Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first time I ever heard that Beatles song was in a skate video. Plan B’s “Virtual Reality” to be exact. Anyways, it’s appropriate because this post is all about The Hundreds staff, and how we really couldn’t have gotten by without ‘em this past year. I know that Ben and I get most of the attention when it comes to putting faces to The Hundreds’ name, but The Hundreds is more than just 2 of us. It’s everyone from the warehouse to the storefronts, from Sales to Design, interns and veterans alike. 2009 was a big year for The Hundreds and I wanted to thank our crew for coming along for the ride (and getting out and pushing when we needed it).
Sebas is finishing his beer there. He runs Freshcotton, the foremost online streetwear and skate boutique in the Netherlands. You remember the collaboration pack we made with them over the Summer? Anyways, you think they’d have it all in Amsterdam, but after seeing Wurstkuche on the blog, Sebas wanted L.A.’s finest gourmet hot dog for lunch. For some reason, the TH crew ends up eating here a lot, and apparently we’re not the only ones. Lately, the lines just to get into the building have been 40 minutes long. Personally, I come for the beverages and fries with honey mustard. Usually, I go with the Sarsparilla root beer but today it was all about the cucumber soda.
Since most of you didn’t figure it out, or more importantly, didn’t care to waste any time to.. here’s the easy way out:
The Internet. 9/11. Singles. Nike Dunks. Postmodernism. The Republican Party. The Middle East. iEverything. Paris Hilton. Emo (music and state of mind). Coffee. Bright Colors. Globalization. Healthcare Corruption. American Apparel. Denim. Losing Religion. Terrorism. HBO. Shepard Fairey. Yoga. Blogging. A Bathing Ape. Jessica Alba. Christian Audigier. Marijuana. City of God. Scarves. Irony. Fairfax. Kanye West. Digital Photography. War. The ‘70s. ”Reality.” American Idol. Stupidity. Popped Collars. Wheat Paste. New Era 59/50. Myspace. Homosexuality. Zip-Up Hoodies. Corporatization. Turning 20. Going Green. Minorities. World of Warcraft. Malcolm Gladwell. Wireless. Patterns. Eminem. Obesity. Los Angeles. The Hills. Korean Yogurt. Hypebeast. Napoleon Dynamite. Kobe. Pornography. Customizing. MILFs. Radiohead. Overnight Success. Comic Con. Luxury. Trucker Caps. Air Soles. Dressing Differently. Judd Apatow. Steroids. Islam. Downloading. Skateboarding Trends. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Skulls. Fixed Gear. Rick Roll’d. Giant Robot. The Sopranos. Web Humor. H&M. American Guilt. Ari Gold. Survivor. Hate. Futura 2000. Sushi. Brown Hair. Track Jackets and Allover Print. White People. Cynicism. MP3s. Pixar. MMA. Kid Robot. Streetwear.
Gaga. Beards. Tom’s Shoes. The End of the World. Vampires. Infidelity. Barack Obama. Jersey Shore. Facebook. Twitter. Taylor. Smartphones. 8 babies. Global Warming. Value. Kaws One. Skinny Denim. Abby Elliott is not quite the new Kristen Wiig. Yet. Medicinal Marijuana. Dancing. The End of Streetwear. Vulcanized Soles. Tattoos. Blowing Up Overnight. The Hangover. All Black Everything. Black Hair. China. Crewnecks. Kindle. Lindsay Lohan. Kid Cudi. Solids. The Democratic Party. Gourmet Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. Ignorance. Flannels. Social Networking. Aziz Ansari. Complacency. Skateboard Sport. Curb Your Enthusiasm. Graffiti. Feeling 30. User-Generated. Radiohead Copycats. Korean Tacos. Supra. CNN. Dressing like Everyone Else. Digital Videography. SXSW. Tumblr. Inglorious Basterds. Trad. Kobe vs. Lebron. Hulu. Megan Fox. Comic Movies. The Lakers. Latinos. The Yankees. Homophobia. G-Shock. The Berrics. The ‘80s. Ripping. Top Shop. The Kardashians. Cupcakes. Where the Wild Things Are. The Economy. Snuggie. Racism. Healthcare Reform. Smurf Beanies. Internet Cats. Techno. San Francisco. The Death of Print. American Downfall. Fallon is NOT the new Conan. Conan is NOT the old Conan. Modern Warfare. Swine Flu. iPhone apps. Dying Young. Branding. Lil’ Wayne. Cougars. Monetizing the Internet. Hamsters.
