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  • Ayumi is Kickin’ It with the ’Terns

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    One of the great crimes of late-period capitalism is the erosion of the entry-level job. We no longer pay our youngest workers to do the tasks we don’t want to do; instead we offer them class credit, or shrug off the idea of “compensation” almost completely, replacing it with such unquantifiable terms as “contacts,” or “experience."....Suckaaaaas

    Our Summer intern Miranda took the initiative to spend her unpaid time to offer up a little behind the scenes at OBEY HQ and bother our very own Ayumi for a little of her time to find out what exactly she does around here and how she found her way into OBEY -

    The best part about interning here is that I’ve gotten to meet so many talented and down-to-earth people… and it’s only my 3rd week. One person that stood out to me was Ayumi Hanaoka, she is a big part of the marketing team. I met her last week when I asked her what kind of coffee she wanted. If anyone ever wants to surprise her with a pick-me-up, hint: she likes iced lattes from Portola Coffee Lounge. I set up a little interview with Ayumi, so let’s get started!

    So, for all the readers, what exactly do you do at Obey?

    I am a sort of hybrid in marketing and sales here at Obey.  For marketing I assist in managing all operations that are produced for all e-commerce and marketing platforms, and anything conducive to the brand image with marketing director, Steve Ternosky.  Additionally I work on special collaborations and or projects for the brand. In sales, I work with select accounts, work with reps in providing marketing materials for their retailers, and also provide retail assessment.    

    How long have you been working at Obey and how did you get the job?

    I have been here for a whopping six months. I came from a buying background, and previously worked with American Rag for six years.  Essentially I was born and raised in retail. I wasn’t looking to sign up with a brand, I actually was moving towards getting out of the fashion industry. I was introduced randomly to the Obey team through a coveted friend, and LA rep of Obey. I loved the idea of working with other mediums associated with the brand culture not limited to fashion. I just wanted to work with rad people 24/7 and not car salesmen. In addition to utilizing my specialty in retail and partnerships, I think they liked that I wasn’t an idiot snob, so it worked out.

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    What excites you about coming into work everyday?

    The people. I have met a number of extremely talented individuals at this camp that not only excel at their craft, but also teach me something new everyday. Whether it is about plants, music, galleries, or new artwork; I thrive off of ideas and knowledge, and I always am learning something new here.

    How would you describe Obey’s office culture?

    Unpredictable. I always said I’d never work a 9-5-office job or in a cubicle ever in my life. Obey re-affirms that. If you walked around to everyone’s office space here and sat with them for five minutes, guaranteed you will not be dissatisfied. And if you are- you have no soul or substance.

    Besides Obey, what are your passions?

    I have always enjoyed writing. Originally, I was planning on being homeless in Spain with a notebook and a fantastic Rick Owens trench coat documenting the culture and my religious curiosities. Then I got the job here.  

    Other areas include taxidermy, communism, revolutionary figures, and fun (because fun is fun). 

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    Who has inspired you in your life and why?

    No one and everyone.  I judge myself on my own merit and rarely look to ‘inspirational’ figures to motivate me to excel to the level that will satisfy me.  At the same time, I’ve molded my ethics in a fashion that have been built off of my own experiences and various personalities from strangers, coworkers, and dead gods like Hunter S. Thompson. 

    On a personal level, my dad and my oldest brother. My brother always tells me, “work builds character” and it does. I’d say this area of my life is where I devote most of my time to, and I don’t believe it should ever be compromised with the belief that “its just a job” and do things half ass. Some would say I’m psycho, but with my dad passing I learned early on that all areas of your life should be taken seriously to build a legacy you’re proud of.

    What are your “go-to” bands and artists on your iPod?

    My ipod broke, but transferring to my iphone and the digital advances that are so damn rapid—the main components will always be Depeche Mode, Cold Cave, Joy Division, The Clash and Tupac.

    Who is your favorite artist besides Shepard?

    Ralph Steadman. No explanation necessary.

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    We saw your blog post about Benjie Escobar and his pizza art, would you say that pizza is your favorite food? 

    I LOVE PIZZA. But no- hands down, it’s popcorn.  I can beast through an entire large one at the movies no problem. I’m not a big foodie otherwise- you’ll always find me with coffee and cigarettes.  That’s primarily my healthy diet.

