BOYS, BEATS & BARBARELLA
JAKARTA STYLE KING
LOS ANGELES’ PHOTOGRAPHY LEGEND
GETTING HIS PAPER RIGHT
SHOWS OFF HIS CAR COLLECTION
LEMAR & DAULEY
BRINGING 90’S COLOUR BACK
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ESTEVAN ORIOL X UPPER PLAYGROUND
CONTENTS ION FASH
28 FLY GURL 30 KEVIN POON 32 MISHKA X NEW ERA 34 LEMAR & DAULEY 38 BERMUDA LOVE TRIANGLE 46 INDUSTRY PRO 50 CUSTOM ARTIST 58 GLOBAL STYLE GUIDE 60 FLY BUYS 62 FLY BUYS 64 CRAIG ‘CRANIMAL’ BRAUN 66 WILLY STOKE 68 DJ JODA 70 KID SISTER 72 ROOTS MANUVA 74 iN DEPTH 80 FERRARI CALIFORNIA 82 MR CARTOON 86 ESTEVAN ORIOL 88 DARBOTz 90 SHIN TANAKA 92 JUSTIN MALLER 94 trevor collis
EVE MAURO PHOTOGRAPHED BY ESTEVAN ORIOL
A PROFILE OF THE CLOT INC CO-FOUNDER MAKING A 59 FIFTY 90s STYLIN’
CARRIBEAN FLAVOURED FASHION SHOOT PHIL KOH [FOOTAGE] IMANI
HATS, SUNNIES, WATCHES, ACCESSORIES FEARLESS VERTICAL PASSION
STEEP TERRAIN, HELICOPTERS & POWDER QUID CONTROL
BOYS, BEATS & BARBARELLA
BANGING POTS AND SHOUTING AT WALLS GUARDIAN ANGELS
FERRARI’S CLASSIC GETS AN UPDATE OLD SCHOOL STEEL
OUT HERE GRINDIN’ GIANT MONSTER
FROM THE STREETS TO THE SHEETS DIGITAL FREEDOM
On the Grind Here at ACCLAIM we know a lot about being on the grind. Being a small outfit we all have to wear a lot of different hats and multi-task like beasts. What’s great about this is that as sub-editor I can honestly say I know what’s up in every aspect of the magazine (sometimes more than I’d like to). This clarity is great but at the same time, it has me tossing and turning at night or up on the lappy at 2.30 in the morning. It’s these times where I have to say I get complacent about the rad job I have. I have a confession to make. I’m an extremely lazy person. Seriously. I’m not talking just “oh I can’t be bothered exercising” (which I can’t) but like I’m pathologically lazy. I’ve sat a personalty test with a psychologist and all. This shit is official. I’ve lived my whole adult life as a chronic procrastinator who leaves every task until the absolute bitter end and got by with a bit of luck and my natural intelligence (hey man, it’s true. That came through in the test too.) All through university this did me really well, almost too well. I found myself beginning to start assignments not just the night before, but on the actual day they were due and yet still getting okay grades. This mentality is what attracted me to the magazine world in the first place. Deadlines. Beautiful, impending deadlines. No mincey, ‘self-initiated’ projects here, but rather, “YOU, get this done NOW.” However while proofing this issue I’ve taken a long hard look at myself. Reading about inspirational people such as our cover-photographer Estevan Oriol and artists like Shin Tanaka, Darbotz and the guys from streetwear label Lemar and Dauley, I’ve picked up on one common element to each of their success stories. Hard-ass work. As cliché as that
may sound, the way these individuals have the personal drive and focus to get out there each and every day, to do their thing and better their craft is truly inspiring and I have to say made me feel a little ashamed. It’s so easy to blame aspects outside of yourself for why you haven’t achieved something or got where you want to be but I gotta say, this is bullshit. I saw a quote recently that I think really brings this home, “the harder I work, the luckier I get.” It’s easy for us to look at those who are successful and dismiss them as just having natural ability or having been lucky in life but the truth is these people work their asses off. That said, while you may not believe me now, myself and the ACCLAIM crew did actually work stupid hard on this issue and I like to think it shows. We’ve switched to a quarterly format so we can make the mag bigger, better and full of a lot more A-class international content. The days of the lazy-ass Alex are thankfully coming to an end and with each issue, like our featured artists working harder and honing their craft, you’ll find ACCLAIM just getting more and more on point from the work we put into it. This is only the beginning… Peace,
Alex Weiland Sub-Editor
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Benny Carlos Majakil INKED KL
Don’t let outdated stereotypes about the sanitation of tattoo parlours in Asia scare you. With a focus // on international standards from the tattoo work
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itself through to the use of professional equipment and sterilization, a young generation of talented artists have emerged in Asia with great value for money tattooing on offer.
Nestled away in an upstairs studio next door to Sunway Lagoon is Kuala Lumpur’s newest tattoo parlour Inked. Fronted by Borneo native Benny Majakil, Inked offers friendly service from a young team in a cozy environment. Growing up in Sabah within a culture that embraces tattoos introduced Benny to the tattoo game at an early age, putting ink to skin for the first time at age fourteen. Don’t let his youth scare you off though, eleven years of tattooing experience has given Benny a high level of technical skill across a range of styles. As he explains “I am not fussy about the tattoos I do because tattooing is an art which I am passionate about regardless of what type it is. I do black and grey, colour, portraits, traditional, biomechanical, organics, Orientals and cover-ups.” Having recently received an awesome chest piece from Benny I can give Inked the official ACCLAIM stamp of approval.
Inked Tattoo Studio No.39-1, Jalan PJS11/28B, Sunway Metro, 46150, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Words by Alex Weiland
FA SH ION
Not Bad For a Girl
Not Bad For a Girl (NBFG) seems a fitting name for a brand in the guy-heavy world of streetwear. UK // based designer Karen-Jane, has transformed that back-
handed compliment that used to make girls cringe, into something they want to wear proudly on a tee, and a damn fine looking tee at that. From a childhood diss from HER brothers, to a label snapped up by females worldwide with its second collaboration with Addict about to drop, KJ knows a thing or two about surviving in the game. So where did the label begin? KJ explains, “I already had the name and motivation for the statement before I put it on a shirt. I honestly didn’t know how it would go down so it wasn’t like ‘I’m gonna set up this streetwear company, what shall I call it?’ It was more like, ‘I’m gonna put this on a shirt, does anyone want one?’”
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And the rest is history as they say, a history that now includes two collaborations with English street wear giants, Addict. This time around an all-over print hoody and tee design based on the print. “I do like working with those guys and each time we do a collab it’s branching out. The strength of the collab lies in Addict’s unique cut and sew pieces meeting the graphics of the contributing artist or designer. So in some cases it may not make sense for two labels to collaborate but for us it works well.” Clearly KJ’s a girl who’s both driven and knows her shit, so is this the same type of girl who wears NBFG then? “I guess the motto would be ‘for girls that do’. Girls that wear NBFG are definitely proactive in doing their own thing, making their mark.” Well, you can’t say she doesn’t practice what she preaches. NBFG is available from notbadforagirl.com, and yes they ship worldwide! Lady of Many Talents:
KJ is also a trained graphic designer who works on a variety of independant projects and collaborations.
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Herman Li Revenge of the Nerds
DragonForce lead guitarist Herman Li is a selfconfessed computer nerd, so there is something // poetIC about the fact that, for many people, a video game
was what first sparked their love for the English power metal group. And yes, DragonForce was the name of a shitty Sega Saturn mythical strategy game from the ‘90s and no that is not the game we’re talking about.
That game is Guitar Hero and the song is Through the Fire and Flames, and together they got that baby certified Gold in the US. The track has become infamous for being the hardest and fastest track to master on the game to date and has enabled the group to cop many listeners who never would of tagged themselves as fans of the breed of mystical metal that Li and his band members conjure up. “I think I’ve grown up enough to not care what kinds of people listen to our music. When you play the song on the game you don’t see what we look like, so you get past image and just get back to the music and that’s really good.”
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And the music is pretty hard to ignore. It’s fast, unrelenting and it’s epic guitar anthemes are truly something to behold. With album titles like Sonic Firestorm, Inhuman Rampage and their new offering ‘Ultra Beatdown’, you begin to get an idea of the DragonForce vibe. But with the group garnering so much interest and success with their new album, where to now for DragonForce? “In the early days it was like just have a laugh and make an album. Now we’ve done it a few times, we want to make the best album we can,” Herman Explains. “To be honest, it’s more important to make a great album and sell nothing, than make a rubbish album and sell loads. And when we make a crap album we’ve always said we���re gonna give it up. We’ll go get a day job.” Looks like you’re safe for now, Herman. Herman is a self-taught guitarist and first learnt playing Bon Jovi and Brian Adams songs. ‘Ultra Beatdown’ is available now on Road Runner Records.
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Pimp my Pushie
Welcome to Queens, New York, where every ride needs a tricked out system, even if said ride is a BMX. The documentary Made in Queens follows several Trinidadian kids who show that straight-up ingenuity and a bit of home wiring can result in a sound system on two wheels that would rival any from the mother country. Check it at www.madeinqueensfilm.com
Royal Skateboard Truck Company have come along away since their inception in ‘97 and during this time on the scene they have helped move the concept of graphics on trucks from gimmick to mainstay. This year’s releases are no exception, a broad range of graphic crossovers from their sister brands such as Chocolate and Girl are present, not to mention a fine range of Pro Models from riders such as Jerry Hsu and Co-Founder Guy Mariano. There’s no reason to be sitting on plain ass metal any longer.
What’s on da tube?
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AVLabs in taking the humble ipod dock to a whole new level with their My Tube Speaker System. Featuring an awesome 7” widescreen display and impressive stereo sound, the humble picnic or BBQ will never be the same, with video and tunes now at your beckoned call. The My Tube also features a heap of other connections, enabling those with stuff on their USB flash drives and the like to also get down with the My Tube’s full suite of features. For stockists visit www.audion-mm.com.
Number (Ni)ne Makes Disney Shine
Japanese label (N)ine have taken the familiar characters of Disney, given them instruments, skullified (is that a word? It should be) their noggins and then worked them into their new season. Some may say that both skulls and Disney have been played-out but it’s when you see it work, you realise why they were popular in the first place. Check Cliffedge for availability.
Love shopping online but hate having to pay for postage so pricey you’d think your tee was getting its own G5 to get to you? Well quit your whinging as the local boys at TomorrowKings.com are bringing you all the goods minus the postage heartache. Labels like Sould, Akomplice and Dope Couture are just a click away. Get to it.
Okay, crap pun I know but there’s nothing crap about these toy soldier necklaces available at peachypan.com. In metallic pink, silver or gold and crazy affordable, it’s time to get your girl her own little army.
Bike chains are all up in the joint and you know what, I like it. Melbourne’s own Strictly BMX has crafted these rad laces which feature a subtle bike chain print in both gold on black and black on gold. While streetwear legends PAM have released this luxe sweater with an awesome allover bike chain design. True style is in the details and now there’s no excuse not to wear the lifestyle on your sleeve…or sneaker.
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Crank dat Cardboard
For the DIY in you, check out this mini cardboard boombox. With just a few folds you have your very own ghetto blaster quicker than you can say “how the fuck do you make one of those cranes?” Best part is the unit has built in Speakers, an ipod jack and amplifier so it’s actually functional. Sick! Available at Fat stores.
For the Ladies
While some girls bitch about ladies kicks only coming in girly colours, sometimes you can’t help but embrace the girl-ness and rock those pastels like you’re a second grader on class photo day. These Creative Recreation numbers are the My Little Pony of sneakers, while these Adidas Adihoop Patents have the Rainbow Brite vibe going strong. Lace and embrace my sisters!
Mule Muse For Stefan
The Japanese brand Mule have teamed up with German artist Stefan Marx AKA Gomes from the label, The Lousy Livincompany for a line of tees that combine photography and pop culture references with Stefan’s trademark quirky style and drawings. New Kids On Acid anyone?
That’s Not A Knife
Behold the granddaddy of all pocket knives. Priced at a mere $40,000 USD Leatherman’s 25th Anniversary is celebrated with one of its signature tools being plated in 18k Gold worked by renowned Goldsmith Adrian Pallarol. But if you’ve got money to blow on a tool like this, are you really doing shit like putting your own Ikea furniture together?
For Sale: Hoverboard, slightly used.
Props to Ebay for some off the hook memorabilia up for grabs over the last couple of months. First it was the Bill Cosby sweaters (where’s 30k when you need it!) and more recently Marty Mcfly’s Mattel hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II & Part III. This piece has the complete ball bearing-mounted footpad that rotates 360 degrees, as well as the bottom “magnet plates”. Best part is this Hoverboard also features the hole in the top, where the handlebars were that Marty pulled off after borrowing the toy from the little girl in the film. Auction’s way over but this shit was too gold not to share.
Nike Urban Jungle Pack This series features a bright African-inspired print, the kind you used to get on those big ol’ caps in the ‘90s. What makes it work is the print splashed on such a clean upper, so it’s just enough of a reference without going overboard. The series available in limited numbers features the Court Force Hi, Air Bound II, and the Air Raid. Exclusive to Foot Locker. Nike Air Max 90 For the shorties, Nikehasreleased the most comfortable womens’ shoe in the history of the world, the Air Max 90. With this sweet new aqua-blue colourway, these babies and a tan are all I want to rock this Summer. Puma First Round Skate Woody from Sneaker Freaker recently repped this shoe as one of his favourite sneakers. The Puma First Round Skate is a classic B-ball style with a modern skate twist (fat tounge and suede uppers). These two colourways are available in October exclusive to selected Foot Locker stores. Adidas Centennial Another B-ball style but this time a rerelease, Adidas is bringing back the Centennial, originally released in France back in the 80’s, in a fresh new colourway which features traditional athletic blue and red, with white snakeskin overlays as an added detail.
HOT & FRESH Caravan for your Cap
Ever packed your 59 Fifty for a trip away only to find it looking like someone scrunched it into a ball and drop kicked it when you opened your suitcase? Well never fear, as New Era has crafted special cap carriers to keep your fitteds lookin’ fresh. Available at Hall of Fame in Los Angeles, the only question is, how do you get your caps over to the States in the first place to buy one? Oh the paradox!
Mos Wears Watermelon
Gourmet: You Are What You Wear
You may not of heard of em’, we certainly hadn’t, however that didn’t stop us from feeling their new range of no-fuss kicks in these staple sneaker colours. Also loving their rework of the Fiorucci tee. Wear this to the club and that girl next to you will tell you she had the original tee when she was 13, she will then tell you how good it will look on her bedroom floor. Or maybe not.
Alex Flach: Berlin Calling
Having shot photos of Michel Gondry to The Streets, along with photos for the definitive label Supreme, it was time for Alex Flach to release something for himself. Enter Berlin Calling, a retrospective containing the German photographer’s work taken in his native city from the past 12 years. Well worth a look. www.akidfromberlin.com
Mr Mighty, Mos Def recently dropped his new collabo with Undrcrwn, which was created for his performance at Carnegie Hall in NY. Both Mos and his accompanying orchestra titled, Amino Alkaline: The Watermelon Syndicate, were decked out in the tees which were apparently created in limited numbers, so those that weren’t worn on the night are available exclusively at Karmaloop.
FREE SHIT YOU CAN HAVE Once again ACCLAIM is dishing out the goods. All you have to do to potentially score yourself any of the below is email email@example.com and let us know your favourite article or section this issue. Don’t forget to include your mailing address, phone number and prize you want.
Melbourne label Syke has unleashed its Summer range entitled The Illustrated Series. The range which combines elements of stenciling and free-hand illustrations are combined with fantasy and surrealism to create unique artworks that are distinctive to the label. www.syke.com.au - You read about it in Hot & Fresh and now it can be yours to own. The My Tube from AVLabs is a feast for the senses. How hot will this look in your lounge room? This is huge!
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- Our friends at Montegi USA have a pack up for grabs consisting of a Toki Doki “I Love LA” watch and one of these artist series FriendsWith You Mimobot USB sticks. Friendly and functional!
Burton Love Series
- Dragon Optical have a pair of their classic shades, the Wormser in tortoise shell, just in time for Spring.
Burton has teamed up with Playboy and made this sick range of boards named the Love Series. The awesome throwback images are what make this series work so well. Thankfully they were wise enough to know Kendra and Holly weren’t right for this shit. Out at the end of the year, these boards belong as much on a wall as they do on the slopes.
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Bumble & Tweet Reach Bear Designer: Reach
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DIY Teddy Troop
Dalek Teddy Troop Designer: Dalek www.dalekart.com
Designer: Sara Antoinette Martin Manufacturer: Kidrobot www.sara-land.net
APU & CHIEF WIGGUM Designer: Matt Groening Manufacturer: Kidrobot www.thesimpsons.com
Designer: Nate Van Dyke Manufacturer: Ningyoushi www.n8vandyke.com
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Designer: Kawsone www.kawsone.com
Kokeshi No. 2
Designer: Julie West
Designer: Carl Jones
Fatcap Series 2
Designer: Tilt, Sket One, DOMA & More www.kidrobot.com
Kaws x Terry Richardson The notorious Vice photographer recently shot some photos of Brian Donnelly aka Kawsone in his Brooklyn studio for RVCAâ€™s ANP Quaterly. Kaws is going from strength to strength this year with a gallery coming up in New York gallery in November, where artwork with art starting at $US25,000.
Designer: Tado www.tado.co.uk
Roen x Disney
Designer: Roen Manufacturer: Medicom www.roen.jp
Mini Gobi Anarchy SDCC Designer: Frank Kozik
Rolling Stone 1000%
Designer: Be@rbrick www.bearbrick.com
Designer: Frank Kozik
Shake a Tongue Toy Cars Big Bob Slug
Designer: Frank Zozik
Debilz Mini Series Designer: Mist
SDCC Benny & Red Bird Designer: Mindstyle www.mindstyle.com
DIY Bart Qee
Designer: Matt Groening www.thesimpsons.com
Munny DIY Black Designer: You
Kidrobot x The Simpsons On the back of the [adult swim] series, comes another collaboration with a cartoon that needs no introduction. They have been designed in such a way that reflects the traditional image of the characters but also utilizing the unique Kidrobot style. Creator Matt Groening recently attended the launch at the Kidrobot LA store which ended in a surprise signing session. Get yours now as this series is guaranteed to be a hit and will no doubt sell out. Monster Invasion!
