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Its China time!
I know the last two posts seemed like I did a whole bunch of nothing, but we actually got a lot of work done. So much that I didn't take too many picts. I apologize and will get my game up. In the meantime, I was kinda hungry. How about some dry Duck Tongue? On the [...]

I know the last two posts seemed like I did a whole bunch of nothing, but we actually got a lot of work done. So much that I didn't take too many picts. I apologize and will get my game up.
In the meantime, I was kinda hungry. How about some dry Duck Tongue?



On the way over, we took the Ferry from Hong Kong. Check out the Chinese version of an automatic luggage carrier.



I know it's here somewhere?!



Since the SARS scare in China a few years ago; the Chinese take every sickness very serious. Now it's SWINE flu that's on the list. Look around and everyone was wearing masks, including me!



Every person entering HKG/China has to fill out a Health Form. I filled out mine, but for some reason, I had some trouble, dunno why?



After a few setbacks, we arrived in Guangzhou and drove a few hours to one of our factories in Doan guan. Both these areas have undergone major expansion, what was a few years ago, is totally different today. Nonetheless, we checked into our top secret 686 factory (can you read Chinese?)



There was a little issue on the pant specs. Even factory owner, Mr. Lai ( grey hair) gets involved.



An hour later, some good suggestions, and it's fixed!



RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING! At 5:30pm sharp, the bell rings and it's Dinner time! At the 6860 factory, the workers actually live, eat, work and play here. Depending upon the area, it's pretty typical to do it all in one place. First out, first to eat!



What's for dinner? Steak, Seafood, Salad???? Well, not really: Rice, Veggies and some sort of Secret Soup…



Something tells me that they don't want to be bothered while they eat.



When I'm in China, I'm pretty easy going, I don't like to stay in some swanky hotel or demand Western food. I was actually down to eat with the workers. Mr. Lai told me it's going to have to wait, as they had something very "special" for dinner. We cruised down the road and checked into this non descript building. They told me everything was "fresh." Man, it was a little too fresh for me, especially when I can still  "hear" it…



The managers at the factory kept talking about this special soup, they said it's so special, it has actually cured some of their sickness. Crazy thing is that it costs over $200 just for this soup. (To give you a hint, an average factory worker makes around the same amount per month) This is the stuff that's from the soup. Doesn't look like chicken, but it is….all of it.



Like I previously mentioned, Chinese people think the head and tail are good luck. Oh well, when in China…



I'll give you a hint, it use to leap and say ribbit, ribbit.



Ok, that's enough, I need a drink to wash all this stuff down, fast.



The little island that could
Back in the day, I didn't know where the hell Taiwan was. I thought it was a city in China (ie: ROC, Rep of China ). Little did I know Taiwan is kind of like Japan, it's one small island that does a hell of a lot of stuff. In the outerwear game, we depend [...]

Back in the day, I didn't know where the hell Taiwan was. I thought it was a city in China (ie: ROC, Rep of China ). Little did I know Taiwan is kind of like Japan, it's one small island that does a hell of a lot of stuff. In the outerwear game, we depend on synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyesters. Taiwan is the main country that makes this happen; not to mention it's where most our development goes through.

Checked into the office and it seemed like business as usual?



Well, not really…our crew in Taiwan has this tradition of spreading the whip cream love on birthdays. Today was Vina's b-day.



What the hell I gotta do with this?



F-off!


Here we go AGAIN
It seemed like just a few days ago (I mean months), I was in Asia for something or another. Well this time around, it's the biggie. Once a year, I do the full tour and visit our primary suppliers to make sure all is good in the Asia hood. First stop-Hong Kong. Interestingly enough, I [...]

It seemed like just a few days ago (I mean months), I was in Asia for something or another. Well this time around, it's the biggie. Once a year, I do the full tour and visit our primary suppliers to make sure all is good in the Asia hood.

First stop-Hong Kong. Interestingly enough, I got off the plane and saw this poster (sorry my ipod was in the way)



I took the speed train to the Hong Kong side. On the way to my hotel, I took the street bus. Check it-Double decker bus, that's about 8' wide, 20' tall and about 100 years old. Good times!



