The Hundreds is pleased to announce the release of the Fall 2012 Skate lookbook, worn by the The Hundreds Skate Team and shot at Brooklyn Projects.
The team wears key pieces and skate favorites from the Fall 2012 collection, such as the Angry woven, the Love woven, the Survival Club tee, the Dodo tee, the Team Two snapback, and the There snapback.
Featuring Mike “Owen” Franklin, Ricky Webb, Billy Roper, Mikey Burton, and CJ Tambornino:
The line is set to release on Thursday, August 2, 2012 at The Hundreds flagship locations and authorized retailers worldwide. Check out the entirety of the Fall 2012 Skate Team lookbook HERE.
What originally attracted you to leather craftsmanship?
I had a women’s knitwear line back in the early 2000′s and I started to incorporate leather trim, and eventually entire leather pieces, into the last few collections. I became really interested at that point in leather so when I discontinued the line I sought out a job where I could work with and learn more about leather. I completely lucked out and found a job as a Product Developer for Wrangler Western accessories at Chambers Belt in Commerce, CA. There was an incredible sample department staffed with craftsmen who had been handcrafting leather accessories for 25-30 years. On my lunch breaks or after hours I would design accessories for myself and friends and the sample makers would teach me how to make them. I fell in love with leather at that point.
When and why did you start Los Angeles Leathercraft?
So fast forward 2 years from my magic moments in the sample room.. Chambers is sold to a large corporation who eventually moves all manufacturing out of the US and closes the doors to one of the last standing leather belt factories in the US. When this happened I was left unemployed. Myself and two business partners had the opportunity to join forces with three of the craftsmen from Chambers and we started Los Angeles Leathercraft. It was a perfect opportunity to put our combined manufacturing experience to use for ourselves instead of going to work for another big corporation that sees no value in a high quality, handcrafted, American made product. In the end, we won. We get to work for ourselves and build a company based on our own ethics and our friends have a job doing what they know and love.
Leather is a living material in a way. Based on many factors,quality and cut of the hide, levels of oils & fat within the hide etc,it changes with each cut, split and emboss.
What types of merchandise do you create?
We are a manufacturer specializing in private label, leather accessories. Our clients range from footwear and apparel brands to home goods and furniture companies.. the majority of them based in LA. We’ve done seating, bags and every type of accessory including leather jewelry. This year we want to get into footwear. We just finished our first prototype of a pair of sandals that we’re really excited about. I’d love to be able to offer our clients some simple footwear styles that they can add to their product lines.
What are some of the blessings and curses that come with working with leather?
Leather is a living material in a way. Based on many factors,quality and cut of the hide, levels of oils & fat within the hide etc,it changes with each cut, split and emboss. These things are what make leather fascinating and fun to work with, however to a client that doesn’t have a lot of experience with leather and its natural inconsistencies, issues can come up. We try to educate our clients at the beginning of the development process so they know what to expect with the leathers they choose to use.
What is a driving inspiration behind your designs and the company as a whole?
We are very inspired by the renewed interest that consumers have for American made product. Most of the products I’ve designed and manufactured, for my own lines or for companies I’ve worked for, have been American made. This is something that I’ve always been very passionate about. At Los Angeles Leathercraft we have the opportunity to prove that American made product, especially leather products, can be made affordably without sacrificing quality or attention to detail.
What is the staple leather piece that you think everyone should own?
A great leather belt that fits properly (center hole is where it should fasten) is something that everyone should own. It will only get better with age as it patinas andmolds to your body.. it will become the most comfortable thing you wear and could last a lifetime.
Do you have any advice to give people who want to start their own business?
Building a network is probably one of the most important things I’ve learned. More than half of the work I get comes from a personal connection.. and in exchange I share my resources with friends andcolleagues. Now with theinternetthe playing field is even and everyone has access to the same resources so that part has become easier.. its using tools like social media to foster relationships is what takes effort but where the real payoff can be.
We’re getting ready for the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, CA on August 1st. This will be the first time we present the company to the public so we’ve been spending a lot of time carefully deciding on which products to feature that will best represent our capabilities.
