On November 14 I have attended the event drip city kicks and caps 2022 at resorts World casino.
Drip city market was hosting the event at resorts whole casino located in ozone Park Queens. The whole event was a sneaker convention focusing on buy, sell, trading sneakers clothing and accessories. The event had more than 200vendors.
the convention had A mixed atmosphere with different medias from sneakers to accessories different designers and creators. they had the celebrity Dave East, an artist attend this event. They hosted a lot of sneaker competitions and promotion for a lot of brands and companies such as monster Energy drink and Mamitas Ices.
The whole event had a lot of different culture. Street fashion and pop culture of its own.
mostly male audience attended this event. Most vendors at the event had the brands of Jordans and Nikes. Most of the audience of this event was for sneaker collectors and businesses. This event had a lot of familiar faces and brands. Because most of these conventions have its own set of culture for the vendors and the audience. Conventions has its own culture of its own which is pretty interesting and it’s a really unique community, Just as any other pop-culture community.
This Convention had its own pop-culture of his own compared to the other conventions that I am used to attending, but I had made friends with someone that has a similar niche as myself, her brand name is called the prancing pug.
The event was interesting, every niche has its own community and just to see how wide spread the sneaker community is, was a real unique site. Like boys being boys, was my thought. In reminded me of my times growing up in east New York, Brooklyn and being in school, and the biggest flex and trend is your fashion and brands. In my teens I moved to south ozone park queens, and within the high school culture, the trends and clique variate but sneakers trend has never changed. The freshest sneakers on your outfit was the flex. So coming back to current times, the sneaker culture is still alive and has such a large community of collectors and influencers.
An update on Interning for CoCoaKawaii, we’ve been preparing content and advertising for Patches&Pins NYC. I been receiving various of assignments throughout the week to design for my supervisor. Updating each other and booking different events and making promotional digital prints for her to advertise on her instagram.
This week I am attending a few networking events.
SexExpo on Saturday October 1, 2022
and I’ve attended New York ComicCon on Saturday, October 8, 2022
both events were conventions. Both in two different directions.
SexExpo was more of an older & mature crowd of people but very open with themselves. Talked about sex and the different ideas and behind the act itself with the type of booths at the conventions. Displays of varies of toys for pleasure and costumes.
New York Comic Con was more like a huge party of ‘nerd’ and pop culture influencers within the Javits Center. It was full of booths and tables. Artist alley, different brands, cosplayers
During the course of my time, combatting classes and formerly interning for Mott Haven Fridge Network, I continuously been looking for more opportunities best suitable for me. I religiously check handshake everyday and review offers that I receive.
Being involved within the ‘Nerd culture’ and going to conventions like ComicCon and AnimeNYC, I been networking more with artists and creatives. More of the niche I aspire to be within. I came across an artist and brand called CoCoaKawaii.
CocoaKawaii is an small business craft & accessory brand. I was hired to be her graphic designer. Her brand represents kawaii culture and promotes to be aspired towards everyone, not only the stereotypical ‘asian’ niche clan.
My last day interning for Mott Haven Fridge Network was September 4, 2022.
Over the course of time interning as a volunteer intern, I really started to see my value as a graphic designer. I was not accepting the poor work conditions I was working within. As this was a remote graphic designer internship position, it was not worth having my work being devalued and the pile up of slack work that I was given. My time and work as an artist is worth more than just interning for someone that devalues my work, time and effort.
A work environment and brand should respect you and your time. Everyone has a life and a schedule and as professionals we all need to realize that there are boundaries we have to set for ourselves & our tolerance.
I’ve resigned from interning as the Graphic Designer within Mott Haven Fridge Network.
The final designs I’ve created for the brand are the following:
I can speculate the appreciation of the skills and practice I’ve received from GrassRootsGrocery and the Designs I was able to create.
The following are the live social media posts where my designs were used.