The one and only-Lan Kwai Fong-aka: the black hole, aka: nighty night, aka: what the hell happened?



Somewhere between Santee Alley and Avenue of the Stars



If you already didn't know-I love turtles. Not cuz its suppose to be good luck or they live a long time-but just because there chill.



These are baby Blow Fishes. You know the fishes that grow to be about 8" long and ‘Puff." There actually a delicatessen in many countries. However one important thing-its highly poisonous. It takes a certified licensed chef to even start to serve this dish and estimated that hundreds of people dye a year just cuz something went wrong. I've had it once and it tastes like chicken….



Dinner



When I come to HKG, I try to stop by and say wus up to the Hypebeast Family. It's always last minute but we rally and catch up. For some reason it ends up with a liquid beverage in one hand and something "bad" in the other. Andy from Adidas was in town-together with Eugene, Jason and a bunch of other good people.



Ancient Chinese Secrets



"Nighty night"



It’s a New Dawn, a New Day
No actually, its New Era. Most of you know that I'm not that into Orange County (sorry)-not that it doesn't have all the different things LA has-but it's just a little too slow and bro bra for me (sorry again). However it is more convenient when some heads are right down the way. Moritz (686's [...]

No actually, its New Era. Most of you know that I'm not that into Orange County (sorry)-not that it doesn't have all the different things LA has-but it's just a little too slow and bro bra for me (sorry again). However it is more convenient when some heads are right down the way. Moritz (686's senior designer) and I took a short 5 min drive to see our friends at New Era. Braden or Cobb weren't around, but we met with none other than Chi-Kay and Donavan! Howz it fellas.



Yo Mario!



We were there to talk about Fall/Winter 10 headwear and rummage through all the new materials they just got from a long trip overseas. Fun!



In between the meeting, we came up with some top secret shit that that will end up ruling the world as we know it-Stay tuned. Until then, check out their auto hat form press-kinda like a drycleaner press, but for hats. There shipping one to my house next week-thks guys!



See yah next time!



INDUSTRY RUN-IN’S
Had a few peeps stop by the joint. First up, I had lunch with an old friend-Damon. D's been around a long time-I first met him when he rode for 686 way back when. His next stop was being part of the whole A# posse (the OG crew), then defected to the Big B, to most recently [...]

Had a few peeps stop by the joint. First up, I had lunch with an old friend-Damon. D's been around a long time-I first met him when he rode for 686 way back when. His next stop was being part of the whole A# posse (the OG crew), then defected to the Big B, to most recently at Vans. He's got mad skills from Design to Merchandising to Marketing to Category Management-He's def an asset to any team. Holla at him.

Holla at his youngn'z as well.


Friends, B + B (Bobby + Ben) from the HUND'S rolled by to say wus up. As I drive from LA each morning, it can seem like an eternity to come down to OC-But Bobby and Ben made it down. We catch up once and while to see what's going on with each other-This time around there doing a new spot called OC Wednesdays. Check it! B + B live and breathe what they do-It's something I respect as I see a lot of similarities between them and 686's organic culture. We're owned and operated by ourselves and love what we do, regardless of all the BS that comes our way.

Serious look (What the hell is that Black thing doing on my
desk?)


Not so Serious look

After work, and an hour plus drive back home to the Southbay, I met up for dinner with Brian. BD and his brothers run Podium Distribution -home to DVS, Matix and Lakai. From their humble beginnings running one of the best shops ever-118-to what they do today, they've not only run shit really well, but they've done it on their own terms. We were sharing some stories on what's it like to do your own gig-In the end, it's never easy, as we're accountable for a lot. However we're both very thankful and stoked to be a part of the community we all love. BD's a rad shredder and even a better
Dad. Cheers!



MI VIDA LOCA
From Beantown to where? Any ideas? No, it's not my fav restaurant down the street from my pad. I headed to Manzanillo, Mexico for my buddy's wedding. Did a quick surf sesh with some gringos-Packed the suburban and headed down the coast-little did I know what lay ahead of me. Good waves Good Beer Not so good banos But most [...]

From Beantown to where?

Any ideas?

