Window Shoppers

Me and my wife have a thang. I'm not sure when it started but we love to just drive around and look at nice houses. Sort of like window shopping for a time when the wealth gap and income inequality would finally allow us to buy a dream house in the neighborhood of our choice (shade). Preferably somewhere near where we are now, the Inglewood/Ladera/Windsor Hills triangle. Anytime we see an open house, we hop out and walk in as if we're interested, but to be real we're just being nosey and at the same time manifesting our future.

One of the millions of reasons I married my wife is because we have similar tastes and ideas of how we want our living space to be, which could be a deal breaker if it wasn't in line. We often share images we find on instagram of interiors and video home tours that we love. Talking about houses (and talking about how ugly a lot of people's houses are) is one of our favorite things to do.

We've always loved mid century design even before Target and the rest of the world hopped on the train. One of our earlier dates was spending a day at the Eames House in Malibu. But recently our love for mid century reached a new level when we discovered Eichler Homes. While browsing one of the dopest instagrams @hoodmidcentruymodern (a thread that posts pics of all the overlooked mid century design and architecture in the hoods of America) my wife discovered a post about the Eichler homes and we've been hooked since.

And the icing on the cake is that Joseph Eichler was a really good human being.

Eichlers are a mid century lovers dream. Very minimal yet detailed architecure, ceiling to floor windows with tons of natural light and unique built in fixtures. The main attraction in these homes is the literal breath of fresh air atriums in the center of the house. Which is like an out door space in the center of the house, which could be covered or uncovered. Do you're Googles and peep the the many ways that Eichler owners design their space. The possibilities are endless. And the icing on the cake is that Joseph Eichler was a really good human being.

From Wiki: Between 1949 and 1966, Joseph Eichler's company, Eichler Homes, built over 11,000 homes in nine communities in Northern California and homes in three communities in Southern California . Later, other firms worked with Eichler's company to build similar houses. Together, they all came to be known as Eichlers. During this period, Eichler became one of the nation's most influential builders of modern homes.

Joseph Eichler is considered by some to be a social visionary and commissioned designs primarily for middle-class Americans. One of his stated aims was to construct inclusive and diverse planned communities, ideally featuring integrated parks and community centers.. Eichler established a non-discrimination policy and offered homes for sale to anyone of any religion or race. In 1958, he resigned from the National Association of home builders when they refused to support a non-discrimination policy.

Tracks of Eichlers are all over California, mainly up north but the other day we took a quarantine in-car field trip to a track in Granada Hills. Lord willing one day we can move into one of these or at least visit one. Taking window shopping to next level. Lol. We got a thang for Eichlers!

Here's a video that was recently released with and in-depth look at an Eichler in Orange County.

REAL QUICK

Here's a trailer for a series I had a part in directing on the all new Quibi platform titled "&MUSIC". A show that showcases the creatives and unsung artists behind-the-scenes of alot of your favorite artists. I directed the episode that featured Mixed by Ali and YG. Had a great time filming this and was able to approach docustyle in an interesting way. The series begins April 6th on that all new Quibi app.

WORLDS ALL PAUSE

My wife is low-key a genius or a psychic, I’m still trying to figure out which one. Ever since we’ve been together she’s been very outspoken and adamant about two things. One, “how trash this country is and how it’s headed towards disaster” and two, “how we all need to stock up and prepare for the inevitable doomsday”. The second thing is mainly because of the first thing, but both very valid points. She has definitely changed the way I look at this country and them being able to have our backs and set us all up for success and every time we hit a Target we try to buy a gallon of drinking water to stock pile in the garage for when the “big one” hits. As weird and unpredictable as this world is, I didn’t think that in a million years that my wife’s ideas about where things were headed would be on our front steps, especially this soon. 

Shit was all good just a week ago and then suddenly things all paused. It seemed like there was a constant flow of new ideas being put out into the world. It’s like we were at this peak of citizens, especially citizens of color, understanding the importance of self-employment and entrepreneurship and actually going for it and then boom. It all stops. Everything shut down. I had just moved into my new production offices at Warner Bros and before I could even settle in, we get shut down until further notice. Been meeting with some folks about starting a creative agency and we’re targeting our first project date and boom, shut down til further notice. I don’t even want to talk about the Lakers. I seen someone tweet “I went from hoping that they finish this season to hoping that they play next season”. Yikes. Everyone is being effected by this and somehow someway thats the best part about this, there’s something bittersweet about it. The fact that almost everyone is on pause. The fact that everyone is realizing the realities of the government. The fact that everyone has something to look forward to. The fact that almost everyone is scared. 

