Her Name Was Weakness

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She walked to me from the corner of Bleak and Wretched, leaned in with cleavage out and asked if there was something I wanted to mention. I looked and I laughed, then proceeded to ask, “why are you begging for attention?” “Just a little lonely.” She said she would do half price for me only. Hesitant at first, but I was thinking with my second mind. So I lied and I said, “Well a girl like you isn’t easy to find.” She scurried over to the car when the idea poured through, that a soul like me is about as worthless as you. Before she got in is when I got out, and right in your face I shouted, “please don’t speak my actions aloud!” Then I stuffed your loud ass mouth with Mentos and warned you, “I get off to this!” chuckled to myself, cut your fucking throat then shot diet Pepsi up your esophagus. I swear blood flow ascended past my head, so I opened my umbrella. Lit a stoge, and in a calming tone said, “how about this weatha?”

Fuck weakness, buy yourself a Lady Killers tee.

-Vinny

Like Water

“A fight is not won by one punch or kick. Either learn to endure or hire a bodyguard.
Forget about winning and losing; forget about pride and pain. Let your opponent graze your skin and you smash into his flesh; let him smash into your flesh and you fracture his bones; let him fracture your bones and you take his life. Do not be concerned with escaping safely – lay your life before him.”

If you haven’t already known, this quote is from one of the most iconic and inspiring people in my life, Bruce Lee.

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Bruce Lee revolutionized the creation of martial art films, and was considered one of the most influential martial artists of all time. More importantly, his martial art influence and views run parallel with a lot of views on life.

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“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put a water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

Ignoring the quality of the photos (which isn’t the point of this post) I could run on and on about all of his teachings and how they influenced me. Though when it comes right down to it, he was just one of my idols; From being the badass in every film, to his humbling subtlety and poetic views. He even started my fascination in traditional chinese martial art uniforms. I would rep that every day if I wouldn’t look completely ridiculous.

Bruce Lee was one of the greatest, and I can only try to put forth the same dedication and focus as he did with Martial Arts. That’s it for now, my friend.

-Vinny

More and more orders are coming in, and it’s definitely raising the spirits of everyone. Jagged bumps and bruises hit us every now and then, but I feel like that’s mandatory in every area of life. Since my first post that started it all for me, I’ve been so focused that I can literally feel all the negativity slowly drain its way out of my body. It’s like looking at the world through an entirely different set of eyes. Now at night I see the shining of the stars rather than the darkness of the night, or growing trees rather than decaying leaves with our newly started season. That goes for everyone in City Approval. Cody’s morale is rising, and the remastered confidence is definitely being shown within the company. Casey went back to school to finish getting his diploma, and I’m going just to take a graphic design class and hopefully grab my certificate for it as well. Gooby is grinding in school too, as well as staying on point with all the financial and law aspects for the company. Morals are high, and productivity is even higher.

Speaking of Gooby, last night we were all outside getting a breath of fresh air, smoking a cigarette (irony fully intended) and he was bringing up some really positive viewpoints. We were just tossing words about how we hardly drink as much as we all used to, yet we all hang out twice as much. Before we were just a group of hoodlum friends, drinking poisons as a priority, but now were a team (of hoodlums) expanding off each other for greater things in life. Now alcohol is just a subtle luxury, and we’re a fiercely wrapped team. In fact, we’re more than a team, we are a family. We are City Approval.

-Vinny

More and more o…

Printing Orders & Ink Everywhere

Printing is getting hectic. If Casey keeps inhaling all these toxins, mixed with all the chain smoking to calm him down in between, I would say he has a solid year or so left to live.

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One of our newest graphics, “Lady Killers” has been catching up in popularity with some of our originals in the season. I wonder why..

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I prefer to take amateur pictures of Casey while he makes sure everything is lined up and deals with all the ink.

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Orders are almost finished and being prepared to be shipped out. This particular shirt is going out to a certain lucky contestant winner.

It’s finally starting to feel like there just isn’t enough hours in the day, and never in my life did I imagine actually writing out those words. Nonetheless complain about it..

-Vinny

A Taste of Death

Their souls derive within the deepest pits of hell. With their locked expressions of malevolence and despair, these vile creatures trespass through our barriers to destroy our heavens of truth, innocence, and love amongst other emotions. They disguise their revolting appearance behind a mask of beauty and elegance, however sometimes their eyes may bleed the darkest shades of black, as if all that is evil is draining from their deceiving, yet enchanting figures. With eyes that shall pierce your soul, these irresistible horrors shall leave you blind. The only truth you can apprehend will be the drippings from the knife within your spine, the silent whispers that kill you inside.

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Why haven’t you gotten yours?

-Vinny

A Day in LA

Waking up early to head to downtown can be a little rough. While you’re hungover as well makes it really rough. All in all plans went better than expected and our hats are on their way to being complete, so there really isn’t any room for complaint, just anxious to see everything start coming together. After our date with traffic on the way home, Cody, Casey, and I decided it was finally time to go back to my old place to grab the necessities from my once-was room. I was a little sketched out in case Brian was there, but to my surprise and joy, he wasn’t.

I wasn’t sure how long we actually had to grab my shit before he got back, so we made sure we got in and out as fast as possible. I already knew both the front and back doors were dead-bolted, so I climbed onto my fence to reach the roof where the window was to my room. Luckily he didn’t add locks to the window so I leaped into that hell hole and rushed downstairs to unlock the door for Cody and Casey. Well, the clever mother-fucker had a two sided deadbolt on both doors so there was no way to let them in. So instead I yelled out the front window to tell them it was locked. Immediately both of them followed my routine and hopped onto the roof to help me. We handled it like a well oiled conveyer belt; I would pass what I chose was important enough to grab to Cody, who passed it to Casey, who climbed back down (in a pretty impressive manner by the way) to store it into Cody’s car. After nearly breaking my computer trying to get it down, we grabbed some clothes and other things and started to get the hell out of there. However before I climbed back out, I decided I should look downstairs in case he had any “presents” for us. And just as I thought, I found two handles of alcohol, one being Tequila and the other being Vodka. Not my best friends, but still worth it. I made my escape before Brian could come back to discover his missing friends, stored them in the trunk, and we took off. So in the end, today was a good day.

-Vinny

Neck-Breakin’ in Little Tokyo

Neck-breaking [nek-brey king] – A verb used to describe when there’s too many beautiful women passing by that your neck breaks from the constant turning to look back and catch another glimpse. Well, that’s what it felt like at least during our drive downtown last night. Little Tokyo is a great little area to take a trip to, even if it’s just to go grab some sushi with friends, which is exactly what we did. Obviously some of the surrounding areas are sketch, but I don’t feel that takes away from the joy you have from the sights and delicious little restaurants, as long as you’re aware of where to stay away from. It was the perfect evening to clear my head from all the recent nonsense that’s been going on, and helped to keep my head in the game. I have no clue how to conclude this… stay tuned? Sure let’s go with that.

-Vinny

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