Wednesday, September 29, 2010
In early 1950’s China, agriculture was really important. In the early stages, the farmers or peasants were able to subsidize their income with a handicraft: woodwork, specialty cooking, weaving, etc. This was generally a craft that an individual enjoyed and had skill in.
Eventually, China moved to a collective coop system and most of the income subsidizing, including handicraft, was outlawed.
This got me thinking. My friends and others in my generation so frequently talk of “doing what we love” and getting out of the 9 to 5 rat race. The truth is, 9 to 5 ain’t nothin’. Sun up to sunset out of necessity is real burden. Forget the newest iPhone or flat screen TV, that was work to eat and have a roof overhead. So, if you can do what you love and still eat, you’re doin’ good. Being able to do what you love is a luxury.
So, if you are going to pursue your dream, do it with all the drive, skill and dedication that you can muster. Don’t do your handicraft a disservice. Do it with reverence and respect for the people that aren’t afforded the luxury. If it takes 4, 5 or 100 takes, DO IT RIGHT. The freedom to seek a craft that you love is a luxury. Be thankful if you are allowed to pursue your dreams and still eat 3 or even 2 meals a day. This makes the creation of a quality product more important than anything. Everything else is just public masturbation.
by Jehn Grits
Well, I think the opposite makes more sense. If you really love something, setting it free is what you don't want to do. In other words, if you really love it, hold on tight and don't let go! If you love something, you should protect it.
Everyday, we have to make choices that ensure that the things we love to do continue to thrive. When you find a way of life that works for you, make sure you do whatever it takes to maintain it.
In the book, How To Be Creative, Hugh Macleod said it best, "Question how much freedom your path affords you. Be utterly ruthless about it. It's your freedom that will get you to where you want to go."
Monday, September 27, 2010
Coming soon will be our next release of our next collaboration both the NY & HOU editions of the Gritty Dreams t-shirt will be released. All the colorways are based on the Houston sport teams such as the Rockets, Oilers, and the Astros. Since I am not sure which one to pick. I figured, Why not let you vote for what you like. You can vote by emailing me your choice at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a comment on my status via Facebook.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Before I start, We have a great deal on our site use discount code "Remixgrits" and save 20% off at our online store.
Anyway, after a long night of work, I need a morning pick-me-up. Some Kaufee with my bowl of Grits is a good start for any morning. Our good friends, Joonbug X Remix Label, are running a raffle for some cool gear. Joonbug's artwork is dope and he is all around cool dude. He is definitely on my short list of cool Texas brands on the come up. Check it out Here.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The origami fortune teller had many names, from chattabox to scrunchie, chancer, and even cootie catcher. So, naturally, I had to bring the joint back. Available for exclusive (Right Click to Download) Download Here. Feel Free to share! Enjoy!!
The story was pretty typical, Alien crash lands into human's garage. Human, named Gordon, falls in love with the lovable ALF (Short for Alien Life Form) that takes him in to protect him from the Alien Task Force (AKA Bad Guys). Shortly after, all the antics start with a middle class family trying to keep him secret from friends, family and nosey neighbors.
Even though, for the most part, the stories were so-so, America once again fell in love with its furry alien friend. How could we pass up ALF? Who wouldn't love the 3 foot tall alien with an elongated snout and moles that could make Aaron Neville jealous?
All hail ALF!!
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
The "resistance" rears its ugly head every time we do work to improve our lives. Every hour, every second, we are presented with an opportunity to change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our lives. This second, we can turn the tables on "Resistance."
See every time I complete a new blog post, I silently congratulate myself for beating today's "resistance." So, when the to do list gets long and things are flying a mile a minute, I am reminded of the commercial below. The baker makes sure the work gets done. He is the professional. The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time. However, the amateur doesn't love the game enough to do the work. If he did, he would not pursue it as a sideline. Be the professional. Show up and make sure the work gets done.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
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Friday, September 3, 2010
I mean, there is nothing wrong with those brands representing where there from, but when it comes to Grits I wanted to proudly show that we're based in Texas. The love I have for Houston/Texas/Southern culture has influenced every part of Grits. And part of our aim is to represent our culture to the fullest through dope designs.
So, for the last couple of months, I've noticed that there are quite a lot of new brands that are on the come-up. For example, Fur Face Boy, Fresh Kaufee, Stackwell, Simply Complicated, Loyal KNG, 3Kings, 3rd ID, Remix Label and many many more.
So, be on the lookout in the near future. I have a strong feeling there is a movement growing.
No Grits No Glory
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Here's a sneak peak at our upcoming collaboration with Oven Fresh Dreams. Carlos and I both love food. So, It’s only appropriate for our collab to make references to OD'ing on food.
And, since today is actually his birthday, (Happy Birthday Carlos!!) lets celebrate with some FREE wallpaper. Download Here.