We walked to our local park and visited the local ice cream truck yesterday afternoon. It is possibly the littlest truck you have ever seen which makes it even more legit! I had a game plan going into it-Pink Panther or Choco Taco, but after seeing the pictures I settled for the old fashioned chocolate fudge cone. And it was Delicious. No one does it like Cinthys.
Tim from Darker My Love has been slowly leaking songs from his radical garage side project called White Fence. Here is one of the tracks “Swagger vets and double moon” released a few days ago from the upcoming album titled Family Perfume. Listen here: 02 Swagger Vets and Double Moon
We finally got around to posting some photos of the Still Life With Wood show at the Artist Republic for Tomorrow gallery in Laguna Beach, featuring photography legends Grant Brittain, Dave Swift, Jon Humphries, James Cassimus, Miki Vucovich. Atiba Jefferson and artist Jay Croft. The lighting was super bright and the reflection was bad but you get the idea. Taken with my Iphone4s.
Took a trip up to Mt High over the weekend. The weather was perfect and the conditions were actually pretty good, they truly have been doing a great job maintaining the park considering the lackluster winter we have had here in Southern California. We will be back up there again this weekend checking out the band Buffalo Blackfoot, who is playing there on Saturday. Hop in the van and lets go!
Tepi and I have known each other for over 15 years. He is a stalwart figure in the fashion and street wear industry and has held various positions at many major brands throughout his career. In 2006 he opened up his first retail space in The City of West Covina (located in Los Angeles county) called Store 13, and has been on another level of street hustle ever since, so it was only natural he got his own peeple post.
Tell us a little about the store 13 brick and mortar stores and locations and some background on them?
Store13 was founded on the concept of a Lifestyle Boutique to bring influential brands from LA, SF & NY to my hometown of West Covina, CA. Opening in November of 2006, was just really an idea that I thought I’d take a shot in the dark with. After having to learn very quickly how to run a business, came the opportunity to open a second location in the world famous city of Pasadena, CA. I think I have ADD and I’m sure it shows if you’ve shopped at Store13 over the past 5 years. The reason that I say that is because 1 day I’m skateboarding, then the next I’m going to Vegas to see Kaskade, then finally I’m riding my Fixed Gear bike at the beach. So I try to communicate that Southern California Lifestyle of being diverse. That’s how I grew up, and that’s how I’m raising my kids. And that’s why our customers love Store13 because we always keep them guessing.
How did you get your shot in the clothing/fashion industry? And when?
I grew up surfing even though I grew up in West Covina. Over the years I became a friends with the crew at Huntington Surf & Sport on Main Street. I always told them that I’d love to work there. Three weeks after I graduated high school I got a phone call from them asking if I’d like to work there. The next week I moved from West Covina to HB and the rest is history! I actually owe a lot to the guys at HSS because I’m still friends with and still work with the old crew from HSS!
Where do you see streetwear and fashion going now?
Fashion is forever. Streetwear…
With stores like Huf and Primitive spreading their wings successfully into retail, do you see Store 13 also doing that?
Yes! Store13 and our other brands have been approached many times by other retailers to carry our brand. If we never opened a 2nd store in Pasadena, I bet you would’ve seen our brand in another store. Now that the dust is settled and Store13.com is taking off, we plan on expanding our brand into wholesale.
For people yearning to break into the game what are some suggestions you may have for them?
Go to school and learn accounting, business and graphic design. Then find $$$ to back you!!!
#1 Played song on your IPOD?
Any song from Incubus
This past weekend the Bones Brigade documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In the documentary Stacy Peralta (Powell Peralta) documents the skateboarding culture in the 80′s featuring Skateboarders Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Tommy Guerrero, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain and Rodney Mullen.
We wanted to add one more Metal post this week, so we when we saw this old surf clip of Christian Fletcher in Wave Warriors, we had to throw it up on the blog. Check the clip.
