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American Apparel T-shirt and suspenders; Ksubi jeans; Ben Sherman belt; Dr. Martens boots; Beneath the Roses jewelry(throughout).

From The Desk of Craig Owens…

These days I see so many jaded musicians living amongst the world of rockers, and it truly bums me out. It’s not that I have never seen these people before—I grew up in the music scene of Flint, MI, where “jaded” is considered borderline positive—but I personally vow to never become one of them. And you shouldn’t either.

I consider myself to be living a dream life. Back in my junior year of high school I had a friend named Chris who was an upperclassman. We would ride around the back roads of Davison, MI, in his maroon beater rocking The Ataris’ “San Dimas High School Football Rules,” among many other songs, screaming along to every word in the car. That song changed who I was just like the tattoos on my skin. Eight years later I got invited to sing that very song with The Ataris at Warped tour ’09.

After driving around and listening to the music that made us who we were at the time (individuals among a crowd of kids begging to fit in), we would hang at his place and watch Kevin Smith movies, the entire collection—Clerks to Mallrats and so on. Then, 10 years later I get asked to be in K-11, a movie with none other than Jay himself, Jason Mewes (who, by the way, is a super kind individual). For the role they asked me not to cover up any of my tattoos—they wanted [what they] lent to my character and they wanted everyone to see them.

The point of these stories is not to brag, but to inspire. I see far too many jaded individuals, who I believe are much too young to be feeling this way. It’s not the new “cool.” Please don’t think that being an asshole, or judging anyone else’s taste in music, or the music that they create, will get you anywhere in this world. You just look like that creepy boy or girl at the show in the corner with his or her arms crossed, pouting.

I’m just trying to share with you that I am living proof that a random, small-town kid from Davison, MI, with half the talent necessary to “make it,” can make his dreams come true simply by working hard, persevering, and, most of all, not taking a single moment of it for granted. You don’t have to be the best at what you do; you just have to want it the most.

American Apparel tank top; Levi’s jeans; Ben Sherman belt.

Mango cardigan; Ksubi jeans; Ben Sherman belt; American Apparel socks; Dr. Martens shoes.

WeSC jeans.

Topshop suit jacket; J & Company shirt; Ben Sherman tie; Ksubi jeans; Ben Sherman belt; Converse by John Varvatos sneakers.

Zanerobe T-shirt.

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