Archive for June, 2009

The Latest: Lupe Fiasco

In ode to Lupe Fiasco very indirectly adding to the success of my blog, I feel it’s very appropriate to write a new Lupe article or update… I haven’t written one in awhile.

TrillyandTruly.com

There’s not Too much to say, everything is pretty straightforward… he has a clothing line called Trilly & Truly (video below) and he’s working on new music for his upcoming album (“Fire” is dope).

And that concludes the latest… of the greatest…
lupe THE fiasco :)

fan art from lupefiasco-lupend.blogspot.com

for more info on Lupe, check out The Lupe Fiasco Show.
(top photo from 944 magazine)

One Year Ago…

It’s been a year since The Urban Gentleman first hit the scene… and I honestly can’t believe it, time really does fly! I put out my first article on June 10th, but I got my first “big break” (well it was more of a little break) on June 23rd when I got a shout-out on lupethefiasco.blogspot.com. They mentioned my “Lupe Style: The Style of Lupe Fiasco” article… and that’s when the buzz slowly started to grow.

Then about a month or so after that my blog slowly began to rise as one of the top male fashion blogs… its hard to believe that I went from having 4 or 5 random readers to thousands each day– that’s alot of pressure. But you all have supported me the whole way and I adore you for it. I wanted to go through all the old emails to give specific names of people who have supported since the beginning, but I realized that would take forever and I have a ton of emails that I haven’t even read and need to reply back to… the few I can think of of the top of my head- Alija Harrison (one of the original die hard fans, he even wrote a couple articles), Leslie Garry, Andre Tisch, Ashley Lee, my avid young urban gent readers like Herbert Murray, my newer hardcore fans like Antonio, and of course all the editors of magazines who have sent me stuff (GQ, Details, Men’s Vogue, etc)… I just want to send out my sincerest gratitude to each person who has supported and told others about The Urban Gentleman- you’re really awesome! Oh and I can’t forget to thank those who have done articles about me or The Urban Gentleman (like this one).

The Urban Gentleman is continually growing, we’ll remix some things this year, and maybe introduce some new features (who knows)… there’s just sooooo much more to come (eventually) and I just hope you guys stick around to see :)

Father’s Day: What Do You Really Want?

Father’s Day is around the corner and I know alot of ladies come here when trying to figure out what to get you guys, so I figured instead of me making a random list of potential Father’s Day gifts it’d be better if you guys just gave suggestions, sooooo…

What Would You Guys Like to Receive for Father’s Day?

(all ideas are welcome, even from future fathers)

Do you really like receiving tools and ties, or would you prefer an ipod or a few of your favorite dvds? Maybe a great home cooked meal with all your favorite dishes?

SKater STyle: Jereme Rogers and Terry Kennedy, Guide to Dressing like a Skater King

First, let me start out by saying I think skaters are cool– they just are. I had a friend who dated a skater once… a few times last year we went to Union Square (New York) and watched her bf and his friends skate (in this randomly blocked off area). It was fun and the guys were really chill. It seems to me that skaters are the new “rockstars” of sorts… they’re cool, get loads of cash from sponsors, everyone wants to be like them, and the list goes on. There are alot of great skaters out there: Jereme Rogers, Terry Kennedy, Paul Rodriguez, Stevie Williams, Ryan Sheckler, etc etc. But today I will only focus on two of the “skater kings”: Terry Kennedy and Jereme Rogers.
For those who aren’t versed on the skater world- you may know Terry Kennedy from his dramas with ex girlfriend Angela Simmons- yeah Rev Run’s daughter. And Jereme Rogers well his recent mushroom shenanigans has lot of people shaking their heads laughing, but you also may have seen have him hanging with rockstars like Travis Barker on occasion.

Quicky Bios:
Name: Jereme Rogers
Hometown: Boston
Years in the game: Four (pro)
Signature trick: Backside flip

Name: Terry Kennedy
Hometown:Long Beach, California
Years in the game: Seven (pro)
Signature trick: Fakey stuff down handrails

I think it goes without saying that the typical skater style is… the stereotypical hip-hop style. I say stereotypical because these days most categorical “hip-hop” artist dress preppy or “urban prep” or they just do their own thing- which could mean wearing suits or dressing like a nerd. The baggy jeans, graphic tees, fitted hat, and bling bling can truly only be seen in movies or tv shows, on certain rappers, and on skaters kings.
Up first…. Jereme Rodgers:




Jereme reminds me of some of the guys I went to high school with. He just seems like he’s really laid back and always up to have a good time.

