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    BEYOND THE STREETS

    BEYOND THE STREETS

    so i guess this would be the best place to start. how funny is this. the show itself has in a gigantic spot and there was art everywhere. i am not sure what i expected. i have not been in awhile an completely forgot this was put on by adidas. not mad at them them tho. the show goes from the og's to the headliners of the mainstreamish kinda and the new and up and coming. if this show comes to your city give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it all. it is a complete creative colorful eyegasm.  i will give you a little tease tour of some of my favorite certified fresh pieces, but you should check out the show for yourself.

     

    How Petty?

    How Petty?

    these are the kinda people that call me sensitive and angry.... when talking about out of control law enforcement or racial injustices but then go and do this.
    i mean how childish is this? ok, your upset and your first recourse is to set up a camera to record you being extremely childish?  then for some reason you decide to broadcast this behavior to the world. Wait it doesn't stop there. Then you get applauded by your peers in your inner bubble and you pat yourself on the back. why not, you have seen this before. Person gets upset, burns item in protest to show the level of commitment to their immaturity only to eventually watch their post go viral for reasons other than intended. Somehow your incredible genius is able to put this to the back of your mind as you go down the path of duplicating this ridiculous behavior for yourself thinking the outcome would be different for you?
    we have had over a year to talk and try to come to some kinda of understanding about the NFL protest.
    the tone of these broadcasters here is bias, almost in disbelief that nike would support colin's perspective. she called it an anthem protest, WRONG. its a protest against police brutality. get that through your thick heads.  so there misinformation right off the back. people are purposely mislead and then do stupid things like burn things. recently FORD, old money ford said its ok to kneel, so are people going to start burning trucks or driving them of cliffs. they have suggestions on how to deal with it somewhere else like donating to the community. he does that already dumbass.  what do you think he has been doing with his free time? jason whitlock for the record is a certified coon for hire and does in no way speak for our community. i have no idea who mr. jackson is but if he works for fox he is not credible to me either.
    we have dismissed the flag narrative as false, we have dismissed the veterans narrative as false. the players didn't even have to come out for the national anthem until the armed forces started paying for it. so its and ad basically. we have dismissed the all live matter narrative while watching puerto rico receive very little support from us even though they are us citizens. or how water in flint michigan has been toxic for over 1500 days and counting.  we have also dismissed that is act is disrespecting veterans since it was a veteran that instructed him to knell in respect instead of just sitting down, which is what he was doing prior and that got no media coverage.
    what we have not addressed is the number poc that continue to die by the hands of law enforcement. in sacramento alone there have been almost 20 incidents in the past two year where the use of deadly force to a person of color was used without cause.
    Meanwhile this guy Tom Latanowich who has had 111 prior arrest, how that is possible i have no idea, labeled "notorious and violent" allegedly murders a cop trying to serve him a warrant in a previous situations and it out somehow to stab someone else, and he is taken into police custody alive even though he was found blooded and armed.
    just last month a beautiful young teenager named nia wilson was brutally murdered by an alleged alt right hatermonger patriotic terrorist named john lee cowell, another violent person with a long history out on parole to end a life brutally by cutting her throat while she tried to help an elder off the train, he also attempted to murder her sister who survived the attack. he too was arrested peacefully like he has done nothing wrong.
    i have explained the protest countless times to people like this and i have come to the conclusion they are either clinically unable to process accountability due to privilege being embedded so deep culturally that everything is processed as regular behavior to them. they have never experienced life without racism being entrenched into every facet of our everyday lives. you would think that a country established itself by rebelling against the throne, committing mass genocides on multiple continents and enslaving people to build wealth would be able to maybe see the possibility of some people here not being treated fairly.
    when i was growing up we didn't have cell phones. cameras only came with film. there was no way to record how we are treated. we would tell people and nobody would believe us. we all quietly wished we could record what was happening to us. we would have proof. the world would now know the truth. JUSTICE would be served.... well we live in world know were we can record, and the world does see. i really don't think people here take that into account because of our vanity. the sad thing to me is that americans see it. we see it everyday but it is normal to us. poc protest but quietly deep inside expect nothing to change. nothing has changed. most anglos see nothing wrong with how we are treated. they usually seem annoyed at just the thought of us  claiming rights they don't want us to have, while pretending we are equal. it was never the plan for us to be equal, so lets make america great again they say.
    if you are protesting.... a peaceful protest during a racist song, that is over in 5 mins, about a group of people you claim are equal and have the same opportunities as you. over the right to not be abused or shot and murdered while unarmed at a traffic stop where they were the passenger (philando castile), by those sworn to protect and serve. you are saying it is patriotic to support this abusive behavior. to the point you are willing to, after all this dialog, burn items you already spent money on to be one of the viral idiots today, please do not let me stop you. you can't hide behind the flag narrative anymore since its supposed to represent something like FREEDOM. we all now how our vets are treated, we step over them on the way to starbucks or roll up our windows during rush hour and hwy exits when they beg for change. so if its not really about the flag and its not really about the veterans, then what is all this really about?
    the only constant is change, unfortunately most of us fear change. i would say there are others that are absolutely terrified of it and will resist it to their demise. in my experiences some of the changes i feared in my life ended up turning out a way better situation then expected. change is constant embrace it, stop throwing temper tantrums in public unless you do support the public execution of poc for any reason a person with a badge says, whether its alternative facts or not. then i guess you wouldn't be petty at all, just a gigantic pos. 

