My name is Nick Arcade, and I moved to Tucson 3 years ago from Illinois. I’ve been an artist and producer for some time but before I moved I started using clothing as another medium of expression. Initially, it started with personal experiments & progressed into my store which opened earlier this year here in Tucson. The inspiration for most of the things I create stems from childhood. Growing up in the late 80’s/early 90’s most of my time was spent in my parents’ basement playing Nintendo & consuming various other forms of media (comics, film, & music.) It was around that time that through my older sister’s cassette collection and MTV that I was introduced to the culture & genre that is hip hop. To hear the records my parents listened to sampled and turned into new beats with poetic lyrics blew my mind. To see people that looked like me from places I’d never been with clothing/style I’d never seen opened up a new realm of possibilities. Hip Hop represented a fresh perspective, innovation, as well as rebellion and it was an immediate influence that remains until this day. The concept of sampling is prevalent in both my clothing and music creation. Taking different garments apart and reassembling them into new ones is akin to chopping up records to create new sounds.