No, it's not my fav restaurant down the street from my pad. I headed to Manzanillo, Mexico for my buddy's wedding.

Did a quick surf sesh with some gringos-Packed the suburban and headed down the coast-little did I know what lay ahead of me.

Good waves

Good Beer

Not so good banos

But most importantly, the Federales were in full affect. (sorry for the shotty pict, but I didn't want to get shot for pulling out my camera) I guess a bunch of homies filled in a truck with boards on top is a full target to mess with. We got stopped big time and searched from head to toe-back to front, side to side, over and under, inside and out. All the while, they had AK's pointing at us-Besides getting grilled and hassled, we were worried about them "setting" us up for something. Shit, times are tough nowadays, so a little coin seemed to help the situation. In the end, we were all good-but next time, I'm gonna cruise down with a local and my board in the car. Check out the bunker with one bad dude.

We made it back just in time for the wedding extravaganza-Congrats Reid and April!

We just heard of the Swine flu mess, so we outta here! Laters eh.

THE BEANTOWN BALANCE
April 28th, 2009   Guess where I am?   How about now?   Ok now? Aight, I took a 24-hr red eye to see some heads at New Balance. NB is the largest privately held global footwear company in the world-they've built a strong foundation around fit and function and have been around longer than [...]

April 28th, 2009

 

Guess where I am?

 

How about now?

 

Ok now? Aight, I took a 24-hr red eye to see some heads at New Balance. NB is the largest privately held global footwear company in the world-they've built a strong foundation around fit and function and have been around longer than all your other fav brands.

 

I've mentioned it in my past mash-up posts, but coming in Sept 09, 686 is producing a special collection for NB, focused around outerwear-boots-footwear (Yes, boots!) One of my contacts on the Product side is Jennifer-Hey there Jen!

 

The other contact and my main man on the biz side, is Joe. He's read my mash-up and wants no part of it-So I told him to just chill and look busy. Hey look'n busy Joe!

 

Joe's the head of New Balance Lifestyle (as well as PF Flyers) on a Global Basis-So you might say he has a handful, but always makes time for his little dude.

 

On the product side, we also work with Sharon (she's on vaca, so I couldn't say whats up). I met another guy who's a senior developer and we ended up knowing the same people back when he worked for DC. Check out Ken's certificate of achievement.

 

Ken's rack of goods.

 

Some more goods (check out the Hundo backback)

 

We have a similar poster at Westlife, but it says "GET YOUR SHIT DONE NOW"

 

CUT & PASTE
April 25, 2009 Jeri from Scion gave me heads up that she's doing a show at their Studio in Culver City. I've never been to this location since they moved from Washington to Helms. Ducked into see what the hell goin on.   Giant Robot in association with Scion hosted [...]

April 25, 2009

Jeri from Scion gave me heads up that she's doing a show at their Studio in Culver City. I've never been to this location since they moved from Washington to Helms. Ducked into see what the hell goin on.

 

Giant Robot in association with Scion hosted the event. Paper Shapers showcases a tight group of artists who bring their creative force to surface by means of cutting and pasting paper-but it's something like you've never seen before.

 

Don't remember this guys name, but it was awesome.

 

Artist Mu Pan's Indian figures. Look at all the attention to detail.

 

Not your ordinary book of art.

 

Ana Serrano's city within a city.

 

Shin Tanaka was the guy Jeri was telling me about. I've seen his work in some of Scion's mags. From a far, you can't tell its made by paper.

 

Actually, close up, you still can't tell its made by paper-or by hand!

 

There was a live demo by Ryohei Tanaka-peeps were in awe.

 

Check out his work-Overall great show-thks Scion , GR and all the artists!

P to the F
Got heads up from a Chris that PF was doing an exclusive launch at Conveyor for Fred Segal-Since I was already going to be in the area, why not say wus up to some heads. Low and behold, it was the 1940 Sportshu Archival Reissue, which is made in Japan. As you may already know, [...]

Got heads up from a Chris that PF was doing an exclusive launch at Conveyor for Fred Segal-Since I was already going to be in the area, why not say wus up to some heads. Low and behold, it was the 1940 Sportshu Archival Reissue, which is made in Japan.

