Around this time last year, the sneaker community lost one of its most important voices in Gary Warnett. A man of many hats, Warnett was perhaps best known for its influential Gwarizm blog and behind-the-scenes work with top brands.
Reebok prepped special friends and family make up in his honor. Read more about it from the Basement.
Why I wanted to bring this up is quite simple. Maekan shared in its newsletter the same news together with a tribute e-mail archives interview between Gary and Eugene Kan, which I had missed somehow. It’s a long read, but I recommend to read it.
It’s crazy to see that the conversation took place at the beginning of 2010, but everything that’s being said still holds true .
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Gary on trends
I’m pleased that trends will come and go, and that we’ll stay constant, doing what we do. Things will move on, but personally, my tastes are a mix of the sensible and slightly stranger. I don’t understand the preoccupation with adopting your new “thing” and then ditching everything else. It’s tunnel-visioned and pretty one-dimensional.
Gary on “cool kids”
If you’re chasing “cool kid” status, you need to fix up, but if you’re thirty or over and chasing that validation, well…you’re beyond help… influencers… opinion formers? What’s all that shit about? I find it depressing. It doesn’t help that those assigning “cool” badges are usually burn-outs on an idea hunt. Maybe I’m quaint in my ways, but my idea of a cool kid is someone with specialist subjects and genuine passion rather than some vapid walking skim-read. We have access to so much information, and motherfuckers are still without a clue? It’s baffling really.
Eugene on recession
No doubt the whole recession brought two divisive forms of thinking, people thought #1: tough times brings out the simplicity and timeless aspect of design or #2: time to go balls out and make something truly memorable and crazy to offer that differentiation. While I saw both sides, #1 seemed the much more legitimate argument.
Go read the rest of the article here.