What are you currently working on?
We’re getting ready for the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, CA on August 1st. This will be the first time we present the company to the public so we’ve been spending a lot of time carefully deciding on which products to feature that will best represent our capabilities.
Where do you see Los Angeles Leathercraft in the next five years?
One of our goals is to get into licensing. We have a lot of experience in this area of the market and thoroughly understand how to manage licensing partnerships.
Streetwear, as we’ve come to understand it, has a mysterious and murky past. Although I draw it back to Shawn Stussy’s handiwork, mixed in with a little skateboarding, hip-hop, and sneakers, the remarkable thing about Streetwear is that it – in very much a postmodern sense – comes from everything, represents everybody, and is for everyone.
Tribal Streetwear is rounding a quarter-century of life in the marketplace. Bobby Ruiz founded the brand in 1989 here in San Diego and it continues to flourish today by calling all corners of “street” lifestyle – from graffiti to hot rods and beautiful women. About a year ago, Bobby moved the team and inventory here into this downtown warehouse. Hanging above him are thirds of a RISK piece:
The Tribal brand is probably best recognized today by it’s strong logo sets, as you see emblazoned across some of the headpieces. They make everything from button-ups to sneakers and skateboards, and like the vast majority of Streetwear, are centralized around graphic t-shirts. Although domestically, Tribal isn’t the stronghold it once was in the ’90s, internationally Tribal has its hooks in deep from Europe to Asia. In the Philippines alone, there are something like 70 or 80 of Tribal’s own retail locations (And I thought having 4 was cool).
More than anyone else I’ve met in this industry, Bobby’s brand archives run miles deep. He’s made the conscious effort to save and protect these keepsakes, from early catalogs to tradeshow materials, promotional photographs to vintage stickers, and of course, originals of the clothing. Here in an early advertisement. There’s Bobby with a full head of hair (second from left) and I believe he’s pointing to team rider Kien Lieu (The Donger).
Bobby and I have something in common besides the best name ever. We’ve both lived in Mira Mesa, California – he, having grown up there. His high school yearbook has some early illustrations embodying what would later represent the Tribal lifestyle. Hey kids, this drawing is from the mid ’70s!
The most impressive and exhaustive parts of his vault are all the original artwork he’s kept over two decades of business. Dare I say that no other artist, designer, or brand in this industry has amassed such a varied and extensive collection of work from the individuals who would go on to become street culture’s most heralded names. The best part, of course, that all of these original paintings, sketches, and photographs were done exclusively for the Tribal brand (p.s. many, if not most, of Tribal’s history of photographs were shot by Bobby himself).
One of Tribal’s earliest logos that Streetwear veterans may remember. This is the original:
An early Mr. Cartoon for Tribal. Original:
An early DAIM for Tribal. Original:
And one of the most prolific collections of early Mike Giant I have ever seen. 1992. Again, the original:
Interestingly enough, until recently, Tribal has been without a dedicated sales force. Besides the tradeshow circuit, sales have existed solely off of mailorder and online. Anthony is here to change that, as Tribal’s first official sales representative.
Here’s one of Tribal’s first linesheets. While most street apparel brands are catching up to the “Artist Series” projects now, that’s been Tribal’s M.O. since ’89.
Nowadays, mailorder catalogs have evolved into web transactions. Printed linesheets have been replaced by e-mailed PDF attachments. And word-of-mouth marketing and brand awareness are fulfilled by social media and the Internet.
Pre-WWW, Tribal built it’s name and credibility through mixtapes (as in actual cassettes) and these videocassette compilations, showcasing their lifestyle. What teenager in the ’90s didn’t stand around hip-hop boutiques and graffiti shops spending hours watching Tribal tapes? Quick-cut montaged episodes of b-boy competitions, painted murals, and skateboarding. Epitomizing street culture.
There is an actual vault at Tribal that stores past designs and styles. It’s like the ’90s in a box. Geometric patterned-prints, boxy cuts, oversized bottoms.