One of Australias best toy stores Ruban Rat is holding an exhibition with customs from the likes of Reka, Ghostpatrol and Yok. The gallery is located at 76 Parramatta Rd. Stanmore NSW and its on between August 29-September 19. Check the myspace for more info www.myspace.com/rubanrat
Words by Vinny Tang Photos by Michael Danischewski
K.I.D Cudi hasn’t been around for that long, but in that time he’s had an international tour, signed // with A-Trak’s Fools Gold label and all the while making
infectious tracks THAT both your little sister and the hypebeasts ARE playing at loud volumes. Like all good hosts, ACCLAIM rummaged through Cudi’s luggage when he came down under. HOODIES// I was happy because I found out it was Winter over here so I could bring all my Bape hoodies over. Even when it’s hot though, still gotta have some Bape hoodies man. 10 DEEP JEANS// Keep 10 Deep jeans at all times. FLANNEL// I’ve been on this flannel thing. I like to keep these around a lot. Got this 10 Deep button-up, probably my favourite flannel at the moment, you’ve probably seen me wear it in a whole bunch of photo shoots (laughs). AMERICAN APPAREL TEES// I keep these at all times, a relative basic, I probably got like 20 of them in different colours, cos these are a necessity when you’re touring. SHOES// My Jordans got murdered on this island, with all this sand and shit, epsecially my VII’s! But I’ve mostly got Bathing Ape shoes, got these Spongebob Bapestas. Oh and my Chucks! I always keep my Chucks because I can dirty them up and they’re still socially acceptable. SUNGLASSES// Bought these Dida sunglasses at Highs and Lows in Perth, cos I lost my pair of glasses in Toronto. These are my stunnas, got my stunna shades on (laughs).
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GADGETS// I don’t even know how I lost my Sidekick, but I got it for free, so I probably have to hook one up again! As far as gadgets go though, there’s my iPod, which is 80 gigs of my life and my Macbook, I love my Macbook. ALBUMS// I try to buy an album every time I go out so I can listen to some new music, so I bought the new Coldplay album, also some MGMT. watches// This is my Undefeated G-Shock. I was surprised I got it because these were very limited. I was lucky as fuck to have found it, cos it has been out for a while. Also got somewhere my Bape G-Shock. Stay tuned to K.I.D. Cudi, we were promised more and more dope shit from this dude. Also head down to the ACCLAIM website and check out the video for this interview, heaps more interesting shit that we couldn’t pack into one page.
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Princess of the Posse tee // Hellz Bellz overalls // Cubannie Links earrings.
Photos by Estevan Oriol Makeup by Deborah Lake
Hellz Bellz jacket // House of Jackie Brown bandeau bikini // jewelry all by Cubannie Links
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Fly Gurl Styling by Lorraine Calzada Words by Alex Weiland
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Eve Mauro Estevan Oriol tee // Cubannie Links earrings// House of Jackie Brown bikini bottoms
“Growing up I wanted to become an actress so LA was the obvious place to be.” It’s the // classic line of many beautiful women in Los
Angeles, but there’s nothing stereotypical about this issue’s Fly Gurl, Eve Mauro. Shot by legendary LA photographer Estevan Oriol, Eve shows us that an LA woman can be a whole lot more than just lap dogs and velour tracksuits.
Eve’s modelling career began five years ago when she first moved to LA. As stunning a model that she is, acting is actually her first love and what brought her in contact with Estevan in the first place. “The first time we worked together was for the Blink 182 music video “Down”. He was directing and I was acting.” But before the bright lights lured her to the City of Angels, what was this Sicilian beauty up to? “Oh god, you name it. Construction, receptionist, Taco Bell...” Thankfully hairnets and chili-beef are a thing of the past for our Eve, though modeling aint’ that easy either, especially in a town like LA. “What people don’t realise is that modeling is a very demanding job. And you have to be careful because there is always another model waiting to push you off the runway,” she explains. So what does the future hold for Eve Mauro? “I would like to focus more on acting. This past year has been very promising. I’ve been in a couple CSI:Miami episodes, as well as half a dozen movies. Most of them premiere in 2009. So, I’m really looking forward to seeing where that takes me.” So are we Eve. Just remember where you saw her first!
Words by Andrew Montell
As co-founder and director the of highly respected street lifestyle brand CLOT, 27 year old Kevin Poon // has established himself at the forefront of a niche but
growing movement in Hong Kong and to some degree is responsible for the gradual merging of western and eastern influences into the fledgling street culture of the city he calls home.
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Born in Hong Kong but spending much of his life in Canada and the US, Kevin Poon has dedicated himself to increasing the profile of contemporary art in Hong Kong, primarily through the CLOT brand but also through his place on the Arts Development Council of Hong Kong. Hong Kong is perhaps the most influential territory to the collective youth culture of Asia. However for Hong Kong’s mainland neighbours street culture is a relatively new movement. Kevin describes the youth market where a huge portion of their potential consumer base are picking up on new school contemporary culture from both the West and closer to home. “I think more and more mainland Chinese youth are understanding what street culture is and the roots behind it, and we are happy about this because we see new magazines coming out and people doing art and all types of people coming out doing interesting things and we are happy to be a part of this movement.”
to fashion and art collaborations, CLOT has also worked with multi-national giants Pepsi. “We only work with brands we like and so it’s just a personal taste, I think when we worked with Pepsi they have a great brand and we had the chance to design some cans and premium items for them and we thought it was a fun and interesting project, that’s why we did it. I think people really liked that particular project and it was fun for us as a team as well.”
“more and more mainland Chinese youth are understanding what street culture is and the roots behind it”
With changes to trends in streetwear and associated cultures a fact of the industry, Kevin explains CLOT’s outlook on staying abreast of this change. “New generation kids have their own ideas of what they like and what they don’t like, and I think the evolution is inevitable. I don’t really think about the direction streetwear is heading, I spend most of my time thinking about how to continue to challenge ourselves and continue to reinvent ourselves to keep pushing our company to the next level.”
CLOT has plenty in store for the near future and while they remain tight lipped about forthcoming collabos their fall/winter 08 collection is dropping soon and has been much hyped. Kevin continues to further CLOT’s evolution and suggests that some exciting new partnerships will be announced soon. “There are still so many people I would be interested in working with but if I had to pick one it would be with John Jay. I have followed his work and I think he’s a genius.”
In this day and age there are few streetwear labels that haven’t collaborated with someone and CLOT is no exception. In addition
For more check out www.clotinc.com
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Words by Alex Weiland Photos by Charles Waldorf
New Era X Mishka
The Making of the 59 Fifty
The 59 Fifty has well and truly become a streetwear staple. When New Era founder Ehrhardt Koch // starting making caps back in the ‘20s for “America’s
favourite past time,” you can bet he had little idea how hard the baseball cap would ingrain itself into mass culture. In this ‘The Making Of…” special, we follow the production process of the iconic cap, and not just any ol’ cap but a brand new 59 Fifty from Mishka’s Fall 08 collection, ‘Skyway Trippers’. From a doodle on a page, to the final product fresh out the box, let us show you how legends are made. New Era’s entry into the streetwear game all began with a phone call. In the mid ‘90s Spike Lee called New Era HQ. Mr Lee wanted a Yankees cap, but he wanted it in red not blue. This was cleared with Major League Baseball and after he wore that cap once, the whole world wanted it in red…and green and whatever damn colour they chose. And so it began, the 59/50 took on a whole new steez, as an urban streetwear icon. Cut to now, who better to talk to about steez than a style-maker themself, Mike Jones of streetwear label Mishka NYC. So how does Mishka approach creating designs for such an iconic product and have they ever hit any snags? “There are a variety of factors that we have to take into account. We’ve garnered a reputation for pushing boundaries when it comes to what is and isn’t acceptable, but to be honest we’ve only ever hit this wall a handful of times.”
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Aside from designs with copyright issues, New Era also prohibits any violence or gang related imagery such as bullets and brass knuckles. The company actually has two police officers that work out on the street with gangs to learn the language and signs, which allows the company to run designs by them to make sure they’re not missing anything. However to Mike this does not present an issue, as he puts it “we have more fun trying to push the boundaries of the cap’s shape and the embroidery process, than trying to create an inflammatory cap design.” For the Fall 08 collection, Mishka has drawn inspiration from sci-fi culture and galactic exploration. This is of course in addition to their consistent fascination with music references, classic comic art and the bizarre and grotesque. “Once we’ve brainstormed a theme for the season, we have to consider what is going to look best on a hat, since we can’t simply throw a t-shirt graphic on a hat and expect it to work.
Some graphics are re-conceptualized to fit the context of a hat, while other designs work perfectly without any alterations.” After this point, colourways for the designs are decided upon and the final step in the design process is completing the techpacks for production at New Era. The designs are submitted on a specific New Era template as an illustrator file, which New Era’s design team then generates specs for that are ready for production. At the factory, production of a design takes around an hour and the product goes through 22 individual steps. With a different person at each step, every cap is truly hand crafted. Steps include the cutting of the different parts of the cap from fabric, with the two front and the two back panels then sewn together. These parts are embroidered (picture one) on a machine which can embroider up to 15 caps at once. The panels are then sewn together to form the crown (picture 2) and the seams are covered with the printed New Era tape-like fabric called tricot (picture 3). A pre-measured strip is then applied to the base of the crown to make the cap its specific size (picture 4). Lastly, the peak (that has been made in an earlier set of steps) is attached, as well as the sweatband and button on top. Caps are then steamed and placed on a cooling rack, after which finally the products are inspected and checked for defects and the famous New Era sticker is stuck on the brim. After all this, they’re boxed and ready to go (picture 5). While most of New Era’s business remains predominantly in the US, sales in Europe, Asia and Latin America are building incredible steam, with some markets doubling or tripling in size in a year. With New Era retail stores in Atlanta, NYC, Buffalo, Toronto, London and the soon to be opened Berlin and Birmingham stores, the company is continuing to grow, especially in terms of its partnerships with streetwear labels such as Mishka. As Dana Marciniak of New Era, Buffalo headquarters explains, “it’s been so organic, starting from Spike Lee, we just kept designing caps and people just keep coming back to see what we have every season. It makes for a lot of work!” So next time you pop on a fresh 59-fifty from your favourite streatwear label, remember to tip your brim to Mr Spike Lee and that one phone call which started it all.
Mike Jones on the process:
“I know we’ve given headaches to various production managers at New Era, in how to exactly execute some of our design ideas, but as a nod to their abilities, no matter how crazy or impossble they said something would be at first, they’ve managed to produce a cap as close to our original vision as possible.
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Words by Alex Weiland
LEMAR & DAULEY 90s STYLIN’
Heavily inspired by their formative years in the 1990s, Lemar & Dauley’s founders Kareem Blair and // Daniel Pierre have been turning out colourful, graphic
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heavy items that have seen acceptance across the US and around the globe. ACCLAIM caught up with Kareem Blair for the lowdown on L&D.
I noticed in your press release you refer to the act of “digging into the toy chest of American culture” in your approach to design. Clearly pop culture is a huge influence on the brand, how is this reflected in your designs and why is it such a big influence? Pop culture has such a great influence on the brand because it has a great influence on its designers. We (Daniel and myself) were both born in 1981 and are products of 90s culture, and we both believe that this decade proved to be the era in which various subcultures rose to public consciousness […] The `90s is when the cross-over references begin to take shape. This is an era when an athlete was transformed into a god-like persona, a rapper transformed into an entrepreneur, an entrepreneur into a mogul, and an artist into a media sensation. We tend to explore certain moments within pop culture that are often overlooked. We choose to capture the moment Michael Jordan reflected on what was his historical moment in history, not the moment itself. We designed the Notorious B.I.G smiling in glory to celebrate his mark on the musical landscape, rather than actually depict him rapping at a concert… You guys met quite young at LaGaurdia High School for Arts and Performing Arts. How has this influenced L&D as a brand? We were already friends years prior to creating the brand, so it created the segue from the beginning […] Also, when you’re friends, this can be difficult for any business and we realised
this early, so we are extremely honest with the direction of Lemar & Dauley and how we wish to expand it. This trust factor allowed Lemar & Dauley to move quickly and less restricted, while maintaining authenticity. You guys have had some pretty impressive collaborations with brands such as DC, Adidas and Kid Robot. Are there a lot of restrictions placed on you when you are involved in these collabos? We are blessed. Every collaborative project we have worked on has allowed us to have full reign. The only stipulation is that we can’t alter anyone’s logo! Working on these corporate projects actually don’t differ much from L&D, because they usually contact us to inject a little bit of our brilliance into their design blueprint. It tends to be a beautiful and painless working environment. What is it about L&D as a brand that makes it stand out from other street-wear labels? I believe it’s because my partner in crime and I genuinely care about how Lemar & Dauley is perceived 10-15 years from now […] The brand is beginning to separate itself from its founders and is becoming its own individual. It has flaws and strengths much like everyone else, yet it desires to win everyday it exists, and what person existing doesn’t want to be a winner?
Kareem on the ‘90s:
The `90s is the only decade that we have a complete historical viewpoint on (as 26 year olds). The `80s is still a bit foggy, and the 2000s is still being written - so I can’t label it nostalgia.
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Words by Jerry Jerri
Donga, as he is affectionately known, is mos’ definitely a dude worth keeping an eye on. Running the show all on // his own, his inde brand Hakan, born out of Melbourne two
years ago, is turning all the right heads in his direction. When we plugged a couple of his hoodies in Hot & Fresh a few issues back the response that we got from readers was totally nuts. Donga spoke with ACCLAIM’s Jerry Jerri about Hakan’s brief but impressive voyage so far.
What sets Hakan apart from other Australian fashion labels? It’s dark n dirty, tongue n cheeky. I’m putting an emphasis on innovation through concepts, art, design and illustration. Born out of a love and hate for life, Hakan is about having a strong sense of individuality and a lifestyle nothing more than carefree. Isn’t that what we all want? So far Hakan has been well received by local streetwear snobs, which is rare for a local brand. Why do you think this is the case? I know most of these snobs. Thanks for the support. Free Tees in the mail!
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What is your background? Born in ‘Nam to Chinese parents, raised south-east side of Melbourne. Are you formally trained in fashion design? Not really. I had plenty of help from friends in the industry. I’m trained as a graphic designer.
more developed and intellectual designs, rather than the usual slapped-on graphics of larger lifestyle brands. Anyone who is trying to survive through their passions, whatever those passions may be. Many so-called streetwear labels only produce printed tees and sweaters but Hakan also includes shorts and jeans. What are the challenges in creating these items? Mainly trying to get the fit right which I think is the most important thing. It took me quite a bit of time, working with the manufactures to make sure everything looks right! Also making sure the wash and detailing of the garment is spot on. There are so many facets to a pair of jeans which makes or breaks them… the detailing, stitch colour and of course the quality of denim. Is there someone in the fashion or design world that you look up to or consider to be an icon? So many... I guess coming from a graphic design background, designers from the 80s and 90s such as Designers Republic and Peter Saville. From a fashion perspective, Tri Vo the designer for SYKE is a great inspiration. In a time where collaborations in the streetwear world are almost a necessity do you have any joint projects on the horizon? None anytime soon but would love to do stuff with friends who are musicians, producers, artists, photographers etc...And of course ACCLAIM Mag! Not sure what yet... Brain’s hurting! If money and access to the big names were no object who would you most like to work with? The Swedish women’s hockey team! Oh and Tony Montana meng!
What is your vision/plan for Hakan in the next five years? To make some money so I can drink it all! Yeah! Bonus if Hakan is represented/stocked overseas, mainly in the US and Europe. Would you say that Hakan is aimed at a particular market or social group? Hakan is aimed at anyone who gives a dam really. Whether you have a link to the message of the design or you like a particular colour. Anyone who can think for themselves! Anyone who is into
Where can people find Hakan?
Around Australia & NZ www.hakan.com.au (Work in progress) or call +613 9687 1618
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Photos by Jo Duck Styling by Caine Cherubin of Heist Hair and Makeup by Fiona Middleton Special thanks to Yeah Maan for use of location // 340 Punt Rd. South Yarra.
Layered chain dress by Religion // Necklace by Hayley Mei. // Shirt by CTRL // Necklace by Hayley Mei
[this page] Layered chain top by Religion // Necklace by Hayley Mei Knit hood MHI by Maharishi // Crew neck by IHMDJ // Denim by Futura Labs. [opposite page] Aztec tee by Buddhist Punk // Shorts by Insight Cap by Crooks // Jacket by Crooks x Mitchell and Ness Tee by Reason // Denim by Crooks // Parrot Paradise dress by Religion.
[opposite page] Beanie by Futura Labs // Tee by FUCT // Denim by Futura Labs Tee by Crooks and Castles // Denim by Crooks [this page] Tee by CTRL // Shorts by CTRL Beanie and tee by Futura Labs // Jacket by Crooks and Castles // Denim by Orisue
Jacket by Reason // Tee by Reason // Denim by Orisue. Layered chain top by Religion // Harem pants by Buddhist Punk
Industry Pro Phil Koh [FOOTAGE]
I run a small sneaker/clothing boutique called Footage in Darlinghurst and the foray into sneakers happened by chance. I had come back from a holiday years ago (before Footage began) and was pleasantly // surprised to receive a few comments on the sneakers I brought back. Soon after, I received some offers from
friends and peers to get in some sneakers for them from overseas. You can imagine how these kicks would work a treat in a time when the sneaker market was fairly unadventurous and bland. Fast forward a year or two and I was selling some of these sneakers on an appointment basis to clients who worked in retail, advertising, interior design, graphic design, entertainment and the like. The clientele grew to a strong core group and my wife and I then took the next step. Footage was born. I’d like to incorporate a bit of old love/new love in my pick of six favourite sneakers, comprising of a few vintage pairs amongst other newer releases that have caught my eye. I. Adidas Metro Attitude Ewing (Made-in-France) This has truly been a holy grail for the longest time until a good friend of mine, decided to sell them on to me. Patrick Ewing, the first pick in the NBA draft in 1985 for the New York Knicks, was the young star that Adidas sought out to endorse the Metro Attitude a year later […] The Metro Attitude was not only a regular favourite on the courts, but made a large impression on the hip-hop scene. The original Metro Attitude was made in France and had the Ewing Logo on the tongue but recent retros of the Attitude no longer bear the same Ewing Logo. The Metro Attitude is an awesome classic and remains a firm favourite, with or without the Ewing logo.
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II. Nike Jordan I (Made-in-Korea) Nike took a serious gamble with a rookie player named Michael Jordan in 1984 to help reinvent themselves as a brand that could focus on a segment other than running. When they saw Michael Jordan play, they saw an opportunity to stake a claim in the basketball arena. The introduction of the Nike Jordan I, of bold black and red fame, at a time when most basketball shoes were white, was a breath of fresh air. The NBA subsequently banned the shoe and imposed serious fines of up to $5000, each time Jordan took to the courts with them on, hence making it the most coveted shoe in ‘85. Everyone wanted this monster, me included. III. Nike Vandal Supreme (Made-in-Korea) 1984 saw the release of one of my all time favourites, the Nike Vandal Supreme. The nylon finish on these shoes set them apart from other basketball shoes in the market that were either made out of leather or canvas. Nike had been thinking outside the box and in the process created a timeless classic that looked good on the courts as well as off it.