As you may already know, I'm into all types of footwear-I don't consider myself a sneaker head or a collector, as I like to actually wear my shit, but shoes in general is something that inspires everything I do. The older I get, the more my tastes have been refined into quality classics, with a twist. PF does it well with this minimalist baseball reissue, meticulously handcrafted in every detail by PF Japan.

They did a good job merchandising the collection with the same Japanese baseball theme it was founded upon.

The crowd was hyped-Check out DJ Hapa on the wheels of steel.

Look! It's a bird, it's a plane, no its Super Chris (the superhero that put it all together)

Forty Oz’s
Recently a few of my friends have been turning the big 4-0 (I gotta a ways to go-yeahh) To some it's just a #, to others it's the end of the world-To me, it's one more bday I gotta to deal with. However one of my best friends, Mike Maceda is making Forty come in [...]

Recently a few of my friends have been turning the big 4-0 (I gotta a ways to go-yeahh) To some it's just a #, to others it's the end of the world-To me, it's one more bday I gotta to deal with. However one of my best friends, Mike Maceda is making Forty come in style. Mike was one of the main reasons I started 686 back way back when. He was the kingpin in this industry when he ran and operated a company called Plain Sane. Most of you guys probably have no idea, but back then, it was Dakine and Plain Sane ruling the accessory world of leashes, straps, pads and you guessed it, jester hats! Mike took me under his wing and showed me what it took to start your own thing. But today, I'm here represent'n his thing.



Mike's usually not that shy-as he's now a famous DJ and Military Bag Designer. But for some reason, he was speechless. Check out Masaki giving his some grief. (btw, Masaki's one hell of an art director-He won a Grammy for the best album design-and it was for Black Sabbath!



Lots of heads came out to say wus up to Mike. Here's West, on the phone as usual. West handles sales for 7UNION CAP COMPANY and just got in a little argument with his girl.



Speaking of which, Mink, West's girl was over it-so she cheered herself.



Mink works for Hellz and was represent'n well..



As the night went on, so did lots of other drama-but it was all good in the hood. Here's artist, Marco Zamora, saying I need just one more!


Its China time!
I know the last two posts seemed like I did a whole bunch of nothing, but we actually got a lot of work done. So much that I didn't take too many picts. I apologize and will get my game up. In the meantime, I was kinda hungry. How about some dry Duck Tongue? On the [...]

I know the last two posts seemed like I did a whole bunch of nothing, but we actually got a lot of work done. So much that I didn't take too many picts. I apologize and will get my game up.
In the meantime, I was kinda hungry. How about some dry Duck Tongue?



On the way over, we took the Ferry from Hong Kong. Check out the Chinese version of an automatic luggage carrier.



I know it's here somewhere?!



Since the SARS scare in China a few years ago; the Chinese take every sickness very serious. Now it's SWINE flu that's on the list. Look around and everyone was wearing masks, including me!



Every person entering HKG/China has to fill out a Health Form. I filled out mine, but for some reason, I had some trouble, dunno why?



After a few setbacks, we arrived in Guangzhou and drove a few hours to one of our factories in Doan guan. Both these areas have undergone major expansion, what was a few years ago, is totally different today. Nonetheless, we checked into our top secret 686 factory (can you read Chinese?)



There was a little issue on the pant specs. Even factory owner, Mr. Lai ( grey hair) gets involved.



An hour later, some good suggestions, and it's fixed!



RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIING! At 5:30pm sharp, the bell rings and it's Dinner time! At the 6860 factory, the workers actually live, eat, work and play here. Depending upon the area, it's pretty typical to do it all in one place. First out, first to eat!



What's for dinner? Steak, Seafood, Salad???? Well, not really: Rice, Veggies and some sort of Secret Soup…



Something tells me that they don't want to be bothered while they eat.



When I'm in China, I'm pretty easy going, I don't like to stay in some swanky hotel or demand Western food. I was actually down to eat with the workers. Mr. Lai told me it's going to have to wait, as they had something very "special" for dinner. We cruised down the road and checked into this non descript building. They told me everything was "fresh." Man, it was a little too fresh for me, especially when I can still  "hear" it…



The managers at the factory kept talking about this special soup, they said it's so special, it has actually cured some of their sickness. Crazy thing is that it costs over $200 just for this soup. (To give you a hint, an average factory worker makes around the same amount per month) This is the stuff that's from the soup. Doesn't look like chicken, but it is….all of it.



