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Tinker Hatfield And Thor Drake Create One Of A Kind Zero SR/F – RideApart10.08.21

Nike Vice President of Design Tinker Hatfield has shaped sneaker culture for over 40 years with his Air Jordan, Air Max, and MAG (from Back to the Future) shoes. Goaded into ditching his scooter by Michael Jordan himself, the legendary sneaker designer has been riding motorcycles since 2003.

Just five years after Hatfield throw a leg over his first motorbike, in 2008, Thor Drake co-founded See See Motorcycles, a Portland, Oregon-based custom shop and caf, and started planning the first One Motorcycle Show. While Hatfield and Drakes design background and motorcycling roots may be vastly different, the two shared a similar vision for a custom Zero SR/F build.

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The Zero motorcycle that we were working with is very beautiful and reminded me of an Italian superbike. Thor and I decided our goal was to Portlandize it, admitted Hatfield.

To achieve such an eccentric feat, both parties drew from the world of aviation to tattoo designs. The team maintains the Zero SR/Fs striking silhouette but added some blue-collar toughness with a riveted polish aluminum fuel tank. Drakes handiwork may call WWII fighter planes or Airstream trailers to mind, but it certainly captures Portlands alternative and edgy side.

The pair add some flair in the form of teal-painted rims, gold handlebar ends and bobbins, and a white powder-coated frame. A new rear sprocket cut in the shape of See See Motorcycles logo also lightens and livens the build. Of course, even with such eye-catching elements, the hand-painted tattoo-inspired custom seat steals the show, highlighting the artistic spirit of the city.

Hatfield and Drakes upgrades werent only aesthetic in nature, however. While the duo didnt need to fiddle with the electric motor or drivetrain, Ohlins suspension and a Brembo braking system improve the SR/Fs handling and stopping power. Drake and Hatfield may come from different worlds, but their shared vision for the Zero SR/F and motorcycles at large couldnt be any more aligned.

Following the builds debut, the custom SR/F will go to the Los Angeles Bonhams Auctions event on October 21, 2021. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of Columbia County.

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Shoplifting incident at Oregon Ralph Lauren turns into armed robbery when confronted by employee – Yahoo News10.08.21

Three suspects are being sought in Oregon for an armed robbery at a Polo Ralph Lauren store on Saturday after one suspect pointed a handgun at an employee and made off with an unknown amount of merchandise, authorities said.

The three male suspects entered the store at the Woodburn Premium Outlets around 5:20 p.m. and were seen picking up items, the Woodburn Police Department said.


After about 20 minutes, police said two of the suspects tried to leave the store but were confronted by a lone store employee. One suspect then pulled a handgun and pointed it at the staff member before leaving the store with the third suspect.

All three suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a light blue Honda CRV with no license plates and heading north of Interstate 5.

Police confirmed that the suspects stole items from the store, but did not specify what they took.

The armed suspect was described as a Hispanic or like-skinned African-American between 5-feet-4 and 5-feet-6 with a thin build. He was wearing red joggers, a black Patagonia hoodie, surgical face mask, black beanie and black tennis shoes. He also had a heart-shaped or teardrop tattoo on his left cheek under his eye.

Another suspect was described as a Pacific Islander, about 5-feet, 6-inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a light-colored hoodie with khaki shorts and tall white socks with white shoes.

The third suspect was described as an African-American between 5-feet-8 and 5-feet-10 with a medium build. He was wearing a black tracksuit with a single white stripe on the shoulders and pant leg, and a black baseball cap.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the incident or the suspects to contact the department.

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The man whos seen more than 400 Holocaust movies almost every one ever made has some takeaways – Forward10.08.21

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Rich Brownstein is the author of Holocaust Cinema Complete, a guide to every Holocaust movie ever made.

(JTA) At least 440 narrative films have been made about the Holocaust and Rich Brownstein has seen just about every single one of them.

As a lecturer on Holocaust film for Yad Vashems international school, Brownstein has both a personal and professional interest in viewing and cataloguing so many depictions of Jewish suffering.

Dealing with Holocaust education is akin to dealing with oncology, in that you have to set aside your personal feelings, he says. You cant be drawn in.

Now, Brownstein has published Holocaust Cinema Complete, a comprehensive book-length guide to the ever-expanding cinema of the Shoah. The book, which went on sale in September, contains statistics on the content of the films, essays on their methods, descriptions and capsule reviews and information for educators looking to use Holocaust films in their curriculums. Documentaries are not included, but made-for-TV movies and miniseries under three hours in length are.

Brownstein says he has seen every film that is available to be seen (excluding unreleased outliers such as Jerry Lewis The Day The Clown Cried). In the book, he gives his unvarnished opinions on the giants of the genre, including Schindlers List, Life is Beautiful and Jojo Rabbit and fans of those movies may not like what he has to say.

Born in Portland, Oregon, Brownstein hasnt always focused on such dour subject matter. Prior to moving to Israel in 2003, he worked as a producer for Jewish comedy legend David Zucker (Airplane!) and South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker (Stone is Jewish), even appearing in an uncredited cameo in the trios 1998 comedy BASEketball, before founding his own video transcription company. He says he has no familial connection to the Holocaust, and first became interested in the subject after reading Leon Uris novel QB VII.

Brownstein spoke to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about his years watching Holocaust reenactments, what qualifies as a Holocaust movie in his book and how the public, and educators, should approach the genre. This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

JTA: How did you become drawn to catalogue these films?

Brownstein: I started collecting movies when I was in my twenties. In Los Angeles, I had over 1,000 movies on VHS, and I knew VHS wasnt going to exist anymore. So I started over on digital, but the whole time, I kept a database, and in the database I had created I would separate Jewish and Holocaust films from others. So I was always attuned to it.

After I moved to Israel, I had a cousin who was on a Young Judea [year abroad] course. And I asked her what she was learning and she said, We have a Jewish film class. We just watched Private Benjamin [a 1980 comedy starring Goldie Hawn as a grieving Jewish widow who enlists in the Army]. I said, Private Benjamin is not a Jewish film. It has a Jewish character, but that doesnt make it a Jewish film. I happened to have known the educational director for the program he and I grew up in Portland together. And so I went to him and said I would teach a class for free, on Holocaust films. And he said, Fine, free is a very good price.

And then, my daughter was a high school senior, and most Israeli high school kids used to go to Poland on their class trips, and she was the spokesperson for her class. Someone asked her if she would represent the State of Israel at Yad Vashem, at their international conference. I looked at the program, and one of the seminars that they had was on using the documentary Shoah in the classroom.

I called up the director, whom I did not know, and said, I think this is the stupidest thing Ive ever heard, that you would consider using a 10-hour documentary in a classroom. Students would fall asleep. To have a symposium where youre advocating to people using Shoah pedagogically is reckless. And he said, You sound like you know what youre doing, so well try you out [on a class]. And his blurb is on the back of my book.

Why do you think there are so many Holocaust films?

Well, I actually dont think there are that many Holocaust films. I think that in terms of the total number of WWII films, for example, its a tiny fraction. We just know about Holocaust films because 25% of all American-made Holocaust films have been nominated for an Academy Award. And from 1960 through 2015, every other year, one of the best foreign language films nominated [at the Oscars] was a Holocaust film.

So you think that theyre coming at you like snowflakes in a blizzard, but theyre not. Theyre just very well targeted and very well marketed, and we have a hunger, especially in the Jewish community, for this story to be told properly.

I think that the percentage of good Holocaust films is far greater than the percentage of good non-Holocaust films. That is, I think that if Im recommending 50 Holocaust films in my book, out of 450, that means Im recommending 11% of Holocaust films. I couldnt recommend 11% of non-Holocaust films.

You use a categorization system in the book. Can you break it down for us?

You cant compare apples to oranges; you have to compare apples to apples. I created these categories its a grid. The first [box] is victim film. So if a film took place during the Holocaust and it was principally about a Jew, then its a victim film, and there are like 100 of them. If a film took place principally during the Holocaust and its about a Gentile saving Jews, then its a righteous Gentile film. If its after the Holocaust and its primarily about a survivor, then its a survivor film. After the Holocaust and mostly about a perpetrator, a Nazi, then its a perpetrator [film].

And then I had a little bit of a problem with with this general theory because of Sophies Choice and Inglorious Basterds, which dont fit into any of these categories but clearly are Holocaust films, so I added a miscellaneous or tangential category.

You consider Harold & Maude and X-Men to be Holocaust films. Is anything that references the Holocaust a Holocaust film?

No, not at all. There are many, many films that arent Holocaust films in my eyes that other people think are. The most famous ones are The Book Thief [a 2013 drama about a young girl in Nazi Germany who steals books to share with a Jewish refugee] and The Sound of Music [the famous 1965 musical about a wealthy family in prewar Austria, in which several characters are Nazis], neither of which I consider to be Holocaust films.

Harold & Maude, if you think about it, she lives in a train car. And theres a scene where shes in the train car with Harold, and he points to the umbrella over her hearth, and she says, That was when I was a kid in Vienna, and shes tearing up. And then she says, But that was all before. Shes clearly a survivor, and then they reveal the tattoo. Its not just that she happens to be a survivor and Hal Ashby threw that in there. Her entire being is shaped by her experience.

X-Men, too, not that its a great film, but you dont have X-Men without Magneto suffering in the first three minutes, in Auschwitz. The mutants are a metaphor for Jews during the Holocaust, and its not a hidden metaphor. Magneto rips down the gates of Auschwitz! Of course its a Holocaust film.

