Monthly Archives: September 2012
Speaking personally, this was the busiest summer of my life. And most of it had nothing to do with The Hundreds (I know we just met – and this is crazy – but I do have a life outside of the brand. Call me maybe). Surfing with the Brothers Marshall, getting eaten alive by bedbugs in New York, moving, packing, unpacking, then moving again, my all-time favorite bands reuniting, working too much, sleeping too little, retiring/re-firing social media, getting dangerously close to switching to Samsung, reading lots of good Dave Eggers and Joan Didion, BKK, making stuff I’m proud of, hanging out with my team who are the best people in the world, losing faith in mankind after the people you’ve helped screw you over, you know… typical summertime blues. Hopefully the past few months were, or weren’t, just as busy and productive for you. We’re heading into the darker days of 2012 and I’m excited to show you guys what we’ve got for the rest of the year. Until then, here are some randomized B-sides and rarities, unpublished photos of mine, from one of the hottest summers in recent memory:
This collaboration has nothing to do with us, but it has everything to do with the homies. Support the extended family right here:
Yes, we are moving.
Over the next few months, The Hundreds’ offices, warehouse, and print shop are transitioning to a new headquarters and here’s your first peek inside. Artist Phil Lumbang is already at work throwin’ up Awesome Bears in the Design department.
Phil works so fast – something that came out of necessity as a street artist – each one of these bears takes about forty minutes, straight freehanded.
Artist Steven Harrington also drops in on the fun. He’ll be contributing to the new space as well. Plenty of big, blank walls in this building to go around… (hint hint to all our muralist friends…)
Welcome to our new home. Pretty awesome.
Did you guys catch any of this The Hundreds by Iwan Smit collection that premiered a couple weeks back through our Netherlands’ stockists, The Hundreds’ shops, and right here online? Internally, it was one of our favorite collaborations of the year… primarily stemming from the dynamic art proffered by a relatively unknown artist stateside. Plus, there were cartoon boobies and horned evil creatures everywhere in the illlustrations. To commemorate the release, The Hundreds and Iwan Smit partnered up for an exhibition in Rotterdam out in Holland… Here’s the footage from the party as well as an exclusive interview with Iwan himself.
You know, when you do something as bold and stupid as starting your own apparel brand, you come up with all these outlandish delusions and far-fetched aspirations like “Maybe I’ll get to work with Andy Jenkins one day. Yeah, I’m gonna collaborate with him on something.” And usually, those kinds of dreams never materialize.
But when they do, you are pretty excited, and grateful, and so now you know what it’s like to be in our position right now… as we are set to unveil the The Hundreds by Andy Jenkins collection, available exclusively at The Hundreds’ flagship locations and premium skate shops worldwide tomorrow (and through the Online Shop on Monday, October 1st).
I fell in love with skateboarding as a kid, and it wasn’t just about the tricks or the fashion – it was about the lifestyle and the culture, and for me, it was about the artistry surrounding it. Reading Transworld Skateboarding magazines, I’d always look forward to the illustrated “Wrench Pilot” comics in the back by Andy Jenkins’ hand, and I’d emulate those lines and form of storytelling. Maybe the only thing I loved more than skating at that age was drawing skateboarders skating. Andy Jenkins had it down to a science.
As most skaters know, the cartoonist then went on to helm the art department at Girl Skateboards for the past couple decades. Enough said. You can’t speak of skateboarding today without naming particular riders and companies. But you also can’t leave out the impression and influence of the artists who translated the movement to an audience. Andy Jenkins is arguably the foremost flag-bearer of ‘em all.
On behalf of The Hundreds, I’m very proud to introduce a very rare, very special, and unimaginable partnership monumentalized in clothing: The Hundreds by Andy Jenkins:
The Hundreds started with t-shirts, and so for years people would refer to us as a “t-shirt company.” And that was okay with us, except we never pigeonholed ourselves as just that. We had always considered The Hundreds to be a genuine lifestyle project – an all-encompassing brand that showcased and reflected all of our interests from head to toe; taken literally, baseball caps to shoes.
A few years back we introduced our first footwear model under The Hundreds: The Johnson Mid, initially available in four colorways. And then, with your support, the line grew, from Johnson Lows to Valenzuelas, to Scullys, Jacksons, Rileys, Hoyas, and so on. As our footwear program has grown, it has come into it’s own as a unique and distinct brand – a new identity, like an alter ego, for The Hundreds. It’s been pretty exciting for us to see the niche we’ve created with our footwear program, somewhere beyond the skate-shoe market and shy of the urban sector. I really don’t think anyone else out there is doing it like us, or offering what we got. I just wanna thank you for your patience, faith, and dedication to our footwear range as it’s matured and developed over the years. With this next Winter season, I believe we are finally there.
