Recently we had the opportunity to do a photo shoot for clothing brand Sky Welkin where photographer Willthashooter captured musician Mackderico sporting two of the brands latest pieces. We also had a chance to speak with Sky Welkin representative Zeke as he discussed some of the garment designs, why people should support Sky Welkin and some of their future plans.

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TPP: how has the reception been thus far in 2018 for sky welkin ?

SW: 2018 has been all love thus far. With this being our 3rd active year as a brand, we still feel as though we have to prove ourselves as a solid/serious brand, and we strive to accomplish that task by remaining humble and staying true to the ethic thats gotten us this far. I personally make it a point to thank any and everybody that supports us from liking a picture to copping gear/art, or even telling a friend about us. Overall, our slogan “Build As You Grow” is really a lifestyle itself that like minded individuals that are striving for something can relate to, so we just have to spread that like a gospel. We hear everyday about people who may have never linked up on their own, may see somebody in one of our shirts and can automatically feel comfortable to connect, not because they like the same clothes, but because they have the same mindset.


TPP: Recently sky welkin has had events/happy hours at jhanes, how did that come about  ?

SW: Honestly the conventional methods that we tried to use kept getting denied. We had been trying to do Pop Ups at a galleries and stores in the area and after being told so many times we came up with the idea of this experience and Jhane’s said yes. As a lifestyle brand, I feel we owe it to our supporters to bring our brand/style to life. The Happy Hour / Pop Up’s at Jhane’s allows us to provide an experience, not just sell clothes. Its free, the drinks are cheap (and strong lol), there’s blank Sky Welkin art + crayons for people to color and reimagine the art based off of their interpretation & imagination, and you can even play video games all before you step to our merch table. It gives adults a chance to revitalize their youth all the while introducing you to what we’re about. I like to show love to our supporters/newcomers genuinely, so its all about having a good time. We even have a Gold Pin that’ll give you 20% off your Sky Welkin purchase. At the end of the day if nobody came, Id could sit there and play the game as if I was at home lol, but I haven’t met one person that has came out that didn’t love the experience so Im grateful to see such a genuine idea be received to positively.

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TPP: How does Sky Welkin feel about competitors both locally & globally ? 

SW: Locally, I personally don’t really consider anybody else competition. I say that humbly because most of the people in the area & in the same lane as us are my peers so I’d rather build with them than to compete, or I just do my own thing. I do believe in raising the bar and holding ourselves to a certain standard to inspire those same peers to step it up because ultimately that would make the area itself look better and Im more interested in doing that than to try to compete. The 757 has been long plagued with this crab in a bucket mentality so I just show love and carry on doing our own thing. Even further than that, I invite our “competition” to be apart of events like the Truly Yours, VA Fashion Show to push the idea of us being able to come together to provide the area with a dope experience, as well as start to build a rich history and change the stigma. Globally, I look at the heavy hitters as competition. Its the moves we see from our favorite brands, such as Kith, Gucci, Cav Empt, Futura, Off White, Marcelo Burlon, Cactus Plant Flea Market, Supreme, Bape, Yeezy, Margiela, Valentino, Vetements, and so many more, that we ultimately view as competition because they represent the status quo. On a global scale, we have to convince the people that thirst for those type of brands that the Sky Welkin Brand is worthy of that same level of respect, and I feel that because of the ambiguity of the art + the Build As You Grow lifestyle aspect will translate to all who can relate across the world.


TPP: Why should someone support Sky Welkin ? What’s up & coming for Sky Welkin in 2018 ?

SW: Why shouldn’t somebody support Sky Welkin? What did we do to you? Lol. As I mentioned before, the Build As You Grow lifestyle and the originality of Derek’s art combined presents a positive brand that we hope all can relate to. From birth to death, you should strive to Build As You Grow in order to become the best possible version of yourself with this one life that we have. How could you not support that? The art and ideas that build this brand can last forever, but we not gonna just say it, we’re gonna show you by our ethic and hopefully the will gain your support. If not fine, it cost you nothing to pay us no mind..
For the rest of 2018 and beyond we want to keep pumping out dope lifestyle products as well dope experiences for people to enjoy. There will be another Truly Yours, VA Fashion Show this year April 21st at the Granby Theater. This one will be even bigger and better than last year so Im excited to get started. We will continue to have events at spots like Jhane’s, but I do want to switch up the way we do them so that people that come out will be able to look forward to fresh experiences. As long as the support is there and our momentum keeps building locally and across the country/globe, people can expect things to only get bigger and better so just stay tuned.


The Perfect Play sits down with Pacers member, Sneaker Connoisseur and 757 OG Joe Cherry to discuss various topics including him growing up in Virginia Beach, the difference between then and now, His relationship with Kareem Biggs along with some of the various obstacles he faced throughout his journey and how he his helping the younger generation avoid some of the same mistakes he made. Check out Part 2 below.

The Perfect Play sits down with Pacers member, Sneaker Connoisseur and 757 OG Joe Cherry to discuss various topics including him growing up in Virginia Beach, the difference between then and now, His relationship with Kareem Biggs along with some of the various obstacles he faced throughout his journey and how he his helping the younger generation avoid some of the same mistakes he made. Check out Part 1 below.


Recently us over at the Perfect Play sat down as guest with The Mix, a talk show of 5 African Americans from different walks of life that came together to create a bigger positive image for the culture and their people. On the 3rd episode of their second season we discussed the start of the Perfect Play, Virginia not supporting Virginia, any advice we have for young aspiring creatives, and more. Make sure to follow them on Instagram @TheMixOnIG and check the full interview out below.

In Episode 05 we catch up with 23 year old Virginia Beach native rapper Grim Dave. After initially signing a deal with 300 Entertainment,  Having his innagural project Designer Casket be premiered by esteemed site Fader, Jabar a lead single taking off suddenly garnering nationwide recognition with his brash lyrics and hard hitting punch lines Dave expresses to us that he isn’t happy with his previous work confirming that is the reason for him deleting most of his sounds from soundcloud. Also within the interview Dave highlights that he is fully aware of the governments subliminal messages , The state of hip hop currently with its promotion of drug usage, His brotherly relationship with DRAM, Artist he would like to work with and the public unveiling of his upcoming project features and title. Take a listen and catch up with us and Grim Dave.

Recently we had a chance to sit down with model Kenneth K, 20 years old from San Diego, California Kenneth has put together quite the resumé since his start in modeling less than a year ago. Working with brands like Pacers, Commonwealth and many more Kenneth expresses how he got into modeling, what its like to work with bigger brands and some of his pet peeves when shooting. Check out the full interview below.

4 Months ago Fi$h$kale Rabble suddenly hit the music seen again after being released from a prison sentence the first product seen upon his arrival was a 30 sec clip of Fi$h$kale taking a mugshot directed by VASM which we would later find out was the lead up to a 4 track self titled EP. We recently had a chance to sit down with the 26 year old Virginia Beach native and discuss his latest visual Dropping Bows, His biggest musical inspirations, How he came up with his name while in prison and much more. Check out the full length interview below.

In Episode 02 of our podcast we catch up with creative collective Random Object Gallery as they dig deep into how they feel about the local government, Nike SB’s, Trump Administration, Norfolk being “The Stage” along with how they aren’t big fans of social media and why. After listening to this podcast the listener is sure to have a greater respect for Random Object Gallery as a team that can be very impactful in culture going forward.