Wow. I couldn’t contain it earlier so I had to share but, wow. I know a lot of you have heard my story, and humble beginnings is something I’m known for. But to be at this place, now is the result of so many amazing people, talented, kind and gracious, supportive and really lovely. When I was 18 I started a tumblr and it has grown from that into this now, a physical shop opening up over several thousand miles away from where it all started. At 21 I opened up a shop with my friends Travis and Rob and @manreadymerc
was born! Texas was a beautiful flourishing of my creativity and a downward spiral of my humanity, I have a deep spot in my heart for that place and am forever grateful to the people who helped push me despite differences. I remember sleeping on Travis’ couch during those first months with a couple hundred dollars to my name wondering how, anyone could possibly get ahead. The answer isn’t just a culmination of all the typical things you’d imagine: perseverance, ambition and hard work, lots of patience and many, many failures... but all of that is nothing. NOTHING! Without community, without fellowship, there is no purpose. There is no life. You can have the best story on earth, but if you’ve no one to share it with, there is no value, and no value greater than love in that community. Through art, branding, trying things, making and selling goods, writing and pursuing, with God, with Elle, we now have this, indescribable opportunity to open up our own physical shop and branding studio. A space where any and everyone can come to see what it means to be not just in the community, but for it. When I left Manready I told Travis, “there is nothing in this world I want more than to help others achieve whatever it is they’re after” I meant every word, and through everything I do and live I try my best to exemplify that. I am forever grateful for the given opportunities, forgiven mistakes and overcome obstacles, the rounds of applause and quiet cheers of support from everyone who has been a part of my life and what 1924 is... continued in comments.
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