    The Rebirth

    The Rebirth

     

    i am happy to announce the brand mass confusion is coming out of hiatus. i started this brand 25 years ago a year before my son's birth. i am nowhere close to where i thought i would be by now, but i would not trade all that i have learned the hard way for the world.  well maybe for the world.  in some ways many things have changed.  in some ways many have not.  all throughout this journey my goals and visions have continued to evolve.  how do i incorporate all of my passions into one product?  am i a t-shirt company and graphic designer? am i a photographer? am i a composer of words and music? am i a hoarder of all my creations? while contemplating exactly what i want this to be i have not shared much more than some photography but now i am ready to share more.  we will just call mass confusion a production company, i hate boxes.

     

    engage. uplift. educate. learn. progress. evolve. build. destroy. unfiltered. undiluted. inspired from a hip hop based perspective we will keep you on point with the latest tech.  we will give our perspective on some pop culture including movies, series and music. most importantly perspectives will be shared on the most current social issues. for some we will be confusing, from some we will be clarification. spark thoughts and conversation. our original slogan was "blunt designs for ignited minds" 

    mass confusion is rebellious unity. the flashlight in the dark. the opposite of what you thought you knew. that last drink. that unexpected slap to the face. the harsh truth. the thin line between love and hate. that first breathe. water ice steam. invisible but present. oxymoronic. the first kiss. the last goodbye. crying when you're happy. smiling when you are mad. creator of beautiful things.

    for now we will start it off small with a couple of t-shirts and photos. a photo book. i will be setting up a pre-order opportunity with a discount for those that want to support the relaunch of this edition of mass confusion. The first book that will be released is called "everyday life". it documents different things you can encounter in a day depending on how small or how large your box is. do you only stay on one part of town? do all your friends look like you? how stereotypical are you?

    this image featured here is a cipher outside a hip-hop event in inglewood<leimert park< los angeles. Hosted by a dude named verbs. this is one of my favorite jump-offs here. very organic. very hungry. very talented folks come here and perform once a month and while people are waiting for their turn to rock the mic a cipher breaks out outside. sometimes it's just to a beatbox, sometimes somebody plugs in some music for emcees to flow to. sometimes it's a battle sometimes the flows just make you smile. real free style, off the top of the dome. not the written fake free style bullshit they do now.

    Routine Traffic Stop?

    Routine Traffic Stop?

     

    so for the 1st time in my 11 years on the west coast I was pulled over by police.....it was a d.u.i. check point.... as i approached i was trying decide how i was gonna handle this. am i going to go sovereign citizen on him and just denounce his authority to ask me anything? was i gonna go plead the 5th and not answer any questions and tell him he could talk to my lawyer if he wanted to ask me anything? was i gonna make a u-turn and make a run for it? how long is this gonna take? is he gonna wanna search my car? is he in a bad mood? is he racist? has he killed anyone yet? does he have the itch to do it? do cops get more respect from their peers when they murder an unharmed person of color? Do you have all these thought cross your mind when you get pulled over? well many thought racing through may head, yet this is just a traffic stop. So I am looking around at my surroundings and they are letting some people just pass through while others are being pulled to the side. It’s a no brainer I am gonna get pulled to the side. Luckily my lady is with me so I have a witness. I am driving her car thank god, I ask her to get the papers ready, insurance, registration. I decide since I have nothing to hide so I am going to try the semi compliant route. There is a line of officers to my left about 12 of them. The first one signals me to pull over. I look over to my lady and she still hasn't found all the paper work. In my car that shit is right on top all in one place. Anyhow I get signaled to keep driving so I pass officer 1-10 and there are two left. The very last one is getting information from the car in front of me. It's about 11pm so part of me expects the flash lights and extra officers all simultaneously invading my privacy without probable cause. Probable cause, I tried to make sure just in case they wanted to try and take advantage of me that I didn't have any probable cause in eyesight, but then I remember it's my lady's car so I am good. For disclosure purposes I do smoke and drink often. I had just spent a wonderful evening with my lady at the beach so I may or may not have partaken in some extra-curricular enhancements. For legal purposes I admit nothing. The moment of truth arrives. Dude bends over sticks his nose in my window and super close to my face. I can smell his breathe so I am sure he can smell mine. He is looking directly into my eyes from about six inches away.  "have you had anything to SMOKE today." I am thinking to myself in micro-nano seconds does he mean all day? I immediately calmly slightly irritated respond no. "have you had anything to drink today" and I immediately thought about the d.u.i. lawyer radio commercials out here. I listen to sports radio for some reason. Never say you drank anything no matter how long ago in the day it was, so I immediately replied no. We sat there for an awkward moment close enough to kiss. I know my breathe wasn't right. It was ripe with white mouth and all other calamities one might get from partaking in mood enhancers. Although I had mad thoughts racing through my mind. I was actually not scared and not worried. He looked deep into my eyes and saw no fear whatsoever. He saw a black man that has been pulled over countless times and survived. A black man that is highly experienced in pull over tactics. He saw a black man that is truly disappointed in the system that attacks men that look like him instead of protecting them. He saw we can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way.  he choose the easy way. He told me to have a good night, and let me pass through without incident. To me it is unfortunately something like a d.u.i. checkpoint, which is there to help make sure people don't party too hard and drive becomes something so much larger to part of our population. My first reaction to seeing them was concern for my life and not about getting a ticket for driving under the influence. That is really sucky.

