“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm… As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands: One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”—Audrey Hepburn (via littlemiss)
When it comes to style, I like to mix things up a little in order to look as different from others as possible. It’s been a long process to find my personal style - traveling around the world, music & film have had a big influence and continue to do so.
The biggest influence from music clearly came from Michael Jackson and Dru Hill, but being a huge fan of the 1950s, I also take a lot of inspiration from Frank Sinatra & the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, Doris Day & Ella Fitzgerald.
Both traveling to Colombia (I get my handmade earrings collection from there) and South Korea (where I bought my first of the many hats I own) have not only transformed my outlook on life but also added some culturally diverse attributes to my style.
All my life I’ve felt out of place, like I belonged either everywhere or nowhere. I’ve so many interests and people from different cultural backgrounds in my life - I want my style to reflect that. Another thing is that I’m easily bored and my tastes are often contradictory - the new and the old, the city and the rural, soul and rock, dark and bright… even as kid I was into cars and barbies and borrowed clothes from my brother and my sister. I guess I just don’t like to be labeled a certain way.
Growing up this was no easy way to be, I always tried to fit in but somehow never quite made it. The older I get the more I can embrace my individuality.
I’m gonna add some pictures later on for those who don’t know me. Until then, check out the video below of the guys who taught me a lot about mash-ups and diversity when I first met them in 2004.