A new month means a brand new gaggle of G-Shocks. Hawaii’s In4mation is back with a regae inspired GLX-6900 bearing the creed “ONE LOVE” on the backlight. Hyper Color is back with a bang, with three crazy GA-110s, a pair of GD-100s and two lime Jason G-001s pummeling your pupils. There's also an Atomic Solar 6900, AWG-100 and AWG-500 for split second precision timekeeping.
In brightest day, in blackest night... when Marvel and Stussy did unite! The Stussy x Marvel Ultimate Teamup launch took place at Meltdown Comics in LA, showcasing their new range of graphic tees. Visual masterminds Mr. Cartoon, graffer Todd James, James Jarvis, Bill Plympton, Gary Panter and animator John K put their handiwork on show, reinterpreting your favourite Marvel characters with their own idiosyncratic style. Hordes of costumed fans packed out what was an animated launch night! The Stussy x Marvel tees are available now online
This past Wednesday, NYC took it back to the old school with the launch of the West NYC x Milkcrate Athletics x Rakim Godly Tee. Here's how the Milkcrate crew called the action:, 'At roughly around 9pm, The God Rakim and Aaron LaCrate pulled up outside of West NYC in a crazy party bus. The line was around the corner with kids ready to cop the official Milkcrate x Rakim x West NYC GODLY COLLABO t-shirt. Aaron LaCrate stepped up to the decks and wizzed through a Dipset mega mix, featuring his newest jam 'Everybody Jones'. The crowd went wild. Boom bap, that Fab Five Freddy real rap is back. Then Rakim walked through the door, illuminated by his Godly presence, the crowd went even more crazy. RAAAAKIM RAAAAKIM RAAAAKIM!. It was time. chop chop chop scratch, backspin, Microphone Fiend blazed through the crowd, then Knowledge, then Paid In Full. Then Rakim the God signed autographs and chilled for a bit, and the party was just starting inside, as the Baltimore beats and Colt 45 stated flowing.' Thanks to the peeps at Who Shot Ya, we've got the party pics below!
Marcus Troy is a multi-faceted creative hailing from Montreal, QC Canada. He creates digital brand experiences through his blog Marcustroy.com, originally founded in 2008. Marcus has worked with an esteemed roster of clients on multiple creative projects, including The Project Show, Converse, Nike, Sebago, Levi’s and Nylon Magazine, just to name a few.
Canada offers a blogger… a lot of opportunity to grow for a number of reasons. For one I don’t think that Canadians have fully embraced the blogging community like other parts of the world, so it’s the right opportunity to come in and make a name as a blogger. Secondly I think it’s taking a while for Canadians brands, companies and people to appreciate homegrown bloggers so maybe that’s another opportunity to create a new perception. I am very happy being a Canadian blogger.
Formulating marketing strategies… has to be the most rewarding part of this game. Being able to create brand experiences with brands that I love and appreciate has to be one of my favorite things to do. I like pushing the limits of creativity, I also want to experiment a bit and see what works and what doesn’t. It is a pretty stressful part of my life, but I love the challenge and seeing the results.
Social Media has produced… a great platform for young creative’s to explore, share ideas and thoughts without breaking the bank. Social Media has also produced a lot of egos, storytellers and liars. I guess it is a double edge sword. I’ve learned through social media that people believe what you tell them. I like to look at the positive side of social media, I’ve been able to connect with strangers who have now become really good friends and we continue to create and produce great things together.
Working with a corporate company… teaches you a few things. 1. You get to learn the game on someone else’s dime. 2. Allows you the budget and the resources to make extraordinary things happen. 3. Teaches you what not to do when you decide to be your own boss. 4. Teaches you essential components of the business world and gives you valuable lessons to put into practice. 5. Teaches you the basic disciplines of work life. Some of the most successful people that I know have worked with corporate companies first before they became great on their own. I would also add that working with a corporate company in your own capacity also has its rewards. I enjoy collaborating with corporate companies and giving them a taste of my world!
Streetwear has evolved… for all the wrong reasons. Don’t get me wrong I am all for evolution and progression, I just believe that streetwear has evolved prematurely. I think the growth of the blogs and the access to information can be attributed to that premature growth. It has forced some of these streetwear companies to grown up too fast and alienate their core consumers. Everyday there is a new kid who turns 15 and he can’t relate Yves Saint Laurent, Rick Owens, Damir Doma and brands of that nature. He just wants to wear crazy logo T-shirts, kicks and his baseball cap.
Distinguishing confidence and arrogance… is probably the hardest thing to do. A thing like Twitter has made it really easy for people to reveal an exaggerated sense of their own importance. A confident person doesn’t have to retweet every single compliment they receive or brag about every important meeting they just left or how exciting the future is going to be for them. I think it is really about what people choose to do with that voice. “Bad boys move in silence” always remains true.