    What is your spirit animal?

    An absolute blasphemy.  Perhaps a horse with a wolve’s head, wings of an eagle, and the brain of a monkey all molded into one creature.  Does that count?

    What’s a quote that you love to live by? 

    “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law” -Aleister Crowley

    Thank you for taking the time to let me interview you today! See more from Ayumi’s here.

    -Miranda "the intern" Gonzalez

    OBEYWomens / July 30, 2015
  • LEVY

    The sweet scent of mystic clouds crawl through the air, your body can’t help but sway to the sound of the horns and dub induced echoes. The smooth baseline and snare kicks keep your head bobbing and your feet tapping. Reggae music is alive and strong in the summertime. Get up and start Skankin to the funky reggae sound *Jamaican horns*

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    I saw Barrington Levy a few weeks back in OC

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    Katchafire straight from New Zealand brought the Island rhythm

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    A group of us from the office, last Saturday for the Gladiator Rock 'N Run (Mud Run) Shoutout to Nitro from American Gladiator

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    Random yelp reviews to this underground lounge on a humid Sunday in LA

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    - Stay trippy my friends

     

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    aaron del rosario / July 30, 2015
  • The Sloths- A Classic Resurrected Rock Star Story

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    Its one that will surely excite those who seek the excavation of music in the same manner as an archaeologist in Pompeii. It begins with five young guys from Beverly Hills High in the year of 1965 that go from gigging in their garage to sharing bills with the likes of The Doors, Iron Butterfly, Pink Floyd and other iconic bands of the time. During that time they were approached by a record label and recorded two original songs: Makin’ Love and You Mean Everything to Me. At the end of the Summer of ’66, exhausted by their unsuccessful efforts trying to get air time for the controversial single Makin’ Love, the group disbanded. Fast forward 20 years later, a 24-year old store clerk named Tim Warren included Makin’ Love on his fourth volume garage-rock compilation Back From the Grave. Another 30 years later, the build up of buzz around Back From the Grave leads the original guitarist, Jeff Briskin, to discover a rare Impression Record’s single of The Sloth’s Makin’ Love and You Mean Everything to Me, selling on EBay for $6,500. Roused by the unforeseen discovery of fandom, Briskin, with the help of a private detective, brings the remaining band members back together for a Burger Records and Lollipop Records joint supported second chance to rock their way to the top with their new LP release, The Sloths: Back from the Grave. 

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    The Sloth’s played an intimately wild in store performance this past Friday at Fingerprint’s music in Long Beach that left me questioning what world I was living in

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    Tommy McLoughlin, lead singer of the Sloths, making knee pads the next big fashion trend with his sliding serenade skills

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    For more from The Sloths, visit TheSloths.net and like them on Facebook

    OBEYWomens / July 29, 2015
  • IN THE MOMENT WITH ADRI LAW

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    This femme photog has been shooting photos since she was a teen. Now at 25 - Adri is getting noticed for a lot more than her bangs, or her crop tops, or her love of Morrissey, or even her cute ass dog.  We spoke with the LA native about how she became a photographer, her inspiration behind her shoot with OBEY, and what else we can expect to see from her in the near future.

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    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

    25 years old and born and raised in LA.

    How did you get started in photography?

    Picked up a camera at 16 and started shooting all the shows I was going to, haven't looked back since.

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    What subjects are you most drawn to?

    Boys.. The odd looking ones, the lanky ones, the shy ones, and the ones with striking eyes and amazing personal style. I think its interesting and not to mention, rare, for a female to implicate her perspective on menswear.

    Favorite gear?

    My Nikon FM2 with a 50mm 1.4 passed on to me from my father.

    What feeling do you most try to convey with your photos?

    I want you to want to be in that moment.

    What was your inspiration behind your most recent shoot with OBEY?

    I was interested in the idea of venturing off to a desolate and strange area and having the boys explore and wander.

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    How did you first get introduced to OBEY?

    Working in a skate shop at 16, it was one of the brands I was most drawn to.

    Does your photography aesthetic translate to your personal style at all?

