Meltdown

December 20, 2006

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First off, comics are not for kids anymore. The comic industry died in the 1990’s with Marvel and DC pushing out quantity and not quality. As a result, no ‘kids’ really read comics during the late 1990’s and the industry has been backed by adults and young adults. The stories are no longer the run-of-the-mill superhero type, saving a damsel in distress or defending the world from an alien invasion. Comics now deal with issues such as marital abuse, rape, and sexual orientation. Honestly, comics have never been better as IGN comics and many other critics share this claim. Often a bright star comes along from a small writer/artist group and flies under the radar. Meltdown written by David Schwartz and drawn by Sean Wang is one of these books. It starts off with an introduction to Cal, who is essentially the washed up ‘Human Torch’ of his universe. Throughout the comic, he deals with issues concerning acceptance with his new found power, the maniuplation of heat and fire. What makes Meltdown special is its character development. At the end of the book, you end up relating and feeling for a character you were just introduced to. Without spoiling much, this is definately a book to pick up (if you can find a copy). This could definately be a huge kick start to a successful career for David Schwartz.

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The release of Nintendo’s DS Lite has brought a lot of interest back to Nintendo’s portable consoles. Japanese casual clothing and accessories brand United Arrows has created several pouches for the DS Lite. Instead of just creating a pouch for performance and everyday use, United Arrows creates a fashionable item to go with the DS Lite. The line contains a pouch with a leather woven design giving it a real luxurious look. Here’s their complete lineup for all their pouches.

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The Icelandic artist, Olafur Eliasson,  famed in UK for his installation “The Weather Project” at the Tate Modern in 2003, has come out with a new book called “Your Engagement has Consequences”, documents in detail of his three exhibitions. ‘Your Light Shadow’, Hara Museum, Tokyo; ‘Notion Motion’, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, and ‘The Light Setup’, Malmø Konsthall are featured in his book, which was released earlier this year. “Your Engagement has Consequences” is a terrific ‘coffee table’ book and a great addition if you want to add some culture in your bookshelf.

– Jon

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This is by far the coolest looking turntable I’ve ever seen. Hand-made in Germany, the ClearAudio Master Reference turntable is perfect if you are serious about aesthetics and audio. The state-of-the-art turntable not only looks incredible but it offers a lot of features such as the Accurate Power Generator (APG) system for even platter speed and synchronizing of 3 separate motors, a six-pointed chassis that provides a perfect soundstage, a “Side-Force-Free” 3 belt drive arrangement, and a Master TQ-I Tonearm. This uniquely built and futuristic turntable does come with a hefty price tag. At $19,000 (USD), unless you’re making quality coin, perhaps you might want to stick with your Technics rather than spending a bundle of this ultra luxury item.

[ClearAudio]

– Jon

Jorg&Olif Dutch Citybikes

December 19, 2006

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With the recent emerging trend of cycling culture, here’s a look at a company that makes classic Dutch inspired bicycles. Jorg&Olif look to create sensible and stylish bikes that have been re-designed for North American cities. They look to bring the socially responsible aspect of riding bikes to the modern lifestyles. What’s impressive about Jorg&Olif is the amount of detailing they put on their bicycle parts. Whether you plan on taking this out for a leisure ride or to make errands, Jorg&Olif make cycling stylish again.

[Jorg&Olif]

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M-ONE-11, Toronto

December 15, 2006

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M-ONE-11‘s lone store outside Australia and New Zealand is located in Toronto’s hip Queen Street West district. The store is definitely one of my favorite stores to shop in the city. The store offers clothing labels you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the area.

Brands such as Australian-based Mooks streetwear, FEIT sneakers as well as the surfboard company, INSIGHT. In addition to providing Australian-based brands, the store offers a great clothing line under their own label which is a leading Australian streetwear company. M-ONE-11’s mens and womens apparel features a quality collection of tees, jackets, shirts and other accessories such as hats and bags. The style of its clothing line is skater streetwear meets modern Bohemian with a Pacific influence.

