I wanted my logo to be simple, but still show as much as possible about who I am as a person. I thought for some time about what was truly important to me, and what I wanted it to be expressed in this small logo. With a few small hints, I let the design team at LowGravity.pl put together a few prototypes, and after a few small changes, we had what you see now.
The largest shape in the logo, which holds inside of “MG”, is the Old Well, an unmistakable symbol of the University of North Carolina. This university holds an extremely special place in my heart. My dreams of playing for UNC were blown away by my true experiences. Some of the best days of my life were spent in Chapel Hill, representing UNC. I was also introduced to some amazing people, including my coaches, teammates, administrators, professor, fellow students and Chapel Hill citizens.
On top of the well, you can find the outlines of a world map. Since attending UNC, I have found myself playing professional basketball in countries I never thought I would visit. Spending time overseas, and having the opportunity to travel to different places has really opened my eyes to the world and has sparked a very large interest in traveling the world in my off time. I wanted this map on top of the well to be a symbol of this.
Lastly, the dog tags hanging from the “MG”, which have “VA” written on them. I was born in Rochester, New York, but I was raised in northern Virginia. I am very proud to be a Virginian, even though the area I’m from is usually thrown together with Washington, D.C. and Maryland (DMV). I live in Virginia, but I spend a considerable amount of time in D.C., and my mother lives in Maryland. Most of my days at home in the summer time are spent in a combination of all three, so I consider myself a true “DMVer”.
The reason I chose to signify “VA” on dog tags was because both of my parents were in the US Military. I was raised to respect people, to be disciplined, and to be accountable. Learning loyalty, hard work and responsibility were some other things that I attribute to my experiences growing up in a military household. I have an exact copy of my father’s US Marine Corps dog tags tattooed around my neck, so this is also a symbol of my tattoos, which are all very significant to me as well (I only have nine tattoos).