IV Puma Clyde The one thing I love about the Clyde is the understated beauty of this classic, made famous by Walt “Clyde” Frazier, a basketball legend that also played for the Knicks in the late 60s and 70s. I found this mint pair of 1991 retros in an old sports store that also had the traditional gold Clyde script just like the old ones of bygone years. Newer retros are available in a whole array of colours but nothing can beat the old school two-tone classics. I love my Clydes. V Converse Chuck Taylor Multi-eyelets – John Varvatos One of my current favourites is the Converse Chuck Taylor – Multieyelets by John Vavartos. Converse took little time to sign on John Vavartos, a famed fashion designer, to re-invent some of their classic Chuck Taylors into modern, tasteful numbers that still kept with the integrity of its original silhouette. The results have been phenomenal and the multi-eyelets have left me impressed and I am now a fervent fan. I love the fact that Vavartos has kept with the classic mould and focused on improving its overall look and comfort. Having been nominated GQ Designer of the year 2007, Converse understood the importance of continuing this relationship with Vavartos. I can only imagine the good things that are to come from this marriage. Viva La Vavartos! VI Vans Chukka – Ostrich Vans have recently released a new Chukka Boot, using real ostrich leather in their Vault offering. As a company that has an illustrious skate heritage, Vans are at the forefront of re-inventing their classic skate shoes, by way of a modernistic fashion approach. I especially love the original ostrich leather on this classic Chukka, which I find most refreshing, given the abundance of ‘pleather’ (or make believe leather) being used on a lot of footwear these days. Vans have taken a more fashion forward stance in their Vault line and the reworked classics like the Chukka have undoubtedly won more than a few fans.
Selection by Ankia
Staple Design x New Balance 575 Pigeon
The much rumoured and highly anticipated Staple Design x New Balance 575’s have finally landed. Donning the exact colourway and trademark embroidered Pigeon as the 2005 released Nike “Pigeon” Dunks, the New Balance 575 Pigeons also feature a detailed tongue boasting an illustration of the New York City skyline, and designer insole. Only 800 pairs have been produced.
DJ Clark Kent 112 Pack
World class DJ, Producer, music industry mogul, sneaker connoisseur and official Air Force 1 aficionado DJ Clark Kent has just dropped his Nike 112 pack, dubbed 112 as a homage to Brooklyn (112 being the first three area code digits of Brooklyn). The pack consists of the Air Force 1, Air Max 1 and the Air Trainer 1. Personally designed by Clark Kent himself; each sneaker boasts the classic elephant print detailed with black and neon yellow pops and 3M reflective material. A matching New Era 59fifty cap will also be released alongside the 112 pack.
Nike Air Max Classic BW
Air Max x Air Force One pack
Nike have just released a collection of Air Force One’s inspired by 3 of the most popular Air Max styles ever released. The Air Max 90, 95 and 97 have merged their way onto the timeless Air Force One low pallet, Nike have taken the essential elements of each model and integrated them into the Air Force one. Unlike the recent Fusion release Nike have maintained the shape and integrity of the Air Force One, the shoes are reworked with new tongues, upper materials, and even outsoles to make a closer resemblance to their Air Max counterpart. With this release Nike have indeed created 3 very exciting versions of a timeless classic.
Jordan Countdown Pack 4/19
Lacoste Ardeur x Alife Rivington Club
Alife Rivington Club have teamed up with Lacoste to produce a 75th year anniversary classic tennis shoe. The shoe comes in four different colourways (black, white, red and purple) and features a blend of leather and mesh for its composition. The tongue of the shoe has the Lacoste logo while the top of the heel features “ARC” for Alife Rivington Club.
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Nike BMX Trickstar pack
I’m guessing the Olympic committee is taking cues from Commodore 64’s California Games, first they made surfing official and now BMX racing. For the first time ever BMX racing is realized as a legitimate sport in this year’s Olympic Games, and to celebrate Nike SB have released the BMX Trickstar Pack. The Trickstar pack consists of a specially designed Nike Dunk SB Low and Blazer, both are released on a super limited run of just 600 pairs each. New York’s Dave’s Quality Meats played a part in the design process and it looks as though they’ve taken influences from Woody Itson’s Legendary 24K Gold Hutch Trickstar bike (hence the name?)
I remember when this exact colourway dropped in the early ‘90s they were super hot back then and I wanted them so bad, but me being only 10 or whatever my ma dukes wouldn’t let me cop them cuz my British Knights were still fresh out the box – parents just don’t understand. Anyways I’ve been waiting for Nike to reissue this colourway for like, forever, and rumour has it the re release of these purple joints is just around the corner. January 2009 is the date speculated, so make sure you mark it in your diary – Lord knows I have!
The Air Jordan 4/19 Countdown Pack is undoubtedly one of the most hyped of the Countdown packs, and for good reason; this particular colourway of the Air Jordan IV is one of the most revered in the history of the Jordan Brand. The 4/19 pack has just dropped and word has it October will see the release of the Jordan 3/20 countdown pack.
Adidas ZX 800 Lea Fall 2008 Collection
Nike Air Stab QS Runnin Gunnin
Nike have just released their new Air Stab Premium Quickstrike called Runnin’ Gunnin’. The shoe features a mixture of premium black leather upper with black mesh, hot neon pink accents and paintsplatter effects, it also has a clear outsole with matching graphics on the left and right shoe and comes with a matching tee!
A part of Adidas’ fall 2008 collection; the Adidas ZX 800 Lea model featured here was originally released back in 1986, the ZX 800 model was at the forefront of the shoe game in terms of technology, and even today has the ability to keep up with new and upcoming running models. They feature a turquoise/black colour scheme, along with lime green details. The use of mesh on the upper is critical for a running shoe, as it provides the runner’s foot with a source of ventilation. A timeless sneaker and positive indication of the quality of releases Adidas have planned for their Fall 2008 line.
custom artist imani [ARTIST SOLE]
Female sneaker customiser Imani of Washington, DC’s Artistic Sole crew is this issue’s featured // designer. going pro two years ago, Imani and the Artist Sole crew has since established a solid reputation for their discerning style.
For those who don’t know, tell us about how, when and why you got started. Artistic Sole was originally a concept between two (now) friends that encompassed the love of sneakers and art. Not too long after throwing around some ideas, we decided to get friends to donate shoes to put our art on. The word got around, we started a myspace page and posted on blogs to get feedback of the work and the rest is history. We’ve been around and in action now for almost two years. How would you describe your designs? The designs are busy and over the top. The main designs are clean, crisp and visible. They are usually accompanied with messy splatters and sprays of paint to add suggested texture and movement. What influences your designs? What design processes do you go through when painting a sneaker? The design ideas almost never go on paper first. I started that way, but found that it’s a huge waste of time for me because once I get a clear idea, I just want to dig in and if it’s not right immediately, I’ll keep painting and designing until it’s right. So, the design process is visualising whatever theme I’m presented with vs. space and placement on the shoe and digging in! What sets you apart from the pack, your point of difference to other customisers? What would you say is the most crucial element to your designs? I’m not 100% sure of what sets me apart from other customisers. I don’t think it’s what the outcome is on the shoe, but the experience each of my customers get. In order to create a shoe for them, which they pay good money for, I take time to get to know the customer and observe their personality so it comes across on that shoe. The most crucial element of my designs is the inclusion of my customer’s personality onto their shoe (with an Artistic Sole twist, of course) to make it personable to them. What’s your most prized pair of customs? My most prized pair of customs are these Atlanta Constitution Journal joints I did (pictured). They were purely by accident. It was one of those days that I had a design in mind and it wasn’t coming out right so I decided to try some untraditional ways of customising. The shoes have been altered using the actual newspaper of the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
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KNOW YOUR CLASSICS
The Air Huarache debuted in 1991 originally released as a running shoe. The Air Huarache made a notable impact with its innovative design and fit; a result of the shoe’s signature use of new lightweight materials such as stretch grip neoprene and spandex, which provided the wearer with a comfortably snug fit. The Huarache’s inspiration and names sake came from the old Native American sandal called ‘Huarache’, most commonly worn by Mexican villagers. The Air Huarache’s innovative design and fit were outstanding - the shoe boasted what was dubbed the ‘Huarache fit’ which characterized the shoe’s technology; the combination of the stretch grip neoprene and spandex made for the shoe’s original comfort while the exposed sock and minimal upper were the only visible technologies. The design was effective yet simple and minimal; the only Nike branding was on the rubber heel where a large ‘Nike’ was scrawled across the heel strap, the original colourway was clean and distinct; it showcased bold touches of royal blue and yellow on a green and fresh-white canvas. In 1992 Nike produced limited edition versions of the Air Huarache, they were available in earth-toned colours with the addition of a nubuck upper - this was the last in the series of colourways of the Air Huarache in the ‘90s. The Air Huarache made its return in the year 2000 via a limited edition collaboration with clothing brand Stussy, 2000 was also the year that the Air Huarache was released, once again, in its original green/white colourway.
Words by Andrew Montell & Hitoshi Ono Photos by Andrew Montell
SHOPPING GUIDE BANGKOK, THAILAND
Bangkok Thailand is one of those places where tourists flock in droves to fill their suitcases with big brand bootlegs. What they don’t know is that Bangkok has spawned many talented young // designers getting their hustle on below the international radar. If you do visit this crazy place take the time to visit the Siam Square area and cop some cool local wears that you know nobody back home is gonna be rocking. Dope Spot 236/11 2nd Floor Siam Square Soi 2 // Rama 1 Rd. // Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 PH: +66 83 258 2244 Dope Spot is a cool little spot co-owned by the peeps behind local streetwear brands 13 Crowns, 9 Face and Never Say. This is a must see store for anyone keen to check out quality gear from local designers and despite common misconceptions the quality is up to par but the prices are reasonable. Mostly stocked with the aforementioned brands, Dope Spot’s shelves also include accessories, one-off sneaker exclusives and BKK New Era fitteds. Preduce 218/9 Siam Square Soi 1 Pathumwan // Bangkok 10330 PH: +66 2252 9697 www.preduce.com Preduce Esplanade G24 G Esplanade //Ratchada 99 // 10400 Bangkok
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Preduce is one of very few skateboard companies in Thailand and is based around the concept of a skateboard store by skateboarders for skateboarders. The crew behind the store are European ex-pats who are doing their part to help develop the local skate culture and scene. The Preduce stores are also involved in many graffiti and other street culture events throughout the year. Stocking brands such as Cliché, Knowledge and Nike as well as skate decks and other relevant accessories, this spot is worth checking out although the prices are fairly close to the Western retail market for the most part.
Sneaka Villa 422/6 Siam Square soi 11 Rama 1 Rd. // Pathumwan Bangkok 10330 PH: +66 26 581 970 www.sneakavilla.net Sneaka Villa is pretty much the main spot for Bangkok sneaker heads or visiting freakers. Mostly stocking tees and limited edition kicks, the footwear range includes only limited release Nikes as well as the other usual footwear suspects and a decent range of second-hand dead stock sneakers. You can also cop some nice jeans mostly in the Levis and Neighborhood lines and local brand Goody. VZY Siam Square Soi 11 // Pathumwan // Bangkok 10330 (Opposite Hard Rock) Mobile: +66 87 005 600 www.vzyxbingo.com
In addition to international labels including Recon, The Hundreds, Stussy and Kicks TYO, VZY is the official outlet for their own brand, Bingo.
Places of Interest You’re mad if you don’t check out the many amazing Buddhist temples and other tourist attractions but when it comes to partying ACCLAIM’s homie DJ ONO (Bangkok Invaders/Bumsquad DJz Worldwide) suggests the following night-spots: Bed Supperclub // TakeOverTuesdays with Bangkok Invaders’ DJ ONO & DJAY BUDDAH // www.bedsupperclub.com Route 66 RCA // Friday – Saturday with BANGKOK INVADERS. // www.route66club.com Slim Club RCA // Friday – Saturday with BANGKOK INVADERS 808 Club // International Guest DJS
Words by Tom Connellan
SHOPPING GUIDE vancouver, canada
This city is fucking rad. From world-class ski slopes on its doorstep to the chilled out, friendly atmosphere - this is a town impossible not to get along with (unless you’re allergic to snow and love // hanging out with dickheads). Just to put the icing on the cake, Van-City has a booming streetwear scene with more than enough spots to fit on this page. These are some of our favourites: Alife alifenyc.com // 350 Water St Vancouver
Dutil Denim dutildenim.com // 303 West Cordova St, Vancouver
Do I really need to go into detail here? It’s an Alife store, in Vancouver.
This one is unmissable for denim heads or for anyone that has legs. A whole heap of jeans from boutique brands and not much else - no complaints from me.
Antisocial antisocialshop.com // 2425 Main St, Vancouver
El Kartel elkartel.com // 121A – 1025 Robson St, Vancouver
I get the vibe that this joint is a Vancouver skate institution. Massive store with a heap of clothing, hardware and a nice book collection. Head out the back and check out the store’s half-pipe and art gallery. Nutso. Dipt getdipt.com // 819 Hornby St, Vancouver
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An effective crossover of streetwear and hip-hop culture, which includes brands like Crooks & Castles, 10 Deep and Artful Dodger. They’ve got a DJ manning the decks and a bunch of mixtapes on sale. These dudes are also opening a more upmarket store, Freshman, which will open by late ‘08 so keep your Google on. Dream dreamvancouver.com // 311 West Cordova Street, Vancouver This is one for the ladies, most of their gear is on a more bohemian tip by a bunch of labels that I’d never heard of. Almost everything in the store is locally produced which is pretty impressive given the range. Heading here might earn you some brownie points with the missus.
This store is holding it down solo on Robson St, which is the area that your girlfriend will probably wanna hang around. I expected a more toned-down, McDonald’s version of a streetwear store but this is the real deal. Stocks brands like 10 Deep, Reebok and Upper Playground plus a few vinyl toys. Hart & Sole hartandsole.com // 843 Granville St, Vancouver Appears to be one of the new kids on the block in an area of town that isn’t overpopulated with streetwear stores (yet) – stocks Ed Hardy, Triumvir3, Kilo, In4mation, Nike and a heap of other shit. Illustrated Example 227 Carral St, Vancouver More upmarket style store, suitable for those who like their gear a little more subtle than bright green patent leather Bapestas. A nice, classy boutique that stocks a lot of brands that you’re not going to find at the standard streetwear joint.
Words by Andrew Montell
Since opening its doors for the first time four years ago, Juice has quickly established itself as one of the // most respected outlets for everything street culture
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related in Hong Kong. Founded by the team behind fashion label CLOT, Juice was the natural progression into retail by a crew dedicated to pushing the envelope of street culture in their city.
The store’s product range is decided based upon what the Juice team consider the most interesting products and brands from around the world and in addition to streetwear, Juice carries accessories, fragrances, candles, books and more. With a philosophy of constant evolution, Juice reinvents itself regularly and was completely refurbished and re-launched its new look to the public this past April. The new store interior, with a ‘wood’ theme was designed by prominent Hong Kong designer Jeffrey Lui of LUI Design + Associates with a focus on energy efficiency. 53 Patterson St // 2/FA // Causeway Bay // Hong Kong PH: +852 2881 0173
Juice carries the following labels: Adidas // Burton // CLOT // Colette // Converse // Demeter // Devilock // Fragment // Goodenough UK // Headporter // HeadporterPlus // Holga // iDiom // Married to The Mob // Medicom Toy // Nevermind // Nike // OriginalFake // PAM //Vans
stockists +613 9687 1618 www.hakan.com.au shot by david rosendale www.davidrosendale.com.au
Photos by Stores // Pak Khei [Studio8] 8FIVE2 Shop
global STYLE GUIDE
With our expanded international distribution we thought it was time to step things up a notch and involve some of our friends around the world with the compilation of our style guide. All of the // outfits and commentary below have been sourced from some of our favourite streetwear stores and the
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outfits are a reflection of the best styles on offer in each region. Big shoutout to everyone involved.
8FIVE2 SHOP [HONG KONG] 2/F Rm 3 United Success Comm Ctr // 506-508 Jaffe Rd // Causeway Bay // Hong Kong. PH: +852 2573 9872 // www.8five2.com Spade hat // Shane tee // Infinity JeansKnow1edge x Haze collaboration // Jake bracelet // Half Cab Vans Syndicate
DIPT [VANCOUVER] 819 Hornby Street // Vancouver // BC // Canada // PH: +604 669 9990 // www.getdipt.com
VALUE KING STORE & GALLERY [ADELAIDE] 83A Hindley St // (Off Clubhouse Ln) Adelaide // Australia
VANCITY Original New Era fitted // Too Black Guys OG Logo Tee // 10 Deep Brigade Shirt // 10 Deep Hammer Toss Jean // Air Jordan 4 OG Colorway
Com Raid War Bulls Tee // Trainerspotter Trials Jacket // Note To Self Slim Stretch Jeans // Sneakers (model’s own)
This look is a classic street look that is getting rocked on the block by everyone from hip-hop heads to hipsters and skaters. We are definitely seeing a slimmer look but still loose and comfortable. The plaid shirt, layered over a graphic tee with the fitted and the J’s is a win win. Stand up Vancity!
Nothing like keeping it simple with a little homegrown produce… Super comfortable rinsed indigo denim by an Adelaide ex-pat, set off by a crisp black on white tee from Melbourne based Com Raid. A faithful nod to O.G. style king Steve McQueen’s trademark Belstaff jacket, caps off a classic combination.
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FRONT STREET [NEW YORK] 47 Orchard St // New York/ / NY // USA PH: +212.334.8144
Da Cave [SINGAPORE] 1 Queensway // Queensway Shopping Centre // No. 02-37 // L Singapore // PH: +65 6471 3751
Animal “Yanks” New Era fitted hat // Lavar “Life” Zip-Up Hoodie // Front Street “3D” T-shirt // Animal “212” Jeans // Nike Blazer Low Premium SB sneakers
Stabs ”In your face” tee // Decoy “Rainbow Polka” hoody // LRG Classic 47 jeans // 25th Anniversary Nike AF1’s (model’s own)
This look represents a typical BMX/skate style commonly seen in New York City. It consists of clean, simple designs by BMX clothing brands that are growing in popularity as an alternative to some of the streetwear brands that, for better or for worse, have flooded the city. More mature and understated than some of the clown suits we’ve seen over the past few years.
In Singapore loud and multicolored prints are the in thing now. With this outfit we’re reppin our own inhouse brands STABS tee and Decoy hoody.
