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Live to Inspire No. 1

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Chris Param

Param’s current series in the works is titled “Live to Inspire”. This series depicts portraits of everyday people doing whatever unique passion they have and use their passion or what they believe in to inspire others. Param always gets asked the question, “What inspires you?” His response is:

“People inspire me. People who hone their passion and do it for the rest of their life. People who expose their creativity to the world. People who live to help others for the greater good. People who let their personalities shine. We live in a world where there are amazing unique people all around us and I want to expose them and what they do through my work.”

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Live to Inspire No. 2

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Chris Param's love for music drew him to visit a few venues in California, which he thoroughly enjoyed the sounds of his favorite instruments, brass. The saxophone player is a musician who was playing at a local bar at the time the NAMM convention was in town. The trombone player is a UCLA student who was playing at a jazz club in Los Angeles. The trumpet player is Param's depiction of Miles Davis, who is an inspiration to jazz musicians world wide.

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Live to Inspire No. 3

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Lorin Basché

Raised by an artistic mother who constantly challenged him to push harder, Lorin Basché has always had a drive to understand the inner workings of his environment. It is this inquisitive nature which inspired him to spend over 5 years of college studying subjects such as art, psychology, and architectural design just to name a few. But ultimately his passions lay beyond the walls of traditional education. Having been truly captivated by fire dancing and the festival culture wherein this art thrives, Lorin decided to and work towards launching his own truly unique line of festival accessories designed to redefine what clothing can be. By making use of materials which facilitate artistic expression and human connection, his first product, Dream Cloaks, allow wearers to connect their cloaks together in various ways to suit any occasion. But clothing is just the tip of the iceberg. With an innate ability to see ways in which common things can be improved, Lorin seeks to tackle some of the big problems facing our species and this planet. But first we must learn to live in peaceful coexistence with one another, and so, just as an infant learns to walk one step at a time, Lorin learns to connect, one person at a time.

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Live to Inspire No. 4

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Eric Strand

According to the great American writer William Faulkner, “Civilization begins with distillation,” so the job of Whiskey Scout has been around since the dawn of civilization around 2,000 years ago. It’s a noble pursuit steeped in legend, lore, and liquid. Generations of Scouts have come and gone, each adding a unique and personal twist to the story. This generation’s Whiskey Scout is Eric Strand. Mr. Strand began his journey staring at the back wall of a whiskey bar musing aloud at whether anyone had ever tried every whiskey on that wall. (For the record, that particular bar had 164 whiskeys at the time.) The answer was, “No.” At that moment, the spirit of the Whiskey Scouts had found a new palate to carry out The Work. Mr. Strand has reviewed over 1,500 whiskeys since beginning the journey. And spirit reviews are just the start. Craft cocktails and cigar pairings have joined the repertoire, as well as competition judging. Mr. Strand has judged for Dewar’s, WhistlePig, and Monkey Shoulder, to name a few.

When exploring new territory, it is always wise to seek out someone who has gone before, testing the waters and marking the trail. This is the purpose of The Whiskey Scout: to provide wisdom, experience, and insight to match each person with their favorite spirit. As Mr. Strand says, “I am not a critic. It is not my job to tell you what you should or shouldn’t like. It’s my duty and privilege to provide guideposts on the journey, to provide the tools, information, and expertise necessary for each person to decide for themselves. There are no grades, no ratings, no stars, no Best in Show. There is only the first sip and the contented feeling of sharing a quality spirit with good friends.”

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Live to Inspire No. 5

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Kyle Deven

I ride for so many reasons, but I think every reason basically boils down to this; I ride because I have a deep love and respect for the world around me and everything and everyone in it. Cycling represents my social views, political views, environmental views, and religious views. Cycling has changed my perspective of where I fit into the world. It is impossible to think of only yourself when you ride a bike. You consider everything around you, everywhere you go. It increases the positive impact you have on your surroundings while minimizing the negative ones. An outcome that translates well into a philosophy. Be conscious, be kind, always moving forward. I've seen myself physically and mentally transform on a bike. I didn't intend my relationship to cycling to become representative of who I am, but once you start to spin those wheels you can see the larger context of the world. We are all moving, all traveling small distances all the time that result in a larger impact on each other. Why wouldn't we make that impact a positive one? That is why I ride. 

Brian Boswick

I first got into cycling in college when I discovered that riding bikes was a fun way to get in shape and save a little money on gas. For a while, my relationship with my bike was pretty casual- late night rides to bars and the occasional day out with friends to explore a nearby neighborhood. I rode nearly every day, but those moments in the saddle were mostly just about getting from one place to the next, and the word ‘spandex’ never entered into the picture.  Since then, however, my initial interest in casual spins around town has evolved into a full-on love affair, and one that has changed my life for the better! Over the past twelve years, I’ve come to understand that a life on two wheels can open so many doors, and that it’s not always about the destination, “it’s about the journey”. These days I try to spend as much time on my bike as I can and, through epic adventures out on the open road, I’ve developed some of my closest friendships, travelled half way around the world, and met the woman I love. Recently, I even discovered a way to turn my passion for cycling into a career and do something good with it! These days I spend my time producing an annual bike ride event that raises millions of dollars to help those living with HIV/AIDS, and I couldn’t be more proud of the work I do. While it sounds totally corny to say, cycling really has changed my life in some pretty unbelievable ways. I mean hey, if it weren’t for a truck bed full of bikes and a late night trip to go camping on a Wednesday, I wouldn’t have met Chris Param!