We had the good fortune of connecting with Ja’Michael Breckenridge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ja’Michael, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Well I always knew I wanted to do something creative. I’ve had rap dreams, I tried to be the next L.A. Reid and I even tried to create the next Complex Media at one point. Out of all of those, I’m just glad my rap dreams never vasted (Laughs). But I say all of that because I always wanted to be in the creative world some way, some how. And streetwear/apparel is where I truly found my niche.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Well the way I got my start in streetwear was I always going to the malls and seeing stuff that I didn’t really like, stuff that was too big, and stuff that could’ve been done different. So I remember just being at home one day and I Googled ‘online t-shirt marker’ and I came across this site called Bluecotton and I just started designing tees. Using clip art, Google images, stuff like that. Next thing you know, I just found myself just constantly making tees. And from there that’s all she wrote.
M.Y.H.M (The Mayhem Brand) is a vintage streetwear brand. I was really heavy into thrift shopping and the whole retro vintage look. I was always copping retro NBA tees, NFL tees, snapbacks, just all kinds of stuff. So that’s where the vintage aesthetic of the brand came from. Just restoring that previous vintage aesthetic but with a modern day twist to it.
I’ve faced many challenges during the process. But it’s all ants to a butterfly. The way I overcame different challenges was just to keep going. Keep progressing with the craft.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m pretty down to Earth to be honest. I like going where there’s a pool table at. Just chilling, kicking back, and playing a nice game of pool.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Outside of my close people like family and friends, I definitely want to shoutout Drew Barker of Tha Industry Podcast, Shaun Sampson from Our Vybe. A streetwear retailer based in Dallas. I’ve got good situations with both of these outlets. Really looking forward to continuing building with both of them.
Flannel Image: Drew Barker