As I was going through my social feeds, I saw images from an art show called BRANDALISM currently on feature at The Seventh Letter on Fairfax. I’ve got a long list of exhibits to see out here in LA and added this one because I was so drawn to the concept. Designer Antonio Brasko took spray cans and rebranded them with the best names in sport, street, and luxury. The goal: to reintroduce the ideology of vandalism, branding, and fashion from an experimental design perspective.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t get it at first. But that’s a good thing.
Sure, it’s hella cool to attend these types of things and end up with a likeable photo on Instagram. But did it make you think? I’m not an art snob by any means, but I always thought that the best pieces are the ones that you thought about after you’ve left. You drown in thought of what the imagery could mean. You dialogue with friends on what you think it means. Kind of like a good book.
At first, I walked out of The Seventh Letter thinking that Brasko got the branding and the iconic colors so right. Kudos. I couldn’t make any other comment, until I thought more about vandalism. By definition and by historic accounts, the word or behavior means a ruthless destruction, often done as an expression of contempt, creativity or both.
Brasko created a marriage of vandalism and fashion here. And you can look at it in so many ways. BRANDALISM could have meant fashion as a form of creativity. You create your own style every day. Or it could have meant a fight against the fashion culture – the trends, the expensive price tags, the long lines to get that pair of shoes, the egos. Or it could have meant that street art has been so influential on fashion that they’ve become analogous. Or it simply could have meant that vandalism and fashion should not be considered as crimes but as art. I can go on.
At the end of the day, this was an experiment. I call it an experiment in thought, and like said, those are the best kinds. BRANDALISM runs through March 22.Posted in Art x Music, Events, main, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged antonio brasko, fairfax, jordan, louis vuitton, stussy, the seventh letter, yves saint laurent | Leave a comment 08/03/2014
I’m sure alot of you wonder what some of us industry folks carry in our pockets. Well, I’ll be bugging some friends in the industry, taking photos throughout the year, and emptying out their pockets to show the world what these guys have in em.
First up, Edward Lee of Mackin Industries. Yup, that Mackin. The ones that bring you all the JDM Goodies to keep your cars looking fresh. Thanks Eddie for your contribution and I’ll be reaching out to many of you soon.
1) Apple Iphone 5 – My workhorse – Mainly emails and texts for days. Hardly
anytime for games although I will indulge once in awhile – def need for news
updates, photo’s, etc..
2) LV Wallet – I don’t remember how long I’ve had this – It’s old and beat
up but has served me well. As long as I don’t lose it – it will stay with
me. Holds all of my essentials – money, ID, CC’s etc.. It’s been through a
lot of battles lol.
3) LV Business card holder X Business cards – I always keep these around
just in case you need to whip it out to work on a deal.
4) I always have some type of lip balm – right now I have EOS – works the
best – but sometimes it looks like I’m terribly excited to see people if its
sitting the wrong way in my pocket. Keep it up stud!
5) Nike Fuel Band – I’ve gone through 3 of these already – great reminder
that I should keep active which I do.
6) Keys – I like to keep life simple and not carry too many EDC’s – key for
home, key for work, key for the car I’m driving and a mini flashlight just
in case. Maybe I should get a knife. Nah.
Last March 5 I was invited to join the Fresh Produce meet at Grams Fort. The meet was organized to have a short chat with James Camarador aka “Floss Design” regarding wheel rebuilding. As expected the turnout was great as friends from the industry attended the late night meet. Enjoy the photos.
John’s Civic on CCW’s, expect a detailed feature on this build soon.
Big guns from the Evo boys.
The boys from “Drive Hard Crew” also attended the meet.
For better photos I asked permission from Alec Mendez of 2DKomplex to publish his shots on this site. Check it out.
One of my favorites during the meet, the Quickstart Performance Evo.
Voltex this, Voltex that.
Iori and Mark from Ozawa JDM attended the meet. Never a dull moment with these guys.
Jeiven and Graz from Sushi Factory also attended the meet with “Natsuki”.
Again, thank you Alec for letting me use some of your photos. Check out his page: www.facebook.com/2Dkomplex
Instagram: Kevin Carlos
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Our friends at Think Tank just announced the release of new products aimed at enhancing workflow and increased mobility with the Modular Pixel Pocket Rocket and the App House 8 and 10 bags. The Pocket Rocket is belt-mountable storage for your CF and SD cards, holding up to 6 CF cards and 3 SD cards and other small accessories. The App House 8 and 10 bags fit tablets such as the iPad and can be used as a shoulder bag or even mounted on a belt and is equipped with pockets for more storage for you smart phone, accessories, chargers and more.