AUGUSTE [PARIS] 10, rue St Sabin // 75011 PARIS // M° Bastille // M° Bréguet Sabin // PH: +33 1 4700 4820 // www.augusteparis.com Thierry Lasry sunglasses Happydazy (with real Swarovski crystals) // Nooka watch Zub // Starter, authentic Indiana jacket // Nike Windrunner jacket // AUGUSTE t-shirt ‘aPARISthing’ // Evisu jeans Men’s Vintage Cut // Air Jordan 7 Retro Olympic Miro (FYI : the Starter jackets are not manufactured anymore, they don’t have the official licenses anymore. There’s a revival here in France so if you had one back in the day and didn’t get robbed for it it’s time to take it out of your grandma’s attic)
Selection by Digital Gravel
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Dragon Optical ‘Neopolitan’
Casio ‘Data Bank’ Black The Hundreds 59 Fifty
Armourdillo ‘Bullet’ belt
Sabre ‘Die Hippy’ Red
Tokyoflash ‘Pimpin ain’t Easy’
Estevan Oriol 59 Fifty
Gravis ‘Staple’ backpack Camo
New Era NY ‘Ropin’ 59 Fifty
Casio ‘Data Bank’ White
Armourdillo ‘Anatomy’ belt
Gravis ‘Metro’ backpack Artilary
Narciso Rodriguez ‘for him’ Mishka ‘DA Camo Duffle’
Obey ‘All Out War’ cap
New Era LA ‘Alt Stripe’ 59 Fifty
Sabre ‘Pool Side’
J-fold wallet available at rushfaster.com.au
Odyssey 20/20 ‘Mustang’
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Casio ‘G-Shock G8100’ Casio ‘Data Bank’ Green
Cartier Pour Homme
New Era NY ‘Elephant’ 59 Fifty
Dragon Optical ‘Wormser’
Armourdillo Core belt
Casio ‘Data Bank’ Black // Casio ‘G-Shock G8100’ // Tokyoflash ‘1000100101’ // Casio ‘Data Bank’ Orange
Words by Marc De Carne Photo by Glen Barry
Craig ‘Cranimal’ Baum
Fearless vertical passion
Launching out of a vibrant skating culture in Melbourne, Craig’s only been vertically focused // for five years, starting on the ramp when a mate called
him out to check the rebuilt 14-foot-high half-pipe at Prahran. He rode it the next day and hasn’t stopped skating it since. Craig Baum has had a taste of world-class competition and wants more. With the support of his Melbourne crew, he’s gearing up to introduce himself to skateboarders around the world and get a sense of how his “heroes live, you know, skating the dream”. “It’s been amazing, especially all the support around there, all the Melbourne boys, all the Melbourne vert skaters and the veteran vert skaters are always keen to see new people skating. So they kind of take you under their wing and really push you and motivate you to skate, it’s awesome, a really good scene.” The pushing and the props from the veterans can help massively in vert riding; gains in the discipline don’t come without skating through some pain. It took six months for Craig to recover from a fall which “tore the ligaments to bits” in his ankle.
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“There was one where I knocked my front teeth and cracked my sternum and knocked myself out, that was another good one, just on a half-cab, a half-gate-switch they call it, I just sort of under-rotated or over-rotated, I can’t really remember, and the next thing I know I’m on my face and my buddy Trevor was picking my front teeth off the ramp, he was making a bit of a scene and having a good time with it.” In the summer season Craig’s able to skate two hours a day, five or six days a week. Though, it’s tough for Craig to perfect the 540 and flip tricks during the bitter Melbourne winter. At 26, he’s engaged, he has a mortgage and he is working seven days a week, banking extra dollars so he can properly hit the European competition hard next year. He’s forever itching for an early-mark from work to get to Prahran. “It’s the passion, it’s the challenge, you know, it’s not an easy thing to skate a half-pipe and to skate it well, it’s the passion, it’s the drive, you know you can be at work all day long and you’re waiting for knock-off time and bang, you’re straight down the
ramp and you’re into it, you’re driven by that next trick you want to learn. You leave the session the day before and you didn’t make it, you get straight back there and back on it …” Although he’s only concentrated on the ramp for five years, he’s a natural on a deck, having had one stuck to his kicks from a young age. “I’ve been skating on and off since I was sort of old enough to walk. I think I had my first skateboard when I was six. Yeah, I put it down and picked it up too many times, and it’s sort of only been the last five years since I’ve really taken it sort of seriously.”
“I can’t really remember, and the next thing I know I’m on my face and my buddy Trevor was picking my front teeth off the ramp” Don’t be surprised to see the Craig spanking European competition next year. He’s had that taste of victory, he’s taking it seriously and he has the support.
The Cranimal’s Top Six Skating Influences. 1. Danny Way // 2. Bucky Lasek // 3. Renton Millier // 4. Trevor Ward // 5. Luke Foster // 6. All the Prahran locals
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Words by Marc De Carne Photos by Olle
It’s about steep terrain, helicopters and powder At 23, Will Stolk has been breaking his back chasing around winters in helicopters and planes for over // ten years. Though, somehow he still finds the time to
His extreme outlook is quite Batman-like. He has broken his back twice and shrugs it off with the attitude, “you’ve got to tough it out, that’s how it is”. The first time he broke his back was during the Rip Curl Heli-Ski Challenge, aged 15, when he under-rotated a back-flip tail-grab.
Will Stolk used to compete a lot more in the past, but now he’s all about freestyle skiing and big mountain skiing, which in his view is purer than competing. It’s all about steep terrain, helicopters and powder, and capturing the moments all on film.
It is as extreme as sport gets. Will has had friends die in avalanches and has had to dig people from under snow after they have been covered for five minuets. It’s concerning for Will with all the kids, who may be good skiers in the park, laying tricks in back country when they have no knowledge of the dangers.
find himself with a decent tan.
“It’s a moment in time where you don’t want to be anywhere else. Some people just take the most amazing photos you’ve ever seen and it just happens, the right time, the right day. It’s an art capturing a moment like that in a photo, where you are doing a sick trick or dropping a big cliff and there’s a perfect background and there’s a sunset or a sunrise or a crazy cloud formation, it’s just a moment in time. You know, a picture’s worth a thousand words and a picture like that is worth ten thousand words. It’s amazing, Mother Nature is amazing.”
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If you’re keen on traveling and bouncing around, you’d agree Will has a blessed life. A citizen of the world, Will speaks French fluently, having lived both in Verbier in Switzerland and across the border in France, as well as Canada for five seasons, among other places. He’s constantly chasing winter, jetting off to Japan at the end of the year for six weeks and spending some of the southern hemisphere’s winter season heli-skiing in New Zealand. He’s also contemplating buying a van in France and driving to Eastern Europe, to end up in Russia sometime early next year. “My whole life revolves around traveling for winter. I live on the Gold Coast at the moment, so I’m back into surfing but this is the first winter I’ve had off in ten years. Coming back here you have your normal life and then you have your Batman life, it’s kind of cool to have those cross, kind of different perspectives on the universe.”
“It’s a moment in time where you don’t want to be anywhere else.” Having also lived in the States, Will has acquired a real taste for hip-hop. He compliments his mountain riding with the beats of Big L, Mos Def, Jedi Mind Tricks and Notorious BIG, particularly when he’s freestyling. Currently Will’s laying low and trying to build funds. He had all his gear jacked when he was in the States, and the cost of replacing it all is currently weighing him down. However until he’s out there on the slopes later this year, check him out in the new Series 3 movie and Juvenile Delinquents. Will’s Top Five Ski Destinations
1. Veriber, Switzerland // 2. St Anton, Austria // 3. Krasnaya-polyana, Russia // 4. Niseko, Japan // 5. Whistler, Canada.
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Words by Robbie Ettelson
Having recently graced our shores for some of the Smirnoff Experience secret shows, DJ Yoda // demonstrated how his repertoire has expanded beyond
precise scratching and comedy-themed mixtapes into the realm of DVD scratching. Part of the original Fat Lace crew, he also pens the DJ column for Hip-Hop Connection, and just released the FabricLive 39 mix. What’s was the deal with this top secret tour? I didn’t even know the venues until I arrived - I just knew that I was gonna be in three cities for Smirnoff. But the exciting thing about it for me was that I got to do my ‘Magic Cinema’ show in Australia for the very first time - which is all my visuals and my AV scratching. So you use the Pioneer DVJ’s? The set-up I’m using is with this brand new audio/video mixer. I have this crazy Japanese prototype thing that I helped Pioneer develop, so my set-up is kind of crazy. It’s difficult to explain, but once you see five minutes of it, you’ll get it. It’s like nothing else you will have seen. I’ve taken clips of all my favourite bits of films, TV programs, cartoons, music videos, YouTube stuff…just anything I think is cool. I worked out a show and I’m throwing it all over the music that I like.
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What’s your specialty? B-grade 70s action flicks? [laughs] The amazing thing is, given that I can use YouTube now, the wealth of material that’s there to use is almost infinite. Also, the time and the energy that I used to spend digging for records, the last few years I’ve been digging for DVDs. So if I am somewhere crazy, like I’ve had shows in China and in Jamaica, I just buy DVDs while I’m there. It’s really just a little bit of everything. What’s the future of mixtapes? The important thing with mixtapes now is that you find some kind of reason or purpose to what you’re doing, because most people have something like iTunes. You don’t need a mixtape of 90’s hip-hop ‘cos you’ve got it all there for you at your disposal! You have to think, ‘What can I do that iTunes is not going to be able to do?’ For my part, you can scratch – iTunes can’t scratch.
You can do some interesting blends of accapella of one song and mix that into the instrumental of another song. iTunes is not gonna do that for you. Just do something that makes your mix worthwhile. What’s your take on UK hip-hop right now? I think especially in terms of MCs with charisma and personality, you find all of them in the Grime scene more than UK hip-hop now. A lot of the Grime MC’s are the ones who remind me of the personality of old hip-hop stars. UK hip-hop tends to be a bit miserable.
“Given that I can use YouTube now, the wealth of material that’s there to use is almost infinite.” Not just in the UK – everywhere seems to have all these depressed students suddenly trying to rap...making miserable hip-hop records about how depressing and terrible everything is! Whereas you listen to a Grime record and they’re funny, man. For my part, Dizzee Rascal and Sway are the best MC’s that UK has to offer.
Yoda the Scholar:
Between 1995 and 1998 Yoda studied English and American Literature at the University of Warwick
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Words by Rhiannon Elston Photos by Andreas Larsson
Boys, Beats and Barbarella Up until a couple of years ago, Chicago girl Melisa Young AKA Kid Sister was working in retail. When her // career in the film industry stalled, she busted out some
raps for older brother J2K, and never looked back. These days she’s busy touring the world, hanging with her crew…and paying her bills on time.
What’s happening out there in Chicago? Well, I’m up here in my little writing room, and I’m working on my album right now. I’m nearly done. I’m on the second verse of my last song. Can you sneak us a preview of what it’s about? It’s about haters! No it’s not. It’s about being different, this is what y’all do, this is the kind of parties you go to, but this is not my thing. What is your thing? I just like to stay at my house. I’m not much up for poppin’ bottles or hanging with models or any of that shit. I’m pretty much the opposite of that world that you hear about it rap songs. Tell us about your place. Girl, I’ve lived in the nastiest apartment for so many years, because I was poor for a long time. I’m still not rich, but I can pay my bills on time now.
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You just played Lollapalooza, how did that go down? It was so good. So nice to play with my brother and Curt, (who make up DJ duo Flosstradamus) they’re my family, and Chromeo was there. You know Dave’s like my big brother so it was nice to have everyone back together. Yeah, let’s talk about your crew. Your brother Josh is in Flosstradamus, your man Alain is better known as A-trak, your brother in-law Dave is also in Chromeo. You must have great parties. We don’t party that much! Sometimes we go out for sure, but I’m pretty hermit-like. I’ve just seen too many people go over the edge with it. They get super, super into going out and they’re drinking every night and I’m like, “Ew, your skin looks bad.” I don’t wanna be the bitch whose skin looks crazy.
Was there a lot of competition with you and your brother when you were growing up? We weren’t competing, we were just arch-enemies. I was just like, “Get out of my face.” Now we’re best friends. We’re like war buddies who made it out in the end. Your live shows sound pretty special. I’ve worked so hard on it. Most of my show is do-it-yourself. At the last festival we had these seven girls doing Barbarella dancing for us, and they were wearing nothing but bras and panties, painted head to toe in gold.
“They were wearing nothing but bras and panties, painted all in gold.” How many artists are you collaborating with on this album? Good question. Well, there’s Lupe, Kanye. It’s a very Chicago album. Then we have Pharrell on the song we’re working on right now, then Trackademics, and A-trak and Flosstradamus of course. Cool, so when can we expect it on our shores? I don’t know, ha. It could be November or something. I’m waiting on Lupe Fiasco to come in coz he’s going to feature. So I’m not mad about pushing it back, it’s Lupe!
Though she’s not that religious, Kid Sister confesses to a love of gospel music. “I believe in God, whatever, but I’m not gonna get into that. The music is just so pretty.”
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Words by PJ Smith
Banging pots and shouting at walls
Rodney Smith AKA Roots Manuva is no stranger to those that like their hip-hop to defy musical // boundaries and replace braggadocio with self-
reflective lyricism. With the upcoming release of his fourth full studio album on definitive UK hip hop label Big Dada, it seems Manuva is as content as ever to keep making music and let the critics use the big words. Manuva has had a long career by hip-hop’s standards and one which has seen his releases all garner strong, or at the very least, consistent reviews, unlike many of his more popular counterparts. However, one has to wonder how Roots Manuva takes to the challenge of keeping relevant, an issue that has seen many an MC’s career fall by the wayside. “I think the challenge of relevance is always at the forefront but it’s not something we must let take over our whole artistic purpose, it’s got to be something more subtle you know. I’ve still got to be banging those pots and pans regardless. I’ve got to be banging the windows and shouting at the walls regardless of what the world thinks but I’ve still got to stay hip to what’s going on.”
“I haven’t got a clue about introspective, outrospective, whatever that word is. I don’t have a clue, I just make music.”
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Helping keep Manuva firmly planted in the now are the new-wave producers Metronomy and Toddla T. For a man who is known for self-producing the majority of his work (often under aliases), Manuva is generally positive of the experience. “Its good for me to be around the youth, to be heralding a new brand of producer. Yeah it’s fun. It’s at times awkward and messy but you know…working with young producers kinda just gives me an edge and being willing to work with them and not being snobbish and not wanting to go phone (DJ) Premier and get that flippin’ old beat that he made 15 years ago (laughs), they’re helping to keep me alive. You know, I’m open to whatever the youth are throwin’ out, and that’s it.” Mr Smith’s previous albums have often been described by adoring critics as introspective and self reflective, however don’t expect Manuva to be so forthright with the use of such words when talking about his catalogue nor his upcoming release. “I haven’t got a clue about introspective, outrospective, whatever that word is. I don’t have a clue, I just make music.” It seems it’s something he’s happy to leave with the listener, “you tell me what it’s all about. I don’t know, I just went into the studio, recorded and just tried to have a laugh and a giggle.” Roots on tapping into the hey-day of the Jamaican sound systems on Slime & Reason: “It’s about being open to making mistakes, being open to enjoy the mistakes… turning off the air conditioning and sweating in the studio and tryin’ to smoke less hydroponic and smoke a little bit more organic.”
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The most innovative hip hop tracks from the last 20 years featuring:
A flawless batch of ‘70s funk & soul featuring:
A deep & funky selection of ‘70s jazz. Play spot the sample!:
A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, OUTKAST, WU-TANG CLAN, SCHOOLY D, JAY Z
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE, LARRY YOUNG, NINA SIMONE, ISLEY BROTHERS, DON BLACKMAN, CHOCOLATE MILK
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Words By Saeed Saeed and Khaled Khalafalla
Guardian AngelS Citizens on Patrol
Today, if you happen to be one of the 50 million tourists who visit the American city of Orlando every year you // will immediately recognise that the city planners took
your concerns to heart. The city is rapidly growing into another tourist Mecca with its iconic Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and Sea World Orlando all nestling luxuriously within a manageable car ride of each other. While the daily bustle of downtown Orlando lies safely in the distance. This is just as well as Orlando’s city streets are a far cry from the hospitality of the Animal Kingdom. As well as its skyrocketing tourism industry, there has been another growing figure that is threatening to overshadow Orlando’s motto “Built for families, made for memories”. In 2006, this city of 227,000 has reported 42,300 incidents of violent crime and 49 homicides, pipping its previous murder rate record of 36 in 1982. Orlando currently stands as America’s 11th most dangerous city in a poll published by research company Morgan Quinito. This bad publicity and growing community unrest has been causing headaches to state and law enforcement officials whose excuses of failing schools, broken families and the rise of drugs is not washing with the anxious public.
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As crime rates continued to balloon in 2007, Orlando residents have welcomed the return of the New York based Guardian Angels, the non-profit volunteer organisation that coordinates unarmed citizens in patrolling their city. Thirty to forty Angels were enlisted in the first recruitment drive. After their mandatory training, the new recruits - fitted with the standard Guardian Angels uniform of matching red berets and jackets and white t-shirts - hit Orlando’s dangerous nightspots and joined citizens on the city’s notorious bus system. The Guardian Angels successful Orlando relaunch is deeply ironic. In the mid 1980’s the group had to shut down its previous stint in the city due to public perception that it was a vigilante group. Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa told the local press he is not surprised by his group’s changing fortunes in Orlando. He traced it down to the Guardian Angels addressing a growing concern that is spreading across many American cities. “While many office officials have been in denial of juvenile and gang crime, I’ve been warning about this for a long time. A lot of people reach us because they think we’re experts in dealing with gangs”
Crime Fighters or Vigilantes? Experts, thugs, vigilantes or attention seekers, the Guardian Angels have been branded many names during its 29 year tenure which saw the group rise from its base in New York to now encompassing over 4,000 volunteers which are part of 100 chapters in 11 countries. It is the founder, Curtis Sliwa, who remains the brains and heart of the organisation. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Sliwa’s political activism has always been of the grassroots variety. Offered a scholarship to study political science at the prestigious Brooklyn Prep School, Sliwa was expelled for his student activism. Sliwa then found himself a less luminary career as a night manager of the local McDonalds in Fordham Road, one of the most dangerous strips in the Bronx. Sliwa immediately instituted a community clean up program dubbed the “Rock Brigade” that painted over graffiti, cleaned up vacant lots, boarded vacant buildings and planted trees all over the neighbourhood. The success and rising community profile of the Rock Brigade allowed Sliwa to extend the program to combating the widespread violence in New York’s subways. Re-branding his project as the Guardian Angels, the first patrol targeted the Number 4 Train, otherwise known then as the “Muggers Express”. Sliwa by then had already trained his volunteers to make citizens arrests for violent crime. This raised the ire of police officials and the political establishment who mistook the group as a mere idealistic novelty project. However, over the years The Guardian Angels continued to grow in New York and spread to neighbouring cities in the east coast. Public pressure caused former New York City mayor Ed Koch to reverse his opposition to the group and ever since his future successors would make a point of praising the Guardian Angels as a vital part of the city’s crime prevention strategy. Former mayor Ed Koch was not the only figure to initially disapprove of the Guardian Angels. In 2007, a Guardian Angels headquarters was proposed in Boston, but Mayor Tom Merino was less than welcoming to the idea and created a public adversary out of Sliwa and his crew. Despite the intense opposition looming on arrival, a station was setup in Boston shortly after. The general attitude by police was that “police work is best left to police”, while residents feared the establishment of yet another gang in their crime ridden city. The Angels were indeed suffering from a lack of support, and struggled to recruit members.
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Thomas Hoepker/Magnum Photos // New York City, 1985
Photo courtesy of Guardian Angels Japan // Japan
However, the Angels persevered and set up training workshops and instituted their trademark patrols around the city’s black spots. In the space of only a few months, the Angels’ open communication with the public and local councils caused Tom Moreno to have a change of heart. In 2007, Tom Merino made a public announcement, officially welcoming the aid of the Guardian Angels.