M-ONE-11’s retail space is also used as an exhibition/gallery space on occasion. M-ONE-11 is very involved in Toronto’s art community and does a great job promoting local talent and artists. They are currently hosting an art auction featuring local artists benefiting Sketch, an organization creating opportunities for street involved and homeless people ages 15-29. If you’re in the neighbourhood next Thursday, M-ONE-11 is hosting an Auction Closing Party at 7pm. Thursday December 21st, 2006 7PM-9PM (Auction closes at 9pm) Definitely check this store out if you happen to be in downtown Toronto area.

M-ONE-11, 561 Queen Street West. Toronto, Canada

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New 10 Deep at Commonwealth

December 15, 2006

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I was just browsing the Commonwealth site and came across new 10 Deep items. Now as one of New York’s original “underground” brands, 10 Deep has always consistently produced really hot clothing and accessories. So I wasn’t too surprise when I saw their new arrivals.

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Paul Smith has just announced that they will be showcasing 16 of Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami’s silkscreened prints. This collection, known as Kamon, is heavily influenced by family crests and makes use of Tanaami’s recognizable high-colour ‘Pop Art’ style. Known for his psychedelic styles and recurring motifs of goldfish, pine trees and waves, Tanaami is highly regarded upon by many Japanese young contemporary artists.

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The Cool Hunter Magazine

December 14, 2006

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The Cool Hunter, one of the web’s premier trend forecasting websites has expanded its brand incredibly as of late. What started as just an online trend reporting service, The Cool Hunter became a syndication as a weekly column in various magazines/newspapers around the world. With its popularity and its huge reader base, it has given them an opportunity to produce their every own television show called “The Assistants” and very recently, they have signed a publishing deal to release their own set of books including “Sleeping Beauties – The World’s Coolest Hotel Rooms”. The book will feature the finest and coolest hotel rooms the world has to offer.

Now, it seems The Cool Hunter has solidifed their brand by launching their very own self-titled magazine. The magazine will be a 50-60 page monthly publication and will be available free along with various fashion, design and lifestyle magazines. It will also be available in hotels, stores and retailers globally.

Releasing in early 2007, The Cool Hunter magazine will cover the same globe covering genres as the online version. Topics such as fashion, music, urban living, designer and culutural trends.

– Jon

Marimekko

December 14, 2006

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Coming out of Finland, Marimekko is an à la mode textile company. The company is streamlined such that they design, manufacture, as well as market their clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and accessories. Their clothing line consists of classy and urbane designs for men, women and children, while their classic lines consist of timeless casual wear for everyone. Marimekko also has an extensive collection of textile fabrics applied to different fixtures around the house. Marimekko offers a variety of designs that range from the use of simplistic shades to corresponding blends of extravagant colours. Here’s the perfect place to find someone a Christmas gift as the company has items for just about everybody.

[Marimekko]

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Home to many several and unique concept stores, Hong Kong always has something fresh to offer in terms of shop designs to attract customers and different clientale. For all those that are in HK, if you’ve passed by the countless stores on Russell Street in Causeway Bay, you may have noticed a changed at the Levi’s store. Levi’s, following suit to popular brand, Agnes B, has just opened a small cafe.

The inside, which shields customers from the busy streets and the massive hordes of people, offers an environment where you can enjoy food and drinks while marveling at Levi’s products and their latest Japanese designed denim. From the looks of it, the atmosphere looks really modern, stylish yet intimate. It’s definitely an innovative concept to keep customers in the Levi’s store.

Check out more pics from Oh Magazine or go check the store out yourself if you happen to be in Hong Kong.

Levi’s Styling Concept Cafe, Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

-phil

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The guys at InquiringMind and the whole Goodfoot/Nomad group have really blown up lately and we definitely give them respect representing our hometown of Toronto and the rest of Canada.

For those who have checked out the InquiringMind website lately, you might notice a complete revamped layout and webpage. The online street culture magazine has decided with a clean, minimal look compared to their previous website. The new presentation allows users easy access to their articles, gallery and event information. Check out the new look at InquiringMind.

[InquiringMind]

– Jon

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With all the talk about Air Force 1’s lately, coming across these Adidas Superstar Customs at Crooked Tongues seemed like a refreshing change. Multifaceted artist Jeff Metal produces 4 pairs that are handpainted for each of the 10 colourways. They all come packaged with a music CD also produced by Jeff himself. They are on display at the Adidas Originals’ 6 Newburgh Street concept store and are on sale for £120 a pair.

