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From Plastic Play Kitchen to T.V. Cooking

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The world is a crazy place. One thing that has made it a bit more crazy is that thing in your pocket...social media. We meet people, see places and experiences things that otherwise would never be possible. The power of social media has sourced connections across the world and in this months CUL-DE-SAC we see how one Chef's Instagram (@e_solheim) anchored the opportunity to cook on T.V. Meet Elizabeth Solheim and click here to get her awesome Grilled Corn and Zuccini Salad Recipe.

 

I would say that you have made a name for your self in the culinary world. Tell us a little about your journey, how did you get into being a chef?

Thanks! I don’t know if I’ve made a name for myself, but I’m sure working on it. I’ve always loved cooking. My earliest food memory is of my Dad making breakfast and serving it to my sister and me in our plastic play kitchen. I lived in Italy for 6 months to work as a nanny for a family, and seeing their chef really made me want to go to culinary school. I enrolled when I moved home and loved every second. When I graduated, I got an amazing job as a personal chef for one family, and I stayed for 8 years until I left this May to move to Durham.

You have been spotted on T.V. cooking on the show Cut Throat Kitchen. How did that come about?

They found me on Instagram! Then there were a couple of Skype and phone interviews, and after a few weeks of silence and me thinking I blew it, I got the call to come to LA! Seriously so crazy.

You won the first time you were one the show. How was that experience. Did that change anything for you in your career?

Honestly, I can’t even tell you how much fun the whole experience was. I had no idea what to expect and was a major underdog going in. I was up against executive chefs, cookbook writers, and people who had been on TV before. Everyone on the crew was so nice, and Alton Brown is even cooler in person. I would do it again in a heartbeat. As for changing my career, I’m not sure. I decided to do the show because I thought it would be a fun, once in a lifetime opportunity, not so much to gain respect from my peers. In the restaurant world, I don’t think it makes me any more of an asset, but in the personal chef/ catering world, I think it could be really helpful.

 Where are you cooking now? Tell us a little about your kitchen and what you are working on

 I am a temporary Southerner! Just moved to Durham NC for a year to work in my friend’s café Olio & Aceto. I’m also working on a cookbook with my best friend. I’m super excited about it, I think it could be really amazing.

 Besides cooking what are some of your favorite activities, what gets you excited?

 I’m a big camper, I go every year with my friends for my birthday. Weirdly love making lists, there’s something super calming to me about it. Party/event planning is something I’ve always loved. Part of it I’m sure is because I’m such a bossy person, but mostly I love making beautiful menus and event spaces, and really being able to be a part of a special day for someone. Also, the obvious- friends, family, sunshine.

 Have you been able to travel? What is some of your favorite food experience’s?

 I’ve been so lucky with all of the places I’ve been able to visit, and my vacation list just keeps growing! I told someone once I wanted to eat the world. It was awkward, they had no idea what I meant. I had some of the best food of my life of my life in Lyon, France last year and I’m headed to Spain in a month. I usually travel abroad with the same group of friends, and I think good company makes any meal better.

In your career what has been the hardest thing to overcome?

I think it can initially be hard for people to take me seriously. “Sugar and sunshine” was used a lot on the show to describe me. I love that that’s how people see me, but I wish they also saw my drive, and confidence. I think people sometimes only see confidence in one way. I’d like to think I can be the fun loving weird girl and still kill it in the kitchen.

In one word, what does community mean to you.

Everything. (side note- picking just one word was basically impossible)

 

California HIP-HOP artist IE-z

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Hip Hop is, in my opinion, the most truthful art form of poetic justice. It can either hit you with the narratives that flash you to personal memories, or take you to a moment that captures others' lives. It is a beat and a rhythm that embodies the history of jazz, funk, R&B, and rock and roll. It has been a scene that has grown to shoe deals, clothing lines, and even sports drinks. Our era has seen the jump from days of B.I.G. and 2-Pac street raps, to Kanye and Drake's global domination. We see those in the lime light so often that it's nice to be humbled to the truth of hip hop. It is a struggle just like any other art form. IE-z has passed struggle and is now on the uprise that will set him apart from those who are working towards their dream to someone who embodies success. But don't let the success fool you. Dude has been on the scene for a while and has a lot to share. We skimmed the surface with a short Q&A in this month's CUL-DE-SAC interview. 

