You watch basketball? If not it’s cool, but just know I’m like a die hard basketball fan. It’s like the only sport I even play as well (I’m good at a few but basketball is the one I enjoy). Well I only bring this up because I’ve been relaxing this week and the Warriors just came back from being down 3-1 to win the series over the Thunder. One of the most impossible things you can do in basketball.
For those that don’t know me in my personal life, my favorite player of all time is Kobe Bryant. Regardless, I have this crazy amount of respect for Stephen Curry (and before anyone goes thinking I’m just one of those bandwagon fans that goes for whose winning, I was a Kobe fan before the rings, and my new favorite player isn’t even Curry, but a 20 year old named Emmanuel Mudiay of the Nuggets. Watch, he’s gonna be a star).
The reason I respect Curry so much is he isn’t supposed to be considered the best in the game. Criticisms such as he’s too small, he only shoots threes, he’s too light skinned (lol, jokes) all rain upon him daily. Well, he defied every single odd that came his way and it was through hard work. Like he literally has changed what is possible because he shoots so well. He’s shattering every shooting record in the NBA and he is still in his twenties. It’s a joy to see him prove all the doubters wrong.
Why am I bringing this up? Because we all have this ability. To prove our doubters wrong. I’m one of those weird people who don’t believe in talent. I know that’s confusing coming from someone who can draw, but I haven’t always been this good. I believe it is all about nurture.
When I was a kid, I loved cartoons. To the point where TV kinda raised me (I’m from Alabama, but people say I don’t speak like it. I’m sure it’s because I have picked up the dialect I saw from the shows I watched more). I’d sit and draw Ninja Turtles and my turtles just happened to look a bit more like actual Ninja Turtles than the kids my age. So people said I could. In retrospect, those turtles were not that good. Nothing close to what one would consider to be a good drawing of them. But, for my age, they were nice. That praise made me want to impress people more. So I drew. Everyday. Relentlessly. Over time, I naturally improved and I continue to. Even now, I draw… a lot. That is the talent. To be so obsessed with getting better at something so much that you keep doing it to get better, no matter how many people say that you are already good at it. Good isn’t enough.
Every night after work, no matter how tired I am, I get up and drive to the Loveless Headquarters and work on this brand and comic. And I get off pretty late. I make sure to at least put in two hours of time but the average is closer to 4 a night. Why? Because I have big dreams. Believe it or not, making Loveless a success is only the tip of the iceberg to that dream, but it is a stepping stone for it.
“You’re a tattoo artist. No one will respect you as a cartoonist.”
Well if you ask me, I’ve always been a cartoonist that just happens to tattoo. My mind won’t conform to the norms that the world lives by. I’ll dominate whatever field I want. Am I receiving praise and accolades for this comic from my peers and comic blogs and stuff right now? Not at all honestly.
But that’s why I love it. The doubt. It’s what drives me. It’s what drove me to be a good tattoo artist. It’s what drives me to be the best man I can be. How will I achieve those goals if I’m not working on them everyday, even if the results aren’t right in front of me. To me, the journey is the results. Knowing that I’m a little bit better than I was yesterday. Knowing that Angel delivered a funny line a bit sharper than yesterday. Knowing that my perspective has improved just a tad. These things let me know that I am on my way. The results will come and they will be greater than anything I could even fathom.
I just challenge you all to do the same. Get a lil Steph Curry in you *pause* and I challenge you to be better than you were yesterday. To really think about your dreams and do something daily to get there. Even if just slightly, be better.
Okay, now I’m just rambling. But I believe in people, and when I see great examples showing that the world really is ours and it conforms to what we make it, I just want us all to take notice.
PS: Damn Angel, back at it again fucking up. Who hasn’t been a victim of misunderstanding a post someone wrote. I would say stop snooping, but in this world it’s impossible at times. I guess just try not to let it hurt you. In a digital world, the best way to get answers is still just ask directly it seems. Lates