I met David Choe and I think it changed my life
Sorry its been awhile since my last blog post but I have two excuses. Number one I have been busy trying to launch a new yoga accessory brand while running two other brands and number two contemplating what topic to talk about. Now originally was going to talk about struggling through depression as a business owner (which by the way is a real thing) but I thought it would be better to upload this amazing life experience I just had a few days ago and to what led to this moment.
Ok so this might go down as one of the craziest moments in my life and without a doubt the most ‘LA thing’ since moving to the city of angels. If you don’t know this Korean character next to me wearing a red suit of his own face then please Google David Choe. He was famously known for painting the original murals for Facebook in exchange for stock, which eventually made him into a millionaire 300x over. See the Parts Unknown clip below.
*This was taken from my original Facebook post from my personal account*
Before you read on, I apologize if this is a long post but since its fresh from my memory 2 hours ago, I wanted to tell the story of how I ended up on the corner of 6th and St Andrews talking about spiritual life moments with David Choe in the middle of rush hour traffic in Koreatown. So here goes:
Been following David Choe’s artwork, podcast and crazy antics for a long time now so when he announced that he was having a secret art show in an undisclosed location in LA, I knew I had to see what this was all about. The only way to attend is to be hand selected by logging onto www.thechoeshow.com and filling out a questionnaire with some very deep, personal questions. One question even asked ‘write your eulogy as how you want it to be read at your funeral.’ Deep shit right? So I went ahead and wrote out my answers not expecting a call back. Well that sure was not the case. About 3.5 hours ago I just got back from a coffee shop to find out that the man himself was direct messaging me on instagram. He said ‘that he was sending an invite and to be home in an hour.’ First off, I couldn’t believe Choe was messaging me and second, what the hell was I to expect? Was he going to send one of his handlers? Bobby Trivia? Famous porn star Asa Akira?
So around 730pm I get a call from on my cell and it was the front door. I pressed 9 to let whomever in but no one came up. A second call and it’s the front door again and instead of letting them in I went downstairs, opened the front door and was greeted by David Choe in the flesh wearing an all red onesie with his face plastered in all over print. With him was a camera crew to take in on the whole experience. I signed a waiver saying they could film me and he proceeded to temporarily confiscate my cell phone so that I couldn’t record what was soon to be a 20 minute therapy session across the street on some random throw away chairs. Did I mention this was all happening during rush hour traffic with hundreds of cars passing by? I won’t go into too much detail on what we talked about as I hope for it to be aired somewhere online. I can say that we talked about family, love and self-acceptance. At the end of the emotional therapy session he held my hand and made me recite ‘I am worthy. I am enough’ 6x times in a row until I said it with confidence. After that he got up and gave me a hug, let me take that picture and I thanked him for the art he made over the years. He then went on to give me advice. He told me to use deodorant and to write ‘I am enough’ on my bathroom mirror so that I can see it every time I use the bathroom. Unfortunately, I use clear gel so I will be making a stop over to CVS tomorrow to grab some of the white chalky stuff.
I have to say this was an incredible moment for me. A world famous multi-millionaire artist giving me life advice on the sidewalk of a busy intersection is a story I will tell for the rest of my life. I know we all deal with some forms of mild to deep depression and a lot of us like myself tend to keep it to themself. Maybe its time we all start having these conversations with one another. Maybe this man in the red onesie is coming to me at the right time in my life to uplift me. Maybe this was my angel in the flesh.
Anyways, I hope this was as entertaining enough to get you to the end of this long post. All my life I’ve been coming up short, feeling I have to work 3x harder than the next guy. I want to win. Probably more than you think. And definitely to the point where I am so obsessed that it might even be a problem. All I know is that this moment has given me new life. Thanks for reading and being apart of my life. I love you.