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The mind is grossly underestimated with how it can physically push our abilities to perform at a top level. There are the majority that subconsciously set their own boundaries in what we can achieve and then there are the chosen few that know they can reach much more beyond that unreachable point where they find themselves almost completely alone. These people are known as the best of the best, the Michael Jordan of their craft and future legends that will be surely be written in our history books to come.
This man right here is none other than DJ Q-Bert. He is not only named after that intolerable 80′s video game character but quite frankly he is the best turntablist to grace our planet. To say Q-Bert is important to DJing is a total understatement. Quite frankly modern day scratching (I am not talking ass play) wouldn’t be where it is if it wasn’t for this Filipino-American man. He helped pioneer and cultivate something so simple as moving a record back and forth that it’s finally being recognized as a musical instrument among the naysayers and predecessors.
It has been a long 13 years since the release of his last album Wave Twister (the first turntablism based musical) and through the powers of Kickstarter, Q was able to reach his goal in helping create his newest album Extraterrestria/Galaxxxian featuring the likes of Kool Keith, Del The Funkyhomosapien, El-P and Bambu just to name a few. And fellow ISP (Invisibl Skratch Piklz) and Beat Junkie crew member DJ Shortkut prepping the crowd in celebration Q-Bert’s new record.
A name I haven’t heard in quite some time since the Wake Up Show era. P.E.A.C.E. from the left coast great Freestyle Fellowship.
I prided myself at one point in knowing hip-hop music but there is always that growth period where music stays at steady age and rustic minds get stubborn in not recognizing that cool sound. But sometimes good music is just too good to ignore and regardless of the age brackets, you can’t help but bounce to that beat of everlasting bass and good lyrics. After a 20 minute set with mellow chants of “I ain’t got no money. Say it”, I insistently became a fan of Bambu which was undoubtedly the highlight of my night.
There is a part where Bambu had that Twista moment. That “diggita-diggita-diggita-diggita-diggita-diggita” rapid word flow just blasting people in the face with lyrical content. It’s a healthy reminder that the soul of hip-hop still lives strong and there are people that still choose to fight that good fight in keeping the culture intact. Remember, hip-hop is four elements…and two of them were beautifully showcased that night.
Giants weapon of choice has always been an interesting one. People say the pen is mightier than the sword but if you used a Sharpie as your sole line of defense, you’ll realize how much of a difficult thing that can be. We’ve all used a Sharpie before. Set the tip down for an ample amount time and watch the ink bleed profusely. Quickly strike it in the direction you want and you get tack sharp lining as if it came out of a computer printer. With Mike you will never see a bleeding line…ever.
I actually didn’t even get to talk to Mike in regards to his latest works. It seems Bobby had more of an in depth discussion with him than I did. “Hey man” and “Thanks for the photo” hardly holds as conversations these days, but I’ll take a half ass stab in why I think he drew what he drew.
I believe this was all a reminder to his audience that he can literally draw anything in the god damn friggin’ world. Corporate logos…got it! Iron Maiden zombie axe killer…easy! Popeye The Sailor Man…what am I? An asshole?! Or it could be a conglomeration of all the cultural influences that he’s experienced in his lifetime. Or it could be a little bit of both.
Rumor has it that Mike has already set his sights on Colorado after only living in LA for a couple of months. As he continues his journey in seeking his own self virtue, it’s always nice that he blesses us with his work at his second home in San Francisco. To see it all in the flesh, make sure to hit up FFDG.
During my recent trip to Hawaii I was able to try out the new Incipio Atlas ID iPhone 5s case. What interested me in this case over some others on the market is not only the simple and clean style and design, but the fact that you can still use your phone through the scratch resistant tempered glass in addition to the fully functional Intelligent Touch ID fingerprint interface.
The case is easy to install by just sliding the phone into the case and then snapping it shut making sure that all seals are clamped down. I would recommend always double checking each seal along with the bottom housing that snaps down and also the rubber headphone jack cover. The case is just as easy to take off, but follow the instructions as you don’t want to force the phone out otherwise it can break not only the case, but the phone. Incipio also provides a short video to showcase the install and removal of the case on their website and YouTube page.
The Atlas ID is lightweight weight weighing only 2.06 oz, where others in the market are extremely heavier. The case itself is thin and only adds a little bit of additional width and length to the iPhone 5s.
I decided to first try out the case on a stand-up paddle board adventure in Waikiki. I prefer real world testings of these products and cross my fingers that they work as advertised. Luckily, the case is waterproof (for up to 30 minutes at about 6 feet deep) and I was able to take some shots while paddleboarding.
