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Sawadee kop ⚡️ . How is everyone doing?? Excited and grateful to have new humans to share the journey with, thank you! 🙏🏼 . I’ve been working on a lot of HH related stuff under the radar - lots of art, lots of words, and LOTS of movement.⚡️ . Fellow #hh @pmarra is helping me edit the footage I shot years ago in Thailand, and it looks dope. I went over there thinking I was a tough guy, that I had something to prove and something to fight for. I came away from that journey so humbled by the #humanheroes that fight because they have to, to survive. Im super excited to share it with you all.⚡️ . In the meantime, here are a few shots from my most recent trip to Thailand @bababeachclub. Bang and I got some pad-work in on the beach with this beautiful sunset in the background. All captured by @peduckk. And also, it’s hard to tell but I’m wearing these hyper-mobile shorts from @rhone that I took with me on the journey. Stay tuned #humanheroes and much love.💙 #keepmoving #movementformentalhealth #movebecauseyoucan
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“Then his lungs seemed to open up again, each breath going deeper than the one before. His sneakers (not blinding white Adidas, just ratty old Pumas) seemed to shed the lead coating they had gained. His previous lightness of body came rushing back. It was what Milly had called the following wind, and what pros like McComb no doubt called the runner's high. Scott preferred that. He remembered that day in his yard, flexing his knees, leaping, and catching the branch of the tree. He remembered running up and down the bandstand steps. He remembered dancing across the kitchen floor as Stevie Wonder sang "Superstition." This was the same. Not a wind, not even a high, exactly, but an elevation. A sense that you had gone beyond yourself and could go farther still.” -Stephen King ⚡️ . . Life is not a circle, but a spiral. If we are moving forward, any moment of familiarity or deja vu becomes a chance for us to evolve. We now see things from an elevated vantage point- a little higher, a little wiser. What at first feels like “I’ve been here before,” turns into “I’ve been here before and now I know exactly what to do.” ⚡️ #keepmoving #humanheroes
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Whatever words I can conjure up are going to fall short in describing how much I love you. You gave me life. You kept me safe. You watched me grow. You filled me with strength and let me go, into the world. 💙 . . I take with me a sensitivity that cleans my spirit. Empathy that has the power to lift others. A creativity that guides my life and gives me purpose. The will to never give up no matter how much it hurts. And the reminder that love is like the flowers, water it and it will grow. 💙 . . What I take with me, comes from you. So much of me, is you. I will be many things in this lifetime, I am most proud to be your son. Thank you momma I love you 💙 #mothersday #everydayismothersday #thanksmom
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Representing Brooklyn and channeling my inner cowboy (I’ve been playing a lot of the new Red Dead Revolver)! ⚡️ It’s been heavy here on Instagram #humanheroes. We are sharing our stories as authentically as we dare. We are collectively bringing awareness to mental health and mental illness as a unified truth of what it means to be human. This is good. This is progress. This is movement. ⚡️ I’m no stranger to posting a lot of personal stuff on here. I’m a story teller. The challenge is deciding what is too much. What is ‘too personal.? Will my words or stories negatively impact someone else’s day, or life? Authenticity shows up through everything we do. ⚡️ Let’s lighten it up #humanheroes! I wanna know what video games you guys are playing! What’s your favorite? What was the last video game you played? Got any suggestions? Let’s move and play in the other end of the spectrum where it’s sunny and bright and life is good. It’s gotta be hard sometimes, to remind us, to appreciate life when its fucking great. ⚡️ #movementformental #keepmoving #getoutside #movebecauseyoucan
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“The evening bell, solemn and bronze in the grandfather temple down the hill. Sounds dimly here. Slow beat of the mountains heart, perhaps, or determined pulse of pine tree(gift of birds) Growing out of a crotch of a slippery monkey tree. All one, perhaps— bell, mountain, tree and steady cicada vibratto and little white dog And quiet artist-priest, carver of Noh masks, Fashioning a bamboo crutch for the ancient peach tree— symbol of strength, symbol of concern. All cool under nodding crowns of the vertical forest. All seeking in this place, all finding in this place— hidden yet open to all— the spirit in the cedars heart. “ ‘Summer’ Sai sho-in Nanjenzi Temple - Kyoto Happy Earth Day #humanheroes. What are you doing to be of service to the great Green Kingdom? #natureisqueen #natureisking
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🖤💜❤️🧡💛💚💙 (I hoped there was a ninja emoji 🙃) @teamlab.planets #liveincolor #ninja #yogi #yogisofinstagram
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Exploring Itsukushima aka Miyajima was one of the many highlights of my trip. Sooo many highlights. I took a ferry from Miyamaguchi towards the famous orange tori gate that seemingly floats on the water. . ⛩ There were so many people that I opted to visit some local temples first and then hike up Mount Misen which had an incredible view of Hiroshima Bay. The whole island is home to hundreds, maybe thousands, of deer (shika) much like Nara. . 🦌 After the hike I was still overflowing with #goodvibes so I decided to get a flow in before running down the other side of the mountain. I didn’t notice how close I was to the edge until after filming. Sorry Mom. I love you. . 💙 I’m actually back home in New York with HeroFlow back on tomorrow. (Link in bio). The trip is going to continue through the content I’ve yet to share and I’m writing up a long blog post also about the entire trip. Thank you #humanheroes for joining me on the journey and I’m soooo excited to share more and more with you. This trip changed everything. #gratitude #japantrip #mountmisen #yogaflow #hiroshima 🎶 #thehumanexperience #theobrama
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“It doesn’t come easy, that clear line of distinction. You have to suffer to find it because how else would you know the difference? How could something feel so good without bitter afterthoughts when it fades. ⚡️ I promise, in time, it will come. The veil will be lifted. All the thrown stones will bounce off like pebbles. You will forgive what was unforgivable. Any attacks will prove futile because there will be no ammunition provided. ⚡️ You will have stopped confusing pain for love because you will have known both. Now that you’ve known both, you will fear neither. And when you fear neither, you are unstoppable.” #keepmoving #nofear #trusttheprocess #humanheroes #gratefulforitall 🙏🏼
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Travel is like living a whole life, condensed, into a short amount of time. A few days, a week, maybe a month. The stories and situations I thought I had all figured out have become exposed throughout this incredible journey I am currently on. I see and feel things that I couldn’t see or feel before. I process them. I release them. I feel at ease and I move forward. ⚡️ And I’ve been moving a lot... so far I’ve been through 10 cities in 10 days. Whoa. Wow. Really? Yeah, that’s accurate. I’ll start my day in one city, travel to another, and then finish in the third. I want to see, taste, touch, smell, hear, feel as much of this land as I can, and I’m grateful for every moment... including this quick flow I got in with my new @rhone shorts before Kojima-San told me it was time to check out. My feet hit the ceiling in my handstand.🤣 #tallpeopleproblems #im oteventhatttall #lifeisthejourney #ryokan #fuzukumiro #hakone #nippon
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“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” R.W.E . . Familiar flavors. New memories. And a whale shark spotting! 🐋 life is good #thankyou
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I have sooo much to share.... Beach. Diving. Whale shark! 🦈 Tokyo! Hokusai.🌊 Omikase! 🍣 Nikko. 🌲 Temples. ⛩ Nature. Speaking with trees and spirits.👺 But now, I’ve gotta get to bed. Tomorrow I visit the Ghibli Museum. 🐉 Let’s just say I’m in my element. 🐒 Sooo much good is coming from this journey #humanheroes. I’m looking forward to sharing more and more with you all! 💙
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There is something about traveling that allows you to see and accept things as they are not as we think they should be. The clouds of modern life tend to spread us further apart instead of connect us. All the experiences you’ve been through have brought you to where you are and there is no better place for you. Don Miguel Ruiz calls it the mitote, or the fog that blocks us from seeing ourselves as we really are - beings of light that are connected to all and exclude none. ⚡️ This trip is bringing all of this to the forefront of my awareness. Everything that at the time felt confusing and painful was a gift so I may better remove the walls that separate me from you. So I may better understand how my words and actions effect those around me while at the same time understand that not everyone is going to get me, like me, or understand what #humanhero is about. The space between the words, the journey between. I think that’s what life is really about, removing the layers of separation. ⚡️ Please, do what you need to do on your devices and then put it away. Put down your phone for a day, a week, maybe even a month and explore. Go somewhere you’ve never been, somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. There is so much to be found in silence and new experience. The massive moments of growth we experience as human beings don’t come from school, articles, degrees, or even books. They happen with our heads up and our hearts open. ⚡️ A friend recently posted something that unfortunately felt very true. “Remember when we used to say “BRB” all the time when we were online? We don’t say it anymore. We no longer leave. We live here now.” What is it that you’ve been putting off by burying yourself in your phone? What books have you been dying to read? Where have you always wanted to go? Who do you think about often and wonder how they are doing? Take risks! Be bold! Forgive often. Love the process. Keep moving! ⚡️🙏🏼 @bababeachclub
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I’m in a fancy, gold, honeycomb patterned private van driving me from my incredible stay at the @bababeachclub. I just finished meditating from a comfy cushioned seat. The sweet smell of Thailand filled the space around me. I thought to myself “I’m so lucky to be able to do this.” To travel. To dive. To go to Japan for a month. I’m so fucking lucky. ⚡️ I was overwhelmed with gratitude but it wasn’t a happy feeling. I wasn’t smiling. Tears weren’t welling up in my eyes as they tend to do when I’m washed with blessings. ⚡️ I felt undeserving. I felt like a fraud. I felt like I was being irresponsible for being here. Then I felt a strong sense of obligation to the people that I love and that love and support me. Family, friends, and all the human beings that have been part of my journey so far. The underserving feeling started to fade away and the gratitude took over again, gratitude for it all. ⚡️ For the Bluetooth earphones in my ear holes. For the green kingdom and the red/brown earth that frames my vision. For this happy man driving me to my next destination. For everything that came before, and everything that comes next. ⚡️ When you have faith, it’s much easier to move forward. For even the moments of doubt will one day become the missing pieces you were looking for. We are only here for so long and there is so much to see and experience. To feel undeserving of all the good in your life pulls you out of that good. Give yourself a few minutes of silence. A few minutes of just Being and the smile will follow. It always does. ⚡️ #gratitude #yoga #keepmoving #humanheroes #movementformentalhealth