This is a 1-off t-shirt with a buncha graphics applied in off placements. Really cool, and once again, a very relevant idea.
You’re looking at the actual, physical door of the old, o.g. Tribal shop. Tagged, painted, stickered with ancient streetwear hieroglyphics. There’s a Jam Master Jay tag, Maple sticker, Third Rail (RISK), CRUSH, etc. etc.
Tribal headquarters isn’t actually done quite yet. Outside of the corporate side of things, Bobby is busy building a barbershop, along with a retail store selling Tribal gear, skateboards, and the like.
The walls are currently being processed by graffiti pioneer RISK…
In case you haven’t picked up on it yet, what Bobby has accomplished in his career, beyond fashion and youth culture, is promoting and supporting the arts. More specifically, street art. Before the MOCA was dedicating exhibitions to it, before the President got elected off of it, before it was washed and smeared across car commercials and elite art galleries and celebrities’ home walls. Before street art was an actual thing, Bobby was there right behind it.
Just a fraction of the pantheon of artists Bobby has worked with and endorsed through Tribal, beyond what I’ve shown you already:
Chaz, Shepard Fairey, Maxx 242, Usugrow, Patrick Hoelck, Revok, Fudemae, Munk, Dalek, The Mac, Augor, Franco Vecscovi, Delta, Erni, Zodak, Estevan and Eriberto Oriol, Cope 2, Joker, Saber, Spider, OG Abel, Tempt, Mouse Lopez, Mear, Sever, Augor… I can go on for a while here…
Here’s some early Dave Kinsey:
A Steve Soto original:
Painting by Gustavo, of which I now own the skateboard deck of:
Retna for Tribal:
Bobby believes this to be one of the world’s best black-and-grey artists, currently serving life in prison:
1 of 1, Shepard Fairey:
Another original by Mike Giant:
The collection is without end. Stuffed into drawers, piled away in closets, stacked against each other in the warehouse:
While the wall of decks remains on display:
Right next to the plaques and distinctions Tribal-affiliated music artists have gifted to Bobby over the course of their careers:
If any one brand dominated the fusion of rap and rock in the late ’90s and early ’00s, it was Tribal. I’m sure you remember the gear dressed upon Limp Bizkit, all the way back to the Beastie Boys, Cypress Hill and House of Pain. Wuv from P.O.D. stopped by this afternoon to gather duds before heading out with the band on tour. Tribal has been a longtime P.O.D. supporter and vice versa. All’s in the family:
The Tribal Clique (minus Brisk!):
We’re not done here just yet. The conclusion to come tomorrow:
The Hundreds is pleased to announce the release of the The Hundreds Fall 2012 “Two-Tone” bag collection, which features staple favorites as well as new designs to this season’s line.
Each piece of detailed construction and never-before-seen two-tone colorways, offers impeccable durability and style. The collection includes a re-appropriation of the popular Jon bag, with the addition of brand new items such as the Grasp case, the Shutter camera bag, the Evacuate duffle, and the Ration pencil case. Bags now feature YKK zippers and are protected under the new The Hundreds 2 Year Warranty, guaranteeing quality and customer service.
The “Two-Tone” bag collection will be available on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at The Hundreds Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Santa Monica, as well as authorized retailers. The collection will also be available through the The Hundreds Online Shop on Monday, August 6th, 2012.
Tonight at Known Gallery on Fairfax, Revok and Saber converge for a dual show, unprecedented and unparalleled. Arguably the two most widely celebrated, recognized, and renowned modern graffiti artists in the world, this is an exhibition arriving with much anticipation and fanfare in street culture and the arts community.
Saber’s contributions are an analysis of Los Angeles’ complicated layers. He stresses the importance of portraying the artist’s perspective. These paintings are his understanding and view of life, history, and the city he loves. The artist has been through so much — his entire crew has — to pursue art amidst a harsh lifestyle and acerbic community. All of that is bottled up and spilled across these works.
Revok makes his offering to Saber’s crowned painting.
In the back room are grids of photographs, documenting the thousands of murals and painted pieces Revok and Saber have fulfilled over the last two decades.
