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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.

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.

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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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X-Men…Swagged Up

Growing up I was a complete fanboy and thought the coolest thing around was the X-Men (Uncanny). I couldn’t get enough of them. If I wasn’t at home reading my brothers comics, I was watching the FOX series on TV. If I wasn’t watching, I was playing the game at the Arcadeor on the SNES. Now we’re here in the present and not much has changed. I still read the comics graphic novels. (Ultimate). I watch the Anime version on Spike. And now I’m playing the games on my XBOX. Yup. The X-Men are the coolest thing since folded love letters and strawberry kiwi Capri Suns. But did you ever wonder what the Team of mutants would wear when they weren’t in there suits? This collection of X-Men illustrations by Andy MacDonald Shows us and features the team rocking contemporary clothing designs. Beating the Brotherhood and then Styling on em’ 
 

Alife like no other.

As evidenced by the fact that ye olde Americana doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, I may be speaking mostly for myself when I say I miss the days when streetwear was streetwear. And when I say streetwear my friends, I mean streetwear. Reminisce with me for a moment back to a time when one could find the youth of the city draped in all-over print hats, jeans in varying states of full blown day glo hues and t-shirts that demanded a particular sort of attention (most often through clever combinations of conventional logo’s and that tried and true stalwart of the English language, “fuck”). It was a special moment. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and when it came to those defining years when streetwear was pushing culture, not a mainstream part of it, nobody did it better than Alife.


Alife was without question one of the more daring and innovative streetwear lines in a genre that was already seen as something of a loose cannon in a world that was still recovering from 3XL’s t-shirts or mainly concerned with SB Dunks and Levi Shrink to Fit’s. The line was a statement of color blocking mastery, with the occasional experiments in ridiculous logo jacking, Cookie Monster eyes, polka dot crews, and impressive heather’s and basics. Basically, it was everything a great streetwear line should be, irreverent, brash, innovative and immaculately conceived. If you saw someone else with Alife in 2006, you know they put in groundwork to get their hands on a piece.

Before I get emotional describing how genius it was for Alife to be producing selvedge jeans in 2006 with a plaid cuff lining long before everyone began dressed like a J.Crew catalog, or how they moved before the market, flipping traditional oxfords and khaki’s into flippant all-over print takes on classic pieces before you all traded your Jordans and Street’d your Etiquette, let me just say this. It’s sad to see some of the once dominant streetwear lines reduced to pale imitations of basics you’d be far better off buying at the Gap.

There’s a reason we were all attracted to these brands back in high school and college, and it’s not because they could find an innocuous way to sew their logo along the waist line of a half assed, cheaply produced chino pant. Streetwear was glorious when it still knew that it was streetwear.

Applause for one of the best to have ever done it.

Nike Kimono


HEY HEY San Diego! Are you sad you can’t wear your flip flops and shitty abercrombie clothes cause of the gloomy weather we’re having this week? UP your style with this Nike Jacket. Nike ACG Global Design Director Stewart Horner designed this jacket from inspiration on a trip to Tokyo. The print featured on the jacket was made from a 150 year old hand cut paper stencil, printed on a technical interpretation of a traditional kimono fabric with a 20,000mm waterproof breathable 3-layer Nike Storm Fit laminate. DOPE!

Is that a gun in your pocket? or are you just happy to see me…

Man oh man! If I could shake the hands of all you bastards I surely would. You’ve asked, questioned, demanded and if I could rack up seventeen pennies for each time I’ve been harassed about what the deal with me blogging again for Strawberry Scented Burnout, I wouldn’t be a rich man, but I’d probably have enough for a decent sized burrito…ANYWAY

 

If you’re like me, you probably wish they made pants that accommodate your bulky wallets, phones, keys, and everyday essentials without looking like early 2000 Gap brand cargo pants/capri shorts…Yeah carrying all that stuff in your pockets could get pretty anoying but guys that carry heat(guns) have a different problem. If you’re a gun owners that live in the states and worry about carrying your heaters in public. The Woolrich Elite Concealed Carry Chino offers the discreation you’re looking for.

These pants come in Black and Khaki and were were designed to look like a normal pair of chinos, but they offer an extra feature for your gun. The pants are constructed with a hidden chamber wich is accessible through an invisible zipper. It also has 2 spots for you to hold your knifes…just in case you carry those too, you psycho.

IT’S OVER NINE THOUSAAAANDD!!!

CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA!! oh hey…sorry about that. So I noticed that my cousin and friends have all decided to plaster their wall with  Dragon Ball videos and i’ve been watching them ALL while I should be doing something that at least resembled work done. Now I would love to sit here and make a lazy ass post about my favorite DBZ episodes but, I doubt any of you would sit here for hours waiting for Goku to get enough spirit from people and living organisms for the Genki Dama. btw, you’re welcome…

Do any of you wish they remade DBZ? and instead of orange and blue outfits they were dressed like total HYPEBEASTS? no? really? guess that’s just me…Check out ‘Human Aliens‘ designs. Here Goten, Trunks, and Gotenks are sporting brands like Bape, Jordan, Adidas, Polo, and Original Fake…Check those Yeezy’s on Trunk’s feet. dope

 
Speaking of wishing. Check this kid out…

I like this kid but a part of me feels bad, because I sort of see a past version of myself in this kid: the escapist, I have no friends, the internet is the only place that accepts me parts. But on the other hand: bahahahaha. What a nimrod! I like Dragon Ball Z too, even though Mr. Popo made me pretty uncomfortable, but I’m pretty sure I never ripped my shirt off my emaciated sad sack torso and screamed bloody murder trying to go super saiyan in my bedroom.

 There is a high probability that this is not real, but I’m just going to disregard that and continue to know that, no matter what, this dude’s day was probably way worse than mine. With 90,000 views and counting, this dude “The Secreted” himself into fame alright, but it wasn’t for saving the world from Vegeta. It was for looking like a dingus. Thanks internet.

Cavalier Essentials

Are you rugged and or handsome and want  need some leather made accesories? well take a look at CAVALIER ESSENTIALS  each product is manufactured by hand with great care to ensure quality, durability, and most importantly style.


“Cavalier Essentials is a line of vintage products designed for the rugged, yet sophisticated gentleman. Cavalier was always briefly explained as–“If Steve McQueen carried a beat-up leather duffle bag on the back of his motorcycle; what would be in it and how would the products look?” This simple idea married an appreciation for lifestyle design and vintage accessories. All of the products possess a hand-made quality while responding to the modern influences of today’s culture.”