    I have a defined style in everything I do, from my photos to my own wardrobe. I think its pretty apparent when you look at myself and my work.

    Where can we usually catch you on the weekends?

    My bed, the gym, then on a ride.

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    Bands that are currently on repeat for you?

    The new Best Coast album is fire...other than that, I'm kind of in love with George Ezra right now and a lot of Arctic Monkeys and Morrissey, always.

    Any projects in the works you can share with us?

    I'm in the process of moving into a creative space with a handful of friends, so many amazing projects to come !

    Any plans for the Fall? Travel? Shows?

    As much as I love to plan ahead I've only gotten as far as July at this point. I've been pretty busy with shoots and edits but I'll be in New York for the second half of July, so I hope to be doing some fun things out there as well!

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    Portraits of Adri Law by Rick Rodney Photography 
    All other images courtesy of Adri Law
    For more from Adri, Visit Adrilaw.com and Follow @adri_law

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    michelle / July 28, 2015
  • Be Street's Bootleg Bart Art Show

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    This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending Be Street's opening night of their unofficial Bootleg Bart Art Show in Downtown LA. As I walked in, I was greeted by a friendly dude in a Bart Simpson mascot suit skating by. Fans and artists were decked out in their dopest Bootleg Bart gear. Directly ahead of me was a 20 foot wide canvas wall that participates were free to draw their own versions of Bart with provided sharpie markers. The brightly lit warehouse showcased some of the raddest Bart inspired pieces I've ever seen. From abstract psychedelic creations to politically drawn statements down to cleverly sculpted figurines, the event was sure to cover all forms of the Bootleg Bart phenomenon. The event also catered free sprinkled donuts and beer! Oh and did I mention the man himself, Matt Groening even showed up for a surprise drop in and took pictures with the fans and artists which was pretty f*cking rad.

     

    After 26 seasons and a feature length feature film, the success of the Simpsons doesn't need to be proved. The show is a true television monument. When you have such an influence on popular imagery, everything is possible, and that is what happened in the '90s with the Bootleg Bart phenomenon. For Be Street's first group show, they decided to revive this little known unofficial part of Bart's story by inviting over 60 international artists to produce some new and exclusive pieces. Artists from all over LA put their spin on the character to include him in some weird, trashy or political situations (sometimes all three at once). This exceptional exhibition was exclusively unveiled in Los Angeles this past weekend on July 25th to 26th 2015 at HNYPT. It will also be presented at the Be Street Weeknd Paris on October 3rd and 4th 2015.

     

     

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    Official partner: Bootleg Bart
    More info: www.be-street.com/en/bootlegbart

     

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    Samuel Jacob / July 27, 2015
  • This weekend: Bootleg Bart Art Show

     

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    After 26 seasons and a feature length feature film, the success of the Simpsons doesn't need to be proved. The show is a true television monument. When you have such an influence on popular imagery, everything is possible, and that is what happened in the '90s with the Bootleg Bart phenomenon. Artists would take their spin on the character to include him in some weird, trashy or political situations (sometimes all three at once). For Be Street's first group show, they decided to revive this little known unofficial part of Bart's story by inviting over 60 international artists to produce some new and exclusive pieces.

    This exceptional exhibition will be exclusively unveiled in Los Angeles this weekend on July 25th to 26th 2015 at HNYPT, then presented at the Be Street Weeknd Paris on October 3rd and 4th 2015. If you're a Simpsons fan or not, come out and treat yourself to this unique experience with an interactive and original scenography for the perfect immersion into this subversive underground version of Springfield!

