im not sure how many people kanye considers a “modern day warhol” but i’m pretty sure he’s mentioned both david lachapelle and takashi murakami before.
murakami got serious momentum from the kanye album art, and it just keeps building.
its ironic to write a ‘death of supreme’ post, and then tout their new products the next day, but shit like that doesn’t matter when you write what you want, when you want to!!
supreme artist collaborations annihilate every other street lifestyle/culture/cheesy marketing term brand out there. these are skateboard decks … designed by one of the most influential japanese pop artists, ever. smarten up, lames.
if these aren’t already next to kanye’s jetsons prints, they will be soon.
or another proper title would have been the unfortunate retirement of street/skate/lifestyle heavyweight supreme.
here’s 3 key reasons why, in descending order:
3. they’re exporting their line to other shops — now you can get supreme at huf, commonwealth or your other favorite “street” boutique around the country.
2. the stock is higher than ever (in both senses) — i was in the la store this weekend and could have bought any piece in the entire fall collection, excluding that tera patrick t-shirt.
1. here’s the the kicker — and i’d like to use an image:
a web store.
it all boils down to tons of accessibility. and while part of supreme’s appeal was the philosophy/lifestyle/artistic collaboration behind their products, another important piece of its desirability was the fact that it was hard to come by. there was that in-the-know’ness that came with only being able to purchase at the physical supreme locations.
money is finally > than authenticity and credibility.
not hatin’. just sayin’.
(i heard it first @ guillotine)
how many, including drug dealers and cabbies, make a buck in nyc
via Frank 151 / NY Mag
I love collaboration.
I love when two companies get together and mash up their products/lifestyle to create something that elevates both brands to a higher level. What a perfect way to make Oakley somewhat “cool” again, to non muscle-beach-bound superjocks, or cyclists. I remember wanting a pair of Oakleys, in their youthful hayday, back in 8th grade. Supreme crushes, again.
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For many reasons, mass appeal manages to be the best magazine that exists for street / urban culture. It is so thorough and consistent, with every issue … good look and feel (thick color pages, matte cover with a nice intuitive fold), never inundated with poorly chosen advertising or layout design, and the content is always witty / refreshing / on point. Always.
This month’s cover was done by design / illustration duo Morning Breath from Brooklyn, a cool collective I had never heard of. And come to find out … they’ve done some nice projects with Upper Playground in SF, and arguably the best album covers for both Kanye and Talib Kweli. Check out their recently released book too.
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From coast to coast — here’s two spots that can’t be denied, when you’re searching for collectible (and edible) goodness.
Economy Candy | New York City | 108 Rivington Street
Fruit Stripe gum, Pop Rocks, Zotz, and candy buttons are only a few of the nostalgic treats you’ll find at this Lower Eastside locale. Lucky for you and I, the website gives us a chance to see (and even buy) all the crazy candy we haven’t had since we were 6. I accidentally stumbled upon this place in search of the Reed Space, when I was in NY last. It’s funny how obscure and secluded the shop is — I truly thought I found some sort of diamond in the rough. (Image: Fruition)
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop | Los Angeles | 5702 York Blvd.
If you’re thirsty on the Left coast, check out Galco’s — famous for independent and obscure Soda’s from around the world. Root beers, ginger ales, cream sodas, and other fruity, sweet, or creamy imported delicacies can be found in the humble market, where the long-time owner John Nese, can still be seen reigning over his kingdom of soda kitsch. Swindle magazine wrote a great piece on the store, which I can’t find online — but for more on the shop, and why Pepsi Co. drove John to the extreme, read this. (Image: NYT)
What’s interesting to me is that stores like these can (and do!) exist, and how important they are to our culture. The power of the Internet, as witnessed by both having deeply cataloged online stores, has given new life and legs to these two small businesses throughout the world. It’d be interesting to know how sales were effected when each shop went from local / national destination, to international ‘commodity’ online. For the collectors out there, these products used to be treats that could only be found in secret or unknown locations, and now they’re accessible to the millions with a computer and a connection. Scrumptious.