Terry Kennedy







Terry is seemingly one of the freshest skaters alive with his blinged out grills, chains, and he even has his own line of shoes and apparel- TK Fly Society by Supra. His shoes have been worn by the Fall Out Boys, Lil Wayne, Heidi Klum, and Souljah Boy just to name a few.


Overall, to get their looks it doesn’t take too much:

graphic tee + baggy jeans + fitted hat + fresh kicks (Supra) + blinged out necklace = The Pro Skater Look

Popular brands among pro skaters range, but they usually wear the threads of their endorsers plus whatever they feel is hot: DVS Shoes and apparel, Supras, Fly Society, KR3W clothing, Famous Stars and Straps, BBC, Nike SB, Nixon watches, RS by Sheckler, New Era fitted hats

Where to buy these brands? … they all have a website.




Both guys along with buddy Paul Rodriguez have a website called SK8SITE (go figure). And on it it has everything a skater fan could possibly want… videos, photos, event info, etc etc.

So what’s your take on skater style?

The Stylish Progression From Boy To Man

I believe there comes a time in every young man's life- in which he must answer the pinnacle question: "Am I ready to be a man?"

When answering this he must consciously think about his past — and what the future could possibly bring. He must ask himself "Am I sincerely ready to travel and be on my own like those before me– (insert names of great men that inspire you, fictional or real)". Ready to tell mom and dad, "It's okay, I can handle it." Ready to face it when he has to cut out Friday nights at Stats or Pink Pony because the insurance on the brand new Audi just isn't going to pay for itself.

And just as he asks himself these questions about life's essentials, he must also ask himself the same about another "life category" that actually, even if not admittedly, is as important. Just as there is a time in which his actions must ripen from boyish to manly– as must his style develop from the worlds to his own. It is quite hard to know when that time has come. The decision to buy a house, buy a car, or even to get married comes more naturally to most men, than to decide that "I must now own my look, my own style."

The truth is, most men never own up or develop it. They progress from immaturity to dignified maturation while always missing one element that few are able to acquaint themselves with. Many become great men, distinguished, erudite men, but not quite embodying the maximum meaning of those words because he lacks the complete essence of it.

Those before you who took the important leap did so because they felt it necessary to grow into manhood– at it's entirety. It is a complex situation– to decide what style, what look, will sum you up. To figure out what people will see of you before you mutter the simplest word. As you walk through Whole Foods, figuring out where they stash the Bolthouse smoothies– what one second summary will the girl restocking the oranges think? As the red double decker full of tourist pass you while you're off 42nd and 6th– what will be their impression of the true new yorker as they gaze upon you?

And as I ask, you must ask– travel deep into the depths of who you are and decide. Do you wish to present an outward image that fully reflects your personality? Or do you wish to be true to yourself while yet knowing that providing those on the outside with a particular reflection will only enhance your current position– be it financial, emotional, or simply artificial (in the many ways it can be)? The choice is yours…

It requires reflection, perhaps a long overdue visit to the men who have come before you– fathers, grandfathers, great uncles. Maybe it takes you finally releasing what will make "her" like you and focusing on what will make "you" like you… while hoping she sticks around for the progression.

For some, this journey, this leap, this step happens naturally– happening between 24-30 (lucky bastards). While for others, because of life's circumstances, late 30s, 40s, and midlife crisis's will induce a band-aid pull effect– this change will be sudden, very quick and fast. But for you, because you were smart enough to be on this particular site and read this particular article on this day, you have the delighted and highly coveted– choice.

You can choose to further peruse in a stagnated manhood, silently chuckle because you semi-arrogantly but mainly pridefully have already become a man and developed your own style, or you can begin this journey. Flip the coin, roll the dice, choose from the petals of a flower if you wish… I suggest that maybe, just maybe it is time to become an, Urban Gentleman.

If It’s Not One, It’s the Other: The Urban Gentleman Duo

Soooo, basically there’s 2 Urban Gentleman Blogs these days.

There’s this one and this one, so if I haven’t posted on this one in awhile chances are I’ve posted something on the other (just maybe).

So if you want go check out the other Urban Gentleman.

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