Like I previously mentioned, Chinese people think the head and tail are good luck. Oh well, when in China…



I'll give you a hint, it use to leap and say ribbit, ribbit.



Ok, that's enough, I need a drink to wash all this stuff down, fast.



The little island that could
Back in the day, I didn't know where the hell Taiwan was. I thought it was a city in China (ie: ROC, Rep of China ). Little did I know Taiwan is kind of like Japan, it's one small island that does a hell of a lot of stuff. In the outerwear game, we depend [...]

Back in the day, I didn't know where the hell Taiwan was. I thought it was a city in China (ie: ROC, Rep of China ). Little did I know Taiwan is kind of like Japan, it's one small island that does a hell of a lot of stuff. In the outerwear game, we depend on synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyesters. Taiwan is the main country that makes this happen; not to mention it's where most our development goes through.

Checked into the office and it seemed like business as usual?



Well, not really…our crew in Taiwan has this tradition of spreading the whip cream love on birthdays. Today was Vina's b-day.



What the hell I gotta do with this?



F-off!


Here we go AGAIN
It seemed like just a few days ago (I mean months), I was in Asia for something or another. Well this time around, it's the biggie. Once a year, I do the full tour and visit our primary suppliers to make sure all is good in the Asia hood. First stop-Hong Kong. Interestingly enough, I [...]

It seemed like just a few days ago (I mean months), I was in Asia for something or another. Well this time around, it's the biggie. Once a year, I do the full tour and visit our primary suppliers to make sure all is good in the Asia hood.

First stop-Hong Kong. Interestingly enough, I got off the plane and saw this poster (sorry my ipod was in the way)



I took the speed train to the Hong Kong side. On the way to my hotel, I took the street bus. Check it-Double decker bus, that's about 8' wide, 20' tall and about 100 years old. Good times!



The one and only-Lan Kwai Fong-aka: the black hole, aka: nighty night, aka: what the hell happened?



Somewhere between Santee Alley and Avenue of the Stars



If you already didn't know-I love turtles. Not cuz its suppose to be good luck or they live a long time-but just because there chill.



These are baby Blow Fishes. You know the fishes that grow to be about 8" long and ‘Puff." There actually a delicatessen in many countries. However one important thing-its highly poisonous. It takes a certified licensed chef to even start to serve this dish and estimated that hundreds of people dye a year just cuz something went wrong. I've had it once and it tastes like chicken….



Dinner



When I come to HKG, I try to stop by and say wus up to the Hypebeast Family. It's always last minute but we rally and catch up. For some reason it ends up with a liquid beverage in one hand and something "bad" in the other. Andy from Adidas was in town-together with Eugene, Jason and a bunch of other good people.



Ancient Chinese Secrets



"Nighty night"



It’s a New Dawn, a New Day
No actually, its New Era. Most of you know that I'm not that into Orange County (sorry)-not that it doesn't have all the different things LA has-but it's just a little too slow and bro bra for me (sorry again). However it is more convenient when some heads are right down the way. Moritz (686's [...]

No actually, its New Era. Most of you know that I'm not that into Orange County (sorry)-not that it doesn't have all the different things LA has-but it's just a little too slow and bro bra for me (sorry again). However it is more convenient when some heads are right down the way. Moritz (686's senior designer) and I took a short 5 min drive to see our friends at New Era. Braden or Cobb weren't around, but we met with none other than Chi-Kay and Donavan! Howz it fellas.



Yo Mario!



We were there to talk about Fall/Winter 10 headwear and rummage through all the new materials they just got from a long trip overseas. Fun!



In between the meeting, we came up with some top secret shit that that will end up ruling the world as we know it-Stay tuned. Until then, check out their auto hat form press-kinda like a drycleaner press, but for hats. There shipping one to my house next week-thks guys!



See yah next time!



INDUSTRY RUN-IN’S
Had a few peeps stop by the joint. First up, I had lunch with an old friend-Damon. D's been around a long time-I first met him when he rode for 686 way back when. His next stop was being part of the whole A# posse (the OG crew), then defected to the Big B, to most recently [...]

Had a few peeps stop by the joint. First up, I had lunch with an old friend-Damon. D's been around a long time-I first met him when he rode for 686 way back when. His next stop was being part of the whole A# posse (the OG crew), then defected to the Big B, to most recently at Vans. He's got mad skills from Design to Merchandising to Marketing to Category Management-He's def an asset to any team. Holla at him.

Holla at his youngn'z as well.


Friends, B + B (Bobby + Ben) from the HUND'S rolled by to say wus up. As I drive from LA each morning, it can seem like an eternity to come down to OC-But Bobby and Ben made it down. We catch up once and while to see what's going on with each other-This time around there doing a new spot called OC Wednesdays. Check it! B + B live and breathe what they do-It's something I respect as I see a lot of similarities between them and 686's organic culture. We're owned and operated by ourselves and love what we do, regardless of all the BS that comes our way.

Serious look (What the hell is that Black thing doing on my
desk?)


Not so Serious look

After work, and an hour plus drive back home to the Southbay, I met up for dinner with Brian. BD and his brothers run Podium Distribution -home to DVS, Matix and Lakai. From their humble beginnings running one of the best shops ever-118-to what they do today, they've not only run shit really well, but they've done it on their own terms. We were sharing some stories on what's it like to do your own gig-In the end, it's never easy, as we're accountable for a lot. However we're both very thankful and stoked to be a part of the community we all love. BD's a rad shredder and even a better
Dad. Cheers!



MI VIDA LOCA
From Beantown to where? Any ideas? No, it's not my fav restaurant down the street from my pad. I headed to Manzanillo, Mexico for my buddy's wedding. Did a quick surf sesh with some gringos-Packed the suburban and headed down the coast-little did I know what lay ahead of me. Good waves Good Beer Not so good banos But most [...]

From Beantown to where?

Any ideas?

No, it's not my fav restaurant down the street from my pad. I headed to Manzanillo, Mexico for my buddy's wedding.

Did a quick surf sesh with some gringos-Packed the suburban and headed down the coast-little did I know what lay ahead of me.

Good waves

Good Beer

Not so good banos

But most importantly, the Federales were in full affect. (sorry for the shotty pict, but I didn't want to get shot for pulling out my camera) I guess a bunch of homies filled in a truck with boards on top is a full target to mess with. We got stopped big time and searched from head to toe-back to front, side to side, over and under, inside and out. All the while, they had AK's pointing at us-Besides getting grilled and hassled, we were worried about them "setting" us up for something. Shit, times are tough nowadays, so a little coin seemed to help the situation. In the end, we were all good-but next time, I'm gonna cruise down with a local and my board in the car. Check out the bunker with one bad dude.

We made it back just in time for the wedding extravaganza-Congrats Reid and April!

We just heard of the Swine flu mess, so we outta here! Laters eh.

THE BEANTOWN BALANCE
April 28th, 2009   Guess where I am?   How about now?   Ok now? Aight, I took a 24-hr red eye to see some heads at New Balance. NB is the largest privately held global footwear company in the world-they've built a strong foundation around fit and function and have been around longer than [...]

April 28th, 2009

 

Guess where I am?

 

How about now?

 

Ok now? Aight, I took a 24-hr red eye to see some heads at New Balance. NB is the largest privately held global footwear company in the world-they've built a strong foundation around fit and function and have been around longer than all your other fav brands.

 

I've mentioned it in my past mash-up posts, but coming in Sept 09, 686 is producing a special collection for NB, focused around outerwear-boots-footwear (Yes, boots!) One of my contacts on the Product side is Jennifer-Hey there Jen!

 

The other contact and my main man on the biz side, is Joe. He's read my mash-up and wants no part of it-So I told him to just chill and look busy. Hey look'n busy Joe!

 

Joe's the head of New Balance Lifestyle (as well as PF Flyers) on a Global Basis-So you might say he has a handful, but always makes time for his little dude.

