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  • SEATTLE OR BUST

    I think my body is still recovering from our recent trip to Seattle. For being such a rainy place it sure doesn't keep people from going out. Got to ride in a sea plane go, to a Cromags show, drink some beers, drink some more beers and throw a little party over at Zebra Club to commemorate the opening of our new section up there.

    Let's recap...

    Burl, our rep in the NW, picked us up at the airport in this sweet thing. Just our style! I'm kidding but we did really see this on the trip. Either this dude has a great sense of humor and I think I want to party with him or this dude is completely seriously and I think I want to party with him.

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    This is the vehicle we were picked up in. Don't fuck with Burl! Dude is definitely in the A-Team or some covert detail.

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    Thankfully Burl and Doug knocked out the heavy lifting before we got there. Heavy lifting for Nick and I is usually downing 12oz Coors cans. To prep the location, we thought it was necessary to do so by air. Nick contemplating life before we boarded. (also a little sneak peak at a hot fire jacket you'll see next Fall)

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    Everything looked to be in order so the event was a go.

    First off, where my dogs at?

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    Line up at opening time. Thanks to everyone for bearing the rain. Apparently this one dude's mind was just blown. We have multiple pics of him inside and outside with that same expression.

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    Big Shout to Big Mario on the pizza and look at that fine looking section in the back.

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    Doug on the mix playing the most ignorant music possible. Do you Doug, don't ever change, and in the words of E-40, "Yup!"

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    Also playing the smoothest of jams was our guest, local legend Sean Cee. One of the Huf crew and a damn fine DJ. Check him out on the Instagrams HERE.

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    I'm not gonna put a picture of me up because I'm a shitty DJ and my mom says I'm ugly. But I will put some pics up of the Zebra Club crew. Ayo!

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    Hell of a pour there young lady!

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    Plenty of Pabst to go around.

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    Here's the section with no one in the store. There's no one in the store because they were closed. I think they were closed because Lhotsky did damage to their plumbing. I made that last part up but it could happen. Make sure to stop by. It's both a men's and women's section and we're honored to be in a great store like Zebra Club. Please stop by and support!

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    And one last pic for good measure. In my mind this says Shithole Ave.

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    Pubes / March 20, 2015
  • 9 Horse

    The main dude Eric Pritchard just sent across a film he did of an adaptation of Charles Bukowski's 9 Horse. This is put to life at Hollywood Park Race Track, a week before it closed (future football stadium?), starring none other than the legendary Steve Olson. Check it out below.

    9 Horse By Charles Bukowski from Eric Pritchard on Vimeo.

    Pubes / March 9, 2015
  • Jay Z and Big L Freestyle

    I'm a nostalgic guy and always have a soft spot for the classics in hip hop. This morning I saw the main dude Stretch Armstrong post that 20 years ago today Stretch and Bobbito had Jay Z and Big L on their legendary show. Kind of crazy to hear Jay freestyling and as always Big L rest in peace! Just wanted to pass it on.

     

     

    Pubes / February 25, 2015
  • T-Classics, Round 1

    For better or for worse I collect shit. Kind of like how they say a gold fish grows to fit the size of it's tank (I think I heard that somewhere), I collect things to hoarder status. For me, I save mostly records, clothes and stickers, nothing like dead cats or used gum.

    I figured I'd share some favorite T's in my collection, some new, some old, some happen to be OBEY (I was a huge fan before I worked here), some of them just random weirdness. Mostly rock based stuff this time. Hope you dig it because I plan on doing a couple rounds of this. If you don't like it, I hate you and don't ever try to talk to me. Just kidding, I love everyone!

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    Don't remember where I got this one but it doesn't fit anymore. I', not as skinny as I used to be, so my chick repossessed it. Could be worse things in life than a foxy lady in a Black Sabbath T. Anyone know what year this is from?

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    From Sabbath to Black Bart Sabbath. See how I did that! Like a lot of people these days, I'm into bootleg T's especially some Simpson's shit. This is from last year.

