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Essentials: Eric Yang of Gear Patrol

It’s hard not to look at HYPEBEAST’s Essentials and wonder why Eric has been asked to join this

It’s hard not to look at HYPEBEAST’s Essentials and wonder why Eric has been asked to join this crucible of influencers, but after a long bout of deliberation here he is — humbly submitting his responses to what he considers the tools and treasures that make up his own Essentials. Maintaining a low profile these days is a full-time job, but the opaqueness of content creation is a powerful veil and it is here that Eric finds himself most at home: behind a camera, a piano, a blank document, or timeline — anything that provides a workable canvas. A propensity for the past and future with little regard for the present, Eric’s essentials reflect his gravitation towards juxtaposition: a love of the outdoors, but an instinctive draw towards the municipal; Asian, but profoundly a native of Tennessee; the asymmetry of nature, but an almost clinical hunt of simple design; and technology. McDonalds, Macallan 25.

Little more than a year has passed since Eric and his co-founder, Ben Bowers, left their careers to embark on Gear Patrol “as a job,” and despite a crackerjack 2012 under the belt there’s still a constant desire for further refinement and an unrelenting search for better storytelling. His credence: an insular, heads-down approach — hubris checked at the door — and never forgetting to have a self-effacing laugh of it all. Regardless, Eric’s essentials have endured. Trade typicalities aside, Eric’s brass tacks entail cameras, an heirloom attaché, wardrobe essentials (penchant towards the classics), and a handful of teeming passports. His few indulgences: a particularly rare Land Rover Defender, off-the-grid acreage in the Smoky Mountains, unwonted collectibles from his travels afar, and hard-to-find LPs — or his favorite extravagance (besides time): an afternoon buried in the pages of periodicals with piping hot coffee.

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