Before I get started, I just wanted to thank Greg York for having an interview with me about this brand. You all may not know what Baltimore's Finest is, but you surely will after you read this article.
Greg York is a 31 year-old artist that currently lives in the lower part of Delaware. He grew up in Brooklyn Park, MD, about 15 minutes away from Baltimore. He has lived in Baltimore almost his entire life, which is why he is so passionate about the city.
York's family were die-hard Baltimore Colts fans, but unfortunately, he was unable to ever see them play, since they left in 1984, when York was still a toddler. Thankfully, the city of Baltimore now has the 2-time World Champion Baltimore Ravens that he can root for every single day.
Greg York grew up wanting to do something that he loved and enjoyed as his career. He never was sure what it was that he wanted to do, but he knew it was something. A few years ago, York began to draw. He would grab pieces of black paper and draw things with a silver Sharpie. He called it Sports-Bar Art.
One day, a friend of York's came to him and said, "Man, that's stuff looks great, but people have seen all that before! You need to come up with your own thing. Something different. Your own design." All it took was one motivational line like that to jump start York into his new career.
York then created the Baltimore's Finest logo in no time. Once the logo was born, York sent it in to the U.S. Government Copyright Office to get the official ownership rights of the logo. It took about three months, but York finally received a letter back saying that he owned the image. This occurred in 2011, just two years ago.
Since that magnificent day in 2011, Greg has worked hard every day to promote his brand and show everyone that it is something worth wearing; that his logo is the face of the city.
via Greg York -- Baltimore's Finest
Greg York is passionate about Baltimore, the sports teams, and the people that live there. York wanted to create a clothing brand that represented all of those things, so that's exactly what he did.
The most impressive thing is who all has worn his brand so far. People that wear his brand include:
- Bryant McKinnie - Ravens
- The Band Fiction 20 Down
- Vic Guido- Owner of Bully Bling Energy
- Keith Mills- WBAL
- Mike Conway- Assistant GM of the Baltimore Blast
- Marco Mangione- Blast
- Vonta Leach- Former Raven
- Tony Donatelli- Soccer
- Bernard Pollard- Ravens
- Ed Dickson- Ravens
- Ray Rice- Ravens
- Kelechi Osemele- Ravens
- Adam Jones- Orioles
- Yours Truly, Victor Hensley- Writer of this Article
"Sometimes I refer to myself as 'The People's Champ' because, in a way, I feel like I'm doing this for anyone that's never had a chance to chase their own ideas or dreams. I have a small window to do so. I'm not rich, I have limited resources, but I am a talented guy. I have heart. I have the hustle in me to find a way even when it looks like there isn't one. I want everyone to know that I'm going to take this brand as far as it can go and I need all the support I can get. Straight to the top! Who's coming with me?"