Kevin Starter PackOn Monday, Yoko finished drawing a Kevin Starter Pack. She illustrated 12ish items that capture me and how I scoot through daily life just because she felt like it. It was a followup to her Yoko Starter Pack from last month.
To honor this thoughtful, romantic portrayal of me, here are annotations to provide additional context.
- Sticky Notes
You know, a standard, designy, “look I do creative work” tool. Super Sticky is well worth the extra price. I also use one as a bookmark.
- Sony a6500
New camera. First one I’ve owned with interchangeable lenses. Big time! I shot our Iceland video with it. Much more to learn. I still take all photos in “Auto” mode.
- Slim Fit Astronaut Hoodie
I currently have two styles that guide my daily wardrobe. This one is called “Slim Fit Astronaut” (an original phrase). That Uniqlo hoodie has served me well. Fun fact: my brother and I purchased the exact same sweatshirt independently. This winter, I’ve enjoyed wearing a second sweater underneath. Some days I’m slim fit up top with FIVE layers. 😀
- Fly Boy Scout Oxford Cloth Button Down
Style two is “Fly Boyscout.” I found this shirt in Tokyo at a rad store called Graniph. It has patches. Makes me feel like I’ll bolt on a stylish outdoor adventure at any moment.
- My Apple TV “Purchased Movies” Selection
I watch the same movies over and over again. For instance, I’ve probably watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty over 100 times. Not straight through, full attention, but it’s like a calming soundtrack for my living room. Can you guess the movies pictured?
Answers: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Martian, 500 Days of Summer, Inception, Ninja Assassin, Edge of Tomorrow (Live Die Repeat)
- Patagonia Black Hole Backpack (35L)
I bought this for my travels in 2015. It held everything I needed for three months backpacking. Now I wear it almost every day. I guess it’s another spontaneous adventure accessory. Hm…
Current pins include: Movement Lifestyle, PMP (Project Management Professional) — I passed the test last year!, Mola Mola Fan Club, Hurley Surf Club, Iceland, Cal (Go Bears!), 143.
- Shaved Ice
I’ve come to embrace my love for the shaved ices of the world. Kakigōri, Patbingsu, Ice Kachang, Halo-halo, Hawaiian Shave Ice. I’d like to eat them all.
I was 10 years old the last time I visited Singapore. 🇸🇬 En route to Vietnam, my folks and I would spend a day or two in a different Southeast Asian country. On one of my four trips to visit family, we stopped by Singapore. The most salient childhood memory from my 48 hours there was Ice Kachang (also spelled Ais Kacang) which is a Malaysian desert common to SG that literally means “bean ice.” Shaved ice, red bean, sweet corn, grass jelly, condensed milk? Oh, hell yes. 🍧😄 This is me reliving the joys of 10 year old Kevin with @kaielm and @baileyelaine during a business trip last month. It held up.
- Steal Like an Artist
By Austin Kleon. Bailey highly recommended I read it. Then, I read it. And now I’ve read it dozens of times. Hm… sensing some patterns.
- Over Easy Flat Brim
It’s a cool hat Yoko and I made.
- 66° North Iceland Beanie
The “emergency beanie” is one my key strategies for navigating Winter in New York. If I want to keep my hair fresh on the way out but know the cold will become unbearable late at night, I stash a beanie in my back pocket. When it’s cold, the ears are the first to go.
- Homecooked Leftovers for Lunch
I’ve lost ~20lb since my first year in NYC. The first 10lb I attribute to cooking more of my own food. The second 10lb by eating more vegetables. Tupperware life is for me. This meal is probably rice, a meat/bean mixture, and a pile of pre-dressed salad. Carefully extracted and partially warmed before eating.
- Lonely Meatball