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The journey to Japan has begun! I left New York around 6pm on Sunday and landed in Tokyo at 10pm the following day, Monday. From there, I hopped on another flight at midnight that put me in Bangkok around 7am on the 5th, followed by one more flight to Phuket. ⚡️ As soon as I stepped off the plane in Bangkok I was hit by that hot, humid, sweet smell that is native to Thailand. This place is very special to me and full of memories. Its my third time being here, my second time on my own. That familiar scent hugged me like an old friend almost saying welcome back, where have you been? That welcome continued when I arrived at the @bababeachclub , this amazing resort I’ll be staying at for the next few days. ⚡️ A lot of you have been asking me what it’s like to travel on my own. Sometimes, its amazing! Sometimes, like when I first arrived here, it was hard. The last time I was in Phuket, I was with a partner so a lot of memories were stirred up as I looked out over the sea. The last time I was here we dove and afterwards I stayed to film and train Muay Thai. I realize now how lucky I was to have a partner that enjoyed travel as much as I do and trusted me enough to stay here and film. After a few years, I’m finally getting a trailer together with the help of #humanhero @pmarra. I’m excited to share it with you #humanheroes soon! ⚡️ This resort is definitely made for couples 👫👭👬...but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed by a solo traveler. I think this can apply to anywhere. I made a last minute to decision to bring my spirit animal cards with me for some added insight and on the flight over I pulled the dragon card. The 🐉 represents courageous, visionary, awakened energy. “It’s almost as if we are traveling with a great friend inside of ourselves. Transformation is being breathed into every cell of your body.” (Continued....) ⚡️
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I had this big realization yesterday on the subway about what ‘human-hero’ really means. It is not the words, or even the ideas, that hold the meaning so much as the ( - ) in the middle. The space between the language. The movement across this little line of time that we are all given. That connecting thread that unites both but touches neither is where we want to balance. ⚡️ I’ve been sharing all these stories the last few weeks. I thought I’d be able to get through more of them but I stopped at my first trip to Thailand back in 2013. Since then, I’ve traveled to South East Asia two more times, along with Hawaii, Norway, Mexico, and all over the US. Prior to all of these trips, I had my first experience with another kind of journey - falling in and out of love. ⚡️ I spent a lot of time and energy trying to be on one end of the spectrum or the other. I see now all of that was part of the in-between. This trip is very much about honoring the artist, mover, and man I want to be while also saying goodbye to a previous life that I’m as grateful for now as when this photo was taken. I’m ready to write new stories. So to end this chapter, the words that really matter are Thank You 💙 #movementformentalhealth #keepmoving #humanheroes #lifeisthejourney
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must move . . be back tomorrow 🙂 . . #movementformentalhealth #priorities #rituals #prayer #humanhero
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⚡️Never forget where you come from. ⚡️ Thats what this photo makes me think about - where I came from. Where I’ve been. All the cool a$$ sh🗼t I’ve done. This story time with you all has reminded me of that. I have so much to be grateful for. Thank you for that. ⚡️Japan is right around the corner and I’m not ready. Not yet. There are some last minutes things to do and today Mother Nature reminded me who’s boss. The windstorm last night brought a tree branch crashing down onto my car. No one was hurt and that’s really all the matters. ⚡️Question for you #humanheroes. Ever have those crazy, unexplainable things happen right before a big trip, a new job, or any other life-changing moments that you’ve been prepping for your whole life? It feels like those gifts we all receive from the universe but in reverse. “How bad do you really want this? How much does it mean to you?” ⚡️ If I’m going to challenge what it means to be a human being. If I’m going to challenge what being a hero means. Then its only fair that I’m challenged even further. Feeling the challenge #humanheroes, feeling it. So instead of continuing on with these words, I’m going to share this ⚡️ Liono photo @byronlkeulemans shot in South Africa and then get my ass into a yoga class. So much to love you all. You help me #keepmoving. More challenges?? Bring em on! 🙃
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⚡️The summer of 2013 began with a trip that would change my life forever. I’d remember hearing incredible things about south east Asia from friends and co-workers. One of my favorite people and photographers Gabe shared his intinerary with me - waterfalls, temples, rolling mountains, street food, and some of the kindest people on the planet. Culture can’t exist without the people. New York is what it is because of the level of diversity that exists nowhere else. Living and working here, and even in LA, I had a very rigid view of what the rest of the world was like. Europe was different but only so much. The people above would teach me that happiness does not come from money, or material things - but from love, connection, and experience. This story is about them, in order of appearance. ⚡️I found this first munchkin while hiking through Sapa Vietnam. There is another post I put up a few months ago describing the Hmong - a nomadic people that live throughout south East Asia and other parts of the world. I asked this little one’s mother if I could pick her up and carry hear around the small village. Once she was up there she didn’t want to come down. She also insisted on sticking her fingers in either my mouth or hers pretty much the entire time we were together. ⚡️The Hmong woman in the second photo, and the two girls, hiked with us for hours. The woman is holding a little horse she made for me out of a fern. She folded this thing together in like 30 seconds. All the women and children that accompanied us were talented artists, often walking for hours, every day, to sell their wares. I signed up for a homestay - we would walk down through a beautiful valley of rice fields, cross a small river, and hike up the other side to stay with a family for the night. Somewhere along the journey I managed to rip a small hole in my dri-fit pants. When we stopped for lunch this woman kept asking me “give me your pants.” uh…. Excuse me? I thought I wasn’t hearing her correctly. “Give me your pants.” She kept repeating over and over, until she finally pointed at the hole and then mimed sewing them up. She sewed them up for me in 5 minutes…. I think I still have them.
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I lived in Koreatown but I really LIVED on the beach or in the sky - like a seagull. Movement has always been where I find peace. Eventually though you gotta supplement the physical practice with something that grounds you. I couldn’t fly all the time. But here, it was hard not to. LA was a playground for me. . Outwardly I was soaring - but internally I was seeking. I was moving constantly and my body was stronger than ever. I wanted to be those characters that inspired me as a kid - I wanted to look like them, move like them, pretend to be them without giving much thought to what it actually meant to be a hero. (Continued...) 📸 @wadleywadley
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In 2012, I bought a car, packed up the few material belongings I had, and drove cross country towards the ☀️ with friend Krystal. I’ve been chasing the ☀️ ever since (hence the squint). I lived between two separate households growing up, both parents moving often. Home always felt like transitory thing. Perhaps this is why its so hard for me to be in one place for too long, or to commit to a relationship or project. The in between - the moments in the middle of action and response - travel draws those moments out into an experience. Being in the car for long periods of time brings me peace. It literally is a moving meditation. . We started the trip in South Jersey and headed down to Nashville. (Hold on while I check a map) From there we made our way over and up into Arkansas where we stayed on a ranch of a client I had previously worked with. That night, as we were nearing the ranch, Kelly (the owner) mentioned if we hit the river we had gone too far and missed the turnoff. This was the first test Abilene ever got(my car got her name in Texas). Its was late and we were so eager to arrive that we zoomed down the rocky hill right into the water. Luckily my car managed to get us out and back up the hill. The next morning, a young couple that looked over ranch took us by horseback across the property - a valley that dipped down between two green mountains. What made this place so beautiful was its seclusion. There is soooo much space in the middle of the United States. From there, we began the long journey through Texas. Land……….. and road……. and land….. . The highlight was making it to White Sands New Mexico - these giant white dunes that transported you to the moon. We met a few guys and I pulled out my frisbee, along with my camera to grab a few shots of this amazing place. We continued on to Albuequre, which was full of character because of all the art. I bought a few things there, including the Blue Lady that we would serve as the ‘protector’ of my future home in LA. (Continued ⤵️⤵️⤵️)
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When I was 15 years old, I was waking up in the morning with these insane migraines. I’d roll out of bed, start to make my way to the bathroom, and either black out, my vision collapsing in on itself, or I’d make it to the bathroom and throw up. I didn’t know what was going on. My mom, who’s a doctor, couldn’t figure it out so I ended up going to see a neurologist. They took a MRI of my brain and we learned I had Arnold Chiari Malformation - part of my brain tissue extended into my spinal canal creating pressure that would cause these issues. I had surgery a few months, where they drilled away a section of my skull to create room for my brain to rest. . All of my tattoos tell a story, and as I share these stories with you, I’m being reminded how much Japanese culture has influenced me as an artist. Towards the end of college, I decided to get my spine tattooed, beginning on my scar at the base of my skull and making its way down to my sacrum. I have always worked with circles - visually and also physically with my movement practice. . The first photo is from one of my first runway shows, right before I moved to New York. A photographer surprised me with her camera and asked me a few questions about the circles running down my back. I told her these two stories below… . One of my favorite teachers has us drawing circles on newsprint for days. We had to work with our whole arm, extending from the shoulder all the way onto the page. One day, I was so frustrated that I asked Professor Dupree, ‘mannn, are we ever going to move on.” He came over and asked to see my circle. It was aight. He pulled his pencil from behind his ear and BAM! He asked me to measure it with a protractor. It was nearly perfect. He was teaching me about discipline. . I came across the Ensō circle during my Arts and History of Japan class at UArts. The definition of Ensō is as unique as the artist that creates it. It symbolizes strength, grace, balance and acceptance of imperfection as perfect. A zen saying goes “Do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself.” Aka do not mistake the teaching of enlightenment for enlightenment itself. (continued below..)
