To my eyes, Willow Hoods is the genesis of a new type of haircut in Cebu. He didn’t discover it, but he found out about it, noticed that no one was offering that kind of style, and decided to bring that look to Cebu. The Fade Haircut found its way into the every day lives of Cebuanos. It’s not often that someone is able to make a mark through a haircut. With that in mind, I wanted to talk to him and finally meet him for the first time.
This is where the Bart Bros come in. Fortunately, they sat down and explained the culture and history of Cebu street art. Composed of brothers Bart and Yummy, Bart Bros started by sharing their wild imaginations in the streets of Cebu, and have since been invited by various art galleries to exhibit their work. Their works are often seen as brutally painless and darkly cheerful with a tinge lowbrow humor.
When Did Zerothreetwo Become Profitable, Podcasts in the Philippine Business Landscape, and Supporting the Cebu Creative Scene from Abroad with Carlo Villarica (AMA)
I realized that the Ask Me Anything (AMA) episodes are really fun to do. Some of the questions forced me to think deeply and look back at our own history. This particular episode reminded me of how far Zerothreetwo has come, our early beginnings, and how we’ve hustled our way to what we are now. We’re still not at the final stage of Zerothreetwo, maybe we’ll never even reach there, but it’s been one heckuva ride so far.
Fortunately, I had a chance to meet JP Arias. One day, we received a message on the Zerothreetwo Facebook page. He was asking if we were interested in sponsoring merchandise for a budding spoken word and rap artist. Here’s a little secret – we are very willing to sponsor merchandise to people doing creative interesting things. A quick Google search of JP Arias showed his involvement in the rap scene as well as spoken word. One year later, he’s showed up in a rap battle, tons of gigs doing spoken word, started a spoken word poetry group called Kasikas, and performed in the recent Bisaya Music Festival. He’s been busy!
Karl Lucente is one of the members of Mandaue Nights, but long before the birth of the group, Karl had his fingers dipped in the local music scene for years. His video work under Southernlads Productions helped many local bands. Then eventually he found his own way into music through Honeydrop and Hey! It’s Your Birthday before eventually falling into Mandaue Nights.
That’s why this conversation with Kurt Fick surprised me. Here was someone who from a very early age reached out to others who knew more than him, others who had experienced what he hoped to experience. In fact, I think that his reliance on finding and learning from his mentors sped up his process of getting to where he wants to be. Doing anything whether it be photography, filmmaking, or even singing is really really difficult. The ins and outs of each discipline could take years and years to master. The hack to speeding up that process, although it might not feel like a shortcut, is finding mentors.