Stay Home Snaps: League Of Their Own

The street-conscious art experts enjoy colorful quarantine confines.

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Comprised of four young New York City and Washington, D.C.-based art enthusiasts, League Of Their Own caters to emerging collectors, art-conscious brands and celebrity connoisseurs alike. Its debut exhibition was held earlier this year and the group’s personal collections are just as drool-worthy as the items at on display at NYC’s Padre Gallery. Now, those colorful illustrations and collectible figures are keeping the League OTO members company during this long stretch of self-isolation.

All four members have different techniques for coping with the quarantine, but dog walking, board games and Discord chat remain a consistent throughline.


Jason

What’s your daily routine?

I’m up around 6:30 a.m. and on my phone checking to see what I missed in the world while having instant coffee. By 7:30 a.m., I’m showering, getting dressed and asking my wife where she would prefer to work today. After setting up my workstation, it’s off to my first Zoom meeting followed by an endless stream of meetings throughout the day.

I usually take a break around noon to make myself some lunch, watch Governor Cuomo give his update and take the pup for a walk. By 1 p.m., I’m back in the meeting cycle again. When I have the opportunity to take a break I’m checking in with my wife and texting with Jay, Gamb and Sauce about League business, life, art or whatever bullsh*t came up in the last few hours. The League OTO Discord is always up in a browser tab, so I check in from time to time to see the latest. Admittedly, I’m also usually checking on grails, Clorox spray and Whole Foods delivery slots constantly throughout the work day.

By 6 p.m., when work winds down a bit, I go out and get some fresh air with the dog or I go for a quick run. We’re usually eating by 8 p.m. and the rest of the night we’re streaming Netflix or Hulu while holding multiple conversations on our devices with adult beverages.

Where in your home do you like to work?

Depends on the day. If I have early morning conference calls, I’m usually on the standing desk in the bedroom where there are less distractions. If I’m not on calls or speaking with clients, I’m usually on the couch with the dog and the TV in the background.

What do you wear while working from home?

Usually a hoodie in the morning, broken in T-shirt by the afternoon combined with sweats and sneakers. I’ve been wearing a different tee most days, which has forced me to reintroduce stuff back into the rotation and build up a donation pile for the stuff I’ll never wear. Honestly, I miss wearing my kicks, so I wear my favorite pairs sometimes around the house or to walk the dog around the block.

How do you stay in a good headspace in isolation?

I don’t mind the isolation as I’m really introverted by nature. My wife and I try to avoid news besides the Cuomo brothers to maintain some balance. Outside of that I’ve been on Zoom and Houseparty a lot more, reconnecting with friends and having the occasional virtual happy hour. I’m also spending a lot more time connecting artists and collectors over Instagram and our Discord channel.

What are you listening to and doing for fun?

I’m running a lot through the city and listening to culture and tech podcasts. We tried doing a 1,000-piece puzzle but that was completely maddening. The best part of the week is when we take our dog Bella for a long walk through the city.

Downtown New York has been completely desolate which is really strange, but oddly calming. We’ve been capturing footage on our walks in case one day we want to look back on this experience, but something tells me this isn’t something we’ll ever forget.


Jay

What’s your daily routine?

I have a bad habit of checking my emails as soon as I wake up. Once I have read and soaked in the important ones I begin the morning with my self-care duties. Then, I’ll take my joyful morning stroll to the kitchen for my Café Bustelo coffee. Once that gets going I await my morning hugs and kisses from the kids. From there, off to what pays the bills.

Where in your home do you like to work?

My favorite spot where I can focus the most is my little dining room area. I crack the window open for that morning breeze and enjoy the natural light which is usually on point. And my best friends are nearby at all times: my Keurig and fridge.

What do you wear while working from home?

I usually wear adidas training pants with my OriginalFake room shoes. Depending on the weather, it’s either my League OTO Hoodie or tee.

How do you stay in a good headspace in isolation?

I mainly stick to my music to keep a good vibe going throughout the day, but window shopping on Artsy and eating my favorite snacks keeps me chill.

What are you listening to and doing for fun?

I’ve been heavy into Spanish music since my teenage years. No matter what day or mood I’m in, Bad Bunny is my go to. I’ll also throw in some J Balvin and De La Ghetto into the rotation. Depending how hype the music has me going, I get motivated to organize and rearrange my art pieces around the house.


Gambriel

What’s your daily routine?

I usually get up around 10 a.m., I’m not much of a morning person. First thing I do every day is say a prayer and give thanks to God for a new day followed by showering and breakfast. After that, my morning and afternoon usually consist of conference calls, reviewing art, responding to our League OTO IG messages and interacting with members of our Discord channel. The rest of my day varies but includes a walking my dog, watching TV, working out and arguing with the other three people from this article in our group chat until 1 a.m. every day.

Where in your home do you like to work?

I switch between my bedroom and living room. I like to work in my living room, it has a lot of natural light and I love to be around plants.

What do you wear while working from home?

It varies, on days where I need normalcy I’ll dress regularly to give myself some balance. Rick Owens [has become] my go to brand and on days where I want comfort, I’ll wear the first pair of shorts I see and a sweatshirt. There’s a quote floating around, “My shoes probably think I died,” which is pretty relevant to me because I only wear my sandals around now, preferably visvim sandals or YEEZY slides.

How do you stay in a good headspace in isolation?

I always try to be grateful for what I have in my life. My family and friends really help keep me sane, while at times driving me crazy but they provide the balance I need. The bright side for me with this reset is that I’ve slowed down a bit to spend more time and connect with my loved ones.

What are you listening to and doing for fun?

I’ve been listening to Jay Electronica’s A Written Testimony, Bon Iver‘s first album, Griselda, Snoh Aalegra and pretty much anything Tame Impala.

As far as fun goes lots of TV –- Zero Zero Zero on Amazon, Ozark‘s third Season and The Wire — the best TV show ever. I’m undefeated in Connect4 in my household but not so much with Uno. I’ve also had a chance to revisit some of my favorite books: The Four Agreements, The Alchemist, 7 Spiritual Laws of Success and The Future of God are a few I’ve been going back and forth with.


Sauce

What’s your daily routine?

I usually wake up around 7-ish to get my day started. One of the first things I do is grab my phone to check my text and my IG messages. I’ll then check in with my kids and start browsing for new art drops. I get in a nap around 11 a.m. to recharge for my afternoon. My afternoon [involves] looking at load boards, trying to secure contracts for my business and keeping in touch with the guys in our League chat.

Where in your home do you like to work?

I usually do everything from my bedroom but lately I’ve been working from my dining area. I think because it’s spring and I have a lot of colorful art to inspire me and keep me focused.

What do you wear while working from home?

I’m associated with a brand here in D.C. called The Museum so I usually have on one of their sweatsuits and some socks.

How do you stay in a good headspace in isolation?

For me, isolation is something I practiced before it became mandatory. I’m a people person but at the same time, I’m not. I love my space and I love my time to myself.

What are you listening to and doing for fun?

When do I put on music it’s an older vibe that’s going to show my age. It’s going to be the typical Tupac, JAY-Z, or Lil Wayne. I also love DaBaby’s album, KIRK.

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