Be sure to check out IE-z soundcloud for his latest projects.

And Click here to see his latest video 'Gone 4 The Summer'

Where are you from, what is your background?

I'm from Inland Empire, San Bernardino county, California. I grew up in Fontana, California / Rialto, California. Most of my family is from San Bernardino. As far as my background, I’m a hustler first; artist, engineer, and producer second. (editor’s note: that’s four things.)

 You are a stage artist. Tell us a little about how you got started, what made you want to pursue hip hop?

  I started rhyming when I was around 12 years old and in middle school. Though I grew up on the west coast, the east coast influenced me a lot. I listened to a lot of Jadakiss, Nas, Beanie Sigel, Jay Z, Common, Dipset, Big L, Big Pun, The Notorious B.I.G., and Cassidy. I also grew up watching all of the ‘Smack DVDs’ and battles. My dad always had me listening to Tupac and old school funk. My parents have been separated since I was two or three years old, so I lived with my mother and her side of the family out in Colton, California until I was about nine. My uncles would always sing around the house or play the piano and I'd always watch and try to play or sing along with them. I think that's where I get a lot of my melodies from, whenever I do use my voice (my new record, for example “Don't Change”).

Your work seems to have a vision on self-preservation. What influences your writing?

 I don’t write, and I think that's very important for the way I choose to create my music. I'm applying the current thought/emotion/feeling to whatever beat I might get on at that time and moment, which makes the music better, in my opinion. I do everything myself as far as recording, mixing and coming up with content. I think that has always made me independent, to the point of not having to rely on anyone else to do anything for me. Being self-sufficient as much as possible, and keeping things consistent, seem to be key. 

 What is your process to create music?

 Think/eat/sleep/water (very important). Live life and see the world for what it is. Let things, people, and memories inspire you to create.

 You use an assortment of beats; how does pop culture influence you as an artist?

 I don't really listen to the radio, so I think the only thing I get out of pop culture is how music changes, and being able to adapt with it - but at the same time remain myself. I am usually the guy who gets an album and likes the song that isn't the lead single, or the song everybody sleeps on (or doesn't understand, for example Kanye West’s albums are full of gems that people bite off and don't realize till this day). I fell in love with southern/trap music in 2004. That was around the time my father was sentenced for selling dope. Shortly after that happened I started selling drugs, so most of that music was relatable (Tha Carter I-II, Da Drought 1, 2 and 3 aka mixtape Wayne days).

  What has been the most difficult part of being an artist? 

 Trusting people. Not having enough time to do everything yourself. While you’re mixing/producing you could be using that time to create something else or be inspired. Not getting the beats you want or deserve to be on. Dealing with other artists. 

  For any young artists who are working to be a hip hop artist, what would you say to them that may help their journey.

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF AND HAVE FAITH IN GOD ... No matter what - and never, I repeat never, lose your passion and love for whatever it is you do. Remain humble and thankful for even the little things. 

 What are a few things that get you going besides music? What are some other passions?  

Taking care of my son. Spending time with family always keeps me in good spirits. Working out in the gym gets me going (shout out 24 HR in Upland, California). 

 In one word what does community mean to you?

CLIQUE

American Design on Eastern Theme Parks

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     To take an idea and see it through is hard... I mean come on. Even the most simple of tasks can become an idea and stay in the atmosphere as a 'possibility'. Not for Jason Rubek. He said 'I am going to help design a theme park in China' and freaking did it. None the less he created his own LLC to make it happen. Talk about drive. We had to seek Rubek out and ask a few questions for our readers. Meet Jason, a bad ass dude with some crazy skills to boot. 

So you design theme parks? Did you study that or was that something that came after school?

