The Hundreds Design team is stuck in Mexico for the week. I promise you it’s all work-related (in a weird, roundabout way), but for now, it’s all about chasing the surf around the cape. Today, we took an hourlong drive on rocky terrain outside of Cabo San Lucas to catch the sets at Nine Palms…
Van links up with the NYC Bridge Runners for a close-to-home cause: raising money for the Harold Hunter Foundation. For more on the 18 mile ride through the city, and the Harold Hunter Foundation, head over to V/SUAL.
Corzilla (of CBG) has just put out his second solo project, the P90 FLEXXTAPE. Produced by JI of the Thundercats, and featuring cameos from Eddy Baker, Raider Klan, and just-featured on The Hundreds blog, Polyester the Saint, it’s certain to be a summer banger. See for yourself, here.
by Jane Helpern
The second best thing to actually being Van Styles, is living vicariously through the man via his photographic chronicles. Days one and two of his visit to New York have been filled with gorgeous women, the familiar faces of movers and shakers, and of course, the scenic landscapes of the concrete jungle that never sleeps. Check out V/SUAL for a taste of the fast and photographed life in the Big Apple.
The website launched when the brand did. July 27, 2003. And since then, it has become the anchor and beating heart of this company. For months, we have been plotting the second generation of thehundreds.com, an entirely new experience that will cement the next decade of The Hundreds. This is one of our most monumental endeavors to date and it freaks me out a little bit (ok, a lot), but with big risks come big rewards and we never did this to play safe or by the rules.
MAKE NOISE >> MAKE NEWS.
We’re about to make some headlines.
E3 is the closest thing us adults have to a Disneyworld, a Seaworld, or other fantasy worlds in that vein ending in the suffix -world. It comes only once a year, but you better believe that The Hundreds’ presence there is felt heavily each and every time. After all, we’re just a bunch of overgrown, slightly (slightly being the operative word) better dressed, man- (and woman) childs who get all gung-ho when we learn they’re re-upping Battlefield, or that we need to brace ourselves for not one but two new gaming consoles slated to drop before the year’s close. I know, it’s a lot to handle all at once. Basically, all of us here at The Hundreds Homebase transform à la werewolves into a swarm of rambunctious and giddy prepubescent schoolgirls this time of year, thirsting to get our grubby little fingers on whatever unoccupied controller’s not already spoken for; just so that we can test out the latest unreleased games months, perhaps year(s), before the other 99% of the world (insert obligatory “neener neener”).
So in virtue of today being the bittersweet conclusion to E3 2013, here’s our recap of the best three days out of the year in our glorious, sun-filled hometown of Los Angeles, California. And if you disagree with me, be prepared to fight (virtually speaking, of course).
A massive mech-bot from Titanfall greeted us as we set foot into E3 (humans included merely to show scale).
Pretext: Zach risked his life in the pursuit of this photo. Also, props to this zombie fella for turning a traffic cone into a fashion statement.
A hot girl. ‘Nuff said.
Just like heaven.
Couch potatoes. JK. I’m just a sour grape because these dudes got to test out the new Xbox One and I didn’t… Though I might’ve been able to had their butts not been permanently glued to those chairs for four whole hours. No sight of a single potty break. Potatoes!
All hail the new, yet to be released, Xbox One. For E3 eyes only.
The girl in the hot pink was all like, “Wow guys…”
Xzibit-approved gull-wing doors to promote the upcoming Forza Motorsport 5 video game.
Scotty’s new whip.
This chick’s all tatted up and ready for MineCon 2013.
We even made some new friends along the way.
The duel of the decade (and of this year’s E3) – the Xbox One versus the PS4. Which one (pun intended) will YOU cop this holiday season?
God of War by day, just an everyday dude named Dennis by night (probably the world’s best dad IRL, TBH).
There was a shortage of cosplay at this year’s E3. But this chick (Hot Chick #2) dressed up as the gal from Dynasty Warriors made up for that big time.
The Nintendo lounge. Classic.
What’s going on in this picture? Where are these guys shoes? And where’d he steal that hat from? So many questions left unaswered… Just another one of life’s many mysteries.
Obligatory “Scotty posing with a hot girl at E3” pic. Hot chick numero tres… But who’s keeping count, right?
B. Mo in his element, clearly.
The Square Enix lounge.
And last but not least, here’s one for the kids (and kids at heart).
words by Olivia Stiglich
photos by Zach Marshall
In between Starbucks trips, supermarket runs, and $60 gas station fill-ups, we’ve all had that fed-up moment when the eco-friendly light bulb turns on in our heads and we think to ourselves, “What if I just went off the grid for a little bit, lived off the land, raised some sheep, made my own goat’s cheese, never dealt with another telemarketer again, lived in a shack somewhere.” While that Utopian, John Krakauer-esque fantasy is certainly an appealing, romantic notion, it is exactly that, a fantasy, one that is not particularly practical or likely or survivable, even. After all, we saw how that worked out for Emile Hirsch in Into The Wild; my best advice: do not eat the mushrooms…
But, a sustainable lifestyle is not as unattainable or far-fetched as we’ve been trained to think, according to Matt Moses, founder of Mimeos Solar, California’s pioneering solar panel installation and sustainable consultancy group. Mimeos, based in Downtown LA in the budding “Green Corridor,” aims to demystify the misinformation surrounding Solar energy. Their mission is to make the solar experience Informative, Empowering, and Affordable, basically less daunting, by teaching people how the process works (it’s a lot simpler than you’d think). Sun –> Solar Panel –> Energy.