Here’s your first sneak-peek at some of the footwear offerings that’ll be available at The Hundreds’ flagship locations beginning Thursday, September 27th, 2012, and the Online Shop on Wednesday, October 3rd…. Thanks again!
photography by Julian Berman
The release of the The Hundreds by Andy Jenkins collection is quickly approaching, so we wanted to give you a little insight on the dude behind the artwork. The Hundreds Magazine caught up with Andy at his home in Southern California and had the chance to talk to him about an array of things; like his inspiration behind the collaboration, his thoughts on skateboarding, and who the infamous Lettus Bee character is based on…
Click to enlarge pages and read on!
If Instagram has taught us anything, it’s that anyone – and everyone – can be a photographer. And hopefully, it encourages people to be so. To have a better eye, a deeper understanding for the art, and an appreciation for the individuals who hone this craft.
Instagram has introduced me to some really amazing photographers over the past year, one of them being Jennilee Marigomen from Vancouver, Canada. I started following her, then realized I was “Liking” her images more often than not, then I checked out her online portfolio, and I found myself wanting to know more. So, naturally, I emailed her and we began this discussion, and now I get to share Jennilee Marigomen and her photography with you all.
Everyone’s a photographer these days. Instagram has made it increasingly so. Does it bother you that everyone has co-opted your craft, does it cheapen your work? Or does it just draw more awareness to photography and also magnify the distinctions, train everyone to have a better eye, between good and bad photography?
It doesn’t bother me at all. Photography, like everything, has evolved, and has been made available to everyone. All you can do is embrace it.
I love taking photos with my cellphone and sharing them on social media outlets. It is everyday practice. You can learn so much about people by seeing what they find interesting in their surroundings. It is nice to make connections with kindred spirits in that way.
Shooting people… You really seem to get so much out of them, so effortless and natural in their environments. But everyone is so wary of the camera these days – either shy of it or overaware… How do you capture them as they exist?
I’m have a pretty quiet and observant disposition around my friends, so a lot of the time people don’t notice me taking their photo. I like photos of people in their own moments the most, so I wait for that to happen.
It seems like you primarily shoot in film. What is the most glaring aspect of photography that gets lost in digital?
Film captures images with a more dynamic range and records a broader spectrum of colours. It does a great job at representing the richness of seeing the way your eyes see. I also think that it is natural, emotive and imperfect – where beautiful mistakes can be made.
Using film is also a slower, more meditative process, which aligns with the kind of work I want to make. It requires greater concentration and awareness.
This quote explains it well..
“..writing by hand obliges us to compose the phrase mentally before writing it down. Thanks to the resistance of pen and paper, it does make one slow down and think. Many writers, though accustomed to writing on the computer, would sometimes prefer even to impress letters on a clay tablet, just so they could think with greater calm.”
– Umberto Eco – The Lost Art of Handwriting
I also feel a greater connection to the photos I take when I use film. I like the whole process of working with light to record an image onto emulsion.. and not having the option to erase what you’ve done. It is hard to explain. But I feel more connected to that then to megapixels and memory cards.
Do you have any other artistic outlets beyond photography?
I have always loved fashion, which I studied in college. My day job involves working in print and layout, so I work in that field as well.
A great majority of your work takes place in Vancouver. There is something really special about your city and region, I always tell people it’s my favorite place in the world. Something about the people, the nature, the air… what is it for you?
That is good to hear. I love it here too. Being near the water is important to me, and the view of the mountains are my reminder of how small I am.. I guess it keeps me humble. I am drawn to the subtleties and displacement within nature and urban environments, which is easily accessible and abundant here. I am also influenced by the subtle elements of humor in my environment. Vancouver is a place where there is an ongoing tension between urbanity and natural intervention and vice versa. It is a mix of funny, sad, and bittersweet. I feel that way when I look at my photos.
It rains a lot with many days of overcast, so when the sun does come out, you learn to take advantage of it. When the sky is clear and the sun is shining, it feels like a breath of fresh air. I guess in a way, my photography is showing an admiration to the sun, and light.
How much of the art of photography takes place in developing and post-processing?
I do a bit of colour balancing as I like my photos to be on the warm side. That is just my own personal preference.
It seems that natural light is a huge component of your photos.. how do you cope with low-light situations?
Yes, I think that natural light as a strong factor of my work. I plan ahead and make sure there is enough natural light in the environment of where I am working. Setting up near doors and windows, using a reflector, and planning for early morning or late afternoon shoots are normal for me. A tripod helps a lot. I use a flash when I need to. My equipment has always been quite minimal.
Who are your greatest inspirations, dead or alive, OUTSIDE of photography?
Some of my favorite non-photographic artists include Andy Goldsworthy, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Brad Phillips, Alexander Calder, Lawrence Weiner, Ed Ruscha, and Peter Fischli and David Weiss.
I am also very interested in design for children – for play and educational purposes. Bruno Munari’s work, children’s books and teachings are so wonderful!
If you look at my inspiration blog, I share more of those type of things than photographs by photographers.
Questions asked by bobbyhundreds
Answers provided by Jennilee Marigomen
All photography by Jennilee Marigomen
Except Jenilee’s portrait by Seth Fluker