Monday, 31 August 2009

Mountain Research

Tokyo-based architect, Shin Ohori, and his firm General Design Co, have recently completed a beautiful private weekend residence in the mountains at Kawakami-mura, Minamisaku-gun, Nagano.

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Artists 4 Israel

Last night marked another successful Artists 4 Israel event at the new Morrissey Hotel Photography Gallery on the Bowery. The turn out was strong, to take part in the nude model drawing, hosted by graffiti legend Lady Pink, live music and free alcohol courtesy Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Tome Vodka.


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Saturday, 29 August 2009

Lost and Found

I saw these two signs posted today. I love my animal as much as the next person, but I cant image ponying up 5 g's for a reward. And whats with that price range? Who is going to take 5 thousand dollars when you can have double that much?

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Liberty Schooner

These are some random snaps from a great assignment that I had for The Hudson Reporter, covering small business in Jersey City. This small and amazing Mom and Pop business is literally that. Mom Sharon tends to guests and serves snacks while Pops and the two little ones along with a crew throw the sails up, and sail the Schooner around the Stature of Liberty and where ever else you want to sail. The Liberty Schooner operates and sails from The Liberty Landing Marina in Jersey City, and is a lot of fun.
Look out for the next issue of Jersey City Magazine for the story.

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Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Visvim kicks

Check out these all leather Canoe Moc Mid-Folk from Visvim.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2009

CLOUT Magazine x RIME

Peep this limited edition tee, (120) from LA based graffiti publication, Clout Magazine and writer RIME.

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Monday, 24 August 2009

Classic Playboy

Don Bronstein who was a very talented designer was also the first staff photographer for Playboy Magazine. Don shot this among many other amazing covers of Joey Thorpe in 1965. When he wasn't shooting the playmate of month, he also photographed a lot of musicians including Barbara Streisand, Muddy Waters, and Etta James. He also shot this amazing album cover for Baby Face Willette, "Behind the 8 Ball". That album cover was the inspiration for Compton rapper MC Eiht's 96 album "We Come Strapped"

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Light test

No good reason to post this picture other than I like it.
See other amazing light tests here.

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Sunday, 23 August 2009

Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto native Frank Gehry pulled out all the stops to remodel the AGO, which was a big part of his inspiration growing up.

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Beer and Rap

Great idea from the homie Serg at Beer and Rap.

I just placed my order!

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Alice Coltrane

If you are not familiar with the melodic jazz music of Alice Coltrane the wife of jazz legend John Coltrane, you can start with this 2 hour long dublab podcast.
I could try and explain her sound, but even the best explanation in the world wouldn't articulate the music properly. You will just have to listen to it for yourself.


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Saturday, 22 August 2009

500

This is my five hundredth post!! I started this blog 4 years ago on the myspace page when Jason and Louis were still publishing Kicksclusive. Since I switched to blogger in November 07 this blog has had 40,000 unique visitors, and 49,000 page loads.
Thanks to all the repeat readers and anyone who links to the site, Alxea.com ranks the site at 9,932,933.. not bad, considering there are 182 million websites available.

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Stefani Vara

Stefani Vara x Southpole Footwear.

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Mauzmannnn, er eh.

Check out this crazy collection of very strange and interesting work from Toronto based visual mixed media artist mauzman.

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Thursday, 20 August 2009

Qwitter

I canceled my already dead twitter account the other day, much to the dismay of my 500 or so.. "followers"..Ever look the word follower up in the dictionary? I just didn't see the point of padding twitters already bad user stats for the sake of having an account. I also don't think what I am doing moment by moment is all that interesting to find time to tweet it to who ever chooses to follow me. So why would I think what someone else is doing is so important that need to check my phone every spare minute I have to find out? If I wanted to know I would ask you. If I want user generated current news and headlines about various topics I Digg.



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Monday, 10 August 2009

Macaframa

This is a really good looking trailer from the fixed gear bike company Macaframa to introduce their new team rider.

Massan from MACAFRAMA on Vimeo.

Halo Graffiti

Check out this and other really amazing designs from Aïssa Logerot.


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Staple x Kangol

This is a really fresh collaboration from Jeff Staple and British hat maker Kangol. See more here.


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Saturday, 8 August 2009

QN5 Megashow

Last night the QN5 crew played their yearly Megashow at the Highline Ballroom. It was a high energy show from start to finish, with a packed crow on hand to witness some fine rapping. Koyoki Mr. S.O.S and Substantial got the crown really hyped up for Pack FM to make an amazing appearance,through the front door. The video footage of his entrance and the verse delivered in the middle of the crowd will be most def be a youtube smash. Tonedeff followed and dropped new music with a string quartet, then again attempted to make some serious viral noise calling out other speed rappers like Twista and Bone Thugs. He then explain how many BPMs he was going to rap at 114, and did it flawlessly wrapping his set up with the very hype "issawn".
DJ JS- 1 held down a dope set before the headliners Cunninlyguist took the stage to perform their very popular 1996 album "A Piece of Strange" in its entirety. Backed by a five piece band Club Dub, the trio blasted on stage with the up beat "Since When", to get the set started.


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Monday, 3 August 2009

Back in Effect

Its been a minute,eh? So far this summer ,like every other has kept me really busy. I recently came back from a trip up north, where I stopped over in T.O for a visit with Brain and Liz. I was lucky enough to take in the aftermath of a 6 week city workers strike that left the garbage uncollected and the city streets a mess.
The weather in The Muskoka Lakes area was mostly rainy, but I was able to get some Les Stroud style kayak missions in when the sun made an appearance. One mission did not go so well. I spent the afternoon reading a vintage Nat.Geo. Magazine drinking a few Creemore Springs and eating bag of ketchup chips on a rock face south on long lake, and the weather was beautiful. I headed home at about 5 pm, just as the wind started to pick up. I paddled across the lake with no problem, like I had done may times before. The sky was bright and blue, but the wind was getting heavier by the minute. On my back was my favourite MEC backpack with only a multi-tool and a 1980 copy of Nat. Geo on population in it. Strapped to the vassal was a folding captains chair, and in the hull strewn a whole bunch of empty tall cans. I battled the tide as the wind picked up, and 3/4 of the way to shore a sweeping gust picked up, tipping me and the boat over with ease. After rotating 360 I flipped the boat over,to see that it had taken on to much water to paddle, so I was forced to bail. After 20 minutes of struggling with the boat to keep it above water I was starting to get weak, but had a handle on how I was going to haul slash push the kayak to shore. Not sure if I was going to be able to make it, I notice two people in a long yellow canoe 20 yards away, "Hold on, eh", I hear, as they make their way towards me at a good clip. They caught up and towed we another 30 feet to shallow water, where I was able to stand so I could drag in the boat and bail it out. Lost the Nat. Geo. and wont be returning any empties, but the BBQ veggies sure did taste good that night.


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