The technical term for my job title is: Area Development Designer. What’s more fun to tell people, is that I do Design Consulting for a theme park. It’s not something that I studied specifically, and getting here after university has been a journey. I’ve gone from installing dish washers underneath mouse-poop infested kitchen counters in Colorado, all the way to Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, and Beijing to see and work on some of the best theme parks in the world.

Where did you go to school? What is your degree?

I went to Colorado State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture in 2009.

You are currently in China, tell us a little about that job.

I came here on a six-month contract which quickly turned into a twelve-month contract. Now it’s potentially three years. I was originally sub-contracted by my company located in southern California for the first 12 months and since that time I’ve transitioned to creating my own company located in Hong Kong with contracted design services in China. My client is a wealthy Chinese businessman who’s been developing residential, commercial, and entertainment properties for the last 10 years in a small northern city of 3 million people in Fushun, China.

What exactly are you designing for the theme park?

A little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Pretty much anything my client asks for, which can be an absurd amount of expectations at times. I’ve done all types of conceptual designs for architectural elevations, site plans, food carts, ride packaging, performance shows, and theming for area development.  I’ve spent the last six months doing area development for ‘Adventure Tales’ which has been a lot of fun. I’ve written stories about drunken pirates and stolen treasures, drawn octopus infested diver helmets which act as food carts to sell seafood, and developed the ride packaging and theming for a ‘Twin Phoenix’ roller coaster which is a thrill ride that culminates with the roller coaster entering a massive ruined temple where they’ll see a huge flaming bird light on fire for the finale. (Editor's note: that sounds badass.)

You are working as a contractor with your own company. Tell us about that journey to create your own LLC.

I incorporated Rubek Doodles Limited © in Hong Kong. It was pretty fun to design a logo and get an official company seal and all that. But it’s not an easy journey. Things were made especially difficult for me getting a foreign business bank account. There are a lot of hurdles for Americans looking to do business overseas.

I have a new found respect for business owners though. I can’t overstate enough how difficult and stressful that process can be. My business structure is pretty simple too, it doesn’t get any simpler than contract service agreements, so I can’t even imagine dealing with merchandise, suppliers, shipping, and anything else that goes along with retail or food services.

What is the best experience you have had in China?

I had the chance to run my first half-marathon here – on the Great Wall of China. I doubt I’ll be topping that experience any time soon. Other than that, the best experiences in China are the times I get to leave the country There are so many things to see in Southeast Asia, and living here gives you the opportunity to travel. I’ve been to six different countries and countless cities and I’ve had to chance to see some pretty amazing things.

To go off the last, what would be the most difficult thing to get use to in China?

In a city of almost three million people it’s impossible to find any Mexican food. The next city over, the province capital and a city of almost 11 million, and you’ll be lucky to find some guacamole. Still no burritos or tacos though. Man….

In a single word what does community mean to you?

Cohesive 

Small Look into a Huge Culture

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"Most people look at a shoe and see a shoe, when I look at a shoe I see the design and inspiration that went into it."

"Most people look at a shoe and see a shoe, when I look at a shoe I see the design and inspiration that went into it."

We all have our own vice. A perversion of interest. A bad habit of a hobby. Something that we are drawn to, for better or worse. We look for other lecherous individuals that fancy the same carnal debasement. To not feel alone. To not feel alienated. We look for an avenue to be part of something bigger than ourselves.

I, for example, like shoes.

There is something about the sneakerhead culture that gets me going.  It’s the community that is driven by taking an object and putting it on a pedestal purely based on taste and aesthetic value. As of late we have seen the shoe game reach new heights. With fashion infused designs, we are now seeing this identity of shoe culture bleed over to a mass group who identify with an incredibly diverse number of lifestyles. But where do those people go to talk about their collection? Where do they go to trade, sell and gawk at others’ shoe-wins?

This past week we caught up with a dude who has been creating a community of sneaker savages for the past three years.

His name … Noah Cali.