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Later that year however, the Angels growing reputation was dented as the criminal history of one of the members surfaced. It was revealed that an unnamed member was a convicted sex offender, having pleaded guilty to assault and battery on a child under the age of 14. This immediately spurred further research into the Guardian Angels history and it was also discovered that in 1988, three members were arrested under charges of assault. It is alleged they had beaten a young trainee and repeatedly struck him with a sneaker. In an interview, Curtis Sliwa hit back and accused the police of “making a mountain out of a molehill”. As Image Grows Reality Bites Since their inception, the Angels have boasted exponential growth and enormous publicity. In 1998, The Angels signed an agreement with Casio to create a “Guardian Angel Series” G-Force watch; the watch was rimmed red with its motto “we dare to care” on the bezel. Soon after, their public image was glorified in celluloid when they signed with movie production giant, Warner Brothers Inc, to shoot a movie titled “We’re Fighting Back”, about the lives of some Guardian Angels members. Their influence even infiltrated the wrestling scene, inspiring the late Ray Traylor to fight under the
alias of “The Guardian Angel”. Despite these successes, there was still scepticism about the true aim of the Guardian Angels. Were they a paramilitary group in lamb’s clothing? Was head honcho Curtis Sliwa a self promoting vigilante? Sliwa continued to maintain that the Angels are a grassroots community development project and stressed that their recruitment process follows a strict no-weapon policy. During New York’s violent heyday in the eighties, this policy left recruits vulnerable not only from criminals but - through tragic circumstances - from local law enforcement as well. In 1981, a 26 year-old, Frank Melvin, was called to duty as a Guardian Angel volunteer. Melvin, having been close to the area of conflict, arrived at the scene before the New York police, who at that time remained an authority group that the Angels were yet to create diplomacy with. The situation revealed itself to be a break-in investigation. Upon arrival, the police treated everyone on the scene as a suspect. Unarmed and uniformed, Melvin was gunned down by police. The police statement claimed that Melvin was “running at the police officer in a threatening fashion” which triggered the fatal outcome. The tragedy rocked the Angels’ idealistic volunteers and Sliwa wasted no time in condemning Melvin’s death as a “cold blooded killing” and laid the blame squarely at the feet of the New York police chief. A public rally was organised in front of the courts demanding justice for Melvin. Two years later, it was the criminals that took the life of another Angels volunteer. In 1983, Juan Oliver was shot to death by a
Ferdinando Scianna/Magnum Photos // New York City, 1986
New York street gang during a scuffle. A further two former Angels were murdered off duty during robberies. Spreading Abroad Today, the Guardian Angels have established chapters in Cape Town, Tokyo, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia and many other cities. In London, the Angels maintain a poor partnership with residents and authority. While the Angels’ policy runs on a “citizen arrest” framework, British law is unsympathetic with anything over “reasonable force” to stop unlawful behaviour by other citizens. There are only 12 Guardian Angels in all of England. New Zealand law prevents even police to carry weapons on duty, a similarity which has proven to create strong bonds between the Angels, and police in Auckland. But community unrest amongst the local Asian community has placed the role of the Guardian Angels in the spotlight. Fearful after a wave of Asian hate crimes in which civilians have been bashed, raped and robbed, Asian community leaders have threatened to hire and import Chinese Triad gang members for protection due to a lack of police support. With over 50 Members in Auckland, it is reported that the Guardian Angels are working with the Asian community to coordinate community safety programs and patrols. The Guardian Angels’ biggest success abroad continues to be in Japan where a Tokyo chapter opened in 1996. Rocked by an uncharacteristic wave of street crime during the mid-nineties, the Guardian Angels were created to quell public anxiety. But, as with most American imports in Japan, there has been as much acceptance of the Guardian Angels as there were outright rejections. However, after convincing Japanese officials that the organisation would be
run solely by Japanese members, local governments softened their stance and the Guardian Angels were given the green light to open club houses in most major Japanese cities. Such was the success of the Japanese project that the founder of Guardian Angels Japan, Keiji Oda, met with the Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in 2005 and the Guardian Angels became the first Japanese community organisation to ever be awarded with a nonprofit status. Future Expansion The growth of the Guardian Angels from local clean up crew to an international volunteer organisation reads (and has been filmed) as an example of the American dream. Although its motto of “Dare to Care” sounds hopelessly idealistic, it is this message that allowed the Guardian Angels to expand globally. They remain one of the few non governmental organisations that has tapped into the community spirit missing from global security policies created by world leaders. While such policies continue to focus on secrecy and the curtailing of individual rights, the Guardian Angels prove that local communities themselves can play a crucial role in raising awareness and administering public safety.
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Selection by Vinny Tang
Kilgour X Aston Martin
This year, Kilgour of Savile Row, a very highend fashion label, had its first fashion show in Paris. And to celebrate, they’ve presented their range along with a customized Aston Martin Vantage. Dripping in a one-off Morning Frost Satin that has the texture of silk, if this car was a model, she’d be powdering her nose before she goes to that ultra-exclusive “beautiful people” party that you only dream about while you masturbate. Flossin’.
New Versace LP640
All the way back in issue five, we brought you the very first Lambo X Versace LP640. Nine issues later, the two Italian giants have released another LP640, but instead of a limited release of only ten and exclusive customers only, this time the collab will be available to the public. And by public, they don’t mean you.
GTR Tape Measure
Teaser For Euro GTR Buyers
OK rich, pretentious European rev-heads, so your pre-ordered R35 GTR isn’t coming until next spring, have a sook. Well to make you that more anxious, Nissan will be sending you all each a GTR embossed box with a measuring tape to measure your head, so Nissan would know what size helmets to get ready when you show up for your free lessons at the Nürburgring, the most famous race track in the whole world. And on that note, the rest of the car-loving world hates you bastards.
Better Than A Teddy Bear….
Mio has released a limited edition KnightRider themed GPS system to join in on the latest Knight-Rider craze hitting the world. The voice prompts are recorded by William Daniels (the original voice for KITT), and spouts out classic lines from the series as well as sporting red LEDs that resemble the KITT’s front nose (Disclaimer: David Hasselhoff not included).
Burberry X Maserati
The Dark Knight X MV Augusta F4 Superbike
Spotted in Saudi Arabia. Some douche obviously had to remind the world that money and wealth does not buy taste. ACCLAIM does suggest you wash out your eyes after looking at the picture.
Double R Italian
Pininfarina, to the uninitiated, is one of the most legendary and respected auto-design houses in history, responsible for some of the most beautiful supercars and luxurious rides. These Italian boys have been commissioned by an unnamed source to create a one-off Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe, and man did they give him (or her) a beauty. Pininfarina developed this as a nod to the pre-war cars, sweet dreams are made of Hyperions.
Words by Vinny Tang
California Love Ferarri’s Classic Gets An Update
When Ferris opened up Cameron’s dad’s garage to reveal the very, very (very!) beautiful 1961 Ferrari // 250GT Spyder California back in 1986, eyes popped all
around the world as Yello’s Oh Yeah pumped through the speakers. Now in 2008, Ferrari has released the California to pay homage to the classic movie-star, giving that kid sitting in the middle row of the cinema back in the day just enough time to amass a fortune to afford his own Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. “A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn’t deserve such a fine automobile” There were only ever fifty-five 250 GT Spyder Californias ever built, making them one of the rarest and most desirable cars in the known universe (one was recently sold at an auction for 7.04 million euros). The car was perfect in every single way, from the curves, the lines, the purr and even the wheel nuts. Earlier this year, Ferrari teased the automotive world with pictures of an all-new Prancing Horse, this time with a hard-top convertible roof, titled, to the amazement of all, the “California”. The 2009 California reflects the beauty of the original jaw-dropper, borrowing styling cues, but gives it the 21st Century treatment only the guys from Maranello could perfect.
“Ferris, he never drives it! He just rubs it with a diaper”
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With its throwback looks, you’ll expect somewhat of a “boring” drive from just “another” Ferrari, but those crazy guys at the drawing board have gone the whole nine yards to push the boundaries and set the standards with this car. The 4300cc V8 pushes out a very respectable 460 horsepower, all controlled via the all-new double clutch 7-speed transmission, all together taking the occupants from 0-60 miles in a cruisy four seconds. And in a mere 14 seconds, the sexy Italian takes its top off for the entire world to see, this time with a Ferrarifirst folding hard-top. And with the official debut of the ride at the Paris Motor Show in October, Ferrari has been posting up teasers as some form of foreplay to get you all worked up for the European-born LA
beauty. And with short videos of the California taking off her top to sound-clips of the V8 purr, Ferrari has solved any issues about water-shortages by collecting pools of drool next to computers worldwide.
“the 21st Century treatment only the guys from Maranello could perfect.” “If you had access to a car like this, would you take it back right away?” The Ferrari California is absolutely stunning, to put it in simple terms, updating a classic could have gone wrong very easily (The Biggie Duets, anyone?). Ferrari is intending to build 10,000 of these a year, and while that means they’re not as exclusive as that rich flamboyant millionaire would like, more Prancing Horses on the street would make the world only that much better. Screw him.
“It could get wrecked, stolen, scratched,breathed on wrong... a pigeon could shit on it!”
If you haven’t seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off before (in which case you won’t get any of the references throughout the entire article!), then at least you were saved from the cringe-worthy scene where Cameron destroys the 250GT Spyder by reversing it through a window and down two stories. After several angry letters from car enthusiasts, the producers revealed that it was far too expensive to even have a genuine one on set, so the actual Spyder that they drove around town was a replica based on an MG Roadster and the one that goes through the window is only a fibreglass shell. Sleep easy car freaks, the world isn’t that evil.
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Words by Vinny Tang Photos by Estevan Oriol
Mr. Cartoon Old School Steel
Born and raised in Southern California, the worldfamous Mr. Cartoon grew up in a place that was a // hot-bed of Kustom and lowrider culture. Around the
globe his name has spread because of his beautifully raw black and grey tattoos, but his heart still lies in the candy-dipped lifestyle that was his first love before any of his designs appeared on skin. ACCLAIM sits down with the West Coast giant to talk about things that are shiny and very, very low. Why do you think your creativity on skin has also moved onto steel? I had a love for cars before I started tattooing, when I was sixteen I used to go to car shows and airbrush portraits of people’s cars onto t-shirts, I did not get into tattooing until later on, I would say in my early 20s is when I got involved. I was tattooing the trunk lids of cars with candy lacquer paint way before I ever touched skin, but the skin is the ultimate canvas because it’s alive and that’s what attracted me. How long have you been customising rides? I have been modifying cars longer than bikes. I started airbrushing the trunk lids of Impalas when I was seventeen.
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What are your influences when modifying cars? My influence is the history, taste and creative simplicity of a lifestyle car club. Paint jobs are the number one most important thing, then number two is the interior, then we focus on the mouldings and wheels, last comes the hydraulics. What do you currently own? I own a 1963 International ice-cream truck, ‘39 sedan, ‘48 ragtop Chevy Fleetline, ‘62 rag-top Impala, ‘59 El Camino, ‘88 Monte Carlo, ‘37 truck, ‘08 CL Mercedes, ‘07 Cadillac Escalade and 3 Harleys…I might have forgotten a couple. What is it about ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s American cars that draw you in? I think in the early ‘40s everything was about ornamental detail, the cars were more bubble shaped with stretched out fenders.
The ‘50s cars got a little more conservative but some of the best designs in history were in that period. The 50’s was the last of what we call ‘bombs’, anything pre-1955 is considered a bomb to us. The 1960s were more futuristic, it’s rumoured that the designer of 1956 - 58 Bel Air was so successful that he was allowed to do whatever he wanted on the first Impalas. Of all the cars you have built and owned, which one do you think was your greatest achievement? My 1963 international ice-cream truck, it has 13 years of my art work and passion in the making, it’s my lowrider Sistine Chapel.
“I was tattooing the trunk lids of cars with candy lacquer paint way before I ever touched skin” If you were to design a car from scratch, what would it look like? If I had to design a car I would pay homage to the classic Chevrolet but it would have a (Mercedes) CL interior, a fuel injected Corvette motor, 13 inch zenith wire wheels with an old school double pump hydraulic system.
Mr. Cartoon and Estevan Oriol are both featured in Low and Slow: The “Art” of the Lowrider exhibition, from September 12, 2008 to January 11, 2009 at Mesa Contemporary Arts, Arizona. www.mesaartscenter.com
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Selection by Chris Delaney
WRITE 4 GOLD
For the second year in a row, first prize at the global graffiti competition Write 4 Gold has been taken out by New Zealand’s own TMD crew. Taking out top honours in the Tags category and the Concept wall category was enough to push them over the edge and secure first place overall. According to the official website “Really nice styles worked out by Askew and Sirum, great background work by Pest5 and the rest of the crew and to top it off, unbelieveable characters by Deus secured the reigning champions from the TMD crew another World Finale victory.” Taking home a prize pack worth over $5000AUD must feel pretty good too. A big round of applause to Brisbane’s DTS crew who also made it to the world finals and took out first place in the Throw-ups category. All photos available at www.write4gold.info.
Don’t Ban the Can
In response to the draconian and morally corrupt anti graffiti laws put into action in Victoria earlier this year, a crew of good people have organised an exhibition/party to draw attention to the violation of citizen’s rights. Held on September 20th at We Make Stuff Good HQ, the exhibition will feature the work of 200 artists from Australia and around the world. On the party front, there’ll be MC’s, DJ’s, Breakers and an Aeroskills graff jam. The police and anti-graffiti groups have slammed the event as a “breeding ground for vandals”, while the local council has done the right thing and thrown their support behind the event. If you believe in free speech and the right to be innocent until proven guilty, please show your support at www.dontbanthecan.com
Grand Prix for Tees
Japanese casual wear giant UNIQLO (kinda like Japan’s answer to Benetton) has launched a tee design competition with a difference. Open to anyone in the whole world of any age, the winner will take home one million Japanese Yen! Woah! Wait that’s around 30K US, still not too shabby. If that’s not enough for you to get your Adobe on, there will be other secondary awards as well and all winning designs will be merchandised globally in UNIQLO stores. The comp has some very high-profile judges including famous Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama and a bunch of other Japanese creatives, but if last year’s winners are anything to go by, this comp could be anyones so it’s def worth entering. Entries close September 21, see http://ut.uniqlo.com/us/utgp for details.
It’s Ironlak’s Shout
For those of you in need of more paint and really who isn’t, Ironlak is currently running a comp that should sort you out good. In an effort to give back to those who have been supporting the company over the years, Ironlak is giving twelve lucky winners 360 cans of paint each, that’s over 30k worth of paint right there. All you need to do is collect twelve of the black NY fatcaps (new or used) that come with the Ironlak Rhodium Formula cans and send them in. For full details hit www. ironlak.com. Comp will be drawn on the 23rd of September 2008, so get onto it!
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Stormie Mills // Magenta When I was much younger than I am now and first learning about the wonders of graffiti, word trickled to me on the grapevine of a writer from WA called Stormie. This was just before graffiti on the internet exploded, before you could see work from a writer across the world as it’s being finished, so all I had was stories of a master of characters. Occasionally I’d see a photo in Hype or some other mag of a long wall, covered in a piece you could only describe as abstract, but still secondary to dreamlike figures, rendered with great skill. Stormie has been practicing his craft with great passion for a long time and has achieved considerable success. He’s exhibited across the world and grown as an artist before our eyes. Proximamente is a worthy collection of paintings, photos and thoughts of the man and is a book to be enjoyed by lovers of character art of all persuasions.
I love a lot of the new Australian artists out there. It’s one of the most enjoyable parts of my job, getting to keep an eye on the up and comers, as well as seeing as some of the guys that have been around for a minute start to mature and hit their strides. What I don’t enjoy is how much Art costs. I want to fill my house with art. I want to hang it in the kitchen and on the toilet door, but I just can’t afford it, not with the number of copies of Acclaim you guys buy anyway. Thank god for stupidkrap.com. The brain child of artists Ben Frost and Madeleine Boyd, stupid krap is an online portal that gives access to much more affordable copies of works by people like Anthony Lister, Kill Pixie, Reka and Ben Frost himself, as well as the more expensive originals. The website also provides news on upcoming exhibitions and about the artists themselves. Thank god I don’t have to sell any more organs. Check it at Stupidkrap.com
70K // Artillery Distribution In the early years of the new century, 70K unleashed a wave of destruction across Melbourne that hadn’t been seen before. They took “getting up” to such extremes, they created a whole new philosophy. They did throw ups as far as the eye could see. More panels than you could count. Giant roller tags over main roads and tiny little tags on manhole covers that you might catch out of the corner of your eye one day. They invented their own styles. They skipped straight past traditional letter forms, ignored the new euro trend and invented their own way of getting things done fast. Some of them didn’t even paint letters. They painted the insides, as well as the outsides of whatever train they could. They painted trains in spots no one had ever thought of before. It all ended with one member doing jail time and one fleeing the country, with Interpol on his tail. If you haven’t seen the bootleg, or even if you have, go buy the 70K DVD. Available at reputable outlets.
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Words by Benjamin Menzies Photos by Estevan Oriol
Estevan Oriol Out here Grindin’
For someone to be on their grind, it would suggest that they are doing everything in their power to // promote and represent what they believe to be the
greater good. Estevan Oriol is the definition of a man on his grind. His time is worth its weight in gold and ACCLAIM was lucky enough to score him for our cover photo and the Fly Gurl shoot inside this very issue.
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Starting out working as a bouncer for some of LA’s most notorious nightclubs in the late ‘80s, Estevan has come a long way to become one of the biggest names in street culture through a range of mediums including photography, film, apparel and the application of ink to skin. He developed a taste for the prominent hip-hop culture that surrounded him and went on to tour with House of Pain and Cypress Hill through his Soul Assassin affiliation. He recalls “going through that experience with them was crazy, starting from nothing, touring around in a van everywhere for no money, to a tour bus, to flying to different countries and seeing the world and getting paid, it was perfect for me. I love to travel and love the grind”. It was whilst working on tour that he developed an eye for capturing the streets and everything they embraced. From then on, the only way was up as the demand for Estevan’s work sky-rocketed. “In ‘97 I started getting paid for my hobby then I realized with a lot of sacrifice, and hard work I could make a career out of photography”. Soon enough, he hooked up with well-renowned, local tattoo artist Mr. Cartoon and the two formed a partnership that resulted in the birth of the now infamous Joker brand, which to this day has retained its status amongst hip-hop’s elite. Fast forward to the present and Estevan is a busy man. His new clothing label, aptly named ‘Etevan Oriol’, features provocative prints and real street photography. His brand has managed to
set itself apart from the plethora of labels that all seem to be doing the same thing at the moment. Other labels have even gone to the liberty of biting his work, to which Estevan responds “For about two seconds it’s flattering but after that I think about what a piece of shit they are”.