These ephemeral masterpieces were blasted all over the world, immortalized in photographs and stashed away. There are so many, that Revok doesn’t even remember doing some of them.
Revok’s side of the show is dedicated to these wooden installations — amalgamations of broken street signs, pieces of abandoned churches, charred skeletons of severed banks. Now a citizen of the fallen city of Detroit, the artist hunts and gathers around the city for remnants of life and stories past. These components are unique, one-of-a-kind, and impossible to recreate by any medium. But they tell a story, of the lives that are imbued in the wood grain and the people’s history that is warped into the cracked and peeling layers.
So Revok’s show is also about layers and of texture. With intricacy, these stripped excerpts of a human existence are mixed together to create wholly new and beautiful art.
Living legends. They just don’t make ‘em like this anymore. Revok and Saber.
Experience “Gilgamesh” and “Beautification” from now until August 11th, only at Known Gallery.
The Hundreds turns 9 years old today, which is like 376 in Streetwear years. Sometimes it certainly feels that long, but usually it seems like just yesterday Ben and I were sitting in my apartment hashing up t-shirt ideas. What few t-shirts we had, but so many ideas. What lack of resources we had, but so much ambition. What little care we had for the odds stacked against us when all we could see was an adventure.
We’re the same guys but at a different place now. It’s like you just put your blinders on, keep your head down, and move forward. You ignore what’s going on around you, the competition, the praise, the negativity, the media and bloggery. You’re just here to work and have fun. Doing It Yourself. Doing It For Yourself. Until the day you wake up, and it’s been 9 years, look back and see how far you’ve come; it’s immeasurable and astounding. And kinda frightening, to be honest. We have families now, we have a sizable staff now, we have overhead. Streetwear is different, the world has changed, the youth we once sold to are far from it, the Internet¢‚ for all it’s good and bad¢‚ We are fatter, more stressed, and fatter (We are fatter).
In that time, we’ve done so much that we are proud of. The clothing, the website, the magazine, our shops. We are proudest most of the friendships we’ve established along the way, the colorful personalities in our crew, the creative and dynamic business partners The Hundreds has broken bread with, whether as collaborators or stockists. The relationships mean everything, the most valuable assets we’ve acquired.
That connection with you, our customer, our reader, our supporter, is what has kept us alive for this long. There’s something else when we look back on our journey. We see a legion of followers behind us, around us, by our side.
We’ve been saying it for 9 years now. The Hundreds is Huge. Thank you!
It’s been nine years since the birth of The Hundreds, and in order to celebrate the momentous occasion, we created a limited edition anniversary tee and it’s only available through The Hundreds Online Shop.
Featuring nine Adam Bombs on the front of the tee and a The Hundreds Solid Bomb logo at the back, this tee is a one-of-a-kind creation…
The Hundreds “Borgore” Johnson Low is available today! Check The Hundreds flagship locations and ourauthorized retailers to snag a pair for yourself.
The “Borgore” Johnson Low is a limited edition release, designed by Israeli dubstep DJ and producer Borgore and created by The Hundreds. Constructed with premium silky suede accompanied by leopard print pony hair toe and heel overlay, the sneaker offers both a clean design and unique look that stands out above the rest. Other features include premium leather lining, waxed laces, and the “Borgore” graphic on the insole. With only a select amount of pairs created and available at limited retailers worldwide, this one-of-a-kind shoe is a Blue Box release.
Once again, The Hundreds brings you the “Code” HEX wallet for iPhone 4/4s users. If you noticed with our initial run of the collaboration, we employed the Red, Green, and Blue colorways that make up RGB – referencing the web part of our brand and business. With this second installment, we offer the CMYK color variation to play off the print side.
The Hundreds x HEX Code Wallet is constructed of genuine-leather with a redesigned and reinforced molded bed that keeps the iPhone 4/4S snug in place. The interior of the wallet features The Hundreds’ signature Adam Bomb logo patterned in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) coloring, three card slots to hold I.D., credit cards, or a bus/subway pass, while the rear has a cash pocket for easy access. The exterior aesthetic has a cover flap with elastic band to keep items safe and in place along with a custom, tonal debossed “JAGS” pattern, also a signature of The Hundreds branding.
