You could say Phil was the plug. That was the way in.
A chat with Eddie and Phil soon turned into lunch with Francisco. He was a super rad guy. I gave him a run down of where I was at in life; I told him about interning at The Hundreds, working as Jr. Product Designer at The Bumbag Co. and of course about Emanon. He was genuinely interested in my little design career.
We went our separate ways after lunch, but I continued to admire from afar.
Flash forward a year, and I find out Never Made is doing a collaboration with one of the biggest streetwear brands in the world: Obey.
As a designer, you dream about opportunities like that, but few get to see it play out.
I drove 2 hours with my girlfriend and a few friends to the release party. No way was I going to miss it. Free tattoos, free beer and Shepard Fairey on the 1’s and 2’s. Doesn’t really get better than that. The turn out was insane. Shoulder to shoulder crowds of people admiring Cisco’s art and merch; Obey bags in one hand, their free beer in the other.
I was stoked to see Cisco getting the recognition he deserves. We went to congratulate him, and were met with high fives and hugs all around. He just had the biggest smile on his face, and the fact that he remembered me made it a thousand times cooler.