The end of my European tour intertwined with a new year of life for me. On December 1, 2017 I turned 22 years old. Like any average Black-American male, I spent it in Amsterdam. This trip was one for the books, and no Mom: I was not high the entire time. Amsterdam actually made me want to quit smoking weed because I have never smoked anything as potent as I did there. Nonetheless I made it out with myself intact, minus the couple of braincells I fried. Though I wish we went when it was not below polar bear toes, this trip taught me a critical lesson about myself, that I will carry with me for time. I would like to thank Madsen for being my road dog, and experiencing these places I would never imagine going with me. Most importantly my Mama for helping me get in the position I am in today to have all of these opportunities I am blessed with. Lastly, I would like to thank my Mama and Pops for bringing me into this world, and God for allowing me to see 22 years of life.
Now that this trip is coming to a end, my new focus is on reviewing all of the hours of footage captured during this trip, and start working on my documentary called OUTLOOK (coming May 2018). I encourage any one, especially my fellow black people, to take advantage of any opportunity they have to travel outside of their home, and experience the different cultures of in this world. This journey has definitely added to my growth as a individual and partner, and I am very thankful for it.
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer