Rodolfo Lino, who goes by Rudy, was fitted by Jake Mueser, at his shop in the West Village. Credit: Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times
The stage name and persona have given a soft-spoken 24-year-old, who grew up as Rodolfo Lino, an outlet to explore his creative persona. Over the last couple of years, they have helped Mr. Lino find his footing after years of struggling… He is enrolled at LaGuardia Community College and expects to earn his associate degree in computer technology this spring. Afterward, he hopes to find a job and pursue a bachelor’s degree at the New York City College of Technology.
He was never able to explain what was going on to his family. He became a loner, playing with Rubik’s cubes and Legos. He spent many hours watching anime, reading comic books (he prefers Marvel), following sports and tinkering with computer hard drives.
But in high school, Mr. Lino’s mental health issues escalated and he stopped going to class. He would spend days on park benches, listening to music on headphones and drowning out the world. Sometimes he had to deal with police officers; other times he coped with boredom.
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