As a follow-up to yesterday’s special novelty toy releasing as part of Hennessey and Devilock’s Taiwanese project, here’s a look into the complete package. The red and black Palm Boys seen here in this box-set can only be acquired by draw through the purchase of Hennessey VSOP cognac. The box also serves as an invitation for the grand opening pop-up store VIP party in July.
At a time when the graffiti world lacked documentation, Martha Cooper had a large part in the showcasing of some of the world’s least known artists. Her work in graffiti world has created lasting impressions through countless photographic journeys. With the ability to work alongside legendary artist Dondi White, she managed to accumulate an unrivaled catalog and unbreakable bonds. 12ozPROPHET founder Allen AKA had a chance to visit the studio of this photographic legend, in the process revealing a look into some interesting artifacts from slides to custom jackets.
Japan’s conceptually rich Neighborhood has unveiled another web-exclusive t-shirt. Keeping in line with Neighborhood’s most recent 1st Ex. Delta collection referencing select themes of the Mississippi, the graphic is stylized to reflect this. Available on June 23rd through neighborhood.jp/store.php.
Over the weekend, New Design High School in New York’s Lower East Side played host to the Roof Top Rampage Skateboard Showdown. Much like previous Billy Rohan and company initiated skate events including the King of Spring Skateboard Showdown, another strong turnout was on hand. The definitive highlight of the event was Luis Tolentino’s record breaking 45 inch ollie which in the process of setting a world record, also earned him a cool $800 bucks.
As one of Europe’s leading provider of some of the world’s most exclusive and well received brands, Firmament and their online store The Glade has mainted a careful roster of brands including Visvim, PAM, Acronym, Head Porter, Levi’s Fenom, Neighborhood and Original Fake. With this taste for refined aesthetics, they’ve released a second edition of their popular Berlin Renaissance Wing T-shirt. The t-shirt is in honor of The Glade’s website re-launch and the 2nd anniversary of Firmament. The t-shirt is available now in-stores at Firmament with a release date online to follow shortly.
(1st Floor / ring doorbell for admission)
Taking a chapter out of kitchenware, Medicom Toy has taken it to an all new level with the creation of a 400% stainless steel Bearbrick. In an interview with Medicom Toy CEO Takao Watanabe, he outlines the difficulty in creating this 13.5 kg (approximately 30 .lbs) toy as well as a new direction in high-end designer toys. For more info on the interview, check out the translated version here. Look for this piece to debut at this month’s Medicom Toy 2008 Exhibition in Tokyo.
For Stussy SF’s 7th anniversary, they got together with some big brands, including Nexus7, Headporter, and OriginalFake, to design a few pieces called Vanish Project. It seems that the project includes some wallet and bags that feature signature logos and graphics from each brand. Limited numbers will be released at the collaborative stores while the complete collection will be released at Stussy SF. It is always fun to see the collaborative results from the major players in the industry.
The Dior Homme Lumiere du Nord Collection puts patent leather to its best use. The collection includes two pairs of shoes – one sneaker and one boot – and 4 modern men’s bags with a messenger, backpack, shopper, and weekender. All the pieces in the collection feature black strappings and silver finishes that make for a great look.
The long-awaited and highly anticipated shoe, Pedro Winter x AFI, was finally released in Paris at Colette this morning. With the growth of sneaker culture around the world and the wide-spread power of the media, many hardcore sneaker fans camped out faithfully for this launch to add to their collection, while others may see this simply as an investment opportunity. These Air Force Ones are ultra-exclusive since there were only 200 made worldwide. It features a rainbow colored bottom sole with hand written lettering all over the shoe. Check out the pictures of all the lucky fans that were able to get their hands on one.
As part of their Black Label collection, Bape just released these new black Roadstas. They come completely in black with smart use of patent leather on the upper. These will be released on June 21st only at Bapeclusive for 16,590 Yen.
In a way the success story of UK born, electronic, big beat musician Quentin Leo Cook aka Fatboy Slim is a bit of an anomaly. At age 44 he is sort of long in the tooth for a pop star, that’s even in his late 90s peak of popularity. Sonically, he doesn’t have much of an allegiance to any musical genre, making him extremely hard to classify which is a nightmare for marketing purposes. He combines the blare of Burt Bacharach early 60s brass instruments, experimental 80s electronic drum thumps, emphatic 90s dance music and intricate Hip Hop record cuts and scratches. All of this is arguably genius to dance music enthusiasts and vintage record connoisseurs but bewildering to the MTV crowd who prefer their pop straight forward. Fatboy Slim’s infectious songs aside, it is his wildly inventive and innovative music videos that have made him a house hold name.
Fatboy Slim’s video for “Praise You” is a hilarious clip featuring director Spike Jonze leading what seems to be a rhythmically challenged dance troupe in front of a confused live audience. The award winning video for “Weapon of Choice” has veteran actor Christopher Walken energetically dancing through a hotel lobby and then literally flying from wall to wall. Fatboy Slim now hooks up with veteran New Wave musician David Byrne of Talking Heads fame to form the super group, Bridge Port Authority (BPA). While Byrnes’ expertise can be felt in their first single “Toe Jam” featuring Dizze Rascal, the video is vintage Fatboy Slim. It features feathered haired 70s era swingers striping down to their birthday suits and playing musical art with their censor bars. While the video shows no actually nudity it still may not be safe for work, unless your boss is into that kind of thing.