Once again we find ourselves at years end. I would like to invite everyone who may be reading this to take a short moment to be thankful they were able to see the entire year through and in honor of those who are no longer with us, continue to live only in happiness. This is generally the time when New Years resolutions begin to run through our minds. All of the things we want to improve upon. All of the ideas that begin with good intentions but usually are unable to withstand through February. First off, it is commendable for trying. Commitment is unsettling especially when it involves something different or unusual to our daily lives. Just know that you went that extra step further than those who did not even bother to try. And for that and all of your past attempts, a job well done on giving it hell.
Now although you were successful in your attempt, there clearly was a flaw somewhere along the line that caused the interruption. Either the idea was not well thought out or a resolution was made just for the sake of making one. As you can see, neither lead to the desire outcome.
I have thought long and hard about a resolution I could set for myself that strays from the traditional. I wanted something that would have a lasting effect. Through vast amounts of deliberation I finally found just what I needed.
Did someone ever ask you what you did last week? How about yesterday? This morning? Chances are you’ve been so caught up in the daily grind that you were unable to fully appreciate the day. I am not at all saying that you took the day for granted but it would be nice to know what was taken out of it. So I have decided that my New Years resolution will be to take at least five photos every day. Five pictures of whatever. It can be five consecutive photos of the same thing or if feeling ambitious it could be five photos in five different cities, states, etc.
The options are infinite but the benefits will hopefully prove to be monumental. I want to remember what I do every day and I was to be able to make the necessary changes if I am not living each sunrise to the fullest. Knowing I have just five photos to take, I will always have the opportunity to separate myself momentarily and take the time to “smell the roses.”
I would like anyone reading this to consider a similar resolution. Find something that will bring some degree of perpetual and lasting happiness. We always want more. Rightfully so. But try to move away from the material and focus on true importance. I want to be able to remember what I do every day because I am also guilty of getting caught up in trivial ordeals. Just remember to do everything with an uncompromisable passion as this is the only way you’ll be able to truly complete anything and know it was truly worthwhile.
Wishing you all the best; Health, Wealth, and Happiness.
We all have dreams. We all have goals. We all aspire to do, to achieve, to be something. It is when we begin to act upon our ambitions does the opportunity of reality become material. When we actually set out to do something we finally become something. This is what KisP is all about.
In this dog eat dog world it is rare that anyone would take the time to try and help someone else. But what many don’t realize is that helping other may just be the path to attaining their own ideals. Do not ever lose focus of what is vital to your success but be sure to always consider the well being of others; especially when they are your friend.
Josh Watkinson is a very talented musician whose sole purpose for playing is to share his passion of music with all that are willing to lend an ear. I have known Josh and his family for quite some time now and each member of his family contributes a unique and positive aspect to the world we live in. Josh’s calling is music and he needs your help.
Josh is heading to the studio to record his debut EP and his funding is limited as is many college students and graduates. Instead of recording in a college dorm room (this does work), he has chosen to recruit a Grammy award-winning team to assist in the creation of a masterpiece. His refusal to opt for the easiest option should serve as inspiration to all of us.
Music is meant to be heard. This sounds obvious but consider the number of low quality recordings we have all had endure. To me, that is not music. Music is not just sound. What you hear on the radio, from a CD, or a downloaded file is the end result. We call those “songs.” Music is so much more than that. It is a process; a process that produces a result that directly corresponds to what is put in. To be successful, you must enjoy and appreciate the process to get to where you want to be. You can forget the small stuff but you cannot expect the outcome to be as you envisioned. To create true music, quality and passion are the key ingredients.
With that, Josh has created a KickStarter campaign. If you haven’t heard of KickStarter yet, it is a great way to raise money and gain the support of a soon-to-be loyal following. However the catch is that the entire goal must be met in order for the payout to occur. Josh is trying to raise $3000. If he only gets $2999, then the deal is off. He is not even half way to his goal and there is less than a month to go.
Every contribution helps. The minimum pledge is only $1 and beginning at $5, you get a gift. There are several tiers of contributions that all have some sort of reimbursement for your generosity.
Please consider helping Josh reach his goal. If you knew Josh like I did then you know he would, without question, help anyone in need in any way possible. He is a great friend, a talented musician, and truly represents the KisP ideals: Ambition, Motivation, Passion, Progression, and Knowledge.
To be honest, I am not entirely certain if that title makes any sense at all. If I had to try and define what I meant to say: Enthusiastic recognition of optimism for your reading pleasure. This is my way of saying this is a positivity blog without referring to it as one. A creative twist on an already overwhelmingly common concept. Writing has developed into a passion. Quite simply, writing is fun. It the easiest way to be heard without physically saying a word.
I started KisP in 2009 with an idea. This idea was to inspire, to enlighten, and instill a feeling of overwhelming desire to fulfill your dreams. One of the more forward ways of promoting these ideals was the creation of the clothing company which is why we are here today.
