We had the good fortune of connecting with Chris Burgett and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Chris, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In all honesty, my thought process behind starting my own business really stems from a natural hunger for creative independence and the ability to sculpt my own brand and identity. I’ve failed my way to where I am now and I am still anxious to learn and apply new disciplines to get me closer to my ideal life. I’ve always been into the idea of entrepreneurship. I’ve done lemonade stands, cut grass, and growing up I’ve probably failed at least 10 times starting small businesses. Business is kind of like sports, you need to have a short memory because if you don’t you may miss out on the next opportunity. I believe the idea of starting my own business runs deep in my family. I’m just the one crazy enough to believe and pursue it.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My journey to reaching where I am today wasn’t easy. It was filled with a lot of adversity and hard losses. And that’s why I feel like my time is here. I’ve tasted what it feels like to be defeated and fall alone on my face. I’ve watched from the sidelines hungry to get in knowing I can contribute. I’ve conditioned, worked, and waited for my opportunities in life. I’ve been carried off the field in victory. Ive been praised and I’ve received hate mail coming up. What I’ve learned is that in life it’s about consistency over intensity. Love over hate. And paying it forward without never forgetting where you came from. Where your family originate from . And the sacrifices made to get you where you are today. I don’t get along with arrogant people. Life is about practicing good habits until they become engraved into your consciousness. It’s about staying grounded when you are up floating on cloud nine and somehow staying active and crawling when you can’t stand up to walk. My life lessons and principles are how Trīble Prints came about and it’s given me a creative outlet to express and share the lessons I’ve learned to influence my village in a natural way.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky. I spend a lot of time in small eclectic restaurants, coffee shops, and enjoying the Ohio River on a boat, kayak, or trails along the riverside. When family and friends visit, it would really just depend on what they were hungry for. Although Louisville is not a huge metropolitan city, I am confident that the cuisine could compete with any major city found in America. If it was coffee they were after, I would take them to The Bean, off Goss Ave. If it was pizza, I would take them to Impellizzeri’s or the Post. If it was for southern cuisine, we are going to the Eagle. If it’s bbq they want, I’d have to take them to Mama’s and order the burnt ends. If it’s Vietnamese, we are going to Vietnam Kitchen. And I could go on and on. If my family wanted to do something outside of the norm, with the family I have here outside of the city, we would go to Eastern Kentucky, it’s a real quite, solace, and small town country feel where we could build the biggest bonfires your heart desired, go four wheeling, camping, hunting, fishing, or pick fruits and vegetables and I’d cook a meal and serve it fresh farm to table that evening under the stars and pale moonlight listening to Chris Stapleton, Tyler Childers, or even Reba. I love all types of music.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would not be where I am mentally without knowing about my mother’s life and upbringing. The idea that ingenuity is born out of necessity is so true. My mother, Grace Malinao Burgett, grew up in a small poor country town called Ormoc, a third world city in the Philippines, Therefore, things we might take for granted in the United States such as running water, refrigerators, and air conditioners were not available to her growing up. So, from making up games using pebbles as marbles and playing basketball with a woven basket as a rim. This small ingenuity and games that were naturally created from a necessity to attack boredom and have neighborhood fun stuck with me. I believe those family stories, photos, and videos really molded my way of thinking. The empathy and relatability is instilled in my blood. To be completely honest, my Filipino ancestry is the main influence behind starting my clothing brand. I wanted to create a brand that represented my ancestors through art and storytelling. Trīble Prints LLC. is all about paying homage to our family’s story. It is the essence of what my brand represents. A tribe is a close-knit society with a village-like philosophy that provides food, shelter, education, protection, and entertainment for means of survival. And for it to work everyone has to play their role. In order to be successful in life, I’m a firm believer that physical, mental, and spiritual health and focus are the keys to living a meaningful life. Finding this balance and taking in the tides highs and lows is how you stay afloat on the surfboard of life. This is what my brand is all about. It’s about finding a support system and loving them like they love you, a tribe that promotes and supports you to stay active in all three realms of existence. It’s about love, family, and loyalty to the core principles that influence you positively.

Website: https://linktr.ee/whoischris

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/norestinthewild/

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