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    Scored this on Hollywood Blvd, when Hollywood Blvd was scummy. Oh wait, it still is scummy! Was on a ride with my brother and the main man Hassan (check out his work, its super nice! HASSANRAHIM)

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    Onto an OBEY shirt also from last year. Shepard did a Record Store Day 7" with OFF! (ESQUIRE article HERE) I really dig OFF! and was personally really into this project. I like how it almost has a Raymond Pettibon feel to it like a Black Flag or other OFF! release but still is inherently Shep's.

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    A good sequeway into the next T.  It's a shirt Buddyhead Records put out back in the day. If you don't know what Buddyhead was it was run by this dude Travis Keller and his friend Aaron North (played in a grip of bands like Icarus Line and Nine Inch Nails). These dudes created all sorts of havoc, especially in the early 2000's. Doing things like posting Fred Durst from Limp Bisquit's cell number on their site. Anyway, back to the shirt, it featured a Raymond Pettibon work that I really dig still to this day. I've been trying to track down a print of this for a long time. I guess the T will have to due for now.

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    Back to a couple OBEY classics I still love. This is really one of my favorite artist series we ever did. We got to work with the wonderful human being that is Martha Cooper. Martha is a LEGENDARY graffiti photographer that still shoots the biggest names out there and is one of the coolest people you'll ever meet. Follow her Instagram. These shots are from the late 70's in Manhattan when it was like a big playgroup and you could afford to live there.

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    That's all for now. Shout out to the Presidents and all the lovers out there this weekend! 





     

     

     

    Pubes / February 13, 2015
  • DAY OF THE SHRED IS HERE!

    Forget Halloween, save your energy and go to Day of the Shred! This shit is gonna rip! Brought to you by The Thief (the same guy who put on Psycho De Mayo), it's featuring another great, heavy lineup. Tickets are just about sold out but if you want to go, make sure to grab a ticket today. We sponsored Psycho de Mayo and are really digging what the Thief is laying down so we had to get behind Day of the Shred. We made the official T-shirts and they will be available at the show. We do have a few for sale online HERE just in case you can't make it. We also printed the official poster that will be available at the show.

    Day of the Shred
    Observatory
    3503 S. Harbor Blvd.
    Santa Ana, CA

     

    Check this lineup out.

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    Shirt we made for the Shred.

     

     

     

     

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    Here's some photos from Psycho De Mayo to give you a sweet little taste of the face melting that you'll experience this weekend.

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    Pubes / October 28, 2014
  • Rick Rubin for Rolling Stone

    Rolling Stone just put out a nice video that features Rick Rubin going back to his dorm at NYU where he founded Def Jam Records. He talks about the early days of hip hop and making records that were more representative of what was happening in clubs than the softer sound that rap records of that day were sounding like.

    Full of other highlights like interviews with the Ad Rock of the Beasties, LL Cool J, Russell Simmons, OG dorm mates and more.

    Always an inspirational story.

    Pubes / October 17, 2014
  • All My Friends Are Inside Me

    Last night I rolled over to Mohawk General Store in Silverlake for the opening of a new exhibition that some friends of ours put on under the Brain Dead project. It was a series of woven blankets by Tim Head, Lucas Clayton, Ed Davis, Russell Maurice, Hassan Rahim, Ryan De La Hoz, Will Sweeney, Misha Hollenbach, Horfee and Hiroshi Igushi.

    All the blankets are a limited series release available fore sale now at Mohawk for $250 each or $300 with a full size hanger. If you're in the area check them out while they're still up. T's and hats are also available and are highly suggested.

    Mohawk General Store
    4017 W Sunset Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90029

    The party was super busy both inside and out. There's only so much air conditioning can do when it's packed inside, you had to head outside to cool down. Thankfully there was free vodka drinks to cool you down. You know I had to take advantage of that cause the price was right! I know how to treat my lady to a classy evening.

     

     

     

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    The blanket on the right is from our main main Hassan Rahim, ex-lookbook model of ours and artist series artist. Check out his Tumblr HERE.

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    Boobies, watermelon and Moon Eyes!

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    Too many good looking people in one area. I must be in the wrong place.

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    Congrats to Kevin, Kyle and all those involved. This shit was tight!

     

     

    Pubes / September 12, 2014
  • Wildest Dreams

    It's been awhile since I posted so I figured I'd dust off the old keyboard and drop some jams that I'm feeling at the moment.

