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Tech Essentials: Rick Williams

EditorialComments ⋅ May 12, 2014
Brand strategist, entrepreneur and footwear aficionado Rick Williams is not one to rest on his laurels. In 2007, the Detroit native purchased the retail space Burn Rubber, a homage to his love for sneakers. A few years later, Williams tried his hand...

Tech Essentials: Jasper Wong

EditorialComments ⋅ Apr 16, 2014
Every year on Valentine’s weekend, the art world descends upon Honolulu, Hawaii for POW! WOW! – a week-long art and music initiative founded by Hawaiian artist Jasper Wong. Inspired by art as a means of expression, POW! WOW! continues to...

T.I. Talks High Fashion’s Avoidance of Hip-Hop and His Brand AKOO’s 5th Anniversary

EditorialComments ⋅ Apr 15, 2014
For an audacious few, the words “no,” “can’t,” or even “failure” fuel a creative fire that forges the path to some of the world’s most artistic compositions and scientific discoveries. Every inquisitive mind meets opposition at some point in their jo...

Polls: Branding or Design?

EditorialComments ⋅ Apr 11, 2014
The recent release of the Supreme x Nike Air Foamposite 1 made news because of the monster crowds trying to get their chance at a pair. Whether they were in it to resell or wear, potential buyers were out in such force that the New York release was s...

Essentials: Eric Cheng of BAIT

EditorialComments ⋅ Apr 2, 2014
Eric Cheng may not be a familiar name yet, but if you’re a regular reader of HB, you’re bound to recognize some of his work. The founder and CEO of BAIT, Cheng has been responsible for a host of eye-catching footwear collaborations with t...

HYPEBEAST Trade: Mike Cherman of ICNY

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 28, 2014
Lying in the street, cold, bloodied and alone, Mike Cherman had the inkling of an idea. Insert a roll of reflective material and he had the concept for a brand. Born out of necessity, ICNY is Mike’s retort to the self-posited question “how could I ha...

THROUGH THE LENS: Tomek Makolski

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 27, 2014
Looking to statuesque women, automotives and travel as endearing subjects, Polish photographer Tomek Makolski’s work celebrates beauty and a free-spirited lifestyle desired by many. Cavorting between Berlin and Warsaw, Makolski blends fashion a...

A Conversation with Scott Johnston of Lakai

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 21, 2014
Even as California-based skate shoe brand Lakai continues to attract a consumer base that lies outside of the sport, it and its founders have remained firmly dedicated to the sub-culture it was born out of. That being said, it has also remained open...

Big Sean Speaks On Aura Gold and Forthcoming Music Projects

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 18, 2014
Soundtracking the summer months with the release of his highly acclaimed studio effort Hall of Fame last August, Big Sean continues to excel with his unique disposition in hip-hop, one that blends early noughties rap sensibilities with forward-thinki...

NORM Speaks on Maneuvering Between Graffiti and Tattooing and the AWR/MSK Family

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 13, 2014
As his name suggests, NORM Will Rise is not an artist who rests on his laurels. Backed by the reputable AWR/MSK crew, NORM harnessed his sought-after aesthetics in graffiti from the ’90s, deftly blending traditional lettering and calligraphy wi...

Pen & Paper: Cath Love

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 7, 2014
Raised in the metropolitan city of Hong Kong, half-Swiss, half-Thai artist Cath Love’s work is a reflection of her multicultural upbringing and the quirks in life she’s experienced. After a stint in Australia as a Visual Communications st...

HYPEBEAST Spaces: Hawaiian Airlines Headquarters

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 6, 2014
During our recent trip to Hawaii for POW! WOW! 2014, we visited the Hawaiian Airlines Headquarters for our latest Spaces and felt the festival spirit extend further than the parameters of Kakaako. Amid these spacious office quarters sits The Local Co...

Roger Gastman Discuses Graffiti Versus Street Art, Go-Go Culture and ‘The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan’

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 4, 2014
To say that Roger Gastman is an asset to graffiti culture would be cutting it short. Considered as a mediator between the subculture and the mainstream world, Gastman has successfully parlayed his passion into a career. With more than 30 art books an...

Reselling the Yeezy 2? Speculating Prices with Ben Baller and Flight Club

EditorialComments ⋅ Mar 1, 2014
It all ended so quickly. They had been just around the corner, figuratively speaking, for months and then as quick as they released, they were gone. I’m talking of course about the Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” or whatever month they...

THROUGH THE LENS: POW! WOW! Hawai’i 2014

EditorialComments ⋅ Feb 21, 2014
While POW WOW Hawai’i 2014 brought together a huge number of visual artists from various disciplines in street culture, its engagement also encompassed a larger community of journalists, photographers and curators. Our latest THROUGH THE LENS feature...