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Trinidad James: "In Atlanta, you have to make your name for yourself. It started with me figuring out what was my niche. Like, what do I have? I just started selling stuff. My life has been based around hustle. Elementary school I was hustling Dragon Ball Z pictures and Hot Wheels cars. Middle school it was Pokemon cards. In high school, I started selling throwback jerseys and CDs. I just made a name for myself. I done hustled everything. We won’t get into details about it, but I hustled everything. High school for me was just one big hustle.
“In Atlanta, if you need sneakers I can get them. I definitely can get them now, but that’s more of a personal level. Back then, I was connecting people to what was hot and what they needed. I could make it happen. I could make a phone call, I just knew the people with the shoes.
My life has been based around hustle. Elementary school I was hustling Dragon Ball Z pictures and Hot Wheels cars. Middle school it was Pokemon cards. In high school, I started selling throwback jerseys and CDs. I just made a name for myself.
"I’ve been collecting shoes since ’05. That really started with my Grape V’s, and all those IV’s that started to come out in ’06. I just started keeping them. A lot of Air Force Ones. I was making a name for myself being in different places and having kicks on.
“Fashions changed from ’06 to ’07. Everybody was dressing in ’80s, everybody was rock star-ish. I went through all that. Atlanta is really slow when it comes to fashion, but I was jumping on it first in Atlanta. Me and my homeboys, we was jumping on the new wave first. Now that I got older, I kind of just do me. It’s how I feel. I’m not always dressing wild like my video might portray, I’m just chilling. Jeans, button down, just chilling.
“[I have several tattoos of faces on my chests]. I have one of my mom, one of me at one age, my dad, and me at another age. I wanted to do a family collage front piece. Family first man.
“My teeth were already how they were. Eating some food and I cracked them a long time ago. You know men, we don’t fix nothing we just say, ‘I’m gonna do it, I’m gonna do it.’ But recently when we were getting ready to go to a show, we got too turnt up and they just came out. It was already loose and it just came out so I got to go get some fakes in a couple weeks. So I’ll go in and get it fixed. But I don’t give a fuck anyway.”