Tag Archives: Richard Bestia

Hustle Hard or Go Home

Its week 4 everyone. I have managed to keep my patience for the most part of what is going on a month. A month of realigning my life with the current circumstances. I’ve sent out countless resumes and cover letters to a limited amount of companies and job listings. I have had some good days and some not so good days, but as I’ve said before being positive is the only option. Its hustle hard or go home time. I have no time to complain just time to campaign and that’s what I have been doing.

This past weekend was good. Thanks to my friends over at Pillage, Plunder & Associates. I was able to hustle CEDT at the 2011 Addidas Sneakercon here in New York City. It was a great event with lots of different vendors with their own particular products. The event was mostly for sneaker collectors and folks who wanted to trade or sell unique shoes, but it was also a great opportunity to get Cold Eels & Deep Thoughts to the public. I only sold a few items but I did manage to sell out of one of my most popular products. The Abe Dead Prez tee sold its last print for 2011. I was happy to make the money and very happy to give out a TON of stickers and card in hopes of getting more attention to the website and the work.

That event lit a hotter fire underneath me. It reaffirmed that I do have something lots of people out here might want. I know I have what I need to make some things happen for myself whatever the situation. I am a hustler! Not in a street sense but in a life sense. I refuse to lose and I will do whatever in my power to set things in motion that will allow me to win! Sitting at home waiting will do nothing, but getting out there and into people’s faces with positive energy and dynamic artwork will do something. Hey at the least it will make me feel productive.

The thing is this. I might not know where my next check is coming from, but i do know that im talented. I know im not a hard person to work with, and I work hard. In my over 8 years of working as a professional designer I have never been out of work for long. That is comforting. I know that this is just another part of the quest. Keep cool and keep hustling!

Week 4

Send out more resumes and cover letters. CHECK

Make follow-up calls to companies I have sent my pack to. CHECK

Get ready for the holidays CHECK

Here are some photos from Sneakercon 2011

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The Setbacks

When you embark on a life changing quest one can expect set backs and disappointment to be a part of that road. When you look at the reality of your situation and some things just don’t add up it can be very frustrating. It is important to stay positive about the possibilities in front of you not let the pitfalls be your downfall. I won’t lie and say I never worry about things. I have thought about the possibility of failure, but I also think about the glory of success. Success is that much sweeter when it’s earned through hard work, perseverance, and most importantly patience.

Financial setbacks can throw a monkey wrench into your plans out of nowhere. Don’t panic! If you have any hustle about you get to it! Find ways to bring more income your way. Map out a plan that will get you back into the black and out of the red. Minimize your expenses as much as you can. Last week I mentioned getting your money in order, but things can change at anytime and you may need to readjust your budget just to keep you floating. For example, review your cellular phone plan, if you have the biggest minute plan or unlimited texting maybe its time to work with something cheaper. Contact your utility providers if need be to get onto a payment plan that reflects your current situation. Even if you are up to date on your bills setting up payment plans can help you save a few needed dollars. Make a list of necessities and luxuries to really see what you need rather than things you just enjoy. Things like Netflix, or Xbox live are things we enjoy but can be an extra 30 bucks in your pocket at the end of each month. Clip coupons, and make shopping lists. Food can take a huge chunk out of your budget so plan it out to make your dollar stretch. Things will work out.

The road ahead is hard and full of pitfalls but staying focused and positive will bring good favor your way. This is just the beginning and there is a lot to be done. Negativity and sulking is pointless. Get back on the grind. Continue to apply for any and all jobs you feel you can make a professional impact with. Examine all possibilities of where you can apply your talents. The universe will provide.


Tie up all unemployment benefit loose ends. That only should take a week in reality but there are tons of things that can slow that process. If you are slow to address them, it will take some time to get the ball rolling. CHECK

Contact all freelance leads about ongoing work or possible future work. CHECK

Make inquiries about positions available at brands you respect. Try to find contact names, people who can open doors for you. Try to reach out and build re-pore with them. You never know what can happen, and it IS all about who you know sometimes. This week I plan to contact brands like SUPREME, Playcloths, 10 Deep, Brooklyn Circus and all things Ralph Lauren Polo. CHECK

Also begin to put my Cold Eels & Deep Thoughts presentation book together. Have that ready incase you are able to find investors rather than employers. Do it on your terms and find people who you think can help you. CHECK

That is my plan for week 2

I will update you on how those things go the next week. Thanks for support.





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Back from the Beyond // Sacrifice!