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2009 into 2010, I was commuting from Philadelphia to New York almost every day. I would wake up around 5am, get a workout in, and then hop on the MegaBus from one city to the other. Often time was so tight that I would change from my gym gear into proper ‘model wear’ for castings in a Starbucks bathroom. I’d usually head into my agency to get my castings for the day and then run all over the city meeting clients, sometimes doing test shoots with photographers. Sometimes I would crash on couches or floors because I had early castings the following day. . . And then this happened ^^^ and the grind got a little easier. Tony Duran requested to shoot me very early in my career, something I’m still very grateful for. All of the above, the traveling, long days, sometimes not getting enough food or even denying myself food to fulfill the requirements of the industry - all of that was work. Work that I did for about a year and a half before making any money, grinding. All of that was tough but shooting with Tony nearly made me say ‘fuck it all.’ . . Remember in the Dark Knight, when Harvey Dent says “ The night is always darkest just before the dawn?” Yeah, that’s how this felt. Tony was shooting people like Brad Pitt so I was already intimidated. I flew out there to test with him and be part of a photo-shoot to promote these insanely expensive watches, shooting with seasoned models that made me look like a chump. . . I’m a very sensitive guy and he could give a shit. He was doing me a favor, he didn’t need me there. I was so frustrated, I remember calling my mom earlier in the day saying I wanted to come home. (Momma’s boy). After him laying into me all day, around midnight he asked me ‘do you even want to do this?’ I was tired, and angry, and didn’t have anything left to say. . . He asked me ‘what do you think is sexy about you?’ I honestly drew a blank. I had transformed my body, but after the challenges of the day, in my mind, I was still the chub chub ‘fat friend’ back in south Jersey. He asked me again. ‘What do you think is sexy about you?” Again, I said I didn’t know. This time he yelled.... (continued in comments)
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This is the story about how I made my way into the modeling industry, and eventually moved to New York: . One night at the bar, a man approached me and asked my name. Nothing out of the ordinary there. He kept coming back though to ask me more questions. “How tall are you?” “What is your waist size?” “Do you know your inseam?” I was getting annoyed but answered anyway. What did I have to lose? I’m also really awful with sarcasm, he could have just been joking. I didn’t know and I was too busy to care. . At the end of the night, he approached me again and handed me his card. He informed that he was drunk, and probably wouldn’t remember any of this tomorrow, so I needed to email him and remind him where we met. I thanked him and we closed down for the night. . He turned out to be the men’s director for one of the biggest modeling agencies in New York. I didn’t know this at the time, and I was still in school. I thanked him and said that I’d like to continue to focus on my art but I appreciated his interest. . Fast forward to 6 months later, post Eurotrip, laying on the couch with my girlfriend at the time. We were watching one of those who wants to be a supermodel, or America’s next top model. I can’t remember which. I recognized one of the judges - it was the same man that had given me his card almost half a year ago at Pure. . Seeing this guy on television partnered with my new found courage from traveling, gave me the confidence to give modeling a shot. I took a few digitals and sent them out, along with an email that I copy and pasted from agency to agency. An agent at @red_models responded almost immediately and asked me to come to New York the following day. I got along with everyone at the agency and felt a kindred spirit in the owner, a big hearted man that always made time for the models. I was signed that day and began testing with photographers around the city. . These photos some of my first with @jeremykoststudio that had been lost in the ether so I apologize for the quality. Jeremey knew I was a fan of superheroes so he brought along an inflatable Hulk for me to use as a prop. (Props FTW when you have no idea WTF you’re doing.)
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By the time I came out of UArts in 2008, I had a degree under my belt, making bank bartending 3-4 nights a week, training clients at the gym, sharing my knowledge and new found love for strength training with the same friends I met at the bars, and I was creating like a madman. The nights I wasn’t bartending, I would work out of my studio apartment, sewing together stuffed monsters. My sleep schedule was so sporadic that I’d often stay up all night, faux fur, plastic eyeballs, and hot glue…. everywhere. Like a muppet horror movie. . . My previous junior and senior theses were three dimensional and interactive. First I made a giant pile of leaf pillows - I drew a bunch of leaves I found in Rittenhouse Park, printed them on fabric, and then sewed them together. I tossed them all in a pile in Hamilton Hall and encouraged people to JUMP in them. My next installation I bought a toy box, painted it and then filled it with random animals that I’d always wanted to see in an animal cracker box - something different from the norm, like baboons, hummingbirds, sharks, and porcupines. Then I drew this giant toddler on the wall, bending down to dig into the box, knocking over a giant glass of milk in the process. (Don’t cry over spilt milk). . . I was dating an amazing girl and decided it was time to take a trip - a big trip. The money I’d saved up got us two plane tickets, two train tickets, and took us all over Europe. London - Paris - Nice - Madrid - Barcelona - Rome - Sorrento - Croatia - Berlin - Munich - Switzerland - Brussels - Amersterdam. We explored the catacombs in Paris, visited Park Guell in Barcelona, did mushrooms in Amersterdam, and swam up and down the coast of Croatia. We visited platform 9 3/4 of Harry Potter fame, had sex as quietly as we could in hostel showers, and I also had my first beer.(Yup, that is accurate, I wasn’t drinking at this point.) This trip opened me to the transformative power of travel - especially backpacking, moving from place to place, on a budget. (Continued in comments) 📸 @taghinaderzad #travelbug #hostellife #europe #eurotrip #backpacking #travelgram
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This may be my first ’photoshoot’...ever. I was 19, maybe 20, studying printmaking at University of the Arts. I was interning with an artist named Alex DaCorte at the time, spending hours punching out holes from colored paper to be used later for murals. Somehow, he convinced me to throw on colored American Apparel briefs (remember those?) and do a photoshoot. I was nervous so props were helpful, especially this magical globe that would spark in me an insatiable wanderlust. . . Travel has always been one of my greatest teachers - exploring new lands, experiencing other cultures, getting lost in a world that is unfamiliar, is when I feel the most alive. When I’m completely immersed in a place I know very little about is when I’m at my best, because I have to be. It requires a heightened level of responsibility and presence that I often slip away from here amongst the comforts of modern life. . . . I’m prepping for what feels like the most important trip of my life - Japan. The beginning of March, I’m heading to the Land of the Rising Sun to immerse myself in a culture that has influenced me as an artist and a mover in so many aways. The Japanese artist Kitushika Hokusai is why I became a printmaker, and his work inspired one of my first tattoos. I actually start to shake as I’ve been researching this trip - I’m excited. . . . In preparation for my departure, I’m going to take you #humanheroes on a journey from this captured moment all the way up until I leave on the 3rd of March - covering all the places I’ve been blessed to explore/live. I’ve got so much content that I’ve never shared, along with so many stories, which is why I created an Instagram in the first place. So check back tomorrow for the next destination, and in the meantime tag someone who could use a vacation. 👹 #exploremore #exploretocreate #wanderlust #keepmoving #movementformentalhealth
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I adopted YaYa from a shelter but it’s more accurate to say she rescued me. She rescues me all the time! She smiles when I come home. She paws at me when she knows something is off. She kisses me when I ask for one. And when I really need it, she lets me cry into her fur. . . She came into my life when I was dealing with heartbreak. I didn’t know who I was outside of the relationship, and I mentally beat the shit out of myself for the mistakes I made. She helped me find myself again and heal. She taught me about patience, and responsibility, and love and how important it is to live for something other than myself. . . YaYa means grandma in a multiple languages. The intention behind her name is to show her the same unconditional love that my grandma showed me especially while she heals and works through the trauma she’s endured. . . . I think that’s what unconditional love is about - forgiveness. Forgiveness and empathy. Our choices define us and my choices, the good and the bad, have lead me here. If I hadn’t made those choices, YaYa might not still be here, and the fact that she is, is only ever going to be a good thing. #gratitude #trusttheprocess #forgivenessheals #dogpapa #adoptdontshop #rescuedogsofinstagram
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A huge thank you to @pigeonma.draws for this AWESOME portrait!🦁 Swipe to see his process from beginning to end. It’s always a treat to see how an artist works. . . Expect lots more art #humanheroes and stay tuned for a HH instagram! #👁⚡️👁 #artistsoninstagram #artistspotlight #illustration #drawingtutorial #movementformentalhealth #movingmeditation
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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. “ MLK 🌀 I haven’t posted one of these in a long time. Maybe because I thought they were silly, or they fed the ego. Maybe because I’ve been too self-absorbed and thought I was better than taking a selfie. Unff.. yup that was it. That’s the ego! That is zero - when we compete and compare with any inclination towards superiority. . 🌀 That’s what growth is #humanheroes - getting honest. Not only recognizing when we show up as a zero, but more importantly - acknowledging and atoning. That’s why they’re called growing pains - because the truth hurts, and will continue to hurt until we get honest. . 🌀 Growth is also knowing when to take advantage of a dope dressing room where I couldn’t tell where my hair ends and begins. 🤪 much love #humanheroes #gethonest #ownyourzero #movementformentalhealth
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I’ve been getting a lot of requests for more yoga videos on my page so here is a cut from a #budokon inspired flow. I call it “ground and pound into helloooo tight shoulders.” 😅 Have a great weekend #humanheroes and hope to see some of you at #HeroFlow on Sunday @jameshotels . . PS. We got a “super would blood moon” on Sunday. Start thinking about your intentions for next week and beyond. 🌕🐺
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🙇🏽‍♀️ Mental Health PSA 🙇🏼‍♂️ Movement is always my go to when I’m trying to quiet that negative voice that I believe lives inside all of us. It’s part of being human along with giving yourself permission to feel what you’re feeling. . . Sometimes those feelings can bleed into the good forces of our lives. Friends, family, and life-partners are solid support structures but it’s not their job to hold us up all the time. We are responsible for our mental health. . . I’ve been using @betterhelp for the last 6 months. It’s super affordable and you get to decide on the level of interaction between you and your therapist. You can skype, call, or even text(don’t text). The point being you can move at your own speed if you’re still working through some vulnerability or trust issues. . . This isn’t a sponsored post. I don’t work for #BetterHelp. I’m sharing this with you #humanheroes because this service has helped me grow. It’s like getting into the arena of my mind with my therapist acting as the referee. I look forward to it every week. I uncover things about myself I could never unearth on my own. You gotta work for a healthy mind with the same level of discipline you bring to all aspects of your life. . If you’re looking for someone to talk to, check out @betterhelp. Already using it? Still feeling the stigma of speaking to a therapist? Let’s start a conversation about it. Leave a comment or DM me about your experience. #strongertogether #humanheroes #movementformentalhealth #mentalgym #keepmoving 📸 @wadleywadley
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Two nights ago I dreamt I was climbing a giant tower. I had one final lesson to learn from an old teacher. Other peers served as check points as I wound my way up the guts of the structure. Some ignored me. Some insulted me. Some told me told me to keep going. . The twisting stairs opened into a circular room. A diverse group of people from nowhere in particular were seated around the perimeter of the space. They were speaking a different language I’d never heard before but I knew they were speaking about me. I kneeled down in the center of the room while my name became distorted as it passed from mouth to mouth. . I sat and eventually closed my eyes. When I opened them again, the people were gone except for one older man with broad shoulders. He had a blond/grey beard with a crew cut to match. He looked like my father but smaller. . He guided me to a staircase that was guarded by two dogs sitting face to face. As I neared the top of the tower, I was immediately blinded by the sun. I scanned the borderless space and found my teacher lying on a grooved rock. The contours of her body had etched a cavern for her form to rest in. She was in shade but there was nothing between her skin and the sun. . I walked under the invisible canopy as I got close to her. I noticed her skin was covered in pin holes, each one making a whistling sound as air escaped her body. She said this is what happened whenever I came for lessons. She told me all the people I met in the tower were there to plug up the holes so she did not completely lose her breath. She told me she had nothing left to teach me. . I asked her if there was anything I could do to plug the holes. She pointed to the sky and willed me with her eyes to the edge of the tower. Then she said to me, ‘you know that the only thing left to do is jump.”. 📸 @wadleywadley
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Yo #humanheroes ! How’s your year been so far? What you been up to? Got a good head start on your goals? Getting clear on your direction? I’ve been writing a lot on matters of the heart. Ya know, all those human emotions we deal with as best we can. I’m unsure on which words to share and which words to leave for between the pages. . So until I make a decision here’s a @wadleywadley original of me hanging upside down. 🐒 🌊 #lightenitup #keepmoving #movingon #movementformentalhealth
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2018 has been a year of grounding. When we fall we are expected to spring back up immediately, like nothing happened. But something has happened, and the ground is where we learn why. It’s where we grow. It’s where we root ourselves so we can stand again. Taller. Wiser. More authentic. More honest. More empathetic. So as this year comes to a close, I think the best way to end it is with an apology. I’m sorry to anyone that I’ve hurt this year. To the friends and family that have stayed and those that have left - Ho’oponopono and Happy New Year💙. . I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you. . . May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be at peace. @humenorg #humenorg #newyear #2019 #newbeginnings #movementformentalhealth #humanheroes
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Breaking my detox to send all of you a little more love and positive vibes before the holidays. They can be a super heavy time for a lot of #Us. Be sure to put extra energy into keeping up with your practice!! Reflect from a new vantage point and honor your progress!! Look how far you’ve come!! 2019 is going to be incredible for you! but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rest of 2018!! . . Ps! I’ve got one more #HeroFlow class at James Nomad before I head home to visit my family. If you want to punch and kick your way into the new year, along with a few pushups and chattarangas, come move with me on Sunday. Much love #humanheroes . . PSS. Thanks for the blue check @Instagram. It must have had something to do with my hair. 💙🙏🏼👨🏼‍🎤
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This is my Christmas present to myself this year - something I’ve wanted to do since I was 12 years old. Ever since the first time I saw the blue skinned poet #Nightcrawler. Today I had the guts to go full on superhero mode. 👨🏼‍🎤 . . I’m giving myself permission to do what I want, when I want, and for my own joy because we only get one go in this body right? Live it up! . . Now, I’m going to peace out, #digitaldetox, and throw my #hoodofhustle on until next year. Time for a clearing. Time to wrap up all this work I’ve been doing so I can bring this movement manual for mental health into the world. See you all in 2019, with a book deal in my hand. 👁⚡️👁 . . So many thanks to @urbanheaddress @soonbeautylab for making this life long dream a reality. Much love #humanheroes and happy holidays.
