The last Son in the dugout

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From the minor leagues to the majors

 

There’s something about the underdog that resinates with everyday people more loudly than any other story. The man who had all the odds stacked up against him and still somehow managed to overcome all the obstacles and win. It’s triumph in the mist of adversity. Glory after defeat. It’s the American dream.

Somewhere in my life I fell in love the idea of being the underdog. It was just something that I had to come to grips with at a very young age. As a soft spoken, young black kid in the ghetto, I was the underdog;  not only on a micro level which was  my community but also on a macro level; society as a whole. So I had to find strength in the fact that people didn’t believe in me or that the cards were not in my favor. The sour extenuating circumstances were what pushed me to succeed. The idea that one day I could stand at the mountain top and scream at the top of my lungs :

I made It! despite where I came from. Despite what people thought of me! Despite how many times I was knocked down! I made it!

Now when it comes to style, the underdog, being a person with limited financial resources, has to find a way to make a statement, and express themselves creatively. Personal style is not a luxury for an underdog it is a necessity. I believe that real style and fashion emerges out of these circumstances. People with limited resources have to be that much more creative, to stand out. So here’s to the underdog. The man who realizes that its not about a price tag or label, but about style, in its purest most vulnerable state.

I shot at the minor league fields by my place to represent for the underdogs. It’s a symbol for how cool it is to be the last kid in the dug out.

 

The Look

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This whole look was a steal. I found every single item in this look on sale. The highlight being the H&M jacket, that was originally $80.00. I got it at an after christmas sale for only $30.00 #swerve

 

The Breakdown

Now I don’t have all the details on this look. I could go back and find the prices of each item but that isn’t what I’m about. Its about you finding your own style and hopefully this can inspire.

Check out how heavy these rich dark tones are. From the Deep navy blue knitted infinity scarf from H&M, all the way down to the color blocked almost copper like tint of the Asos slip ons. The color scheme is one of my favorites; Brown and Blue. Also notice how I played with texture. During these colder months, texture not only looks good, but it usually means warmth.

#swerve

 

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I urge you to embrace your personal style and also embrace any situation where you find yourself playing the role of the underdog. This picture says it how…The last kid in the dugout is one bad mother’ F#@%&r!

 

 

Written by: Mr Shipp Himself – Photos by: Nika Gocha of S&G Media

 

Chandler Bikeway Mural Swag

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Some times inspiration just hits you out of no where. It doesn’t happen as often as we would like so when it does, you have to ride that wave like you grew up in San Diego California’s Pacific Beach. Then there are times when inspiration knocks you flat on your stylish little ass. This happens even less often, so moments like this, you just stop what you’re doing, cancel all other plans and get to work. id imagine that, the type of inspiration I just described looks something like the beautiful piece of art pictured above. My girl and I drove past this Mural while scouting for locations for our next photoshoot. We literally had to stop the car and take it all in. My initial Plan was to take a few shots of my cool Red and Black look, but hey, sometimes, the background should really be in the foreground. So i thought i’d let this beautiful mural stand alone…

The Chandler Bikeway


The Mural pictured above is just one of the many beautiful works of art found on the last mile stretch of the Chandler Bikeway. The Chandler Bikeway is a beautiful bike path that stretches from residential Burbank to North Hollywood. The trail sits on top of the old Burbank Branch of the Southern Pacific Transportation Company Railroad. I use to run the bike trail years ago while training for a half marathon, and I would often take a book with me, sit on a bench and watch all the beautiful people fly by on their bikes, skate boards, roller blades, and of  course, wagons. Its the perfect place to take the family for a bike ride, or even take the date for an afternoon stroll. I focused on the last mile of the trail to highlight one of my favorite color combinations: Black and red

The Look

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I picked up both the jeans and the shirt from Forever 21 while shopping for some basics. Forever 21 is great for finding inexpensive, stylish cloths  but you have to watch yourself because its easy to leave this place looking like a 16 year old boy. So please be aware of what “trends” work for you and what you should probably leave to your teenage nephew. This look cost me less than $50 and I couldn’t of looked any cooler. Check it out!

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The breakdown


2nd Hand hat: $5.00 Shades: Aldo 2 for $20.00
2nd Hand hat: $5.00
Shades: Aldo 2 for $20.00
Watch: Aldo $35.00 Leather Feather bracelet: Aldo $15.00 Red beaded bracelet: Flea market. 2 for $10.00
Watch: Aldo $35.00
Leather Feather bracelet: Aldo $15.00
Red beaded bracelet: Flea market. 2 for $10.00
Black Slip Ons: ASOS $16.00 on sale
Black Slip Ons: ASOS $16.00 on sale

If you get the chance, go check out the bike trail. Get some air. See the art. Get active and cultured at the same time. I’m sure you’ll have a good time. and if you see Pooch, tell him darius said Hi (see picture below).

-Mr. Shipp

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