INTRODUCING THE RUNNER

Patrick Mason, 26, on learning to run out of necessity, his love for Paris and New York, and breaking records at his local high school.

Photography by Marcus Gaab
Words by Samuel Bakowski

I am half American and half German. I was raised in small town near Munich in Bavaria.

My father was in the Air Force when my parents met. He always wanted me to become respected, well-educated, strong and independent. So he signed me up for martial arts classes (judo ) and I persisted with it for 11 years. It taught me discipline, respect for others and myself, and taught me to know my own body.

I have lived in Berlin for the past six years. The electrifying spirit of the night in contrast with the laid-back attitude by day continues to  fascinate me. It remains one of the most authentic European capitals where people are not captured in their own little bubble.

My earliest memory is collecting berries and mushrooms together with my grandma in the woods.

I learnt to run when I was young out of necessity. I grew up in a dominant white neighbourhood I was the only child of colour and got picked on a lot. To avoid confrontation, I just ran. I always was the fastest kid around. I think I still hold the record in 100m sprint at my local high school! 

My father was in the Air Force when my parents met. He always wanted me to become respected, well-educated, strong and independent.

My favourite place to run is along Frankfurter Allee in Berlin Friedrichshain. I like the noise and the urban scenery. I’m not so much into running in the wilderness. Unfortunately I have allergies - so it’s quite tricky to run through parks in spring!

There is no city that stirs my emotions quite like Paris, well, apart from New York. Both cities create this magical vibe. The people, the way they dress, the pulse of the city and the art is outstanding. I find it beyond inspiring.

Parkour adds adventure to my normal routine. As a kid I was like a monkey - climbing everything in my surroundings. It hasn’t changed to date. By adding some Parkour elements to my track I’m more focused and also it’s way more fun than running a straight line for 10km!

Adidas is the perfect example of a solid and refreshing combination between sportswear and urban streetwear. For the past one-and-a-half years Adidas have become an essential supporter of me and my work.

I learnt to run when I was young out of necessity. I grew up in a dominant white neighbourhood I was the only child of color and got picked on a lot. To avoid confrontation, I just ran.

My friends dress very uniquely. Rihanna and FKA Twigs are my current style icons. I believe they capture the current zeitgeist authentically.

Alexander McQueen inspired me to start designing clothes. I saw his fashion show when I was 16 or 17 years old. The way he combined art, music and fashion, and all that spirit in one show moved me. So I decided to walk the same path. I’m a creative all-rounder and the best way to bring it all together is through fashion.

I’m happiest when I’m dancing with my friends through the night to pumping house and techno beats.

The music I run to is dependent on my mood and the weather. If it’s raining and the horizon looks like Armageddon, I tend to listen to a hard techno set from Ben Klock. But it’s also not unusual for me to listen to Bob Marley’s tunes when the sun is burning high in the sky.

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