He is a graphic designer that fell in love with sneakers before he could afford them. Like most people, he set goals. It was his goal to create revenue to cash in on the sneakers that would eventually fill his closet.

“I think it was the first time I held the Bred Spizike. The stores near me never had anything good in stock, the first time I held an actual Jordan in my hands I could tell the difference from the real deal and the shoes I had at home”

You could see a shift in the conversation as he explained with a smile, “It was the weight of the shoe; you could tell that it had quality unlike the shoes I had before. It was a whoaaaa moment". Sneakerheads are always looking for validation in products that they buy. They want them to be well made for the money they are asking for, and shoes are not cheap. “We want to know the shoe has creative value, we look at the old school SB collection by Nike, and see conceptual value in the Cheech and Chong’s with the scuffed toe” to add to that, he talks about Tinker (Tinker Hatfield, a designer of heroic status) and his creative concepts with fighter jets and the Air Jordan V’s. “You look at a Jordan and think it’s a cool shoe but when you know the design and where it came from it makes the shoe even better.” He continued “you can also look at the Jordan 14’s and see the Ferrari inspiration, it just makes the shoe better to know it was thought out, there is more to it.”

As Cali started his venture to collect shoes he found haven with groups on Facebook that shared similar interests. “I was part of a large group and all the shoes on the feed were not my size. You would have to sift through all the clutter to find your size, so I created a group with a friend/shoe enthusiast (shout out to Justin) and realized there were a lot of people who fit the same shoe and it took off from there.” Looking to create an exclusive size 9 - 9.5 shoe group, Noah started with around 3,000 members but swiftly moved to create a more curated group of elite patrons who were, as he put it, “legit.” When you’re talking thousands of dollars for shoes there has to be a form of structure to the group. “We have rules, you have to be checked and backed by two members of the group to even get in.” The group calls each other “fam” and that’s what they are: a relaxed, urban-influenced family. Spreading the country from New York to L.A. and even oversees, the feed on his group page is quick, witty banter that only suggests their comfort to openly roast one another. It’s not hate, and nothing feels spiteful. It’s a group of people that feel united under the umbrella of shoe culture.

And it’s awesome.

As the shoe game has progressed, we have seen a large jump in team collaborations. Shoes are being pushed out so fast that it’s difficult for them to always be conceptual. Sometimes it’s just a shoe. But the value of collaboration has sky rocketed and caught the attention of collectors across the world. The biggest in the game is Supreme. Supreme is a New York based company that has kept their brand extremely exclusive and damn near impossible to get. “It’s what they haven’t done” Cali explains “Supreme came up at the same time as many big brands that are available now on a mass scale, they (Supreme) kept being who they were and I think that goes well with what our community is.”

The exclusivity of the product is what drives the fan base. To “cop” a steal from a Supreme drop date is today’s holy grail of collaborations must haves, so much so that companies are battling computerized checkout robots called “bots.” “Companies are now delaying the time you can check out a product online to make sure bots are not being used.” That was short lived, bots are now built to wait the time needed to check out so the program views them as actual people rather than robot product hoarders. 

Indeed, we all have a vice. Even certain depraved Sneakerheads choose to dump on the community by using bots to cop drops.

The nerve! The horror!

The vice. The shoe.

Paralympic Athlete Desiree Miller

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Desiree Miller sports THE PEOPLE CLOTHING Olympic Gold 5 panel hat

Desiree Miller sports THE PEOPLE CLOTHING Olympic Gold 5 panel hat

Up next on the CUL-DE-SAC we take some time to talk with Paralympic athlete Desiree Miller. You may have seen her on a certain major sport retailer commercial that rhymes with "STICKS" Sporting Goods this year, wheeling across the screen in her preparation for this year's Rio Olympics. Yes, I said wheeling. Desiree is one of the women fighting for gold in this years wheelchair basketball Paralympics. She gave us some time out of her busy schedule to talk about her journey to win gold for the USA. We are pumped to have her be part of the community.

 

You play Basketball for the U.S.A. Paralympic team. At what point did that sink in? What is your story? How did you get to where you are today? 

