One, we are the Tigers. Two, a little bit louder. Three, I still can't hear you... We are NUMBER ONE Latijera Tigers Throwback Post football game Darby Park., Inglewood, Ca. Roll call: Al Wynn, Jamal, Ed Anderson, Me, Montoya Washington, Delouis White, Jaun 'Tako' Martinez, Timothy 'Tick' Howard, Gordon Jackson, Chris Ellison, Travon Powers (RIP) and Melvin Miller This is the real Latijera, the same school featured in the movie, The Wood. #tagatiger #latijera #inglewood #bungalos Fun Fact: I played hoop at Cal, Chris Ellison was a STAR at BYU and Melvin Miller was a young HOG at University of Washington... I think that's Antwon Young in the back, who also went on to play SDSU before playing for the Minn Vikings... Latijeras Finest.
TBT - Magic Show debut - 2005 This was the first year that I was 'officially' part of the show. Until then, me and my ace, Tez had just been going to the Magic Show to pop trunks around the venue and to take notes for when it was finally our turn! It was this year that I positioned myself to not only get a booth, but also bring out 3 cars worth of folks to help make this mission a possibility. #betty #adriene @seanalimgreed @smarshall2016 @cashoutmary @neptunesticks_sandiego @riminal all helped make this dream into a reality. And to be honest, for a small indie company, we did pretty well. We walked out of there with some orders, one of which was an international buyer that led to our shirts being featured in the Japanese version of Low Rider Magazine... Not bad for a small t-shirt brand with a 'baby booth' that was dwarfed by the likes of Sean John, Phat Farm, Enyce, and a while slew of other hip hop clothing lines... we rented a crib off of the strip with a stripper pole, pool table, swimming pool and a few other fly details. We all had the same shirts, we passed out promo flyers and mixed CD's (featuring The likes of @damani_nkosi and @deezwrongkindinglez ) and we definitely left our mark! And the dope part is, I have it all on video!!!! To be released soon! Fact: The models got us the sales. Since we were a small company and our booth was basically a folding table and 3 walls, I knew I would have a hard time drawing attention, especially when you see all the big boy brands with these HUGE, souped up mega booths that looked like department stores... So, I brought out about 10 models with me from LA to work the crowd and draw buyers to the booth... It worked! They literally walked around the ENTIRE venue and attracted potential buyers (and @michael_colyar) to come to our booth! Shout out Danielle for being so dope and getting those Japanese buyers😉 And special thanks to @seanalimgreed, I brought more models but he brought THEE MODEL😂😂😂 Fun Fact: Guess which model ended up marrying #JohnnyGill and guess which model ended up being a #pornstar #doesha #doeshaworld #doeshaworldwideinvasion #420 #burnone #lasvegas #magicshow #fashion #models #tbt
TBT - MJ (pt. 1)The year was 2004, I was working at my shop in Hollywood (1540 N. Highland) when the while MJ molestation fiasco was taking place. Me, being the entrepreneur that I am, decided to capitalize by making up some funny MJ shirts, Free MJ, Do You Remember The Time and a few others. Out if instinct, I out the shirts in the window to see if the would draw any attention/sales and when I tell you that idea worked! I mean that idea really worked! One day a group of about 10 foreign kids saw the shirts in the window and decided to come in. Funny thing was, none if them spoke good English, they were all international, from literally all over the world. They had all come to LA to support MJ on his first day of trial! And when they saw the shirts, they automatically came in. They ended up getting in a cypher and rocking out to MJ right in the middle of my store... Oh yeah, I almost forget, they were ALL dressed like MJ at some stage of his career. They ended up telling me that I should come to MJs court date the next morning and bring shirts to sell. I told them that I only printed a handful of shirts to test them out and because of the late notice, tomorrow would be next to impossible. Once they left and I had a second to put things in perspective, I had to rethink my thoughts. I mean, these kids came from thousands of miles away just to show support! That's pretty damn powerful! Soooooooo, (in my Ice Cube Voice) "ONCE AGAIN, IT'S ON!" Mind you, it's about 3pm and I would need to run downtown to grab enough blank shirts and materials to even make this mission worthwhile... In LA traffic! By the time I get back to the shop and start printing it was already late. It wasn't until about 4am that I finished, packed up two cars and headed to Santa Maria, about 1.5hrs away. We get to the courthouse and it's still dark outside so we slept in the car until the sun broke. Once daylight hit and it got closer to respectable time, I began to get nervous. Did I just do all of that for nothing? Who's to say anyone will even show up? (It was only a court date, not a concert) And I'm the ONLY ONE financially invested, so technically, I'm the one with the most to lose...TBC...