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I found myself this year. I really can’t ask for anything else. Happy Holidays #humanheroes 🎄🌟 . . Well, there is one thing I’ve always wanted to do... #staytuned #motivationmonday #transformationtuesday #gratitude #2018 #keepmoving #trustyourprocess #humanheroes
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A few weeks ago @wework hired me to create some original pieces(swipe across) for @afrotech, a tech conference held every year for people of color that work or are interested in tech. . . We got t-shirts, stickers, journals, hoodies, and panels!!! It was amazing and surreal to see my work all over the place, to finally be able to say that I am a working artist, and most importantly, to shine light on women and people of color as they step into their power. . . A few people asked me what was my Inspiration? Simple, I love color. I want to support and encourage humans still fighting for a fair day. We need more @blackpanther more @wonderwomanfilm more @marvelslukecage more black superheroes and female superheroes. Time to come together. All of Us. #humanheroes #staywoke #artist #graphicdesign #afrotech #wework Ps. Ive gifted a lot to my friends but I still have some shirts, journals, and stickers. Want an exclusive tee? Let me know.
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DISCLAIMER: Please don’t show this photo to my dog. She gets jealous. . . This is Louie, one of my roommates during my stay in Hawaii. 👽 This dude was sooo cuddly. More than any cat I’ve ever been around, ever. . . I’m definitely a dog person. Most cats tend to be really moody and require you to earn their affection. Not these guys. Sphynx cats are like giant cuddly thumbs. 👍🏼👍🏼 If you’re looking for a pet - don’t have the time for a dog, and your allergic to cat hair, these creatures are ready for your love. #adoptdontshop #sphynx #sphynxcat #catsofinstagram #guysandcats #cereal 📸 @yvekang
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It must be a combo of good food, good people, good choices, and lots and lots of movement... that is making me feel fucking great. . . Trust your instincts #humanheroes. There is a powerful energy inside of you, that lives in your heart not your head. This power wants you to thrive - to be filled with joy, and strength, and kindness, and creativity. You will ALWAYS be your best teacher. When this energy SPEAKS ⚡️ BE STILL 🧘🏽‍♀️and LISTEN 👂🏼. #feelinggood #feelingmyself #mentalheath #mentalhealthawareness #mycalvins
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Movement is one of the key components to living a happy, healthy life. I'm always on the move - if not physically, then creatively, mentally, spiritually - engaging in one form leads to a better understanding of the next. Thanks to my new touchscreen #smartwatch from @diesel, I've been able to track my stats and heart rate, which I'd never done before! #sponsored It's a little added bonus to know I've crushed my exercise goals for the day. #DieselxAoki #DieselOn 📸 @michellevlimphotography
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It’s not leg day but what the hey. 👁📹👁 @brister_hay_obelixfit #kickit #muaythai #humanheroes #unite #underarmour
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Jonathan Skow was a Human Hero in my life. Kindness and generosity were his default modes of being. There aren’t many humans that go out of there way to help you realize your dreams free of personal gain or recognition. Jonathan, known to most of the world as MrTurk, was that kind of guy. . . He was a friend. He was a mentor. He was a brother….To hundreds of people. He loved the water more than any land roaming creature I’ve ever come across. I know a lot of people are mourning his loss right now and my heart goes out to all of them. . . The lei is an affectionate representation of comings and goings, hello and goodbye. I like to think that he has simply left this world for a brighter one, filled with electric color, timeless shapes, and touch tempting textures that mirror the art he created in this world. Much love to you #humanhero. You will be greatly missed. #mrturk #artist #designer #friend #mentor #brother #rip
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I love this photo - it’s been sitting on my desktop for years. This is one of my favorite memories, hiking through Vietnam with a nomadic tribe of Hmong people. They aren’t defined by any one nation or culture, and they make home wherever it is that they are. . . The women are warriors- they trek all day to sell their beautiful handmade blankets, clothing, and jewelry in town, and then hike all the way back to their current home in the mountains. It took us 5 hours to get to our destination, and these women do it twice a day, everyday! It’s the women that carry and keep the culture alive (most of the men have drinking problems and don’t work). One of the women in our party actually fixed a rip in my pants during a lunch break. 🙏🏼 . . This isn’t just a political issue, it’s a human issue. It’s long overdue for us men to start supporting the women in our country and across the globe. Women understand change, and compassion, and fluidity in a way that we as men should try to emulate instead of seeing it as a threat to our masculinity. #timesup for these crazy white dudes struggling to keep their foothold in a world that is strengthened by diversity. The Kavanaugh verdict is fucking nuts especially considering the power shift but I really believe change is coming. Why? Because change is really the only thing we can count on. #heforshe #believewomen #imwithher #keepmoving #yesallwomen #humanheroes #flashbackfriday #peacepower
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Thanks to @diesel for my new touchscreen #smartwatch, that celebrates authenticity with its customizable watch face and keeps me on track with what's important in my life. Authenticity means leaning into the unique colors of your character, not shying away from them. Be you, dog, or human. 😜 I can't look at this picture and not laugh. YaYa can be a bit of a spaz. She's got serious fomo and I think she may see ghosts.  No stigma here. I have a unique dog that see's ghosts and I think that's dope. #DieselOn #DieselXAoki?? #sponsored 📸 @michellevlimphotography
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Yesterday I had to choose between booking a last minute flight and heading out for a conference in Ohio or heading to comic con with my roommate @clermontave.. . . The ‘adult’ thing to do would have been to go to Ohio but that would have gone against my instinct, to trust the artist in me that is currently thriving in this new life I’m creating. . . I’m grateful for these horns. I’m grateful for my homie and his trust in me. I’m grateful for my inner child that hasn’t been silenced yet. I’m grateful for giving myself permission to say yes to what feels right. #saga #marko #samuraijack #comiccon2018
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This weather has got me thinking about Miami life- the sun, my homies, and that crystal clear water. ☀️🌴🐕 . . Anyone else out there already planning their escape from the inevitable coming of winter? Anyone struggle with SAD(seasonal affective disorder)? What are your tips for staying up when you’re down? Or coming down when you’re up? 😛 #mentalhealth #keepmoving #dogdad #mentalhealthadvocate #humanheroes 📸 @bjw72
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“We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them. And that scares the hell out of us. What will become of us? We will lose our friends and family, who will no longer recognize us. We will wind up alone, in the cold void of starry space, with nothing and no one to hold on to. . . Of course this is exactly what happens. But here’s the trick. We wind up in space, but not alone. Instead we are tapped into an unquenchable, undepleteable, inexhaustible, source of wisdom, consciousness, companionship. Yeah, we lose friends. But we find friends too, in places we never thought to look. And they’re better friends, truer friends. And we’re better and truer to them. . . Do you believe me?” Stephen Pressfield @colorfactoryco #art #thewarofart #stayweirdstaywoke
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#godark #30daychallenge Link in bio. ✍🏼
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“Less doing, more being.” is a mantra I’ve been speaking to myself a lot lately. . . Meditation is an opportunity to be with yourself...ultimately confronting your thoughts, your goals, your fears, your mind, maybe even your god... and then bringing it all back to the most sacred thing you possess, your breath. . . It’s simple. You can’t do it wrong. You don’t need to fold your legs into a pretzel. You don’t need to be alone. All you need is your breath. . . Tag someone you’ve been encouraging to meditate, maybe tag yourself if you keep putting it off, and this weekend, try to appreciate the simple act of being. #yoga #meditate #gratitude #home #thegoodquote
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    Sawadee kop ⚡️ . How is everyone doing?? Excited and grateful to have new humans to share the journey with, thank you! 🙏🏼 . I’ve been working on a lot of HH related stuff under the radar - lots of art, lots of words, and LOTS of movement.⚡️ . Fellow #hh @pmarra is helping me edit the footage I shot years ago in Thailand, and it looks dope. I went over there thinking I was a tough guy, that I had something to prove and something to fight for. I came away from that journey so humbled by the #humanheroes that fight because they have to, to survive. Im super excited to share it with you all.⚡️ . In the meantime, here are a few shots from my most recent trip to Thailand @bababeachclub. Bang and I got some pad-work in on the beach with this beautiful sunset in the background. All captured by @peduckk. And also, it’s hard to tell but I’m wearing these hyper-mobile shorts from @rhone that I took with me on the journey. Stay tuned #humanheroes and much love.💙 #keepmoving #movementformentalhealth #movebecauseyoucan
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    “Then his lungs seemed to open up again, each breath going deeper than the one before. His sneakers (not blinding white Adidas, just ratty old Pumas) seemed to shed the lead coating they had gained. His previous lightness of body came rushing back. It was what Milly had called the following wind, and what pros like McComb no doubt called the runner's high. Scott preferred that. He remembered that day in his yard, flexing his knees, leaping, and catching the branch of the tree. He remembered running up and down the bandstand steps. He remembered dancing across the kitchen floor as Stevie Wonder sang "Superstition." This was the same. Not a wind, not even a high, exactly, but an elevation. A sense that you had gone beyond yourself and could go farther still.” -Stephen King ⚡️ . . Life is not a circle, but a spiral. If we are moving forward, any moment of familiarity or deja vu becomes a chance for us to evolve. We now see things from an elevated vantage point- a little higher, a little wiser. What at first feels like “I’ve been here before,” turns into “I’ve been here before and now I know exactly what to do.” ⚡️ #keepmoving #humanheroes