    ARTISTS:
    - AARON KAI
    - ADAM VILLACIN
    - ALOHA PROJECT
    - BILL MCGINNIS
    - BRENDAN DONNELLY
    - BUFF MONSTER
    - COOLRAIN
    - DAVID M COOK
    - DELADESO
    - ERIC YAHNKER
    - ETERNO
    - FALU CAROLEI
    - FELIPE SUZUKI
    - FELIX ALTREUS
    - FIDIA FALASCHETTI
    - FREAK CITY
    - GEORGIA HILL
    - GREG MIKE
    - IAIN MACARTHUR
    - INTERNET BUMMER
    - JACOB OVGREN
    - JASON EDMISTON
    - JERKFACE
    - JIMBO PHILLIPS
    - JOE KING
    - JOHNNY CRAP
    - JOHNNY RYAN
    - JUSTIN HAGER
    - KATSUFUMI TAKIHANA
    - KILLER ACID
    - KRISTOFFERSON SAN PABLO
    - KYLE PLATTS
    - LAMOUR SUPREME
    - LEE TRICE
    - LUKE PELLETIER
    - MAD STEEZ
    - MALIE HUFFMAN
    - MARCO ZAMORA
    - MARQUIS FORTUNE
    - MATT GONDEK
    - MCBESS
    - MEKA
    - MR CLEEZ
    - NIKIBI
    - NUMSKULL
    - PHIL GUY
    - REGINALD PEAN
    - RUSSEL TAYSOM
    - RYAN ADY PUTRA
    - SAM TAYLOR
    - SEAN MORRIS
    - SENZWEN
    - SERGI DELGADO
    - SEXUALY OUKAI
    - SIMON LANDREIN
    - SIXO
    - SKETCHY TANK
    - STEEN JONES
    - TALLBOY
    - TOM GILMOUR
    - TOM WINSLADE
    - TRICLOPS
    - WIZARD SKULL
    - YAIA
    - YUKA CHOCOMOO
    - ZACH SHUTA
    And more...

    FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE: http://bit.ly/1I48eN0

    Official partner: Bootleg Bart
    More info: www.be-street.com/en/bootlegbart

     

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    Samuel Jacob / July 23, 2015
  • Desktop Digs

    Any office can be pretty dry and boring at times. But your personality and vibe can speak a thousand words through decorating your work area. Something that can visually take your mind off a workload for just a few moments and remind you that the weekend is just around the fuckin corner. The photos below show a glimpse of  a few personalized office spaces by some interesting individuals around the OBEY Clothing office.

    Mary (Design) with her beautiful image of King Selassie.... Jah.... Rastafari

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    My desk representing the best NBA and MLB teams of all time, Grimes, Jordan, Astro Boy and Hawai'i

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    My childhood (missing Bloodsport/Kickboxer)

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    KVZ (Men's Design) blocking all the haters

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    Julie (Men's Design) the work of Luke Chueh

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    Frank Kozik for Anna Sui, Collab Art by Cara Thayer and Louie Van Patten

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    A good friend of Julie's Tiffany Liu

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    Shotgun shells and a crystal skull, Conjoined twins from Julie's favorite place; The Mütter Museum

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    Scott Yamane (Loser Machine) Dropping DDT's on everyone

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    Yamane with the rare vintage Hogan

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    CJ (Marketing) has an office space that would be perfect for a studio-podcast show. Book shelf murderer

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    Brent (Men's Design) with the LABS WITH ABS Calendar by Andrew Jeffery Wright, Vintage OBEY wallet, ROAMS rolling papers, Dance Mania CD, Teebs CD, bike cog, Loser Machine hat, Mike Trout card and ill stickers
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    - Stay trippy my friends

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    aaron del rosario / July 23, 2015
  • IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, I GUESS

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    This past Saturday was the opening of IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY, I GUESS, a group exhibition featuring new work by Gregory Bojorquez, Tim Diet, Mark Drew, Michelle Guintu, Jeramee Haynie, Patrick Martinez, and Kevin Woodruff at Subliminal Projects. The title of the show is a direct reference to a lyric from The Recipe by Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre. Yet the show also touches on indirect references, such as the intangible essence of summer in Southern California, the individual experiences each exhibiting artist has had with music, and the disparate communities music can bring together.

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    Shepard, who was busy on the wheels of steel for the night, shared a few words with us on why this show is so personal to him - "I’m really excited about this show because the golden era of hip-hop, ’86-’94, was incredibly influential for me. All the work in the show is very stylish and witty. I particularly love Mark Drew’s cassette paintings and this one in particular because ICE-T’s Power album was what inspired the use of the word “Posse” in my Andre the Giant Has a Posse sticker. The lyrics to the song Power go “I’m livin’ large as possible posse unstoppable… style topical, vividly optical”. The year was ’88 and other great hip-hop records that used the word “posse” were out… N.W.A., Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, but ICE-T was my specific inspiration."