I first saw the work of artist Bryan Schnelle at a WhitewallsSF show in San Francisco during an inspiration trip for Rife Clothing, and have been a supporter of him ever since. He always has kept to a clean aesthetic and uses lots of black and white in his color pallette, which I love. Here is some of some of his work.
We have received lots of emails regarding our tribute to HEAVY METAL page. It is pretty fun for us to scour through music and photos for inspiration every week, and as I wrap up this post I am listening to the Guns and Roses, Appetite For Destruction, album so I am totally in full metal jacket mode! We try to keep the page filled with iconic metal photos of the past and a few sprinklings of the present and in between, and we add photos weekly. Below is a lil sample of some new mandatory metal digs, if you want to see more check out our dedicated METAL page. Have a good weekend.
Dim Summmmm! We all needed a brief break from designing the Rife Clothing collection launch, so when we heard about Din Tai Fung restaurant, located in Arcadia, CA., we had to check the spot out for ourselves. WOW. It was so good and authentic and they even have a cool window inside the restaurant where you can watch them get steamed and folded. We will def go back next time we are in the SGV.
Major suggestion to reader: There are no reservations so make sure your iphone is fully charged or you will be bored our of your mind. You may consider getting there right at 10:30am when they open if you do not want to wait more that an hour.
The arcade next door, an ice cold boba and games. Thats whats up.
At the drive in Reunion. Its all everyone has been talking about at the office, so I wanted to do a quick post about it.
Tony Hajjir (drummer for ATDI and Sparta) and I have been friends forever, I first heard their SOUND when they were signed to Fearless Records in the early 2000′s (which was odd since Fearless was 100% a punk label at that time) and have been a loyal fan ever since. I was sad when ATDI disbanded and hung their cleats up but it was cool to see Sparta and Mars Volta do their thing and become successful too, but as in many cases those bands are who they are and ATDI is who they are! We could not be happier for this and I wish them the best of luck and cant wait to see them live again. Here’s an old press photo.
We will be hanging at the Agenda Trade Show all day. Come say hello and share some peanuts if you are around! If you know you know. Ya know?
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Many of you will recognize these iconic photographs of Glen E. Friedman. I had the pleasure of meeting Glen a few years back at a group show in downtown L.A., he is a talented artist as well as a super down to earth guy. Glen and his photos are based on a generation that was able to capture and participate in the explosion of punk rock, hip hop, and skateboarding. Watch the video above, and check out some of our favorite photos below. Have a good weekend.
The Whiskey snowboarding videos were released in the mid 90s based on the adventures of Boozy The Clown (below), and starred many of the industries top snow and skateboarding athletes and degenerates of the time (many are still shredding to this day). After watching this you truly realize they don’t make them like they used to and find yourself drinking lots of water. Peep the video above…and listen to Metallica.
A few months ago I was turned onto the band known as WAVVES (Nathans Williams) after hearing the song “Destroy” which features members of the band F *cked Up, and I have been a huge supporter of the project ever since.
WAVVES also released a song we are super into right now called “Nodding Off”, featuring Best Coast. You can listen to it on repeat everyday like we do! The track is below. Enjoy.
Growing up in Los Angeles you truly are exposed to a variety of foods. I am a fan of all food really (I dont think I am alone here), but in particular have a love for Vietnamese food and Pho. So we tried out a new spot that opened up in the city of San Clemente (a beach town in south Orange County) called pho thanh bin. I was surprised at how good and authentic it was. The Chicken Pho made me feel warm and fuzzy on a cold winter night, you should def try it out if you are in the neighborhood or on your way through to SD or LA.
And remember…no Pho is complete without these essentials: Sriracha (basically the new ketchup) and Hoison Sauce. Its Magic.
Beatboxing pioneer and Cazal sunglasses advocate Buffy Love (Darren Robinson) of the 80s hip hop super group The Fat Boys passed away on this day tomorrow in 1995. Check out some of his skills here.
Winter is in the building so we thought it would be an opportune time to celebrate the cold and windy season with you and share some Pamele Klaffke photos. Remember to dress warm and bundle up today during the torrential windstorm.