Hello Family,

I know it has been a long while since I have posted anything on The Manifesto and I would like to sincerely apologize for that. Your boy has been extremely busy riding the waves of life. I’d love to tell you that all of my time has been spent creating the newness for Cold Eels & Deep Thoughts, or something new for COLDBLUDED but unfortunately more time has been dominated by my nine to five as well as freelance work. I currently work as a Graphic / Fashion Designer for a well know urban clothing company, and with so many changes in the economy the ill effects are clearly seen in my everyday. Without delving to deeply into it our design team has been cut drastically so more work has appeared on my desk resulting in the neglect of the manifesto as well as personal projects. This is unacceptable and I promise you it will no longer be a distraction. This is what prompted me to write this editorial. Not only to explain my absence but to put something more on your mind.

Never let your life get in the way of your dreams. Life has so many ways to derail you from your chosen path, be it relationships, changes in your finance, or just lack of ambition. NOTHING should be able to steal your personal THUNDER. As an artist who works in the creative industry it’s very hard to come home and do more art. But to make your dreams a reality you must continue to stoke that fire. Life is still life, and bills still come just as the next day is sure to arrive. Everyone understands that you need to survive, but if you dream bigger than what you have in front of you, you must work harder to make those dreams real. If you need to take a job to survive, make your JOB fund your DREAMS if that’s the case.

In life it’s so easy to get into a groove where you go to work all day, collect your check every two weeks, and pay your bills. We often forget to bet on ourselves and time has a way to catch up with us and so many opportunities pass us up, because we were preoccupied with the NOW rather than the NEXT. If you desire to be in a different position in your life, every free moment must be dedicated to blazing the trail to that future. All of your free thoughts must be attached to your dreams. Sometimes you DO have to put all of your eggs in one basket. The safe road often leads to the forgotten dreams. Sometimes you just have to roll the dice and see what happens.

Everything you want in life is attainable. But these things rarely come without some sort of sacrifice. You figure it out.

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Vice 2 Addiction X Richard Bestia

Had the chance to sit down with Banks from Vice 2 Addiction for an interview. Here is a link to the video, beautifully shot and edited. Im a big fan of it. Check it out here.

Id like to THANK Vice 2 Addiction for this look. Please do yourself a favor and bookmark that blog. It ain’t nothing but the truth!!!

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Had the chance to chop it up with one of my FAVORITE new brands blog staffs. Commodore Brand has an exclusive interview with your boy BESTIA! Check it out and please bookmark the blog!!!

See it here

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EPIC Productions: TATS & TEES Art Show

Come and show support to the finest collection of creative minds in Virginia Beach!  October 10th 2010.

Come See Us at The Side St. Cantina along with Gabriel Cece, Tanane Whitfield, Emily Sue Goggia-Harrison, Drewski, Carl Huggins, Sean Karn, Jude Aurilio, Logan Miles Davis, Mike Caan, Dominick Taylor, Igor Acord, Adam Roth of Roth Printing & Design, Katerin Goold, Dos Manos Jewelry. Its gonna be AWESOME.

Price is 1 WHOLE DOLLAR!!

The Time: Sunday, October 10 at 7:00pm – October 11 at 1:00am

The amount of visual stimuli is PRICELESS!!

Mention the Coldeels Manifesto and Password : OUTCOLD and receive $5 off any purchase!!

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Cold Eels & Deep Thoughts X Dfined Magazine

Our very own Richard Bestia had the chance to chop it up with our family from the Westcoast at Dfined Magazine for an exclusive interview about our vision and the future of creativity!! The Manifesto has added this Magazine publication to the blogroll so you can see it anytime. Dfined is based out of the Bay Area and had the exclusive interviews to the hottest models, new musical acts, and of course leaders of the Creative Movement. Check out the interview right here!

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Artistic Dirtnap // Ernie Barnes 1938 – 2009

A former professional football player, artist Ernie Barnes is best known for his unique figurative style of painting and is widely recognized as the foremost African American artist. His work largely is connected to the situation comedy from the 1970’s Good Times. The painting shown during the closing credits is “The Sugar Shack” one of Mr. Barnes most famous pieces. I’ve been a fan for years and if you dont know now you know. Ernie Barnes had it! He will be missed.

Here are a few samples of his work.

Check out more here

You figure it out


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And the Winner is………….. MIGHTY MOS DEF

With 21% of the total vote. Mos is the winner. Here is a piece from Richard Bestia to display.

Strong 2nd was Black Thought of the Roots and Honorable Mention went to Sean Price.

Thanks for voting.

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