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i-am-strong-island-02When you think of modern renaissance men, what individuals come to mind? Off the top of your head you might say an actor or filmmaker who can sing, dance, act and write? A musician who has successfully crossed over into film or television? The definition of a renaissance man is defined simply as being an individual who is knowledgeable and interested in a great-many things. DC, something of a legend in the graffiti and hip-hop circles, is very much a renaissance man. I was fortunate enough to chat with this modern-day renaissance man.

In the short time I had with DC, we covered a ton of topics, from his time as a graffiti artist, to published author, to his clothing store and to his latest project – I Am Strong Island.

“I grind a lot. I’m the type of person who’s been involved in the music industry for a very long time and I’ve always been a person who’s been dedicated to helping other artists, helping professionals and giving back to the community,” DC said. “Whether you’re an underground artist or a public figure, whatever I can do to help the community’s cause, I try to do that. I’ve always been very community-minded and I’ve always had the opportunity to help people out.”

DC, who’s also the co-author of a fantastic graffiti book entitled New York City Graffiti, thrives in giving back to the community through his various efforts. He also is the proprietor of a clothing and apparel store called Central Station in Baldwin, which is loaded with the latest trends and styles. The store features some of the finest, sharpest graffiti work in the area, and DC’s passion for the art is evident when you chat with him.

“I started a graffiti team called Destiny Children in the mid-80’s, that consisted of three of us,” DC said. “We were from all over Long Island. The makeup of the team was multi-racial, which was great, as we’re three different races coming together, almost by destiny, hence the name. We took our talents, conquered Long Island, the handball courts, bodegas, stores, all over Long Island. Then we moved to the subways in the Bronx, where we took that over, too. We did something like 300-plus trains. We were the only graffiti artists in history to ever do that.”

DC is a fascinating guy. When he speaks, he has a certain level of authority without belittling you. He’s a man of experience and it shows. He measures his words carefully and brings you in with his stories of publishing, graffiti and the community he cares about so deeply.

“I’ve been a small-business owner in the community for over twenty years,” DC said. This is primarily how he stays on top of what the community and those around him need, politically, socially and more. “It’s probably the perfect way to keep your ear to the ground to get a sense of just what is needed in a given location, by having a popular store where individuals can come in, purchase your wares and voice their opinion on what’s going on in the community.

“As I see in the community, there are people who will come to you that have needs,” DC said. “Certain things. People will come to you and tell you about certain things that need to be done. I love helping people out, because I’ve got such extensive roots in the area. I’ve got the connections to help make things happen.”

I Am Strong Island is one of the most integral aspects of DC’s story. The Long Island connection is incredibly important to DC, even to the point where he created a fantastic YouTube video highlighting Long Island’s famous musical roots. I Am Strong Island has expanded into providing a concert series, and rap battles all over the country, through Enj Battlegrounds.

“The rap battle arena has grown immensely,” DC said. “We’ve taken the battles to Cleveland, Vegas, outside of Long Island. Every aspect of what we’re trying to do with the music, with the concert series, it’s all so important to me and my label, Concept Music.”
DC will be keeping busy with I Am Strong Island cigars (by Cohiba), the I Am Strong Island Awards (coming soon), and future releases from his label.

INTERVIEW BY: ROBERT OTTONE

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Triple J Bullies: American and Exotic Bully Breeder | Louisiana

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Who is Triple J Bullies?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My Name Is Brandon Johnson, founder of Triple J Bullies. You can find me in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
Triple J Bullies breeds American And Exotic Bullies. I was inspired in 2015 by a family member. I then started looking online at different things and came across a tri-colored American Bully. Once I took the time and learned about the breed, I was able to find a kennel to start from. (Kjbsk) Abbeville, Louisiana.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
My dogs are on a grain free diet, and have scheduled meal hours.

What is your favorite bloodline?
I have a few favorite lines, but Haze Blood is at the top of the list. I’ve seen some nice dogs produced by Haze Line.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
No, we are not currently showing any of our dogs. However, with the upcoming litter’s, I think 2018 is looking very promising.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
If you have passion and love for the breed, go for it. Nothing can happen overnight. Just don’t give up, and never have too much pride to have a listening ear. There is always help inside the Bully Community.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
I think experiencing new lines is one of the things that’s kind of hard to overcome.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
It’s okay to change the taste buds or just create your own.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
There are several kennels that I look up to in the bully game. They all are doing big things and making or have made their mark in the game. Respect!

Tell us about one of Triple J Bullies most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
Experiencing how much my family has engaged themselves with the breed itself.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
Extravagant, going every breeders way if possible. I would like to see everyone make progress and bring new things to the bully community.

What separates Triple J Bullies from the competition?
No competition. We’re just in our own land, creating a wave.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
I enjoy drawing and photography in my free time. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as horse riding, trail rides, fishing etc,.

What motto do you live by?
“Not chasing the hype, just in our own zone creating it.”

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is the place to be. It’s great for the Bully Community, as it keeps us informed on the latest events.

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TP-Kennels: XL American Bully Breeder | New Jersey

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Who is TP-Kennels?

Tell our readers a little about yourself.
My name is Alexander Rosario III. I am the owner and founder of TP-Kennels. You can find us in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey. However, I always shout out my home town Hoboken, New Jersey.

