I laugh as I look at this photo because I used to be scared of this guy, Jason ‘Jae’ Rodman. I thought he hated everything in the world, including myself. The truth is Jason is a quiet guy who (for some reason I noticed) always looked down when he walked and because I was told to “keep my head up” that simple observation of him made me think maybe I need to look at the world differently. Maybe the good parts of the world (like our predecessors) are down, buried deep. He was a man of few words and I am learning that he’s just wise beyond his years. In art form, he parallels the idea of good design “good design uses as little design as possible.” He’s seen and been through a lot of shit. My favorite parts of Jae include him singing every lyric to anything by ATCQ, his blue BMW, and his art. I’m so glad I got over my fear of talking to people because I’d be missing out on a lot of well…life.
I learned the most about Jae through mutual relationships. It was one of those good he said-she said situations. Jae is best friends with my cousin, Paulo. Growing up, I was always at my cousin’s house and Paulo was always with his friends working on something. One day, Paulo started sharing what they spent hours “bull shittin” on. Long nights of drinking, good music, and paint birthed some great ideas among friends. Eventually, I started seeing their “bullshit” ideas online, in stores, on flyers, shirts, pins, and for Jae, he’s currently hosting Final Mission at 670gallery.
It’s crazy how much your ideas evolve when you get older, or how much more confident you are in your decisions, dreams, or goals when you have the right team and support system
behind beside you. I saw so many parts of Jae in everyone and everything that night, but what stood out the most was love. Cheesy, but so incredibly true. Art can be defined in so many ways, but I felt the love in that one place.
Behind every great artist and man is a muse. For Jason, it’s a ‘special girl, real good girl.’ A very important person was glowing that night and I knew parts of her were in every piece. When you surround yourself with the right people or person, it’s hard not to become inspired. Lorraine, I applaud you for sharing parts of your man with the world!
I don’t know a lot about art, but I like to think I know a little something about people. If there’s one thing I learned from Jae it’s to…break the silence.