There's no telling what a guy might do when he changes careers: for example, Evander Holyfield's been everything from a music company mogul, to a reverend, to the lone person to prove you can eat titanic burritos and still look bangin' in your Sunday dress. Crafting uber-manly handmade gear after leaving behind a booming real estate biz, Hood Atlanta.
Set up in Inman Park, Hood's a gallery-styled shop peddling handmade wears, furniture, and art pieces, which doubles as the workspace and home of former ATL realty magnate John-Patrick McChesney, who attacked his calling to make art after realizing that the money from real estate was only "financing my happiness, and happiness doesn't have an APR", which is an obvious reflection on today's culture of, um...whatever, he makes stuff now. Wearables include his Blakwagen line of leather belts, cut from whole slabs of cowhide, dyed, scraped against the street for texture, and given buckles from unlikely sources, including the silver Blak Dog, made from metal hurricane ties used to keep homes together in storms, the Fuel series (which employs "Chevrolet" letters cut from a '62 truck tailgate), and the brown leather waffle-patterned Memphis, whose buckle comes from a 65-year-old dumpster door, meaning you'll land all the trashy chicks. Also under the Blakwagen label're wrist cuffs like the Latitude Longitude, into which he'll carve global coordinates of your choice; you can also snag leather-topped, motorcycle tire tread-bottomed Radialz sandals, which J-P McC custom-makes off a traced outline of your feet and a measurement of their curvature, because you know what they say about guys with curvy feet -- they can buy sandals from this guy just fine.
He also creates engraved leather dog collars, painted chair/ottoman sets made out of 26- and 38-gallon drums, and original art like "11 Roses" -- a sheet of bulletproof glass that's been shot with a .30-06 rifle from 150 yards away to produce blossom-like shapes, something Holyfield has gotten pretty deep into since becoming Taco Bell's spokeswoman.