-phil

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Visual Poetry

December 12, 2006

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Great works from Visual Poetry at Abnormalbehaviorchild.com. I don’t know about the artist and who made these pieces but they are truly worth checking out. They look incredible and definitely could fix that ugly wallpaper on your desktop. Definitely check out WALZ 57, a visual-sound research footage. Great use of motion, graphics and animation.

[Visual Poetry at www.abnormalbehaviorchild.com]

– Jon

The Tap Project by UNICEF

December 11, 2006

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The Tap Project did such a great job designing the bottle. The bottle clearly caught my attention due to the great aesthetics attributed to it. It goes to show how influential designs can be to any product or cause.

The Tap Project is a very interesting project coming from UNICEF. On March 22, 2007, the United Nations’ World Water Day, hundreds of restaurants in New York City, will invite their patrons to pay $1 for something they normally get for free. Tap water. Although one would wonder why they would paid for tap water, the funds collected will support UNICEF water programs, which provide safe drinking water to children around the world.

There are over 21% of children living in developing countries (most of them in Africa) do not have access to clean water. That’s more than one billion people. 80% of all illness and infant mortality is due to waterborne disease. The lack of clean water is the second largest killer of children under the age of 5.

With just $1 UNICEF can provide 40 litres of safe drinking water, enough to give one child safe drinking water for 40 days or 40 children safe for one day.With just a dollar, UNICEF can provide 100 water purification tablets to provide clean water for children in crisis situations.

On March 22, 2007, there are several dozen Manhattan restaurants participating in this project so make sure you go out to eat and buy a couple of bottles of tap water via The Tap Project to support the cause. I know its pretty early to mention this cause but its better to be informed early rather than not to be informed at all. Spread the word and remember on March 22, 2007.

[The Tap Project]

– Jon

The Vice Guide To Travel

December 11, 2006

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When VICE decided to produce a travel guide, you had to have a slight hunch it wasn’t going to have the same content you’d expect in your typical Fodor’s or Lonely Planet. Known for its controversial content, VICE often provides an ironic pose on today’s world and society. So instead of visiting Disneyland or Rome, VICE decided to visit the most fucked up locations on this planet. Places you don’t hear about. The idea turned into The VICE Guide To Travel, which features 7 short documentaries of the best places NOT to visit.

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Simply amazing. Those were the only two words I could conjure from my mind after seeing this. Hush Studios compiled a showreel of all their works with well known corporations. This fast paced clip blends a whole range of campaigns that Hush has done with companies such as Planters, Chili’s, Evian and National Geographic. Be sure to also check out their projects with Nike. Just click on Works from their page to watch them all.

[Hush Studios]

-phil

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As you all may know, it is the 25th anniversary of the Nike Air Force One. This Sunday (December 10th), Nike will hold an invite-only party in New York to celebrate this anniversary. Rappers Kanye West, Nas, Rakim and KRS-One will perform a new unreleased song dedicated to the Air Force One. This song will be produced by Rick Rubin, known for his production of Run DMC’s hit song My Adidas back in the 80’s. Dave Chappelle, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Rihanna, Usher and Spike Lee are among the celebrities and athletes who are invited to the event. Read more at AllHipHop.

-phil

liful.JPG Liful is one of the first streetwear brands that I heard of coming out of South Korea. Their designs are really eye-catching especially the Contour Line Zip Hoodie. It’s really good to see some fresh companies from around the world popping up. It definately allows for different influences from various cultures to be brought into the streetwear industry. I feel that Liful’s gonna garner a lot of attention from the streetwear scene so be on the lookout for them. Info and pics courtesy of BigMag via Hypebeast.

-phil

Ikepod Watches

December 6, 2006

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IKEPOD watches, designed by Marc Newson, produces luxury wristwatches that differentiates them greatly from other traditional luxury wristwatch makers. Focused around simplistic designs and putting emphasis on organic harmony with the wearer, IKEPOD watches look to deliver a timepiece that fits fluidly around the wrist. The IKEPOD watchband joins together with the case appearing as a single interrupted whole. As a fan of chronograph watches, the one that appeals the most to me is the Megapode (above picture). IKEPOD definately does a good job bringing together simplicity along with elegance.

-phil

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