Joining an already established line of street-ready techcessories, the The Hundreds HEX x Code Wallet is now available for $54.95 at ShopHEX.com,The Hundreds retail locations and online shop.
I have known Lanie and Bam for years now, but I have known of them for much longer than that. Bam, especially — as a player of the Cleanercorp crew back when I lived in San Diego — was involved in a Streetwear design movement that was eons ahead of it’s time. Today he works with his partner – in marriage and business – Lawn, here in Los Angeles.
Lanie’s design career and cultural influence are just as broad and pervasive as her husband’s. A native of San Diego, she ventured to Los Angeles, then followed her dreams to New York where she contributed to Triple 5 Soul and Rocawear. The corporate approach to apparel was at odds with her entrepreneurial and independent-minded creativity, however, so she broke away to muster together her dream project: a women’s Streetwear and contemporary brand entitled Hellz Bellz, more commonly understood today as Hellz.
Here in their downtown Los Angeles loft, Lanie and Bam began their days with dachshunds nimbly scurrying between their legs and surrounded by smartly-curated furniture.
Futura pieces here, Kaws prints there; just the right touch of Street and elite.
And here in Bam’s corner, we see some of the things he’s been working on for GPPR, short for “Gentleman, Philosopher, Pervert, Rebel.” Although Bam obviously participates in Hellz, GPPR is his passion project, a complementary endeavor where he gets to flex his creative muscle and inventive spirit. It’s menswear but with a fringe of Streetwear, which clearly positions GPPR for the sophisticated male customer.
Bam grew up in San Diego, spent his formative years in Japan, honed his DJ skills upon returning to the Southland, and working alongside peers who developed brands like Alphanumeric, Fiberops, In4mation, and Crooks & Castles. His move to New York was to join the team at Ecko before he chased the horizon to further recruitments with Akademiks and PRPS.
It’s a little bit of an effort for the New York-oriented power couple to situate to downtown L.A. life. Although they’ve been firmly situated here for several years now, they are still finding their bearings, maybe one foot still planted on the right coast. But they seem to have the local food figured out, as we head to Blossom for a Vietnamese lunch.
I’m not the biggestphofan, which is a subtle irony I bring up with Bam and Lanie. Considering Bam and I both used to live in Mira Mesa, a juxtaposed suburb of San Diego, inundated with Vietnamese noodle houses, I should be a believer by now. Instead, I settle on the broth-less vermicelli noodles.
After lunch, we round the corner to a cheap lingerie shop, a favorite haunt of Lawn’s.
And just a little further down the way, to the Hellz studio and offices. Bam and Lanie dedicate the second half of their workday within this space, working closely with their staff.
One thing I really admire and appreciate about what these two have accomplished, is that not only are their fingerprints on every piece of their product, but they see their creations through from start to finish.
Having learned from the best (Akiko), Lanie’s techpacks are as detailed as aeronautical blueprints. If there’s anything I’ve learned from years of clothing design, it’s all in the painstaking details, which ultimately shows in the presentation of the final piece.
Brittany was initially drawn to Hellz by one of their graphic tees back in the day, a purchase from GCS in Pomona. She is now a core member of the Hellz team, backing marketing and sales.
Unbeknownst to me, Hellz is also taking a stab at footwear. Here are some samples and examples:
GPPR is also operated out of this concrete base.
To learn more about GPPR and Bam’s vision for this men’s brand for forward-thinkers, visit the website:
Speaking of which, what’s harder to find than a partner-in-crime? A partner-in-time. The husband-and-wife team of Hellz, BOTB (their upscale division), and GPPR, understand it, embrace it, and have the advantage.