Can’t lie I’m scared as hell. Not sure if it’s the news or twitter feeds or the fact that we don’t have smart enough leadership to protect us. Scared of the uncertainty but at the same time scared of loosing the way we lived as we knew it. Being at home with my fam we try to normalize the situation by going for walks and getting exercise, but niggas don’t know how to social distance. It’s crazy, the other day a dude try to hand me his business card and another dude completely crossed the street to try and pet my dig, both boomers I might add, super weird, thats a whole other blog posts. I guess I’m scared of people and how they’re acting in these crucial times. Some overreacting and some not reacting at all. Who’s wrong and who’s right? With all the misinformation we have no idea. 

Photo: Me in March 2019 in Japan. Fashion.

Besides going for walks or quick grocery runs. I’m blessed to be in a position where I don’t have to go out and work everyday but until further notice, I’m at the crib. A position that sounds lovely during this time but it’s a whole different energy when you don’t have a choice. Damn near feel like punishment. If someone would of asked me what I would do if I had to stay at home for a month I would probably come up with some perfect daily routine that involves personal growth, exercise routines, working on passion projects etc. But it’s hard. With all this free time I’m forced to face the reality of what I’m actually into. Since the top of the quarantine, my to do list  is looking something like this: start making beats again, finish scripts, finalize designs for my clothing line, make a quarantine playlists, make art, write a children’s book, read more, write poetry, watch a movie a day. So far I’ve made zero beats, read zero pages (excluding scary corona articles) and wrote one line of poetry (I”m lyin). I ain’t did shit but play video games and sit on slew of virtual Skype meetings.

And definitely starting to reach the point where I’m no longer placing these strict deadlines and “quarantine expectations” on my self.

It’s tough though I’m realizing that the best things in life aren’t forced at all. And definitely starting to reach the point where I’m no longer placing these strict deadlines and “quarantine expectations” on my self.  I’ve experienced time after time that the best things usually come after living in what I like to call  “the unknown zone”. The unknown zone is that stretch of time when you don’t know whats next. When you’ve done it all and have nothing major to look forward to. During those times I’ve come to find that the reason that zone is uncomfortable is because usually you're sitting on your thumbs waiting for the next thing to magically appear and it usually never does. I’ve learned thats that the time where you have to make things happens yourself. Continuing to follow your curiosities regardless of the circumstances will light the path out of the unknown. (That was fake deep.)

Photo: Me in March 2020 in L.A. Necessity?

The silver lining to this whole ordeal are all the reminders of what’s essential in life. The world needed a time out. The world needed to sit down and analyze the more simple more meaningful things. Sitchoassdown and reconnect with things we were distracted away from. Spending valuable time with family, listening to music, checking in on elders, connecting with friends and just talking even if it is via FaceTime and just flat out being still. Being able to be in my living room and dance to D-Nice’s live DJ stream with my wife and infant son is a priceless experience. With all that being said I just hope that once this is all said and done these golden moments and character building experiences can continue within so that we don’t have to rely on superficial external things that can vanish in the blink of an eye. 

Luckily quarantine life is great so far, mainly because we were prepared for this thanks to my wife’s genius. But I cant finish without mentioning a quick story. When we were in Japan for our honey moon I thought it was so cool that the locals were wearing masks (weird I know). I was like I’m going to take some of these masks back to L.A. and rock them whenever I’m sick (super weird, I know) they had some cool masks in dope colors including black. Since it wasn’t the flu season there I couldn’t find any in the stores. I happened to randomly find one pack on the way to the airport back home so as soon as I landed I went on Amazon and bought another 10 pack of black masks. When the pack came I realized instead of buying a pack of ten, it was 10 packs of 20. So now I got like 200 masks (don’t ask). I guess I’m the psychic one after all or the one that doesn't pay attention to details. Stay safe. 

SHOTS MAGAZINE

Interview with Shots Magazine, a magazine dedicated to the creative world within the advertising industry. Appreciate the opportunity to tell a piece of my story on such a dedicated platform. Click HERE to read!

GOALS

Went to Hollywood Blvd. to visit the headquarters of one my favorite brands. The almighty Fucking Awesome! Aesthetically and spiritually this brand just hits the spot. Very influential. I aspire to create an atmosphere comparable to this one day soon. Shout out to Jason Dill, he gets it. And shout out to all the homies holding it down.

