(UP)Rising Sonz! is a pictorial adventure produced by Scott Kinsey and Mark Felt which outlines the creative driving forces behind Japanese sub-cultures. Through art and skating, this mixture allows for innovative styles and visual communication that is unseen anywhere else in the world. A large generation of Japanese youth under the influence of art and skateboarding have now had a lasting and significant effect on worldwide culture. The book is currently for sale through the book’s website.
Here’s a look at Japanese brand Nitraid and their latest collection of apparel for this season. The brand which embodies both skate sneaker related qualities has put together a release including apparel such as denim and jackets alongside various accessories. Available now at ARKnets.
Japanese bike shop W-Base has hooked up with Stussy Japan on an all new collaboration t-shirt. The tee features obvious references to W-Base’s trade as a bike store. The tee comes in white and black and will release May 3rd.
The sneaker scene in general has enjoyed a large number of events to go alongside the popularity in footwear and collecting, with the recent Kicks Lab event in Japan yielded some interesting sights. Mita and Atmos were on hand, each showcasing various sneakers they’ve had a hand in creating over the years including unreleased versions of the New Balance MT580 from Mita. Amongst the store displays were a large range of Nikes and Jordans on display.
With the last few years bringing multi-colored and often complex themed release in abundance, we’ve seen an apparent return to the roots of many vintage and retro models which have quickly been integrated into the lifestyle market. Puma’s almighty Clyde can be seen in black, baby blue and red full leather uppers.