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    Whatever words I can conjure up are going to fall short in describing how much I love you. You gave me life. You kept me safe. You watched me grow. You filled me with strength and let me go, into the world. 💙 . . I take with me a sensitivity that cleans my spirit. Empathy that has the power to lift others. A creativity that guides my life and gives me purpose. The will to never give up no matter how much it hurts. And the reminder that love is like the flowers, water it and it will grow. 💙 . . What I take with me, comes from you. So much of me, is you. I will be many things in this lifetime, I am most proud to be your son. Thank you momma I love you 💙 #mothersday #everydayismothersday #thanksmom
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    Representing Brooklyn and channeling my inner cowboy (I’ve been playing a lot of the new Red Dead Revolver)! ⚡️ It’s been heavy here on Instagram #humanheroes. We are sharing our stories as authentically as we dare. We are collectively bringing awareness to mental health and mental illness as a unified truth of what it means to be human. This is good. This is progress. This is movement. ⚡️ I’m no stranger to posting a lot of personal stuff on here. I’m a story teller. The challenge is deciding what is too much. What is ‘too personal.? Will my words or stories negatively impact someone else’s day, or life? Authenticity shows up through everything we do. ⚡️ Let’s lighten it up #humanheroes! I wanna know what video games you guys are playing! What’s your favorite? What was the last video game you played? Got any suggestions? Let’s move and play in the other end of the spectrum where it’s sunny and bright and life is good. It’s gotta be hard sometimes, to remind us, to appreciate life when its fucking great. ⚡️ #movementformental #keepmoving #getoutside #movebecauseyoucan
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    “The evening bell, solemn and bronze in the grandfather temple down the hill. Sounds dimly here. Slow beat of the mountains heart, perhaps, or determined pulse of pine tree(gift of birds) Growing out of a crotch of a slippery monkey tree. All one, perhaps— bell, mountain, tree and steady cicada vibratto and little white dog And quiet artist-priest, carver of Noh masks, Fashioning a bamboo crutch for the ancient peach tree— symbol of strength, symbol of concern. All cool under nodding crowns of the vertical forest. All seeking in this place, all finding in this place— hidden yet open to all— the spirit in the cedars heart. “ ‘Summer’ Sai sho-in Nanjenzi Temple - Kyoto Happy Earth Day #humanheroes. What are you doing to be of service to the great Green Kingdom? #natureisqueen #natureisking
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    🖤💜❤️🧡💛💚💙 (I hoped there was a ninja emoji 🙃) @teamlab.planets #liveincolor #ninja #yogi #yogisofinstagram
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    Exploring Itsukushima aka Miyajima was one of the many highlights of my trip. Sooo many highlights. I took a ferry from Miyamaguchi towards the famous orange tori gate that seemingly floats on the water. . ⛩ There were so many people that I opted to visit some local temples first and then hike up Mount Misen which had an incredible view of Hiroshima Bay. The whole island is home to hundreds, maybe thousands, of deer (shika) much like Nara. . 🦌 After the hike I was still overflowing with #goodvibes so I decided to get a flow in before running down the other side of the mountain. I didn’t notice how close I was to the edge until after filming. Sorry Mom. I love you. . 💙 I’m actually back home in New York with HeroFlow back on tomorrow. (Link in bio). The trip is going to continue through the content I’ve yet to share and I’m writing up a long blog post also about the entire trip. Thank you #humanheroes for joining me on the journey and I’m soooo excited to share more and more with you. This trip changed everything. #gratitude #japantrip #mountmisen #yogaflow #hiroshima 🎶 #thehumanexperience #theobrama
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    “It doesn’t come easy, that clear line of distinction. You have to suffer to find it because how else would you know the difference? How could something feel so good without bitter afterthoughts when it fades. ⚡️ I promise, in time, it will come. The veil will be lifted. All the thrown stones will bounce off like pebbles. You will forgive what was unforgivable. Any attacks will prove futile because there will be no ammunition provided. ⚡️ You will have stopped confusing pain for love because you will have known both. Now that you’ve known both, you will fear neither. And when you fear neither, you are unstoppable.” #keepmoving #nofear #trusttheprocess #humanheroes #gratefulforitall 🙏🏼
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    Travel is like living a whole life, condensed, into a short amount of time. A few days, a week, maybe a month. The stories and situations I thought I had all figured out have become exposed throughout this incredible journey I am currently on. I see and feel things that I couldn’t see or feel before. I process them. I release them. I feel at ease and I move forward. ⚡️ And I’ve been moving a lot... so far I’ve been through 10 cities in 10 days. Whoa. Wow. Really? Yeah, that’s accurate. I’ll start my day in one city, travel to another, and then finish in the third. I want to see, taste, touch, smell, hear, feel as much of this land as I can, and I’m grateful for every moment... including this quick flow I got in with my new @rhone shorts before Kojima-San told me it was time to check out. My feet hit the ceiling in my handstand.🤣 #tallpeopleproblems #im oteventhatttall #lifeisthejourney #ryokan #fuzukumiro #hakone #nippon
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    “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” R.W.E . . Familiar flavors. New memories. And a whale shark spotting! 🐋 life is good #thankyou
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    I have sooo much to share.... Beach. Diving. Whale shark! 🦈 Tokyo! Hokusai.🌊 Omikase! 🍣 Nikko. 🌲 Temples. ⛩ Nature. Speaking with trees and spirits.👺 But now, I’ve gotta get to bed. Tomorrow I visit the Ghibli Museum. 🐉 Let’s just say I’m in my element. 🐒 Sooo much good is coming from this journey #humanheroes. I’m looking forward to sharing more and more with you all! 💙
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    There is something about traveling that allows you to see and accept things as they are not as we think they should be. The clouds of modern life tend to spread us further apart instead of connect us. All the experiences you’ve been through have brought you to where you are and there is no better place for you. Don Miguel Ruiz calls it the mitote, or the fog that blocks us from seeing ourselves as we really are - beings of light that are connected to all and exclude none. ⚡️ This trip is bringing all of this to the forefront of my awareness. Everything that at the time felt confusing and painful was a gift so I may better remove the walls that separate me from you. So I may better understand how my words and actions effect those around me while at the same time understand that not everyone is going to get me, like me, or understand what #humanhero is about. The space between the words, the journey between. I think that’s what life is really about, removing the layers of separation. ⚡️ Please, do what you need to do on your devices and then put it away. Put down your phone for a day, a week, maybe even a month and explore. Go somewhere you’ve never been, somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. There is so much to be found in silence and new experience. The massive moments of growth we experience as human beings don’t come from school, articles, degrees, or even books. They happen with our heads up and our hearts open. ⚡️ A friend recently posted something that unfortunately felt very true. “Remember when we used to say “BRB” all the time when we were online? We don’t say it anymore. We no longer leave. We live here now.” What is it that you’ve been putting off by burying yourself in your phone? What books have you been dying to read? Where have you always wanted to go? Who do you think about often and wonder how they are doing? Take risks! Be bold! Forgive often. Love the process. Keep moving! ⚡️🙏🏼 @bababeachclub
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    I’m in a fancy, gold, honeycomb patterned private van driving me from my incredible stay at the @bababeachclub. I just finished meditating from a comfy cushioned seat. The sweet smell of Thailand filled the space around me. I thought to myself “I’m so lucky to be able to do this.” To travel. To dive. To go to Japan for a month. I’m so fucking lucky. ⚡️ I was overwhelmed with gratitude but it wasn’t a happy feeling. I wasn’t smiling. Tears weren’t welling up in my eyes as they tend to do when I’m washed with blessings. ⚡️ I felt undeserving. I felt like a fraud. I felt like I was being irresponsible for being here. Then I felt a strong sense of obligation to the people that I love and that love and support me. Family, friends, and all the human beings that have been part of my journey so far. The underserving feeling started to fade away and the gratitude took over again, gratitude for it all. ⚡️ For the Bluetooth earphones in my ear holes. For the green kingdom and the red/brown earth that frames my vision. For this happy man driving me to my next destination. For everything that came before, and everything that comes next. ⚡️ When you have faith, it’s much easier to move forward. For even the moments of doubt will one day become the missing pieces you were looking for. We are only here for so long and there is so much to see and experience. To feel undeserving of all the good in your life pulls you out of that good. Give yourself a few minutes of silence. A few minutes of just Being and the smile will follow. It always does. ⚡️ #gratitude #yoga #keepmoving #humanheroes #movementformentalhealth
