What were you doing before you started working at Filthy Dripped?
It may sound crazy but I’ve worked from being a Fed-ex Handler, Aviation Parts Specialist, to a Dialysis Technician in the past 5 years. I’m 25 right now! I’ve did it all I was a regular old dude trying to get my shit straight. Not leaving the passion for Fashion/Art far behind me. I also got my name Nautiks from the Aviation Trade school, Sierra Academy of Aero”nautics,” which I graduated from in Oakland CA, as a Aviation Mechanic.
How’d You Get Started?
I’ve been doing the Custom Painted tees since 2003, at first it was just a way for me to express myself from others, it then created a great buzz for quite a while. I painted in the Garage of my parents house at the same time going to junior college. I also painted for Baysic (which is the same spot I work at now) I worked with Jae Knox of BMC clothing and painted for the brand LEGENDS LTD. with them for about 6 months. I still continued my online sales as well. After everything slowed down I chose to go back to work while meeting new business oppurtunities, which we together opened up shop.
I’m hearing you also do a lot of Tattoo work? What made you wanna go into that field?
Tattoos, I’ve always loved tattoos, I have a quite few which i still need to fill up. It’s just like the Tees it’s a way of expressing myself. It hit me at my last job with me working with needles, sterilization and patients as a Dialysis Technician. I thought to myself and was like I can do this. I felt like I’ve been doing it for years! I just started in the beginning of 2008. Everything is falling in place for me. Hit me up or visit my personal website at Nautiks.com which I will be posting New artwork/fashion done by me. Also get ready for my NEW Brand, Toxic Lunchbox!
How do You Guys keep up wit the Up and Coming and Strong Designs?
We got a team of creative minds. We try to bring out designs no one has or will have. We are trendesetters, not mentioning I did win Best dress in the 8th grade and a Nominee for my Senior year! Yah Diig!? Our Trend is your Fashion. We do go to shows and conventions for clothing such as the Magic Fashion show in Vegas which comes twice a year, as well as the Agenda Show in San Diego. Fashion is me!
Any truth to the rumor you guys are coming Out wit a Nike shoe?
Shoes, Jackets, any apparel you name it we will have it! Our goal is be our own boutique with our own Brand, built ground up from your fellow Bay Area Representaz. 2009 will be the year we actually start focusing into it. Get ready for a lot of New Clothing from Filthy Dripped. Also keep checking out our website for updates, FilthyDripped.com
Sum people don’t know that You also Make shirts…What led You to that field?
A lot of people think i do the other when it comes down to it. It’s real stressfull runnin’ a shop as well as also making Custom Clothing for customers at the same time. I also do a lot for the company itself dealing with buying as well as designing with my fellow partners. Besides the Shop I am a part-time Barber as well as a Tattoo artist. Who needs a fade? Got design work Holla! Everything leads to another, I cannot do everything but as long as I got a shit load of shit to fall back on, I can keep busy.
On a Common day what is your life like? Describe it for our readers!!
Everyday is always going to be different, but a regular day is always stressfull. From dealing with Customers then to Clients. Phones blowing off the hook, your name being asked for a million times is hectic. We open up shop at 11am-8ish daily here in Berkeley CA, for those that don’t know it’s 2422 Telegraph Ave. right across the street from Rasputin Records. Random artists and celebrities roll in out of the shop, a few would be Mistah FAB, The Jacka, J-Stalin, San Quinn, Big Rich, Dem Hoodstarz, The Pack, Nump, Turf Talk to Rick Ross, Keith Murray, Paul Wall,The Game to Tommy Lee and Nicole Ritchie. The shop is the spot to be with great people to hang out with. You can play the old school NBA JAM Arcade or watch Football on our Flat Screen TV or jam to the Music! The shop is also filled up with Grafitti from top to bottom with paintings to give you the feel of a true Hip Hop Boutique, you will be amazed with Items we have and display. We love our customers, and happiness is the key to success.
What would you tell someone who wants to One day own a company such as yours? Advice Tips Etc.
Believe in your self cause your the only one who can control your actions. Go after the gold and glory even if you trip and fall there is always a way to get back up. Blessings will come and when it’s your time to Shine hit em hard make others believers. Keep pushing as long as your still standing. It will be stressfull times and days you want to quit, but don’t be a quitter unless you tap out Sucka! There is a lot of tips to give, but the best way to learn is to join the Filthy Dripped Crew on a 7 Day basis. Watch us paint, run, and sell, everyone is welcome.
What type of music do u listen to?
I listen to all types of music, from Hip Hop to Alternative Rock, all gets me in different moods to draw and design the products I deliver. I also listen to all the artists from the Bay who also shop at the shop.
What do you wanna say to the people that support you?
For all the people who support me and the crew I would like to say, “Thank you for all the love and support.” We are gonna make it to the top, with out yall we wouldn’t be nobody. It goes both ways, we support yall as well!
Do You Have any upcoming Projects that you are working on and would like to discuss?
Projects for the shop is always unexpected! We will continue to give yall the Fashion that is needed! As for myself I will be re-launching my website Nautiks.com to a blog/forum where I can update and conversate to all my customers and supporters, it will contain tips and trades as well. The last project I am currently working on is my NEW Brand “Toxic Lunchbox” you can also visit ToxicLunchbox.com for updates.
Wanna give out n e shout outs to anyone? Family Friends.Business associates?
First and for most God and to my Grandmother to give me the strength to follow my dreams. My Partners Dre, Serc, Dave, the Filthy Crew Daniel (1122 Designs), Prospect (510Airbrush), Aebe, Dexs, Geron, also to my Family – friends (yall niggaz know who yall are!), parents, brothers, Vicky and my son Lloki’ano Martin de Vera. Last but not least to all our supporters! Yall we did it!