Monthly Archives: November 2008
Black Friday 2008, The Hundreds Los Angeles.
Most of the crew got to Rosewood Ave. at 4am, but by then, the line was already in the hundreds (pun intended). Correct me if I’m wrong, but it reached further than any other line in TH history.
The first lot of customers were lined up in the early afternoon, foregoing Thanksgiving dinner to secure a 50%-off spot. By nightfall, the line stretched down the street. By midnight, it was past the market, onwards towards Clinton.
We implemented a 10-minute rule this time around for any customers in the store. Some of the angry mob outside were outraged if people overstayed their time limit, but it’s funny how the tables turned once they themselves made it inside. Now, 10 minutes wasn’t long enough.
Hey, you missed one.
Gomez Warren IV braved the sleep-deprivation to keep the line entertained, with megaphone, baseball bat, and bags of candy in tow.
First contest. Who will burn their non-TH shirt for a free logo tee?
“PUT IT ON! PUT IT ON!”
The sun rises early. The natives are getting restless.
Gomez infuriates a Russian toughguy, who starts to reach into the glove compartment… don’t bother Russian, it’s still no match for Gomez + a megaphone.
Second Contest. Impromptu Dance-off.
The Jabbawockee-ish guy wins.
Wallace Hundreds was a faithful and stalwart comrade throughout today’s mission.
The line funneled down into a mob, which eventually dwindled down to an amorphous cluster by the end of the sale.
All good things must come to an end. Chopping up the remainders of the 10%-off hour.
1-hour intermission as the sale finishes up and THLA prepares to open for regular business hours.
Cleanup. Iron Mike is bummed.
Scotty iLL and Alex are bums in a bumfight.
1 hour later, our doors reopen to a fresh crowd with a fresh slate of fitted caps. New Eras. New line-up. It’s a new day.
Jon thought it’d be a great idea for an early Thanksgiving. Being that we were locked in by torrential downpours and the Korean market was having a sale, he picked up kalbi and bulgogi for the crew.
Tofer stopped by to eat some homemade Korean BBQ and also hook us up with his newest book, Vacation Standards.
This is his second book after his critically acclaimed debut Finger Bang!and once again, packed with all sorts of sordid, disjointed shots. But this time, almost twice the size. The hits just keep on comin’.
Here, a self-portrait:
As usual, you’ll find some of our friends and a few key members of our own staff within these pages. Or at least parts of them. Like, say, Alex’s NECK.
Trust me, I’m showing you the SAFE stuff.
The book is on sale now at Marc by Marc Jacobs (U.S., Paris), MOCA (L.A.), Hammer Museum (L.A.), Tate Modern (London), Colette (Paris), Kiasma (Helsinki), and other fine bookstores. Published once again by ROJO.
Wallace also dropped in to say whatsup.
Scotty’s in the book. A couple times. 2 words: Birthday. Party.
Patrick holdin’ out.
Tyler is King.
On Black Friday, after the sale ends at 10am, we will close for an hour and reopen both THLA and THSF at the usual time of 11am with our new Holiday range of New Era 59/50 fitted baseball caps.
The “2-tone Adam Bomb“:
“Checkers” (not pictured):
And for all of our online customers who are also trying to participate in Black Friday, we will announce your own special sale on Friday morning via e-mail. The only way you’ll hear about it is by signing up for our newsletter (check the sidebar next to the blog), so do that ASAP.
One surprise I can leak early is that the “Bizarro Adam” New Era is being released exclusively through our online store on Friday morning. This is a The Hundreds *ONLINE EXCLUSIVE* hat.
And speaking of exclusives, we will also release the “Herringbone TH” hat, which is a The Hundreds exclusive. Sold at THLA and THSF this Friday morning, and will hit our Online Store soon.
Last but not least, first 100 customers who spend over 20$ at the register at either THLA or THSF will get our Black Friday 2008 t-shirt for free.
Aside from the opportunity to get up to 50% off the entire store… have I given you enough incentive to come play with us on Friday morning? See you dark and early.
