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The Stick Doctor: Lessons from Stick Stringing.

5 - Published January 31, 2012 by in Art, Business, Childhood, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse

“Stick Tweak”  2008.  8×12 inches.  Pen & Ink on heavy drawing paper.   (Writer’s Note:  This post is almost a year late and I promised Connor Wilson this write-up considering his stringing expertise!  You should see his crazy strings…)   “Lacrosse is an expensive sport, but it’s cheaper than seeing a shrink.” My parents told […]

LaxCon: One week later.

0 - Published January 24, 2012 by in Art, Business, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Networking, Risk

(Writer’s Note: I apologize for the photos from my Blackberry. Not the best all around resolution. iPhone update?) Two (2) days. Two. The two most important days in my business to be quite frank. That is the length of “LaxCon”. I started The Art of Lax™ in the fall of 2008, launching the business to […]

New York Titans Lacrosse: My FIRST BREAK Into The Industry.

0 - Published January 16, 2012 by in Art, Business, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Networking

hen the New York Titans asked me to conceptualize and design their advertising, marketing and game program in late-2006, for their January 2007 inaugural season, I couldn’t resist. I had to take it.

Business Lessons & Resolutions.

2 - Published January 4, 2012 by in Art, Business, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration

The purpose of starting a BUSINESS is to create a CUSTOMER.  In business, the customer is always RIGHT and I have made my fair share of mistakes.  Most of these mistakes were out of my control and turned out to be great lessons in the end.  But in the END, I have always believe in […]

Power-Tek & The Art of Lax™

2 - Published December 29, 2011 by in Art, Business, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Leadership, Networking, Risk, Tournaments

Each year has its goals and accomplishments. I remember one of my first jobs right after college required us to write down our yearly goals at the start of the year.  That requirement made it feel like a lot of people going to the gym after January 1st of every year, only to slow down […]

The Art of Negotiation

0 - Published November 29, 2011 by in Art, Childhood, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Risk

It’s very similar in different scenarios; a child asking for that certain toy from a parent, the employee discussing his or her salary with their boss to individuals dating in hopes for a relationship.  Each defines a word that requires a skill between two people or parties involved – Negotiation.  A major goal in The […]

The making of “The Enforcer”.

0 - Published November 22, 2011 by in Art, Childhood, Development, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Old School

“Forget the refs… it’s jungle rules out there!” -Ron Wolfley (former NFL player) Lawrence Taylor. Tie Domi. Paul O’Neill. Xavier McDaniels (and pretty much most of the New York Knicks in the early-90’s). Every team has its version of an “enforcer” somewhere in the line-up.  I believe in displaying sportsmanship during competition.  I also believe […]

The making of “The Rivals”.

0 - Published November 17, 2011 by in Art, Business, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse

“He took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, and approached the Philistine.”  (1 Samuel, 17:40) David and Goliath. The New York Yankees and The Boston Red Sox. Coke and Pepsi. The Soviet Union […]

The Making of “Seal the Deal”.

1 - Published November 10, 2011 by in Art, Business, Development, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Networking

So here’s the backstory on “Seal the Deal“… One of my earliest internships during college was for a small advertising agency in midtown Manhattan that catered to the travel and hospitality side.  The company was very small, about 11 people in total, and the benefit of that size was doing actual work instead of running […]

The making of “Unto the Breach”

0 - Published October 21, 2011 by in Art, Childhood, Development, Inspiration, Lacrosse

A while back I mentioned on my Facebook page that I was going to have a new piece coming out titled “Unto the Breach”.  It is a line from William Shakespeare’s “Henry the V” and I also mentioned that it would have the lacrosse goalie element somehow mixed in.  English class back in school did […]

The making of “Stripes”.

1 - Published October 21, 2011 by in Art, Development, Inspiration, Lacrosse

“Are you serious, Ref?!” I heard of a saying that “coaches lose games, and refs ruin them”. I’ve coached youth and high-school lacrosse in the past and I’ve had my fair share of disagreements with the officials.  I’ve also met and befriended a good amount of them as well.  Personally, I don’t think I could […]

D, D-Fence, Defence… Defense!

0 - Published October 4, 2011 by in Art, Childhood, Development, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Old School, Uncategorized

Recently, I’ve been doing a bunch of offensive players for the portfolio that I decided to commit at least two pieces for the defensive-mind players in us.  I’ve been mostly, if not mainly, a defensive player in my lacrosse experience.  My parents made me play goal because they thought that, back in 4th grade, it […]

The making of “The Originators”.

2 - Published September 23, 2011 by in Art, Development, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Old School

My pride and joy of The Art of Lax™ is looking back at the painting titled “The Creators”, which was the FIRST piece of lacrosse art that I did during my senior thesis in art school.  That piece launched it all.  While my thesis was to display a historical account of lacrosse, it was only […]

Pre & Post 9-11 artistic creativity… a look back.

2 - Published September 9, 2011 by in Art, Development, Inspiration, Lacrosse

With the advent of the 10 year anniversary of the Sept. 11th tragedy, I think back mostly of the event and the many things that have taken place during the 10-year span.  I got back to playing my favorite sport (lacrosse) and met some of the most intelligent and inspiring people in the world.  Professionally, […]

The making of “Pass, Feed, Shot 2″.

0 - Published September 6, 2011 by in Art, Business, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse

My Labor Day weekend consisted of just that – Labor. But it was a good way to make use of some time and do the work I wanted to do. I’m growing the portfolio every week and month as the ideas for new content come to mind.  Back in the Fall of 2008, when I […]

The making of “Crank 2″.

1 - Published August 30, 2011 by in Art, Business, Development, Inspiration, Lacrosse

Recently, I decided to make a second version of the great seller “Crank” which I did in the closing days of summer 2009.   The original “Crank” – 8×12 inches, pen & ink, 2009. In the interest to keep with the masses (and keeping it simple), I decided to title the piece “Crank 2”.  The […]

The PASSION of Jobs (from Steve)

0 - Published August 26, 2011 by in Art, Business, Development, Entrepreneurship, Hard Work, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Leadership, Networking, Risk

A job vs. a career. A job is something you do simply to earn money; a career is a series of connected employment opportunities. A job has minimal impact on your future work life, while a career provides experience and learning to fuel your future. A job offers few networking opportunities, but a career is […]

Interview with Hollywood producer & director, Chris Moore.

1 - Published August 22, 2011 by in Business, Development, Inspiration, Lacrosse, Tournaments

(Chris Moore, center, with Matt Damon and Marisa Tomei at a Q&A panel for the History Channel documentary “The People Speak”) Over the weekend I played with LaxAllStars at the 2011 CityLax Southampton Shootout tournament and fund-raiser in Southampton, Long Island.  A one day lacrosse tournament that benefits the growth and development of New York […]

“The older I get, the better I was.”

3 - Published August 8, 2011 by in Childhood, Development, Lacrosse, Old School

Whenever I get a chance to visit my parent’s in Manhattan, I usually like to search for things from my childhood and/or past that they kept.  On a recent stop over for dinner, I searched for my Bacharach lacrosse helmet a.k.a. “the brain bucket” that I used in boarding school (1992-1996).  I knew they still […]