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    The journey to Japan has begun! I left New York around 6pm on Sunday and landed in Tokyo at 10pm the following day, Monday. From there, I hopped on another flight at midnight that put me in Bangkok around 7am on the 5th, followed by one more flight to Phuket. ⚡️ As soon as I stepped off the plane in Bangkok I was hit by that hot, humid, sweet smell that is native to Thailand. This place is very special to me and full of memories. Its my third time being here, my second time on my own. That familiar scent hugged me like an old friend almost saying welcome back, where have you been? That welcome continued when I arrived at the @bababeachclub , this amazing resort I’ll be staying at for the next few days. ⚡️ A lot of you have been asking me what it’s like to travel on my own. Sometimes, its amazing! Sometimes, like when I first arrived here, it was hard. The last time I was in Phuket, I was with a partner so a lot of memories were stirred up as I looked out over the sea. The last time I was here we dove and afterwards I stayed to film and train Muay Thai. I realize now how lucky I was to have a partner that enjoyed travel as much as I do and trusted me enough to stay here and film. After a few years, I’m finally getting a trailer together with the help of #humanhero @pmarra. I’m excited to share it with you #humanheroes soon! ⚡️ This resort is definitely made for couples 👫👭👬...but that doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed by a solo traveler. I think this can apply to anywhere. I made a last minute to decision to bring my spirit animal cards with me for some added insight and on the flight over I pulled the dragon card. The 🐉 represents courageous, visionary, awakened energy. “It’s almost as if we are traveling with a great friend inside of ourselves. Transformation is being breathed into every cell of your body.” (Continued....) ⚡️
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    I had this big realization yesterday on the subway about what ‘human-hero’ really means. It is not the words, or even the ideas, that hold the meaning so much as the ( - ) in the middle. The space between the language. The movement across this little line of time that we are all given. That connecting thread that unites both but touches neither is where we want to balance. ⚡️ I’ve been sharing all these stories the last few weeks. I thought I’d be able to get through more of them but I stopped at my first trip to Thailand back in 2013. Since then, I’ve traveled to South East Asia two more times, along with Hawaii, Norway, Mexico, and all over the US. Prior to all of these trips, I had my first experience with another kind of journey - falling in and out of love. ⚡️ I spent a lot of time and energy trying to be on one end of the spectrum or the other. I see now all of that was part of the in-between. This trip is very much about honoring the artist, mover, and man I want to be while also saying goodbye to a previous life that I’m as grateful for now as when this photo was taken. I’m ready to write new stories. So to end this chapter, the words that really matter are Thank You 💙 #movementformentalhealth #keepmoving #humanheroes #lifeisthejourney
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    must move . . be back tomorrow 🙂 . . #movementformentalhealth #priorities #rituals #prayer #humanhero
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    ⚡️Never forget where you come from. ⚡️ Thats what this photo makes me think about - where I came from. Where I’ve been. All the cool a$$ sh🗼t I’ve done. This story time with you all has reminded me of that. I have so much to be grateful for. Thank you for that. ⚡️Japan is right around the corner and I’m not ready. Not yet. There are some last minutes things to do and today Mother Nature reminded me who’s boss. The windstorm last night brought a tree branch crashing down onto my car. No one was hurt and that’s really all the matters. ⚡️Question for you #humanheroes. Ever have those crazy, unexplainable things happen right before a big trip, a new job, or any other life-changing moments that you’ve been prepping for your whole life? It feels like those gifts we all receive from the universe but in reverse. “How bad do you really want this? How much does it mean to you?” ⚡️ If I’m going to challenge what it means to be a human being. If I’m going to challenge what being a hero means. Then its only fair that I’m challenged even further. Feeling the challenge #humanheroes, feeling it. So instead of continuing on with these words, I’m going to share this ⚡️ Liono photo @byronlkeulemans shot in South Africa and then get my ass into a yoga class. So much to love you all. You help me #keepmoving. More challenges?? Bring em on! 🙃
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    ⚡️The summer of 2013 began with a trip that would change my life forever. I’d remember hearing incredible things about south east Asia from friends and co-workers. One of my favorite people and photographers Gabe shared his intinerary with me - waterfalls, temples, rolling mountains, street food, and some of the kindest people on the planet. Culture can’t exist without the people. New York is what it is because of the level of diversity that exists nowhere else. Living and working here, and even in LA, I had a very rigid view of what the rest of the world was like. Europe was different but only so much. The people above would teach me that happiness does not come from money, or material things - but from love, connection, and experience. This story is about them, in order of appearance. ⚡️I found this first munchkin while hiking through Sapa Vietnam. There is another post I put up a few months ago describing the Hmong - a nomadic people that live throughout south East Asia and other parts of the world. I asked this little one’s mother if I could pick her up and carry hear around the small village. Once she was up there she didn’t want to come down. She also insisted on sticking her fingers in either my mouth or hers pretty much the entire time we were together. ⚡️The Hmong woman in the second photo, and the two girls, hiked with us for hours. The woman is holding a little horse she made for me out of a fern. She folded this thing together in like 30 seconds. All the women and children that accompanied us were talented artists, often walking for hours, every day, to sell their wares. I signed up for a homestay - we would walk down through a beautiful valley of rice fields, cross a small river, and hike up the other side to stay with a family for the night. Somewhere along the journey I managed to rip a small hole in my dri-fit pants. When we stopped for lunch this woman kept asking me “give me your pants.” uh…. Excuse me? I thought I wasn’t hearing her correctly. “Give me your pants.” She kept repeating over and over, until she finally pointed at the hole and then mimed sewing them up. She sewed them up for me in 5 minutes…. I think I still have them.
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    I lived in Koreatown but I really LIVED on the beach or in the sky - like a seagull. Movement has always been where I find peace. Eventually though you gotta supplement the physical practice with something that grounds you. I couldn’t fly all the time. But here, it was hard not to. LA was a playground for me. . Outwardly I was soaring - but internally I was seeking. I was moving constantly and my body was stronger than ever. I wanted to be those characters that inspired me as a kid - I wanted to look like them, move like them, pretend to be them without giving much thought to what it actually meant to be a hero. (Continued...) 📸 @wadleywadley
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    In 2012, I bought a car, packed up the few material belongings I had, and drove cross country towards the ☀️ with friend Krystal. I’ve been chasing the ☀️ ever since (hence the squint). I lived between two separate households growing up, both parents moving often. Home always felt like transitory thing. Perhaps this is why its so hard for me to be in one place for too long, or to commit to a relationship or project. The in between - the moments in the middle of action and response - travel draws those moments out into an experience. Being in the car for long periods of time brings me peace. It literally is a moving meditation. . We started the trip in South Jersey and headed down to Nashville. (Hold on while I check a map) From there we made our way over and up into Arkansas where we stayed on a ranch of a client I had previously worked with. That night, as we were nearing the ranch, Kelly (the owner) mentioned if we hit the river we had gone too far and missed the turnoff. This was the first test Abilene ever got(my car got her name in Texas). Its was late and we were so eager to arrive that we zoomed down the rocky hill right into the water. Luckily my car managed to get us out and back up the hill. The next morning, a young couple that looked over ranch took us by horseback across the property - a valley that dipped down between two green mountains. What made this place so beautiful was its seclusion. There is soooo much space in the middle of the United States. From there, we began the long journey through Texas. Land……….. and road……. and land….. . The highlight was making it to White Sands New Mexico - these giant white dunes that transported you to the moon. We met a few guys and I pulled out my frisbee, along with my camera to grab a few shots of this amazing place. We continued on to Albuequre, which was full of character because of all the art. I bought a few things there, including the Blue Lady that we would serve as the ‘protector’ of my future home in LA. (Continued ⤵️⤵️⤵️)
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    When I was 15 years old, I was waking up in the morning with these insane migraines. I’d roll out of bed, start to make my way to the bathroom, and either black out, my vision collapsing in on itself, or I’d make it to the bathroom and throw up. I didn’t know what was going on. My mom, who’s a doctor, couldn’t figure it out so I ended up going to see a neurologist. They took a MRI of my brain and we learned I had Arnold Chiari Malformation - part of my brain tissue extended into my spinal canal creating pressure that would cause these issues. I had surgery a few months, where they drilled away a section of my skull to create room for my brain to rest. . All of my tattoos tell a story, and as I share these stories with you, I’m being reminded how much Japanese culture has influenced me as an artist. Towards the end of college, I decided to get my spine tattooed, beginning on my scar at the base of my skull and making its way down to my sacrum. I have always worked with circles - visually and also physically with my movement practice. . The first photo is from one of my first runway shows, right before I moved to New York. A photographer surprised me with her camera and asked me a few questions about the circles running down my back. I told her these two stories below… . One of my favorite teachers has us drawing circles on newsprint for days. We had to work with our whole arm, extending from the shoulder all the way onto the page. One day, I was so frustrated that I asked Professor Dupree, ‘mannn, are we ever going to move on.” He came over and asked to see my circle. It was aight. He pulled his pencil from behind his ear and BAM! He asked me to measure it with a protractor. It was nearly perfect. He was teaching me about discipline. . I came across the Ensō circle during my Arts and History of Japan class at UArts. The definition of Ensō is as unique as the artist that creates it. It symbolizes strength, grace, balance and acceptance of imperfection as perfect. A zen saying goes “Do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself.” Aka do not mistake the teaching of enlightenment for enlightenment itself. (continued below..)
