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April 29, 2008;/h3>

{     NIke WMNS Outbreak     }    

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Hey Ladies, I know I don't really do too great of a job covering your steez, so please accept my offering above as one of peace and style - the Nike WMNS Outbreak in Varsity Maize/Flint Grey/Orange Blaze aka Orange/Yellow/White. These are the latest colorway (others: Pinkfire II, Watermelon) in this new style from the Zodiac Collection, this pair being inspired by Gemini. For more pics simply visit Nitrolicious.com, or get your own pair at select Foot Lockers and your friendly neighborhood eBay.

I think I can safely say that if I saw any girl wearing these I would have to offer her a crisp $20 to wait right there while I went and found a chair to sit on while I took 6-7 long minutes to just lazily gaze at her in all her hot, hot glory.

Singles

April 26, 2008;/h3>

{     Chicago Art Fair Snapshots 2008.     }    

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Ahhh... Chicago. City of Angels, The Big Apple, Wild, Wonderful Chicago, The Keystone City, City of the Rising Sun, Home of the Chicagalites. Da' Hares! If you can make it there you can make it anywhere right? Mmmm... Wait a second...What's the catch phrase for Chicago? Isn't the Blustery Bear their mascot?

Hell, I don't remember. What I do remember is that I took a buttload of snapshots at Art Chicago and The NEXT fair. Art Chicago voted for Bush in the last 2 elections but wishes it could take back the second time. NEXT chanted "Yes we can!" all the way to election day.

Check out what I mean here.

Singles

April 17, 2008;/h3>

{     Death/Traitors *Sale*     }    

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Just a quick note to let you guys know that one of my fave upcoming clothing labels, Death/Traitors, is having a spring cleaning sale of their tees and hoodies to make way for their 'Summer Fun' line. Get on this shit while the gettin' is damn good!

     » Burn money at Death/Traitors

Reviews

April 11, 2008;/h3>

{     Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Pershing     }    

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is not for everyone. Well, it is pop music which is supposed to be for everyone but a good majority of people still hate things that sound poppy. I am not one of those people. My love for bands like Tilly and the Wall has made me as tolerant of pop music as they come. With that said, Pershing is an acceptable follow up to SSLYBY's first album Broom.

Reviews

April 10, 2008;/h3>

{     Tinbot     }    

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I have a lot of music on my iPod. Really, a lot. Presently I have over eleven thousand tracks on my iTunes. I actually believe if I’m kept apart from my iPod for too long the results could be disastrous, perhaps fatal, as so many of my fellow iPod addicts know. Now comes a solution to one of our greatest quandaries: how to safely store our iPods. The Tinbot line takes the idea of storage and makes it art.

Reviews

April 7, 2008;/h3>

{     DicE Magazine     }    

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I bought my first motorcycle after hearing a local poet give a reading. One of his poems was about his vintage Triumph. I saved up as much as I could and was lucky enough to find someone that took pity on me and sold me a bike with matching numbers that was not a complete horrorshow. Looking forward to finding a group of likeminded folks that could share the love of vintage riders, I sort of forgot that the rest of the world was in the middle of drooling over marathon viewings of “American Chopper” in between marathon wank-fests over back issues of “Easy Rider”.

. . . no joke, people, if I have to talk about the merits of a windshield and a radio on a motorcycle to one more dentist wearing a leather bandanna and a $1,000 leather jacket I’ll lose my shit and go on a rampage. You’ll know it was me because you’ll be able to follow the trail of motor oil from my bike all the way back to my ghetto hideaway.

Singles

April 3, 2008;/h3>

{     Butternut Reduction     }    

Good jesus, this had me in the floor: Akon Calls T-Pain on SuperDeluxe.

Art

{     New York Art Fair Snapshots 2008     }    

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Another round of art fairs wound up here in New York this past weekend and again crowndozen.com was on the beat taking snapshots of the cream. I had Sunday afternoon, one charged camera battery and a gig of SD card space to get it all so the fact that the pickin's were slim this season wasn't a problem.

Here are the fairs I had time to see:

The Armory Show
Pulse New York
Scope New York
Bridge New York
Volta New York
LA Art in New York

Other blogs have already reported their favorites with much gusto. Check out artinfo.com, artfagcity.com and the always solid artnet.com for their excellent reporting. And, of course, if you want to do some in-crowd star gazing artforum.com never fails.

In case you don't have time to go through all those links here's some opinionated Cliff Notes:

Pulse muscled their way up the food chain. Scope sacrificed edge for austerity and sank. The Armory while doing away with secondary market chaff added nothing groundbreaking or spikey to augment thus falling sadly flat. Volta had some mojo but was difficult to get to in midtown (across from the Empire State Building? What were they thinking?). The LA Art Fair was there. Bridge stunk as it usually does. Attendance and sales were down across the board as recession jitters kept folks who don't have to worry about that kind of nonsense from writing too many checks. Quality and ingenuity were down but so was quantity which felt good. There's been too much art for a while now. I hope the recession thins the herd more. We need it.


     » Snapshots

By Aaron in Art
Interviews

April 1, 2008;/h3>

{     Interview : Don Pendleton     }    

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The name Don Pendleton will always be synonymous for me with an unabashed love for skateboarding. While he was the first sponsored skater I ever met (Steve Steadham represent!) and he also worked at the first real skateshop I ever went to that wasn’t a handful of decks in the back of a shoe store or t-shirt shop, it actually goes a little bit deeper than that. Truth be told, Don Pendleton was in the first skate mag I ever bought (Transworld, June ‘88). This stands out on a personal level for me because in a sea of strictly California coverage, Don had a letter he wrote to the magazine published and it happened to be addressed from a small town only about twenty minutes away from where I lived. Upon reading this, I immediately felt a sense of camaraderie and relief that both myself and my small posse of fellow 5th graders weren’t alone in our shared passion for what could only be seen as a social liability and instant misfit-status while growing up in rural West Virginia (it should be noted that this was to be the only mention of our home state in any skate publication for the next 5 years).

From my humble tic-tac and boneless one beginnings on, Don Pendleton would become a kind of a Where’s Waldo figure for me, popping up at various points throughout the years. While first on the come up as a sponsored amateur, a broken ankle forced Don to choose a different route and make lemonade with his equally-as-strong artistic talents. With fellow WV-skate legend John Drake joining Alien Workshop in the early 90s, Don also boarded the mothership and would go on to design the majority of AWS graphics for the better part of the next decade before continuing on to work with Element and his new t-shirt company Darkroom. While not in the role he initially set out for, that tweaked ankle has allowed Don Pendleton to become one of the most highly-regarded and sought-after artists in the skate world and beyond. Soon to be the first subject of 411 video magazine’s new skate artist documentary series, I caught up with Don to ask him about humpback whale tre flips, growing up in the middle of nowhere, and what motivates him in today’s upside-down world of skateboarding. Its good to see Don still involved with skateboarding and doing so quite well. I can’t imagine it any other way.


     » Don's Little Giants trailer at Mumble Magazine

Reviews

{     Insight • Spring-Summer o8'     }    

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Insight is a label I can only describe as obscenely cool. Definitely unique in urban fashion design, you have a good chance of finding something completely original with the Insight label on it. Dressing for the warmer seasons will never be so easy, with the styles Insight is sporting. With a mix of retro cut and new current art and patterns, Insight has managed to really make a cool spring and summer line.


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