Seinfeld & WALE

So Wale just dropped his ‘Mixtape about Nothing’, inspired by – for real – the show Seinfeld, his favorite TV show. Go download the mixtape.

Here is a dope ass video for a dope ass song: W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.

Here is the limited edition 10 Deep t-shirt that also commemorates the release of the mixtape.

Here is a Youtube video that shows the inspiration for the t-shirt:

Here is a funny video of Seinfeld outtakes, complete with f-bombs 🙂

Texas Rednecks: Rachofsky to Sell Koons Balloons

As intellectual as NYC inhabitants are supposed to be, I am still blown away by how clueless so many are about Texas, its culture, its cities, and perhaps most of all, the general perception of Texans’ level of sophistication. I am clearly on the low end of sophistication, but I do feel the need to document the redneck lifestyle for all the cosmopolitan New Yorkers that read my blog. Yes, I do admit that Texas has it’s morons – of all levels – just like the abundance in New York, L.A., Chicago, or anywhere for that matter.

So I am going to start a new feature on my blog called Texas Rednecks, which will hopefully serve to dispel some of the common beliefs of my more pseudo-intellectual friends in New York:

First up:

Rachofsky’s to sell Koons sculpture…

Last week, Christie’s set the record for the most money ever paid at auction for a work by a living artist with $33.64 million for a Lucian Freud painting. While the Rachofskys’ Koons piece probably won’t break that record, it should be in the neighborhood. The auction house is not publishing a pre-sale estimate, but Amy Cappellazzo, deputy chairman of Christie’s postwar and contemporary art sales, puts a conservative estimate at 12 million pounds, about $24 million.

Oh yeah, the Rachofsky’s live in Dallas. Do you think it will fit in the back of their pick-up truck? Will it fit in the back of their covered wagon? Maybe Willie Nelson can lend a hand!

Koons on the MOMA rooftop of the Met in NYC:

Skateboarding & Streetwear

I should be packing for Sweden right now, not to mention about 100 other things that need to happen before I jet out, but the Hundreds post got me thinking…

I have long been an observer of skateboarding’s influence on what seems like almost everything. Even fucking architecture! So it freaks me out a bit to think that kids are getting into skateboarding as some weird extension of their fashion. It feels backwards. Dude… go skate! Obsess over the way the board pops, flips, rotates and ultimately comes together so perfectly below your feet. Trust me when I say that is what you will really remember 15 years later. That is why you will go bust your 32-year-old ass just to re-live the feeling.

I am guessing that Bobby Hundreds is a bit younger than I am, but he consistently drops blog posts that sound like recaps of conversations I have with friends about skateboarding history and its influence on everything else. I don’t yet own a single article of Hundreds clothing, but I read his blog everyday. I love it. He is clearly dialed into culture on a level that will ensure he is here to stay. Obviously he understands streetwear probably as well as anyone out there, but most importantly, he totally understands the more culturally significant movements that influence streetwear (i.e. real skateboarding and music).

What bothers me most about the convergence of streetwear and skateboarding is that at its essence, it is not a two-way, mutually beneficial relationship. In my opinion, skateboarding fashion (beyond crazy 80s hairstyles) was driven by utility. Yeah, people wanted to look good, but people ultimately chose what worked from a skating perspective. Look at the skaters that are considered the best: Lee, Hensley, Gonz, Templeton, Daewon, Carroll, Mullen, Koston, Marc Johnson, etc… they were all defined by superior skateboarding, not their skinny jeans or wallet chains. They were essentially fashion-neutral. At best, you could argue that these guys inspired apparel trends within skateboarding, that then spread to the mainstream, and in some cases as far as Abercrombie and Fitch and frat houses.


Matt Hensley. Wearing Heineken dunks. Yeah, right.

To me, far too much streetwear is simply a parasite feeding on the essence of real skateboarding. I don’t get out to the west coast too often, but here in NYC it is abundantly clear that the streetwear movement and NYC’s skateboarding scene are far too intertwined to be positive for real skateboarding. I can only chalk it up to the fact that when the weather sucks and you have a million other things that you can do, the fashion part of skateboarding is the easy part. “I cannot ollie up a fuckin’ curb, but I have a $200 flannel shirt on.” Even if you go to Brooklyn Bridge park, you see a dozen kids standing around wearing Supreme and Dunks watching a logo-less real skater doing a 50-50 down the handrail. Oh yeah, and dozens of video cameras.

With some new collabs, a Williamsburg skateshop getting some attention, Neckface and Vans, I can see this movement towards NYC becoming perhaps more and more relevant. But this time, it seems it is for all of the wrong reasons. It is not because of progressive skateboarding, some historic spot, a skate company making some noise, or even art for that matter. It is far too driven by apparel, and that cannot be good for the progression of any sport. Maybe the volume of participants increase, but they are not pushing the sport forward.  Maybe this is the future and I am just an old dude clinging to the good ol’ days. The salad days.

Duffy @ The Apollo

I never thought my first trip to the Apollo would be to see a British white chick sing, but hey, shit happens.   Duffy was cool, but the real treat for me was just getting to check out the historic Apollo Theater (Thanks Straughn!).

Credit:  Donalrey

Another treat was swinging by Atmos which was right down the block.   Atmos is my kind of sneaker shop.  While most shops have about 2-3 pairs of shoes that I would rock, Atmos has 2-3 pairs that I wouldn’t rock.  Super nice.

Also… 125th street was great.  Gentrified just enough for my lame ass.  The vibe was very similar to where we live now in Brooklyn.  Good vibes.

Rappers and Scarves – The Tipping Point

Did anyone else notice how hip-hop artists decided to take the words ‘Protect Ya Neck’ quite literally this cold weather season. This year, it was the style icon / mogul-status types that spent a few extra hundred on the luxe scarves instead of that extra pair of bullshit general release Air Force Ones. I am sure there are hordes of B-level rappers that already digging through flea markets for bootleg Louis V and Fendi scarves to wear next year. And for the record… I am not talking about the hipster pashminas – aw hell no!

Since scarves have been around for centuries, I feel weird calling these dudes ‘neck accessory innovators’, but here they are:

JD:

Pharrell:

Note the W)Taps Chukkas. Much respect to a rich artist that will rock rather inexpensive sneakers. Well, I guess they are exclusive.

Kanye:

Note the KAWS Chomper Teeth 🙂

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