JTA readers already know that your favorite Holocaust film is The Grey Zone, a 2001 drama about the Jews who worked as Sonderkommando at Auschwitz-Birkenau. What are your least favorite Holocaust films, and what distinguishes a bad Holocaust film?

It depends on how far down into the sewer you want me to go, because there are some that are spectacularly horrible.

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Kate Winslet in The Reader.

Lets talk about The Reader [a 2008 drama, based on a novel by Bernard Schlink, that won Kate Winslet an Oscar]. The Reader is a story about an East German woman after the war, who is really, really hot. But she cant read. And so she makes this really sketchy deal with a young man, that if he reads to her, they can have sex. And then we find out, after all of this hot sex, that this really nice lady was a Nazi guard, who had, with other women Nazi guards, locked 300 Jews in a barn and burned it down. And she gets put on trial. But she cant adequately defend herself, because shes illiterate, and were supposed to feel bad for this woman who killed 300 Jews in a barn, because shes illiterate. Thats really weird. Thats a bizarre notion.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas [a 2008 British drama about a child of a Nazi guard who befriends a Jewish boy held prisoner in Auschwitz] is the same idea It was an absolute train wreck. It was just a terrible, terrible, terrible movie.

The glorification of Nazis, Im going to say, the humanization of barbarians is a hard no for me. Im gonna hold the line there. And thats my main complaint about Schindlers List. Oskar Schindler was a repulsive, repugnant, horrible human being while the first five-and-a-half million Jews were killed. He didnt care; he participated. And then all of a sudden, he grew a conscience, so he became a normal person. He didnt become a good person. You would think somebody who was a cog, who had been participating with the Germans since 1936, that guy doesnt get elevated.

I know this is an incredibly difficult thing to hear and say, but almost every Holocaust film that ever came out of Canada, and was directed by a Canadian, theres not a one of them that I can recommend. Every single one of them is horrible.

Your book is structured partially as a teaching guide. In general, how do you think Holocaust films should be used in educational settings?

Holocaust film should be a supplement to lessons. If you are teaching the Holocaust using Holocaust films, then you should rethink your teaching methods, because they are not the beginning of Holocaust education. They are the end of it.

So, if you want to teach about what happened in Birkenau, you can, if your students are old enough, mature enough, you can show The Grey Zone. But not before youve spent weeks explaining what this place is, and the history of it.

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Stanley Tucci and Kenneth Branagh in Conspiracy.

You can teach about the Wannsee Conference, and you can show the film Conspiracy [a 2001 made-for-TV drama about the planning of the Final Solution] a wonderful film, with Kenneth Branagh and Stanley Tucci. Its one of the finest films Ive ever seen. But if you dont know what theyre talking about, then its a complete waste of time.

What would you like to see filmmakers and audiences keep in mind when it comes to making, or viewing, Holocaust films?

Well, lets establish from the beginning that every [historical] narrative film, Holocaust or otherwise, whether were talking about Lincoln or Argo or Apollo 13, is a fictionalized account of something that happened. Every narrative film is fiction. If the intention is to represent something true, that happened, then it is raising the bar, and you need to be able to ascertain what elements of the truth are relevant and what are irrelevant.

Theres a difference between watching Inglourious Basterds and watching Schindlers List. Everybody should know, after watching Inglourious Basterds, that Adolf Hitler was not killed in a movie theater by Ryan the temp from The Office. But you dont know when youre watching Schindlers List that Jews were not marched into a dual-purpose shower that actually did have water, but that was hermetically sealed, and that the Jews, going in, actually thought that they might be gassed. The misrepresentation of the shower scene in Schindlers List is so egregious that it ruins the veracity of the film.

The second thing is within the context of all filmmaking, where does it stand? Do I need another one of these? Every story has been told, basically. We all know, within general strokes, whats going to happen. There arent a lot of alternatives people live or they die. But are they going to tell a new story in a new way?

I have to make this really clear: When I sit down to any movie, Holocaust or otherwise, I am the most optimistic person in the world. I want the movie to succeed. I believe in everything that Im watching until they make me disbelieve it. And even then I sit there and I try to find some reason to like this movie.

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Honolulu is ranked 8th in this years Best Cities for Hipsters list heres why – KHON208.23.21

Posted: Aug 16, 2021 / 05:43 PM HST / Updated: Aug 16, 2021 / 05:53 PM HST

HONOLULU (KHON2) LawnStarterrecently published a list of 2021s Best Cities for Hipsters to live in, comparing 150 of U.S. biggest cities based on anti-mainstream factors, and Honolulu ranked eighth.

LawnStarters Jeff Hernan wrote the list based on several different factors.Coming in first place was San Francisco, California, then Portland, Oregon, followed by Oakland, California.

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We looked at everything, from thrift stores to farmers markets, to vegetarian restaurants to car friendly, bike friendly communities and tattoo parlors, said Hernan. So, lots of things rolled into this.

According to Hernan, Honolulu has just about everything ranging from cool shops to mom-and-pop restaurants. Also, there are unique, pop-up farmers markets for community members to enjoy.

Honolulu ranked Number 2 for the farmers markets per 100 thousand residents, so there is a lot of really cool things in Honolulu that you dont normally think about, said Hernan.

Hernan said you dont have to be a hipster to enjoy the unique activities Honolulu has to offer like paddle-boarding at Magic Island Beach Park, eating at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, or even getting a new tattoo.

Great weather helps, and of course you have just about the perfect weather too, so that really helped out a lot because we also factor climate information as well, said Hernan.

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Friends and family grieving over shooting death of 18-year-old Makayla Harris, a recent Grant High graduate, – OregonLive07.25.21

Makayla Maree Harris had graduated from Grant High School last month and was a week into her caregiving work at a senior living center in North Portland when she went out with friends Friday night.

The 18-year-old never made it home.

Someone gunned down Harris and wounded six other people in a hail of bullets fired at a crowd in a suspected gang-related drive-by shooting.

Harris was with a group of friends about 2 a.m. Saturday near the food cart row along Southwest Third Avenue near Harvey Milk Street in downtown when she was killed.

She was just getting ready to start her life, said her aunt, Patricia Center, twin sister to Harris mother.

Another man in the crowd is believed to have had ties to the Blood gang and was the intended target, according to investigators and relatives. He wasnt wounded.

It was so sudden and so senseless. It was heartless, Center said. She didnt have any involvement in any of this. Thats what makes it harder.

Harris mother, aunt and other family members were awakened with calls that the teen had been rushed to OHSU Hospital but she was pronounced dead on arrival.

She died of a gunshot wound to the chest, her aunt said.

Harris was born and raised in Portland, the baby sister who had six older siblings. She had attended Madison High School, where she had played volleyball, before transferring to Grant High School, family members said. She also had been a cheerleader for a Pop Warner football league team, the Portland Steelers.

She was kind of timid and quiet growing up, but when she was with her peers, she was the goofy one making everybody laugh, Center said.

As soon as she turned 18 on Jan. 26, Harris approached her mothers employer at Assumption Village about working there, too, said Michael Maslowsky, the chief executive officer of the senior care homes parent company. Assumption Village provides assisted and independent living.

Harris often visited Assumption Village and had attended the employee Christmas parties, he said. Her mother has worked at the residential community for five years as a medical technician.

Many of our staff had watched her grow up, Maslowsky said. She had aspirations of studying to be a nurse. I think Makayla really admired her mom and had seen what her mother contributed.

Harris had applied to be an entry-level caregiver in the assisted living facility. Caregivers bathe, dress and help the residents get around and eat.

She started literally a week before she was killed, he said.

Shunta Gray, the Assumption Village administrator, called Harris a beautiful soul' who showed compassion for her elderly charges.

In a letter to residents alerting them to the tragedy, Maslowsky called Makayla an intelligent, engaging young woman who was excited to begin her chosen profession in health care. Her aspiration was to work with the ill or infirm as a nurse. I have no doubt that she would have splendidly realized that goal, he wrote.

Her mother, Felicia Martinez, is distraught, and her family is staying with her in shifts, Center said.

Theresa Duncan, another aunt, said the entire family is reeling.

Some idiot who has an effing gun and is so careless and reckless and stupid has taken away an 18-year-old from their loved ones, Duncan said. Its devastating. Its ridiculous. It has to stop.

Harris was close with Duncans daughter, Kyla, who also had recently graduated from high school.

The cousins spent the night together last week at the Duncans home, and they had seen Makayla in her caregiver scrubs last Thursday, Theresa Duncan said.

Makayla had the most contagious smile youve ever seen, she always wanted to have fun and be around her family and friends, Kyla Duncan wrote on GoFundMe page that she started for Harris.

On Monday afternoon, Kyla Duncan was getting a tattoo of Makaylas face on her left shoulder.

We were best friends, she said. She said she and Makayla were planning to rent an Airbnb in Portland in September to celebrate Kylas birthday. They already had matching tattoos of their respective birth dates, she said.

Center said the family wants whoever is responsible arrested. Were praying that somebody steps up and says something, she said. If not, this is going to continue to happen.

Family and friends expressed their grief on social media

My baby sister was taken from us, Shauna Harris wrote on Facebook. We are supposed to grow old, talk about each others outfits at the family gatherings, we had plans! I love you more than anything, baby girl.