Matt started Mimeos in 2007. At the time, he was renovating an old house in Los Feliz and caught wind that New Jersey was braced for a major energy crisis, due to the fact that Canada was refusing to sell them any more hydropower. Long story short, to keep their energy costs from jumping 500%, New Jersey residents started installing solar panels everywhere, and overnight they became the nation’s leader in solar installation. So Matt started thinking…
Around that same time, California passed a new law that required all utilities in the state to get 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2010. In order to meet their quotas, utility companies implemented solar rebate programs to help pay for the cost of installing solar, based on how much power each residence produced. In return (because there’s always a tradeoff), the utilities could count this toward their total percentages. As it turned out, Matt’s sun-filled house was a perfect candidate for solar, and he set off on his mission to greenify his home and lifestyle, without knowing what kind of obstacles he would face.
And by obstacles we mean that he literally couldn’t get a contractor to show up at his door, and when he finally did, they installed everything without even telling Matt what they were doing, or how to use the new equipment, which had now appeared on his rooftop without even a manual. On the contrary, the installers were shocked that Matt actually wanted to learn the nuts and bolts of solar and how it functioned. It was out of this frustration with the existing institutions and a desire for both knowledge and instruction that Mimeos was born.
Inspired by the story of a San Jose resident who banded together with 37 other homes in her community to drive down the cost of going solar, Matt decided he would do the same in Los Angeles. He made it his purpose to educate people and fight to lower the cost of renewable energy. He took out an ad in the local paper, started canvasing door-to-door, and captured the attention of 120 unique people just in his neighborhood alone who wanted to convert over to clean, renewable energy, and whom, before meeting Matt, had no idea that this was even an option.
While solar energy is an incredibly important element of what Mimeos does, their principal commitment is to sustainable living; the little things we do, buy, pick-up, recycle, eat, plant, build, and create, to do our part to lower pollution and replenish the earth’s resources, or at least not gobble them up. After all, as Matt puts it, “Sustainability is all about leaving the world in better condition than when we found it, and that’s a challenge that everyone has to embrace.” This is where the lovely Melissa Cohen enters the picture. As a founder of a horticultural company, she is focused on building greenhouses, as small as 8’ x 8’, that you can literally fit into the confines of your backyard, but which produce so much edible goodness that you can feed yourself from it without have to tend and nurture your crop each and every day.
We won’t get into too much detail, but these greenhouses are scientifically tremendous, completely organic, and my mind is sort of blown that such high-tech and fruitful devices exist. They have trays along the walls so everything grows vertically, are made from unbreakable material that is meant to withstand natural disasters, and contain the exact NPK (chemical properties) that any plant or life needs to grow. The magic ingredient is Coco Coir, which is coconut husk, and it’s like soil, only better and more adaptable.
Matt and Melissa encourage us, and now we encourage you, to think about the future, because ultimately these are our problems, and it is our responsibility to find a solution. Not everyone has a home to fortify with solar panels or greenhouses, but everyone can make ground floor, grassroots efforts to preserve our earth and work toward a more sustainable way of living, that, when pieced together, form one monumental community movement with an enormous impact on the planet.
Just some food for thought; Germany, today’s leaders in solar energy, generates 20 times as much solar power as California, and receives 20 times less sun than we do. Now are we going to let a bunch of Germans beat us? Just kidding. Check out Mimeos to learn more about sustainable initiatives in California, and how you can get involved.
words by Jane Helpern
photos by Zach Marshall
Man. I just saw him in January and he was fine. At the Agenda tradeshow, actually. I photographed him with some other friends, I even blogged it. Jae Bueno — the street savvy photographer — was still round and happy then, big smile, chuckling and chatty — the standard Jae Bueno fare that has traversed all Southern Californian subcultures and politics, cliques and crews. Lowrider culture, graffiti, streetwear, tattoo, Jae stands at the intersection. He’s the rare breed that walks the line, bridges the gaps, and glues communities together.
Just a couple days later, Jae feels a pain, and then the sudden diagnosis of Stage 4 stomach cancer… The kind of cancer that can strike and rob in the night, without explanation or sympathy. Man… I just saw him in January.
Today is Jae and Steph‘s 25th anniversary. Not their wedding date, but from the time they met and fell in love as teenagers, drag-raced together, ran with graffiti crews together, and made a family together. She is never not by his side. Ask anyone who’s been to a local street-culture event in the past decade and they’ll remember Jae. If they looked close enough, Stephanie wasn’t far away. Even when they started their photography business together, she insisted that his name remain as the brand identity, because that encapsulated her, and they were a team. Even when the cancer ravaged his stomach, the nausea became a ritual, and going from one room to the next became a chore… Even then, they’re in it together.
Jae and Stephanie Bueno have been loyal friends of The Hundreds for as long as I can remember. And so, their battle is not theirs alone, but ours as well. In a couple weeks, we will be hosting a charity event for Jae in our Rosewood gallery, a solo exhibition of his best photography over the years — with all proceeds going to help Jae in his fight against cancer. Tuesday, June 25th to be exact. Stay tuned for more information as we lead up to the show and until then, our thoughts and prayers are with the man who starts every conversation with “Hey Friend.”