“I live everyday like it’s my first and last” “The respect and appreciation has gone, I’d like to see that come back, everything is like fast food, cookie cut nation, its all about cheaper, better, faster. The internet has everything twisted”. Luckily enough, he and his partner Mr. Cartoon have leant their names to four retail spaces located around the downtown LA area, all of which will feature as launch-pads for new ranges, exhibitions and a whole heap of assorted awesomeness. With all of this on his plate, what does Estevan do with his spare time? “I hang out with my family and friends, there is a lot of things I want to accomplish which means a lot of work. I’ve had some near death experiences that were life changing for me. I realised how grateful I need to be for life today. I live everyday like it’s my first and last”.
Estevan has recently done work with Stussy and Famous Stars and Straps. Keep an eye out.
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Words by Andrew Montell
If it wasn’t for the internet, Darbotz may never have gained recognition for his immense talent outside // of his hometown of Jakarta, a region not renowned
for street art internationally. Following several collaborations with companies in neighboring South East Asian countries the groundbreaking Jakarta native is set to expand his rep further abroad.
How did your life as an artist begin? I think it was back when I was a kid, I used to draw on the wall of my house, doodling on my book and stuff. That’s the beginning of everything. Always into art from the beginning, then back in my senior high I used to vandalize [tag] my high-school gang, on the bus, on the street, and even in the “enemy” territory, the stupid old days for sure. Then I decided to go to a visual and communication design university, where I got my eyes opened for art and design. I think I’d be an artist for my idealism, and I’d be a designer for commercial stuff, but I can be both. Is there a meaning behind the name Darbotz? Actually Darbotz is my teacher’s nickname, my friends always bully me with that name ‘cause I have the same name. Bot stands for botak, it’s ‘bald’ in English. I began to get that name in high-school. Are you part of any crew? I’m a lone ranger.
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I noticed that Jakarta is heavily painted, what is the graffiti scene like over there? It started like the year of 2004. Me and my friend made some sort of website called tembokbomber.com, and it’s booming ‘til now, even though it’s now kinda slowing down. It’s really easy to paint in Jakarta. Lots of walls and because of that it’s hard to find good spots now. Some police just don’t give a shit about us. Maybe because graffiti is still new here, I don’t know what will happen next. Do you think that Jakarta has a unique style in street art? For example, can you easily recognise artworks by Indonesian street and graffiti artists when you see them? Some yeah, some not. Wormo from Toter (totercrew.blogspot. com) has some unique style and is easily recognised. Graver (graverock.blogspot.com) from Philipines has some unique style also. We still don’t have our own “Indonesian” style I think. We still look to the US or EU. Describe your style… Twisted/black/raw/graphic/giant monster.
Now that you are creating a lot of other artworks in new media do you still have time for graffiti? Yes, but not like I used to. I’m still gonna paint on the street as much as I can do, the feel is different. What are some of the collaborations that you have done and do you have any new ones coming up? I’ve done a lot of collaborations with local brands/stores, and some foreign brands. The newest one is going to be a collaboration with a foreign store. Can’t wait for this, looking forward to going to Europe!
“I’m still gonna paint on the street as much as I can do, the feel is different.” Tell me about your influences? Kaws and Futura will always be my inspiration, they take graffiti to another level. Giant monster movies, zombie movies, stupid b-movies inspire me a lot. Also got influences from MF Doom. I love alter egos, I love man in disguise. Is there a particular artist or artists who you learnt from early on in your career? It’s gotta be Aram aka Wormo, Graver, Kims, Artcoholic crew, Nsane and all other people who build together the scene in Jakarta. If you could collaborate with any artist living or dead who would it be? Definitely Kaws! Or maybe Neckface and Terry Richardson. What is next for Darbotz? Toys project/apparel/solo exhibition/wait and see…
You can check out more from Darbotz at www.thedarbotz.com,Or pick up some clothing featuring his work from Jakarta’s very awesome streetwear spot Capital
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Words by PJ Smith
Shin Tanaka From the streets to the sheets Making the transition from painted characters on the streets of Japan, to finely crafted paper // constructions that have travelled the world from
Capetown to Washington, Shin Tanaka’s self-proclaimed ‘paper toys’ have evolved to a point where they now have a life of their own.
Shin Tanaka is a name synonymous with paper toys. From Hoody to Spikey Baby, most of Shin’s work focuses on using clean lines and clever folds to create surreal characters which all seem to have strong ties to most contemporary streetwear labels and as such can now be found as far and wide as bedrooms in Berlin to the Nike Design Library in Portland, Oregon. When asked about the perceived link between his work and streetwear culture Shin is quick to point out that it is streetwear that has links to his characters and not vice versa. As he explains “my characters are born of my graffiti works, I used to put characters next to my letters, before I knew it, the characters became bigger than the letters!”
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The simplicity of each character belies the amount of development time that is needed to see it to fruition. Shin explains “it takes about 1 to 1½ months to design a toy. I don’t use any 3D modelling software because I don’t like polygon shapes, so I repeat drawing lines, cutting and building up and modifying the lines several times.” This process of creation may need to be repeated anywhere between 20 to 50 times before a character is complete. For Shin, starting the Paper Toy Project was as much about collaborating with other artists as it was about providing a platform for his own creations. His more well known characters such as Spikey Baby are made available for download by request and have been adorned with graphics by Rogue Status and LCP United to name a few. I ask him if he is still surprised by the various personalities that artists give his blank characters, he tells me that for him it is a great source of continual inspiration and that it is still very interesting to see which direction many artists end up taking them. Beyond making his characters available to artists he has also had interest expressed from educational institutions “My templates are used in over 200 schools worldwide” he informs me “I always support art education because we have to bring up the next generation.”
Can we expect to see a progression from paper to the more common, and commercially viable, vinyl toy? Shin’s response is yes. “We are making vinyl toys, I’m going to make them with the same shapes as my paper toys so they are replicas of my papers. I have a rule that I (personally) make only one paper toy per design, so not many people get my toys. I have received many requests from my fans, therefore I decided to make vinyl toys.”
“My characters are born of my graffiti works, I used to put characters next to my letters, before I knew it, the characters became bigger than the letters!” He is however quick to dispel any rumours that this may mean the end of paper toys for Shin. “Some people say Shin is shifting to vinyl from paper, but I won’t. Real stuff for me is paper forever. This is my style!”
Music for Shin is a very important part of the creative process. “When creating a design I’m always listening to Hip Hop music with mega volume. The break beats and rhyming make me activated”
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Words by Chris Delaney
Digital Freedom You know those people that make it look easy? I hate those people. Justin Maller is one of those people. // While I try not to hate Justin personally, I can’t help
but be envious of the fact that at the age of 24, he’s not only carving out a successful career as a freelance designer, but he’s also been largely responsible for the creation and success of possibly the world’s largest collective of digital artists.
When did you get involved in digital art? I first started fucking around with it in 98, as a part time hobby. I got into web design around 2000, but I wasn’t very good at either of those, then I found online communities around 2001, got more involved and then started depthCORE around 2002. What made you realise the potential that computers had for art? Right through school, it was mostly theatre and music for me, I didn’t really draw. A friend and I started a website where our mates would put up scanned photos, then I’d take them into photoshop and mess around with them. Basically everything I work on now is photo manipulation stuff worked in with illustrations and abstract stuff.
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What made you get into heightened realities? It was a natural progression for me. The first stuff I did was abstract because I didn’t know how to model anything and still don’t. After a while, I got better and better at making cool abstract stuff and started to work it in with photos. I decided to run with it and use the 3D to accentuate what’s already in the piece, rather than blend it so it’s not there. Take us through fulfilling a brief. An ideal job is just like the one I did for X and Hell, where they said alright, we want you to do what you want, so I met up with the photgrapher and we had a chat about what we wanted to do and what sort of images I like to work with, he took the shots, I did whatever I wanted to about five of them and they said “that’s great, we’ll use them”. Normally when people are coming to me, it’s a pretty specific style they’ve targeted, so generally I’ll come up with a couple of concepts, they’ll give me the suggestions of what they want and then we get the final product. Was going freelance hard? It was terrifying going out on my own. I have a degree in creative arts, which really qualifies you to do fuck all, but I could see I
was getting to a point where there might be an application for my stuff in advertising and in a useful context. Why did you start depthCORE? At the time, what was around was dark art and photo manipulation, real grungy, ‘I want to kill myself from listening to bad rock music’ sort of stuff. Me and a couple of friends were doing this digital stuff that we thought was awesome, but when you look back at it, was fucking awful. There wasn’t a lot of room for us in the art groups around, but I really liked the idea of having something a little private that you could invest something of yourself into. We started with 12 guys and now have just under 200, with maybe 40 or 50 active at any given time.
“Through school, it was mostly theatre and music for me, I didn’t really draw” What does the future hold? Not this. Freelance is fun, but my basic idea pushing forward is to take depthCORE into a more commercial realm, rather than just as a non-profit collective. We’ve already got some of the biggest freelance names in the world in this collective, so it makes sense to take it into a professional capacity. That’s the long term goal, but hopefully not too long term.
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www.superlover.com.au // www.depthcore.com
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Words by Andrew Montell
Trevor Collis graduated from a fine art course before commencing his career in tattooing. Fantastic // mythological scenes make up large scale, full colour
pieces, rich in detail and almost look like they’ve been created on canvas before being transferred to skin. Trevor discussed his approach to inking skin with ACCLAIM.
Mythology and fantasy are ongoing features of much of your work. Is this your own influence or does it come from the clients more? I love mythology. I think the stories and themes of mythology and fantasy art translate to tattooing very well. There are so many stories that have the themes for which people want tattoos. I think I have a tendency to go that way. Of course it depends on what the clients want and what they ask for, but we all direct our clients one way or another. I show this kind of work because I like it. A traditional Americana tattoo artist will get more clients interested in that genre.
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Is there a particular theme or style that you prefer? I learned to tattoo about 14 years ago. I was taught a “California fine line style” I suppose. From there, “new school” kind of took over and now I work with a bunch of traditional Americana tattooists. But really, I have a special place for the detail work. I have gone back to something closer to fine line and using single needles again, but just applied some traditional rules to it. I love tattooing things that tell a story - skulls and flowers (together is the best), the representation of the cycle of life, new birth with death. Of course any kind of contrasting theme works well for me: light vs dark, good vs evil. Throw in some fairies, demons and wizards and I’m loving life. How much difference do you think your fine art training makes to your tattoo work when compared to tattoo artists who have trained through conventional tattooing only? I think for me, more than anything, it helps with composition on larger pieces. I think it really pushed me along and I have to believe that I am where I am and doing the tattoos I am doing because of it. I think it is an individual thing though. I think that tattooing day in and day out is a school of its own. If you have good artists around you critiquing your work and your design, you are going to grow and learn […] It can be pretty harsh sometimes but you have to take it, and learn.
What inspires you? My son. He is six and has a wild imagination - he’s the best. Otherwise, traveling abroad, taking in new places and cultures. Fantasy and mythology books. Snowboarding helps keep the mind clear. My girlfriend - she keeps me in touch with new music and helps keep me friendly to people.
“I think the stories and themes of mythology and fantasy art translate to tattooing very well.” What is your best tattooing experience? My friend flew me to visit him in Korea to tattoo his chest. We did two masks that he had collected on his travels around Asia and an apple to represent his teaching career (Also, Taegu is called the apple city). We knocked it out in one sitting of eleven hours. It was really intense but the whole journey was great. Plus, I love how it turned out.
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I love audio books when I draw. Music I would say Sigur Ros, Ladytron, Hot Chip, Jack Johnson, Daft Punk. Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Carribean soundtrack. Hank Williams III, Radiohead, and Atmosphere.
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Words by Tom Connellan
Two way ticket to paradise
If I had to list top ten greatest achievements of my life, being amongst the first people in the world // to play FIFA 09 would probably rank as the top one to
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three, with the following seven being made up primarily of existing FIFA-related milestones with my birth thrown in there somewhere. In May 2008, when most of you were still studying the bootleg videos of my FIFA 07 victories, I was halfway across the world at the EA Sports headquarters in Vancouver. It’s pretty hard for me to describe exactly what the EA studios are like for the average loser who hasn’t had the chance to attend – but quite simply: it is the best place on the planet that isn’t inside my pants.
To say that I am obsessive with soccer video games would be disrespectful to the word obsessive. You know that time that you were talking to me and you suspected that I didn’t care what you were talking about? I didn’t, and the whole time my brain was reminiscing about great goals that I’d kicked in FIFA over that past week. You know when you thought it was creepy that I was looking through your mum’s underpants drawer? I was sabotaging her contraception so she continues to create more people that I can eventually beat in FIFA games. The only thing more disgusting than my passion for these games is how good I am at them. I am the Superman, Michael Jordan, Lil Wayne, Wayne Gretzky and any other similar metaphor in relation to FIFA. Until this trip, my win-lose ratio at FIFA was something like 12502 – 0, with a couple of draws due to me falling asleep at the controller. But, every superhero must have a villain, and mine came in the form of FourFourTwo Australia’s editor-in-chief and English ex-pat, Paul Hansford. There is little doubt in my mind that this guy was sent back in time by some kind of British Secret Service to ensure that my soccer-related ego is crushed, sending me into a downward spiral that leads to an overdose on prescription meds. This prevents me from
joining the Australian national team and scoring the winning penalty against England in the 2014 World Cup, which thanks to Paul might not even happen now. You know who to blame. Like in every long-term relationship, FIFA and I have some strenuous times - namely in the form of FIFA 08. Suddenly, my freakish ability to crush my friends’ dreams via 40 yard rockets from outside the box had turned into limp floaters that lead to one all draws, and on some occasions, even losses. Just kidding – but there were some close calls. I was understandably skeptical of FIFA 09 based on my personal feelings towards 08. To say that 09 won me over would imply that it wooed me with chocolates and witty charm over the course of an entire night, but in reality it was more of a video game gang-rape that forced me to love it from the get-go. I can barely even count to 250 and at last check this was the amount of improvements that they’d made to FIFA 09. These include everything from the timing of first-touch shooting to the re-modeling of the physics of headers to give taller, stronger players an advantage. Oh – and you can kick bigger, more manly goals which gets infinite thumbs up from me. Slide tackles from pretty much any direction used to result in the same formulaic, face-forward trips almost every time – but now you can expect spectacular corkscrews through the air depending on the exact timing and momentum of the contact. There’s an undeniable joy from watching Cristiano Ronaldo’s gel-soaked head smash the ground in five different ways over the course of one game. That said, with this new system, the tried and tested slide-in-front-and-you-can’t-lose mentality will fuck you if your positioning isn’t spot on. If you slide in front of an attacker’s right leg while all of their weight is on their left there is a good chance that you won’t even break their stride. What was probably most exciting for me is the expansion of 08’s Be A Pro mode, in which you control a single player for the entire game (ten minutes) from a third person view. What is normally a pretty loose camera angle in this mode zooms into some crazy eye-of-the-tiger shit when your player gets close enough to
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score, which for me is pretty much 100% of the time. This was simply an exhibition affair in 08 so my brain erupted when I discovered that you are now able to turn this into a four season long romance with one player. Not only that, but playing well will enable you to be drafted to better teams (say...from Real Madrid to Barcelona) at the end of each season, and also rock some international games for your country. I am pumped! The amount of detail that goes into each area of FIFA 09 is just beyond belief. You know – if they didn’t change the player jostling system for the next sixty versions of the game I would probably never notice, but now they’ve gone and made some next-level shit (again). Stronger players can now overpower smaller dudes to get to the ball quicker, but faster players can out-manoeuvre their opponent to get the front spot. As with the collision system for tackling, this isn’t some rock-beats-scissors type thing, each outcome would be entirely different based on the physics, which players are involved and whether or not I’m playing. You know – and I dare say that this is the public perception – I assumed that the gang behind the production of this kind of game would be predominantly weedy, number-crunching nerdilingers. Truth is: the reason that these games are so incredible is because they are created
by normal dudes who are ridiculously passionate about the sport. One of the senior FIFA producers, Aaron McHardy, scored an obscenely good scissor kick goal in a casual match we played at the EA office. I’d say that the shock of this was probably outweighed at the time by the realisation that these guys have a pretty much full-sized outdoor astro-turf soccer pitch at their fucking WORK. Don’t even get me started on the indoor and outdoor basketball courts, beach volleyball court and full-size gym with massage therapist. You don’t even want to know what kind of video game entertainment is available. So, in a couple of months when this game finally drops and you and all of your dickhead friends cop it and lose your minds at how incredible this game is, just remember that I played it first and I would definitely beat you at it.
FIFA 09 is scheduled to hit shelves this October. Massive thanks to Cam and Jamie at EA for getting this whole thing hooked-up, my life is indebted to you both and I will marry either of you if you ask me. And – Paul Hansford, vengeance will be sweet.
Words by Vinny Tang
The legendary Wu-Tang Abbot takes time out with ACCLAIM to have a chat about Bobby Boulders’ // favourite flicks. Having worked in countless films with
the likes of Quentin Tarantino, this Wu member is a major movie buff.
The Good The Bad and the Ugly
That movie is just great man, great everything! Great cinematography, the characters are great, the music is great, one of the best scores ever, acting, its just a great film man. I just love it.
Star Wars // Godfather
Any one of them, nah mean? Name any one of them! Any one of them Star Wars are a classic. Any of the Godfather movies too, especially one and two.
I’m going to throw up Pulp Fiction, because that’s one of the movies that taught me, that still teaches me, that there is really no rules to making a great movie, you nah mean? Broke all the rules of other movies and still made it a classic, Pulp Fiction is ill, gotta go there.
There’s a movie called 36 Chambers, also called Master Killer, which is a kung-fu movie. That movie basically changed my life, yo the first time I saw that movie it opened up my whole brain to new imagination and philosophy, than any other film has ever done.
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5 Deadly Venoms
Look at a movie like 5 Deadly Venoms, CLASSIC. I don’t care if it was Asian, American, Japanese or Native American, it’s a good movie. Just like The 36 Chambers, it’s a good movie, nah mean. I gotta say this is one of them, nah mean? What a plot! What a fantasy world. “I still watch kung-fu [movies], I watch them movies like four, five times a week nah mean? Like….like I’ll go to bed for them. Like when I go to sleep I put a kung-fu movie on. But it’s like the western directors have not found the proper synergy with the Eastern directors to create a film that both cultures can enjoy. And that’s where I’m coming in, I’m making a movie called The Man With The Iron Fist. “
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and the grasp of the Green Fairy
As a street lifestyle magazine, we at ACCLAIM are committed to bringing you the freshest aspects of life // each issue. all along we’ve been neglecting one of the core
elements to the good life that is ACCLAIM; booze. And so we welcome you to the first ever Hi-Ballin’ page, where each issue we will unleash the finest of liquor possibilities onto a willing participant/victim. Our first guest is celebrated snowboarder Tom Pelley. How will he fair with the cruel mistress that is Green Fairy?