Teebs is an artist turned musician who calls Chino Hills, CA his homeœœa suburb community abundant in hills and lush greens, posted at the juncture of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside County. Teebs didn’t know from the beginning that he wanted to pursue a career in art, and eventually music. In fact, his decision to do so came to be in part because of an unforeseen skateboard injury that left him forced to rethink his earlier aspirations of becoming a pro-skateboarder, in turn sparking Teebs’ new found appetite for creating art.
His work was only ever displayed on canvas until he started to design everything from walls to CD covers, which naturally evolved into him experimenting with creating his own music. Teebs is now a part of Los Angeles’ Brainfeeder Collective which also boasts The Gaslamp Killer, Daedelus, Samiyam, Tokimonsta and founder Flying Lotus as its core members. We caught up with Teebs to ask him about the inspiration behind his art and music, his album entitled Ardour, as well as the big things he’s got planned for the future¢‚
How’d you get the nickname Teebs?
It came from a long list of nicknames, really. A girl just called me that at a party though, and the rest is history.
How would you describe your art and music to someone who may not be familiar?
At the moment, a mix of emotions and a lot of colors.
Who are some of your biggest creative influences?
My friends and family in MHD, Dublab and Brainfeeder. Also the dudes I grew up skating with – they all have some kind of genius that fuels me.
Can you tell us a little about the Brainfeeder collective and how you got involved?
Brainfeeder is a label and after living with Lotus and Samiyam for a while I was asked to join up and release a record. No one else really cared for what I was doing or came close to understanding my ideas with my art except for them. We definitely believed in each other and I had the freedom to do anything with whatever I had. Lots of amazing talents on that label, really.
What are some of your favorite projects you’ve worked on/people you’ve worked with?
Too many. I like my last record a lot, though..the Collections 01 record. I have this tiny room and, if you can imagine, I had to flip my bed on the side to fit this beautiful lady with a gigantic harp in there…so amazing. Catching moments like that on record are so amazing to me. That tune was called Verbena Tea.
No one else really cared for what I was doing or came close to understanding my ideas with my art except for them. We definitely believed in each other and I had the freedom to do anything with whatever I had.
How do you know when a song or art piece you’re working on is complete?
It’s just a feeling. Most of the time it just feels done. I like to hit one emotion and pull out of it.It’s also kind of like if you’re fast-forwarding through a tape, not at high speed but at medium speed, and you just hit a point to stop at and no matter how old the piece is at that point, you just let it go.
What do you hope to communicate via your art and music?
I want to spark ideas in people. I want people to be able to make the best of themselves doing whatever the hell they want.
What were you trying to convey with the cover art you designed for your album Ardour?What is the meaning behind the title of the album?
The album title Ardour means warmth. That was a really heavy time for me and that was all I can think of to describe my music to myself. The art just felt right with it. The tones and look of that piece made me feel the same way. All of it was and still is very personal to me. I definitely gave a lot while not understanding much at all with that one.
The album title Ardour means warmth. That was a really heavy time for me and that was all I can think of to describe my music to myself.
What single piece of advice would you give to someone trying to start a career in art and music?
Believe in what you’re doing and believe in what your friends are doing. Stay true to your roots and make sure you’re either having shit tons of fun doing this or making loads of money and beingmiserable. Both are perfectly fine.
Big plans for the rest of the year/2013?
Yeah, but really it’s just a lot of work I’ve been looking forward to. I hope to finish a lot of things soon and let ‘em free next year.
The Hundreds is pleased to announce the release of our Fall 2012 footwear collection lookbook, with the new styles now available in all The Hundreds flagship locations as well as authorized retailers.
The collection features eight shoes: The Johnson Low, The Johnson Mid, The Valenzuela Low, The Valenzuela High, The Riley Low, The Riley High, The Hoya and The Scully. Each shoe features new colorways constructed of top quality materials and the design is met with both premium comfort and style in mind. The Fall footwear lookbook reflects all of these qualities in an outdoor, adventurous setting, tying into the same look and feel of The Hundreds Fall ’12 collection.
The Hoya in black and charcoal suede.
The Valenzuela Low in white canvas.
The Valenzuela Low in white canvas and The Valenzuela High in black canvas.
The Valenzuela Low in cherry brown leather.