    Independent Artist Support System

    Independent Artist Support System

     

    Family. when i say family i mean all of you that actually care for a brother. i have lived in many cities and made some good connections in all of them. Those of you that go far back enough to know me as the creative force behind mass confusion, know how long this company has been a dream of mine. to grow it into something that actually makes a difference.  

    i can say i have given away least half as many of shirts then i have sold. price points capitalism business i really suck at. i mean i could get a dollar, but how do you make an honest dollar. I can buy shit for as cheap as possible and sell for as much as possible but I always feel guilty.  don't get me wrong I don't hate money, I hate the concept of it. It breeds separation.  it breeds elitism. Unfortunately we are all trapped and have to get it to survive. get it to build. Trapped by a system where are the rules are different for every shade. Where you are rewarded for how you get over on your fellow man, woman. A system where poison is profit. Where medicine is profit. Where we record fights instead of making the peace. Where we are losing sight of touch and connections. Where we spend hours in fantasy while pieces of reality of being taken away pixel by pixel. Who wants to save the world? We will sit in front of a movie screen and watch stories about heroes but who really wants to be a hero? Nobody. 

     

    It is almost criminal all the talent I have been bless to meet on my journeys that are still struggling to make it. I wish we would invest in each other more.  I am guilty of it myself at times but the older I get the more conscious I am to where my money is spent. I will support an independent over corporation all day. We say we wanna fight the system but then we still flock the the malls and by they shit. We should boycott all brands that have never supported us as people. Brands that poison us. We had a good period in the 90's when there were many brands by us to choose from. What happened?  

    Nobody forces us to fuck with them. They don't like us. So why do we still spend money with them?  I really don't get it. Shit like timberlands, still. Really? Brands like Polo that said they would rather we did not wear their brand.  I get the do it in spite but that is still money in his pockets. Dude ain't had to work for a long time and still we give him more money. Meanwhile I feel I gotta write an essay on why it would be good to support this brand of mine. 

    We need to better take care of us. what i mean by us is human beings that love and respect themselves each other and of course the planet. Build each other up. Create with each other. Stop killing each other. Wtf. starting treating each other like the kings and queens we are. We are our own worst enemy. You got a thousand dollars' worth of bills a month for survival purposes only. A little to play with when your done. You ain't building shit. You and helping anyone. You treading water. One pay check from drastic changes. More you make more you spend so everybody in the same boat, with a hole in it. You're a number. An account number. Sounds like prison to me. 

    How do we get to a point where we are all doing better, not just some of us. Where quality of life is important for all. Where we are not the slaves of corporations. Many of us not coming close to doing something we love. Doing what pays the bills.  what are your dreams? That is important to me. We could all me our own mini corporations.  we would come up real quick and there aint shit the man could do about it. But you rather hate.  

    What is my art worth to me? What is my art worth to you? How do you price pieces of your soul? This is my struggle. I would love to just give it all away. I just love to see people connect and be on the same vibe. Nothing doper than see someone you respect connecting with some of your ideals and breaking bread with you.  I wanna spend my days creating art to help us all connect, laugh, and grow but I need your help. Once I am set free, I can help set someone else free and so on and so on. 

     

    So if you are someone that has seen this brand and wanted to support but I didn't have the color you wanted or the size or particular design in stock. Or if I went out of business before you got a chance. Or if you never seen this shit in your life and have no idea what the absolute fuck I am talking about but where lead here Visit the rest of the site and lets start building. 

     

    all photos by sagaille.