Philip Humphrey, the Grant High coordinator for Self Enhancement Inc., remembered Harris as a personality in such a small package. He posted a photo on Instagram showing him beside Harris at her graduation last month.

Im heartbroken waking to such tragic news, he wrote Sunday. My prayers go out to you daily & friends who love you. You deserved so much more than this.

Several sisters said they were sorry they couldnt shield her from the violence.

Little sister, at times I swear you thought you were older than me ... I prayed and asked God to look after you sissy, wrote India Yoanna. Im so sorry you had to experience something like this !! Im sorry that these disrespectful people did this to you!! I wish I never seen you like that but now I know how serious this situation is.

Friends posted their selfie photos with Harris and pictures they took in their high school graduation gowns after the Grant High ceremony at Providence Park.

Police Chief Chuck Lovell said Portland police responded to an extremely chaotic scene with lots of injured people in the 300 block of Southwest Third Avenue around 2:10 a.m. Saturday and found more than half a dozen victims of gunshots.

Police provided emergency medical care to those who were wounded and secured the scene for fire medics and ambulances to respond. One witness told The Oregonian/OregonLive he heard at least 15 to 20 shots ring out and said he watched an early 2000s blue Mustang turn left on Harvey Milk Street and go down Third.

Police have not announced any arrests. They declined to release the names or conditions of the others who were shot but said earlier that all are expected to survive.

Police said they suspect some of the witnesses to the shooting left immediately without talking to investigators.

Lovell said Saturday that police believe some percentage of those shot downtown were innocent bystanders. It was one of two deadly shootings Saturday morning. A man also was killed in in the East Portlands Parkrose neighborhood. The two deadly shootings were among four shootings early Satuday, the chief said.

Royal Harris, a longtime community activist who lost his younger brother to a gang-related homicide outside a Northeast Portland nightclub in 2013, said he had two connections to the downtown shooting: a teenage niece was Makayla Harris best friend and a young man who was wounded is the father of his grandson.

He called the shooting tragic and expressed frustration about what he sees as a lack of urgency by police and the mayor to respond to the gun violence affecting so many young people and their families, especially Black families.

Among homicides victims in Portland through June this year, 47% were Black, according to the city.

Those who were shot and wounded in the crowd Saturday were downtown, enjoying the summer, Royal Harris said. The clubs are open. Theyre mingling.

Harris said he supports more of a police presence in the entertainment district -- and overall on city streets to serve as a deterrent to shootings.

Mayor Ted Wheeler, during a news conference Saturday, said hell advocate for more resources for police and more officers on the street but didnt offer any details of what he meant.

The City Council has given the Police Bureau the green light to create a new team of uniformed officers to patrol Portland streets to try to slow the pace of surging shootings throughout the city with greater community oversight, but the Police Bureau has had trouble finding officers to staff it.

We dont need more resources, said Harris, who recently held a march against gun violence. We have all the resources. We need to deploy them properly, and we need to have a heavier street presence of officers.

Malorie Mooers said she attended Madison High with Makayla Harris in 2017 and 2018 before Makayla transferred to Grant and they had shared some classes.

She was always so kind to me, so funny and knew how to truly light up every room she was in, Mooers said.

Penny Okamoto, executive director of Ceasefire Oregon, called the shooting bone-chilling and heartbreaking.

It leaves me with just such profound sadness and frustration and guilt that we havent been able to pass stronger gun laws, she said.

The Legislature isnt taking gun violence seriously, she said. It has had the opportunity but hasnt banned so-called ghost guns, firearms that carry no serial numbers, she said.

Lawmakers also havent closed the so-called Charleston loophole, she said. It allows gun sellers to complete a sale if the state hasnt done a background check on the buyer within three days.

I feel like the Portland community really needs to find the answers that are going to be the best for healing and protecting their communities within the city, Okamoto said.

Royal Harris said his bigger question is: Would the response have been the same if it were a young white lady? Would there be a different response from city officials and the mayor beyond the perfunctory We need to do something?

So many young people in this generation are experiencing a level of violence and death thats unprecedented, and its just tiring, he said. Much like the pandemic, they dont see the sun coming up over the horizon.

Police have asked anyone with information or video of the shooting to contact Detective Brian Sims at or 503-823-2079, or Detective Scott Broughton at or 503-823-3774.

-- Maxine Bernstein

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Tinker Hatfield on NFTs, Paying College Athletes, Michael Jordan, Prince, and Everything Else – Complex07.25.21

When Phil Knight calls, you pick up the phone. When a captain of industry has an idea but no executor, the first thing he needs is an audience. For Knight, who co-founded Nike in 1971 and turned it into the worlds most powerful sneaker brand in the ensuing decades, the idea was to find a way to get college-level athletes paid.

Radical changes to state law and NCAA rules that went into effect on July 1 meant that, for the first time ever, athletes at schools across the country would be allowed to profit off their name, image, and likeness without jeopardizing their playing careers. Knight, whose company helped establish the idea of a players image as currency through gargantuan deals with superstars like LeBron James and Michael Jordan, figured there was some way he could use the new rules to help student athletes at the University of Oregon, his beloved alma mater.

The audience on the other end of the phone was Tinker Hatfield. At 69, he is still Nikes most celebrated designer and, beyond that, the most influential sneaker designer there is. He is responsible for a majority of the most important Air Jordan and Air Max shoes. His first name is among the most appropriate ever given to a human being. Hatfield is warm in conversation, a reservoir of the goodwill hes accrued. Having worked at Nike since 1981, he is well acquainted with Knights challenges.

Both men were student athletes on the Oregon Ducks track team before transforming the sportswear industry. Hatfield was a school record-holding pole vaulter who competed at the 1976 Olympic Trials and Knight, at the end of the 1950s, a middle-distance runner under the mighty coach Bill Bowerman, with whom he co-founded Nike. They remain engaged fans and frequent attendees of Ducks sporting events. Knight, 83, is a wizened spectator on the sidelines, often hidden behind a black pair of wrap-around shades. Hatfields work permeates the athletic programs through sneaker designs, logos, and more.

Now, theyre testing new boundaries that question the fundamentals of traditional agreements between schools and the players who represent them.

One of the big motivations here is to take advantage of the rule change, Hatfield says, and try and set some kind of example for how athletes can start to benefit more from all the work they put in and all the stress that they endure and the injury issues.

At Knights prompting, Hatfield created a piece of art featuring star Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, and turned it into a non-fungible token, a digital art piece that Thibodeaux could sell. It shows him in three different poses, his name stretched big across the background and Hatfields signature scribbled into the corner. The Ducks player announced the NFT on July 6 and has listed it on marketplace Opensea, where editions are selling for 0.045 ETH (around $89.12) each.

Though Hatfield and Knight are inextricably linked with Nike, the collaboration between them and Thibodeaux on the NFT does not involve Nike in any waythe brand hasnt offered a public stance on the NCAA rule changes.

For the sportswear execs, two men who have given considerable money and energy to the University of Oregon, it is a move toward creating a more reciprocal relationship for athletes who bring in money at top schools without reaping direct financial benefits. They are keen here to play just within the rules, even though neither made history by adhering closely to them. Knight is more cunning than his bored, set gaze suggests, and Hatfield can be brazen, operating with a level of independence afforded by his storied career.

Their work with Thibodeaux is a hopeful experiment, a suggestion that talent at universities like Oregon deserve more than room, board, and tuition.

Everybody else is makingeverybody else meaning the advertisers, the NCAA, the coachestheyre all making millions and millions of dollars, Hatfield says. So Phil Knight has really been driving this particular project. And he called me up and said, Weve got to do something.

The NFT world is new territory for Hatfield, but that seems to be the kind of territory he is most comfortable in. If there is a new frontier he will be there, likely wearing a fedora. As a designer hes turned the invisible physical by exposing the cushioning on the first Air Max model in 1987, turned the theatrical practical when he made Marty McFlys self-lacing shoes a reality, and been involved in an incredible number of classic Nike shoes.

In this interview, he discusses his intentions with the Thibodeaux collaboration, his views on paying college athletes, the perks and pitfalls of exclusive footwear, the sneaker resell game, and more. It veers well beyond his day job as Nikes vice president of design and special projects, Hatfield narrating through different scenes and subcultures. The conversation has been edited and condensed, its wider tangents trimmed to better tame the wandering portfolio of Tinker Hatfield.

The project was made possible by the changes that allow players to profit off names, image, and likeness. How important is that to you that theyre able to get paid?I think its extremely important. Now, I was a full-ride athlete myself, in the 1970s, in track and field. And I remember, even though I was being taken care of within the rules of a full-ride scholarship. I mean, there was so much work involved.

Did you ever feel like you shouldve been compensated when you were at Oregon?I never thought about it, to be honest, because I was just happy to be on the University of Oregon track team. If I hadnt been injured my sophomore year, they were going to throw me out on the football field, too. But the reality was I just remember not having any money. I remember not being able to call up somebody and ask them out on a date because I couldnt afford to take them anywhere. And here I was with a full-ride scholarship. I was signing autographs, well-known around campus, and yet I wasnt definitely in the same situation as maybe other people. A lot of kids go have jobs during their schooling.

Did you have a job when you were there at the University of Oregon?No, no. I think thats cool because you actually can maybe accumulate some kind of way to pay for other things as you go through school. But my job was I barely could squeak by trying to be an architecture student. And then I got injured, and I was doing rehab. And of course there were the practices before and after and during, and the travel. There was quite a lot of time involved. So I felt like I had two jobs.

