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Air Jordan 1 x Nike SB = FINALLY!

FACT: The Air Jordan 1 is my favorite shoe. There’s a rich history behind this sneaker. Breaking NBA uniform rules, the subsequent ban from the NBA, the $5000 per game fine, Michael Jordan’s first dunk contest and dropping 63 on the Boston Celtics… but did you know that this shoe ended up on clearance racks and second-hand stores during its original run (and first retro run too)?

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Rumors of a collaboration between Nike SB and Jordan brand have run wild since the release of the Bones Brigade: An Autobiography film in 2012 (link). Nike officially released information today and the collaboration is set to release March 15, 2014. Teaser images have leaked featuring team Nike rider Paul Rodriguez reminiscent of MJ’s original 1985 rooftop photoshoot. I honestly can’t wait to see what comes out of this but I hope it is definitely something special!

It’s no secret the Air Jordan 1 was a favorite among skaters in the late 1980′s. It was cheap, came in several different colorways and hugged the ankle so well during runs. Modern Notoriety covers the significance of the AJ1 in skating (link). Members of the Bones Brigade skateboarding team, in particular, were frequently photographed in the popular sihouette.

Before you say, “Hey dude, this is mainstream news…”  I beg to differ. It’s a definite triumph for otaku. Skateboarding was viewed similarly to nerd culture in the 1980′s. It was still a small sub-culture without mainstream appeal. To me, this is no different than bringing back retro franchises from our childhoods. As a fan of both the Bones Brigade and Michael Jordan growing up, it’s a dream come true to see the recognition of the Air Jordan 1 for skateboarding. It’s further proof that otaku/nerd culture is growing beyond original perception into the public eye.

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Nike SB and Jordan Brand are trademarks of Nike. Bones Brigade is directed by Stacy Peralta (Peralta-Powell Skateboards). Article link via Modern Notoriety.

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New Years Eve Survival Guide.

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t’s New Years Eve and you don’t know what’s in store. Tonight can either be one of the greatest nights of your life OR a huge disappointment. Don’t worry dude! I got your back. Just follow these steps and you just might make it home safely…maybe with a few fat b!*ches too. JK

1. Dress Appropriately
Yeah, lets go ahead and throw all that Ecko Red in the trash. Tonight, let’s try and stay away from the baggy stuff. Think sleek and well tailored…form fitting if you will. Try not to overdress, you don’t want to look like a pretentious douche do you?

2. Carry Cash and set a limit
We all can’t be T Pain…we can’t buy everyone drinks, and I’ve seen plenty of friends rack up a bill because they opened a tab with a credit card. Nothing worse than being stuck with a $600 bill that you can’t pay. Set a spending limit and carry cash. This way you can manage how much you drink and also manage who you’re buying drinks for, like that girl over there that you’ve been eyeing, the one with the huge mole on her forehead with hair growing out of it…you should probably rethink that.

3.Use your head!
Hopefully you’re not completely sh!t faced at this point. It’s almost time for the countdown and nobody likes to be alone for that midnight kiss. Remember to use that noggin of yours. Avoid any Exes, and try to find a nice chick, and by “nice” I mean, find someone who at least seems interested in you. Ever been shot down for a midnight kiss? yeah me neither.

4. Hydrate
Remember that the key to keeping your night going strong is NOT how many beers and cocktails you can drink but how much water you drink. 1 drink. 1 water. 1 drink. 1 water. This will also help with the hangover process tomorrow.

5. THE GOLDEN RULE
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD. FIND A DESIGNATED DRIVER. Don’t be a dipsh!t.

COMIC-CON countdown: Get your head right.

..That’s NOT what I meant..but I support you all the way if it falls into your lap. >_<

Since Comic-Con is a week away, I thought I’d help you step your Comic-Con Cosplay game up a notch. If you’re tired of wearing heavy, itchy wigs..or wanna show you are KING/QUEEN cosplayer of ALL cosplayers..I’ve got your back. Whether it’s just for the weekend or longer, you won’t regret this most awesome decision to have fun with this. I’m hooked.

For the past 8 months, I’ve been on this crazy neon hair journey. The past week I definitely stepped it up. I went from bleaching the bottom 2/3 of my hair and coloring it to going all out and finally bleaching EVERYTHING. This post will give you a starting point if this is something you ever consider doing..whether you decide to do it today or 10 months from now. Stop reading now if you have no intention of doing this..but if you’re interested, a lengthy post shall follow. The Evolution:

MOST important things people won’t tell you:

  • COCONUT OIL: This will protect your hair in so many ways. Put 2-3TBS it in a plastic bowl and brush it onto your hair hours prior to bleaching. Leave it on when you apply the bleach.
  • ORANGE HAIR is only good for Red and Bright Pink Hair Colors. Everything else: BLONDE. Trust me. I dyed purple over orange and ended up with…BROWN hair…
  • MIX SOME WHITE CONDITIONER into your dye to make it stretch farther or lighten the color a bit. Get more for your money and condition your bleached hair all at once.

