We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Carnes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Adam, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
For me, giving up has never really been an option. Untitled Life as both a business and my creative outlet has always felt like the only viable option for moving my life forward while being happy. Sure, I could always do something different and go back to school and find a career in some field, but what happens after I get that job. Maybe I save up some money, buy a house, etc. but eventually I feel like I would just find myself wanting to go back to designing and creating clothing.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
At the surface, Untitled Life is a streetwear brand, an events company, and creative collective. At the core, however, Untitled Life is about community and bringing people together through our commonality of being human and the experiences that come with that. We all live a different life yet I feel like we go through similar experiences like different shades of the same color, and through those experiences, go through similar emotions. When I first started designing, I just knew that I enjoyed art/design and that I had a love for clothing, so making clothing was what I wanted to do. Over the years I’ve learn to use clothing as a medium to portray my own experiences in a way that I hope resonates with others. I think that the hardest part has been learning how to do just that, to let go of outside opinions, and pay attention to my own voice and learning how to vocalize it through art. At the end of the day, I’m still creating a product meant to be sold to the general public and you want it to sell, so the struggle is always finding that balance between staying true to my own self and creating something that sells, especially in such a hype based environment as streetwear.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First stop we’re making is in-n-out, if they don’t have one where they’re living. We would go to Santa Monica and walk around all the shopping area and the pier. I’d make sure to take them to a show or two because theirs always some type of event going on in Los Angeles. Spend some time in little tokyo going to Mitsuru Cafe for red bean cakes and other street food, Fugetsu-Do for mochi, Daikokuya for Ramen, and maybe some downtime in MOCA to look at art.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m grateful for everyone I’ve ever crossed paths and been able to work with and anyone whose ever supported whether it was just showing love, buying something I designed or coming to an event. I’m grateful that I’m able to design and release clothing, host events, and in some sense bring to life whatever idea that crosses my mind. I feel every one of these people play some type of part in the fact that I get to do just that.