I was born with my disability (a rare form of Spina Bifida) and for me, when I was young, I could see no difference between myself and my able bodied friends. I tried my best to keep up with them whether it was riding bikes, climbing trees, or playing sports. As I got older it increasingly became more difficult for me to keep up with everyone until at some point I finally gave up on the idea of normal, able bodied sports and focused my attention in other areas such as art, reading, and even motorcycle racing. It wasn't until I was about 16 that I met a newly injured girl named Eve at a summer camp for people with disabilities. She started talking to me about wheelchair basketball and at first I told her no, I wouldn't come to a practice. At the time I didn't use a wheelchair in my every day life so I could not understand why I would play a sport that requires wheelchairs. I wanted to be "normal," just like everyone else, and the thought of using a wheelchair for sport or every day life seemed like giving up to me. For two years I brushed the idea off until finally she convinced me to go to a practice in Seattle, WA. After my first practice, I was hooked. I got to see the wide range of people with disabilities that participated in wheelchair basketball and I was able to push my body to the limit while finally feeling like I found a community that I could call my own. I played Junior Ball for about 6 months before being recruited to play for the University of Alabama on a scholarship. While completing my bachelor's my team won two collegiate championships, then I continued on to the University of Wisconsin Whitewater to complete a master's degree and win three back-to-back to back collegiate titles. 

During this time I was invited to attend tryouts for the U.S.A. team in 2007 and I have been a part of the U.S.A. team off and on since then. I attended the Paralympic games in London 2012 where U.S.A. placed 4th. I have won numerous gold medals at various games and even an MVP title and a few other accolades. For me, the idea of being on the U.S.A. team always seems to set in every year as I make my way to another tryouts. I didn't get to make the team in 2008 as they headed to the Beijing China Paralympics to win gold. Still to this day, after spending almost 10 years on the U.S.A. team, even being a captain and co-captain for some of the years, I still get nervous butterflies every time I head to a tryouts. I try to soak in every moment when I am with this team because I know it is not going to last forever. 

What was a major point in your career that made you second guess your choice to go for gold?

There has been many times while being on the U.S.A. team, after countless hours in the gym doing the same workouts, feeling my body wear down, missing weddings, baby showers, special family events, that I have thought to myself "Why am I doing this?" This year in particular has been filled with many trials and tribulations, life changes, heart aches, obstacles, and late night thoughts of "Why?" But when I get to be with my team, who by now is like my second family, competing with 11 other women and six staff members, all with the same goal in mind and all making the same sacrifices, there is something to be said in the power of a shared dream. It's empowering, cathartic, healing, frustrating, trying, and beautiful to share this journey with my second family.

I have heard that you are the "LeBron James of Paralympic basketball" Does that mean anything to you? 

Haha! I am not sure where you heard this, but I would argue against it. I see myself as more of a supportive role. I try to fill whatever my team needs at the time. If we need a scorer, I'll look to the hoop, if we need a stop on defense, I'll go out and meet the opponent with tenacity, if we need a calm presence on the floor, I'll take a breath and be specifically direct with my words. I am not one who looks for or wants the spotlight. I find more satisfaction in seeing and helping my teammates find success than actually achieving it myself. That being said, there are many times on the floor where I mess up, say the wrong thing in the wrong tone, get frustrated, not perform my best, but I guess everyone could say that at any point in their lives. In the end, my team is fighting for our dream. In the end, we're fighting for gold.  

To date, you have a great amount of success. What kind of hardware (medals) do you have?

  1. Gold at the Parapan American Games (2007, 2011, 2015)
  2. Gold at World Championships (2010) 
  3. Gold at the U25 Women's World Championships (2011)
  4. 4th at the London Paralympics (2012)
  5. 4th at World Championships (2014)

Anything up to this point stand out to you? Like a time where you walked on court and thought to yourself "Oh God, what am I doing here?" or "Oh God, I'm going to crush this?"