    I want to talk about DJ Harvey's newest venture Wildest Dreams. What is it that Pedro says during his class president speech in Napoleon Dynamite? "Vote for me and all your wildest dreams will come true!" Well that's kind of how I feel. In my previous life as a DJ, I loved Harvey's style and eclectic selection. He's really a DJ's DJ but I especially liked his forays into psych and rock with previous projects like Map of Africa and his secret cuts on Paul T's Sarcastic site.

    Anyway, I got the Wildest Dreams 7" on Record Store Day this year and got the record about a month ago. Today I saw the video for "Last Ride" done by George Trimm. It features Joel Tudor shredding the tubes, and is reminding me that Summer really isn't over yet. Check out the video posted via NOWNESS. They also have a short video up that worth a gander. Hope you dig it.

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    Pubes / September 2, 2014
  • SUPPORT THERAPY AND INSTABILITY

    My dudes from NY, Mint and Serf and their crew have a new book out, Support Therapy and Instability. I'll be DJing with Blu Jemz and E.B. Sollis for the book presentation and the afterparty. This book turned out so good. Please pick up a copy, it's well worth it. If you're in LA, RSVP for the event. Info is below.

    LOS ANGELES BOOK RELEASE OF SUPPORT, THERAPY AND INSTABILITY AT THE ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN ON TUESDAY, JUNE 24TH.

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    We would like to invite all of our West Coast friends to come out Tuesday, June 24th to celebrate the Los Angeles launch of our new monograph titled Support, Therapy and Instability(You can purchase it here.)

    RSVP:TINYURL.COM/THEMIRF

    BOOK PRESENTATION 6PM - 8PM

    AFTERPARTY 8PM - 1:30AM

    MUSIC BY:

    BLUJEMZ

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    E.B.SOLLIS

    ACE HOTEL DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

    921 S Broadway, LA 90015

    "They are massive and cadaverous. Many were made in loose collaboration with a few of their writer-friends, and their tags pile up indiscriminately. Layers of paper and acrylic harden or peel scablike. Colors agglomerate and rot. Composition is a joke, each canvas a rotated corpse."

    Sarah Nicole Prickett for ARTFORUM

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    “Raw, aggressive, unstyled - it’s a return to the gestural, the raw markings of graffiti, in an effort to strip it back to the nerve endings. If the campy stylings of latter day Banksy are Green Day, Mint&Serf are evoking the Dead Boys or Sex Pistols."

    -Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington for Huffington Post

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    Support, Therapy, and Instability, is a limited edition (Edition of 1000), 136-page hard cover and full color monograph printed on 128 gsm glossy art paper. The book’s main focus are twenty-three large canvases created by Mint&Serf withJacuzzi ChrisPablo Power and #PPP at The Broadway Chapter in New York City from December 2011 through September 2012. Contributing essays by Carlo McCormick (Senior Editor, Paper magazine), Cat Marnell (writer/former beauty editor & Vice "Amphetamine Logic" columnist) and The Peter Pan Posse. Photos byScott FurkaySupport, Therapy And Instability strips graffiti to the bare gristle of gesture and expression, while getting away far from polished graffiti murals and calculated street art. The series attempts to look at the narrative of expressions, rather than graffiti as a decorative aesthetic that often lacks meaning.

    Made possible with generous support by Tim Cadiente of

    Barton Perreira.

    (A limited capacity event.)

    Thank You.

    Mint&Serf

    ©2014

    Pubes / June 20, 2014
  • OBEY x OFF!

    As you may or may not know, Shepard recently worked with the band OFF! on a 7" sleeve for a Record Store Day release. If you don't know OFF!, they are amazing. It's Keith Morris from Black Flag and Circle Jerks, Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides and members from Rocket From The Crypt and Redd Kross. The band and Shepard received so much good feedback on the cover that they decided to release as a limited edition tee. It's available now on the OBEY Clothing US and Japan site only.