Cool Hand Mo demonstrates exactly what NOT to do for our upcoming Black Friday sale. DON’T SLEEP on it. No, really, like literally, DON’T SLEEP. It won’t be worth it. Last year, the line started in the early afternoon on Thanksgiving Day, so I apologize in advance to angry mothers and fathers and annoying uncles everywhere.
And don’t fall asleep at the office in the common area where you’re right between the sales and design rooms. Open game.
“Where did all these oranges come from?!”
We co-sponsored Atlas‘ Best Trick Contest 2008 this past weekend at Shoreview skate park in San Mateo. Here’s some footage, filmed by Dayman Cash and Ricky Flip.
If you don’t know where you came from, you don’t know where you’re headed. I’m sifting through some old photos, some of which I shot over a decade ago. Obviously, they were photographed on film and when I scanned them in years ago, 400 pixels wide seemed large ENOUGH.
This was taken back when I was living in Japan, around 2001. I was blown away that these Tokyo kids were lining up to buy clothing on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Most waited hours. Kinda seems not so weird in retrospect.
This is a photo I shot of Chad Muska back when I was in high school at the C&C (back then, Color Crazy) skate demo. It must’ve been 100+ degrees that day, with stifling smog and heat. If you look closely enough, you might spot Chad’s boombox.
Oh and the video-fisheye distortion, I screwed it on my lens because I couldn’t afford a real fisheye. C’mon, I grew up on Beastie Boy videos, and considering everything I knew about the skateboarding world was framed within the 15-16mm range,.. perhaps now you’ll understand why I use a fisheye for the everyday blog.
Speaking of cameras, around the turn of the millenium, I got sent this mini digital camera from Japan for free. It was the size of a Tic-Tac box, hung off a keychain, and took, like, 1.0 megapixel shots. I used it to sneak a pic inside the Medicom booth when they introduced the Kaws Bearbrick at the San Diego Comic-Con.
My main setup back then was a Nikon 8008s with a SB-26 flash. Someone from Weezer’s crew photographed me photographing Weezer at a Nagoya, Japan concert around 2002. Goddamn you half-Japanese girls.
While we’re on the subject of shoots, we shot the cover for this old issue of STANCE magazine with the Jackass guys during their prime (before their movies, and before they got kicked off MTV because of liability). It was one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. If you ever watched CKY or any of those Jackass episodes and wondered if those dudes are really like that all the time, the answer is YES. After having Steve-O taking dumps on the flag and hurling his turds at everyone onset, and Wee throwing firecrackers at the assistants, setting one kid’s shirt on fire, it was all-out mayhem.
Zach finally managed to pull SOME kind of shot together miraculously. Moments later, everything collapsed and somebody was urinating on someone’s back. I forget who, but I guess it doesn’t really matter.
Back to Japan. So back then, all the kids were obsessed with these guitar-playing video games in the arcades. This was what, almost 9 years ago? At the time, I would just sit there and document everything that was going on, completely awestruck. I was convinced that not in a million years would something as ridiculous-looking as THISgain popularity in the States. You know, one of those things that Americans go “Those crazy Japanese!!”
By the way, have you heard of this new craze called Guitar Hero?
Kids and adults alike were lined up for other machines with similar concepts. There was one to play drums, another where you sang karaoke. And there was this one, with traditional Japanese Taiko drums. Okay, maybe this one won’t get as big here.
This is random, but whatever. Jeremy Enigk from Sunny Day Real Estate circa mid-’90s/I don’t remember.
I must be hungry. Here’s another food blog.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, sushi was the exotic Asian delicacy that all the white people were losing their heads over. Famous people would always make oddball references to the raw fish dish in movies and popular media. It was super trendy, super sexy, and super lame in my opinion. Fast forward to the past few years, and the bandwagon has pulled up to Korean BBQ. I’ve eaten Korean BBQ all my life (naturally), had it in London, in Japan, in New York, Cerritos (The Corner Place what what), Hong Kong, but nowhere beats L.A. Even compared to actual Korean food in Korea. Say WORD.
