I was recently having a conversation with my girlfriend about how I would like to organize a "meet up" of people of color in tech and creative industries here in Denver. There is no denying that Denver is having a tech boom and it would be an honor to meet other people of color who are participating in it. I was very happy to find a platform that puts that same idea on a larger scale. People of Craft is a platform that showcases creatives of color all over the world, redefining what a creative looks like. You might find the person to help you on that one ongoing project you have or your next friend, business partner, or even significant other via the site.
Skateboarding and all of its far-reaching cultural impact remain such an important part of my life because of how it summarizes a time, place, and people. Growing up on “Epicly Later’d” and old 411VM videos, I’ve been conditioned to be more attracted to those details in setting and character than some of the actual skating. Part of what has given skateboarding staying power is its archived monuments like EMB, The Brooklyn Banks, and the people that were there. “Trap Hill” is a video by artist and skateboarder Scotty Zaletel, a Las Vegas native who moved to Denver and documented the summer of 2015 and all of its character. The idea behind Trap Hill was to film a video with a collective of skaters all within the confines of Denver’s capitol hill neighborhood. The daily routine of filming for trap hill went beyond skating and getting clips to really define a period of time for Denver’s artists, musicians, students, skaters, and all of the people who spent their days and nights in this neighborhood. More importantly, the goal of the video was intended to recapture the fun of skateboarding you might have had or missed out on as a kid. Staying out from sunrise well past sunset it brought the skate community and all of its contemporaries together in a way I hadn’t seen before. Videos like “Trap Hill” serve to archive a special time, place, and people and I’m always proud to have been a part of it.
I'll be honest, I got into Elon Musk not long ago. I have become really interested in purchasing a Tesla (hopefully sometime in the next 4 years) that I finally decided to give in and look into the brilliance of Elon. I knew Elon was an extraordinary individual simply by knowing his resume but listening to this man speak about ideas is very inspiring. I believe in people and a people like Elon justify my beliefs so much more than what I could explain. I know it's a lengthy interview but after watching it once, you'll come back to it ... I have! At least once a week since I first watched it.
"I am not trying to be anyone's saviour, I'm trying to think about the future and not be sad" - Elon Musk