"The Bad Boy”

Floyd Johnson, Founder of Ohio Against the World

Sep 17, 2014 at 9:28 am
click to enlarge Floyd Johnson of Ohio Against the World
Floyd Johnson of Ohio Against the World

Floyd “Floyd from Ohio” Johnson is the founder of Ohio Against the World, a lifestyle brand featuring everything from hats and T-shirts to lighters, flags, and soon, skateboards sporting the ubiquitous bold and capitalized slogan, “Ohio Against the World,” plus parodies of upscale brands, like crewneck sweatshirts with the words “Givenchy” and “13.99” printed on them in dollar-store font. LeBron James was recently photographed in a black OATW hat, as was Hi-Tek, and Rihanna’s been seen in his leather Hermes-esque baseball cap. In addition to celebs (and fans at Interview magazine), locals post photos of themselves in OATW gear all over the world. His current project with celebrity photographer Annette Navarro is a “yearbook” featuring photos of up-and-coming Cincinnatians — people like rapper Buggs Tha Rocka and Casablanca vintage owner Ashley Bowman. The photos will be on the OATW website shortly (ohioagainsttheworld.com). And his limited-edition collaboration with Habitat Skateboards, featuring decks, hoodies and more, is set to launch Oct. 11.


What’s an annual fall event you look forward to each year?

Floyd Johnson:

The Renaissance Festival? I’m supposed to be going there soon. It’s something I’ve never done before and I want to check it out. And Oktoberfest, actually. I just go for brats and German things. I went to Fairview [German Language School] so it was kind of a big thing growing up to participate. 


Is there anything in particular this fall that you’re looking forward to?


I really want to see John Waters on Oct. 11.  


What about a cozy, fall restaurant?


Rasheedah’s on Hamilton Avenue (5922 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, 513-351-1129). It’s somewhere where I go like every Sunday. It’s like a Muslim soul food restaurant. A lot of fish, fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, greens. The original location was in Evanston and they were open back in the day, so they’ve been around for a while. It’s a family-run restaurant.  


What about a specialty cocktail? What cocktail says “fall” to you?


Jameson. At The Comet. 

Picks for “The Bad Boy”

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati: Cincinnati revels in its German heritage during the largest Oktoberfest in America. Residents will consume more than 1,300 barrels of beer, about 80,500 brats and 3,600 pounds of sauerkraut by the end of the weekend. Festivities kick off on Fountain Square Friday at noon, with the eighth annual running of the wiener dogs. The opening ceremonial keg tapping at 11:30 a.m. Saturday is followed by the world’s largest chicken dance at 4 p.m., led this year by Nick and Drew Lachey. Sunday at 5 p.m. is the fifth annual bratwurst eating content. 5 p.m.-midnight Sept. 19; 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 20; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21. Free. Fifth Street, from Vine to Sentinel, Downtown, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com.

Comet Bike Night: “Booze, bikes and burritos.” Every Tuesday, The Comet hosts a night where motorcycle, moped and other two-wheeling enthusiasts can come together to show off their bikes, talk shop and make a lot of noise driving up and down Hamilton Avenue. 7 p.m. Tuesdays. Free. 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, cometbar.com.

FOGGER: As part of Brighton’s first Saturday art walk, FOGGER takes over the Rake’s End with a mix of lasers, late ’80s-early ’90s R&B music and fog juice. 10 p.m. Oct. 4. Free. Rake’s End, 2141 Central Ave., Brighton, facebook.com/rakesend.

John Waters This Filthy World: Filmmaker/actor/writer/artist John Waters heads to Memorial Hall to perform his one-man show about his life, his work and the trash genre, This Filthy World, as part of the FotoFocus. Waters’ photographic work, “Inga #3,” will also be on display through Nov. 1 in Stills at the Michael Lowe Gallery (905 Vine St., Downtown). Time TBA. Oct. 11. FotoFocus Passport required for entry ($25 or $75). Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, fotofocusbiennial.org.

Nils Frahm/Dawn of Midi: Thirty-something German composer Nils Frahm takes an unconventional approach to piano, combining Classical and Electronic music, while trio Dawn of Midi has been called “an unplugged translation of contemporary electronica.” Expect an evening of interplay between the extremes of sonic simplicity and complexity. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 17. $20; $15 CAC members. 44 E. Sixth St., Downtown, contemporaryartscenter.org.