Diamonds In The Rough

Linked up with some legends that have a passion for L.A. history is as deep as mines. Diz Gibran and Terrace Martin. Planning for a really important future project. Photos by @Slaucienega!

Currents

Not a heavy reader, probably only like two or three a year, but I've been upping the ante. In rotation now we got This is not a T-Shirt by Bobby Hundreds which details his journey in streetwear as well as Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport which is sure fire read to get you niggas off the phone in order to allow more presence in life. Which we all need. Also Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama which is basically a work book of prompts that ask the right questions to help you write your own story. Hopefully I knock these out soon and move on to some others on the list.

FYI

When I started this blog up again, I thought I was going to start it off with some super in depth posts about how crazy last year was for me. Marriage, awards, family additions, etc. Thats what I wanted the purpose of this blog to be. A place where I can tell more in depth stories for aspiring creatives to follow and get a glimpse into my journey in order to help them get to where they want to get. But at this point it's really hard for me to dig in the past and recapture my feelings and thoughts on those projects. So for now, I'm going to focus on the things that are happening in real time. But just so you can see it all in one place, here are some of the flag ship projects that I directed in 2019. Enjoy, and if there are enough questions and I have enough time, I'll make more thorough post about some of these projects and projects of the past.

First Day of School

Moved into my directors office at Warner Bros. today. Life is crazy. Stay tuned.

Bowl Cuts

One of my favorite things to do in L.A. is hit up the Rose Bowl flea market every second Sunday of the month. I've been going here for years. Crazy that I used to come here back in the days with my dad, but we only stayed on the side with all the newer stuff around the acual stadium or the then boring vintage furniture side. It wouldn't be til years later that I ventured off to the other lots and discovered the vintage clothing side, even though I wasn't into that much back then I bet you there were so many untouched gems over there. It's still crazy to me because when I started going by myself around 2008 it was still low-key. There were about one maybe two t-shirt booths with rap tees and all the cool stuff that sales big these days. But now, every other booth is a young collector trying to make fortune off of tee's. It's crazy. I ain't mad at it, but I ain't glad it.

Nonetheless the flea is always a relaxing time, especially people watching and discussing ideas for home decoration with my wife and son while soaking in the sun rays. As if that isn't a sign I'm getting older and my priorities have changed, I'm spending more time on the boring furniture side me and my pops used to cruise long ago. Hopefully by the time my son of his age, he can run off and discover the vintage clothing side and dig for rare vintage Migos and Lil' Uzi merch. ***VOMITS*** The last pick is what I ended up going home with.

Loosies: 01

Cameos

Saturday’s are strictly for the fam... we’ll everyday is but especially weekends. Saturday we hit up one of my favorite breakfast spots in L.A. a dope little place called “Go Get Em’ Tiger”. Special guest appearances by the Mrs. and the prince. All is well.

I’m That Guy Now

The guy that is working on an art/ apparel project and pins up sample images on my office walls. I like being this guy. Soon cometh.

Scented

I stumbled upon this candle at this book store near my office and I’m obsessed. Mainly because most candles targeted towards men all smell the same. A weak cedar/ smoke fragrance that takes three hours of constant burning to actually smell it in a room. As you can tell I’ve had a hard time finding the right combo of fragrances and being satisfied with their output power.

... I don’t even know what “Climbing Tuscan” means...

Introducing Flamingo Estate’s “Climbing Tuscan Rosemary” candle. To be honest I don’t even know what “Climbing Tuscan” means but this candle just hits the spot. It’s definitely acquired smell. It’s a very unique and strong pine scent that instantly satisfies my nostrils. This is not an ad, just super hyped about these thangs. If you’re ever in Highland Park, go peep the Owl Bureau to cop and bless your nose hairs. If they’re low on stock Flamingo Estate has them online. 

Him

Man, extremely happy and humbled to be recognized by the A-List & Creativity Awards by Ad Age. To be honest I don't much about these industry awards, but they tell me this award is based on the Hard to believe I'm nominated for Director of the Year along side some amazing creators, as we all as a hero of mine Spike Jonze!

Throwin Stones

Spent the morning with Bless making a few rounds to some neighbors spot. Peanut Butter and Jason from Stones Throw Records showed us around their studio. Lot's of hip hop history wit those guys. Stay tuned for more.

After that we linked for lunch with DJ Naf. Forgot what we were talking about but we ended up researching the prices for news paper ads. Kid you not the next day Kendrick and Dave Free do this.

And I’m Black

Like I never left. Trying this blog shit again in the twenty twen twen. What up? Y’all good? We good? Aight, Fasho!

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