Web publications… are now the new standard and everyone seems to have one. The game is getting very saturated, so only a few will be able to separate themselves from the rest. I am very interested in seeing where it will go. I love the creativity of the new set of web publications that have been hitting the web in the past years; they are creating new ways for us to digest information.
The importance of collaborations… is to showcase the creativity of two or more parties. It really gives you an idea of the power of two brands. When a collaboration is done properly you get the best of 2 worlds. Unfortunately some brands are giving the wonderful idea of collaborating a bad rap because they choose to collaborate with everyone. As a brand you want to be very careful with who you collaborate with, you want to keep it special.
Progression on any front… is the key to life. Never be afraid to progress, a lot of people are afraid to progress from fear of what their peers may think. I think progression is the only way we get to experience new opportunities and a better life.
After coming out with a crew neck tee last year, Stussy and Hanes align again for another round of collaborative tees, this time coming out with a limited set of V-neck tees. Produced in a traditional three-pack, these t-shirts feature the typical Hanes tagless design in 100% cotton and the "Stussy" branding on the lower left corner. They will be available for purchasing tomorrow at regular Stussy chapters and at Stussy Japan chapters as well.
The next Friday the 13th will mark a very important day for Miami and the underground Hip-Hop scene. For those of you who are not aware, May 13th is the date of the soon-to-be-sold-out show featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien and friends. Del, aka Deltron Zero, Dr. Bombay, & Deltron 3030 is an Oakland MC and lyrical magician that has blessed the stages all over the country for nearly 20 years. Even if the name does not ring a bell, which I'm sure it does, you may have unknowingly heard his songs in one way or another. I know you all have heard of the song Clint Eastwood, correct? Thought so.
Del began writing songs for his cousin Ice Cube in the early 90's, but soon found his own fame and his own followers. Since then, Del has released nearly a dozen albums and collaborated with countless artists such as Handsome Boy Modeling School, Hieroglyphics, Gorillaz, and Modern Science.
DTFH will be performing @ Churchill's 'Sort-of-English' Pub on the second Friday of May, with Bukue One & DJ Zac Hendrix and special guests:
NoEmotion Gold Mask
Telekinetic Walrus and the pride of Ions
Tickets are on sale right now; $8 advance and $10 at the door (if there are any left). So mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen! This show has become quite the talk of the town. See you there!
Handsome Boy Modeling School ft Dave & Del Tha Funkee Homosapien
In celebration of the re-opening of their Hong-Kong store as part of of the IFC refurbishment, Lanvin introduces their new Spring t-shirt collection. The fashion house has come out with a pretty casual range of tees perfect for the warmer weather that awaits us. Check out it below!
For those of you anticipating the new collabo between Marvel and streetwear purveyor Stussy, here is the first look of their new set of tees. 9 designs are being offered in both black and white options in which they feature some famous Marvel characters as interpreted by even more famous artists (James Jarvis, Will Sweeney, Mr Cartoon, Bill Plympton). Look out for their official release April 27th at Stussy retailers.
Questlove was deejaying at Mezzanine in San Francisco on 4/22/11 and at the end of the night, Ghostface Killah decided to jump on stage and give an impromptu performance of “Cherchez LaGhost” from his album, Supreme Clientele. Comedian Dave Chappelle and Swift.fm Founder, Edward Aten were also in attendance. – HipHopIsCoolAgain
Street artists Blu and Ericailcane come together for this new mural piece, titled Skating Team. Of course the entire work captures the main idea of skating, but in a different context as most would expect with both artist’s work. No closeups of the mural are available at the moment but stay tuned for further information.
Offered up is a new visual from Parisian legend Andre as the artist gets down in Los Angeles for a special piece for his lady. Annabelle Love was done up between the streets of Melrose and Martel during Andre’s visit to the “Art in the Streets” exhibition at the MOCA. Enjoy!
After several previews, here’s the most comprehensive look to date into uniform experiment‘s latest collaboration with Nike Sportswear. Two versions share a similar navy blue aesthetic while the star monogram is slated for a SOPH.SHOP exclusive with the color chart set for Osaka JR ISETAN Mitsukoshi, ISETAN Shinjuku and SOPH.Tokyo. A release will take place on Saturday, May 14.
San Francisco natives, New Villager have given a whole new meaning to triple treat, specializing in songwriting, video, performance, language, sculpture, drawing, and collage. In other words,they're hipsters.
A self-proclaimed "artist collective," assembled of Ben Bromley and Ross Simonini, New Villager is bringing something to the music scene we haven't seen before- finally something to save us from the monotony that is music today .
New Villager's sound has already been described as "Michael Jackson meets the Beatles," and if that isn't enough to spark your intrest, their mesmerizing choruses and eclectic New Age vibe will.
Their debut album drops in June, and if the singles we've heard so far are any indication of whats to come, it promises to be one of the most entrancing, addictive albums of the summer.