So, you’re ready for this journey? Now, where to start? What Brands? Help?!

Let me tell you, I’ve spent way too much money learning this on my own..so..just TRUST ME here, okay. Go walk your little self to Sally Beauty Supply or go order this stuff online. DO NOT think you’re going to find your blonde hair in a box. Unless you’re already a fortunate one with lighter hair. If you have dark hair, just skip it all together. If you try to do this from a box, you’ll need at least 3 or 4 boxes of Feria Extreme Platinum to get anywhere close..and that’s already 4 times more than you need to spend.

Step 1: Get some Loreal Quick Blue Bleach Powder! BEST I have tried. It’s about $5 for one packet or $15 for a bucket. You’ll need 2 packets if you’re doing your entire head and have long hair. An Alternative is getting a blonde hi-lift box dye and adding some bleach powder to it to intensify lift.

Step 2: Bottle of 30 Vol Peroxide Developer. Get the cream version. Nothing higher than 30 volume..your hair is already getting mistreated enough w/ the bleach. It’s about $4.

Step 3: Toning color, like Wella Color Charm Toner..or a cheap, boxed blonde dye to get the brass out. Or you can use some Purple shampoo to gradually tone it down!

Step 4: Pick your poison. This is probably the most irritating part of the journey. “What brand of color do I get..?!” Save yourself the trouble and please just DON’T buy the Beyond the Zone brand stuff..seriously. Stop. Right. Now.

  • TEAL/TURQUOISE: For that BRIGHT Hatsune Miku teal, use NRage Twisted TealManic Panic Atomic Turquoise falls closer to the greenish side.
  • NEON PINK: for the BRIGHTEST of BRIGHT, HIGHLIGHTER PINK-bright hair..Manic Panic Hot Hot Pink. For a less intense bright pink, ION BRIGHTS in Magenta is awesome.
  • FUCHSIA & PURPLES: the ION BRIGHTS in Fuchsia is pretty close to pink with a hint of purple. ION BRIGHTS in Purple is a fairly darker purple than other brands. Mix Hot Hot Pink and some Atomic Turquoise for a bright purple! That’s usually what I do.

NRage Demi-Permanent dyes last quite a while. Seriously. Taking all the teal out of my hair was a daunting task. Usually turquoise colors like the Manic Panic brand come out so easily (too easily) within a couple weeks. I did everything in the world to try to strip it from my hair and it just wouldn’t go. Took bleaching it to finally do this. So..that’s hot strong this color is.

Manic Panic: Best consistency overall and widest variety of colors if you don’t intend on mixing any colors yourself…but fades faster than any other color.

Ion Brights: Awesome color if you know how to manipulate the formula correctly. Straight from the tube, it seriously has the consistency of dried out acrylic paint. To solve this and get the most out of these colors, squeeze them out into a plastic container and add small amounts of conditioner into it and mix it with a small spoon until it get’s smooth. After that, it’s AMAZING to work with.

Once you bleached and have decided, work it into your hair however you want and leave it for a few hours or even overnight. Cover it with plastic or a plastic bag so it doesn’t dry out and apply some heat if you’d like. Wash it out w/ cold water, and don’t expect it to run completely clear. Dry your hair right away. I’d advise a designated “Color Towel” for your hair because it’s going to run every time you wash your hair. If you want to use warm water, wash it as fast you can, rinse the shampoo out, run it quickly under cold water then apply conditioner to stop the color from running further.

With SSB’s own at his 26th Birthday Bash in LA with my BRIGHT HAIR!

I wish you all the best of luck on your journey. Get creative. I used different gradients to have fun with. But most importantly, have fun. I love my hair–whether or not anyone else feels the same doesn’t matter to me at all.

I Love The 90s: Platform Sneakers

Hey gals! Remember platform sneakers? Well apparently they’re baaack … with a heel. So not only does the platform give you an extra chunk of height, but the heel gives that extra umph lift to nudge you to the sky. And forget about being just sneakers, they are now heel sneakers so you can wear it casually AND dressy. Winning!! (insert sarcasm emoticon here)Bakers-Platform-Sneakers-I-Love-The-90s

As someone who enjoys a little style and fashion here and there, I’m going to have to give a thumbs down to this sad attempt by Bakers to revitalize the 90s classic platform sneaker. It was a nice try. A mix between the platform sneaker and the mary janes. I see where they were going with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if I did see some people wear this in public, but I think it would be fairly difficult to match it with the current fashion trends in the stores today. I look forward to seeing these styles on the clearance racks in about a month (or less). Maybe I’ll buy a pair then for a 90s outfit. If I stare at them long enough, they don’t seem as bad. But the longer I stare, the farther back in time I feel. I guess that was the point? To feel nostalgic enough to buy shoes that are no longer really relevant to today’s current fashion trends and that only succeed in making me feel older than I felt before I bought said shoes? First world problems. =P

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Explains Why He Hates Fat Chicks | Elite Daily

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Explains Why He Hates Fat Chicks | Elite Daily.