The Johnson Low in grey suede.
The Scully in navy and yellow suede.
The Riley High in off-white and burgundy suede.
photography by Julian Berman
videography by Zachary Marshall
The Hundreds is pleased to announce the release of the The Hundreds Fall 2012 product lookbook, featuring highlighted looks styled by Ben Hundreds and photographed by Julian Berman.
The product lookbook was created to spotlight key pieces within the The Hundreds Fall 2012 collection and to suggest inventive outfit combinations to customers. Several important pieces and features include the Unloaded Jacket, the Dip-Dye collection, the Death From Below graphic, and the Multi-Camo pattern.
The The Hundreds Fall 2012 collection is set to release on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at The Hundreds flagship locations and authorized retailers worldwide. It will be available on the The Hundreds Online Shop on Monday, August 6th, 2012.
Below are looks hand selected by Bobby Hundreds to highlight some of his favorite pieces of the season!
I had three successive conversations this week about finding the right partner-in-crime. Particularly, for business purposes. It’s a rare thing, and something that can’t be learned or necessarily bought. Finding the right partner for your brand and business can ultimately determine how your brand fares in the marketplace and how long you stick around.
Arpa and Mari have found it. The girls behind streetwear brand Marillesthave been on our radar for years (You may also remember them from an old TENS lookbook?). Dig through our archives and find some past blogs and interactions we’ve had with our old friends.
Plus, Congratulations are in order – the girls having just won Karmaloop and Kazbah’s Brand Battle, knocking out hundreds of other upstart competitors. Keep up with Marillest through their website HERE.
You may have spotted Jillionaire running around onstage with Major Lazer. Or maybe it was in our Fall 2012 lookbook?
Partners-in-crime Alexa Demie and Natalia Brutalia are like the Bonnie and Clyde, or Bonnie and Bonnie, of girl-on-girl blogtography mash-ups. Keep up with ‘em through MEOW.
I remember back in 2004/05 when the Batman Begins trailers started surfacing, and a general indifference circulated amongst casual moviegoers (such as myself) who were either unready for a Batman reboot, stomachs still churning from the aftertaste of George Clooney’s nipply batsuit, or simply perplexed as to what this New Age-y Ra’s al Ghul-ish Batman was about.
So by the time the film opened and word disseminated that “Hey, you know that new Batman flick — well, it’s pretty good,” dubious moviegoers (not unlike myself) and a curious public surely fell for this Christian Bale “Bats.” It was an unexpected, pleasant, surprise. To say the least.
And so then as the commotion started to crackle again for the film’s sequel, The Dark Knight, the doubt and questioning reignited; this time around Christopher Nolan’s casting choice for the purported Joker slot — the late Heath Ledger. How could the angsty Aussie from 10 Things I Hate About You own a role so succinctly captured by Jack Nicholson, perhaps the comic universe’s most revered and feared villain? We all know how this story ends. Ledger wowed, and all were silenced. Once more, like a vintage Christopher Nolan twist conclusion, we were all pleasantly, delightfully surprised.
Perhaps then it isn’t too shocking that the final installment of Nolan’s Batman franchise feels a little flat and vacuous. There were no surprises, nothing unexpected really, all the special effects bangers disclosed redundantly in television trailers and sneak-previewed here, there, and everywhere (I tried really hard to be awed by an imploding football field). I’d throw out Spoiler Alerts, but years of viral buildup and marketing hype around The Dark Knight Rises have already blown it. Even the plot and storyline — and most unfortunately, the conclusion!!! — were nothing inventive or mind-bending (Hey, I think it’s justified to expect something creatively genius from the Inception architect).
It’s not that The Dark Knight Rises was a bad movie. It was actually a very good movie, and I liked it enough. It’s just that it was everything we expected; which is sufficient from any other director or comic book film franchise, but we have grown accustomed to getting much more out of Nolan and his interpretation of the Caped Crusader. “Um, I ordered the Shocking, No Way! with a side of Prove Me Wrong.”
