What was that first sneaker sneaker you felt connected to?
What kind of connection did you make with that sneaker and why?
Honestly it wasn’t a pair of Jordans or anything like that. With my own money, the first pair of shoes I bought was a pair of Adidas Superstars. I was heavy into b-boying at the time. Not really underground, but heavy into Boogie Boys. So a lot of pop it, lock it, a lot of waving—stuff like that. We called it electric boogaloo. That’s what I was doing. I remember buying a lot of those shoes with my brother.
How has that sneaker connection influenced all the sneakers you’ve bought up to this point?
The impact was coming from the fact that all these kids wearing this shoe makes me fresh, doing all these different styles with the shoe. You see a lot of these kids lay out outfits and all this stuff today, well that was us back in the day that actually put it on. Then you had to go out to the club and then you were considered fresh. So that’s my thing—get fresh ‘ta death. These kids from today, there’s a big difference. Huge difference. The social media thing makes it very easy for them to be able to be this fresh person.
How has this helped you in other aspects in life?
It definitely brought a lot of people together to make a lot positive impact in my life. It’s easy to say that a sneaker can do that, but when you have certain people all rocking the same shoes and all, kind of pushing the same views, then you know of course it’s going to be an impactful thing. I can definitely say that growing up very positively in the impact of hip-hop and the impact of real hip-hop with the days of Afrika Bambaataa, and the real days of this culture coming up. Then you have Run DMC. Growing up like that is what makes that shoe be able to be so dear to the heart. That’s how I look at it. I’m telling you straight from the heart, and it’s tattooed on my right leg. That shoe is so iconic for me, and that’s what a lot of people I don't think understand.