 

On the product side, we also work with Sharon (she's on vaca, so I couldn't say whats up). I met another guy who's a senior developer and we ended up knowing the same people back when he worked for DC. Check out Ken's certificate of achievement.

 

Ken's rack of goods.

 

Some more goods (check out the Hundo backback)

 

We have a similar poster at Westlife, but it says "GET YOUR SHIT DONE NOW"

 

CUT & PASTE
April 25, 2009 Jeri from Scion gave me heads up that she's doing a show at their Studio in Culver City. I've never been to this location since they moved from Washington to Helms. Ducked into see what the hell goin on.   Giant Robot in association with Scion hosted [...]

April 25, 2009

Jeri from Scion gave me heads up that she's doing a show at their Studio in Culver City. I've never been to this location since they moved from Washington to Helms. Ducked into see what the hell goin on.

 

Giant Robot in association with Scion hosted the event. Paper Shapers showcases a tight group of artists who bring their creative force to surface by means of cutting and pasting paper-but it's something like you've never seen before.

 

Don't remember this guys name, but it was awesome.

 

Artist Mu Pan's Indian figures. Look at all the attention to detail.

 

Not your ordinary book of art.

 

Ana Serrano's city within a city.

 

Shin Tanaka was the guy Jeri was telling me about. I've seen his work in some of Scion's mags. From a far, you can't tell its made by paper.

 

Actually, close up, you still can't tell its made by paper-or by hand!

 

There was a live demo by Ryohei Tanaka-peeps were in awe.

 

Check out his work-Overall great show-thks Scion , GR and all the artists!

P to the F
Got heads up from a Chris that PF was doing an exclusive launch at Conveyor for Fred Segal-Since I was already going to be in the area, why not say wus up to some heads. Low and behold, it was the 1940 Sportshu Archival Reissue, which is made in Japan. As you may already know, [...]

Got heads up from a Chris that PF was doing an exclusive launch at Conveyor for Fred Segal-Since I was already going to be in the area, why not say wus up to some heads. Low and behold, it was the 1940 Sportshu Archival Reissue, which is made in Japan.

As you may already know, I'm into all types of footwear-I don't consider myself a sneaker head or a collector, as I like to actually wear my shit, but shoes in general is something that inspires everything I do. The older I get, the more my tastes have been refined into quality classics, with a twist. PF does it well with this minimalist baseball reissue, meticulously handcrafted in every detail by PF Japan.

They did a good job merchandising the collection with the same Japanese baseball theme it was founded upon.

The crowd was hyped-Check out DJ Hapa on the wheels of steel.

Look! It's a bird, it's a plane, no its Super Chris (the superhero that put it all together)

Forty Oz’s
Recently a few of my friends have been turning the big 4-0 (I gotta a ways to go-yeahh) To some it's just a #, to others it's the end of the world-To me, it's one more bday I gotta to deal with. However one of my best friends, Mike Maceda is making Forty come in [...]

Recently a few of my friends have been turning the big 4-0 (I gotta a ways to go-yeahh) To some it's just a #, to others it's the end of the world-To me, it's one more bday I gotta to deal with. However one of my best friends, Mike Maceda is making Forty come in style. Mike was one of the main reasons I started 686 back way back when. He was the kingpin in this industry when he ran and operated a company called Plain Sane. Most of you guys probably have no idea, but back then, it was Dakine and Plain Sane ruling the accessory world of leashes, straps, pads and you guessed it, jester hats! Mike took me under his wing and showed me what it took to start your own thing. But today, I'm here represent'n his thing.



Mike's usually not that shy-as he's now a famous DJ and Military Bag Designer. But for some reason, he was speechless. Check out Masaki giving his some grief. (btw, Masaki's one hell of an art director-He won a Grammy for the best album design-and it was for Black Sabbath!



Lots of heads came out to say wus up to Mike. Here's West, on the phone as usual. West handles sales for 7UNION CAP COMPANY and just got in a little argument with his girl.



Speaking of which, Mink, West's girl was over it-so she cheered herself.



Mink works for Hellz and was represent'n well..



As the night went on, so did lots of other drama-but it was all good in the hood. Here's artist, Marco Zamora, saying I need just one more!