Maintain the mystery. Keep secrets. The less we’d have known or seen of this movie, the better. Just as we were with Batman Begins and just the same with Heath’s Joker. It’s a rule that applies to all areas of life, unexposed, shrouded in clandestine nature, dressed with intrigue, and waiting to ambush with surprise. The best parts of the unforgettable journeys are not only the moments you didn’t see coming, but the ones you never knew could exist.
In any case, Ben and I took the in-house The Hundreds staff to catch the noon showing of The Dark Knight Risesat ArcLight Hollywood on opening day. We had a blast, Carl acted inappropriately, Benjie, Vito and I had a good chuckle in the scene that reminded us of this, Logan took a nap like a certified weirdo, and I got overly excited for the Man of Steel trailer.
And also, The Hundreds would like to offer our condolences, thoughts, and prayers, to all those lost in, and affected by, the Aurora theater shootings.
Shout outs to all the contestants and attendees in our latest tournament at SoHo Billiards in New York City (this time, in conjunction with the Agenda Show). Monday’s throwdown was our biggest and best yet.. in fact, it was the first time in the pool hall’s history that they ran out of beer for an event. Sounds about right.
The Hundreds would like to introduce the limited edition release of the “Borgore” Johnson Low shoe in conjunction with Israeli dubstep DJ and producer Borgore, available at The Hundreds Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Santa Monica as well as a limited number of authorized retailers worldwide on Thursday, July 26th, 2012.
Borgore is a well known DJ and producer in the dubstep world, with his music often referred to as ‘Gorestep.’ He is the founder of Buygore Records and boasts great style on and off the stage. With animal prints playing a large part in Borgore’s signature attire, the special edition “Borgore” Johnson Low is a true testament to the DJ’s music, personality, and fashion.
The “Borgore” Johnson Low is a limited edition release, designed by Borgore and created by The Hundreds. Constructed with premium silky suede accompanied by leopard print pony hair toe and heel overlay, the sneaker offers both a clean design and unique look that stands out above the rest. Other features include premium leather lining, waxed laces, and the “Borgore” graphic on the insole. With only a select amount of pairs created and available at limited retailers worldwide, this one-of-a-kind shoe is a Blue Box release.
The Hundreds is pleased to announce Rita Ora as the cover girl for The Hundreds Magazine: ‘90s Issue, Vol. 4 Issue 1, with the publication available today.
Contents of The Hundreds’ ‘90s issue include a photo editorial and in-depth interview about Ora’s red hot career, working with Jay-Z, her #1 style icon Gwen Stefani, and sound advice for those looking to break into the music industry.
Also featured among The Hundreds’ Vol. 4 Issue 1 elite are photos and interviews with CBG, the White Arrows, and a ‘90s mixtape compiled by Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.
Other highlights within the pages include The Hundreds Fall and Winter ’12 alongside features on collaborators and artists like Dave Choe, Andy Jenkins, and Benny Gold.
The White Arrows hail from Los Angeles and have taken over the indie rock scenetheir music described as “the Tarzan soundtrack on acid,” “Paul Simon in space,” or simply “psychotropical.” With fans spanning the globe, coming off of a European tour, and the release of their first full-length album entitled Dry Land is Not a Myth, the White Arrows are a force to be reckoned with. The Hundreds caught up with the guys to talk about their upcoming plans, what to expect from their live show, and how the band came to be, all while trying to fit as many people as possible onto one tiny hammock. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video of the afternoon…pick up the newest issue of The Hundreds Magazine available tomorrow!
This past weekend, we threw a BBQ at Sammy’s crib in Manhattan for all our friends and family convening in New York for the Agenda tradeshow. I’m bummed I wasn’t there to kick it with the homies, but I also didn’t mind lounging around in perfect Cali weather while NY drowned in humidity. Grin. Thankfully Sammy took some flicks for the blog, or else none of us will have known what exactly went down that day…
DJ Soul manning the fort. Also wanna shout out our other DJs throughout the day: Uncle Paulie, King Solomon, CCNEWYAWK, Chino Star, and Brooklyn Dawn.