AREAS OF MY EXPERTISE

I’ve been getting a lot of curious list requests. I’m not even sure they’re all serious (The Different Ways to Take Butt Pics, @ChrisK?), but this one’s for @LevNovak. By no means am I an expert in any of these areas, but I could probably write a List about them to convince you otherwise!
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    Being a whitewashed Asian-American living in America
    I can write three lists about this. We can begin with having blond dreadlocks and end with being genuinely dumbfounded when my first son turned out to be Asian. (📷 onset of N2gether Now, @jensenclan88 's favorite music video)
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    Hardcore punk (‘80s, ‘90s, and early ‘00s)
    For a large swath of my life, I was a vegan straight-edge hardcore kid. It’s too much to explain in 500 characters. Basically, Straight Edge was a punk means to rebel against punk. That should say a lot about who I am. (📷 moments before getting pepper sprayed post Descendents show, circa 1996)
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    Skateboarding. Snowboarding. Surfing.
    I was never a team player. I’ve been approaching life sideways for as long as I can remember. (📷 17 years old and free, photo by Zach Cordner)
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    Photography
    I discovered my dad's camera when I was 12. This was before digital, so I signed up for the school paper to have someone pay for my film and developing. I shot skateboarding and live concerts - a crash course in speed, aperture, composition, and most importantly, documenting a moment instead of chasing down a frame. I primarily shoot girls, lookbooks, and landscapes now. I love portraits most, because they're romantic and personal. Feels like I'm collecting stories.
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    DeLoreans
    Okay, I can unabashedly proclaim that I know everything there is to know about DeLorean Motor Co. and John Z. DeLorean himself. This is a sickness I have been weathering since childhood. (📷 Alysha Nett in my DMC-12)
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    Blogging
    I signed onto Blogger in 1999 and have blogged almost every day of my life since. That’s literally over 5,000 entries - short stories, photo essays, videos... It’s sorta weird that I’ve recorded half my life on the Internet. Especially because I’m - IRL - a very private person. (📷 circa winter, 2004 in my studio with no heat)
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    Irrigation systems
    I’d rather not hire a stranger to run a 5-minute fix on my sprinklers. No, I’ll spend an entire Sunday turning my entire backyard upside down, making consecutive Home Depot trips, and electrocuting myself in the process. Twice. (let me know if you need help)
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    Midnight drawings of ‘90s music personalities while listening to said personality’s music.
    This is, like, a thing.
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    T-shirt graphic design
    Graphic T-shirts are off the radar right now, but I’ve probably printed close to a thousand different tees at this point. I can conceptualize an entire season in an afternoon. I designed three T-shirts just today.
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    Men's apparel design
    So this is my bread and butter. I never studied design. Everything I’ve learned, I gained through building my brand. I started off by illustrating graphic T-shirts. I graduated to cut-n-sew under the mentorship of Alyasha Owerka-Moore and Ben Cheung. Warps and wefts, seam allowances, enzyme washes, I can take you through it all, but you don’t wanna see how the sausage is made. (📷 I also photographed and directed our Fall look book)
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    Streetwear
    My 50 Greatest Streetwear Brands was Complex’s most-read list. I’m currently traveling the world, working on the first-ever Streetwear documentary. People look to me as the authority, but I’m just a fan, a student. (📷 with Eli Bonerz of X-Large)
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    Religion
    My parents raised me in the church and at age 15, they gave me the choice to pursue my own spiritual path. My dad’s library was comprised of all religious literature, so we were exposed early to the Koran, Torah, Buddha’s teachings, new age-y cult-y stuff. My older brother studied theology at Harvard; he lent me his Satanic Bible. I read the Bhagavad Gita and attended Hare Krishna temples throughout college. I've read the Book of Mormon and watched it too. Christian apologetics, that's my jam.
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    Popular books and movies
    I’ll read anything. I’ll watch everything. I just finished Stephen King’s “Finders Keepers,” Aziz’s dating book, and Holly Madison’s memoir last week. I’m in “All the Light We Cannot See” for the second time (thanks @AnnaShinoda) - this round, just for the language. This past weekend, I watched Tig’s documentary, Dawg Fight, Amy Schumer’s movie, and the entire Katy Perry concert on Netflix. I don’t care, I loved all these things.
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    Raising children
    I’m no expert. They constantly remind me of that.
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    I suck at everything else
    Especially if it concerns math, money, or manly stuff.