Apparently Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries only wants beautiful people to wear his clothes.  Peep this:

“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids.  Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either,”

A little judgemental?  Then again, when you look like this, I can see why you want beautiful people to wear your clothes.

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I’ll say this for the guy, he’s got balls.  It’s not like I shop at Abercrombie anyway :X.

Super Street Kineda II

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Had a chance to check out Kineda’s SF Hyper Collection yet? It’s signature Kineda art, plus you’re favorite Street Fighter II characters. The only thing that can top that is if they made more tee’s with SF4 characters… *cough, cough CODY…ahem.

I’m not big on graphic tee’s anymore, not since 05/06 or so but, Looking through the Kineda Store. I must admit i’m tempted to pick up a few things (I personally like the “Shoryuken” snapback). So if you’re big on Streetwear, still “hypebeasting”, a Capcom supporter, Street Fighter fanboy/girl. I suggest taking a look at the store and dropping some of that tax return money on some fresh shit.

From Geek To Chic

So I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a “geek” and all that comes with the territory. Stereotypically (keyword), a geek has a difficult time attracting the opposite sex which is usually a direct consequence of being a social dunce. We’ve all been there. Misguided folk who just need a hand to lead them down the right path. I’d like to believe that absolutely anyone can be socially savvy. And don’t get me wrong, there’s more to being socially savvy than just looks, like confidence and charm, but there is a progression to perfection (or imperfect perfection, whichever you feel more comfortable belonging to). Typically, if you know you look good, you feel good, and in turn you build confidence. Confidence allows one to release certain fears, and the release of those fears can help one develop charm. With that in mind, I found it appropriate to keep an eye out on current fashions that might help guide the misguided to at least know where they are in the let’s call it “map” of fashion.

I started a From Geek To Chic Pinterest Board of images that I found a normally geeky person might wear, but the outfit has been pizzazzed or tada-ed. What I hope for with this project is to help turn-the-wheel in people’s minds as to what they can do to be a little more stylish or chic-y in order to be a brighter beacon that peaks the interest of the opposite sex. Turning geeky looks into chic-y stares. Dun dun dun!Chic-y chipmunk stareBelow is my favorite outfit that I pinned on my pinterest board. I just love how it’s called a grandpa cardigan but looks fabulous on the girl. The color scheme is so muted, but that hint of green gives it enough pop to make it look stylish. Stay chic-y folks! But don’t worry you can also still stay geeky!! =P

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Anime VS Fashion

*I‘m not the biggest anime fan, some of you might think that’s absurd seeing is how this is a geek blog and my partner @Twitch plasters mostly anime or j/kpop on this here forum. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a huge geek. I just choose to enthrall myself into other things like D&D, fighting games, hip hop, sports, NOT being socially awkward, and fashion.

Looking “anime” isn’t exactly a fashion compliment. Immediately, I think of obnoxious colors and power-dressing, probably in part thanks to the popularization of street wear and people taking pictures of Kogyaru’s like it’s the norm; Try starting a non-ironic fashion blog by taking pictures of girls walking out of a Hot Topic, see how that sticks. Obviously, just as anime is not all lolis, Fashion is not all Jeremy Scotts and in the past few years the relation between the two have accelerated, especially because kids these days are increasingly interested in the two. There was this German graphic Designer who plastered classic manga and popular video game characters in High Fashion logos.

 

 

Then There was the good people at Human Aliens, who outfitted DBZ and Naruto Characters in street wear…

ANYWAY there’s another collaboration that’s ongoing, which is much weirder in many respects – certainly creatively.  A few years back, manga artist Hirohiko Araki – a shonen artist who has been drawing one of the longest running manga series, Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. He loves to include western references in his writing, including a character named Gucci, which raised some flags at the Italian house. But creative director Frida Giannini took the thing in stride and invited Araki to display his works in the Tokyo flagship store for the brand’s anniversary.
This year, Araki and Gucci are taking the collection a step further, dressing up Gucci stores worldwide with designs by Araki of the Cruise 2013 collection. The image bellow is one you will be able to see over there. It’s a pretty ballsy move, and I salute it.

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