucien’s past and early acclaim in the fine art world. However, I wanted this conversation to revolve around what would bring listeners more into the headspace in which he lives.

Lucien’s baby is STP, Serving The People, a nonprofit that focuses on bringing power back to creatives and pushes for collaboration. Obviously Lu describes this much better than I can! We speak in depth about how the organization came about, the steps that have come along the way, and where he/his team are working for it to go. Lucien speaks about his Seeds NFT project and offers his take on web3 technology/integration.

Having prior knowledge that he loved the film, we discuss the vast significance of Fight Club. He voices that there are several intricacies of the film that he has connected over the years to his personal life. Project Mayhem = STP. Furthermore, Lucien spoke about his personal work on short films, working on a full length film, and it being the medium that he has been pivoting into.

As always, there are a bunch of other goodies sprinkled in there! There are a few nice moments where we touch on mental health, the significance of it, and how beautiful times of hardship can be. You already know I love that 🙂

Thank you to Lucien for trusting me with your words and thank you to all of you checking it out! Much love as always!