    Lucky for us, our very own Furlong was able to get a sneak peek into the Gallery before the crowds burst through the doors.

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    (Mark Drew (b. 1978) was born in Australia and currently lives and works in Tokyo. He is Co-Founder of China Heights Gallery (Sydney, AUS). His artwork revolves around pop culture references, 90s rap samples, and the visual side of music.  Drew paints musical genres in the form of stacked cassettes with an old school rhetoric that echoes current cool.)

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    (Patrick Martinez is from Los Angeles and was introduced to Hip Hop culture and graffiti as a teenager in the early 90s. Both movements influenced his art ever since he understood what they were about. Martinez attended Pasadena City College and later moved onto Art Center College of Design in 2001, where he received a BFA. Martinez visually recreates Los Angeles life as he sees it, breathes it, endures it, thinks it, observes it, and loves it…ultimately paying homage to it in the form of neon word plays, paintings of flowery gun stashes, cast still life’s of fruit, soda pop, and Cheetos, and birthday cakes dedicated to rap royalty.)

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    (Michelle Guintu lives and works in San Francisco and graduated with a BFA in 2006. She works in a variety of media including tempera paints, paper mache, and thread. Her subject matter includes rosy-cheeked caricatures of pop icons depicted in bright hues. Guintu paints, draws, and imagines a neon-toned life sprinkled with her favorite stars and musicians.)

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    (Tim Diet was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He first began painting in the 80s, sneaking out of his parents’ house at night to “tag” alongside his older brother. The graffiti lifestyle immediately drew him in and influenced both his craft and persona. Diet has traveled across the US, Europe, and Japan just to paint. His work can be found in the streets, in publications, and now in galleries. Diet’s paintings are a mash-up of pop references, cartoon characters, and thug life.)

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    The beers started flowing and the night was glowing.

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    Kevin Woodruff performing live with Jeramee Haynie. Haynie is a performance artist whose work focuses on the themes of movement, physical exertion of the body, shame and embarrassment, and the pushing and pulling of personal limits. 

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    The struggle is real !

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    That's all Folks Fucks !

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    michelle / July 20, 2015
  • Burnin up (Mystery Skulls Remix)

    BU_mystery_skulls_remix2Here's a dope new remix by one of my favorite dance music producers in Los Angeles that goes by the name of Mystery Skulls. Early this month, Dallas’ own PICNICTYME released his new hypnotically groovy summer jam “Burnin Up”. As a precursor to his first solo LP, Sea Monsters, PICNICTYME plans to release a collection of songs entitled Sirens. Mystery Skulls recently got his hands on this tune and completely took it to another level. The energy he brings to the song leaves you feeling like you've just experienced the most epic dance party of the year. Check out the tune below, show your friends, then go listen to the original here :)

     

     

    You can check out more of Mystery Skulls and Picnictyme on their social medias and websites:

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    Samuel Jacob / July 17, 2015
  • Michael Alig`s "Inside Out"

    Gallery Castle Fitzjohns presents Michael Alig`s "Inside Out - an outsiders perspective from the inside."

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    This collection of work from infamous "Club Kid" Michael Alig, is part of a body of work created while serving a 17 year jail sentence for Manslaughter. Alig, a lifelong artist and writer used painting as an outlet in jail to literally keep him alive, helping him to beat drug addiction and allay thoughts of suicide.  He was so passionate about his art that even when materials were taken away from him he would use anything he could lay hands on, as you can see in "Zombie girl on a shower curtain".

    His style, heavily influenced by Warhol, uses bright colors and strong imagery to portray messages of hypocritical dichotomy in popular culture.

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    A popular theme is a satirical dig at the pharmaceutical industry, often using famous characters from the "scene" in imaginary ad campaigns, as well as portraying overly medicated children as zombies.

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    This girl gave me a little glimpse of what a visual feast it must have been back in the days where those partys were alive!

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    Vincent, the Gallery owener, with Michael Alig

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    Michael currently teaches art at a substance abuse center and continues to develop work for upcoming shows and a book.

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    OBEYWomens / July 14, 2015
  • Furlong at Comic-Con??

