Saturday, December 27, 2008
This is ridiculous! First Bogle now Ice, two dancers from the same crew killed in a time span of three years. Bogle is the father of dancehall, every dance that you see now is a derivative of something that Bogle was doing before his untimely demise. There are only two major dancers left from that era of dancers: Ding Dong and Jon Hype. If they meet with an unfortunate situation as well then the future of dance looks bleak. The reason that dancing became so big in Jamaica and Bogle declared legendary is because he provided a peaceful alternative to violence. Bogle understood that times were hard and situations tense in Jamaica so he preached that the people should come to the parties and dance out their problems. That idea was later re-instated through the phrase "Gal over Gun". It was a movement about the preservation of life and having a good time with some good people and beautiful women. Rather than fight with rival crews you could just take it to the club and dance it out; your signature dances verses theirs. These dancers knew the power that they possessed as far as their influence on the people of Jamaica and abroad, having taken their dances and culture worldwide. It's just a shame that the violence of the island has spread to them.
Ice you will truly be missed.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Your son's name is Adolf Hitler and your daughter's middle name is Aryan Nation. Then you try to down play the significance of the names by saying that you just like the names? Come on! I don't think that they should change the names. How often do you see someone for who they really are after knowing them for an extended period of time? You always say: "I wish I had known that he/ she was that type of person." Well at least with names like Hitler or Aryan Nation there are no surprises.
Its good to see a return to the diamond and dollars pattern. Most may not remember that this is where BBC started, upon original official release there were BBC/ Ice Cream trainers featuring the diamond and dollars theme; other styles featured beepers, lip stick and ice cream. Before this wallet, the diamond and dollars theme was revisited in the creation of a black fitted cap, featuring the diamond and dollars theme in blue and red. The wallet and key chain are just another part of the new BBC collection that is shaping up to be incredible for 2009, the gold tones will make for an interesting addition to anyone's accessories.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I've personally been all over SoHo, I know the ins and outs of that area of New York and can walk it with my eyes closed; hence the name. However while in SoHo yesterday I came across a store that I have never step foot into. Initially I had no idea what it was, probably why I never ventured in there before. It's a two flight climb before you even see the store but trust me it's worth it. What I found was an eclectic collection of knick knacks and other interesting items. The entire experience of finding the store, exploring the store and trying to make sense of everything is something that I think everyone should experience. The employees are very friendly and they even let the photographer try out the skateboard; that didn't work out too well for him.
Photo credit: Ashton Gooding
95 Spring St.
New York, NY
What you are viewing is a scarf, hood combination with pockets. I'd like to start by saying that this is one of the best upgrades to an invention for the winter of 2008/ 2009. I say upgrade because G Star made a scarf, hood combination three seasons ago and I thought it was the greatest thing. However this Tim Hamilton upgrade looks more functional with it's built in pockets for your hands. It's a cotton knit and if your still looking for a cool scarf this should be on your list of options.
I don't care what anyone says this is nominated for R&B video of the year, Beyoncé went off in this video. The styles that she blessed everyone with in this video is rivaled only by the styles that Lil Kim used to hand out back in her prime. So much Gareth Pugh in this video, plus the ill shades that she was spotted with on the set of the video shoot help put this video over the top.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Last minute christmas shopping? Well don't worry Atrium has you covered with a 30% off of the things that you really want not just the things that we want to get rid of, sale. When you enter you will be greeted and anyone of their sales representatives are capable of assisting you with anything that you need but my personal favorites are Jason and Akenea. Also there is a woman of oriental descent, I do not know her name but if she is as good as I believe that she is, she will find you.
This is undoubtedly the declared winner of the best boot for the winter of 08/ 09. I don't even have to leave Brooklyn to find a person with a pair on trucking through the snow. This is a clear example of a good product that was once unknown and exclusive but has since trickled down and is now commercial. The quality of the boot is unmatched and the warmth provided by the sheepswool interior is enough to have you hooked by just trying on a pair. You can get your pair at any David Z or you can go straight to the source.
L&F handing out styles daily since as long as you can remember.
It's called Mukluks, it's a hand made knitted piece of footwear meaning that every pair is unique. Since it's handmade no two pieces will be exactly alike. Also as the sizes change, the color changes, so you can't have a medium and a large in the same color. The inside is lined with a blanket stitched leather sole and the best part and the best part is that it's only $42.
The down side is that the small is a size 9 and extra large is an 11. So if you wear an 8 or below or an 11.5 or above then your out of luck.
Last year the YSL logo tee shirt was the it shirt to have. If you had the shirt then you were cool. The price tag on the tee shirt ensured that only true fans of YSL or real hypebeast would make that purchase, so exclusivity wasn't an issue. Next year I predict that this Martin Margiela shirt will take the place of the YSL logo tee as the it shirt to have. As of now this line hasn't been mainstreamed which means that the masses aren't wearing it but 2009 may be it's break out year. With artist like Kanye West and Jadakiss plugging the clothing line in their lyrics and a shirt as flashy as this one it won't be long before everyone feels like they have to have it. Lets not forget that red and black Martin Margiela motorcycle jacket worn by Pharrell Willams at the Diesel party earlier this year.
Forget everything that you were thinking about as far as winter boots. Last year everybody was looking for something new and I believe this year they have achieved that with the UGG Butte which I personally approve of and encourage the purchase of. However by winter of 09 that boot would have been over saturated and is no longer cool so consumers will be on the hunt again for something cool to wear in the winter that will also serve it's utilitarian purpose. So I present to you the Timberland Boot Company. When it comes to considering a boot for winter 09 I believe that this collection has earned a spot on that list. My personal favorite is the pair displayed below.
Back in the late 80's into the early 90's New Balance used to be the trainers to wear; they were referred to as "Suede Bally's". The popularity of New Balance has since faltered, however that hasn't stopped them from making good trainers and doing great collaborations. The most recent collaboration that caught my eye is the one seen here, these two color-ways are incredible and in my honest opinion worth a second thought. The design is classic but the color is so refreshing that it looks like a completely new design. One store that hasn't stop believing in New Balance and their collaborations is Alife, which is exactly why these trainers will be available at Alife upon release.