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    2009 into 2010, I was commuting from Philadelphia to New York almost every day. I would wake up around 5am, get a workout in, and then hop on the MegaBus from one city to the other. Often time was so tight that I would change from my gym gear into proper ‘model wear’ for castings in a Starbucks bathroom. I’d usually head into my agency to get my castings for the day and then run all over the city meeting clients, sometimes doing test shoots with photographers. Sometimes I would crash on couches or floors because I had early castings the following day. . . And then this happened ^^^ and the grind got a little easier. Tony Duran requested to shoot me very early in my career, something I’m still very grateful for. All of the above, the traveling, long days, sometimes not getting enough food or even denying myself food to fulfill the requirements of the industry - all of that was work. Work that I did for about a year and a half before making any money, grinding. All of that was tough but shooting with Tony nearly made me say ‘fuck it all.’ . . Remember in the Dark Knight, when Harvey Dent says “ The night is always darkest just before the dawn?” Yeah, that’s how this felt. Tony was shooting people like Brad Pitt so I was already intimidated. I flew out there to test with him and be part of a photo-shoot to promote these insanely expensive watches, shooting with seasoned models that made me look like a chump. . . I’m a very sensitive guy and he could give a shit. He was doing me a favor, he didn’t need me there. I was so frustrated, I remember calling my mom earlier in the day saying I wanted to come home. (Momma’s boy). After him laying into me all day, around midnight he asked me ‘do you even want to do this?’ I was tired, and angry, and didn’t have anything left to say. . . He asked me ‘what do you think is sexy about you?’ I honestly drew a blank. I had transformed my body, but after the challenges of the day, in my mind, I was still the chub chub ‘fat friend’ back in south Jersey. He asked me again. ‘What do you think is sexy about you?” Again, I said I didn’t know. This time he yelled.... (continued in comments)
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    This is the story about how I made my way into the modeling industry, and eventually moved to New York: . One night at the bar, a man approached me and asked my name. Nothing out of the ordinary there. He kept coming back though to ask me more questions. “How tall are you?” “What is your waist size?” “Do you know your inseam?” I was getting annoyed but answered anyway. What did I have to lose? I’m also really awful with sarcasm, he could have just been joking. I didn’t know and I was too busy to care. . At the end of the night, he approached me again and handed me his card. He informed that he was drunk, and probably wouldn’t remember any of this tomorrow, so I needed to email him and remind him where we met. I thanked him and we closed down for the night. . He turned out to be the men’s director for one of the biggest modeling agencies in New York. I didn’t know this at the time, and I was still in school. I thanked him and said that I’d like to continue to focus on my art but I appreciated his interest. . Fast forward to 6 months later, post Eurotrip, laying on the couch with my girlfriend at the time. We were watching one of those who wants to be a supermodel, or America’s next top model. I can’t remember which. I recognized one of the judges - it was the same man that had given me his card almost half a year ago at Pure. . Seeing this guy on television partnered with my new found courage from traveling, gave me the confidence to give modeling a shot. I took a few digitals and sent them out, along with an email that I copy and pasted from agency to agency. An agent at @red_models responded almost immediately and asked me to come to New York the following day. I got along with everyone at the agency and felt a kindred spirit in the owner, a big hearted man that always made time for the models. I was signed that day and began testing with photographers around the city. . These photos some of my first with @jeremykoststudio that had been lost in the ether so I apologize for the quality. Jeremey knew I was a fan of superheroes so he brought along an inflatable Hulk for me to use as a prop. (Props FTW when you have no idea WTF you’re doing.)
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    By the time I came out of UArts in 2008, I had a degree under my belt, making bank bartending 3-4 nights a week, training clients at the gym, sharing my knowledge and new found love for strength training with the same friends I met at the bars, and I was creating like a madman. The nights I wasn’t bartending, I would work out of my studio apartment, sewing together stuffed monsters. My sleep schedule was so sporadic that I’d often stay up all night, faux fur, plastic eyeballs, and hot glue…. everywhere. Like a muppet horror movie. . . My previous junior and senior theses were three dimensional and interactive. First I made a giant pile of leaf pillows - I drew a bunch of leaves I found in Rittenhouse Park, printed them on fabric, and then sewed them together. I tossed them all in a pile in Hamilton Hall and encouraged people to JUMP in them. My next installation I bought a toy box, painted it and then filled it with random animals that I’d always wanted to see in an animal cracker box - something different from the norm, like baboons, hummingbirds, sharks, and porcupines. Then I drew this giant toddler on the wall, bending down to dig into the box, knocking over a giant glass of milk in the process. (Don’t cry over spilt milk). . . I was dating an amazing girl and decided it was time to take a trip - a big trip. The money I’d saved up got us two plane tickets, two train tickets, and took us all over Europe. London - Paris - Nice - Madrid - Barcelona - Rome - Sorrento - Croatia - Berlin - Munich - Switzerland - Brussels - Amersterdam. We explored the catacombs in Paris, visited Park Guell in Barcelona, did mushrooms in Amersterdam, and swam up and down the coast of Croatia. We visited platform 9 3/4 of Harry Potter fame, had sex as quietly as we could in hostel showers, and I also had my first beer.(Yup, that is accurate, I wasn’t drinking at this point.) This trip opened me to the transformative power of travel - especially backpacking, moving from place to place, on a budget. (Continued in comments) 📸 @taghinaderzad #travelbug #hostellife #europe #eurotrip #backpacking #travelgram
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    This may be my first ’photoshoot’...ever. I was 19, maybe 20, studying printmaking at University of the Arts. I was interning with an artist named Alex DaCorte at the time, spending hours punching out holes from colored paper to be used later for murals. Somehow, he convinced me to throw on colored American Apparel briefs (remember those?) and do a photoshoot. I was nervous so props were helpful, especially this magical globe that would spark in me an insatiable wanderlust. . . Travel has always been one of my greatest teachers - exploring new lands, experiencing other cultures, getting lost in a world that is unfamiliar, is when I feel the most alive. When I’m completely immersed in a place I know very little about is when I’m at my best, because I have to be. It requires a heightened level of responsibility and presence that I often slip away from here amongst the comforts of modern life. . . . I’m prepping for what feels like the most important trip of my life - Japan. The beginning of March, I’m heading to the Land of the Rising Sun to immerse myself in a culture that has influenced me as an artist and a mover in so many aways. The Japanese artist Kitushika Hokusai is why I became a printmaker, and his work inspired one of my first tattoos. I actually start to shake as I’ve been researching this trip - I’m excited. . . . In preparation for my departure, I’m going to take you #humanheroes on a journey from this captured moment all the way up until I leave on the 3rd of March - covering all the places I’ve been blessed to explore/live. I’ve got so much content that I’ve never shared, along with so many stories, which is why I created an Instagram in the first place. So check back tomorrow for the next destination, and in the meantime tag someone who could use a vacation. 👹 #exploremore #exploretocreate #wanderlust #keepmoving #movementformentalhealth
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    I adopted YaYa from a shelter but it’s more accurate to say she rescued me. She rescues me all the time! She smiles when I come home. She paws at me when she knows something is off. She kisses me when I ask for one. And when I really need it, she lets me cry into her fur. . . She came into my life when I was dealing with heartbreak. I didn’t know who I was outside of the relationship, and I mentally beat the shit out of myself for the mistakes I made. She helped me find myself again and heal. She taught me about patience, and responsibility, and love and how important it is to live for something other than myself. . . YaYa means grandma in a multiple languages. The intention behind her name is to show her the same unconditional love that my grandma showed me especially while she heals and works through the trauma she’s endured. . . . I think that’s what unconditional love is about - forgiveness. Forgiveness and empathy. Our choices define us and my choices, the good and the bad, have lead me here. If I hadn’t made those choices, YaYa might not still be here, and the fact that she is, is only ever going to be a good thing. #gratitude #trusttheprocess #forgivenessheals #dogpapa #adoptdontshop #rescuedogsofinstagram
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    A huge thank you to @pigeonma.draws for this AWESOME portrait!🦁 Swipe to see his process from beginning to end. It’s always a treat to see how an artist works. . . Expect lots more art #humanheroes and stay tuned for a HH instagram! #👁⚡️👁 #artistsoninstagram #artistspotlight #illustration #drawingtutorial #movementformentalhealth #movingmeditation
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    “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. “ MLK 🌀 I haven’t posted one of these in a long time. Maybe because I thought they were silly, or they fed the ego. Maybe because I’ve been too self-absorbed and thought I was better than taking a selfie. Unff.. yup that was it. That’s the ego! That is zero - when we compete and compare with any inclination towards superiority. . 🌀 That’s what growth is #humanheroes - getting honest. Not only recognizing when we show up as a zero, but more importantly - acknowledging and atoning. That’s why they’re called growing pains - because the truth hurts, and will continue to hurt until we get honest. . 🌀 Growth is also knowing when to take advantage of a dope dressing room where I couldn’t tell where my hair ends and begins. 🤪 much love #humanheroes #gethonest #ownyourzero #movementformentalhealth
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    I’ve been getting a lot of requests for more yoga videos on my page so here is a cut from a #budokon inspired flow. I call it “ground and pound into helloooo tight shoulders.” 😅 Have a great weekend #humanheroes and hope to see some of you at #HeroFlow on Sunday @jameshotels . . PS. We got a “super would blood moon” on Sunday. Start thinking about your intentions for next week and beyond. 🌕🐺
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    🙇🏽‍♀️ Mental Health PSA 🙇🏼‍♂️ Movement is always my go to when I’m trying to quiet that negative voice that I believe lives inside all of us. It’s part of being human along with giving yourself permission to feel what you’re feeling. . . Sometimes those feelings can bleed into the good forces of our lives. Friends, family, and life-partners are solid support structures but it’s not their job to hold us up all the time. We are responsible for our mental health. . . I’ve been using @betterhelp for the last 6 months. It’s super affordable and you get to decide on the level of interaction between you and your therapist. You can skype, call, or even text(don’t text). The point being you can move at your own speed if you’re still working through some vulnerability or trust issues. . . This isn’t a sponsored post. I don’t work for #BetterHelp. I’m sharing this with you #humanheroes because this service has helped me grow. It’s like getting into the arena of my mind with my therapist acting as the referee. I look forward to it every week. I uncover things about myself I could never unearth on my own. You gotta work for a healthy mind with the same level of discipline you bring to all aspects of your life. . If you’re looking for someone to talk to, check out @betterhelp. Already using it? Still feeling the stigma of speaking to a therapist? Let’s start a conversation about it. Leave a comment or DM me about your experience. #strongertogether #humanheroes #movementformentalhealth #mentalgym #keepmoving 📸 @wadleywadley
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    Two nights ago I dreamt I was climbing a giant tower. I had one final lesson to learn from an old teacher. Other peers served as check points as I wound my way up the guts of the structure. Some ignored me. Some insulted me. Some told me told me to keep going. . The twisting stairs opened into a circular room. A diverse group of people from nowhere in particular were seated around the perimeter of the space. They were speaking a different language I’d never heard before but I knew they were speaking about me. I kneeled down in the center of the room while my name became distorted as it passed from mouth to mouth. . I sat and eventually closed my eyes. When I opened them again, the people were gone except for one older man with broad shoulders. He had a blond/grey beard with a crew cut to match. He looked like my father but smaller. . He guided me to a staircase that was guarded by two dogs sitting face to face. As I neared the top of the tower, I was immediately blinded by the sun. I scanned the borderless space and found my teacher lying on a grooved rock. The contours of her body had etched a cavern for her form to rest in. She was in shade but there was nothing between her skin and the sun. . I walked under the invisible canopy as I got close to her. I noticed her skin was covered in pin holes, each one making a whistling sound as air escaped her body. She said this is what happened whenever I came for lessons. She told me all the people I met in the tower were there to plug up the holes so she did not completely lose her breath. She told me she had nothing left to teach me. . I asked her if there was anything I could do to plug the holes. She pointed to the sky and willed me with her eyes to the edge of the tower. Then she said to me, ‘you know that the only thing left to do is jump.”. 📸 @wadleywadley
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    Yo #humanheroes ! How’s your year been so far? What you been up to? Got a good head start on your goals? Getting clear on your direction? I’ve been writing a lot on matters of the heart. Ya know, all those human emotions we deal with as best we can. I’m unsure on which words to share and which words to leave for between the pages. . So until I make a decision here’s a @wadleywadley original of me hanging upside down. 🐒 🌊 #lightenitup #keepmoving #movingon #movementformentalhealth
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    2018 has been a year of grounding. When we fall we are expected to spring back up immediately, like nothing happened. But something has happened, and the ground is where we learn why. It’s where we grow. It’s where we root ourselves so we can stand again. Taller. Wiser. More authentic. More honest. More empathetic. So as this year comes to a close, I think the best way to end it is with an apology. I’m sorry to anyone that I’ve hurt this year. To the friends and family that have stayed and those that have left - Ho’oponopono and Happy New Year💙. . I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you. . . May you be happy, may you be healthy, may you be at peace. @humenorg #humenorg #newyear #2019 #newbeginnings #movementformentalhealth #humanheroes
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    Breaking my detox to send all of you a little more love and positive vibes before the holidays. They can be a super heavy time for a lot of #Us. Be sure to put extra energy into keeping up with your practice!! Reflect from a new vantage point and honor your progress!! Look how far you’ve come!! 2019 is going to be incredible for you! but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rest of 2018!! . . Ps! I’ve got one more #HeroFlow class at James Nomad before I head home to visit my family. If you want to punch and kick your way into the new year, along with a few pushups and chattarangas, come move with me on Sunday. Much love #humanheroes . . PSS. Thanks for the blue check @Instagram. It must have had something to do with my hair. 💙🙏🏼👨🏼‍🎤
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    This is my Christmas present to myself this year - something I’ve wanted to do since I was 12 years old. Ever since the first time I saw the blue skinned poet #Nightcrawler. Today I had the guts to go full on superhero mode. 👨🏼‍🎤 . . I’m giving myself permission to do what I want, when I want, and for my own joy because we only get one go in this body right? Live it up! . . Now, I’m going to peace out, #digitaldetox, and throw my #hoodofhustle on until next year. Time for a clearing. Time to wrap up all this work I’ve been doing so I can bring this movement manual for mental health into the world. See you all in 2019, with a book deal in my hand. 👁⚡️👁 . . So many thanks to @urbanheaddress @soonbeautylab for making this life long dream a reality. Much love #humanheroes and happy holidays.
