In Internet-speak, this update’s coming crazy late, I know. But all good things come to those who wait. Last weekend, we hosted a friends & family Grand Opening celebration at The Hundreds New York, where we flew staff out from LA, and invited all our associates and supporters worldwide to join us in inducting our newest retail location. Much thanks to Hennessy, Heineken, and Belvedere for providing the liquids, and The Meatball Shop for the eats. Here are some photos of the night by Tak, Andrew, and Justin:
photos by Tak, Andrew, and Justin
Sleigh Bells at the El Rey. This is one of my favorite bands out right now. Maybe because Derek used to be in hardcore band Poison the Well, or maybe because Alexis is fun to watch, or maybe because they just make radical music.
Just listen to this video while you look at these photos. Thanks.
Last night, I was wandering the halls backstage at Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and was really impressed with what the comedian has done with his short career. As a teenager, I used to listen to him as the sports guy on KROQ’s morning show, Kevin & Bean. Then he kinda took the Comedy Central path to stardom, and it’s as if he were built for his own talk show. He’s always been the underdog in the late-night circuit, but a definite fan favorite, and reliably funny. Slow and steady always wins the race.
Anyways, that’s Jenny McCarthy’s room in front, and to the left was Ron Artest’s.
We were actually there for Die Antwoord. So considering the crazy Playmate pinup, crazy Laker, and crazy South African rap ninjas, it was a random mix of associated guests backstage in the green room. Blondes, record execs, Bam Margera (why do I keep running into this guy wherever I am in the world? I see this Jackass in 3D everywhere), and Asian artists.
Speaking of watching online, have you seen Die Antwoord’s latest music video for “Evil Boy?” Probably not if you check Youtube, who had to pull it due to complaints.
After their set, we ducked into their dressing room, and Ninja threw Dave Choe into a sleeper hold. Dave’s the honorary fourth member of Die Antwoord if you haven’t figured it out by now, these two are inseparable, clearly.
Enna, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, Dave, and DJ Hi-Tek unmasked on the right, but alas, still faceless.
Then Ninja and Yo-Landi wanted to ghostride the whip. Ninja loves stainless steel, says it’s his thing… something about how in Afrikaans, “stainless steel” rhymes with “erect penis.” ??? Seriously. I dunno.
So I think we’re gonna get Yo-Landi a DeLorean as her first car ever. Done deal.
…makes you naaaasty….
…in your FACE!…
…IN YOUR FACE!”
Ninja, Yo-Landi, and Hi-Tek are on a flight right now to Chicago. Catch ‘em on tour!
This week, The Hundreds unveils the Winter 2010 Footware collection, including all new looks for each sneaker style, available in three colors apiece.
The flagship model, the Johnson Mid makes its return with a snakeskin- textured suede leather upper, Visa Terry lined interior, and tonal grommets; the Johnson Low features perforated suede leather with a matching pin stripe around the mid-soles; the Valenzuela Low features a hemp upper covered with the TH custom “Scratch” logo; the Jackson Low comes with a sharp suede leather upper; and the very stylish Wayne High features a leather exterior and matching laces.
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.
I was picking up my car from the shop the other day and saw that the guys at DeLorean Motor Center were working on a Back to the Future time-machine conversion, as they often do. This particular one was to be used for the Spike Awards which aired last night, in which Michael J. Fox actually drives out in the replica. And then I realized that this year is the 25th Anniversary of Back to the Future, and while I was in the middle of all these eye-opening epiphanies, I remembered that October 21 (tomorrow) is the focal date of the entire Back to the Future trilogy that bounces between 1955, 1985, and 2015. And then it was brought to my attention that the pop culture world is already far ahead of me on this one as 25th Anniversary Back to the Future-themed events are planned for the entire next month, along with that never-before-seen Eric Stoltz footage as Marty McFly hitting the internet, and the Blu-Ray finally coming out and so on and so forth. Awesome.
Back to the Future II is my favorite movie in the history of cinematic masterpieces (Barely scraping by every Kevin Smith movie ever made, and any film Jennifer Connelly stars in). From the DeLorean to the hoverboards, the entire BTTF trilogy is my youth wrapped up in one big flux capacitor.
It also got me thinking of how many Back to the Future references we’ve made through The Hundreds brand over the years. There have been a lot. So many that we had trouble remembering them all, so I’m sure I’m leaving out a few key pieces.
But, for example, remember the “Pit Bull” t-shirt from 4 or 5 years back? I remember some idiot e-mailed into the site saying we bit another brand’s pitbull references, and then I pointed out that it’s the graphic from Griff’s hoverboard in BTTF II. Yeah, I showed him alright.
“Art in Revolution” was actually pulled off a button-pin a character wears in BTTF II. How’s that for obscure?
At the time we made this graphic, I ran a little game on the blog and asked if any of you knew what inspired the idea. I think only 1 or 2 people won that contest, recognizing the Mr. Fusion rip.
This t-shirt actually never saw the light of day. It’s a typical Cali lowrider swap-meet style t-shirt, but re-appropriated with Griff’s car from BTTF II and the familiar BTTF clock tower in the background.
Recently, our “Pulp” t-shirt had another reference to the Pit Bull hoverboard in the top-right corner.
Who remembers these 2 t-shirt graphics? Some of our favorites.. By Steve Nazar, the original artist behind the popular T&C Surf t-shirts. From The Hundreds’ Summer 2006 season, so over 4 years ago.. Sorry, was digging through archives, and stumbled upon the original artwork for these. Hope you dig it.
Russ & Daughters. Since 1914, 4 generations of the Russ family have handed down the best lox and bagel sandwiches in the country, right here on Houston in New York City. Pull a number, get taken care of by staff who seem to have Ph.D.’s in salmon… You choose your bagel, you choose a spread, and you choose the smoked fish. Russ & Daughters is #8 on Anthony Bourdain’s 13 places to eat before you die. But since you’re gonna die anyways, might as well shell up for their thousand-dollar caviar.
Too bad if you’re in New York and this is the first you’re hearing of this, but today was the Grub Street Food Festival. New York Magazine, Grub Street, and the Hester Street Fair partnered up on the biggest Lower East Side food festival of all time. More like, a foodie festival. 40 of New York’s finest foodies participated including the Malbon Brothers BBQ, Luke’s lobster rolls, P&H Soda, and Korean tacos by Pako Taco. The place was incredibly packed all day long, and that desperate Bethenny Frankel housewife was even filming her foodie reality show amidst it all.
By far my favorite eats belonged to Gloria’s In & Out, a Caribbean joint serving the best from Trinidad. I don’t even know how to explain it to you, but if you’re in Brooklyn, you MUST try this spot out and get this thing called the “Doubles.” Some of the best food I’ve ever had in New York.
SuChin Pak runs Hester Street Fair and Daniel Maurer is the editor of Grub Street. These 2 were the responsible people who were responsible for this responsible event.
If you missed out, you can still hit up the Hester Street Fair tomorrow, and every Saturday and Sunday at the corner of Hester and Essex.