When you start a blog and put yourself out there, you at first feel a sense of trepidation about how you might be perceived. But one of the first comments I received really put me at ease knowing that strangers would understand what I’m about:
“The commitment to the tattoos is obviously beyond the norm … but he doesn’t let them become his look.” - Paul
I’m always going to get comments and remarks about my tattoos. To be honest I don’t care if they’re positive or negative because in the end, they are personal and meaningful to me. I don’t need to show the world they are there, I already know.
One of my most meaningful tattoos I have is “SELF MADE” across my upper knuckles. Yes I know a lot of people have it and that’s fine but I hope they have it for similar reasons. We don’t get to choose where we are born or to whom but it’s our decision to learn, progress and move forward. I hope that if I have failed, I have learned from my mistakes. Self made is doing it the hard way and coming out on top and once your there you don’t stop but you keep going, even if you get knocked back down.
Tattoos come in different shapes, styles, forms and with different meanings and to be able to look at them as a reminder of victory is the greatest feeling of strength and drive to keep going.
Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.
Illustration by Oslo Davis.
Sophia meet uncle Klaus, he has kindly offered to drive you home..
Somebody punch this guy.
Better not. Have you seen any of Statham’s movies?
The Man Who Thrifted A Ferrari
Who’d have thought you could thrift a Ferrari?
Matthew R. is an inveterate thrifter. He says he works seventy hours a week, and he’s been buying and selling second-hand clothes since 1998. Not long ago, he started a consignment service, Luxeswap, and not only do their auctions often crop up in our eBay picks, but I’ve personally trusted him to consign a number of clothes in the past. He’s one of the best menswear sellers on eBay. But truly: I had no idea.
This week, Matthew bought a Ferrari. With thrift store money.
Here’s how it happened…
Matthew started thrifting in the late nineties, and quickly learned that when he found something good that didn’t fit him, he could sell it on eBay and make a little dough. The first item was an Emporio Armani sportcoat. It sold for fifty bucks. Like most of us, Matthew took the extra money and spent it on clothes and small indulgences.
In 2007, he read a book called One Red Paperclip. It was written by a man, Kyle MacDonald, who traded a paperclip for a pen for a doorknob for a camping stove and on and on for a year until he had traded for a new house. Matthew thought: how could I turn my own little hobby into something special?
So he started a savings account.
His business money went into a business account. His personal money – the money from his own personal purchases – went into the savings account. And year after year, that money grew.
Then, last week, he took the money and bought a Ferrari.
Matthew says: “This car was born of things that nobody else wanted. Things that people discarded. I wanted to be able to say I thrifted a Ferrari. And I did.”
A genuinely remarkable achievement.
Happy Birthday Keith!
You are missed.
If you haven’t read Keith Haring’s Journals I suggest doing that immediately. He is missed.
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“Learn the difference between a man who flatters you and a man who compliments you. A man who spends money on you and a man who invests in you. A man who views you as property and a man who views you properly. A man who lusts after you and a man who loves you.”
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~William Faulkner
thinkingwins replied to your photo: Sofia, as captured by @silly72 this morning down…
you like the strap instead of using a saddle bag? do you use CO2 or a pump?
I much prefer this set-up to the FRED saddle bags.
I don’t carry much:
- CO2 + adaptor
- 2 x tyre leavers
- emergency $ $
In my jersey is a hand pump.