Makes sense. There are a quarter of a million Korean-Americans living in and around Los Angeles. And all those Koreans gotta eat somewhere, right? I’m here at Chosun in the heart of L.A.’s K-town. Most brave Angelenos start off their newbie Korean food experience at this well-known eatery. Telltale signs of a tourist-y, kinda-authentic Korean food experience: LOTS of white people (who act like experts). It’s CLEAN. The Korean waitresses are FRIENDLY and speak perfect ENGLISH. The portions are small and OVERPRICED.
And most novices start off with Kalbi, or Korean-style cow short ribs, to those of you who fear that this is a rack of Laborador Retriever. Kalbi is the gateway entree to Korean food land. L.A.-style marinated kalbi is soaked in fruit juices, sugar, garlic, and soy sauce, and has become so popular that everywhere else in the world, and even in Seoul, they call it “L.A. Kalbi.”
So as you’ve noticed, Korean BBQ is “exotic” because there’s an actual barbecue grill in your table. At the kinda-authentic spots, the friendly, pretty, English-speaking waitresses cook the meat for you. At the straight-up legit spots, the pissed-off Korean ahjumaswith missing teeth dump the raw meat off and you’re on your own, pal. But you know the ribs are alright if they’re bright red. The darker-brown the beef, the longer it’s been sitting in the back of Mrs. Kim’s kitchen.
You should also find a saucer of sesame oil to dip the kalbi in once it’s cooked. Don’t drink it, it’ll be the worst tea you’ve ever had.
Korean BBQ can be expensive. Here in L.A., one plate of kalbi can hurt you upwards of $30! But I think it’s because of all the freebies that come along with the deal. Sure, at Mexican restaurants you can have all the chips & salsa, and American restaurants do the bread & butter thing (ZZzzzz).
But at Korean restaurants, you have umpteen side-dishes (all you can stomach) called bonchon. You should find spinach, spicy radish, salad, soup, rice, potato salad (I don’t get that one either), fish cakes, bean sprouts, and of course, kimchi, which is the french-fries to kalbi’s hamburger. Kimchi is spicy fermented cabbage, there are all different kinds, and it makes your breath smell like you’ve been tongue-kissing a dead fish.
Chosun’s kalbi is eh. There’s much worse out there, but there’s also much, much better.
The real reason why we’re here is for the nnaengmyon. Ok, see that word, nnaengmyon? There’s no real way to spell it out in English, so I did my best (Sorry for the 2 “n“s in a row. I know it makes you feel funny inside.)Chosun actually does a great job with their nnaengmyon, which kinda makes up for their WOMP WOMP kalbi.
Nnaengmyon or however-you-say-it is a popular summertime dish because it’s served freezing cold and it’s refreshing. Koreans are big on things that are refreshing. And they revile dust or anything dusty. (And maybe one day I will tell you the myth of Korean electric-fan death). Some restaurants even throw in ice cubes to maintain the chill factor. Chewy buckwheat noodles served in a broth with cold beef cuts, a hard-boiled egg, Asian pears, and cucumbers.
At the end of the table is a canister of hot mustard. Drop a couple spoonfuls into the mix. Also, there’s a bottle of vinegar next to the soy sauce. Throw a couple swigs of that in also. Stir.
At the end of your meal, you might find a small cup with seeds floating in it. This is NOT the aforementioned sesame oil you balked at earlier. This time, you CAN drink it.
It’s a traditional Korean punch, made of dried persimmons, cinnamon, ginger, sugar, and water. Sounds like the ingredients for the Spice Girls. It’s sweet but has a stinging kick like Drew Barrymore in Charlie’s Angels. If you drink it and accidentally swallow a seed, Korean mythology states that you’ll be mauled by a rabid bear in your sleep.
Congratulations. You survived eating dog for the first time, you monster!!!(juuust kidding) Korean BBQ, and now you can tell all your wide-eyed (literally/figuratively) friends about your far-out experience. And that pungent garlic/barbecue-grill smell emanating from your hair, clothes, armpits, wrists, face, mouth? That lasts for 3 days and gets worse every morning. Hope you don’t have any important meetings this week.
p.s. that bear thing was a lie.
