We had the good fortune of connecting with AKoldPiece OfWork and we’ve shared our conversation below.
We’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I wanted to make my culture fashionable and educate my customers on our history.
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.
I stuttered as a child. It was so bad I became a mute for a few years. Once I got to high school I didn’t want to be silent anymore. So I took on a speech therapy to help me with stuttering. I told my therapist I’m willing to do anything to make the stuttering stop and she said well I think you should join every club that makes you speak in public. That’s exactly why I did. The debate teach, speech classes and even would join rap cyphers at lunch. It wasn’t easy, being laughed at, ridiculed because I sounded like a DJ scratching on the turntables. I continued doing the work and now I’m a poet that’s traveled back in fourth across the country standing infront of thousands of people sharing my truth.
My father would sit on the porch and and carve wood. I would sit and watch him. He taught me the skill and it was another way we bonded. SomeKoldPieces started because I would get stuck writing a poem and I still wanted to be creative so I would put down the pen and picked a saw and cut wood. I had no plans on starting a business. I just made things I liked and wanted to wear. Well going to poetry events I had men and women wanting to buy my pieces right off my neck. That’s when started making custom wooden jewelry. It took off. I was making 2 to 3 pieces every two weeks. I did that for a year. It supplemented my income. Then one day My wife October BLU asked me to cut out some Duafe shapes for earrings. She was like “I will paint them, post them on your social media and watch them sell.” Well once they were cut and painted, those earrings became her earrings (I think she tricked me (lol). Once she wore them to an event it was on. They sold like hot cakes. Also in that moment she became the paint department. If it wasn’t for her SomeKoldPieces would just be a hobby. Her creativity and business savvy took us to the next level.
SomeKoldPieces is a black owned and family operated trendy, Afrocentered jewelry and accessory line. We at SomeKoldPieces seek to open a door to a broader, conscious and more beautiful piece of the story with everything we create.
SomeKoldPieces is an extension of poetry. That’s why our hashtag is #PoetryOnWood
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Well I’m from Los Angeles and the first place we would go is to the beach! I would do a tour of beaches in LA County because they all look different! We would pick up food from all the places we visited. Long Beach I would take them to Seabird Vegan restaurant and afterwards I would take them right across the street to Shades of Afrika. A black own bookstore. Next up we would hit San Pedro, Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Marina Del Rey, Venice, Santa Monica and end in Malibu. Hollywood, to see the Hollywood stars. We would hit a few open mics. Da Poetry Lounge, Anansi Writers Workshop inside the World Stage in Leimert Park.
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?
Shout out to Community Literature Initiative/Hiram Sims for the support of me and my business.
Instagram: @AKoldPiece/ @OctoberBluu/ @SomeKoldPieces