At my first Paralympic Games in 2012, I can remember stepping out onto the court for the first time for a practice, seeing how massive the stands were, how much space was behind the hoop, the London Games logos everywhere, and looking down at my chest to see U.S.A. and feeling completely overwhelmed emotionally. I was scared to death, excited, thankful, and felt very small, like I was a part of something so much bigger than myself. 

I'm not sure I've ever gone into a game thinking "I'm going to crush this." I do a lot of breathing and visualization before games to get myself at a level where I am not too jacked, but not too calm either. It's such a fine balance and very difficult (especially for me) to achieve and maintain. My biggest weakness, and something I work on daily is my mental game. It's a challenging thing to work on, however I find that it not only benefits me on the court but also in my every day life as well. 

What would you like for our community to know about you? Besides playing basketball, what gets you excited?

I love to go do things with people I love, whether it's going out to eat, seeing a movie, camping (when there's time), sitting around a fire, late night drives, going to concerts, fairs, or markets. I am a huge nerd and avid video game player, fantasy book reader, and sci-fi movie watcher. I am a new proud parent of a fluffy puppy who drives me crazy and who I love to death. I have a passion for people, getting to know them and their stories and what makes them tick. When I am sad or life feels out of control, I like to paint with acrylics or write poetry. I get excited to be with friends, family, and people I care about. 

In one word tell us what community means to you?

Whole.


 

Chris Wrate sits down with the Cul-de-Sac

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Wrate wears our grey Snapback while he sets up for his show with Kelsea Ballerini and the Rascal Flatts 

Wrate wears our grey Snapback while he sets up for his show with Kelsea Ballerini and the Rascal Flatts 

You have accomplished quite a bit coming from a small town in Wisconsin. What is your story? How did you get to where you are today?

I started to discover some time in high school that I had a real passion for music but I had no idea what it would look like as a career. I thought maybe I'd get a degree and become a teacher but I wound up dropping out of college my first year. A couple years later I went to a Gavin Degraw concert and realized I never thought much about how the people around the artist got their jobs. I wound up looking into how the guitarist got his job and at the same time had applied to a school in Hollywood, CA called musicians institute. The school was unique in that it often brought in auditions for its students to work and tour with various artists and I started to realize that playing the guitar for a living wasn't maybe such a crazy idea. I wound up going to that school and it would eventually got some of my first gigs through connections made at the school.

 

I think that a lot of people find themselves in "hard times" following their dreams, what was a major point in your career that kept you going?

I'm not sure I had any one defining moment in my career that kept me going. I've had several occasions where I found myself defeated by an audition I lost or struggling through a period of time where I had no work, wondering if the phone would ever ring for a job. It helps in those times to have people who see in you the potential that we can tend to lose sight of when we're in some dark places. I really owe a lot to my wife whom I know God has used as major source of encouragement as well as a great community of friends that kept me pushing until there was breakthrough. Once there is, everything in the rearview begins to make sense.

 

Who all have you played with?

Kelsea Ballerini, Ariana Grande, Colbie Caillat, David Foster, Randy Jackson, Charice, Cher Lloyd, Lee DeWyze, Deborah Cox, Daniel Powter & more.

 

Anything up to this point stand out to you? Where you walked on stage and thought to yourself "oh god what am I doing here"? or "oh god I'm going to rock this"?

Haha I think I've said the former of those two more times than the latter. I got to play a half time show at Soldier Field for the Bears vs Packers game of the 2010 NFC championship. I'm a huge Bears fan so that was both one of the best and worst days of my life as they lost to Green Bay but it was amazing to be at that game and have that experience playing on the football stadium I grew up going to. Aside of that, playing Madison Square Garden was probably one of the coolest moments of my career. A definite "what am I doing here" moment.

 

What would you like for our community to know about you? Besides music what gets you going?

I really love pouring back into people who are on the path I set out on when I first decided to do music. I want to give any sort of advice I may be able to offer up and let people know that our dreams are attainable no matter how crazy they seem. It's important for us to dream while also not separating what our aspirations are with what we may deem as attainable. I just think it's really important for people to pursue their passions and give everything they have to them in order to make dreams reality. It's a tough road to go down but one that's never regretted.

