It’s hard to believe that at least 3 years has passed since this crazy idea called Still Proud popped into my head. I remember sitting in my cubicle with work stacked up and nerves gone mad thinking, “Ok, I got the job I thought I wanted, but is this all there is?” I found myself in music as I always had a lot to say but that was drowned out by working after hours and trying to have some semblance of a life as a twenty something college grad with bills to pay. The idea of starting a line nagged at me as to have something to call my own would be the coolest thing ever I thought, many “buts” later though and it became a “one day” thing which as we all know rarely comes to fruition. A couple months later I was laid off at the height of the economic whirlpool and pretty down about it. You hear the saying that “things happen for a reason” and over the years I’ve come to believe it, as it was at that time where I realized that I had to do this. I didn’t know if it would succeed or flop but I didn’t care, as I hadn’t been this energized for something since picking up a microphone for that first time and screaming until I couldn’t speak.
“Lifestyle brand” is thrown around quite a bit in street wear and it wasn’t a term I really understood until I realized I was living it day in and day out. I didn’t start this to make a million dollars or to prove anything to anyone but myself, it just seemed like a perfect outlet of expression and I knew that there had to be others out there who are as hopeful, driven, and discontent with the world around them as I was (and still very much am). The amount of time, people, and dollars that this project has consumed I’ve lost count of as the only thing that matters to me is that you still give a shit. You’ve shared your love, enthusiasm, and some of you even took a lifelong commitment to ink your bodies in appreciation, and for that I can’t thank YOU enough!
If I said that these last few years were easy i’d be lying. It’s been a roller-coaster of accomplishments, setbacks and maybe a few lessons learned (ok, a lot) but I’m thankful to say that things are continuously looking up as each goal and expectation I set gets bulldozed with each release. 2012 although not yet over, has been SP’s biggest year yet! From getting onto Karmaloop Kazbah and having 2 of our most successful releases, I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface with what can be accomplished with this project. As I bring this post to a close, I thank you all again for giving me the means to keep this brand afloat for this long. From the bottom of my heart, it means a lot!
With all of that being said, our 3 year release can be purchased here and keep in mind that quantities are limited and under 35 pieces for the tees and 25 each on the caps. Now check the collection:
3 Year Tee
This World is Mine Reprint
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Reprint