You may love him or you may hate him but no matter what you have to admit SAFE Knows. From the freshest kicks to the illest bike’s he is always in a MOOOO-Ve. Not long a go I had a chance to ask a few questions to Mr MOOOO-Ve himself. Safe Stadick is all abut MiGente in more ways than one. Werd!
Images via Safe Stadick
Full interview after the click.
TWIT: Is Safe Stadick your DJ name? Ss: Safe Stadick is my DJ name, My B-Boy name, is My name…
TWIT: Where are you from? Ss: You mean my background, my culture, my history?? TWIT: Well, where are you from? Are you from Miami? Ss: Yes, I’m definitely from Miami.
TWIT: How long you’ve been around Miami? Ss: I’ve been around Miami my whole life but I’ve traveled my whole life also. I’m cultured in many aspects…
TWIT: To know that you are born and raised here in Miami it makes it that much more interesting. I didn’t think you were from here. That’s interesting… People have a misconception that people in Miami always get corrupted but as we can see with you, you are always getting it done, always in the middle of a “Moooo-V”. (we both laugh)
TWIT: What is style for you? Ss: Style is just something that’s fresh, something that’s fly. You know what I’m saying??? The way you do it! Cause it could be like riding a bike or it could be riding a skateboard, how you do it. You could do it or you could do it with style! You know what I’m saying… Is something that you do to the next level and ad your own little flavor to it, your own sazon!
TWIT: Is our shoe Culture changing? (here in Miami) Ss: At the current time it is changing and is really not changing for the better. It seems that as the culture gets bigger is kind of like down grading and a lot of people are downgrading it with selling junk, selling used sneakers that aren’t fly, aren’t fresh! You know what I’m saying??? I don’t go somewhere to buy a pair of used stinky sneakers for a lot of money… Who does that?? You know what I’m saying?? That’s not fresh to me!
TWIT: Is the growth diluting the game? Ss: Is diluting, water down, polluted, is getting kind of corny. I love this culture to the day I die. I’m going to be a 50 yr old man in fly kicks still rocking everything fresh but how I see it right now is in a sad state. Is a hand full of people that are doing it, because there is always a hand full of people who are keeping it fresh, keeping it a live, keeping it positive and the there is just the kids that just don’t care. They just want to make a quick flip to make some money off it or get rid of it some how. That’s how it gets water down…
TWIT: So in other words the shoe culture here is gotten a bit water down? Ss: Is not just here! I’ve been around the whole country doing the sneaker thing. You could go to New York and see the same thing. I’ve been to sneaker events in New York that kids shoes look like they skated there wearing the shoes, took them off and put them on the table… Who wants to buy a pair of shoes like that?? Is not for me! The culture, they aren’t really getting it! (talking about the new generation)
TWIT: Do you still ride Jump Bikes or BMX? Ss: I definitely do. We don’t ride BMX anymore. We ride Mountain Bikes. I have a “24 Mountain Bike but we do ride them like they’re BMX bikes. Is kind of like a dirt bike, jumper, etc. We ride our bikes on the skate park, on the street. We do everything people do on BMX bikes. We just use a bigger bike. Is kind of like a BMX for grown ups… By the way the bikes are all fly too…
TWIT: Did you do a bike ride this year with a bunch of BMX pros here in Miami? Ss: We constantly do bike rides. Yeah, a couple of weeks a go Nigel came by with a couple of the dudes from Nike 6.0. A couple of other dudes came and we did a couple of rides. There was also a Bike USA event. That event was cool cause a lot of the kids came to show love to all of the pros, to show love in general. It was mad cool to see that. They even did a little contest for the kids. It was cool. It was dope!
TWIT: I know you are a heavy shoe head, collector, enthusiast, etc. how did it all start? Ss: This goes back. It all started,,,, just like I always liked being fresh. Back then it was being a B-Boy. Back then being a dancer, a B-Boy you always want to stay fresh! Like that’s my roots. You know what I’m saying?? That was where the seed was planted which developed in to what it is today. Being a B-Boy, you always want to come out looking fresh with your crew. You want to have the flyest gear. Whether it was wearing Adidas Shell toe, Pumas, Fila, etc. Wear the freshest hat to spin on or the freshest jacket. It all started there many, many moons a go.
TWIT: Lets get down to the real deal now, how many pairs do you have right now? Ss: I can even give you the right number. I stopped counting 2 years a go. Maybe 800 give or take…
TWIT: So let me ask you: Are you one of those dudes that has the closet in the house plus a warehouse for your collections? Ss: Oh Yeah, I got the storage plus Abuelas house (grandma)
TWIT: So in other words you’re paying people to keep your stash spots? Ss: Yeah… (we laugh)
TWIT: So you are a true collector do to the fact that you have bought multiple pairs of shoes when ever possible? Ss: Yeah, well not all of my pairs are multiple. Do to the fact that some shoes you could only get one pair no matter what. Is like I have shoes that were super limited releases. For example: I have some shoes that were only 12 pairs made in total. Those types of runs I wouldn’t be able to have multiples. So there’re a few things to consider when talking about multiple pairs. From availability, to cost, etc. Cause lets face it, at the end of the day is just a pair of shoes! I don’t spend them crazy prices on shoes… (loud laughter)
TWIT: Which one is your favorite? Ss: Ehhh, top 3 LB IIV-112 ATF only Edition, Man you are killing me. I think that is it! You killed me with that one…
TWIT: How many one of one do you own? Ss: I have a few ID’s like that. I would say I have about 10 pairs of 1 of 1’s. I’m not crazy like that but my boy MAYOR he is the ID king. Clark Kent has a lot too. I’m not one of them guys but I still hold HEAT!
