I’ve been fortunate to travel the world because of the connections I’ve made in this relatively small world (due to the inter webs) and because of the internet and social media, I’ve made a lot of friends. Malaysia is one of those places that I know of because of a few friends that have business here. I’ve visited the RWB museum in JB before it was thee RWB Museum but I’ve never been to Kuala Lumpur.

ASEP from Art of Speed Malaysia along with my good friend Christian Coujin invited my brand, Illest & Fatlace to come out and have a booth at the event. From what I hear, Art of Speed brings in about 35-40k people for the two day event. Huge. Car Builders, Motorcycle Builders, Artist of all sorts and cars of all styles participate in this event.

Tonight, we arrived in Malaysia and headed to dinner at The Gasket Alley, a collective of artist workshops, the house of Harley Davidson, Moto Guzzi, a few hand picked retail stores and Mekhan by Kitchen Mafia to keep everyone at bay with good liquor and great food.

Upon entry you realize you’re walking into something special. The aesthetics & details, the choice of brands, and the overall feel had me realizing how special this place was. It was well thought thru and curated to bring a certain vibe here.

A custom alteration shop that specializes in creating leather products in house. Very nice details and nice people as well.

Mutha Puaka, a rather cool local street brand.

Electric Dreams Collective is a tattoo shop upstairs at The Gasket Alley.

Stronghold Cycles.

Christian always working on something.

This year at Art of Speed, Christian put together these Rough World soup gallon jugs as a special benefit for the underprivileged at JB. All proceeds goto the kids. Great job.

Christian, Asep (Founder of Art of Speed, etc) and myself enjoying a laugh.

Part 2 coming soon. We’re running the streets of KL with some of the tuners from around the way.

Mark Arcenal

Creative Director at Illest Worldwide
Founded Fatlace in 1999. Lived the Agency life for over a decade and then moved to client side and helped in launching the biggest brand Nike has to date, Nike Sportswear as the Global Digital Lead. Today, he's the Creative Director for Fatlace and clothing line, ILLEST.

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