maybe im a weirdo, but i like weirdos

dov charney

i like leaders who know what theyre doing, who have a vision, who work every day, who make things in america.

is he creepy and a human resource (and legal) department nightmare? of course!

but he’s being himself. isnt that what we teach kids to be? isnt that what americas supposed to be?

dont we tell ppl, come from your heart, figure out your passion and run with it?

but theres two other very important things about being an american businessman:

dont break the law and dont lose any money.

american apparel seems to saying that because the company is losing money

that now they will show him the door because of legal issues.

its that whole complicated dance we have with Alphas

we love how crazy and demanding and insane they are

i find it hard to believe that whoever replaces dov will continue to manufacture clothes in LA

nor will continue to provide edgy fashions that push the envelope

nor will they aggressively push for immigrant rights or even gay rights.

and Lord knows they won’t have their phone number out there on the internet for all to see

and omg call.

and listen as he omg answers.

we had an intern at the LA Times who was more of an exchange journalist.

he worked for a German newspaper and he was allowed to chill at the LAT to learn what we were up to.

one day he asked me who the most interesting businessperson was in LA and i said Dov.

he then asked me if i knew how to get to Dov’s PR people. i said f that, just call him.

he said, great can i have his number. i said Google it.

because Dov has no problem with the foreign press, bro got his interview in a few days

and boom it was in that German paper a few days after that.

something tells me that the next CEO won’t be anything like that.


dear tony, you are amazing and dashing and know everything about blogging

creative-clever-tattoos-23-277x400 i am a beautiful young lady living in the hollywood Hills having an blessed life and i want to be a fashion blogger

for like real.

ive spent money on a new website, a new car, and a laptop.

now what?

how do i make this happen?

yours in rock,


dear debra,

im so glad you wrote me, i dont know how you got my phone number, but this is a legitimate question so i will answer this seriously.

for starters, what you want is extremely difficult.

the market is saturated. pintrest for godsake has made it worse.

theres youtube ppl, instagram, and then all the other people who have been doing it forever.

thats the bad news, the good news is the market is finicky and disloyal.

everyone wants something new. the new thing. the new scene.


you have a lot of things going for you, so maybe you can be that new scene the clickers want so badly.

as you figure that out, you should probably take a look at canada, where all the answers usually lay.

put on your winter coat, a Grates shirt, a warm Cubs hat and a scarf

and buy a party ball for keri cdn because she is living the dream


keri gets a new car every week, drives it around, writes about it for the paper and her blog

and for fun writes about digital security and how you can best protect yourself from bad ppl.

she also catches and releases grizzly bears. bare handed.

be amazed at

keri used to live in the same skyscraper as casie in toronto or was it the other way around


no matter, casie is never home. shes constantly partying exploring or jumping off buildings.

last weekend chevy gave her a convertible camaro. in white.

last time she was in southern california her day was packed shopping

going to disneyland, and then singing on stage at the hollywood bowl with that lady from wicked

kristin cheneworth or whoever you spell it.

anyways bloggers get whatever they want. even in canada.

casie just wants things and they come to her.

one day she said i want the most awesome sweatshirt ever and pow


miss 604 and keira-anne wanted vancouver and vancouver island, respectively

and not only did they get it but canada asked them to design the olympics when it was up there

but they were busy blogging.

keira recently got hitched and has been on an extended honeymoon from blogging

but she’s been doing it so long i cant imagine she’ll be gone for much longer

meanwhile Miss 604 has had something very special going on over there for a solid decade now.

beautiful choice of photos, solid writing, and actually all the things a person would want to do up there.

one of the lessons that i learned from these ladies is: go do stuff and you’ll get invited to do more.

keep writing, keep taking pictures, keep posting it and making it look good.

learn from all the other bloggers out there. who is doing something right. how can you beat it.

maybe you can just outlast them.

the good and bad thing about the blogosphere is it’s full of quitters.

let em quit.

find that thing about you thats different than everyone else and milk it.

as many times in a row as you can, online, every day.

me, if i had to do it. id not only have my own blog,

but id see if i could write once a week

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