Category Archives: Photography

REEBOKS & HAIR GEL

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The current fetishisation of “roadman” aesthetics frequently seems to miss the strange nuances in functional bits like side bags and double tracksuit bottoms and the solemn-faced eccentricity in a UK goon dress code. Broad strokes end up labelling every part of a working class youth’s wardrobe or modern black British style with a roadman tag, and it’s wide off the mark. It’s about far more than kids with posh names banging on about bunnin.’ Continue reading REEBOKS & HAIR GEL

HEAVY

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I miss the Heavy Mental site from a few years back, but its legacy has transcended the digital stuff to become a real-world proposition. Heavy Time was founded four years ago to publish some solid self-published material — Cheryl Dunn, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Weirdo Dave and Erik Brunetti’s work has been released under this imprint, with Jeff Potocar’s Make a Jailhouse Tattoo Machine ‘zine (complete with a contribution from the legendary Fabian Alomar) being an opening salvo. Continue reading HEAVY

GIMME PiL

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Gimme Five is one of the most important UK streetwear lines in history, but I suspect that it was overlooked for a few reasons. Firstly, it was on sale in accounts that held hype product like visvim and Supreme, thus Michael Kopelman’s brand sit in the shadows. Secondly, its distribution was scarce, the line was barely marketed and releases were sporadic. Continue reading GIMME PiL

AMERICAN REBEL

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If you’re willing to make the effort (and it’s well worth it), I only just noticed that some of the French documentary, Larry Clark, Great American Rebel is online in pieces. This one-hour 2003 film features plenty of good insight into Clark’s work and it’s the source of the popular making of Kids video on YouTube. Continue reading AMERICAN REBEL

DROWNING IN THE ARCHIVES

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I’ve been bleating about a need for a decent Stüssy book for a while now. After all, the brand pretty much did it all before the rest of us. On the parody front, they were messing with Hermes prints and far more beyond the interlocked S designs, and it transpires that their archive is pretty killer. Continue reading DROWNING IN THE ARCHIVES

LEGENDS IN PRINT

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Salutes to Jörg for letting me write a little piece on the legendary Barnzley and his THUNDERS store for the latest issue of HYPEBEAST magazine. I have a few offcuts from the conversation that I might up here at some point. Continue reading LEGENDS IN PRINT

AMBASSADORS

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Arc’teryx Veilance creates some of the best outerwear I’ve ever owned. Having visited their facilities in Canada a few years back when I used to help on some marketing materials, I can testify that the brand’s attention to detail is unlike anything I’ve ever seen anywhere else. How many other renowned brands will, or could ever, let you see inside their factory? Continue reading AMBASSADORS