As a nineteen year old sponsored rider who’s spent a great deal of his tender years on the slopes, it’s safe to say that Tom has seen a fair amount of booze in his time. However Green Fairy packs a punch. It is in fact the first legal absinth containing wormwood extract available since the ban on absinth was lifted in Australia. Distilled in the Czech Republic, this is the absinth by which all other absinth is judged. And at sixty percent alcohol, don’t be fooled by the cute name. That all in account, Tom mans up to the challenge, however it can’t really be called a challenge when the Green Fairy is being so expertly mixed by the master Mr Benjamin at the Melbourne institution, Madame Brussels. The newly opened back parlour proves the perfect setting for a stiff drink on what is a cold night. So has Tom tried absinth in the past? “I like it. I just don’t like paying for it!” That’s a yes then and the man’s in luck as tonight, it’s on the house. Benjamin, mix it up!
1 // La Boheme 15ml Green Fairy 15ml Liq 43 15ml amaretto 30 ml clear apple 15ml lemon juice
Shaken and strained into a Martini Glass. Apple fan for garnish. 2 // Tom Yum Dragon Soup (named on the night) 15ml Green Fairy 30ml Gin 20ml Lemon Juice 20ml Honey and Thyme Syrup 10ml Chambord Float Shake and strain everything but Chambord into a cocktail highball. Float Chambord over the top. 3 // L’heure Verte (The Green Hour) 20ml Green Fairy 20ml Appletons V/X 15ml Liq 43 15ml Lime Juice 20ml Pear Juice Shaken and strained over ice into large tumbler. Lime zest roll for garnish.
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After a few sips of each, Tom concludes, “they’re all pretty damn good.” The firm winner however is the L’heure Verte. All of the elixirs are then consumed, along with a huge, flaming Green Fairy shot, “that one comes last!” Tom screams. From here on in, details of the rest of the night become hazy. Tom loses his jumper (and mind) and the realisation of just how much alcohol we have all consumed in a short space of time becomes both clear and very unclear. Let’s just say we were all seeing green fairies by the end of the night, some more than others. I think all will agree the score at the end of the night was in the Green Fairy’s favour, but if Tom was defeated, oh what a way to go.
Green Fairy absinth is made at one of the oldest distilleries in The Czech Republic, The Green Tree, which dates back to 1518. In spite of wars, natural disasters and revolutions, the production has continued for nearly 500 years.
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CD Reviews With our new move to the quarterly format, we’ve had to flip the switch on our CD reviews as nobody wants to read a three month old review now do they? Welcome to the new and improved section // where we’ll feature a diverse bunch of artists each issue who’ll let us in on what tunes they’re feeling right now and what’s their all-time favourite album. Let’s see what they got to say.
DJ armee downsyde
Armee, the party block rocka, turntablist cut master wonder kid! Standing as one of the strongest forces of hip-hop and break beats in Australia, DJ Armee of Perth hip-hop outfit Downsyde is set to see the release of their highly anticipated fourth full-length album, All City in October, which includes a recording with New York hip-hop legend Guru of Gangstaa. If the first single Fortune and Fame is any indicator, get ready for more infectious rhymes, beats and all that good shit. Nas
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By now we all know what the true title is of this ent currum new album by alb Q u e e n s b r i d g e ’s finest. But no matter the title, this 9th studio album effort does not disappoint with top-notch musical quality and thought provoking, poetically sharp, and socially conscience lyrics. The album starts with a piano filled track entitled Queens Get the Money and it sounds like a spoken word poetry piece more so than a rapper’s verse, which isn’t a bad thing! Although this album is no Illmatic, there are some incredible gems throughout the album that deliver and are on point. You Can’t Stop Us Now is another musical masterpiece with a sick and heavy baseline that commands your head to nod in approval. The official single Hero featuring talented new artist Keri Hilson is a remarkable theme song for Nas, who is a hero to hip-hop music, art & culture. The track pumps hard in a celebratory fashion, as Nas proclaims his stance as the game’s heroic savior! The track was done by Polow da Don, who also produced R&B jewels like Cryin out for me for Mario, and Make Love In The Club by Usher. Cypress Hill Temples of Boom
At the tender age of 12 years old when this record ssic a cl dropped it changed album my life and the way I look at a hip-hop album as a whole for years to come. One of the most well put together hiphop records of all time, from start to finish you don’t need to skip a
track or one of the albums infectious middle eastern sounding skits, intro’s or outro’s. Temples of Boom was Cypress Hill’s second album which dropped in following up the smash hit album from the herb obsessed crew Black Sunday. Temples of Boom sets a tone and atmospheric vibe from the first couple of seconds. From the low-key throb of opener Spark Another Owl to the tingling piano and ghostly orchestral wails of Stoned Raiders, B-Real stalks the sound-scape. More sneering than ever, syllables clipped till the words are spat out like machine-gun bullets, SenDog is reduced to little more than a ghostly presence for most of the album. But it doesn’t matter. Cypress Hill have found a new level of scariness (only “Cock the Hammer” comes remotely close to the atmosphere here) and produced possibly rap’s first real ‘headphones’ album, with an immaculate, spacey production with a hundred and one things going on, deep in the mix, that takes listen upon listen to unravel.
Moots is the vocalist for Malaysian rap-rock band Pop Shuvit. The band have been on the local music scene since late 2001 and have gained quite the fanbase in Asia, mostly in Japan, Thailand and Singapore. Their third studio album, Freakshow Vol 1: Tales of The Travelling Tunes have seen them collaborate with Dandee from Silksounds, Emmet from Butterfingers and Inspectah Deck from the legendary WuTang Clan. David Guetta
his latest release Pop Life. Now Pop Life is simply that! Good pop hooks with simple lyrics about everyday live. This is Guetta’s genius. He knows how to play with the listener’s emotions by throwing curveball electro-synth beats with melodies and lyrics that you find hard to forget. Pop Life is best served with an all night bender with your mates or if you just simply want something to party to. The standout tracks for me include Baby When the Lights Go Out, Delirious and of course Love is Gone. RATM Battle of Los Angeles
I can still remember the day I first heard Rage Against the Machine. It was about 13 years ago in a friend’s car. At the time The Judgment Night soundtrack was the hottest thing floating around all budding garage bands and hip-hop MCs. As a young punk trying to blend hip-hop with rock, Rage showed me the path. Having been a Rage fan ever since, it was a tough decision for me to pick my all time fav release from the revolutionary rockers to review. Most Rage fans I know would pick Evil Empire but I guess my choice has to be The Battle of Los Angeles for one reason and one reason only; Zack’s flow. Having stuck to his trademark jagged, running flows in the last three releases, Zack took a revolutionary way forward vocally by replacing his vocal stylings with more spoken word flows that are poetic, yet laced with melody. These vocal stylings are evident in tracks like Sleep Now in the Fire, Voice of the Voiceless, Born of a Broken Man and Born as Ghosts, which for me personally are some of the standout ones on the album.
Now I’ve never really been one to dig dance t en r r cu um music, except for alb the occasional rave here and there but a trip to Bali and Guetta changed all of that. The first time I heard Guetta was when a buddy of mine was bumping The World is Mine on the villa stereo. The moment JD Davis sings “The world is mine” and Guetta’s eletrobeat kicks in I was hooked. After searching for his debut Ghetto Blaster that had that monster hit I came across
Well you’ve already read our piece on Roots Manuva this issue and without sounding cliché this London rapper who twists the genres of hip-hop, dub and electronica doesn’t require much of an introduction. While Manuva didn’t go into much info regarding what album he’s been listening to
a heap currently other than “Flying Lotus has been on a lot,” he did have this to say about his favourite album of all time… Smiff N Wessun, Dah Shinin’
A banger. It lit up my world, and it wasn’t just beime t all um cause of the music alb it was the type of… I know gays that listen to this album! It’s got so many lurid flippin’ homophobic references on it but they don’t care! They smoke they weed and they’re listening as we drive through South London. Listening to Dah Shinin’. It was just a whole, I dunno man, I can’t put it into words man, it was like a, I think the weed at the time was really good man! (Laughs)
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Originally hailing from Alexandria, Virginia, the core four members of Southern Californian pop-punk outfit Over It, frontman Peter Munters, guitarist Nick Bailey, bassist/vocalist Seth Watts and drummer James Ulrich, came together while still in high school, taking their love of mid ‘90s skatepunk and fusing it together with a pop sensibility not seen since Green Day. They’re currently preparing to release the Aus edition of their latest album Step Outside Yourself through Crusade Records. Anberlin New Surrender
This is the latest release from our friends and amazt en r cur um ing band Anberlin alb and it’s a killer album! This is their fourth release here in the States but it’s also their first on a major label. I’m not sure when this will be released in Australia but I’m sure it will because it comes out on Universal and the band has loads of great fans down under. It’s definitely my favorite album from these guys so far, the addition of the newest guitar player, Christian from Acceptance really brings the band to life. Every song is like an anthem that I find myself singing along to on the way to all our shows. They re-recorded a song off their sophmore album The Feel Good Drag and it sounds great. Other
standout tracks are Disappear Mavis Staples, We’ll Never Turn and Burn Out Brighter. So stoked Back. for these guys! We have also had Mavis Staples is the pleasure of hanging with the an American treadudes and they are so sweet. ent currum sure. If you want to They recorded the new record in alb hear the history of LA and we were so close to visiting them but the schedules didnt the civil rights movement and feel work out. Oh well, hopefully the authentic roots of American Over It can tour Australia with music, put this record on, sit back, Anberlin…until then, definitely listen and learn. Coming from the deep spirituality and strength of give this record a listen. the church Mavis Staples sounds Bodyjar better than ever on this recordPlastic Skies ing which continues the legacy Bodyjar is one her family started since the 50s in of the greatest gospel, folk, blues and soul. Raw, bands ever! I love emotional and inspirational. The classic all their records music gives hope that better days album but when they will come and recognizes that dropped Plastic Skies, my jaw hit we still have so far to go. Mavis the floor! Every song rules and I Staples has helped defined what was lucky enough to get a copy of is soulful in America today. On this the Japanese release with three recording she revisits the matebonus tracks. Timeless songs rial from the Freedom Rights Era include: Is It A Lie?, One In A accompanied by brand new songs Million and Emmaline. Bodyjar with Ladysmith Black Mamboza. It have always managed to make is a documentation of Mavis’s life great music, have awesome from her childhood in Mississippi albums and kick major ass! I through the civil rights era up to thought it would be really hard her current anger and indignation to top the album, How it Works, that so many Americans are still because that album is timeless being treated like second-class too, but Plastic Skies is arguably citizens. just as solid. I love the sound on Stevie Wonder this record especially. The tones Song in the Key of are very lively and the mix is so Life clear. I feel like a lot of my style It’s nearly imposas a guitar player is influenced by sible to choose the Jar. Their songwriting truly classic an all-time favorinspires me. I have been watchalbum ite album with so ing it develop every single album, it’s great! This band has defi- much great music that has been nitely achieved a timeless status. produced over the years. If I had The video for One in a Million is to choose one today knowing that hilarious too. It has a interest- it might be different tomorrow ing sexual reference where the based on what mood I was in, It band is dressed up as...sperm? I would be: Stevie Wonder’s Songs dont want to give too much away, in the Key of Life. The album has why dont you check it out for classic songs, poetic lyrics, beautiful melodies, organic production. yourself. A great recording, documenting one of the finest songwriters in his prime. It simultaneously combines rock, jazz, gospel, soul, funk, blues and folk. This album is the archetype of the ultimate art piece. First of all, it’s one of the few real concept albums in this history of American music. From the choice of instrumentation to the rich harmonic content and the lyrics that celebrate life, human struggle and triumph. Beyond the overall concept, each song is a masterpiece that seems to endure the test of time. It is without question some of the most inspired work in the Boasting block party attitude, ef- career of an all time great artist. fortless charisma and conscious lyricism, native New Yorker Stephanie McKay is the embodiment of modern Soul. Stephanie has collaborated with the likes of Talib Kweli, Kelis, Mos Def, Amp Fiddler, and Brooklyn Funk Essentials in the past but came to the attention of Australian audiences last year for her work with local hip-hop producer Katalyst – laying vocals over his smash, Say What You Feel. Her new album, Tell it Like it is is out now through Inertia.
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Described as veterans of the Frankfurt electronic music scene, German duo Booka Shade make the shit you call electro, sound like The High School Musical 2 soundtrack. Following 2006’s massively acclaimed Movements album, which included the classic Body Language (used as a sample by will.i.am in the song Get Your Money), Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier return with their third album, The Sun & The Neon Light. While Booka Shade’s roots will ro always lie in club music, their new sound uses real instruments and voices as well as electronics adding a new level elect to their style. Booka Shade // Charlotte Ellen Allien // Caress Lovesong // The Skull Two Armadillos // Patience (Will Saul and Tom Cooper remix) Noze // You Have to Dance Claude Vonstroke & Christian Martin // Groundhog Day Laurent Garnier // Back to my Roots Booka Shade // Shaded Alter Ego // Gary (Craig Remix) Matchbox Sound System // Uped Aah
DJ Deadly, otherwise known within the amateur kickboxing world as Henry Thorpe, has emerged to become one of the most sought after DJs within the Melbourne hip-hop / R&B scene. Descending from the fierce “Gunnai” and “Yorta Yorta” tribes of South East Victoria and NSW respectively, Deadly explains that his passion for music was passed down by his Aboriginal ancestors whom were very expressive in celebration. Keep an eye out for some dope remixes and p o production from this guy in the near future. hip h Git Fresh // Booty Music Pitbull // Descarada Brick & Lace // Love is Wicked Rick Ross // Speeding Ryan Leslie // First Love Lil Kim // Brooklyn 4 Lyf Kardinal Offishall // Dangerous The Dream // Ditch That Lil Wayne // A Millie (Remix ft Cory Gunz, Cassidy, Willy Northpole) Familjen AKA Johan T Karlsson has been touted as Sweden’s answer to the Presets. That said there is something entirely different to the artist/producer that really defies comparison to any other artists in the indie-electro genre. If his first track Det Snurrar I min Skalle (It’s Spinning in My Head) is anything to go by, we’re set for a refreshingly up-beat change to the currently saturated genre. Johan is a one-man band in the sense that he writes his own music and lyrics, plays all the instruments, sings and produces. The result is acid-house meets indie-rock, if it took a gap indie ro year in Sweden. elect Kite // Learn To Like It Brian Eno // Here Come The Warm Jets MGMT // Time To Pretend L.V // Globetrotting Andreas Tilliander // She Don’t Cry This Mortal Coil // Song To The Siren Kent // Columbus Dizzee Rascal/// Flex Heffron // Disco Parking Lot LFO // LFO
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Having spent most of his childhood moving between the cities of Malaysia, Yeman, UAE, Oman, Indonesia and Singapore, Kid Dub started making music when he was 14 years old. After getting heavily into the club scene in Singapore, Kid Dub threw down his first records when he was 20, and he’s not looked back since. In 2001, after moving to London, Kid Dub formed Logicalnoise Records, and it was on this label that he released his debut EP. o r Kid Dub // Jungle ep (Definitive Recordings) elect use Style of Eye // Girls (Pickadoll) ho Zoo Brazil // Ten Inch Nails (Gung-Ho Records) John Dahlback // Pyramids (Pickadoll) Tim Green // Revox (Dirty Bird) David Ekenback // Yakuza (Definitive Recordings) Marcella // Believe in Us [Dada Life remix] (Cehga Recordings) Olivier Giacomotto & Dj Tonio // Eat What You Kill pt2 (Definitive Recordings) Anthony Rother // My Name is Beuys Von Telekraft (Telekraft Recordings) Paul Anthony & Zxx // Squeaker Toy [Kid Dub remix] (Dirty Fabric Digital) When it comes to Nu Skool Breaks, the Plump Djs basically wrote the rule-book. But more than this the duo have propelled the genre to a sound that ‘is as fresh at it was’ in the year 2000. Emerging in the late ‘90s from the London club scene, Andy and Lee have shown they have the staying power that proved illusive to many other acts in the genre. Plump are one of the few break-beat acts to have singles that have broken in to more mainstream airplay. Catch the nu l guys at this year’s Parklife festivals around the nation. Their new album Headthrash is out now on Finger Lickin’/ o o sch ks Inertia. brea Plump DJs // Snake Eyes Chromeo // Fancy Footwork (Guns ‘N’ Bombs Thizz Mix) Brothers Bud // The Sting Fake Blood // Mars Rico Tubbs // Gangsters Plump DJs // Disco Unusual Miles Dyson // Melodic Hypnotic ILS // Hate Is An Illness (NAPT Remix) Plump DJs // Torque Of The Devil (The Subs Remix) Fil OK // Wink Wink
On The Office Stereo Kids In The Hall - The In Crowd // Immortal Techique/DJ Green Lantern - The 3rd World // Girl Talk - Night Ripper // Lil Wayne - The Carter 3 // Rhyme Fest - Blue Collar // Spit Syndicate Towards the Light // DJ Mark Marcelo - Scrunchies and Headbands mixtape // NERD - Seeing Sounds // Kid Cudi - A Kid Named Cudi mixtape // Zo! & Tigallo - Love the ‘80s mixtape // The Clipse - Presents the Re-Up Gang // Mariah Carey - E=MC2 (Alex)
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As someone who writes the lyrics, the song, plays all the instruments and produces everything how in the hell do you approach writing a song, what comes first? I don’t know. It starts with me in the shower I guess. A melody pops up and then I try to remember it on my mobile phone and take it into the studio. So you sing into your phone? (Laughs) Yeah, that’s what I do. I record it. I have heaps of weird stuff on my phone! How long have you been performing your own stuff under Familjen? Do you produce music for anyone else? Two and a half years. I’ve been producing music in different ways in different genres and bands since I was 15. But with Familjen I really feel like I’ve found myself. Performing as me. Indie-electro music is huge in Australia at the moment, like it’s now on mainstream radio and is really popular with the kind of jock guys that used to just listen to rock. Is this the same in Scandinavia? How is the scene there? There is no scene, well there is but it’s new also. Not new but more commonly accepted. Until recently you’d go to clubs and it would be just techno anthems or rock and roll and pop tunes. So it’s kind of new for us also. So it’s sort of a global trend? Yeah, maybe. I mean I think everything comes back like in 15-20 year cycles. With music and fashion. And you start to look back on what you listened to when you were a kid or quite small and it’s an influence. What can we expect from you when you tour Australia? Live, I perform with a friend. He has two samplers and we also play the music. We don’t like using computers on stage. In the studio it’s just me by myself and it takes me weeks to record anything, while live it’s the complete opposite. It’s the fun part. I’ve never been to Australia either.
Familjen will be touring with Ladytron in September and at Park Life nationally.