    Here's an article from Esquire about the project, check it out HERE

    Buy the shirt HERE

     

    Pubes / May 5, 2014
  • Psycho De Mayo... on May 11th

    Here's an event after my own heart, Psycho De Mayo! The Thief has put together one hell of a lineup this year and tickets are already almost gone. This shit is too good. Pentagram and St Vitus, what! I think there's less than 100 tickets left so strike like the wind and buy yours today. We're sponsoring this beast of a show and hope to get weird with you there. We'll be filming all day and are  printing up the official show shirt as we speak. The graphic was done by previous OBEY artist series collaborator Alan Forbes. As usual, he destroyed it. We'll put a few shirts up for sale online and more details on that as we get closer to the event. Check the lineup but don't stare at it for too long or your face might melt!

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    Pubes / April 24, 2014
  • ICE CUBE'S NATIONAL 'GOOD DAY' JAN 20th

    I'm probably super late on this I'm super late on this but thought it was worth mentioning that you should mark your calendar now for Jan 20th next year, Ice Cube's National 'Good Day'. This kid figured out what day Ice Cube probably wrote "Today Was A Good Day". Check it out below.

    via DONOVAN STRAIN

    CLUE 1:
    “went to short dogs house,
    they was watching Yo MTV
    RAPS”
    Yo MTV RAPS first aired:
    Aug 6th 1988
    CLUE 2:
    Ice Cubes single “today was a good day” released on:
    Feb 23 1993
    CLUE 3:
    ”The Lakers beat the Super
    Sonics”
    Dates between Yo MTV Raps air date AUGUST 6 1988 and the release of the single FEBRUARY 23 1993 where the Lakers beat the Super Sonics:
    Nov 11 1988 114-103
    Nov 30 1988 110-106
    Apr 4 1989 115-97
    Apr 23 1989 121-117
    Jan 17 1990 100-90
    Feb 28 1990 112-107
    Mar 25 1990 116-94
    Apr 17 1990 102-101
    Jan 18 1991 105-96
    Mar 24 1991 113-96
    Apr 21 1991 103-100
    Jan 20 1992 116-110
    CLUE 4:
    Dates of those Laker wins over SuperSonics where it was a clear day with no Smog:
    Nov 30 1988
    Apr 4 1989
    Jan 18 1991
    Jan 20 1992
    CLUE 5:
    “Got a beep from Kim, and
    she can fuck all night”
    beepers weren’t adopted by mobile phone companies until the 1990s. Dates left where mobile beepers were availible to public:
    Jan 18 1991
    Jan 20 1992
    CLUE 6:
    Ice Cube starred in the film “Boyz in the hood” that released late Summer of 1991, but was being filmed mid-late 1990 early 1991 and Ice Cube was busy on set filming the movie Jan 18 1991 too busy to be lounging around the streets with no plans. Ladies and Gentlemen..

    The ONLY day where:
    Yo MTV Raps was on air
    It was a clear and smogless day
    Beepers were commercially sold
    Lakers beat the SuperSonics
    and Ice Cube had no events to attend was…

    JANUARY 20 1992
    National Good Day Day

     

    Pubes / April 8, 2014
  • Shepard Fairey x OFF! 7" limited 7" for Record Store Day

    Shep did a cover for OFF! for record store day, available on April 19th on Vice Records. I have a feeling it's going to be tough to get but here's the info behind the project.

    From Esquire - http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/shepard-fairey-off-record-store-day

    If you don't know OFF!, go get familiar. It's Keith Morris from Circle Jerks and Black Flag singing, along with Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides, members from Redd Kross, and Rocket from the Crypt. Shit's epic!

    Hear the song here - https://soundcloud.com/vicerecords-1/off-learn-to-obey

     

     

     

     

    Pubes / March 26, 2014
  • Party time in Amsterdam with The Local Spastics and DEATH ALLEY

    On February 8th 2014 in celebration of the release of the OBEY X Suicidal Tendencies collection we threw a party in Amsterdam. At Ludwig nightclub we had live performances by Death Alley and The Local Spastics accompanied by DJ's Father Futureback and Hugo (Red Light Radio). The place was packed and things got pretty wild.

    The Local Spastics is a young punk rock band that started around 2010. After a first demo that takes you back to the sound of seventies punk and reminds you of bands like The Dead Boys, The stooges and FEAR, the trio quickly built up quite a reputation with their aggressive live shows, politically incorrect behavior and sarcastic lyrics. Dozens of shows follow in and out of the Netherlands. Playing In squats and on festivals, with bands like Reagan Youth, Gewapend Beton and Aux Raus.