With the case dry the touchscreen interface of the iPhone 5s works fine, not as sensitive as without, but that can be expected. The middle of the screen with the case on is the most responsive and the edges a little less responsive, but it did work for me. I found out that the case when wet and with wet fingers is very hard to use to slide and to use the Touch ID to unlock the case. A great way around this would be to go into your phone settings and turn off the passcode and also the auto lock screen then keep the camera app open. I also found that using the secondary button found on the side of the iPhone 5 worked better to take photos. Warning this may drain your battery pretty quickly, but the ability to take awesome photos is a small price to pay. While the case takes a little time to dry to be able to fully use it, it did protect it very well and I felt safe placing the phone in my boardshorts zippered pocket and swimming around.
The photos with the case came out great. Not as sharp as without the case, but very good for being a wet case. Samples below.
Underwater photos come out pretty clear as well. I don’t suggest this in the ocean as it won’t float if you do drop it in the water. Think of the case more of an insurance policy. Below is a photo taken from inside a water fountain.
The case also helps save the phone from dust and shock. I didn’t test it out by dropping the phone, but I did find great use using the phone while at the beach. Sand and dust can ruin electronics so this case definitely came in handy on this trip (I cleaned and wiped the case down before re-installing the phone after the below photo was taken.)
I can think of many scenarios where the Incipio Atlas ID can come in handy including vacations, outdoor activities (surfing, snowboarding, white water rafting, fishing, etc) or just when you need ultra-protection. This case will come in handy poolside, water parks or even provide entertainment for kids in the bath. I haven’t tried it yet, but I guess I could finally make calls or check emails while in the shower.
My phone is usually glued to my hand throughout the day so having the confidence that I can be next to water is great. A few years back I was pushed into a pool in Vegas (bachelor party shenanigans) and needless to say my phone died and I could of really used this case (insurance didn’t cover it). It also can provide many creative options to take photos or video with your phone when a GoPro or similar isn’t available plus its more compact and lightweight (GoPro’s in pockets are not fun). At $89.99 the case is a good value to protect your prized smart phone and give peace of mind. It also comes with a 1-year limited warranty as a bonus. The Atlas case is available for other phones and even a couple tablets. For more info go to Incipio.com.Posted in Gear+Gadgets, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged Atlas, Atlas ID, cell phone case, Incipio, iPhone 5s, review, waterproof | Comments Off 19/02/2014
The Ruck Out presented by Cycle World magazine, Alpinestars, Honda Powersports, Illest Hawaii and Flexfit entered the Aloha State for the first time this past weekend. Perfectly timed with the new opening of Illest Hawaii located in Kaka’ako and with Pow! Wow! Hawaii!, which is an annual art festival that brings together artists from around the world to help beautify the city with their murals, the stage was set for a great event.
Open to all makes of scooters, mopeds, motorcycles and pretty much anything on two-wheels. But at the core of the event is the Honda Ruckus. Many owners brought out their modified mutations to showoff. A few Honda Grom owners even came out to join in. With a meeting place set the group rallied through the streets of Honolulu going through Waikiki and near Diamond Head before coming to rest at Kaka’ako at the Illest Hawaii storefront.
Participants were then greeted with a custom Ruck Out hat by Flexfit / Bascamp and Illest and entered for their chance to win many great prizes from generous sponsors including: Alpinestars (jackets, clothing, gloves), Scosche (headphone and boom bottle), Meguiar’s (DA kit), Arai (helmet), Two Brothers Racing (exhaust), Rokform (lightweight and super strong iPhone 5 case and handle bar mount), Illest gear and a grand prize of a $500 gift card to Best Buy. Special thanks to Wrenchwerks for their support of the event.
As a special treat, the Pow! Wow! School of Music entertained the crowd with a jam session that consisted of renown artist James Jean on trumpet, JPatt of the Knocks on turntables and Nick on sax and Andy on guitar from the Pow Wow School of Music.
Overall, it was a great event and the next Ruck Out is already in the works. Stay tuned for the video recap and check out more photos below.
Posted in Events, Motorsports, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged alpinestars, Arai, Cycle World, Flexfit, hawaii, illest, Meguiars, Rokform, Ruck Out, Scosche, Two Brothers Racing, Wrenchwerks | Comments Off 19/02/2014
How Do I Love Thee?
By Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
Magnaflow Exhaust systems have gone behind the scenes to share what went on with their participation with the new Need for Speed the movie.Posted in FatlaceTV, Stayfresh Crew | Tagged Aaron Paul, Magnaflow, need for speed | Comments Off 17/02/2014
Hello! My name is Morgan Shea and I’m a new blogger for Fatlace.com. Before I get started on my journey of writing… Here are a few things about me: I love to dance. I started dancing at the age of three and now thirteen going on fourteen this March and I’m still dancing. I first started off learning ballet, tap, lyrical, and jazz at South County Dance Company & West Coast School of the Arts. I like all types of dance, but my ultimate favorite is hip hop. I started taking hip hop when I was seven years old. At age nine, I auditioned for Kreative Movement (Kaba Modern’s junior dance team) and surprisingly made it. Two years passed and I was still a part of Kreative, yet I found out about Miniotics (Poreotics season 5 ABDC winners junior team) then auditioned and soon joined. From there, I began to learn popping, a style of hip hop that incorporates isolations and robotic movement. After another year, I joined Underground dance team and had a lot of good training there. And most recently after two years I am back and currently with Kaba Kids dancing as well as being a contributor/blogger on their site. (Kreative Movement)
Other than dance, I am also involved in the TEDx community. I enjoy public speaking and have a passion for sharing my views on life and individuality. I love the anime Naruto and love to play the video game Naruto Ninja Storm 3, I love to draw, I love to collect sneakers (i.e Jordans, Nike SB, etc..), and I will soon be learning how to freerun/parkour! My best friend is my eight year old brother, Hamilton, so you’ll most likely see a lot of my posts about him too. I look forward to sharing my adventures with you and watching Illest/Fatlace develop, evolve and grow as will, I.
Ta ta for now!Posted in Life, Stayfresh Crew | 4 Comments 14/02/2014
I always get a kick out of seeing someone’s daily essentials post. What goes with them? What doesn’t? Why did they choose the items and what’s its significance? For me, I’m always on a quest to minimize the toys without sacrificing quality. My first attempt was moving to a mirror-less camera with the Sony NEX-5 and I haven’t looked back. But could I simplify it even more by using my mobile phone? My trusty iPhone 5s had some decent specs at 8 megapixels and Apple claimed its bigger sensor and aperture would fool people into believing I knew how to shoot. I’m convinced, let’s give this a shot! In addition to my iPhone, I also brought a small carbon fiber Manfrotto tripod, a Joby GripTight mount, and the indiSLIDERmini. The locale for this test was yesterday’s press day at the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto! Here we go!
So the stipulation for the test was all capture and post-production had to take place strictly on the device itself. I wanted to see if I could churn out some decent results relying simply on the iPhone and its available app eco-system. Ok, well that’s not entirely true. I ended up watermarking my photos using Photoshop on my computer but that’s partly because I was too lazy to search for a suitable watermark app. If you know of one that can do what I need leave a comment below.
Decent photos? Yes! But let’s be honest here, lighting has a lot to do with it. At a pre-configured space like the auto show, the lighting was perfect for capturing great shots. Check out these snaps from the Sport Compact Evolution section.
Nextmod came out pretty hard to set the tone this season. In Canada, we’re still in our winter months but now we have our first Varis wide-body FRS and Liberty Walk GTR to menace the streets of Toronto. The LB-Performance GTR was equipped on a set of ADV1 wheels wrapped in Pirelli 295/25/21 and 375/20/21 rubber. Wheel specs are a mind-blowing 21×11 -15 and 21×13.5 -51 offset!
Along with the photos came my desire to see if I could produce an acceptable video all within my iPhone. Well, here is it! This was as creative as I could get given the apps known to me. Again, if you have a go-to video editing iOS app for colour grading and transition effects hollar down below.
So the outcome? I think amazing content still needs to be captured by full-blown DSLRs or even a mirror-less camera but if you’re in a bind, mobile phones like the iPhone 5s are no slouches. In fact, I found it to be a nice challenge when limited to certain tools with a mandate for quality content.Posted in FatlaceTV, Hellaflush, Motorsports, Racing, Slammed Society | Tagged adv1, cias2014, gtr, liberty walk, nissan gtr | Comments Off 14/02/2014
The week of Pow Wow in Hawaii is amazing. Art all around the neighborhood and artist sharing ideologies and styles with one another. Apexer and I had plans to open the store with his art in Orange County but the planets didn’t align. Fast forward almost a year later, Illest Hawaii was born, and everything seemed to sync up as far as timing goes. Introducing Apex for Illest. The wall, t-shirt, and a very special Surf Board.
Aside from the wall Apex painted, we’re releasing a limited T-shirt and sticker available only in Hawaii. In a few weeks we will be releasing a surf board with his artwork. Come thru and check out the wall.
680 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 104a
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
@illesthawaii / 808-888-0956
The final piece. Thank you Apex for blessing the walls with your art.
Posted in Art x Music, Studio | Tagged apex, hawaii, illest, pow wow | Comments Off ← Older posts Newer posts →