What type of dogs do you breed? Also, what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
My current preference of breed is the American Bully, more specifically the XL American Bully. The thing that inspired me the most about the breed was how badly they were misinterpreted and stereotyped. I believed, and continue to believe that I have the ability to change that perception into a positive one. I own a rescue. I’ve seen firsthand how loyal and loving they are. I’d have to say that also played a huge role as to why I got involved so in-depth.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep it simple. Thus, I do stay away from foods that contain processed meats, corn, by-products, and low level brands that are a lot cheaper to buy. I like to use kibble grain free foods, such as Nature’s Domain. I try to stay within having the first three ingredients of the label consisting of meats, fish, or any other source of quality protein. Also, there needs to be a beneficial ratio of carbs to equal a well balanced meal.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
At this point in time, I do not currently show my dogs. However, in 2018 I will be making my way back into the show ring to compete for titles. I look forward to meeting more great people. My most recent production, as well as, other TPK productions have earned their titles ( “C.G.C” and advanced “C.G.C.”) under multiple registries. I look forward to 2018.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
Trust is a two way street. Trust the upmost in yourself and never be afraid to ask questions. The only dumb question is the one that you do not ask. Be able to handle criticism. Make a note to never depend on your dogs as a source of income. Your dogs depend on you. If you’re serious about your craft, trust yourself and God.

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
In my opinion, ego’s. As the old saying goes, a lot of people will go out of their way and help. However once you become, what’s considered “competition”, those who support you tend to slide out and disappear.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
Continue to support one another, especially in their absence. The community and our youth look to us for guidance and direction. We must do a better job at leading by example. Become educated followers so that people can see that with unity comes strength.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I respect and look up to all those who are out their putting that dedication, work, practice, and love into this breed. In reality, the ingredients are right there.

Tell us about one of TP-Kennels most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
I do a lot of community work with my XL American Bullys. I would have to say first would be getting their temperament titles (C.G.C. & C.G.C.A.). This is something I truly take pride in. The second would be having the ability to bring joy, love, and laughter to those who need it most. I have two XL Bully’s that are also certified therapy dogs. On the regular, I bring them to rehabilitation centers and senior citizen homes. They are always greeted with love and affection. We were able to make a major impact in our community this year.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I truly expect it to blossom and continue on the path of greatness. I expect more people to temperament test their Bully’s and set the bar higher than it already is.

What separates TP-Kennels from the competition?
What separates me from the competition is that I don’t just say that I breed for temperament. I back it up with facts and certifications. My first and second generation productions have all obtained their temperament titles and are solidifying their soundness. With that being said, I feel I can back all of my statements up when I say  that I breed well balanced, well structured, temperament dogs.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Mainly spending time with my family. I also love photography, flying drones, working out, playing all sports, and traveling as much as I can.

What motto do you live by?
My motto is simple. “Respect is earned, not taken”.

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl Magazine is a great outlet of productive information that is shared globally. I’ve been a fan since our last interview. I strongly believe that you and your entire team are doing an outstanding job representing the breed. Bully Girl Magazine is helping to bridge the gap between communities and representatives.

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Swaggerville Exotic Bullies: Exotic Bully Breeder | Georgia

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Who is Swaggerville Exotic Bullies?

State your name, and where your kennel is located.
My name is Callie Teller, founder of Swaggerville Exotic Bullies. I have a main base location in Atlanta, GA, and a smaller location in Las Vegas, NV.

What type of dogs do you breed, and what inspired you to get involved with that particular breed?
I breed exotic style dogs, however they are still functionally sound. I just like a bigger, thicker, more exaggerated look with a shorter muzzle. I’ve was always into Pit Bulls and game dogs growing up. Once bullies hit the scene, I fell right in.

What type of diet do you keep your dogs on throughout the year?
I keep my whole yard on a basic kibble, with high protein and fat. Nothing special.

What is your favorite bloodline?
My favorite bloodline would have to be Miagi Blood. I dig the elbows, tight skin, and chinky eyes.

Do you currently show, any of your dogs?
I don’t currently show any of my dogs. However, in 2018 I do plan to travel to a lot more shows to let my product be seen.

What advice do you have for any upcoming breeders?
My advice to an upcoming breeder would be to stack your females. Also build the proper housing area for your pets. Stay focused, find your own wave and ride it!

What do you think, is the most difficult thing for people in the bullygame to overcome?
The most difficult thing to over come may be watching what’s going on outside of your yard, and losing focus. People are always trying to keep up.

How do you think they can overcome this thing?
To over come that focus on your program. Set your own goals for your yard and achieve them.

Who do you look up to in the bully game, and why?
I really don’t look up to anyone in the bully game. I have respect for everyone, but I can’t say that I look up to anyone in particular.

Tell us about one of your most memorable moments, in 2017 so far.
My most memorable moment of 2017 was probably producing that Tri litter off Babe, and selling out in 48hrs. I’ll never forget that. LOL.

Describe how you would want things, in the bully Community, to be 10 years from now.
I would just love to see the bully community continue to grow in a positive direction.

What separates your kennel from the competition?
I think our drive, our focus, and our output is what separates us from the rest. We are non-stop with our foot on the gas pedal. We stay clear of negativity and are always promoting positivity.

What other hobbies or interests do you take part in?
Some other hobbies include photography, and spending time with my family.

What motto do you live by?
Swaggerville or NO DEAL!

What do you think of Bully Girl Magazine?
Bully Girl is a great magazine, and a positive resource for the bully community. Thanks for having me!

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