(pt.2) So now we're way out here, trunk full of shirts, not as many people as I expected, and to top it all off, there are other guys out here selling $5 knock-offs. My price point at the time was $20, and their shirts basically said the exact same thing. SMH. I tell my lead salesman, Mack, f*** it, let's just sell the shirts at $5 so I can at least make my money back. Mack simply said, "be patient" so I trusted him. Things were looking dreary until a Ryder moving truck showed up and showed out. They open the back of the truck and had a DJ blasting all MJ's hits. At the same time this was happening, the crowd was starting to get thick. Before I knew it, it was a full-on MJ block party in front of the court. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the promoters on the back of the truck were also throwing out free shirts. So now I'm left to deal with the $5 hustlas and the free promo shirts that essentially say the exact same thing as the shirts that I am selling for $20. So even though I was having fun, financially I was prepared to take a loss... Until. All of a sudden Cadis start pulling up back to back to back with less than 6" between each car. Bodyguards began jumping out of each car, in full military form. Next thing you know, Jacksons started piling out of each limo, and yes I do mean thee Jacksons. Joe, Katherine, Janet, Latoya, and the rest of the crew were all there in full support. By this time, the crowd had gone utterly nuts! Buy this time, the crowd had gone utterly nuts! in anticipation of the man himself. And last but not least, in that last black Cadi limo, who but Michael Jackson steps out and reveals himself to the over anxious bystanders! This sent the entire scenes into a frenzy! Shit, I damn near fainted after all the hype!😂 Anyway, Mike proceeds to go inside, handle his bus. and by the time he came out, we had sold almost ALL of the shirts! At the original $20 price point! #truestory Those are some of the kids that came into my store in the pic. They made the news, wearing one of my shirts! The impersonator with one of the $5 hustlas in the background 😠 I took that pic of MJ. I #hedidthespin #receipts @amorecooking @mr_sangfroid were there too.
(Pt. 3) During the maylay, MJ had his people pass out special invite for every person in the crowd that came out to support. There were some kind words as well as an INVITE to Neverland Ranch on the front, with directions on the back... The entire crowd that was at front the courthouse was now in a caravan on the way to the ranch! As we got close, the long winding road leading to his property was bumper to bumper! So packed that my street team hopped out and sold the rest of the shirts to the people that were also waiting in line! Now we were completely and officially SOLD OUT! We finally get to the ranch, go through MAJOR security and enter the enchanted world of Michael Jackson! There was a candy house bigger than the house I grew up in, a fully functional tram, a real, bonefide movie theater with popcorn and employees, and of course, the amusement park! Everything was in full swing! The ENTIRE Jackson family was out chillin amongst the people. We even got on a few rides our damn selves! I run into my /homie/salesguy Ramon and he's in a wife beater??? "Mone, where tf is your shirt?" He had been wearing one of the MJ shirts that we were selling... His response was, "Man, I sold that shit to Charlie Chaplan." He had sold the shirt off of his back to one of the Neverland employees. Oh yeah, Mike had a Charlie Chaplan impersonator walking around like Mikey Mouse. #truestory Those are some of the kids that came into my store in the pic. They made the news, wearing one of my shirts! The impersonator with one of the $5 hustlas in the background 😠 I took that pic of MJ. I got video too. #hedidthespin #receipts @amorecooking @mr_sangfroid were there too😜 #RamonGot18years😞 #MackdontdoIG #michaeljackson #ripjoejackson #neverlandranch #tshirts