We had the good fortune of connecting with Adam Funk and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Adam, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I started photoshopping when I was 12-13 years old and I never realized it until a couple of years ago, but because of that, everything I do on a day-to-day basis revolves around graphic design in some sort. Driving down the road and seeing billboards, I never read them, I always looked at the layout, what fonts were used, color scheme, etc. My brain is programmed differently, it’s become an obsession in a way. I couldn’t imagine working as an accountant or construction, I’m so passionate about visual images. Most people get off work and spend time with friends or family or have hobbies they enjoy doing. For me, my hobby is art, I get off work and immediately work on my craft. I pay rent from my day job and the rest of my money goes into investing it into myself. My only hobby is being an artist. I want to make my hobby into a career, I think that’s what everyone wants to do in life. The day I can afford to quit my 9-5 job is the day I can say I made it.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I grew up in a small town of 1,200 people in Minnesota, so for me to find people in the music industry was near impossible. I knew if I really wanted to do this is it was going to take some serious dedication. I started by making sports edits in middle school and posting them on Instagram. I was gaining followers but I was still unsure how to make that into an income. So I switched to making cover arts for small artists for like $20. That’s when I got the plan. I always wanted cool clothes, because what middle schooler in 2016 didn’t want to wear Supreme, right. Around the same time, Cole Bennet and Lyrical Lemonade were starting to blow up. The plan was to make covers for artists, make a name in the underground industry, start making clothes, and use the artist to help promote the brand. Then blow up with them, just like how Cole did, simple. I was planning on attending the Acadamy of Art in San Fransisco to study graphic design and fashion, but with Covid happening right as I was graduating high school I was unable to attend in person and decided to unenroll just a month before classes started. I got in contact with a photographer from a neighboring town who was going to school in Phoenix and decided to get an apartment with him. With Covid making flights and everything so cheap we were able to fly all over the country and shoot music videos for artists I’ve been working with through Instagram. With social media making it so easy to contact and work with anyone in the world I think the sky is the limit for what or who you can work with, and that’s exactly what the name Rooftop stands for. I chose the name because for me growing up in a town where the tallest building was a church, it was always so inspiring to see skyscrapers and know that anything is possible. I’m always trying to find new heights, and push my limits to see how big I can get. To be on top and to be the best, and especially to come from dirt, literally. I grew up on a farm… I think that if I can make it anyone can and that’s what I want people to feel when they see or wear Rooftop.

Currently, I’m working on my clothing brand, Rooftop Skyclub. I want to do more than just make merch for my brand. I want to be taken seriously as a fashion designer, by creating new pieces and styles. These days it seems like everyone wants to be the new Supreme and Off-White. I want to make something refreshing and new, something no one has done before, and change the way clothing brands are viewed. Rather than just clothing, I want to make wearable art. It’s not going to happen overnight, there is no elevator to the top. Right now I’m just starting to build the skeleton of my building, it takes years to create a skyscraper and I’m ready to be on the rooftop of it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I think In-n-Out is a must anytime you land in the south. Every time I come back home down here it’s the first place I go. Phoenix is a beautiful city, it’s always sunny out and just has a great vibe to have a good time. There’s a golf course on every block it seems like, so definitely hit a quick 9 holes, head back to the crib, and chill by the pool. There are so many family-owned bars and restaurants down here for every type of food. The diversity in culture in this city is amazing, each suburb city has its own vibe when you’re in it and there are so many things to do. To be honest, though, I spend most of my days locked up inside my room working all day and night so I don’t go out much, but it’s all here.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who deserve a shoutout from me but one person, in particular, I can think of is Cole Bennet. Cole has done what I and so many other talented peers I’ve met over the years wake up and dream of doing. He went from a small-town kid to inspiring and influencing millions of creatives all over the world. I think he was the first person in this new age of music who really proved that you can do whatever you want as long as you stay persistent and never give up. He’s so humble and really cares about his fans and the community that supports him.

Website: rooftopskyclub.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rooftop.fx/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cheffbub

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RooftopGraphics

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