I try to lay low on the food blog posts, but I’ll be honest, eating is an integral part of our everyday lifestyle. Los Angeles is a cultural hodgepodge with over 140 countries represented, and our food selection certainly reflects that. Off the top of my head, I can access my favorite Mexican, Korean, Brazilian, Ethiopian, Argentine, Japanese, Peruvian, and even Himalayan restaurants within a 10-minute drive.
But sometimes I just want a good sandwich, and Bay Citiesin Santa Monica is the deli for that. This spot’s an L.A. landmark located just blocks from the beach. The parking lot is a dizzying whirlpool of honking cars, so park at a meter around the corner. You gotta pull a number at the deli, where you’ll wait impatiently along with 30 or so other anxious customers who’re ready to get their sandwich on. I’m always down for the “Godmother,” which isgenoa salami, mortadella,coppacola, ham, prosciutto, and provolone in an Italian roll. And when it comes to drenching your sandwich in “mild” or “hot” pepper juices, just be aware that “hot” is more like “asphyxiating death.” If you don’t wanna wait in “line,” (more like a mob) which is kinda part of the experience, you can also order online beforehand and just pickup your order at the back of the shop. Swoop on a bag of chips, a drink out the fridge, and might as well get some groceries while you’re at it. This is a gourmet market after all.
Best sandwich in Los Angeles. Hands down.
A while back, I got an interesting email to the website. A girl linked us to an eBay auction, in which the Seller had bought, and was subsequently peddling, a “thehundredsishuge.com” domain name for a ridiculous amount of cash. But theinteresting part was the description, in which the eBay seller stipulated that if Ben or I were watching the auction, he would hand the website domain over for FREE to us in exchange for a quick interview.
Next thing you know, the seller (aka Chris) was flying out from Winnipeg, Canada for a day to Q&A our brains out. I didn’t have a moment to catch up with Chris until later tonight where we met up on Sawtelle for some ‘berry. Fire away.
Chris came prepared, and in fact, asked some of the most meaningful and insightful questions I’ve been asked to date. It’s refreshing to dialogue with someone who’s got a young appreciation and wonderment for streetwear. Sometimes I lose sight of my own passion for true street culture, and the very things that inspired me to involve myself and invest into this world. It’s people like Chris, and his hungry infatuation, who help me to regain that perspective, amidst all the bloody politics and business miasma.. the distractions that cloud that ambitious curiosity and pure creativity which built the house of The Hundreds.
So we got our domain name. And Chris got his interview. Good job, buddy, the blackmail worked. The rest of you, don’t get any funny ideas.
Vito and Pat take a break and hit the rooftop for a morning lurk session. Patrick’s from Canada, I like making him say the word “magazine.” It comes out sounding like “mehgazine.” Emphasis on the “Eh.”
Umi, Lil’ Mike, and Iron Mike have got the Holiday 2 line ready and set for you at THLA. Go.
Tony‘s taking a moment away from THSF, settling into his desk job here as Vice President of Mumbling. Huh?? What?
Alex. The Natural.
The past couple weeksYoshi‘s been in Japan, he’s been guaranteeing us that once he was Stateside, he’d participate on our secret spot. So last night, he, Benjie, and Vito made good on that promise and hit the wall for an hour sesh.
photos by Vito
The first half of The Hundreds Holiday 2008 range has been at THLA, THSF, and our Online Shop over the past couple weeks (just click above), and this Thursday morning, the second chapter of the line will premiere at THLA and THSF (online hits Monday).
Here’s just a taste of some of the tops (tees, jackets, knits, outerwear) that you’ll have access to in The Hundreds Holiday 2.
photography by Paul Sun and The Social Trust
Our good friends Hasty and John have a chocolate boutique right around the way in Beverly HIlls, Madame Chocolat.
Hasty is the Chocolatier, Madame Chocolat herself, and followed her passions in opening up her own chocolate factory. Although she worked in the financial industry for 6 years, she graduated from culinary school, worked for Master Pastry Chef/Chocolatier Jacques Torres in New York, and imagines delectable confections for a living.