But there is more to the motive than just clothing and there are certainly more methods to support the idea. This is where the art of the word comes into play. Blogging is a fascinating way to offer personal insight to a potentially infinite audience. However I am not the first to realize this given that there are millions of writers both online and offline. With a little finesse and a lot of creativity, it is within my sincerest ambitions that KisP continues to be nothing but the most informative, influential, and uplifting.
That is why I am refocusing and redirecting to make KisP more about the message than about the clothing. As I developed the clothing, I lost sight of my initial intentions; a necessary measure to establish the business. Luckily I have taken a step back and now know that to ensure the successful deliverance of the KisP message, the best choice is to utilize writing as the focal point and the clothing company as a material representation of what is said.
That said, the KisP Clothing Company is now truly a supplement to the KisP ideals: Ambition, Motivation, Passion, Progression, and Knowledge. A symbolic, tangible means to support this vision. Every piece of clothing is an extension of KisP. The KisP name will forever be associated with a genuine interest in promoting the well-being of others through whatever means necessary. Look forward to much more content and so much more than clothing from KisP and the KisP Clothing Company
May today be better than yesterday, so to ensure a positive tomorrow.
I decided the last layout wasn’t what KisP needed so check this new one out and let me know what you think. It is very simple and goes back to a traditional blog feel. Since it is so simple it will be more of a catalyst to post tons of pictures. Everybody loves pictures =]
Friday November 5, 2010 is the day of all days. I’ll be working with a bunch of different organizations on my beautiful college campus to organize the first ever KisP photo shoot. It’s going to be a great time and so many people will be involved. Collaboration is a beautiful, yet undervalued, means of making amazing happen. So stay tuned for some exceptional photos and a video of the entire shoot as well.
Thanks in advance to everyone for their support and assistance.
Since this posts right to Facebook I’m starting from the end. I want your positive quotes and ideas for new designs. If I choose your idea, then you get to help me design the shirt from front to back. All of the details with your help.
Here’s the beginning. Ideas come to me from all angles every day. By know means am I up talking my creative muse but who doesn’t love those “ah-ha” moments when the light bulb turns on and you realize you’ve struck gold. But I’ve never really asked to see what every one else thinks. I want to know what positive ideas and quotes you know and that you live every day. Even if it is as simple as “Dream Big”, I want to know what motivates you and keeps your head in the game. Get these ideas to me by any means and you’ll be certain to be given the appropriate credit.
And like I said before, you get to help me with every thing. Also, chances are you’ll get some free goodies with your craftsmanship all over it.
Taking a little time to reorganize and refocus. Sorry that the store has been unavailable for the past couple of weeks. Working on updating the inventory selection and getting a sweetsweet professional photo shoot organized. I wanted some fall foliage in the shoot but I forgot that MA doesn’t have the same colors as my hood in NH. Or maybe just a little behind. Either way that is in the works.
Also working out the details for an annexed line of Tall Tees. These are not available in organic cotton or at least not for a price that we’d be willing to pay. Going to keep most of the designs the same or very similar, I just need to make sure that it’s made well aware that these are not organic. But snowboarders love em!
The OG himself (me) is back at school now. I’m working hard academically and just as hard to provide KisP’s newly established motto, “Simple Streetwear with a Powerful Purpose” to the world. Recently released the new line of tees. You asked for some color, KisP decided to brighten up your life. KisP is about simplicity and enjoying and protecting the simple things in life. The current fad is all about crazyyy birhgt 80’s style colors and very busy graphics. Not at KisP. We go against the grain and focus on what is important; comfortable clothing that delivers a message without getting in your face about it. We started with simple white tees and black ink to get our name out there. Now we’ve hand picked some nice colors to add some variety.
Our fall collection will most likely also be considered our winter collection. Might add a few new color options to spice up the spring. Our newest expansion for the the coming months with be printing beanies and headbands(early 2011) and then working on some polo-style shirts and tank tops for the spring and summer months. Available for both guys and girls and you better believe they’ll be organic. The beanies and headbands aren’t organic yet, but I’m looking hard and won’t make these available for sale until I find some. I’m pretty sure they are made out of polyester so I’ll look for something with a little recycled material to it.
HOMETOWN HOLLA: Shout out to Al Deezy from the 603eezy. Check out his newest edit and a couple of shots he’s got on the KisP Facebook page.
SUPERSUPERSPECIAL OF THE (every other)WEEK: Introducing our newest promotion! Every other Tuesday will be one of the following 12Dollar Tuesdays, 20Dollar Tuesdays or 30Dollar Tuesdays.
12Dollar Tuesdays: One tee will be reduced down to $12. $2 from every sale will be donated to a foundation who supports the environment.
20Dollar Tuesdays: One Crew-Style sweatshirt will be available for $20. $2 from every sale will be donated to a foundation who supports the environment.
30Dollar Tuesdays: One Hooded Sweatshirt will be available for $30. $2 from every sale will be donated to a foundation who supports the environment.
ALSO, FashionablyFree Fridays will happen when I’m feelin’ real good. Buy one get ones, buy a hoodie get a tee, buy two get ones. Who knows what’ll be up my sleeve.
