We are proud to celebrate our 5th anniversary, and to conclude this week is our Founders (Jarvis and Hussain) with an open letter. Thank you!
On this day, five years ago, a meeting took place between Que Sain, Ichi, and myself about working together for the first time. What I remember most about the meeting was the tone of our voices, and how serious we were about creating something that would break boundaries in terms of style, genres, and mediums. At that time, we were brainstorming ideas for a music video, but little did I know that would change once Ichi took out his camera, and started shooting us.
These photos were supposed to be promo shots for our future collaboration. We were set on the idea, until Ichi asked a simple, but defining question, “What are we going to call this?” He was referring to the project, and at the time, none of us had a clue. It wasn’t until a few weeks later, when he sent me the photos that it hit me. This wasn’t a video. It was an alliance.
An alliance that started in 2000 when Que and I were making CDs and cassette tapes in my parent’s bedroom. An alliance that expanded in ‘06, towards the end of my high school tenure when Sain and I aspired to build our own network of diverse creatives. What Ichi did on June 13th, 2009 was visualize a plan that was already nine years in the making…the arrival of Final Fight Family.
I am grateful to honor five years of FFF, and the people who joined me on this unique journey. A special thanks to: Que, Sain, Ichi, Christine, Felipe, Des, The Avantist, Está Vivo, Asif, Yuki and the members of Jip Jop for their contributions. None of you had to join or work with me on anything, and I appreciate your commit, passion, and respect you showed towards the idea of FFF. There would be no collective without you, and you will forever be remembered in the history of this organization.
I cannot predict what the next five years will look like for Final Fight Family. All I can do is work towards being the change I want to see in this company. In the next chapter, as long as this doesn’t change, everything else will fall into place.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been on this journey together for so long. Since the beginning, the mere idea of Final Fight invoked a warrior from the depths of my soul, ready to create and share with the world. Because to share with the world, you need that warrior spirit. When this all started, we all had our own idea of what Final Fight Family was supposed to be. I had this fantasy of what we stood for- what we could stand for. But in the end, no matter what anyone said, no matter what standpoint anyone took, we grew into ourselves. We grew into what we want to be. Because that’s what war does. It defines our true values. While the gist of our grand scheme changed, as all great ideas do, we fell upon our roots. Faith. Family. Future.
Friends, associates, and collaborators have all come and gone, sometimes on a good note, the others bad. But family, especially this family, is forever. From the awkward first meet and greet at Christine’s apartment, to our team wandering across the country to Texas and California, to the set up and breakdown of the New Blood and Evolve showcases, and members moving all over the world, it has been quite the adventure. To me, it never mattered if we were an army or a just a band of misfits. As long as I had a good group around me that could inspire a glimmer of that warrior spirit, that’s all that I needed. It’s still all I need.
In every sense of the phrase, as long as there are those who have faith in us and our mission to make our mark, inevitably, we will honor that faith. As long as there are those who believe in our future, you will always be welcome at our table. Because those who believe, will always be apart of our family.
Words cannot express the gratitude we feel.
Thanks for sticking around. We have serious gold coming to you. Scout’s honor.
Final Fight Forever.