 

In one word tell us what community means to you.

Community to me is the group of people you continually surround yourself with and work through life with. Your support system. I think as we go through life it's something that grows and strengthens as we continue to learn and be inspired by one another. 

The Cul-de-Sac intro with Ray Easley

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What is THE PEOPLE CLOTHING?

THE PEOPLE CLOTHING COMPANY is a project I started at the beginning of 2016 year. I have always wanted to create a clothing line, and after obtaining my M.F.A. I felt now was the best time to take that jump. For me the attraction to creating a clothing line is the many platforms to mine for potential synergies of business and art. I am very happy with my progress this year and feel confident THE PEOPLE will hold its own in standards to fashion. 

How did you get started?

I started by first making a knit cap (beanie) for an art show that I had in Arkansas. I paint abstract portraiture so the cap was a direct response to the paintings. I put out images of the hat I made and had great feedback so I just kept going and digging at what the possibilities could be. Then in February I was able to team up with some people that believed in the product and gained an investor. It has been very fast, and there is a lot of work to put out a clothing line in 6 months but I think we have a solid team and were going to do well. 

Who are the clothes for?

don't think there is a direct answer for that. I would like for anyone to feel comfortable in our stuff. This brand is not designed to create barriers, its set up to create a community. Thats why we have this blog, and thats going to be our main focus. We want to sell clothing of course but my goal is to set up a platform to generate a community that understands each other in multiple ways. This will hopefully become a place where people come to be enlightened about others stories and how they live.

What is the Cul-de-Sac?

The Cul-de-Sac was set up to be the voice of our company. It will house the direct pipeline to creatives around the world. Right now we have planned to interview a brewer from Colorado, chefs in Wisconsin, China based theme park designers, a DJ who sets up shop all over the USA, an Olympic athlete and many more. The Cul-de-Sac is the place for those people to share their stories. A place for us to come together and learn about the people that share our world. 

Tell us your main passions in life:

Besides this company, my family will always be top tier but for the sake of cliche answers I would say fly fishing, kayaking, chocolate milk and cooking, I love cooking. 

Where do you find day to day inspiration?

Most of my gallery work is stimulated from daily happenings. People I meet and talk with or even just walk by. Someone stands out to me by their style, hair, shoe color, way they walk, etc...  I use those happenings to stimulate a response, which in turn help with my designs. 

Tell us what community means to you:

There are many different communities out there. I have my family community, art community, living community, work community... the list goes on. In some instances those communities cross paths and thats exciting. I strive for those times where multiple communities can come together. Community is a force that has merit when used appropriately and it can be the most powerful thing in your life. 

 

An introduction to CUL-DE-SAC

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The People:

The People Clothing Company is a force that acknowledges the identity of those who build our day-to-day experience. We are the truckers, the doctors, the artists, the musicians and infinitely more. We endure the struggle of thought and creativity in order to bring forth beauty – in all forms through the world.

The People Clothing Company is not just a clothing line. We are a community. We are driven to provide a voice for the otherwise silent. The Makers. The Creators. The Inspiring and The Inspired. We stand on the belief that you are strong and you can shape the world. You have the power to create a movement, one that creates a new path for yourself and help pave the way for others like you. We are a company for the people. 

The Cul-De-Sac:

The Cul-De-Sac was always the place where everyone in the neighborhood came to hang out and become one.  This was the place where stories were told. This was the place where lifetime memories were created. This was the place where community was born.

At THE PEOPLE CLOTHING COMPANY we strive to showcase the talent of the people. Our company is not only a clothing line, but also an avenue to find inspiration. We are looking at the world as a whole, finding the creators and makers then giving them a spotlight to reach out and display their craft. The Cul-De-Sac is a community to find new art, music, entertainment and everyday life inspirations. It is time we come together and show ourselves the talent that surrounds us.

We thank you for taking the time to participate in our community. Welcome to The People.