It was such a nice day here in Southern California that we all decided to do a half day at the office to take a walk through Chinatown. We passed and waved to the old Hong Kong Cafe (an old concert venue where Black Flag, Fear, Minutemen, and The Germs used to play) then continued our journey deep into the streets occupied by all kinds of stores representing the culture of the people. It was really cool to see the community thriving! We cant wait to go back.
We are obsessed with Charlotte Kemp Muhl, dba The Ghost Of a Saber Tooth Tiger. Here are some photos taken by Bec Parsons and Bartolomeo Celestino for Oyster magazine. Feel free to print them out and post them up in your locker or office wall. We already do.
We made the drive over to the Griffith Observatory yesterday. A great venue that showcases displays based on theory and facts that surround all things outer space and science. It is hidden atop the suburb of Los Feliz just above Griffith Park (above the Greek Theatre) and is basically an adult space camp. Oh yeah, James Dean lives here.
Phillipe’s Los Angeles is the best french dip EVER. I was able to do a quick lunch here with Jeremy and as always we both ordered the same thing. Beef dip and a lemonade. For a little treat I went custard and he went brownie. Boom. Add the hot mustard and your done. If you are going to a Dodger Game next season and need a quick bite or just need red meat, we highly suggest you check this place out.
On the way to a meeting in downtown I saw the occupiers of Los Angeles. It is nice to get a big group together in support of something but I do admit being confused as to what was actually being protested in this particular camp of the strange and stinky. There were just too many issues that were being protested here in my opinion, and no unity for one message whatsoever. No one did it like the 60s.
Marcel Duchamp was a french artist and major contributor to both the surrealist and dadaism movements. Above is a highly influential film showcasing his animated drawings made with cardboard circles and other mediums. We added Sigur Ros’s Svefn G Engler song as the soundtrack to enhance your viewing of the film. We hope it inspires you. Go fullscreen to get weird.
PEEPLE is a post on like minded individuals within the RIFE COMPANY support group who make things happen BIG on the daily.
Our first PEEPLE post is on a close friend of mine and gnarly human, Chris Diaz. I first met Chris about seven years ago on Hollywood Blvd while I was doing shows at an all ages venue called the Knitting Factory. Chris has since moved on to Brooklyn, New York where he is a talent buyer at the clubs other location. He continues to push himself further in his hustle everyday and inspires everyone around him.
Chris, tell us about what you do at Knitting Factory Brooklyn.
Well, I’m basically a professional emailer. Artists, agents, managers and promoters email me 24 hours a day and I sort through each submission and figure out where and when on our calendar we can accommodate them. I try to give every artist a fair shot, but in today’s world where nearly anyone can write, record, and publish their music right from their own bedroom, it’s impossible to give them all a chance. There’s a new blogged about buzz band every day it seems; a new flavor of the week every hour. It’s my job to keep up with these trends in as many different scenes as possible.
I also help design flyers and posters for promotion, advance all production such as sound checks and backline gear, and DJ our front bar every Friday night at midnight. (more…)
Years ago we had a creative office next door to Xlarge on Vermont, in Los Angeles. So when we heard about the party (party favors, free tatoos, a taco truck, and a car on bags outside) XLarge had over the weekend celebrating the heavy Dissizit section recently installed upstairs we had to come up and show support. Both brands continue to be relevant in the global streetwear movement through authenticity and consistency in their branded messages and all disciplines.
Last Friday we were invited to check out the opening reception for a group art show and mural unveiling for Shepard Fairey at district La Brea (on the same street that Retna did his) in LA. It was fun to catch up with some old friends and check out some next level artists. I have been a fan of Kill Pixie for a while so I was happy to see his art included in the show too and there were some great pieces from Deedee Cheriel, Mercedes Helnwein, Mel Kadel, Travis Millard, Matt Small, Samuel Lowder, Lezley Saar, Aiko Nakagawa,Todd Carpenter and Steven R. GilmoreShepard, and of course Shepard Fairey (it was also rad to see his monster mural that wrapped around the building too).