Hope that’s enough to keep you occupied. Go do some good. As always, feel free to contact me at any time. Note; Friday and Saturday nights not recommended but if you insist…
So finally I’ve gotten things in order. All the new tees are printed up and just need to have their pictures taken. I’m about halfway through so this weekend everything should be finalized. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to put my pretty lady to work and get some model shots so y’all can see what these sick tees look like on someone. I hope everyone is as pumped as I am. Got a whole line up of color tees, long sleeve tees, hoodies, crew necks, and zip hoodies. Still got a ton of bandanas available and I’ll be continuing to develop the tall tees for all those who want some added steez. Beanies and headbands are the next thing to come for this fall/winter.
Anyone like the idea of a release party? I sure do. Don’t know where or when but I always love gettin a good crew together and just enjoyin each others’ company and partyin like there’s no tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted.
just out of curiosity, do you guys sell sweatshirts or what? i've seen a few people rocking them, and i would love to get my hands on one!
Coming soon…just need to get a few more things in order. If there’s a design that you’d like to see on a sweatshirt, you can custom order one. It’s only $5 more than what you will see on the website and you get to pick from our available colors both for the sweatshirt and the design on the sweatshirt. Otherwise the new goodies should be up real soon and I can get back to you so you know when to check. Hope this helps!
Been a while since I’ve written up something nice for viewing pleasure but there really hasn’t been a whole lot going on. Since the college semester just ended, I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to do nothing and think about nothing and it certainly been nice. If you think about it, the second you get a part time job in high school, you really don’t have any time to yourself anymore. Any school vacation turns into an opportunity to work some more. So for the first time in about four or five years, this two+ week span to do a little bit of nothing and spend time with the first lady and the homies had been fantastic.
But just because I’ve been maxin and relaxin doesn’t mean there isn’t anything in store for the ballin KisP Clothing Company. I’ve got six to ten new prototype tees I’ve been working on. I think the actual number is seven but I might be able to get more out of what I have. I’m a magic maker so I’ll make sure there’s some good stuff comin out.
Second big thing is the color tee re-release. The only reason for straight up white tees was a starting point. That and a nice clean white tee is always in style; especially with a KisP logo on it. So expect all the current tees with a color option (maybe even two) and some of the new tees with a hint of color to them.
Coming up later on in the summer, long sleeve tees and KisP is bringin back the crew neck sweatshirt. I might throw in some hoodies but crew necks are sick. Buy one when I get them together and you’ll see what I mean.
The 27th annual Harvard Square MayFair was yesterday as many of you know and KisP was there hustlin’ and bustlin’. It was easily one of the nicest days of the year and it was great having everyone around. Although it did not go as well as intended, the experience gained from this is invaluable and cannot push KisP further. Every day as a new day. And every day is a day to learn something new. Take the time to think about what you learn each day. You might be surprised at your realization.
It’s time for KisP to stand true to its foundation and continue to progress forward. While the white tees are never going to go away, some colors tees are going to come into play possibly by the end of the month into early June. Expect a few re-released tees as well as some brand spankin new designs for your wearing pleasure. For later in the summer, expect a couple hoodies and crew neck sweatshirts available. Maybe some longsleeves too.
MayFair is official now. May 2nd in Cambridge, MA; Harvard Square to be exact. Be sure to come check out my booth and show some love. This is the first time KisP has ever been at an expo/show/festival so naturally I’m super stoked. Got an arsenal of tees and I’m almost done printing them for the show.
Big new change is I am switching to AMERICAN APPAREL. It only seemed right given the amount of organics used by KisP. Now the tees are American made and environmentally friendly. New price will be $20 but maybe I’ll keep the intro price up for a little longer. The tees are unisex so they might be a bit big for the GIRLS but they’ll shrink up real nice for you. The smalls do look a bit big so there should be some x-small in the mix soon.
This new site is pretty rad I’d say. Big bold header. All the important links. Notice the lighter colored main section. Lighter colors require less energy to run on the server thus reducing KisP’s impact without much effort. Bet you didn’t know that. Still the main reason for switching things up a bit is I missed blogging and talking to everyone. Even if no one reads this it still makes me happy to get the info out there.
Hope to see some familiar faces on May 2nd. If anyone is in the Boston area you should come check it out. MayFair is going to be fun either way so it’s a good excuse to get outside and enjoy the finer things in life.
By the time anyone reads this, this will mostly likely be a bit of old news since this site won’t be launched until the beginning of May. Nonetheless, I’ve gone through about five different websites now and none of them ever seem to have what I’m looking for completely. I’ve decided that I wasted money going through a hosting company when all I need is this Tumblr site and Storenvy. These two social networking sites have absolutely everything I need; a store and a place to connect with everyone. I’ve just been using Storenvy which is great but unless I’m directly connecting with someone else on that site, outside users I feel are being neglected. This is why I’ve decided to incorporate Tumblr into the schematics. Through Tumblr,I have a blog again (!!!) and I can connect more with those who are interested in what KisP and yours truly has to say. Hopefully this system works out because I really like what I’m seeing. Another great feature of Tumblr is I can change the looks of the site quite often with great ease. Oh boy I’m excited.