2010 AND BEYOND
Apple Tablet. On-Demand. Apathy. Getting Older. The Weather. Jessica Lowndes. The XX. Quality. Los Angeles Rap. Alice in Wonderland. Re-thinking the Internet. Comic Books. Joan Jett. The ‘90s. Socialism. E-commerce. Live Feed. DeLorean. Reading. Drawing. Blowing Out Overnight. Privacy. The Independent Party. Sam Rockwell. Football. I mean Soccer. Underage. Dressing Like Yourself. Thom Yorke. Pullover Hoodies. Navy Blue and Ash Heather. Homosexual Culture. Healthcare Insurance Reform. George Lopez. Education. Turning 30. Olivia Munn. Blonde Hair. The Death of Irony. Materials. Art Basel. Cupsoles. The Hundreds. The Rebirth of Streetwear. Lebron. Marijuana Legalization. The Death of Adolescence. American Pride. Kick Ass. Vegetarianism. Korean Food. Hypersexuality. Film. Dr. Dre. Baggy Denim. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. How to Make It in America. Asians. Skateboarding Culture. Surf. Iron Man 2. Camouflage. Hair not Hats. Illustration. Classic Colors. New York.
I like to work in clusters and collages, sometimes juxtaposed imagery is more powerful than on its own, and that’s an idea that Australian artist/designer Michael Steele has pretty much perfected. Here are some images from his portfolio… mixed media, illustrations, paintings, stencil, spray-paint. Steele incorporates a lot of subtle pop culture references but I’m especially fond of the ones where he works together materials like “Natures Return.” Oh, and the ones where he uses familiar cartoon bombs. Check out his website HERE.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everybody. I forgot to add this photo to my ’09 Favorites, but here it is. This guy’s like the anti-Santa.
I need to get on my last-minute Christmas shopping. I haven’t even done my first-minute Christmas shopping. Where are you guys headed besides Fairfax, Post, and thehundreds.com?? I was supposed to handle some of it this afternoon but got sidetracked at THLA. Tal (DCMA), Aaron (Agenda), and Revok were posted on Rosewood Ave.
I haven’t seen Marco in a while. The last time he had a puppy this small it was Camo over 2 years ago. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a brindle pug before. This one’s on his way to get his shots, he doesn’t even have a name yet. I thought Tiger would be fitting with the stripes and..you know.. Tiger Camo.
Nick went from LA to THSF to New York, and now he’s back for a bit. Julian’s trying to look tough, but is doing a very bad job of it.
These new-wave lunch trucks are all the rage in Los Angeles. The trend largely kicked off with KogiBBQ, the Korean/Mexican fusion meals on wheels. But nowadays, you have hesher themed trucks, Kogi knockoffs, and green-minded coaches.
Asian Soul Kitchen is one of the smartest, and most importantly, tastiest, of ‘em all.
These are our good friends Snook and Richard, ASK is their brainchild. Asian/Soul Food fusion! They’ve got big plans for Asian Soul, not just in terms of their gourmet offerings, but branding and partnership wise. Follow them wherever they go on Twitter.
Lettuce wrap and Asian sliders with shiitake mushrooms. Usually, I’m not a fan of the fungi, but these changed my mind.
One of the favorites is ASK’s yakisoba. (if you read that quickly, looks like it says ASK YASI).
But my top selections are their collard greens (not pictured) and their Lollipop Chicken. In their own words: “Our Lollipop Chicken are mouthwatering southern friend drummets in a sweet and spicy tamarind glaze and garnished with sesame seeds.” Stop salivating.
To wash it down, they have all the right beverages. Mexican Coke bottles (you know, with actual sugar) and Japanese sodas like Calpico and Asahi Mitsuya Cider.
ASIAN. SOUL. KITCHEN.
This week, The Hundreds release two new limited edition New Era fitted hats and t-shirts. The POST hat & tee refers to the street in San Francisco where you’ll find the THSF flagship store, and the RSWD hat & tee refer to the location of the THLA flagship store. These will each be limited to 100 pieces at each store. The POST hat & tee will be exclusively available at THSF, and the RSWD hat and tee will be exclusively available at the THLA retail space. Available this Saturday at THLA and THSF.
…and these are my favorite *vertical photographs of the past year:
You know Jack. I still wave to him every morning when I get into work.
May Day. Amped on adrenaline and bent on a cause, protestors took to the streets of downtown LA for the annual pro-immigration rallies. While most organized peacefully with signs and bullhorns, this guy used his entire body to make a statement. Their more antagonizing tactics were media fishbait as reporters sensationalized the ordeal. They certainly got my attention.
I was at Olivia Munn’s place on a late Sunday night and she was surfing the web. I grabbed my camera. Olivia’s blowing up in the entertainment world, she’s hands-down the busiest person I know and is always on the go. Always a million miles a minute with this girl, but just for a moment, her universe paused.
As I wrote on the afternoon we saw this bird devouring a mouse at Bunker Hill Park, “The context of nature in the smog and brick is still pretty powerful.”
The Hundreds DeLorean was one of our biggest collaboration projects of 2009, where The Hundreds actually worked on a car. I think the JAGS pattern worked perfectly with the DeLorean’s shape and lines, but then again, it shouldn’t be surprising. After all, the DeLorean DMC-12′s design inspired JAGS itself.
I really like how the tones of this photograph developed, like a syrupy bordeaux. You probably remember this girl who so graciously let me photograph her at Nickel Diner. I know some of you definitely do because you lurked her out hardcore on Twitter and Flickr and before you know it, she was sending me confused emails about who all our deranged followers were. Anyways, once again, for your stalking pleasure: