If you’re in LA or San Francisco this weekend, do yourself a favor and stop by The Hundreds. Not only can you get your hands on a GREEN/420 New Era cap, but also our limited RSWD/POST pinstripe fitteds and baseball tees. Plus, THSF, you lucky bastards get the exclusive E-40 collaboration t-shirt, the same one that Alex Spit is rocking here while catching up with Sweets (HUF). Jimmy Gorecki’s wondering why we’re offering a Yankee-ish pinstripe baseball cap in Dodgertown?? Chucky’s got no clue. ROSEWOOD REPRESENT. by bobbyhundreds
Monthly Archives: April 2010
The Hundreds has teamed up with Vallejo’s finest, one of hip-hop’s greatest slang inventors, the incomparable E-40, in order to celebrate the double release of his two new albums,Revenue Retrievin’: Day Shift, andRevenue Retrievin’: Night Shift. The limited edition tee features a selection of E-40′s iconic slang, in the style of liquor store signage, along with the Bomb logo and an E-40 logo at the top back. Exclusively available at THSF this Saturday.
We have a close friend named Abram Makowka, I know you’ve seen him here and there on the blog for the past 7 years. Well recently Abram wrote and directed a movie called TUG, which premiered tonight at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Based on real events in his life, Abram’s film is not only written brilliantly, but stars a great cast. To name a few, Sam Huntington, Sarah Drew, (Abram), Haylie Duff, Wendi McLendon-Covey, and Yeardley Smith:
…not to mention wardrobed here and there by The Hundreds…
THAT’S LISA SIMPSON.!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT.
The cast really bonded, filming for 24 days in Michigan can do that.
Anyways, congratulations Abram, you did it.
In the studio with Bonnie McKee, Mickey Avalon, and Cisco Adler. It’s inspiring being around music folks honing their craft, it’s an entirely different method and process. Cisco’s working his producing magic here:
Bonnie’s the virtuoso, she weaves everything together. Her notebook is scribble after lyric after smudged verse. Mark my words, she’s what’s next.
She’s working with Cisco on fine-tuning some elements to one of Mickey Avalon’s new songs. Once they got it dialed…
… he heads into the booth and lays some tracks.
And of course Bonnie chimes in as well.
This Thursday, The Hundreds will release new baseball-inspired Summer RSWD and POST New Era fitted hats. The RSWD New Era is white with black pinstripes, and the POST New Era fitted sports a red & white palette. Along with each hat, there’s also a matching raglan 3/4 sleeve baseball tee. Visit THLA for the RSWD items, and THSF for the POST products.
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when it comes to The Hundreds knock-offs, we’re far from buttered up. For the past several years, the bootlegs of our product on the black market has been escalating.. we’ve really done all we can to squash it, but nevertheless everyone from Chinese back alley vendors to American mall kiosks to even American Eagle Outfitters has ripped us off. What bothers us the most is when we see our own dedicated supporters wearing straight bootleg gear, bummmmer.
So just be aware that this stuff is prevalent out there. If you see The Hundreds product in a suspect retailer, chances are that they didn’t get it from us. Either they got it backdoored from somewhere else, or it’s fake! We take pride in distributing The Hundreds in only select, top-tier stores worldwide. Check our STOCKISTS page for official The Hundreds dealers, and no, we don’t ever sell to mall kiosks. And most of all, be highly cautious of eBay sellers hawking The Hundreds. If it seems too good to be true, it usually is.
Get savvy.. Here are some typical FAKE The Hundreds New Era caps, a lot of these have been popping up on eBay and random shops over the past couple years.. Look how retarded Adam Bomb looks (note the spark, the mouth, and the pupils):
This is a repeat offender. Our famous The Hundreds Side Adam hat was only ever offered in Black, Red, Yellow, and White. Any other color is a dead giveaway that it’s fake. Plus, look at how poor quality the embroidery job is.
This fake even tried to mimic our woven label, but the craftsmanship is way off.
And the sticker looks legit at first, but you can see how sloppy the lines are around the flag.
Buy ONLY from authorized The Hundreds stockists or from The Hundreds LA, The Hundreds SF, or our ONLINE SHOP. Anywhere else, we can’t guarantee the legitimacy. This has been a public service announcement from The Hundreds.
Ben had his big private birthday bash over the weekend, maybe if you were special, you got the invite? I think he needs to keep it up every year and start rivaling Combs on the party scene. Anyways, I didn’t have my camera on me so that I could keep my hands free for tacos, but Vito shot this of the twins. Kinda gives you an idea of how much fun everybody had.
photo by Vito
There’s this spot, Boiling Crab, with locations around the Southland. It’s amazing, if you have time to eat it today, you should. It’s Southern-style seafood, no utensils or plates really, they dump giant bags of blue crab, lobster, crawfish, you name it, on the table, marinated and drenched in a spicy seasoning. Baskets of fried catfish and calamari, hot sausages, and corn on the cob, rounded out with frothy beer..
Something I’m trying to figure out though, so maybe someone can explain it for me? For some reason, all the Boiling Crabs around Southern California are staffed by Asians and draw predominantly Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean clientele. What’s the connection? Interesting!
Maybe not the most appetizing display, but you get the idea.
I think this was the highest-priced piece in the show. Dave’s homey did all the ice cream snacks, that’s all can control.
But this is my favorite piece, by far. Dave finished this one a few weeks ago, I walked into his studio warehouse and my brains exploded upon seeing it the first time. I was in love. In all seriousness, he gazed at it and said “This is the best fucking thing I’ve done in my life.” He was so convinced, he was considering scrapping all the other paintings and starting over in this new direction. I thought that might be a hasty decision, but reassured him if he wanted to get rid of everything, I’d be a good friend and dump it all for him. Into my home.
David Choe held the private opening for his solo exhibition, NOTHING TO DECLARE, at the Lazarides Gallery in Beverly Hills tonight. Congratulations to Dave on a perfectly executed show, a packed house, and plenty of red dots to go around. That means paintings were being sold one after another like dominos, and for $50,000 to $100,000 a pop, I’d say that’s a resounding success.
Steve Lazarides, Dave, and Naama pre-show.
This is Laz’s gallery, he’s been working with Dave for a bit out of London. You may also know him because he is Banksy’s former manager.
Eli Roth aka The Bear Jew (Inglourious Basterds), Nikki, Dave, and Eric (Giant Robot).
That’s Mickey Avalon and the evil laugh.
Tofer and Abram Makowka.
Mark (Cobra Snake) and Dave.
Dave loves his mom. And the other way around.
Dave, Nikki, and Dave’s proud parents.
More photos of the actual pieces to come…
It’s Dave Choe week, as his long-anticipated L.A. exhibition opens at the Lazarides Gallery this Friday night. I’ve seen it all in person and vouch for it, everything except the giant inflatable penis. That’s more of a concept piece I think.
And according to Juxtapoz, it’s Dave Choe MONTH. The entire new issue is dedicated to Dave Choe, and it’s one of my favorite collector’s edition magazines in the history of the universe. Free Choe poster inside. So, free Choester. Blasphemous story after disturbing anecdote chronicling Dave’s career, adventures, and sexually-charged escapades around the world. I even throw in a testimonial, and Juxtapoz features our The Hundreds Rosewood Collection t-shirts depicting Choe’s art.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area over the next month, you have no excuse. Check out NOTHING TO DECLARE.
Have you been following Johnny Cupcakes as he makes his way across the country for his Suitcase Tour? Last night, he checked into his LA shop on Melrose and of course, the line was wrapped around the block. The first kids secured their spots almost a week back.
FollowKellen on Twitter and tell her I sent you.
One thing that’s awesome about Johnny is how he takes care of his staff. He just surprised his LA crew that they got the next couple weeks off as they’re coming along with him on the second leg of his tour back to the East Coast. Ben and I would NEVER do that for our staff. NEVER. The most we’ll do for them is maybe let them address us once in a while.
Speaking of weed…
As illustration, I’ll take you inside a local medical marijuana dispensary.
This is La Casa Verde located in West Hollywood, on the corner of Sunset and Hayvenhurst to be exact. Our good friend M Dog opened the doors in December.
It’s amazing, all the things they come up with to spread the marijuana gospel these days… It’s not just about brownies anymore, there’s all kinds of baked goods, oils for your food, rice krispy treats,..
Kinda like 31 Flavors. Kind of.
M Dog was explaining how the government is closing in on the 1,000 dispensaries that have sprouted up in L.A. There’s discussion that they will revoke everyone’s license and reinstate new standards by which dispensaries are granted rights to distribute medicinal marijuana. If you’ve learned anything from today’s 4/20 posts, it’s to educate yourself on the subject matter, get involved, and make your voice heard. This is a big deal, it’s about your money, it’s about your safety and your health.. it may be about legalizing drug use… Whether you agree or disagree with me, your vote counts. At the end of the day, you’re the one who has to live with it.
Today marks 4/20, the global counterculture holiday celebrating all things cannabis. And to commemorate the occasion, The Hundreds is releasing our signature Adam Bomb New Era 59/50 fitted baseball cap, this time with a natural twist: constructed of hemp (one of the most strongest fibers in the world), with green design accents, and a wooden button on top. There’s also an accompanying organic t-shirt to coincide with Earth Day later this week. Both will be available ONLY exclusively at The Hundreds LA and The Hundreds SF as of this morning, and will NOT be available online or anywhere else for that matter.
Hemp and green huh? Is this just about glorifying pot and getting high? Believe it or not, my impetus for this project actually arose from political suggestion. We live in the State of California, one of 14 states in America that has legalized medical marijuana, with experts speculating almost nationwide acceptance over the next decade. Aside from gay marriage, marijuana legalization has become the most pertinent political issue for our generation. What’s the big deal anyways?
As many of you may or may not know, I don’t smoke weed. No, really, I don’t. But I wholeheartedly support legalizing marijuana use amongst responsible adults. Why? Basically, it really just doesn’t make sense not to.
The National Study on Drug Use and Health reports almost 100 million Americans have tried marijuana, while 15 million have used in the past month. Marijuana has historically been masked with the stoner’s stigma and framed as a gateway drug, however most of those fears have been allayed over generations of hardworking, tax-paying, pot smokers who haven’t fallen into addictions. Traditionally, the popular criticism held that cannabis use was inextricable from hardcore substances abuse, from degenerate criminal behavior, but clearly that philosophy has adjusted as well. We all know (or are) marijuana aficionados that do anything but.
Let’s consider the benefits, besides the obvious (Beavis chuckle). When most critics think of the magical green leaf, visions of hippies and unwieldy bongs dance in their head. But thankfully, much of that stereotype is being downgraded due to the success of medical marijuana treatment. It has already been clinically and empirically established that medicinal marijuana provides relief for patients suffering from devastating illnesses such as cancer and AIDS. Plus, the benefits for aging seniors are fast being recognized.
We should also consider the economic benefits that come by way of marijuana legalization. California, for one, could use marijuana’s assistance in it’s ailing agricultural industry right now. Quoted from Time Magazine: “It is estimated that pot is the largest cash crop in California, with annual revenues approaching $14 billion.” Man, that’s a lot of billions.
Let’s take it further, and talk about financial positives that come from reducing illegal marijuana-related crime. Marijuana proponents argue that decriminalization would subtract the basis for drug cartels. By virtually eliminating the black market for marijuana distribution, we’d deplete the trickle-down resources to the underworld, further lessening the opportunity and market for substantive illegal crime.
And what about taxation? The War on Drugs is more a war on our pocketbooks than anything else, what with overcrowded prisons and police units dedicated to chasing dope dealers. The stark truth is that we actually have much to financially gain by legalizing weed. Money that can be directed towards, for instance, schools and educational resources for our children. According to the LA Weekly, “Legalizing all banned drugs would benefit taxpayers nationwide by $77 billion per year by both generating new tax income and eliminating the costs of enforcement. Since marijuana represents about a third of the illicit-drug economy, legalizing pot would make a difference of roughly $25 billion.”
Man. THAT is a lot of billions.
Shall we consider the detriments? Historically, marijuana has been demonized for its effects and its connotations. Okay, it makes some people lazy and cartoonishly happy (and sometimes uncharacertistically funny). But the reality is no one has ever poisoned themselves with marijuana and no one has ever died as a direct result of smoking weed… ever. Meanwhile, alcohol gets a free pass as a recreational and legal right, although its’abuse has been linked to cancer, violent crime and behavior, domestic abuse, and sexual assault.. Marijuana use has not. Overall, studies show that marijuana is far less addictive than alcohol, and the long-term health effects are nil compared to that of booze.
I think we’re all mature enough to admit that whether or not marijuana is legalized, those who are going to smoke it, will. And do. It’s fairly easy to obtain, even for minors, in many ways more facile than procuring liquor. There are 600 pot dispensaries sprinkled around Los Angeles, more than Starbucks. And within my own social circle, all are responsible recreational users, limiting smoking mostly to the confines of their private residence. Everyone from artists to cops to attorneys smoke on the DL, and for many, it’s not something that necessarily stops with college graduation. Just because weed is legalized, America will hardly fall into a state of Zombieland. Theoretically it shouldn’t operate any differently from the way it is now, if not improved. There are conjectures that legalization could even result in a decrease of marijuana use, since the associated taboo would be lifted. There is something reminiscent in all this of Prohibition logic.
So what’s it come down to? An irrational sense of legalism, a conservative fence of archaic blanket rules that are not only unreasonable but grounded on speculation and misinformation. Personally, it seems a bit hypocritical to attack marijuana, and spend so much of our resources raining on the cannabis parade when we should be focusing those efforts and tax dollars elsewhere (a plight shared by graffiti). But by criminalizing weed, we are contributing to black market commerce that elevates crime and evades taxation. And we are furthering the baseless myth of marijuana evils. I say, if we’re going to condemn marijuana, we need to apply the same logic to alcohol, to fatty foods, to automobile carcinogens, to plastics, pesticides, gossip rags, olives and mushrooms (just a selfish request), and down the line.
Otherwise, you’re just blowing smoke up our ass.
model: Shay Maria
words and pictures: bobbyhundreds
And the best part of Coachella 2010… You.
When I first heard ofMuse, I wanted to hate ‘em so badly. A poor man’s Radiohead? This is worse than Coldplay, I couldn’t emphasize enough. But it’s easy to get swept in, catching yourself unwittingly belting along to 1 of their 300 radio singles in the confines of your car. Every song, the entirety is a chorus. A Muse song is like the best sing-along crescendo of a Killers track, except the whole way through. Still, I couldn’t like a band like that.
So everyone tells me I need to see them LIVE. Coachella seems like a good place to do it.
And I’m blown away. Sometimes, there are just particular bands and artists that need to be experienced live to fully appreciate. The same can be said for hardcore music, or for certain bands that make up for in stage presence what they may lack in production or actual classical music talent. It’s unfortunate that most of us comprehend music solely from stereo speakers, music is bigger than that.
Muse stole the show. For this performance, I was flanked by celebrities and musicians in the photo pit, all gunning for the best seat in the house. They all wanted to partake in this, this …near-religious experience. Hayden Panettiere to my left, and Jay-Z and Beyonce mesmerized directly behind me..?
Anyways, listen to this while you look at these. Bear witness:
As promised, here’s some more coverage of Day 2 at Coachella 2010. I’ll tell you right now that I bailed on Day 3, so unfortunately don’t expect coverage of Gorillaz (bummer) or Thom Yorke (extra bummer), or even Talvin Singh (sabotaged by the volcano anyways).
So here’s The Raveonettes. I love these guys.
More Coachella coverage from Day 2 on the way, but for now enjoy last night’s midnight performance by South African Zef-rap sensation, Die Antwoord. It’s the trio’s U.S. debut with more stateside dates set to follow,.. and if you’re wondering why they seem familiar, it’s because of THIS. And THIS. They brought the house down, totally unexpected, the captivating fancy of Coachella. Not a soul wasn’t rapping or beat-bouncing along to the Afrikaans-laced artillery. Big ups Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek!
Oh and about the backup dancers. One of them might be THIS.
Coachella 2010. Day 1:
So I didn’t adhere to my schedule as planned, so missed out on capturing Sleigh Bells and She & Him for you guys,.. but at least I got to shoot The Specials:
Half-expected to turn around and see everyone with Specials patches on their backpacks with white-out applied checkers down the straps.Felt like I was 15 again.
Most the crowd really is 15 again.
A real class act: Gil Scott Heron.
And performance of the day goes to La Roux:
About to head out for Day 2…
Let’s be honest. I probably wouldn’t be where I am without Shawn Stussy‘s work 30 years back. Same goes for The Hundreds and streetwear as a whole. Shawn Stussy departed from his namesake company years ago and has laid low ever since, but as of recent, there’ve been some murmurs and plenty rumors. Monday, the truth came to light upon the launch of his new clothing project/brand, entitled S-Double.Stussy’s back in the game with a comprehensive apparel range of t-shirts, sweatshirts, bottoms, and shoes. I picked up a Standard sweatshirt in black, very classic and comfortable. Very Shawn Stussy.
If you’re gonna be sweatin’ it out at Coachella this weekend, you may be excited to know that we’ve worked on an official limited collaboration t-shirt with the music festival. It’ll only be offered at Coachella, at the Boutik onsite. This is the first time we’re offering an organic t-shirt, to fit the theme of the Boutik, so go green:
My bud Toby from H2O is behind a new project, ONE LIFE ONE CHANCE, a website dedicated to leading a positive, motivated life. Toby is now 40 years old, and 40 years Straight Edge. That means he’s never touched a substance, alcohol, drugs, you name it. He’s been doing the school tour circuit to spread his story to kids, and the website hosts daily interviews with notable personalities who are either straight edge, sober, or leading life with PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). I think it’s a refreshing twist and a different message often purported by musicians and counterculture.
This week, The Hundreds unveils the Summer 2010 Footware collection, including all new fabrications of each sneaker style, available in three new colors apiece. The original Footware model, the Johnson Mid, is back with suede uppers, contrasting laces, and splatter-printed midsoles; its little brother, the Johnson Low, features two-tone canvas uppers and a matching pinstripe around the midsoles; and the Valenzuela Low is all grown-up, with smart-looking faux-leather uppers, and contrasting red pinstripes on the midsoles. The entire collection features The Hundreds signature Jags motif on the soles, light foam padding at the tongues and collar openings for comfort, as well as soft EVA insoles with a half-length latex insoles for cushioning. Available this Thursday at THLA and THSF.
The Hundreds sightings from you, our supporters, worldwide. Not celebrities, not coolguys, just regular everyday peoples.
Klim sent this one in. Bombs away.
This is the doorway to Fredrik’s room, all the way out in Norway.
James Work playing with his band Irukandji out in Seattle.
And while we’re on the subject of musicians, Millyz rapping in our old SET hoody out in Boston:
Ray out in Orlando, Florida:
And speaking of tats, I don’t know who this guy is, but Tony shot his ink in The Hundreds LA shop the other day. These are NOT an April Fool’s joke. That throat piece is the real deal:
Tonight, Banksy held the world premiere for his film, EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP, downtown at the historic Los Angeles Theatre. As you may have come to expect from street art’s most celebrated figurehead, it was all hoopla, pizzazz, and paparazzi around the city block as showtime neared. And inside, voluptuous girls pouring out of flapper dresses, ski-masked service, some of Banksy’s notable installations like Tweety, free popcorn, and a faceless pianoman. And all of L.A.’s art and entertainment worlds colliding under one roof, all the key players were in the house tonight, the movemakers..
The last time Banksy was here, you may remember Brangelina showed up along with a painted elephant. Tonight, the celebrities cascaded down the red carpet once again, although flanked with the invited guests.. yes, the regular everyday public. It was as if the point was to make everyone feel and “appear” like a star tonight, and as they were handed spray cans and asked to decorate the truck parked curbside, all sudden artists as well.
It was a fitting gesture for a film commentary that oozed pomp and circumstance, intricately woven around the story of another “artist” Mr. Brainwash. You see, the Banksy movie isn’t really about Banksy at all (or is it?), but rather the camera is turned on the filmmaker-turned-street-artist Thierry Guetta, or MBW as he later adopted. The movie jump starts with a colorful depiction, and explanation, of modern street art’s rise and explosion.. chronicling the backgrounds of Shepard Fairey, Space Invader, and a gaggle of others including Swoon, Buffmonster, Seizer, and through it all, the amateur French filmmaker Guetta who documents their night wheatpasting crusades. But as Guetta familiarizes himself with Banksy and the covert operative world he maintains, he’s drawn himself into the lure of street art.
Overnight, literally OVERNIGHT, Guetta transforms into Mr. Brainwash, and the remainder of the film takes turns poking fun at Guetta, his baseless art, and the fans who absentmindedly consume it. Banksy, even Shepard Fairey, hold no punches in trying to theorize how exactly this happened.. how a no-name quasi-filmmaker turned out a million-dollar solo art exhibition, produced and orchestrated by a talented team of others, to an eager audience that didn’t question any of it.
Everyone had their own take-home message with this movie, but for me, this film is just a big fat finger pointed right back at the viewer. It’s funny, we can leave it at that. And it’s hard not to believe that somewhere sipping champagne and toasting the frivolity of it all, Banksy and Brainwash are laughing at us all once again. The adoring public can’t get enough of their “art,” and no matter how hard the artists drive home the irreverence, the collectors want it that much more. Is Banksy laughing at Guetta,… or is he laughing at us?
I’d go with the latter.
Have you been watching this new show on NBC called Parenthood? Might as well, it’s actually getting rave reviews, and I don’t watch much regular TV, but it’s good. Plus, The Hundreds Magazine cover girl Joy Bryant is on the show, as well as Erika Christensen who also appears in the second issue.
Keeping it all in the family…
Here are some outtakes from my shoot with the girls. Both rocking The Hundreds Phoenix sunglasses. And watch Parenthood Tuesday night!
That’s right, it’s another Music Monday, this week dedicated to the lineup at the upcoming Coachella festival kicking off Friday. Judging by these picks, you can probably guess who I’m looking forward to this weekend…
Sleigh Bells “Crown on the Ground”
Faith No More “Epic”
Talvin Singh “Jaan”
Sunny Day Real Estate “In Circles”
Flying Lotus “Massage Situation”
Pavement “Cut Your Hair”
See you guys there.