    So this past weekend my lovely lady some how persuaded me to leave my comfortable balcony / bud lights and jam down to San Diego for this years Comic-Con.  She works for Mattel designing dolls and had already been there the past three days nerding out.  I figured, what the heck and would be a supportive dude and see what its all about.  First off, I've never seen downtown SD that crowded.  Just trying to get to the hotel was ridiculous, a whole street was blocked off just so Conan O'brien could walk to his studio. Thanks a lot Conan, you super tall red headed mofo!  Anyways, finally made my way down to the convention center to see the sea of geeked out costumes and just all out madness.  Feast your eyes!

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    I know its fun to dress up, but more then half the people I saw I had to ask Tayler " What are they supposed to be? " It was  either a zombie, super hero, some kind of Outlander or god knows what and basically threw paint on and some kind of tights. Great people watching.

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    I liked this super hero artist holding it down!

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    This little dude.

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    Gaslamp full!

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    let the fun begin. Sexy green goblin I think.

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    Mammal toe super hero. ha

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    Real life TMNT
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    I hate Clowns!

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    Some of the booths were pretty cool to check out.

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    Tay loving it.

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    BETELGEUSE, BETELGEUSE, BETELGEUSE

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    Way to go Tay!

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    I like dem

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    not sure how this section fit in, but can't go wrong with - Girls and Corpses

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    After checking out everything we had one last thing to do.  Wait in this cluster ( worst then a mosh pit ) to check out the *hunks from SuperNatural.  Absolutely insane, you would've thought Brad Pitt was walking it.

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    Sup Jensen

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    Then just around the corner was Jamie Lee Curtis.  She was actually super nice.

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    To end was the best dressed person I saw all day.  Do it for NIC

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    Its tuff to say, but maybe I'll be back next year.

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    Furlong / July 13, 2015
  • OBEY RADIO ASIA PT. 4

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    The final Roam + FTR duo DJ sets continued in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The first stop we had a few days to chill around the city. I went on a record mission and ended up wandering Kowloon. This is what went down.

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    In the midst of all bird markets, unknown electronics, and snake soup restaurants I stumbled upon these gems from an 80+ year old woman on a street corner.

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    Shanghai Nights with the Yeti in the Basement crew... (Yeti photos by: Dace Mihailova)

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    After the journey through Hong Kong and Shanghai, Roam and I went our separate ways. I continued the journey through Seoul, Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo.

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    Secret hideout in Seoul... this spot has all the rare Korean Psych records playing at all times.

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    Plastic Kid (360 Sounds)

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    Introducing latest Project Mooncircle signee, Erik Luebs (aka Magical Mistakes). As my host through Japan/ head of Perfect Touch (JP), he is flawlessly juggles between several hustles, and the energy shows in his recordings and live set. Stay tuned for this one..

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    The Studio comes with.. here at Perfect Touch (Osaka) HQ

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    We Stopped by Kyoto to visit Ally Mobbs and geeked out on his several home made experimental instruments, controllers and various projects he's been working on.

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    Much love to everybody that helped plan this tour. We couldn't do it without the love and support from you and the homies at OBEY Clothing. Stay tuned for the next adventures of OBEY Radio...

    - FREE THE ROBOTS / ROAM

    freetherobots / July 10, 2015
  • Emerging Artist of the week: Liphemra

    liphemobey4 The live quartet consists of Chris Parise (drums), Liv Marsico (drums & vocals), Trey Finley (guitar), & Miles Gray (Bass).

     

    SoCal band Liphemra may technically still be in it's infancy (having only released a few demos to date) but they're already getting a lot of attention in the Los Angeles music scene. Having already performed to sold out crowds, sharing the stage with artists such as Connan Mockasin, Jessy Lanza, Young Fathers & most recently supporting Algiers on their west coast shows, these talented young musicians are well on there way to becoming as big as the artists they've been opening for.

    For most of 2015 they have been hard at work in the studio preparing proper recordings.. all of which have been self recorded & mixed. They plan to release some new material this month and are preparing to drop their next EP later this year. In the meantime they'll keep melting faces with their head bobbing live show. Oh yeah and you can catch them at Low End Theory this July 22nd! I recently caught up with Liv to chat about everything they've been working so hard on. Check out the conversation below..