TWIT: What else do you collect? Ss: I collect everything. Ah, I have a mean fitted collection if you haven’t notice. I collect records I have a big record collection, glasses, vintage clothes. I just get carried away with things. Is like OCD! It’s starts with kicks in and I just keep collecting things… Hahaha! I just collect. Once I get it I don’t sell it. I keep it!
TWIT: When did the fitted obsession start? Ss: A mean I always liked fitted’s. I’ve always had them. I think it all started with you know when you have that special pair of shoes that has to match right? You know you just cant wear it with a regular fitted. You need to go the extra mile and get that (whistle 3 time in a row) it has to be right. It has to have that special blessing. Fitted is like a head to toe sandwich. That is why the call me the Gran Conbo. Is like rice & beans.
TWIT: Do you have a fitted to go with every one of your shoes? Ss: Most definitely! I definitely have more than one hat per shoe, a few. We go in with hats… Easily more than 1000 fitted’s.
TWIT: How did Migente Clothing get started? Ss: It all got started when I use to do my own shirts when I was a B-Boy. I wanted to rep my crew. I wanted to do my own style. So I would go whether it was Iron on letter, paint them. It was kind of burn before I even knew it was born. People would be like: hey what’s that yara, yara, yara. It was kind of like in the embryo stage without me even knowing. Then people started rocking the picture shirts with like Biggie, Malcolm X, etc. The shirts were hot but I wanted to rock something that my people could identify with. I thought it was cool that they got stuff with their favorite singer so I was like let me do stuff with my favorite singer like: Hector Lavoe, Big Pun, Tito Puente, Willie Colon, La Lupe, Celia Cruz. Me being a record collector I had all this people that I liked. I could go on for days. Those are real strong people in our latino community and that’s were it started from mi gente, mi gente, my people! That is how it all came about. This is an exclusive cause a lot of people don’t know that story…
TWIT: How long have you been in business? Ss: Is been around 6 years. We have been to all stages. Good times, bad times, economy crashing, etc. We’re here…
TWIT: Out of all your collaboration with other brands, which one is your favorite? Ss: It is definitely a tuff one. Because everyone that we do collabo’s with is not cause they called or whatever,,, we are family. One of my top ones is definitely the 112 collabo with Big brother DJ Clark Kent. We put the Shirt together for the 112-pack release and built a Brooklyn Machine Works Park Bike MG FLIGHT 112.
That collabo was crazy! It was something that we put all our emotion in to, all our creativity in to it and we rocked out… To be honest that is a never-ending collabo cause there is always a new 112 project in the works. There is something that keeps evolving from all the creative power we generate.
TWIT: Do you find it difficult in Miami to stay focus? Ss: I mean yeah you do. At the same time we’ve been doing this for so long that is like, all right you have to know where, when and how. So yes it is difficult cause there is always something going on every night of the week. There are always people in town so you got to stay focused and hungry at all times. The best way to put is: Work hard and play hard to stay balance. Cause, I like to have fun. If I’m not having fun I don’t like to do it. Some people think I’m slaking off or messing around but it’s always relevant to what’s going on with us right now.
TWIT: What has been your biggest challenge in terms of the brand or during the creative state? Ss: My biggest challenge has always been or it always is that we are our worst critics so some times we over think our selves. It’s not that is crazy but a lot of times less is more but we ever think it. At that moment I like to step out of my self and really see what’s going on. Its kind of hard to explain but any creative person will understand. TWIT: I call it Paralysis of Analysis! You ever think so much that you don’t get anything done. Ss: Whatever you say, (laughter) yeah but then you could listen to a song, go for a walk and get inspired! Then boom is on! Is not hard to get a lot of ideas in Miami. I see a lot of things that inspire me. Whether you take a bike ride down the block or just listen to some music there is some inspiration.
TWIT: How limited are your T-shirt runs? Ss: I mean it just depends on what it is. If is from the line sheet or if is a collabo. We do keep them limited we always want to be on to the next one. It all depends. Is like a shoe. If the Yeezy’s were still at the store they wouldn’t be on the shelve selling for $1200. You know what I’m saying?? So you’ve got to keep them hungry for the next thing. Some runs are more limited than others but for the most part we are a limited edition T-Shirt line. We really take pride on having quality over quantity always!
TWIT: What advise do you have for any one wanting to start a brand? Ss: 1. Be original. There is a lot of Shark bitter out there who want to just google you and then copy and paste your stuff… Copy Nigg. Find your own lane. Don’t start a brand to try and be like the next brand. Ask questions it doesn’t hurt to go out and ask people who may have some answers to help you. Do something different so you stand out. Now you go around and every body is doing the same thing we did…