She had just dreamt up some of these “tubes of radness” when we got there. They’re like taquitos, instead of rolled shredded beef, it’s injected with sweet fudge, and instead of a tortilla, a frosting-laced wafer. So basically, not like a taquito at all.
I guess you could consider Johnny the Willy Wonka of the operations.
You might have caught him on the season-opener for The Girls Next Door. John smothered the Playboy girls’ “muffins” in dark chocolate, and then poured fudge all over their “bon-bons” and made milk chocolate molds out of their “vaginas.”
It’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
You may have also seen John in his recurring role on Family Guy.
I thought this fixie thing had blown outta control over 2 years ago. But the brakeless craze just keeps skidding along. Ben and I were up in Hollywood today when Boss pulled up. My favorite thing about fixed-gear bicycles is how you have to dry-hump your handlebars to make ‘em stop. The facial expression is optional.
Boss was complaining how all the other fixie snobs in the city diss his simpleton setup. The TH stickers can only help so much.
We were on the doorstep of this important piece of real estate, which is set to open its doors in L.A. very soon. It’s not my place to spill the beans, but it’s kinduva big deal.
Up on the next block, our friends Josh and Oren invited us to drop in on a private shoot for their magazine, L.A. Direct. Introducing next month’s cover girl: Audrina Patridge (MTV’S The Hills).
Oren, Audrina. Audrina, Oren.
Lionel Deluyhandled the photography. This Frenchman’s got an impressive repertoire, having extensively shot some of the most recognizable celebrities and musicians in the world.
His work is only overshadowed by his rambunctious personality. Between rattling off profanities, questioning his assistant’s sexuality out loud, and telling Audrina to keep thinking of her ex-boyfriend in this shot, he’s pretty much the champion of the universe.
Thanks Audrina. You were a good sport.
Just in case you were wondering.
Rachel’s really good at Youtube. Corgishoe’s really good at having the best sneaker auctions on the ‘net. AndJason Lee‘s really good at finding old issues of Transworld Skateboarding. Speaking of skateboarding,Dan misses the DC Lynx. And speaking of DC, Ken Block is kinda awesome.Okay, so the Lakers lost. And Gomez Warren IV is lost in Ontario. Everybody loves Johnny Cupcakes. And I love smart and stylized blogs, like Pia’s. Speaking of smart, Jun is the future. Speaking of stylized, Hannah Stouffer debuted her solo show at the Foreign Family Gallery. Poon is was here from Hong Kong. And James Kochalka was here from Vermont, showcasing his art and music at Giant Robot 2. Oh yeah, and Ben Baller got to eat at Club33.
Meanwhile, I’m on the couch, kinda geeking out on the new Star Trek trailer.
The Hundreds Holiday 2008 has now debuted in our ONLINE SHOP. While supplies last.
As the surrounding counties burned in firestorms, Los Angeles convened on the garage of the Koreatown Galleria Mall this afternoon for the Rail Jam sponsored by Xtreme Boardshop (shouts to Kym, Chris, and Jay).
Of course, The Hundreds snowboard team riders convened for the occasion.
Jake pieces together one of our newForum x The Hundreds snowboards.
Say What’sUp to Curtis Hill.
And the man, Corey Whetstone.
photos by Iron Mike
For our readers worldwide, this is going onRIGHT NOWaround Southern California. Keep your thoughts and prayers for the residents of Yorba Linda / Corona and Sylmar as fires rage throughout the Southland, mansions and trailer parks alike are reduced to rubble, major freeways are shut down, and heroic firefighters work through the night.
videos courtesy of Youtube
As you may already know, Chi Mcbride (Pushing Daisies, Boston Public, Gone in 60 Seconds) is a ginormous sneakerhead (literally, figuratively), but he’s also quite politically versed. He broke it down for us yesterday afternoon, his thoughts on the new president, universal healthcare, and the government’s involvement in our choices. And it may not be what you think.
As you can tell from the photo above, The Hundreds Footware‘s Johnson Mids are starting to fly. Here’s the setup at The Hundreds Los Angeles on Rosewood Ave.
