Decatur Dan (Please just call me Dan tho)
Where are you from?
It isn’t obvious (laughs)? Decatur, born and raised. For those who don’t know there are 2 parts of Decatur, City of Decatur (Downtown Decatur) and just Decatur which is actually pretty large. I was blessed with the best of both worlds. I grew up off of Wesley Chapel and Candler. Moved to City of Decatur in my high-school years, Oakhurst District specifically.
Who do you work for?
I have quite a few jobs. Of course I work at STANDARD which I call home. I do everything there from taking out trash to helping with buys. I also help maintain our store blog which has really taken off, it is a lot of work but I really enjoy it. I’m also a contributing editor for VAPORS Magazine. There are some good articles coming out this August that I hope everyone likes. I’m a contributing Web Editor for ANTENNA Magazine which just entails me updating their site with new product. And then I do a bunch of odd jobs for all my good friends like STREETLOCAL and DONE TO DEATH. I like to help out whenever I can because they help me. But I must say I wouldn’t have any of these titles if Farshad (owner at STANDARD) didn’t give the opportunity over 2 years back. Working there has really set me up for a lot of things and I am forever grateful to him for that.
What are your Current Project(s)?
Working on printing more Decatur Dan t-shirts. I have had a lot of people calling asking where they can buy them so I may sell some at the store. I want to put out another mixtape soon, but have no commercial rappers, just all underground local cats. There is some really good music in ATL right now that I would like to help expose. Besides that I’m just maintaining trying to get the Decatur Dan movement going which I haven’t really figured out what exactly it is yet (laughs).
Who would you love to work with?
Anyone who is down to make cool shit, and wants to blow up. Honestly. I want to possibly do some collaborations with STREETLOCAL and PROCESS whether it be shirts or promo items. There are some big things happening in the city and the next few years are going to be exciting.
If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
Let’s see here… Just leave me with a clean pair of my blue VANS Authentics and I’ll be good. Those are my every-day-ers.
What’s on your iPod right now?
I’m listening to a lot of older T.I. like the In Da Streets Volumes with P$C. Some older Jeezy like the Trap Or Die Mixtape that is classic. I’ve also been listening to The Mix-tape About Nothing by Wale. Also been feeling my boy Mums Fp and a lot of his tracks. A lot of hip hop right now for some reason, haha, I’m usually very versatile.
What’s your Favorite ATL food?
Hands Down Taqueria Del Sol. But only the Decatur or Howell Mill locations.
What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
Where everybody knows my name and there are cheap drinks. When someone finds that spot, please text it to me.
What are your Pet Peeves?
I hate when customers ask “What size you got this in?” Like, do you really want me to name each size we have? Why not just ask for your size, wouldn’t that be easier? Oh and red lipstick, I’m sorry ladies I just don’t like it. I like the natural look.
In no particular order: Farshad Arshid, Germaine Bly, C. Black, PJ Canale, Kaity Valez, Ryan and Tim at STREETLOCAL, Vik Singh, Kneese and Lola, Coach K, Don Cannon, Jerrald @ Rarefootage, Keatin Willis, and last but not least Larry and Georgios, the guys who think I’m worthy enough to be asked these questions haha. All my good friends, I hope I didn’t leave you out. If I did, sorry, you’ll get over it. Thanks for all the Support!