In an age where the internet is king, we at HELM still like to appreciate the beauty of print media. Among the many sources in which we find inspiration, magazines such as “Fantastic Man” and “Man of the World” offer an intimate, palpable reading experience unlike reading from a computer screen. Magazines are monthly, or quarterly, works of art. The content, the feel of the paper, and the turn of each page is unique and, if done right, offer a tactile representation of the magazine’s aesthetic. A quick fix on an internet blog (like you’re doing now) is nice and all, but sitting down with a magazine in hand seem a bit more relaxing to us!
Who are you?
Hi! I am Dan. Dan Donahue if you need to separate me from the other Dans in your life. I like to make things happen with my friends. Professionally I am an art director. Personally I am daydream believer.
What’s you favorite pair of shoes?
My all time favorite pair of shoes were a pair of Vans high tops I got in the 80's when I was a skate rat. They were navy blue suede trim light blue canvas with a white stripe. It was the shoe. I knocked the combo from looking at Thrasher.
I loved them so much. I remember lacing them up and feeling like I was from California. In middle school that was pretty powerful. I wore them everywhere and skated daily and nightly in them. I shredded them but refused to give up on them by the time they were done they were more of a duct tape slipper. They weren't even in one piece the last time I skated in them one half of the shoe went flying.
Where did you get them?
At the time Vans were impossible to come by. I had to go to Stratosphere skate shop in Atlanta to order them. I got to pick all the parts out of a binder. It was a big deal. I mean a huge deal.
Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes?
I wore them for so long it would be safe to say that puberty probably happened while wearing them? That's pretty special.
What sign are you?
Aquarius for life. I guess that's implied? I bear the water for all y'all.
Who are you?
I am Paige Robson Campbell
What's your favorite pair of shoes?
Lately, I've been loving these sort-of tacky but awesome Sam Edelman ankle boots, but they are not my true love. My very favorite pair of shoes is this pair of Brown and Cream tall leather cowboy boots that I got brand new when I was 15. I was riding horses at the time and my instructor insisted on English riding. To rebel, I wore straight-up cowboy boots. They even have finger holes on the sides for pulling 'em on. My parents bought them for me from HorseTown in Alpharetta, GA. I remember they cost around 200 dollars, which was so much to me! I don't remember the name of the company though, its been worn off. They might be Frye? I'm realizing that this whole story makes me sound like I grew up rich, but I didn't. I just have really nice parents. I should write them now and say thank you.
They are my favorites because they have been with me for 16 years, and only needed resoling once! They are beautiful and suuuuper comfortable. They make my legs look good and when I play music they make a nice, loud stomp. They look good with a tight dress. You can stuff a wallet and/or phone into them. When I was the weirdo in an inner city Atlanta high school clomping down the hall and sometimes- embarrassingly- playing a harmonica, these boots really said to people "don't worry about it." These boots have taught me that investing money into a great pair of shoes is definitely the thing to do.
Share something that happened to you while wearing these shoes.
Something that happened to me....well I don't remember anything too incredible. I fell off of a horse, I played a million shows in them, and I grew a lot older in them. I'm sure a few dramatic things happened while I wore these, but maybe I've blocked all that out!
What sign are you?
I am AQAURIUUUUUUS!