Speaking of THLA, our bathroom’s starting to look like the inside of the Gilman. Well, not quite.
The Devil made Alex do it.
Believe it or not, the guy who drew this didn’t even know who Ben was, nor had he ever seen him before.
Diamond Supply Co. Nick’s flossin’ the samples. Flannel. Check. Fitted. Check check.
Danille just keeps truckin’. Here’re some added embellishments since you last saw her in the “Everyone Knows Us” music video. And I thought Carter was bad.
Featuring Dom Kennedy, Pac Div, Carter, and Gomez Warren IV. Directed by Jason Madison and Gomez.
All wardrobe courtesy of The Hundreds Holiday 2008.
PLUS you can also download “Everyone Knows Us” HERE. For free. You’re stoked.
If you haven’t done so yet, go back to the SPLASH page where you can rotate through The Hundreds Holiday 2008 lookbook. Here are some more behind-the-scenes clips below.. on the set of “Everyone Knows Us” featuring Dom Kennedy, Pac Division, Carter, and Gomez Warren IV. Directed by Jason Madison.
Video premieres shortly….
photography by Paul Sun and The Social Trust
Tonight, Disney unveiled it’s second generation of the BLOC 28 program, in which street artists interpret the iconic Mickey Mouse character in their own stylized art. This year, the participants include Chaz, Rime, Ewok, Aroe, Suiko, and Tenga. The show is ongoing throughout this weekend at The Continental Gallery in downtown Los Angeles.
And this is the man who makes it all possible. Les Schettkoe.
Les even gets down with the art himself, having designed the Bloc28 event tee he’s wearing above for XLarge (Mickey with the cut-off Dickies and Letter-buckle swapmeet belt??) and he also did up this guitar.
Furthermore, there is an ongoing eBay charity auction that runs through the 20th, with customized pieces from the artists like Washburn guitars, New Era hats, Han Cholo jewelry, Mindstyle vinyl collectibles, and a Nemesis Project BMX Cruiser. You can check out more informationHEREon the Bloc28 website.
Mari (Marillest) sent us this 4-piece custom skateboard set. Madam Bomb always creepin’.
It trips me out that the kids today never even got to see Jordan play (well, at least on the Chicago Bulls). So I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t see the significance of all these Jordan re-releases. Nike sent us these High-Strap Air Jordan 1s this morning. I’m just glad to see that they reverted the 1s back to a true high-top. Don’t email me asking questions, I have absolutely no clue what’s going on with these shoes other than they drop later this month and that they ruin people’s lives.
Now all I gotta do is remove the straps and throw on some black laces.
Continuing coverage from The Hundreds San Francisco.
The Hundreds Gives Back!
Micah signs his first autograph. Get used to it, Aza!
Pillows hit both stores Thursday morning.
We ran into Niq (on the right) down the street at Niketown. Turns out that he’s the creator of Diamond‘s “Lil’ Cutty” mascot. Big thumbs up.
POST on the POST on POST.
If you’re a sneaker aficionado, chances are that over the past week, you’ve heard plenty about Corgishoe’s new website, which he’s now using as the hub to sell off his legendary shoe collection that numbers in the thousands. As I told you a while back, the man with the most prolific sneaker amassment in the world is unloading them ALL. No Nike left behind.
Deadstock, mint condition, never-worn, long-forgotten, vintage shoes in all shapes and sizes. It’s like you died and went to heaven and God is a giant Corgi.
Visit his site HERE and get in on the action.
Wherever you go in San Francisco, Adam will be there.
This mural was on the wall adjacent to the warehouse sale at Milk Bar on Saturday. Kinda rivals our Loch Ness Monster, but not quite. Hardy har.
There’s something to be said for perseverance.
This is what your laundry clothesline would look like if all you wore everyday was dead animals.
I saw this guy out back pile-driving a cocker spaniel.
I found the world’s worst model.
Cardiel came. Cardiel saw. Cardiel conquered.
I feel underdressed. Don’t those guys get to carry swords? Dope.
You know the reality show thing has gone too far when they’re halfway through the second season of “Stoicism: A Day in the Life of a Lightpole.”