    Fresh from the basements of Amsterdam, DEATH ALLEY is here to show you a serious musical rock’n roll statement. DEATH ALLEY combines ingenious but blistering guitar parts with and intensity of drumming that justifies the present-day existence of John Bonham’s Vista-Lite drum kit. Drums, guitar and the thundering bass riffs are topped off with husky vocals that remind you of nothing. The New Wave of Dutch Loudness gave birth to not just another band. No, thriving on the sharp edges of Motörhead’s rock and roll, soaked in MC5-fuelled protopunk and forged with Sabbath’s edginess, DEATH ALLEY brings a unique swinging rawness that savours of Blue Öyster Cult on steroids.

    OBEY X SUICIDAL TENDENCIES RELEASE PARTY AMSTERDAM from OBEY CLOTHING on Vimeo.

     

    Pubes / March 13, 2014
  • 50 SHADES OF BLACK X SHEPARD FAIREY X SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS

    Mark your calendars! Shep has a new show opening at Subliminal Projects in LA on April 16th. Info is below.

     

     

    SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS presents
    SHEPARD FAIREY: 50 Shades of Black

    Opening Reception:
    Wednesday, April 16, 2014
    8 – 11 pm

    Free to Public
    RSVP Required:
    rsvp@subliminalprojects.com

    Shepard Fairey releases his third installment of new album cover artwork on Wednesday, April 16th at SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS.  Friend and legendary DJ, Z-Trip will be joining him opening night for a special live performance.

    The artwork in 50 Shades of Black is inspired by the 12-inch record cover format. Since 2006, Fairey, a DJ and music enthusiast, has continuously created artwork with the record cover template in mind. The 2011 Revolutions exhibition was the first time he presented his then full body of work (consisting of 70+ pieces) in one space at Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica, Calif.). The second installment was presented at Stolen Space Gallery (London, UK) in 2012 as Sound & Vision. The 50 Shades of Black show is back on Fairey’s home turf of Los Angeles and the opening night event will include a performance by legendary DJ Z-Trip, who created the soundtrack to Fairey’s Sound & Vision show.

    50 Shades of Black will feature 50 Hand Painted Multiples (HPMs) and a box set with screen print editions of each of the 50 new album cover designs. A record store installation with customized vintage turntables and a portion of Fairey’s own record collection will also be on view. Viewers can participate in the exhibition by selecting records from Fairey’s collection and playing them on the provided record players while visiting the gallery.

    The artwork in 50 Shades of Black is representative of how music has long since been an inspiration for Fairey as “a democratic medium that can bring joy while also delivering provocative and compelling social commentary.” His album cover art seeks to convey the infectious accessibility that music has in a visually compelling way. Fairey’s art also succeeds in striking certain social and political chords through his careful consideration of which music personalities and movements he chooses to echo within each unique design.

    Music has taught me a great deal about connecting with a broad audience. Music is universal. I’ve had some very moving encounters with art in my life, especially in the street, but almost nothing can compare to the first time I heard the boots marching and first chord of the Sex Pistols’ “Holidays in the Sun”, or the air raid sirens leading into “too black, too strong” on the intro to Public Enemy’s It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, or the opening guitar scream of Black Flag’s “Rise Above.” Music is visceral, but also has the additional powerful layers of the lyrics, with their content and politics, and then there’s also the style and personalities of the musicians themselves. Compelling album covers have always been a great complement to great music. There’s something subversive about bundling seductive visuals with provocative ideas, or provocative visuals with seductive ideas. An audience that’s looking for escape doesn’t expect a confrontation and a call to action, but I believe the best music, and the best art, can deliver both. Call the approach hi-brow/lo-fi or lo-brow/hi-fi, but I try to use it in my artwork to capture the same energy and spirit that makes music so powerful. - Shepard Fairey

    Shepard does visually what I do musically. We have many of the same influences, it made perfect sense for us to collaborate on 50 Shades of Black, I am honored to be a part of it. – Z-Trip

    Exhibition Dates:
    April 16 – May 17, 2014

    Subliminal Projects
    1331 W Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90026
    213.213.0078
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    Pubes / March 10, 2014

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