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Meet Jamel Bullock of Tastemaker Collective in Silverlake

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamel Bullock.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Yes. So I was born and raised in the south side of Chicago and identify as a creative/serial entrepreneur. I grew up a very multi talented creative kid. I spent the first 15 years of my life in Chicago then I moved to Texas with my dad to continue high school and pursue sports. I played football and ran track, but I always had a love for the arts.

Artistically I aligned with Architecture, Fashion, and Tech (in that exact order). Math wasn’t my strongest subject, so my Dragon Ball Z sketches, graffiti drawings and floor plan layouts turned into sophisticated croquis. Two years later after high school, I departed from Dallas to LA with an Associate of Fine Arts Degree in Merchandise Marketing and Design (Wade College).

When I touched down in LA I had $50 in my pocket, so I had to grind immediately. My creative journey kicked in full force after that.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This may sound extremely bold, but yes it has been a smooth road. I had to tap in and realize I’m one of the best postmodern contemporary artists to ever exist in history. With that statement alone, I was able to reach a little bit further in everything I touched. It wouldn’t have been as smooth of a journey if I wasn’t able to connect those dots in my head from the start. I probably would have given up a long time ago. Those thoughts / holding myself to that standard gives me an insane amount of energy to continue striving for greatness.

Realistically, one of the biggest challenges is being able to bring high fantasy level ideas to life from thin air with no money. Especially within the fashion business. On top of that being able to find a secure job that pays wells, in the midst of being an all-around creative / entrepreneur. Staying patient throughout the process and keeping stamina levels high is also a major challenge. Luckily I’m able to collaborate with my friends and we all made some powerful connections along the way to help stay on the right path collectively. Thank goodness for LinkedIn as well. It helped me big time.

There’s a bunch of long sleepless nights within this journey that “appear“ to be tough, but I understand those are just foggy mental blocks. My goal is to inhale good air only.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m one of three founders of Tastemaker Collective LLC.

Tastemaker Collective is an entity of creatives with a focus on fashion, media film and lifestyle. As far as my role, I’m the head Design Director, strategist and content manager for our media segment (Tastemaker Collective Media). My main objective, in a nutshell, consists of creating the “look and feel” of everything you see. This includes designing all collections season to season, websites, or anything within the digital experience.

I’m most proud of what my partners and I were able to accomplish within our first three years of business. What sets us apart is that we were able to have a global reach within a short period of time. We also have this “I don’t give a fuck” relentless passion to succeed In anything touch. To extend on that, we’ve built a strong demand through strategic capsule collection releases within our fashion sector.

During our first three years of business we bootstrapped the company with no funding and we were able to establish a cult-like following and a strong visual identity online solidifying placements on major A-List celebrities/influencers such as Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Chris Brown, Anderson Paak, Young Thug, Moxie Raia, and many more. Our fast growth and influence on pop culture lead to selling in luxury retailers H Lorenzo, Gr8 Tokyo and appraisal/write-ups from elite media publications such as Vogue, Hypebeast, Highsnobiety, Nylon, Fucking Young and Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).

At this particular moment, we’re gearing up to raise our first seed round of investment to continue to develop and grow the company to new heights.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Staying with my great parents and playing GTA San Andreas all day (heavy emphasis) lol. Also not having the limitations of dreaming and shifting my thoughts to anything I put my mind too. My parents valued my creativity and always told me to push for what I believe in.

What are your plans for the future? What are you looking forward to or planning for – any big changes?
The process of creation is a major case study for me right now. My main focus is to create carefully curated steps and build better products for the future on all levels from fashion to tech.

At this particular moment my team and I currently in the process of releasing a collaborative social networking utility sometime early to mid 2020. Also there’s going to be a new investor series / exclusive interviews releasing via TMCM ( so be on the lookout for that as well.

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Image Credit:
Personal Photo: Brandon Bostic @yohbe
Young Thug performance: Jared Duckworth @certified_solid
Jaden Smith group photo: Zoe Dupree @zoedupree

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