Long-Haired Foot Locker Exec Gary Harper

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Art Informs All

From “special” classes in high school all the way to the top of Foot Locker, art has been the common thread through the ever-evolving career of Gary Harper. A performer, sign painter and death-defying fine artist, he can't seem to shake the hold art has on his life.

This lifelong enthrallment has taken him from a dyslexic sibling of seven in a chaotic household, to sitting across from the president of Nike—and telling him to shove it. But that was only the beginning of an illustrious career as an advertising executive.

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Death Can Wait

His exploits in the boardroom might have never happened though. In an accident in his youth, Gary drowned and was actually deceased for a period…only to return from “the other side.”

In his recollection it was “the best;” and he tried to bring that energy back with him, that he might communicate the feeling through his art. We’ll let him tell the rest of that story on episode 130 of Let It Ride.

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Gary Harper on an episode of Let It Ride with The Longhairs

What you'll hear about

  • Performing theater…in the nude
  • Living in a commune
  • Climbing the ranks at Foot Locker
  • Drowning…and coming back
  • Sticking it to Nike
  • Conquering fear, uncertainty and doubt


Watch Gary Harper on The Longhairs podcast.


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Gary Harper

Gary now spends his time golfing in between installing graphics and drinking beers with his friends in Barrio Logan. You can see his latest work adorning the pillars of Chicano Park, recognized as the largest collection of outdoor murals in the world.


This episode of Let It Ride is brought to you by The Great Cut 2024, where The Longhairs will attempt another world-record charity hair donation for Children With Hair Loss.

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El Moreno

Co-Founder, President & Chief Follicle Officer for The Longhairs, El Moreno is a husband, father, athlete and creator. He makes most of what you see and interact with on The Longhairs websites.
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El Garvinski

Video Producer for The Longhairs, El Garvinski is a media solutions expert and active health advocate. He directed/produced the iconic Hair Ties For Guys commercial in 2014, and continues firing off heavy content for The Longhairs.
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