This shit is getting beyond a joke. Back when I actually had to pay for albums, the thing that used to get my goat was copping a tape that had four or five already-released songs on it – now I’m lucky if there’s three cuts I haven’t heard. In a desperate attempt to combat internet bootlegging, record labels and publicists are now throwing track after track onto blogs and on-line magazines, desperately hoping that something drums-up enough interest to lure jaded consumers into one of those places that still sell CDs. In the case of 50 Cent’s Curtis, at least five tracks were widely circulated as MP3s in the months leading up to its (much-delayed) release date, and it wasn’t until he lucked-out and I Get Money caught fire that he was able to generate enough excitement to actually get his album released. It wasn’t long ago that mixtapes were the format that labels would exploit to “unofficially” leak new material (then cry foul that their music was being stolen) – now mix CDs are merely a collection of rhymes over popular beats that are given away as a free download. Free download? It just seems wrong. I mean if you’re not even going to try and sell that waste of iPod space, then why should I waste my valuable time listening to it? It’s kind of like if a stranger offered you an open packet of bacon or a wad of cash on the train – straight suspect. Lil’ Wayne is one of the only artists to actually make the leak-crazy technique work for him, as he’s been able to maintain a ridiculously prolific work ethic churning out more material than a fresh-outof-the-bing Tupac – and in the process keeping his ever increasing fan-base satisfied for that weekly fix of new music. The impressive thing is that these same fans actually voted with their wallets when The Carter 3 hit the shelves, selling two million albums in eight weeks. I guess no one was too bothered about him kissing his “father” Baby on the lips, huh? As for everyone else, it’s been a matter of employing a variety of unsuccessful gimmicks to try and get their Stans in the stores. The usually distinguished Ghostface released an embarrassing web video where he basically begs people to buy his album and bring it to his show a proof, promising to then “hangout” with everyone who followed through. The Roots showed a little more restraint when they ran a contest involving taking a photo of their Rising Down CD with a receipt in front of it. What’s next? Win an hour with Trina?
games Blood. Limbs. Bodies flying through the air. No it’s not a Tarantino wet dream, this is Ninja Gaiden II. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Ninja Gaiden stars Ryu Hyabusa, a ninja master with blades that can cut through everything a set of steak knives k & from Demtel can and more. Ryu’s Hac Slash latest adventure sees the ninja travel to all corners of the globe with a busty female companion, who must suffer some serious back pain, searching for the notorious Demon Stone that has been stolen from his home village. Upon your travels you’ll come face to face with rival ninja clans, giant insects and an enormous amount of demon spawn. The game redefines the hack and slash genre. When you hack in Ninja Gaiden II you’re hacking off actual limbs. Legs, arms and heads pop off with blood canvassing the area like a Michelangelo painting. Losing a limb or two doesn’t seem to stop your enemies. They will make every last effort to put you six feet under even if it means blowing themselves up to take an inch off your life bar. The amount of blood splashed around is somewhere in the gallons so it’s probably not the best game to play with kids around. While the original Ninja Gaiden is considered the pinnacle of action-adventure titles, the same can’t be said for the sequel. The camera issues from the original are still around, making it difficult to know where your enemies are attacking from and the enemy AI spikes at the weirdest times making it impossible to stop them from carving you up. Considering the original came out four years ago you’d think they might have had some spare time to fix these issues. Regardless, Ninja Gaiden II is still one of the best action titles on the 360 and one that will satisfy anyone’s bloodlust -Paul Frew
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The Battlefield series has built a reputation of being one of the best multiplayer series around and the latest title, Bad Company, continues to add to this stellar reputation. The single-player campaign has you playing as a new recruit of the B-Company division, AKA Bad Company. Missions involve clearing paths for other battalions, and by clearing paths we mean blowing up houses, bases and anything else that stands in your way. There are a few issues with your team-mates as they don’t always follow your lead and can get stuck in the environment but the campaign is an explosive adventure to say the least. While there is only one multiplayer mode with eight maps, you’ll find enough variety to keep you entertained. Teams are divided into two squads of 12 with one attacking and the other defending. You can choose to storm enemy forts with tanks, Black Hawks or just go in Rambo style with a rocket launcher strapped to your back. The singleplayer campaign is more explosive then a Michael Bay film and the multiplayer will interfere with your social life. What are you waiting for? Enlist now! -Paul Frew
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The Metal Gear Solid series marks a good turning point in videogames. It was the series where developers went from making games where dudes had to get from point A to point B, to making games with social commentary, in depth multilayered storylines and characters with back-story. Fortunately for long time fans, MGS4 is the last chapter with Snake as the main protagonist, and every single plot hole loose end left from the previous games get tied up. Most of this is explained in incredible cut scenes, one of which goes for up to 45 minutes. Having said that, this game is so unapproachable by the casual gamer or even anyone who’s never played an MGS game before that you will be lost from the start in an over indulgent reference-fest. It’s Konami’s magnum opus; their high production stairway to heaven, but when their stairway leads directly up their own ass, this game should be left for the purist and long-time series fans only. -Paul Frew
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Top Spin 3 feels like a half-assed attempt at pushing something to keep us sated until they can release a game worthy of our attention in the future. For example, there is no career mode available, but rather a ‘Road to Glory’ mode which gets you to complete a series of ‘challenges’, which feel more like mini-games rather than an engaging feature of the game. While the game does have cute little features such as the individual service styles of each player, it’s not enough to make up for some seriously slack and uncomfortable controls and game-play style. The only Australian player represented in this game is Mark Philippoussis (when was the last time he was in the top 1000?), which is a great representation of the game itself, inadequate and totally out of whack. I got asked to review this game a couple of months back and was genuinely excited to receive one of the first serious attempts at a tennis game on Wii, but after playing Top Spin 3 it has lead me to doubt the Wii’s so-called realism and intuitive play that was promised with their unique control mechanism. -Jack Ujma
Wii Fit Be told you’re a fatty by Nintendo. Ages back when I owned the original NES console my friend had this videogame that came with a little treadmill style running pad, where kids aged 0-4 could run their little hearts out on it and it would be reflected by your on screen avatar running fiercely on screen. I forgot it’s name, but I remember seeing it used for a whole 30 seconds before it was put in the closet for eternity, where this artefact was eventually uncovered and chewed to pieces by his mangy dog. Somewhere along the line, Nintendo realised that the best way to make a successful console was not to make videogames, but nongames that you would use for three minutes a day before giving up and going back to playing Megaman 9, which costs the equivalent of $5 on the virtual console. - Bean
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DVDs Taxi to the dark side madman If you’re after a chill out, have a few chuckles, lie on the couch and eat pad-thai kinda night, Taxi to the Dark Side probably isn’t the DVD for you. While not an easy watch, this documentary by Alex Gibney is something I recommend everyone see at some stage. The doco follows Dilawar, an Afgani taxi driver who was captured and detained into US custody in Afganistan in 2002. While Dilawar was convicted of nothing and had no conceivable ties to Al Qaeda or the Taliban, he was detained and horrifically humiliated and assaulted by US interrogation forces and military police to the extent that he died in custody. The doco then continues to show this was not an isolated offence by a “few bad apples” but rather an incident occurring under a widespread policy from the US defence rooted in ambiguity and beginning with a chain of command which started from the very top with Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld. The dehumanising, torture and humiliation of the more often than not, completely innocent detainees, is of a colossal level and truly disturbing. But what is more disturbing is the strategic and systematic policy changes and denial of the Geneva convention by the US on the highest level in order to protect those few who commanded the acts of torture. I could not truly fathom the injustice surrounding this issue until I saw this documentary. Highly recommended, however get ready to lose all hope in humanity from the moment you press play. Alex Weiland
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Reviewing shit related to something as ubiquitous as Stars Wars kind of seems like a waste of time, I mean those that love it don’t care what anyone else has to say and those that hate it don’t want to listen to another person trying to convert them like some extreme religious nut. It really is such an omni-present force when it comes to pop culture that if you haven’t made up your mind on Star Wars you’re doing some serious fence sitting. And guess what, seeing this twenty or so minute selection of skits created by the stop animation team at Robot Chicken is unlikely to change your mind, no matter which side of the fence you sit on. Those uninitiated with Star Wars will most certainly find themselves lost for the most part with the intended audience obviously being the more Star Wars savvy who will get definitely get a laugh. The extras are sort of informing, mostly irritating and are a perfect example as to why the production team should stay behind the camera and not in front of it. Two things learnt from watching Robot Chicken: Star Wars? A little mystery can be a good thing and Seth Green is an absolute dweeb. PJ Smith
black belt EASTERN EYE // MADMAN This movie would be most enjoyed if you view it with a mind-set from the getgo that it’s an art-house or world movie rather than a martial arts movie. Okay, so it’s about martial arts but honestly, it would have to be one of the least spectacular martial arts movies I’ve seen in a while. This is not because the move itself is badly directed but rather karate doesn’t exactly translate to film as well as its cooler cousin kung-fu. What you get here is rigid karate scenes with real life black belts. No blood, no guts, no one even seems to get that fucked up at all, all they do is defend each other’s attacks, yawn. The story is set in 1932 where the Japanese military are taking over dojos all over the country for dodgy purposes like converting them into training camps and brothels. Amidst the reform, the master of one dojo dies before passing on the ‘Kuro-obi’ black belt to a successor. The three men of the dojo, Taikan (the bad ass), Giryu (the purist) and Choei (the dude with a broken arm that does nothing all movie) must face the might of the Japanese army which sets them all on different paths of martial arts, all of which are pretty boring. Strictly for your karate lovers. Community College
FAt albert’s greatest hits MADMAN
I think this boxed set has been out for a while now but it gets a special mention if only for all the rad shit you get with this collector’s edition. Along with the four disc DVD set of Hey Hey Hey It’s Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, you get a set of collector cards with details of each character, a sweatband and tee just like the young (and disturbingly hot and buff) Bill Cosby wears on the show, a CD of The Junkyard Band’s greatest hits and best of all a replica of the beanie that Dumb Donald wears with the eye holes and everything! I used to love this show as a kid so I was pretty excited to watch it again twenty years later, however I have to say it is one of those shows that sort of loses something when you watch it as an adult. While the animation is cute and it definitely has awesome throw-back appeal, the stories are obviously crafted for young ones, unlike say, The Simpsons where everyone can get down. Plus I can’t believe how fat Fat Albert is. He’s like morbidly obese! What kind of role model is that? If you have kids it would be a cool set to get, better than The Wiggles any day (plus none of those schmucks are as fine as the young Mr Cosby) otherwise it will be a hit with the pop culture fiends out there. Alex Weiland
know your classics SHOGUN ASSASSIN Robert Houstan 1980 At a time when American action movies were fairly tame on the graphic violence front, Japan was pioneering in the realm of blood splattering, limb severing cinema. One of the finest examples of this is the cult classic Shogun Assassin. The original inspiration for this film is a long running manga series Lone Wolf and Cub that was hugely popular in 1970s Japan. This manga series in turn spurned the creation of six films in Japan by director Kozure Okami under the same series title of Lone Wolf and Cub, the first two episodes Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart at the River Styx debuted in 1972. Shogun Assassin was created by editing together Sword of Vengeance and Baby Cart at the River Styx and over-dubbing the dialogue with English. Where most Asian action flicks released in the west feature English dubbing so corny that it gives the movies unintentional comedic appeal, Shogun Assassin’s director took the step of employing deaf lip readers to help compose dialogue to fit with the lip movements of the actors giving the end product a more realistic look. Having said that, there are still some awesomely corny lines throughout this movie. In addition to the English dub, Shogun Assassin was also given a new musical score with the Western market in mind. Shogun Assassin was created by Director Robert Houstan, a fan of the original Kozure Okami series, for release in the US and UK, the latter country banned the film due to the high level of graphic violence. Shogun Assassin is the tale of Ogami Itto, the Lone Wolf, who is the Shogun’s chief assassin until the Shogun becomes paranoid and attempts to have him killed. Instead, the failed assassination sees Ogami’s wife murdered and leaves Ogami on a quest for bloody vengeance. Taking his infant son with him in a wooden cart, Lone Wolf embarks on a journey across Japan taking on work as an assassin for hire, all the while slicing and dicing his way through masses of the Shogun’s ninja who hunt the father and son relentlessly. Heads get hacked away from necks, limbs sent flying and oceans of blood are sprayed all over the place. Shogun Assassin is not for the squeamish but if you’re looking for a fix of awesome violence in the Samurai tradition look no further. Andrew Montell
books tokyo street style
fashion in harajuku Tiffany godoy (Thames & Hudson)
There’s no denying that Japan has a massive and credible presence in fashion and streewear. Tokyo Street Style focuses on the fashion district of Harajuku and really does a great job of displaying the gamut of labels and personalities that this culture has spawned. In addition to its profiles on labels like Milk, Bape, Hysteric Glamour, Under Cover etc, the book also features prominent magazines and personalities through the district’s recent history, which is equally as interesting and tells more about the culture. The art direction of the book is also a real stand-out and makes it as much as a design book as it is a fashion publication. What I really appreciate about the book however, is that the writers actually talk about the culture and labels with intelligence and go far beyond the “they so crazy!” mentality of a few lesser publications that have tackled the topic of Japanese fashion. Overall it’s a fantastic book and will really have you aching to get to Japan after even a short read. How much is Jetstar these days?
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(Thames & Hudson) This beautiful book is a moving tribute to the tattoo as art; it has a deep beauty that comes from its depiction of the human spirit as salvageable, despite huge odds. Each tattoo depicted in this book is accompanied by the story of its owner. In the shadow of 9-11, the authors, and the tattooed themselves, wrestle with the disapproval of traditionalist Islamists as well as western ‘patriots’ and it is here that the book is so inspirational. In deciding to reject the extremists of both sides and celebrate Arabic script on their bodies, these men and women have made a sometimes public, but always permanent, display that marks them as persons who appreciate beauty irrespective of its origins. Whether it be to show love for a child, a spouse, or a culture: the men and women who are the subjects of Arabic Tattoos share the desire to mark one’s body forever and to hell with the repercussions. This is the measure of their respect and devotion; for the tattoo itself; for subject the language depicts, and for the Arabic script and the culture that produced it. In the lettering, they express their souls. Arabic Tattoos reminds this reader that it is not just the Martin Luther Kings that make a difference; personal gestures are small but they are like ripples in a pond. We need more books like this, buy it and leave it somewhere visible. Sam B.
Sometimes when you’re looking for a book you want it to be nothing more than a collection of nice images to either help pass that couple of minutes, while you wait for your girlfriend to get her shit together before heading out, or to kick start those creative juices before you delve headfirst into your next project. Graffiti Paris fits the bill for both these roles perfectly. The collection of works vary immensely from scribbles to paste ups and moves beyond graffiti inspired street work into the realms of fine art and illustration and is better for it. The work is displayed in a democratic fashion with equal time and space given to luminaries of the game such as Shephard Fairley as is to the unknown artist, meaning you’re more likely to see pieces you haven’t seen before. The book also follows a haphazard method of categorising works using basic stylistic traits, meaning you can see the evolution of various trends and styles in the diverse Parisian scene. Graffiti Paris captures well the vibe of wandering the back alleys and side streets of the city of love and all without tiring your legs or wearing out your kicks. PJ Smith
If you’re looking for a lighthearted read this book certainly aint for you. McMafia is an extremely clinical analysis of organised crime around the world, written by Misha Glenny who’s previously earned a sterling reputation for his research into the Balkans and Yugoslavia. With a huge amount of first-hand research going into the compilation of this book, Glenny takes the reader from the former Soviet Union to Dubai, Pakistan, India, Africa, South America and pretty much everywhere in between. Perhaps most fascinating (and alarming) are the links that Glenny draws between organized crime and legitimate business, not to mention its links to the very governments that publicly decry their existence. From people smuggling and extortion through to Nigerian internet scams, Glenny covers pretty much every aspect of crime in the 21st Century. McMafia demonstrates the dark side of globalization, which throughout this book appears as the thread that binds the various criminal enterprises together with the legitimate business world and by default with everyday society. While McMafia is fascinating and opens your eyes to the sad realities of the world, it is heavy going. Like me, you may find yourself having to re-read passages in order to fully absorb the content. It took a while to wade through this but definitely well worth the read. Jerry Jerri
Words by Alex Weiland Photos by Michael Danischewski
The Raph Burger And you thought you were into burgers
Whether he’s creating the latest range for Australia’s longest standing (and still fresh) street // label Blank AKA BKTM, taking photos of the world’s best
hip-hop DJs in their home studios for his book Behind the Beat, or putting finishing touches to his new album Le Bump, Rafael Rashid is no stranger to the concept of wearing many hats. Add being a husband and father of two to the mix and it’s surprising he has time to get so scientific about burgers. After we spent an evening up in his grill, it became clear that everything Raph sets his mind to gets the full treatment.
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Ingredients: A giant mound of chuck beef A smaller chunk of skirting beef Provolone cheese Lightly toasted, soft (but firm) buns Dutch mayonnaise Ketchup Good quality Dijon mustard. Lettuce Tomatoes Salt and Pepper to season Spanish Onion Step One: Lighting the Grill Now I thought I was a burger aficionado but upon arriving at Raph’s and seeing his burger plush doll, burger BKTM tee, hearing him talk of ‘burger blogs’ and viewing his customdesigned ‘Raph Burger’ toothpick flags, I realised his love for burgers was on some different level shit. I arrive to find Raph and his helper in the yard getting the custom-purpose grill ready. “You need to start the fire at least an hour before cooking and you should use malley root charcoal for a better flavour” Raph explains. Step Two: Making the Patties Now onto the meat, There’s no mince in sight, just a massive slab of beef. Raph then attaches this archaic looking meat grinder to his table and proceeds to cut up the mound and slowly grind down the solid meat into some rich looking shit. The mince is actually made from two kinds of beef, chuck and skirting. Do you cut off the fat Raph? “No, you need about 6-8% fat in the mince.” Oh, okay.
Once the mince is ready, it’s time to make the patties. Do you need to put an egg in that Raph? “No, all it needs is salt and pepper.” Everything I thought I knew about burgers is being destroyed one pattie at a time. The trick here, he tells me, is to work the mince as much as you can so it’s heavily compacted and don’t make those patties too big now! Step three: Grillin’ and Chillin’ “You should order your burger as you do your steak” Raph declares. Sweet, medium-rare please! When grilling you should only do a single flip and NO pressing as “you don’t want to lose any juice” he explains. After the first flip, top the patties with some sliced provolone (Italian cheese) and let it melt. Don’t over cook them. Keep them rare, New York stylez! Step four: Presentation Lightly toast the bun, making sure it’s not too firm because “you don’t want any back-sliders.” With garnishes, keep it simple: just some mayo, Dijon and a bit of ketchup with lettuce and tomato. When the meat is this good you don’t want to distract from the juiciness. “Some people say you can only get juice from a flat grill but that’s bullshit” muses Raph, “you don’t want it dripping fat, you just want it rare.” Just add a toothpick flag and a cold beer and it’s good times. I have to say, this dude knows his shit. The Raph burger was superb and I kinda felt like I learnt something in the process. Tasty and educational. Now you don’t get that at the drive through!
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This issue was made with: 1 cranking heater permanently on high // 1 packet of Nescafe premix coffee // one housemate from heaven and one that’s a barista // a lot of grilled chicken and too many tins of tuna to count // an itunes playlist on repeat for way too long // 28 vodka on the rocks with fresh lime (the only damn way to drink vodka!) // a shitload of chocolate // one trillion emails to New Era HQ // about another 50,000 to Mishka and Estevan // a new love for Crunchola // copious amounts of free beer // one trip to the hospital and public yakking incident // a billion rainy cold days (damn you Melbourne!) // a whole lotta proofing // one tattoo and no tears.
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