But the reality is, in todays world, the players, and lets just sort of look at football as an example. Maybe 20 or 30 years ago, there was probably less training, less film time, less practice time, less sort of, studying the opponent, less everything. So these players now, the number of hours they have to put in is probably double what it was.

Its a lot closer to a professional level.Yeah, it really is. And Im close to the program, and, of course, I know people from other programs. And I see it firsthand. And Im like, man, its incredible what these young people have to go through. Its the same in basketball and other sports. And its the same for the women. I think Phil Knight, again, has accurately identified something legal that we can do to help people do better financially while theyre in school. And we also know that for every athlete, male or female, that makes it beyond college, and maybe makes some money that way, there are a thousand that dont.

The sad part about the way the NCAA works, in my opinion, is that they dont have a post-college safety net for athletes who probably didnt have as much time to study and didnt make pros. Or if they did make the pros and they were out maybe a year or two, theyre kind of just floating around trying to figure out what theyre supposed to do next. I think thats something that we can help change. So thats why were doing this.

How did you land on the NFT thing?Well, Phil Knight called me, and he said, What do you know about NFTs? And I said, Not much.

Really? I wouldve thought that Phil Knight would be the guy who wasnt necessarily aware of the NFT world.He wasnt that much. Evidently, someone had mentioned to him that in the world of art there were some people making really enormous amounts of money selling these non-fungible tokens. I didnt even ask him how he knew about it. But he asked me what I knew, and I said, Not much. And he said, in his typical fashion, Well, figure it out because I need you to do something with Kayvon Thibodeaux. And he had identified Kayvon as a charismatic and, of course, very visible athlete. Hes somebody that we thought that we could work with. And it turned out to be the case. Hes fantastic. He was just at my house the other day.

A couple days ago, he came over, or drove up after the morning practice and film session. Drove up. And I had already had some of the images printed out. We signed a few together. Im not quite sure what his plan is. But the reality is, I did the art. I didnt even talk to him. He didnt even know I was doing it. I did the art. And then somebody contacted him, and I think he was game to do this whole thing. All these years, Ive been very careful not to contact athletes myself.

Youre not allowed to.Im not allowed to contact them. But if they call me or come over and say something to me, then I can engage in a conversation. But it has to be initiated by the athlete. So in this particular case, someone contacted him, and then he contacted me to find out more about what I had done.

And so then I sent him an image, and he liked it. I told him that we were already in the process of turning it into a non-fungible token. And I had to basically rely on a code-writing digital expert here that I know. He helped set up my account. And then you have to go through several steps. And then you have to mint the image. And then the idea was to then sell it. I sold it to Kayvon because I couldnt gift it to him. So even though the rules have changed, theres still something

You still cant give something to someone.I cant gift him anything. But the way it works through this cryptocurrency process is that we entered into an agreement. And he also had to enter into an agreement with the University of Oregon. And both entities, me as the artist, and the University of Oregon, because their logo is in this art, we took the minimum amount of the potential proceeds. So my take on it would be 12.5 percent. And the University of Oregon, at first, was going to do the same. But then they were able to do a special sort of one-time exclusion and got their take down to 10 percent.

But the reality is that Kayvon, when its all said and done, he owns this file. And lets just say he makes $100,000. He gets to keep roughly 78 percent of that. Thats the hope, is that it goes into a level thats actually meaningful.

Tinker, how much influence do you think Nike can have in these conversations about athletes being compensated at a college level?I did this just with Phil. Nike didnt even know about it. And there was a reason why that was the case. Nike has not really portrayed a position. And I think theyre working on it right now. So were careful, Im careful anyway, to distance ourselves from Nike.

And even though some of the media mentions Nike, Nike has really no involvement right now. And its partly because Nike has to craft some kind of position on the whole thing. So I think this thing happened pretty fast. And the rule change occurred, I think, on July 1. And I believe Nikes, again, trying to weigh the pros and cons of making a statement. So, what do you say?

We have so manywe meaning Nikehas these relationships with the NCAA and the actual universities. And they may or may not be very keen on all of this. But I want to be really crystal clear that this is Phil Knight and myself as individuals trying to help college athletes.

Do you think theres a future in which sneaker brands could give endorsement deals to college players? Is that something we might see in 10 years or less?Thats a great question. I thought about that but maybe for a minute. But it seems to me, to take out some of the ambiguity of the whole thing, that it would be fantastic if there was a policy that would allow company endorsements for the athletes. I think that would be an interesting solution. Now, I dont understand the legal issues, and of course the complexities of working with state and private institutions, and then of course those folks back in Indianapolis. But the reality is, it seems to me like there might be.

Well, Ill just say this. Phil Knight, hes a provocateur. He provokes change. Hes an innovator. Hes not a designer, but hes an innovative thinker. And I think that sometimes he gets a little bit frustrated with, I believe, institutions that dont think a little bit more outside the box. So I think this is maybe his way of poking the ant hill a little bit, and then maybe there will be a bigger and better solution. I dont want to speak for him, but thats just an impression that I have

I think one of the ways that college players have been quietly getting paid before all these changes is by selling exclusive sneakers theyll get from a big school like Oregon. Do you think athletes should be allowed to profit off that, or is that something separate to you?Well, the way it works at Oregon anyway, I cannot speak for any other school because I do these limited edition designs, Jordans in particular, for mens football and women and mens track and men and womens basketball. So those particular sports, I do these limited edition sneakers. And Nike pays for some of it. I pay for some of it. Its kind of a little bit loosey goosey about whos covering that cost.

Wait, Tinker, you pay for those sneakers out of your pocket?I do. Well, some of them. I mean, a certain amount, yes. I want to, personally, just contribute. And what it does is it shows a commitment on my part to do something good for the athletes.

But to read the rules for the whole sneaker thing is that they get to wear them, and they dont get to keep them until they are finished with their eligibility. So they wear them, and they check them back in to the equipment organization. So the equipment managers receive them back. Theyre all numbered. They have this elaborate sort of system of locks where they keep each athletes shoes in there.

And then depending on whatever the team or the athletes doing, they check them out. And then they get to wear them, and then they bring them back. Then once they are finished with their eligibility, then they get to keep them. And youre right. A lot of those athletes sell them to sneaker collectors. Im going to just throw a number out. Theres probably no more than about 300 pairs that might go to, say, the mens football program, and maybe a couple hundred to some of the other programs. Just fewer people. But we hold some back, by the way, for all the influencers and rappers and movie stars and whatever and pro athletes who call. As soon as one drops.

Do they call you directly?Oh, yeah. Ill be talking to somebody, and I wont mention any names, but Ill just tell you a story. Ill get a call from somebody famous, and I know they played at Texas or something. And Im like, So you want a University of Oregon limited edition Jordan?

Like, are you an Oregon fan now?And I said, But you went to Texas. How could you do that? And theyre like, Oh, no, no, no. This is not about that. This is about like these are, like, so cool. [Laughs.] And so Im like giving them a hard time. But then we definitely try to cover those people as best we can, because it definitely is, I guess youd say, an interesting storyline. But its also the publicity ratchets up depending on who wears them.

But for people who end up selling them, does that offend you on a personal level, or do you feel like thats still OK in this whole idea of athletes being able to profit in some way?No. I think its fine. Although sometimes I wonder if theyre not maybe short-sighted. Because if they held onto them, they not only maybe might appreciate them and keep them, or if they held onto them, they would actually appreciate in value. But they tend to not be very sophisticated so they just sell them to a collector. And there are all these people that track all this stuff and are calling them and whatever. And I think they undersell. The collectors know a whole lot more about it than the athletes.

But I will tell you a quick story. Several years ago, we were doing shoes for the football team. And then basketball season was coming around, and we did some shoes for the basketball team. And again, were talking about just a very limited number of shoes. And then Im like, theres the Pit Crew at Oregon.

I was on campus when the Pit Crew Jordan 3s first came out. That was a big moment for me personally. I remember later on, when the football players got the white pair, and there was a guy who lived in the apartment below me, and I saw he had them. Like, oh my God.Sometimes I still am amazed at how valuable people think these things are. So I was in contact with the president of the Pit Crew, and I said, Look, I have done up a Pit Crew version of these shoes, and he about fell. I could tell on the phone he about fell out of his chair. And I said, But heres the deal, I said, I want to encourage the Pit Crew to go to more than just mens basketball games. So heres how I want to do it. I want to send you 80 pairs, and you hand them outbeing the presidentyou hand them out to the people who have gone to more than just mens basketball.

In other words, kind of, he developed a point system. And the point system got you on the list to get a pair of Pit Crew Oregons. And by the way, those are some of the most sought-after because there werent as many.

Anyway, I sent the 80 pairs down. We sent them down, and they got handed out. And the idea was that when other people kind of got with the program and started going to support, say, womens volleyball or whatever, then wed send more. Because I had about, Im going to say, about 280 pairs, I think.

And I thought, well, the Pit Crew basically won these or earned them by going and supporting not just mens basketball but other sports, that theyd hold them in high regard and be very cool on campus if they wore them. Well, the very first weekend, six of those pairs went onto the secondary market. So I called up the president. I dont really follow this stuff, but I had people tell me, and so we looked it up. And sure enough, six out of the 80 pairs.

