Skateboarding, hubris, girls and delinquency ruled the care to excel academically. Years of reflecting his sudden death has broadened how I interpret reality. Our lives have no meaning — it is our job to find its meaning.

Monday, Feb. 1st, 2010

It wasn’t a phone call.

Seven or eight in the afternoon, I found out my dear friend David Robinson II took his own life scrolling down my Facebook feed on my Compaq desktop computer. …


Regardless of his presence or absence, the world as you perceive it depends on competence and your ability to answer the title. I call it “The 10 Requisites”.

I Love My Pops

I never called him dad, I wasn’t that type of kid. My father was my pops (for those unfamiliar with the Brooklyn, N.Y. term).

Bernardo was a deafening, assertive and notorious hard-ass from the deep countryside poverty of El Seibo, Dominican Republic who overcame unimaginable adversities. From attending middle school…


Trigger warning.

Today, February 13th is my 29th birthday. I’m currently hiking across windy San Francisco, CA being a tourist speeding in a 2021 Mazda MX-5 Miata Convertible Roadster.

Thank you all in advance for reading and for the grateful influx of well wishes arriving. Birthdays always have a profound way to…


5 Things I Learned Becoming A Perfumer

Fragrance Is Misunderstood

1. There Is No Such Thing As Cologne or Perfume…Kinda

Only fragrance.

Perfume and Cologne are mere terms referring to the percentage concentration of scented oils in the total fragrance, which is itself the basic, gender-neutral term.

Eau Fraiche — 1–3%

Eau de cologne — 3–8%

Eau de Toilette — 5–10%

Eau de Parfum — 10–20%

Parfum — 15–30%


Latinx Education

Dare to encourage unity

Denial of your African ancestry is racist, unconscionable, and unethical. The cancerous, dogmatic self-desecration ends in our generation.

As a native Spanish speaking Dominican-American man born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn, I’ve spent a lifetime disappointed in the racism fostered in the Dominican community.

I was too Black for the…


How another “tech company” with a billion dollar valuation will nosedive after years of exploiting one store location in NYC, their 250,000-square-foot sweatshop, and mishandling the COVID-19 pandemic.

UPDATED 05/09, 8:46 a.m EST: Since my initial call-out, The Huffington Post and Business Insider reached out to aid their publications. The collaborative effort to stand up for for thousands of people once employed under Rent The Runway’s decade of poor leadership was reverberated with substantial praise and gratitude. Although…

20/20 for 2020

Thursday, 12/12/2019. Midtown, NYC

My first career opportunity post-Brooklyn College.

Mistakenly hired at a Senior level position (which would later fuck me over) at a data intelligence agency with no experience.

Was introduced to a collaborative and diverse pool of talent who educated me effortlessly.

Hustled to my best ability every…

Ariel Zorrilla

Dominican-American Artist, UI/UX Designer, Athlete and Perfumer. Ariel’s writing explores raw life. Love Eternal ❤️‍🔥

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