I met R.J., the owner and founder, of Pur3ly Root3d Clothing in 2010 when I launched Million Monkey. R.J. has been a mentor to me and always helps me with ideas and concepts. The word on the streets is that he is like the Godfather of clothing brands here in San Antonio! Check out our interview with him. R.J. thanks for taking some time out of your schedule to talk with us! Please introduce yourself and your brand for our friends and fans that may not know you? Word, Thanks for the interview! Well, most people call me RJ, as you just did, my government name is Ryan Johnson ssshhh don’t tell anyone. I am the owner and founder of the lifestyle brand Pur3ly Root3d. We’ve been around now for just under 7 years and we do cool shit. One of my favorite hashtags is #FREEKINGTUSK ,who is King Tusk, how do we free him, and how does the tree relate to Pur3ly Root3d? King Tusk is our mascot! He represents the 3 principles our company was founded on. Knowledge – because an elephant never forgets, Strength – because well he’s an elephant, and Unity – because elephants travel in herds as a family unit and that’s how we roll as a family. The hashtag #FREEKINGTUSK initially started out as a joke to get me or anyone in our crew
This week we interviewed San Antonio based model, Nikki Love! I met Nikki at a photo shoot I had set up by Caycie Smith of Honey Images for our custom bamboo jewelry line we launch last summer. Check out her interview: Please introduce yourself? My name is Nikki Love and I’m a San Antonio based model. How long have you been modeling? I’ve been in the industry for about 4 years. What drew you to the modeling industry? As a little girl I would always watch the Vicky secret fashion shows and I would fall in love with all the models. Modeling is just something that I always knew I would do. Who are a few of your favorite designers? MILLION MONKEY…hello lol Where was your funnest photo shoot? I would have to say that my best shoot would have to be the one with Honey Images! Everything went as planned and that is very rare for me!! Who are your inspirations? I try to channel my inner Marilyn Monroe. I’m in love with her!!! Where would you like your career to take you? I’m very grateful for all the success that my career has given me. And only God knows where it will take me, but im ready for anything… Any shout outs? Thank you to all the Luv bugs out there that support me every day!!!! How can
Here is your chance to WIN a BRIM “On My Grizzly” Snapback. All you have to do to enter is follow both BRIM and Million Monkey Clothing on Facebook and share the photo below on your wall. On Monday, January 14, 3013 we will pick a random winner from the people who follow us and have shared the picture on their wall. Also, D. Wang is willing to customize the snapback for FREE if you win! Good LUCK!
Here is the second installment of the 4 Walls project from Josh Springer. Third Label x Million Monkey!
I am a little behind on this, but better late then never!! 2010 came and went extremely fast and it included excitement, learning experiences, networking, new friends, and many more. Million Monkey officially hit the scene in March at SneakerPalooza held by Julio and Fabby Rodriguez of Sole Boutique. I had already been marketing Million Monkey Clothing and met Sole Junkie online. I decided to fly him out to attend the event and made a friend and mentor for life! I met a few other influential people at SneakerPalooza who I call my FRIENDS today. Those friends are Trung and the crew at LoyalKNG, John Southee with Kaught Looking, and Ha with Fur Face Boy. The next event up for Million Monkey was the Low Low Car Show at Camargo Park at the end of March. It was at this event that I met 98.5 THE BEAT’s very own Xavier the Freakin Rican, freestyle genius Ray C, and DJ Robbie Rob. After this initial meeting Xavier, Ray C, and Robbie Rob have all showed Million Monkey love and support! At the Low Low Car Show I teamed up with the Audio Renegades to set up shop and network with customers and fans. Next up for Million Monkey was a month that saw me posted up in a hospital bed for a few days with surgery on my eye. Only good thing
As all good stories start, I was at a friend’s house drinking around the table with good company. As we started to get a good buzz, one of the girls at the table kept talking about this person who kept making her mad at work. She worked for a watch company and a lot of her external contacts were from China. This guy, who I am assuming adopted an American first name, was Dicky Wang. As the night went on, she kept saying “Damn you Dicky Wang!!!!” It became the catch phrase of the evening and for some strange reason it stuck with me. I remember saying to my friends, “I am going to start a clothing line and I am going to be Dicky Wang!” Low and behold, here we are about 3 years later and I am still THAT guy!! It’s funny because a friend of a friend gave one of my “Ethnology” tees (first brand I started) to Wilmer Valderama when MTV’s Yo Mamma was popular, and he thought Dicky Wang was such a cool name to brand! (Just so you know Wilmer wore my shirt during a UFC event!!!) My personality is so wacky and fun, I thought the name fit me perfectly. I am half Thai and half caucasian, so the Dicky is for the good ‘ole boy in me and Wang for the Asian side.
A few years back I met this young kid, who worked at a bank and claimed he was a good DJ. As time went on we became good friends and I came to find out he was actually a very good DJ. He goes by the name of DJ Dnyce and represents the Black Gorilla DJs. Dnyce has supported both of my clothing lines Ethnology and now Million Monkey. We most recently met up with Dnyce after the Jamboree III Pool Party to catch up with him and find out what was new. MMC: Hey Dnyce, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us! DN: no problem thanks for taking time to talk to me MMC: First and foremost, I have seen you all over the place lately, what’s your next project? DN: I have a few projects in the works like The Manhattan Project, Texas Flood Season II, R&B in This Club II, Jamboree pool party series, Front Street Magazine, and a few other projects that I cant discuss yet MMC: I did the very first Jamboree Pool Party with you a few years ago, and it has grown into a big event. What are your future plans for the Jamboree and why do you host them? DN: That very first Jamboree in 2008 was great LOL! Hopefully we can turn the Jamboree into