And I immediately called up the president, and I said, I am hereby suspending this entire program. And he was bummed. And I kept the other roughly 200 and, say, 20 pairs. So there were only 80 that actually went to the Pit Crew. But I said I considered it a failed experiment. Because theyre not playing sports, so they could sell them immediately, and some did. And they were going for a couple grand or whatever. But then they quickly escalated to like six or seven grand after the collectors got them.

So I just stopped. I said, Look, I cant do it. I am not a cash machine. Im not an ATM for the Pit Crew. Im just not going to do it that way. As much as I really appreciate the fact that theyre supporting the basketball team, I just told him, I cant do it.

So then what we started doing with the rest of the Pit Crew shoes was we started giving them out to other people. By the way, again, the influencers and rappers and pro players, and also certain people that are known sneaker collectors that were friends with, we just started judiciously sending them out. So they were leaked out or they were sent out in a very measured and slow fashion. And actually, I still have some. So those became very, very popular because of that extra level of exclusivity. So those six people who sold those sneakers blew it for the rest of the Pit Crew, in my opinion. And I think that the president felt a little bummed, obviously, about the whole thing. Because he probably should have encouraged them not to do that. But I dont know.

Its kind of something you expect at this point, where weve gotten to a place where any pair of remotely desirable sneakers is going to be resold. How do you feel about how big the whole sneaker resale market is at this point?I think its OK. Definitely its a bittersweet thing where you know that some people just love them, and they want to get them, and they search for them, and you find a guy like PJ Tucker, who plays for Milwaukee now. He was wearing a pair of shoes that was for another player. He just loves sneakers. He would never sell. You know what I mean? Hes got a huge collection. And I think thats really fun. And if he did sell them, it was kind of like, Well, Im trying to get this one versus that one. And there are all kinds of rock stars and rappers, like I said, and people. And sometimes they trade.

I just think its kind of fun overall. But I also realize that there are some more business-minded people that have figured out how to make hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a year or so by using bots and getting exclusive sneakers before anybody else. And then, of course, its a business transaction. So that part maybe doesnt thrill me as much at all. But I think that was probably predictable. Right?

Yeah, like did we go too far? Did we do too much to make these things so desirable?Maybe so. I dont know. I mean, a lot of people used to well, not a lot. But I would get inquiries from people who would blame me for violence around sneakers. Like a kid gets their sneakers stolen, or gets beaten up, and maybe in some cases even severely injured. And they were trying to blame me or blame Nike for this phenomena. And my answer to the reporters that I did speak to about that was were just trying to do a great job with the design work, and were trying to create great performing shoes and also objects of desire. I think its more of a societal issue that people would commit violence to obtain something materialistic like that. So I tried to sort of move the conversation toward just lack of morals or just people with lack of opportunity, and this is one way they could get something valuable was to just beat somebody up and take their sneakers. So I mean, I just couldnt figure out any other way to describe my position. Were just trying to do great stuff. And we have no control once those sneakers go out.

Do you pay attention to the frustrations people have with it, like people getting frustrated over the Nike SNKRS app?Its a funny thing, I kind of keep my head down. And Im working on stuff all the time, inside and outside of Nike. So I dont really pay attention or understand the Nike app and sort of Nikes desire to get people to join in and then get access. I dont necessarily have an opinion about it because I try not to be, I guess you could say, distracted by that kind of thing.

But having said that, I dont know if in the long term its going to be a good thing or not. I mean, I think, of course, time will tell. I dont know numbers. I pretty much try to protect myself from knowing too much, because then, say, in an interview like this, I might say something thats inaccurate or maybe not in keeping with corporate policy. So its best if I dont even know half the time.

I just think its related to the NFT project youre doing, in a way, in terms of the whole ecosystem of sports and sportswear being so digital. Do you see more NFT things happening at Nike in the future?Yes. Again, Im not going to speak for Nike, but Ive already done two or three more art pieces for other players. They dont know about it. Weve actually created the NFT for them. But were sort of reluctant to start spitting them out too fast and too furious. But we want to learn from the Kayvon project before we get too much more aggressive about this whole thing. The plan, I think Phil and myself, I think we think that we can probably continue to do it. But I think its a sort of wait and see attitude a little bit until we try it again.

So weve been talking to Kayvon about the process of how he should handle this image, this file, the NFT, how he should handle it himself. He owns it, so its his property. And he can sell that entity or that, well, in this case, the artwork any way he wants. He can sell copies over and over and over again to literally hundreds of people who might want to have one of those posters. Or maybe hell find somebody that wants to own the file themselves and will pay a large amount of money. That remains to be seen.

Im, again, trying not to be too intrusive. I mean, Ive been talking to Phil, but Im trying not to influence the athlete much, because he owns it. Its his personal decision. And I think hes probably talking to all kinds of people about how he should do it. Hes just such a big and powerful guy, but hes also sharp as a tack, and he is putting a lot of thought into this. And hes also willing, which thats part of I think why Phil chose him is that I think Phil knew him enough to know that this guy could probably handle it and not let it mess with his mind. Hes very solid. Very solid young man.

Yeah, so NFTs, there might be some people that could get fully engrossed in this thing and spend all their waking hours trying to figure out what to do with it. But I think Kayvons way more sophisticated.

So youre in the NFT game. You had that Michelob collaboration before that. Can you talk about any other non-Nike projects youve been working on?Yeah. If you go on Zero Motorcycles website, the electric motorcycle company out of Santa Cruz, I collaborated [with them]. Zero Motorcycles is like the most successful of all the electric motorcycle companies. And theyve been at it for maybe 10 or 12 years, and theyve been doing quite well. They finally came out with this really monster super bike version of an electric, and I have one.

But anyway, I got contacted through a company here in Portland called Kamp Grizzly and an individual Peter Jasienski. Hes a friend of mine. He contacted me and said, Look, Zero would like for you to collaborate with a guy named Thor Drake, who owns See See Motor Coffee Shop here in Portland. Hes a well-known motorcycle modifier and he races. Hes a good businessman. Hes got this real cool brand called See See.

Anyway, we met. And then I did a bunch of drawings of what I thought how we could take this super bike that they had, which kind of looks like maybe like a real high-end Italian motorcycle, like something real snazzy. They wanted us to sort of modify it and make it into a show bike that was just super unique. And so we basically kind of steampunked it. He basically tore the whole bike apart, and based off my drawings and his own creativity, Zero now has this show bike that theyre about ready to start promoting around as kind of a brand image thing. So theres a little bit of a kind of Portland hipster punk, like people with tattoos. Its like a little bit of Portlandia somehow made it on this motorcycle. So Im pretty proud of that.

Are you saying youre a Portland hipster, Tinker?Im not. Im not. Some people might think that, but Im definitely too old, and live in a different circle of friends. However, Im a good observer. So I thought, well, why not tap into that vibe, if you will. So I did. So the seat and part of the motorcycle looks like tattoo art like youd see here in Portland. And Thor redid the tank, which is really basically a storage compartment. Because this is an electric bike, it doesnt really have a gas tank. But it looks like it has one. And he redid that in polished aluminum with rivets like an Airstream trailer. And we sent out the wheels to get painted in a wacky color.

The taillight, I sketched this up after looking at an electrical transition lining. Anyway, theres kind of a storyline around trying to think about electricity, Portland, and the fact that Santa Cruz is kind of cool and hipster-y as well, if you think about it. And I think its something they were really happy with. I think theyve actually started promoting this bike as like an art piece that helps with their branding. So itll go to shows and get photographed. I think its already started. They call it a collaboration between Zero, Thor Drake, and Tinker Hatfield.

Any chance we can get an HTM reunion, get the band back together?You know, I was just thinking about that. I went to a concert last night, first concert Ive been to in a while. And I was wearing a pair of HTMs.

What was the concert?Liv Warfield. She sent a tape in to Prince, and ended up becoming a backup singer for Princes all-girl backup band called 3rdeyegirl.

But anyway, so I went to that concert last night, and I ran into a bunch of musicians that were there that I know. And they all said, Oh, I cant believe youre wearing those HTMs out here in this dirty, gravely parking lot. Blah, blah, blah.

Which HTM sneaker was it?Its the one, its when Flyknit first became a technology for us.

HTM Lunar Trainer maybe.We did this wacky version. And by the way, Nike wasnt digging Flyknit, at first. So thats where HTM comes in kind of handy. We were able to basically introduce Flyknit to the world through HTM, because nobody else gets to make that decision but Mark and I and Hiroshi. So its called LunarEpic. It was a running shoe, but its really got this sort of extra tall collar on it.

Anyway, its an HTM project. And a bunch of people recognized it, and theyre just like, I cant believe youre wearing that out here and getting those things dirty. And I said, Oh, you know, Ill probably get another pair somewhere. Anyway, so that was fun. It was really a great experience last night, because none of us probably had seen very much live music until just now.

So this woman, young lady, wasnt even a real performer. But she somehow got connected with Prince. And he was so impressed that he heard her and she became a regular in his band. And I remember, we had Prince play for a Michael Jordan party at the last time the NBA All-Star game was in New York, a few years back.

Did they play basketball together? Because I know Prince played basketball.[Laughs.] I dont know. Thats a good question.

Shes become this incredibly powerful performer. And she spent some time here in Portland on the track team before she decided to become a singer, or became a singer. And shes killer good.