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    I found myself this year. I really can’t ask for anything else. Happy Holidays #humanheroes 🎄🌟 . . Well, there is one thing I’ve always wanted to do... #staytuned #motivationmonday #transformationtuesday #gratitude #2018 #keepmoving #trustyourprocess #humanheroes
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    A few weeks ago @wework hired me to create some original pieces(swipe across) for @afrotech, a tech conference held every year for people of color that work or are interested in tech. . . We got t-shirts, stickers, journals, hoodies, and panels!!! It was amazing and surreal to see my work all over the place, to finally be able to say that I am a working artist, and most importantly, to shine light on women and people of color as they step into their power. . . A few people asked me what was my Inspiration? Simple, I love color. I want to support and encourage humans still fighting for a fair day. We need more @blackpanther more @wonderwomanfilm more @marvelslukecage more black superheroes and female superheroes. Time to come together. All of Us. #humanheroes #staywoke #artist #graphicdesign #afrotech #wework Ps. Ive gifted a lot to my friends but I still have some shirts, journals, and stickers. Want an exclusive tee? Let me know.
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    DISCLAIMER: Please don’t show this photo to my dog. She gets jealous. . . This is Louie, one of my roommates during my stay in Hawaii. 👽 This dude was sooo cuddly. More than any cat I’ve ever been around, ever. . . I’m definitely a dog person. Most cats tend to be really moody and require you to earn their affection. Not these guys. Sphynx cats are like giant cuddly thumbs. 👍🏼👍🏼 If you’re looking for a pet - don’t have the time for a dog, and your allergic to cat hair, these creatures are ready for your love. #adoptdontshop #sphynx #sphynxcat #catsofinstagram #guysandcats #cereal 📸 @yvekang
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    It must be a combo of good food, good people, good choices, and lots and lots of movement... that is making me feel fucking great. . . Trust your instincts #humanheroes. There is a powerful energy inside of you, that lives in your heart not your head. This power wants you to thrive - to be filled with joy, and strength, and kindness, and creativity. You will ALWAYS be your best teacher. When this energy SPEAKS ⚡️ BE STILL 🧘🏽‍♀️and LISTEN 👂🏼. #feelinggood #feelingmyself #mentalheath #mentalhealthawareness #mycalvins
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    Movement is one of the key components to living a happy, healthy life. I'm always on the move - if not physically, then creatively, mentally, spiritually - engaging in one form leads to a better understanding of the next. Thanks to my new touchscreen #smartwatch from @diesel, I've been able to track my stats and heart rate, which I'd never done before! #sponsored It's a little added bonus to know I've crushed my exercise goals for the day. #DieselxAoki #DieselOn 📸 @michellevlimphotography
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    It’s not leg day but what the hey. 👁📹👁 @brister_hay_obelixfit #kickit #muaythai #humanheroes #unite #underarmour
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    Jonathan Skow was a Human Hero in my life. Kindness and generosity were his default modes of being. There aren’t many humans that go out of there way to help you realize your dreams free of personal gain or recognition. Jonathan, known to most of the world as MrTurk, was that kind of guy. . . He was a friend. He was a mentor. He was a brother….To hundreds of people. He loved the water more than any land roaming creature I’ve ever come across. I know a lot of people are mourning his loss right now and my heart goes out to all of them. . . The lei is an affectionate representation of comings and goings, hello and goodbye. I like to think that he has simply left this world for a brighter one, filled with electric color, timeless shapes, and touch tempting textures that mirror the art he created in this world. Much love to you #humanhero. You will be greatly missed. #mrturk #artist #designer #friend #mentor #brother #rip
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    I love this photo - it’s been sitting on my desktop for years. This is one of my favorite memories, hiking through Vietnam with a nomadic tribe of Hmong people. They aren’t defined by any one nation or culture, and they make home wherever it is that they are. . . The women are warriors- they trek all day to sell their beautiful handmade blankets, clothing, and jewelry in town, and then hike all the way back to their current home in the mountains. It took us 5 hours to get to our destination, and these women do it twice a day, everyday! It’s the women that carry and keep the culture alive (most of the men have drinking problems and don’t work). One of the women in our party actually fixed a rip in my pants during a lunch break. 🙏🏼 . . This isn’t just a political issue, it’s a human issue. It’s long overdue for us men to start supporting the women in our country and across the globe. Women understand change, and compassion, and fluidity in a way that we as men should try to emulate instead of seeing it as a threat to our masculinity. #timesup for these crazy white dudes struggling to keep their foothold in a world that is strengthened by diversity. The Kavanaugh verdict is fucking nuts especially considering the power shift but I really believe change is coming. Why? Because change is really the only thing we can count on. #heforshe #believewomen #imwithher #keepmoving #yesallwomen #humanheroes #flashbackfriday #peacepower
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    Thanks to @diesel for my new touchscreen #smartwatch, that celebrates authenticity with its customizable watch face and keeps me on track with what's important in my life. Authenticity means leaning into the unique colors of your character, not shying away from them. Be you, dog, or human. 😜 I can't look at this picture and not laugh. YaYa can be a bit of a spaz. She's got serious fomo and I think she may see ghosts.  No stigma here. I have a unique dog that see's ghosts and I think that's dope. #DieselOn #DieselXAoki?? #sponsored 📸 @michellevlimphotography
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    Yesterday I had to choose between booking a last minute flight and heading out for a conference in Ohio or heading to comic con with my roommate @clermontave.. . . The ‘adult’ thing to do would have been to go to Ohio but that would have gone against my instinct, to trust the artist in me that is currently thriving in this new life I’m creating. . . I’m grateful for these horns. I’m grateful for my homie and his trust in me. I’m grateful for my inner child that hasn’t been silenced yet. I’m grateful for giving myself permission to say yes to what feels right. #saga #marko #samuraijack #comiccon2018
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    This weather has got me thinking about Miami life- the sun, my homies, and that crystal clear water. ☀️🌴🐕 . . Anyone else out there already planning their escape from the inevitable coming of winter? Anyone struggle with SAD(seasonal affective disorder)? What are your tips for staying up when you’re down? Or coming down when you’re up? 😛 #mentalhealth #keepmoving #dogdad #mentalhealthadvocate #humanheroes 📸 @bjw72
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    “We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them. And that scares the hell out of us. What will become of us? We will lose our friends and family, who will no longer recognize us. We will wind up alone, in the cold void of starry space, with nothing and no one to hold on to. . . Of course this is exactly what happens. But here’s the trick. We wind up in space, but not alone. Instead we are tapped into an unquenchable, undepleteable, inexhaustible, source of wisdom, consciousness, companionship. Yeah, we lose friends. But we find friends too, in places we never thought to look. And they’re better friends, truer friends. And we’re better and truer to them. . . Do you believe me?” Stephen Pressfield @colorfactoryco #art #thewarofart #stayweirdstaywoke
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    “Less doing, more being.” is a mantra I’ve been speaking to myself a lot lately. . . Meditation is an opportunity to be with yourself...ultimately confronting your thoughts, your goals, your fears, your mind, maybe even your god... and then bringing it all back to the most sacred thing you possess, your breath. . . It’s simple. You can’t do it wrong. You don’t need to fold your legs into a pretzel. You don’t need to be alone. All you need is your breath. . . Tag someone you’ve been encouraging to meditate, maybe tag yourself if you keep putting it off, and this weekend, try to appreciate the simple act of being. #yoga #meditate #gratitude #home #thegoodquote
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