I would like to think my fashion game is strong; maybe even to the likes of billionaires. I only say that because I would compare myself to two fashion icons, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. Laugh all you want, but I get why they dress the way they do. Do you ever wonder how these icons became so successful? I’m pretty sure it’s because they made the decision to wear the same thing every day, eliminating the decision on what to wear when they wake up, so they can focus on their money making. They didn’t twice think about it, they just did their thang.
Now, I’m no gazillionaire. I live in the basement of my parents’ home, I drive an old school 2003 white Mercury, Grand Marquis (RIP to my brotha Bernard and shoutout to Paperman’s funeral home for the hookup!), and I own a solid three pairs of pants. But, I still like to think I’m similar in some ways to these influential men, just with a bit more edge and uniqueness. By the way, I don’t own three pairs of pants by choice. I wish I had more, but unfortunately with my extremely charming physique, I’m slightly limited as to what I could put on. In any case, I still feel like the billionaire I’m meant to be. Honestly, my life is dependent on these pants – if I ever grow out of them I know I’m screwed. Although I would love to spend every day in my Fruit of the Loom boxers with my pins hanging out in places that maybe they shouldn't, but my goal isn’t to scare anyone away here. All this to say, Mark and Steve know/knew what’s up… now all Mark needs to do is add lapel pins to his wardrobe and maybe he’ll inherit some of my swagger.
Getting back to my edge and uniqueness, nothing says it better than a Lululemon athletic sweater topped with a Harley Davidson cut off jean jacket – just one of my many limited edition billionaire combos. I like to test the fashion boundaries; I like to express myself as I choose. But behind every outfit choice, which really doesn’t require much thought, comes a serious internal debate about my lapel pin. You don’t f#@& around with the pin community, especially when you’re trying to fit in. I’ve realized that you need to wear pins that speak to you, that identify you, and that’s really why I created Ruined Rep in the first place. I can relate in some way to every single pin that I have made. I love how pins have no limitations and how it’s an art form that anyone can relate to. Pins don’t discriminate or hate; they foster a sense of community in which anyone can share their love for something that really is edgy and unique, like me.
Thanks to the internet, and thanks to Ruined Rep, you can find pins that speak to you and your fashion sense. Whether you wake up in the morning and spend countless hours trying to find an outfit that’s on fleek, try to be a Mark or a Steve, or just throw on your 1/3 pairs of pants ( hoping they still fit) and solid black tee, a pin will always give you that extra flare that you need to get you through your day. I just highly recommend you pick a Ruined Rep pin first!
Keep on keeping on,