So she killed it. She was a track athlete. Shes from, I dont know, back east. But she came out to Portland State to be a pentathlete. And then I think she got married or had a baby here. And she started singing in a band with local musicians. And they said she was so nervous she wouldnt even face the audience at first.

Anyway, somehow Prince saw a recording of her doing something and was smitten, and hired her. And now, of course, she has a few years under her belt, and shes killing it. It was funk. It was a little bit of Prince-like music, but it was more funk and soul and blues. And she hired almost all of herjust for that performancealmost all of her old bandmates that were here, to perform with her. And it was just unbelievable. And I actually know almost all of those people, just because of the music scene.

I gotta go back. Is Michael Jordan a Prince fan then? Because I feel like you wouldve designed a purple pair of Jordans for him at some point.[Laughs.] Well, yes, he is a Prince fan. And Im sure he still is even though, of course, Prince is gone. But the story about Prince showing up and performing, he brought his whole band, 3rdeyegirl. As I understand it, he didnt really want to do the gig because he had to bring everybody from Minneapolis or whatever. The last second, he finally agreed to do it.

His set, this big huge party, started at 1 in the morning. I got advance notice. It was in this big building where there were different things going on in different parts of the building, different floors. Like Ariana Grande was doing something somewhere. And there were all kinds of celebrities all over the place. But I got a tip that Prince was going to play. And then we found out what part of the building he is. And were talking about maybe 200 people. Hes playing to 200 people, which would be intimate for him.

So I was standing right underneath his microphone. Three-foot high stage, his microphone, and Im looking right up at him. It was incredible. But Michael was, like, two people behind me, and he was grooving. He was having a good time. So yeah, hes a Prince fan, for sure.

Did you give Prince a pair of sneakers?I didnt. But we have an entertainment marketing guy named Reggie Saunders. Maybe you know him.

A legend. Reggie is a legend. Ive never met him personally, but his name is paraded around so much.Oh, he knows everybody, and he takes care of everybody. So Reggie has sent a lot of stuff to Prince. And Reggie was the one who actually kept kind of working the beat to get Prince to show up, so he deserves a lot of credit for that. And it was a marvelous performance. And I think Prince passed away just two or three months after that. Thats my recollection, it could be off by a month or two.

So Michael was, Id say, its safe to say hes a pretty big Prince fan. And his wife Yvette was definitely a Prince fan. They were just boogying behind me. And Im standing next to Queen Latifah. On the other side of me is Chris Rock. The scene was just ridiculous.

I want to take it back to Oregon real quick, because we actually ran a story about Oregon Air Jordans and things like that, and one of our writers had talked to Dennis Dixon about his experiences with those shoes. And he mentioned that there was some moment where Michael Jordan had some criticism around the Jumpduck logo that turned the Jumpman logo into a duck.Oh, yeah. He did not like it at all. He said, Dont mess with my logo.

So Michael Jordans a Prince fan but not an Oregon Ducks fan.[Laughs.] I would say that he is definitely a North Carolina fan, and Im not so sure hes a Duck fan. Lets put it that way. He really objected. I did it without asking him. I turned the Oregon Duck into the Jumpman. And you probably saw it on the back of one of those limited edition shoes. And he called me up and gave me hell for it, so I agreed not to do it again.

But Im one of those people that just goes ahead and does whatever I want and asks for forgiveness after the fact because I dont like being told no. You know what I mean? So I dont mind being scolded for having done something, but I dont like to be told no. So I tend to operate that way anyhow.

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At Sword Society events, listen to club music and play with light sabers – OregonLive07.09.21

Like the opening scenes in a cyberpunk action film, a half-dozen costumed warriors wield light sabers in a neon-painted warehouse, fight-dancing to blaring drum and bass music.

Its Tuesday, which means the Sword Society is meeting inside Rainbow City, an all-ages art and music venue in Southeast Portland.

What is Rainbow City? Its a little bit of everything.

Craig Strand, a Sword Society regular, called it an acid trip without the acid.

Owner Strawberry Pickle (aka Sheridan Rolland) described it as the land of misfit toys.

Filled with black lights and neon murals and stuffed with donated furniture, slightly broken Christmas decorations and childrens toys, its an art gallery-slash-cafe-slash-concert venue.

Theres a 14-foot DayGlo pink and glitter-coated Triceratops statue named Oz who serves as the Rainbow City mascot. Shoppers can find handmade hats and vintage clothes in the retail section. A vegan food cart, mobile beauty salon and tattoo bus are parked outside.

The space was most recently a repair shop for QuarterWorld, and there are still a handful of arcade games visitors can play.

Its absolute neon chaos here, and everyone loves it that way, Strawberry Pickle said.

For Ms. Pickle, Rainbow City was a dream that was born four years ago and became a reality in January 2020. She said she sold her house to finance the venues opening.

I got the place, we had an amazing two months, the sky was the limit, and then COVID happened, and it was done. It was done in one day, she said.

Rainbow City managed to hang on for a closed COVID year by doing virtual events and through the generosity of Strawberry Pickles landlords at QuarterWorld, who she said were endlessly supportive of her venture.

Weve come out on the other side, and now were back at square one kind of reemerging, she said. Heres our grand re-opening.

During the day, Rainbow City is primarily a quirky wifi cafe and studio where artists can paint or create. Evenings are more event focused. Sometimes theres a DJ, live music or a poetry reading. The space can also be rented for private events.

And on Tuesdays, there are swords.

Sword Society started meeting for small gatherings a few months ago under limited capacity. Now, with Oregon fully reopened from pandemic safety measures, more and more people are discovering the fun of playing with foam or plastic swords.

Vin Eden, whose look could be described as Cyberpunk meets the Crusades, leads Sword Society. On a recent Tuesday, he arrived with a piece of pauldron plate armor over one shoulder, glow-in-the-dark hair dye turning his beard an otherworldly yellow under the black lights.

I think everybody loves swords, he said. Swords are cool, just in brief. And whether a kid or an adult who still has the kid in them comes here, they really discover the feeling.

Years ago, Eden organized gatherings in parks using bamboo swords from the martial art of kendo. But those events primarily attracted people with martial arts training. Eden wanted something where anyone could play around, using something less intimidating than bamboo training swords.

Enter the light sabers.

Its somewhat esoteric but in a sense is really classic, he said. Today, most sports revolve around games with balls. But go back further in history, he said, and swords were the way to play.

Sword Society nights arent classes, though if youre looking for pointers, Eden and others can offer them. Its mostly a chance to spar or dance with light sabers, or to watch the show and listen to music.

Theres no age or ability requirements. Kids are welcome, as are first-time sword fighters. Bring your own sword, or you can rent one with a suggested $5 donation. Costumes are encouraged, and people often arrive wearing battle armor, Jedi robes or anime-inspired costumes.

The primary rule is play nice and keep the good vibes going.

Strand, one of the regulars, said he was a bit nervous the first time a friend invited him to sword fight.

But you get out there and your adrenaline gets going and its kind of a sport, he said. We dress up, wear costumes, theres all kinds of wild people here. Its a good spot.

The light saber element was a definite draw for him.

In 1977, I was in the theater and saw Star Wars seven times when it first came out and couldnt get enough of it, he said. When I came in and I saw the neon and the black lights and the light saber blades flashing around, I was hooked.

Though the crowd is primarily adults, 6-year-old twins Maxwell and Jubal Waissman are also frequent Sword Society attendees.

We were here at the very first one, said their mom, Adrienne Derryberry. For me, its fun to come and watch them play. Theyve gotten better, theyre definitely learning to sword fight by playing with all these guys.


The Sword Society meets at 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Rainbow City, 21 S.E. 11th Ave., behind Hippo Hardware. During Sword Society meet ups, children and adults can play fight with foam swords or plastic light sabers while listening to electronic dance music. A $5 donation per person is suggested at the door. For more info on upcoming events at Rainbow City, visit

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No middle ground: How the COVID-19 vaccine split one Oregon town – OregonLive06.29.21

Wyatt Steach didnt have much to say as he pressed a bootheel into the rumbling varnish machine inside the cramped workshop of Flat Iron Boot & Shoe Repair and Rorys Saddlery in Molalla.

Steach, one of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians yet to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, said he was healthy, that the pandemic had been blown out of proportion and that getting a shot against the disease wouldnt change his life much.

I dont really see the use in it, the 17-year-old said, clamming up as sweat gathered on his forehead.

Todd Temples, left, and Wyatt Steach working on boots and other leather goods inside Rorys Saddlery in Molalla, Oregon. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

Steach is far from an outlier in Molalla, where he lives in a ZIP code with the smallest percentage of people vaccinated against COVID-19 compared to any sizable ZIP code in the Portland metro area.

Only about 38% of the 97038 ZIP codes population of 15,000 has received a shot, state data show. And its areas like this that Oregon officials are trying to reach in their last marathon to vaccinate at least 70% of the population.

Though about 5% of the ZIP codes residents have contracted COVID-19, some believe COVID-19 wont affect them personally. Others recoil at the thought of putting something unfamiliar into their bodies. And others are tired of the social and government pressure to get vaccinated.

About 45 minutes drive south from Portland, past fields of hay bales, aging barns and neat stacks of wood behind lumber mill fences, Molalla and its surroundings are classic rural Oregon.

Inside The Spot Again in downtown Molalla. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

A six-wheel pickup truck with U.S. and Dont Tread on Me flags rumbles down a residential street. Log trucks filled to capacity shake Main Street at least every 15 minutes. A worker at a drive-in burger joint wearing a tie-dye bandana and an American flag T-shirt delivers $6.75-burger baskets to the cars waiting outside in the heat.

