Silent Antics – No Talk, All Action
by: Paloma Picassa
We all know Nashville runs a little short when it comes to fashion, in particular, street-wear fashion. The saturation of country style, and the fact that it takes at least two- years for all of us, this side of the country, to catch up to L.A. style, are major factors in Nashville’s stunted progression in the fashion world. However, by now everyone should know not to underestimate the young talent 615 has to offer. The recent trend of blending fashion and hip-hop, paired with the spike of entrepreneurs among the millennial generation has awakened creativity among the city’s youth. The culture has unlocked a type of talent and foundation of purpose, which otherwise may have gone unnoticed. The boys behind Silent Antics, a new street-wear company based out of Mount Juliet, are part of the pioneering few attempting to open up such a market in our own Nashville, TN.
I met with the Chase (center), Kraig(left) and Josh(right) to talk about their one-year-old project, Silent Antics. We met at a quiet marina where they often go to think. Sitting in their element, it quickly became clear that the three flow effortlessly together, feeding off each other’s energy, and enabling themselves to express ideas. Creative at heart, they receive their inspiration by observing nature, the world around them, music, the environment of which they grew up in, even basic shadows, highlights, patterns and angles, the likes of which most of us would walk right passed. It was my impression that a lot of their creative impulses, visions, and primary motivation come from the observation of the human experience. They recognize the fault in dreams lost: fear and self-doubt, both of which I could not detect within them during our conversation. Being the rebels they are, they won’t stand to be infected by the negativity, and have committed themselves to joining the movement combating such contagion. The purpose and meaning behind Silent Antics reflects a positive light on a generation of ill repute, proving that, despite adversity, humility and a solid work ethic still exist among us.
Q: “So what exactly is Silent Antics?”
A: “As far as the meaning, Silent Antics..’antics’ is a form of behavior and we just feel like the way we do things, the way we carry ourselves, the way we present
ourselves..just who we are is different than any other. We’d rather do the work
and not talk about it, just let our success speak for itself.”
“We’re kind of outcasts in the way we think, the way we do things. It’s just not
normal to other people’s actions or the thought process that they have. A lot of
people out there feel the need to talk to convince people that they’re making
moves..bout doing this or doing that, but not us. We just go do it. We know we’re foolish and kind of odd and out there. We’re unique. And you know, a lot of
people have told us that we can’t do it, that we won’t make it,
that that’s not the way life is. You got to go to college after highschool, get a 9-5
job or whatever, but that’s not us, that’s not the way we think.”
“Yeah, basically, we want to display that message through our clothes, share the
idea that anything is possible, no matter what anybody says. When people see us and see what we’re doing I hope they recognize that they don’t have to be afraid anymore. That their dreams are possible, that they are achievable, but talking about it won’t do anything. You got to do the work.”
As I mentioned earlier, they’re within their first year of building Silent Antics, meaning much of their time has been focused on branding, getting their name out there, as well as dabbling with fabrics and patterns. For their fall line, which drops later this month, the crew intends to take their talents up a level, even adding women’s apparel and accessories. They are very excited to reveal their latest designs, and you should be too. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @Silent_Antics and check out their website www.silentanticsclothing.com for the latest updates and releases.
If you’re free tonight come out to The End where the guys will be selling Silent Antics gear for 50% off, with music by DJ GB & DJ Radical and special guests: Tre Stoner, Walt James & Xae Chrizzy.
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