I love Michael!!! Enjoy our Style Focus interview below!
Q: Tell us about you, your skateboarding, your photography, etc
A: Well my name is Michael and I have a passion for skateboarding and photography, I like to think of myself as an overall friendly person. I enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people even though I'm a quiet person when it comes to first impressions. I don't care what negative people have to say about me just as long as I know who and what I am then I have nothing to worry about. Since I was little I always played Tony Hawk Underground Skateboarding and I really loved it! So I guess from there is when it all started! I love skateboarding with all my heart and I have deep passion for it and having friends who share the same views makes it all the more greater! My favorite thing is heights, I love being in the air and I love skating off the biggest thing I can find. My motto is "Don't think, just do!" and if I get hurt I can either walk away or use that pain as motivation and keep going until I land the trick! From there was when I started to do photography, I wanted to keep memories of my friends and the times we shared so I began taking photos. Although that is how it started my views for photography started to change. Rather than just friends I wanted people to see the world through my eyes so photography became its own separate hobby for me.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I describe my style as just me, I don't think I fall into any particular category. I jump around and my style will always change. One day I would wear all black, the next I could wear button ups with a tie. I describe my style as my mood and who I am. If I feel like dressing dark and putting in my contacts then that's what Ill do, if I feel like being colorful then so be it.
Q: Where do you live and how does this influence your style?
A: I live in Raleigh NC, although my house resigns in Raleigh its actually the boarder line of Raleigh/Garner. I think where I live played a really big part on influencing my style. Almost everyone here dresses the same and I don't like it. I want to be different by being myself! I feel that everyone here is too focused on being different that they're all ending up being the same. So where I lived helped me with staying to myself and being just Michael!
Q: What music are you listening to?
A: At the moment I am listening to this Japanese band called BabyMetal, I have no idea what they're saying but I really like it! My genre in music differs depending on my mood, but I don't listen to country or gospel. If its not loud and energetic then I doubt I would like it!
Q: What are some of your favorite brands?
A: Oh my I have a lot! My favorite brands are Pac Sun, H&M, Killstar clothing, Urban Outfitters, Modern Amusement, Underated, Acid Reign, Karmaloop, Endless Grind, Stylelazy, Black Craft, and why of course Tribe!
Q: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
A: Hmmm my views in 5 years could go one or two ways, I see myself going on tour and playing shows with my band if we start to get well known and if not I see myself owning my own photography studio.
Q: What's the most outrageous thing you have ever done?
A: Wow Ive done a bunch of outrageous stuff before. I think one of the craziest things I've done (that's appropriate to say) is that I once jumped off a roof on my skateboard in a attempt to land it... and the outrages part would be that Ive done it multiple times after I have failed. If that's not the most outrageous thing Ive done then it would probably be skating while holding onto the back of someones car going 25mph down hill. It might not seem scary when you're in a car but when outside on a skateboard knowing that if you hit one little rock your life would probably be over and you can kiss your face goodbye!
Q: Why is style important to you?
A: Style is very important to me because it helps one express themselves without words. I go to a school where I have to wear uniform and its a pain because I cant express myself so I try to bend the rules and find loopholes. Style shows individuality and what you like! It helps draw people in with similar taste and it shows people your color.
Q And finally, what's your advice (about anything) to other young people in the world?
A: My advice to young people and people in general is just do what you love! There's a lot of people in this world who are trying to be different but if everyone is trying to be different then everyone is the same! Be yourself and do what you want to do because no one is originally the same. Stay true to who you are!
Although Tribe is mostly girl stuff I really like the Lobo Ranglan. I think the sleeves are really cool and the design of it in general is amazing!