Its not easy to understand why vaccination efforts havent made substantial inroads in this Clackamas County town. Those who are adamantly opposed to the vaccine generally dont want to talk about it with a reporter, saying theyre afraid of losing their jobs.

Molallas mayor declined an interview. Tootie Smith, the county chair who lives in the Molalla area and famously said in November she would celebrate Thanksgiving with family despite Gov. Kate Browns request to limit gatherings, was not available for an interview.

Downtown Molalla, Oregon. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

But behind the reticence is what some locals say are deep-seated fault-lines.

There doesnt seem to be a middle ground, longtime Molalla barber Harold Hall said as he trimmed a longtime customers white hair. Either theyve taken it or theyre not going to take it.

Hall, 81, seemed to be among the few at the shop taking the subject seriously on a recent Tuesday.

A Hobart Oil Company calendar depicting a stagecoach in the western desert hung on a wall, and three baseball caps hung off a hat rack by the door. One of the hats, with the words Trump 2024 and The revenge tour emblazoned on the front, was hung there by someone after a Trump rally.

Inside Halls Barber Shop in downtown Molalla, Oregon. From left, Mike, a customer, gets his hair cut by Lenny Keller, 77, at the shop. At right, Harold Hall, 81, owner of the shop, cuts Ray Elliss hair. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

Most of his customers have been vaccinated because, he said, the majority in here have been older gentlemen.

Be careful there, Harold, the man sitting in a waiting chair said to rounds of laughter. The man, who refused to give his name, had apparently been so sick with COVID-19 that he wasnt sure he would survive.

We were hoping hed pay for a couple of haircuts ahead of time, said Lenny Keller, a barber working at the only other chair in the shop.

Hall recently tried to convince a customer who was adamant she wouldnt get a shot. He reminded her that vaccines against chickenpox, polio and other diseases have saved countless lives.

Hall said he wishes he could have changed her mind but, he said, she was too entrenched in her opinion to budge.

Theres nothing thats going to shut this thing down except the vaccine, Hall said.

Inside Halls Barber Shop in downtown Molalla, Oregon. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

And while the reasons for the division surrounding COVID-19 are vivid for some like Hall, others are less aware of the towns two sides.

Really? Mary Aubrey said from behind the bar at The Spot Again when told Molalla has among the lowest vaccination rates in Oregon. Thats weird.

Nearly everyone who comes into the saloon says theyve been vaccinated, Aubrey said. She rolled her eyes and laughed listing some of the conspiracy theories shes heard from those who havent gotten shots.

You know, all the classics, Aubrey said, including that the vaccine can cause infertility and that the shots are a vehicle for microchips. I just dont think the government is organized enough to do something like that.

Don Rollins, 73, left, and Wayne Doc Tyre, 83, inside The Spot Again in downtown Molalla, Oregon. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

A small group of old friends sitting at a table for their weekly Tuesday morning drinks also struggled to understand.

Thats surprising, said Wayne Doc Tyre, 83, with a 63-year-old tattoo of a dagger and the blacked-out name of an ex-girlfriend on his left forearm. I have no idea why they dont.

Tyres friend, a 30-year-veteran of three Clackamas county lumber mills, nursed a Busch Light. Another, a retired truck driver wearing suspenders, a cowboy hat and a hearing aid, asked for another whisky.

All three men were vaccinated. So were most -- if not all -- of their friends and family. It seemed like a no-brainer, they said.

Its not a good choice, Tyre said of going without the shot. I would want to live instead of being on a ventilator or dying.

Inside The Spot Again in downtown Molalla. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

But for some locals, its not about conspiracy theories, but a way of life and a way of thinking.

A lot of people are very logical and think critically about these things, Wyatts mother, Diana Steach, said in a phone interview.

An instructional assistant at the local high school, Steach declined to give her personal opinion on the vaccine, wary of influencing students. But, she said, given the information people in the community have, they would rather just wait and see.

Steach isnt the only one who wants to keep private health matters private.

Inside The Spot Again in downtown Molalla. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

One of her friends, Ms. Marshall, appeared to resent the seemingly constant pressure to get vaccinated. She asked that her full name not be used because she feared being targeted for her opinions.

I just think people need to stay out of other peoples health business, said Marshall, who had breast cancer and is afraid that the COVID-19 vaccine could affect the medicine she takes to keep the cancer in remission.

And by people, Marshall meant the government, too.

I think their job is to protect our rights and let us make the best decisions for ourselves, Marshall said. I mean thats what America is about, is freedom.

Downtown Molalla, Oregon. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

Another friend, Heather, said the pressure to get vaccinated triggers a fight or flight response because people feel forced to do something they legitimately fear could harm them.

Youre getting pressure from every direction, Heather said, including employers, the government and people around you who seem to think if you didnt do it, you dont care about people.

A Molalla resident in her late 30s, Heather made clear she is not an anti-vaxxer. All four of her children have received the standard course of shots for measles, mumps and rubella, she said. But with how little time the COVID-19 vaccine has been out there, its too early to be sure it is safe, she said.

At this point in the game, everyone should be making their own decisions about their lives, said Heather, asking that her full name not be used to protect her job.

More than 317 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States so far, under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For every million COVID-19 doses given, about two to five people have a serious allergic reaction, the agency said. And 36 out of the 12 million people who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine developed potentially life-threatening blood clots.

Rory Waddell, left, and Todd Temples take a break during the day outside Flat Iron Boot & Shoe Repair and Rorys Saddlery in Molalla, Oregon. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

Back at Flat Iron Boot & Shoe Repair and Rorys Saddlery, two middle-aged men in jeans, denim shirts and black denim aprons caked with dried glue sat on either side of the shops open doors, one of them smoking a Camel cigarette.

Owner Rory Waddell, 59, said he only got a shot because of his wife. He said she works at a lumber mill and was worried about exposure to truckers who come from all around Oregon and out of state, as well as the many customers who see Waddell every day. She got vaccinated and told him she wouldnt let him come home unless he did, too.

One of his employees felt no such pressure. Todd Temples said he hadnt been sick with anything in seven years, which he thinks could be because he eats a lot of spicy food.

Inside Flat Iron Boot & Shoe Repair and Rorys Saddlery in Molalla, Oregon. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

Temples, 47, was much more excited to talk about his work than the vaccine. Leather boots, saddles, holsters, bags, scabbards, saddle bags, reins, ranch ropes and billets line the walls on the way to Temples worktable, where he had strips of leather that hell craft into a holster.

He eagerly scrolled through photos on his iPad showing the many holsters he had repaired or made from scratch in 2021.

Eh, Temples said, shrugging his shoulders and spreading his arms in a dismissive gesture when asked about the vaccine.

Todd Temples hasnt been vaccinated for COVID-19 and isnt interested in getting the vaccination, he said. June 22, 2021 Beth Nakamura/Staff

Hes not the kind of person to do that, he said. Hes got a bad toothache now and wont take painkillers for it.

I dont trust anything thats manmade, Temples said. Its just too risky.

Yet he bristles at others reaction to his decision.

They cant really understand why, Temples said. Its my deal. Its not theirs.

Data journalist Mark Friesen contributed to this report.

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For Wilmington photographer Garion Worldslayer, leaving the Navy led to his reinvention – StarNewsOnline.com05.19.21

Wallace Park near downtown Wilmington has long held an odd but unmistakable beauty.

A narrow, tree-dotted strip situated on the banks of Burnt Mill Creek, it's got a natural vibe like nowhere else and is one of the most Wilmington spots, if you will, in all of Wilmington.

On a recent May evening there, a boisterous man played a mildly abusive game of soccer with some kids while what looked like a random, impromptu gathering of bridesmaids took place by a playground.

Down by the creek bed, in the middle of a slightly overgrown patch of grass, a large piece of bright blue fabric was draped over a small tree so destroyed it looked both unreal and somehow otherworldly. A young woman with long, silver-blonde hair wearing a canary yellow hat, jacket and bow tie peeked out from behind the fabric while holding a glistening lemon up to a camera.

The camera was held by the Wilmington artist and photographer who goes by the name of Garion Worldslayer.

Worldslayer (the "i" in his first name is silent) asked his girlfriend and work partner Amy Eason, a fellow photographer who goes by Flamin Ames, for some "mild leaf blower" action to get a little hair movement going. (Told by a visitor that the odd tree they were shooting by looked like Worldslayer intentionally planted it there, Eason quipped, "I wouldn't put it past him.")

"Love it. Love the expression," Worldslayer told the model, a singer named Annelle Staal. "I'm really excited about this lemon!"

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He continued to pepper her with encouragement as he shot -- "Love the eyebrow raised, that's pretty sassy. That's spectacular!" -- before they stopped to look at the photos and broke out into whoops, hollers and hugs.

"I feel like we're actually killing it!" Staal exclaimed.

One could also say they were Slaying it.

Worldslayer (not the name he was born with, obviously, which is Brodeur) talks about Wilmington being a magical place. But somehow, the Port City feels even more magical with him in it.

Rocking a handlebar mustache, with two-toned hair, tons of tattoos and possessed of a flashy sense of fashion that can include everything from wild animal prints and multiple rings to eye-catching green velvet boots, he's got a robust presence on Instagram, a burgeoning photography business and a growing reputation as one of Wilmington's most motivated, intriguing and thoughtful young artists.