For more info visit THINK TANK and by using this link you will receive a gift for all orders over $50.Posted in Gear+Gadgets, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged camera bag, Digital Photography, DSLR, photography, Think Tank | 1 Comment 05/03/2014
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“Started from the bottom [of this post, literally], now we’re here…” these words truly sum up James Taasin’s 1998 Infiniti Q45. Fast forward through two years of blood, sweat, and tears, James has finally finished one of the boldest custom VIP builds the islands of Hawaii have seen! Custom everything – from the bag over coil air system to the remodeled Version:SELECT body kit and metal rear fender flares, all seamlessly dropped and molded over 19×10 -30 front and 19×12 -69 rear(!) Leon Hardiritt Orden wheels. Whether or not you agree that offset is everything, it’s clear that James’ Q45 is a reigning Offset King!Features, Hellaflush, Slammed Society | Tagged hellaflush, hellaflush approved, infiniti, Leon Hardiritt, leon hardiritt orden, offset kings, Q45, wheel wednesday | Leave a comment 04/03/2014
California Superbike School presents:
The Art Of Cornering
A film exploring the racetrack experience.
The Art of Cornering is a three and a half minute long expression of the freedom of motorcycle riding. Produced for California Superbike School by a recent student, the film explores how to elevate the motorcycle experience with proper training, coaching, and laps on the racetrack.
While the freedom of the open road and the wind in your hair have long been championed as the great motorcycle experience, rarely is the racetrack recognized as a source of soul nurturing.
The Art of Cornering documents Keith Code’s legendary motorcycle school and eloquently conveys the self-realization and satisfaction achievable on the track. Code waxes poetically about the allure of motorcycle riding and the importance of proper coaching. He articulates how much freedom is achievable when riders are able to explore the potential of themselves and their bikes in the controlled environment of a track. Additionally, he elaborates on how much more freedom is attainable with better comprehension of the bike and the physics of riding.Posted in FatlaceTV, Motorsports, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged Art of Cornering, California Superbike School, Keith Code, Motorcyle | Leave a comment 03/03/2014
You may not recognize their faces, but you’d certainly recognize their sound. And in time, you’ll know more about them just by reading the Fatlace blog… Let me introduce you to The Futuristiks – the guys behind your favorite tracks from Dom Kennedy, Kendrick Lamar, Casey Veggies, Nipsey Hussle, TI, the list goes on.
Contrary to most music careers wherein an artist just knows that that’s what they’re going to do from jump, Mike and Keys started producing pretty late. They were nurtured by musical families, but distracted by other opportunities, until they realized that it was actually for them. So Mike moved from Louisiana and Keys from Sacramento into LA, taught themselves the tools of the trade, positioned their sound within the correct network, and teamed up as The Futuristiks.
They met through mutual friends and ended up in a huge music production team before it was cut down to two. They describe their dynamic as one like LeBron and Dwayne. As much as it’s about the sport for those two athletes, it’s about the music for these two producers. They are constantly fighting for their sound to be heard, for an organic approach to collaboration, never limiting what they can create.
And that ethos has worked. They’ve been mentored by Xzibit who taught them what they now know about the business. They had Dr. Dre personally pull up to their studio recognizing their work. They’ve worked day in and day out alongside Michael Jackson’s producer. They shared a studio with Cypress Hill. They were nominated for a Grammy for their contribution to Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor II. And they are now working with someone they considered a huge inspiration – DJ Khalil. They never thought they’d get to this point. But when you’re in the studio everyday at 7:30am adding more and more to your catalog, someone is bound to listen. Like us.
Lately they’ve become synonymous with the Los Angeles hip hop scene, and are quite possibly defining what comes out of this city. They will soon be releasing their own album, a collection of artists they’ve worked with on beats they’ve produced. And Illest will be behind it. Stay tuned here, at Illest OC, on The Futuristiks’ Twitter, or on my Instagram.Posted in Art x Music, Events, main, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged dom kennedy, dr dre, grammy, illest, kendrick lamar, Los Angeles, music, the futuristiks | Leave a comment ← Older posts