     

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    So how long have you been performing music as Liphemra?
    I've been performing with Liphemra for a little over 2 years but it has gone through multiple reconstructions.
    I know you've played in several bands in the past as a drummer, so what made you decide to step out from behind the drum set and get on the mic?
    Being a drummer for other bands has always been amazing and taught me so much but I really wanted to push myself into other areas and explore my creativity. I also really had a craving for more melody. Being a drummer can sometimes leave you a little one sided as a musician, because you're focused on the rhythmic aspects of the songs. I'm not really a singer, but when I started writing songs I naturally became more comfortable on the mic. I'm still getting used to it though.

     

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    How it is to being a female front woman in today's music industry?
    I've always experienced some interesting things being a female musician in LA. I think it was harder being a female drummer than it is now being the front-woman. When you're a drummer.. men either tend to be really competitive and turn into bullies, or they are really respectful and appreciate talent regardless of gender. I've experienced both extremes.
    Who are your major influences when it comes to writing? production?
    Flying Lotus has been a huge influence on me, as well as J Dilla, Madlib and lots of other hip hop. I also love Rage Against the Machine.. and I grew up playing a lot of jazz in school. Jazz is very deep integral part of Liphemra. Elvin Jones is my favorite drummer of all time!

     

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    Who have you collaborated with in the past? Do you have any upcoming collaborations/releases you're excited about?
    I've collaborated with Nocando and some other hip hop artists.. singing on their tracks. I have some really amazing exciting collaborations coming out soon but I can't talk about them yet : )
    We are also working on mixing our new songs and I can't wait to share them! Dropping a new single very soon and an EP in the works!

     

     

    How would you describe your style?
    Renaissance meets streetwear? Honestly I don't know.. I just kind of mix and match pieces together. My style is very strange. I like lace collars and gowns..but also hoodies and t shirts.
    Speaking of fashion, what Obey women’s pieces really speak to you and how does it fit your style?
    I love the Chloe Crew Knit. I wore it recently to our show at The Echo with Algiers.. and threw a vintage lace collar over it. You can dress it up or down depending what kind of bra you wear
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    What's your spirit animal?
     
    Unicorn : )
    Anyone you'd like to collaborate with in the future?
    I would love to collab with Thom Yorke or Tricky! Also Jonny Greenwood, Trent Reznor, and Geoff Barrow too!
    What's your guilty pleasure song right now?
    Butterfly by Crazytown

     

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    You can check out more of Liphemra on their social medias and website:

    WEBSITE // FACEBOOK  // INSTAGRAM // SOUNDCLOUD

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    All the portrait shots were taken by Cara Robbins
    Insta: @CaraRobbins
    *All live photos were taken by Carl Pocket
    Samuel Jacob / July 9, 2015
  • FRISCO

    I took a trip out to the Bay Area this passed weekend for the 4th of July. Clam chowder and foggy weather was what I came for, along with a lot of alcohol and herbal celebrations with the Homies. Here are a few shots I took with my phone, thanks to Jose and Erica for the hospitality.

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    - Stay Trippy

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    aaron del rosario / July 7, 2015
  • INVISIBLE NYC

    It was on a saturday when I met these guys, Skamdust and Matty. My only reason to get out of bed was a fresh juice around the corner. Still halfasleep and in my pyjama, I was standing in front of a little organic veggie table on the street, zoned out, when Skamdust`s raspy voice woke me up with a simple, "hello". After having juice together, they took me to INVISIBLE Tattoo Studio in Orchard street NYC, where Skamdust wanted me to meet his tattoo artist Norm and beautiful Ellis. A magical moment with some amazing and interesting characters!!

    Thats what I love so much about New York City. You walk on the street, meet people you`ve never met before, talk, exchange and your day can take you somewhere completly else...

    so thank you guys for sharing this great and unexpected afternoon !!

    check out their art and music:

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    http://www.skamdust.com/ @skamdust

    http://www.normwillrise.com/ @NORMWILLRISE

    http://www.ellis-cooper.com/ @elliscooperofficial

    @invisiblenyc

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    - Noëmi

    OBEYWomens / July 5, 2015

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