We had the good fortune of connecting with Tahir Mckenzie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tahir, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My idea of balance has changed over time in reference to me breaking down a bit last year during the summer of 2021. I was working on a few art projects that burned me out and I became completely exhausted with very little energy left for myself or those around me. My burn out reminded me that I’m human and I’m not this machine that runs on auto pilot. It felt good to take a break after while until I felt mentally and physically ready to get back to these creative projects.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got to where I am today completely out of curiosity and the relentless side of my ambitions. I had no idea we can go to school to make clothing because I primarily went to high school & some college in Virginia. I studied at Nassau CC & FIT when I moved back to NYC in 2011. From there I took up photography because I didn’t know any photographers to shoot my clothing so I initially practiced photographing my classmates (now close friends) and then it manifested/evolved into what people see today lol.
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’d love to take them to Prospect Park to walk and talk being that I live in Bedstuy & it’s about 25 minutes from my house. I feel like I always find a new spot there to just sit and reflect. I’ve fallen in love with Bunna Cafe lately, an Ethiopian restaurant in Bushwick. I also really really love Bushwick Taco Company for their fish tacos, they’re super hearty and moderately priced which isn’t bad. Lastly, The Johnsons, a bar in Bushwick that has great drinks and great burgers. Lately I loved dancing at Nowadays or wherever my friends “The Musclecars” are playing, they’re amazing house DJ’s; so id definitely take a friend to see them.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to shout out my family for encouraging me endlessly and fearlessly, I feel like they see so much of themselves in me; so they push me consistently. My core group of best friends/close friends who also happen to be creatives. I love that we at the core are just genuinely great friends and hold each other accountable when it comes to our personal gifts. My professors at NCC & FIT who groomed me to be a great designer over all as well as myself for not giving up or giving in to the numerous things we face as humans.
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