"A lot of my work is like daydreaming," Worldslayer said over coffee one afternoon at Bespoke in downtown Wilmington. "It's my interpretation of reality. When you remember something nostalgically, like (the shoot) at the park the other day, you won't remember if there was trash (on the ground) or power lines. You'll remember the feeling, like a golden glow. That's what I'm going for."

His hallmark is the highly stylized portrait. Bold colors and concepts. A sense of things being little off-kilter but also tightly controlled, an alternate reality suffused with weirdness and/or coolness. Models recline angelically on a bed, stretch seductively in an industrial wasteland or just kick it in roller skates on the tennis court.

"I work in symbiosis with my subjects to create their stories," he said. "Just the complexity of human emotion makes (for) such a supreme capture. Even if I were to do a landscape, you add a person to it and it adds the complexity of a lifetime."

Worldslayer plans his shoots out in advance, but "my favorite thing to do is come up with ideas on the spot," he said. "I thrive in the moment and my planning goes out the window."

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One series he calls "Boys Don't Cry" chronicles the mental health struggles he and others have been through. Other work of his has an environmental focus, like a series of nudes that places models in a natural world filled with garbage discarded by humans. His slogan on Instagram, and on a T-shirt design he created that features a massive, cartoonish depiction of his face, is, "Slay the world. Don't destroy it."

A recent, stunning magnum opus involved a photographic recreation of Michelangelo's fresco painting "The Creation of Adam," which is on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. Worldslayer's version, titled "Creation of Garbage," features two models in the poses from the famous work reaching out to each other while swimming in a background built from refuse. As Worldslayer reasoned in a lengthy caption on Instagram -- he's a fan of poetic explanations/explorations as opposed to the terse, clever quip -- "God creates man. Man creates pollution."

"I'm very intentional with my photos," Worldslayer said, in what might be the understatement of the year. "I'm not an observer. I don't just capture events. I direct them."

To say that Worldslayer, who turns 27 soon, has exploded onto the Wilmington art and fashion scenes during the pandemic wouldn't be an exaggeration. But he also has deep Wilmington roots. He graduated from John T. Hoggard High School (he married his high school sweetheart -- "everyone in my family has been married for like 40 years" -- from whom he's now divorced) before going on to spend six years in the U.S. Navy.

His uncle was in the special forces, he explained, "And I wanted to be him." Part of Worldslayer's time in the service was spent as a member of the special forces in a skydiving unit. He did multiple combat tours in areas of conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

"I got real into skydiving," he said. "That was my thing. That's what I thought I was going to do. But recently, I sold my parachute to buy a new camera."

After six years, he had not only traveled the world, but obtained a degree in Organizational Leadership. He had a job as a project manager lined up when he left the Navy in January of 2020, but "after two combat deployments I felt the need to decompress," he said. "I realized I wasn't ready to rejoin society really fast. I needed to conceptualize some sort of freedom. I came from the most amount of structure you can have to nothing."

And so he decided to take an RV trip across the country.

"I saved up a bunch of money and brought a camera," he said, "And I was going to go until I was ready to come back."

Along with Eason, with whom he recently bought a house -- "I ended up bringing Amy with me, kind of as a relationship trial, honestly" -- he hit the road. In early March, they met up with some friends in California's Death Valley National Park, which of course is one of the hottest places on Earth.

After enduring both a massive desert sand storm as well as a huge rain storm, they lost power to their RV.

"We were like, 'We don't need phones, we're in nature,'" Worldslayer said. A few days later, "When we came back out to drop our friends off at the airport in San Diego, everyone was going crazy" from the newly instated pandemic lockdown.

COVID was on their radar when they started the trip, "But I thought it was going to be like Ebola," Worldslayer said. In other words, nothing they needed to worry about.

After an unsettling incident at Wal-Mart when they were trying to buy food -- "This lady literally pushed me out of the way to get her sanitized cart" -- the couple decamped to San Francisco to quarantine. There, he found the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where he's currently enrolled (remotely) in a master's program in the School of Photography.

He initially planned on staying in San Francisco, but after COVID settled in for the long haul, he decided to come back to Wilmington.

A little bummed at the time, he now sees the pandemic as holding"a lot of weird opportunities," he said. "Without COVID I would not be a professional photographer. It helped me conceptualize, the world could be ending this year and I would wish I pursued my art form."

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Worldslayer said he took inspiration from his mother, a former Wilmington artist, now in Florida, named Shannon Eileen McAniff-Brodeur, who told him, "No one will ever give you permission to be who you want to be. You have to demand it from the world."

"I had this vast insecurity," he said. "'Oh, I won't be accepted by the people who, I thought, were photographers who are better than me.' In May of 2020 I just started saying, 'I'm a professional photographer.' And since then, I don't even recognize the person who had those worries back then.'"

By reinventing himself over the past year and a half, he said, "I'm finding more who I always wanted to be, I suppose.

"I'm very thankful to the Navy, but for me, it's like old me."

It was in the Navy that he picked up the last name Worldslayer, he said, after pondering the question, "What would you be if you didn't have to be who you were?"

Recentlyat Wilmington bar and restaurant Palate, Worldslayer was the star performer in a fashion show called The Future Is Female that featured women clothes designers. He donned a short, tight-fitting skirt and red boots and strutted his stuff during what he said "was probably one of the best days of my life."

He's got a rising profile outside the Port City as well thanks to an Instagram following of well over 6,000, and gets offered jobs from all over. He's been flown out to the West Coast for shoots, he said, and will be going to Georgia soon to collaborate with the tattoo artist Russ Abbott.

People have told him he should move to a place like Portland, Oregon, "But Oregon is established," he said. "(Wilmington) has opportunity."

"It's alive, the whole town's alive," he added. "I came back to Wilmington because this place is literally magical. It's always had a strong community, but right now we are at the front gates of such possibility for the future."

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The Clinic for Dermatology and Wellness in Medford, OR, is Expanding with a Second Location: The Annex at The Clinic! – PR Web05.06.21

The Clinic for Dermatology and Wellness in Medford, OR, is excited to announce the opening of their second location: The Annex!

MEDFORD, Ore. (PRWEB) May 03, 2021

The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness is proud to announce the opening of their second location, The Annex at The Clinic, conveniently located directly across the street from The Clinics main location in Medford.

The Annex at The Clinic will serve medical dermatology patients, providing skin cancer screenings and treatment for a wide range of common dermatological concerns, including acne, rosacea, moles, rashes and much more.

We strive to deliver optimal care and services to every patient, which is why The Annex is such a thrilling addition to our practice, explains Joe Gatti, MPAS, PA-C, a founding member of the The Clinic. With The Annex, well be able to better serve our patients!

While The Annex will solely focus on medical dermatology services. The Clinics main location will continue to offer medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology services, as well as Mohs micrographic surgery.

Here are the details for The Clinics new location:The Annex at The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness, LLC2937 Siskiyou Blvd. Ste. 1, Medford, OR 97504541-200-2777Hours of operation: Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

What to expect at The ClinicThe Clinic for Dermatology and Wellness in Medford, Oregon offers medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology, in addition to advanced Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer. For patient convenience, The Clinic also offers virtual visits with teledermatology. Whether visiting The Clinic for an annual skin cancer screening, a CoolSculpting non-invasive fat reduction session or a skin brightening treatment with HydraFacial, patients will receive the warmest and most attentive care, administered with the highest level of expertise in the industry.

Services at The Clinic include a full menu of medical and surgical dermatology in addition to the following state-of-the-art medspa treatments:

The Clinics main location is located at 2924 Siskiyou Blvd., Suite 200, Medford, OR 97504. The Annex at The Clinic is located at 2937 Siskiyou Blvd. Ste. 1, Medford, OR 97504. Both locations have the same phone number: 541.200.2777. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call 541.200.2777 or request a consultation online today.

About The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness Founded in 2016, The Clinic is a patient care experience not found anywhere else in the Rogue Region. The Clinic is a state-of-the-art dermatology practice in the heart of East Medford, offering medical, surgical and aesthetic dermatology services, as well as Mohs micrographic surgery. At The Clinic, we pride ourselves on providing high quality medical services in a patient-centered care setting, where our patients become our family.

About Kevin Wright, MD, FAADDr. Kevin Wright recently joined the team at The Clinic for Dermatology & Wellness as medical director and a board-certified staff dermatologist.

Dr. Wright currently splits his time between Medford and San Diego, where he is an active duty United States Naval Officer serving as the staff dermatologist at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (Balboa). Dr. Wright and his family have long been interested in the Rogue Valley and plan to settle here after his time in the Navy concludes.

Dr. Wright received his medical degree from Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Washington, DC, after graduating with a double major from the University of Colorado. After running a hyperbaric chamber for US Navy dive teams in Micronesia, he then completed three years of dermatology training at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, the last as chief resident. He received the Alfred Hollander Memorial Award for teaching, as well as professional and personal integrity. Dr. Wright specializes in all facets of complex medical and surgical dermatology, with an extra focus on aesthetic and sun care regimens, acne, tattoo reactions, anogenital disease, infectious diseases of the skin, and precancerous and cutaneous oncology. His dermatologic career and passion for travelling have taken him around the world.

Outside of work, Dr. Wright and his family can usually be found enjoying the great outdoors. He is an avid surfer and enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with his family.

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