MARC ECKO: “Clothing guy launches a magazine: That’s an easy bet—it’s going to fail. Some advertisers told us that we needed to decide if we were hip-hop, skate, or something else entirely, but we just moved on and did it. Ten years later the Condés and Hearsts of the world are reacting to us.”

NOAH CALLAHAN-BEVER: “We respect our competition, but we don’t think they’re smarter than us. And nobody works harder than we do.”

WAKA FLOCKA FLAME: “#Complex #1 Mag.”