Friday, May 28, 2010

Beyond words, this is the most weirdest, twisted interpretive performance of anything I've ever seen. And toWhitney Houston's "I will always love you"-so weird. Even Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard couldn't protect you from this. What is she doing not having a reality tv show? Uh, coolest thirteen year old ever. ( Don't know if she's 13 or a very troubled 30 year old)

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Clearly, private interest groups have gotten way out of control.. It's fucking depressing to know we can make millions of ipads and only drill deeper into the ocean only to create more waste and to take more exquisite toxic shits into the core of our planet. How does this keep happening? These fucked oil companies are the biggest terrorists to the planet for every strand of life on it. I like the idea that socially it is more acceptable to take action against trespassing teenagers than those responsible for catastrophic, irreversible, manmade disasters. The natural justice of the world is misleading, though I feel when you have a lot of money, those misunderstandings tend to be less.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Too funny.. wait for it

Hell yeah!


Text: Me
Photos: provided by Sean Stockton

So I have two friends that make shoes. Sean Stockton is one of them. It's cool to know I can nerd out about shoes with someone else. And someone I've known since I used to skate the Berkeley skate park like ten years ago. I originally planned to do a shoe interview with Sean when I was in China a few weeks ago. We coordinated a meet up time this past week and I finally got to see what this guy's been up to. A few $1 beers at a Thai restaurant is always an ideal situation for amateur interviews.

J: So, what got you into making shoes?

S: When I was going to FIT I started making bags and got into accessories. Shoes are a part of the program.

J: So you picked it over the regular fashion design program?

S: Yeah, I figured it would be easier than fashion design. Less work, and more rewarding to be able to make your own shoes.

J: How long did you know you wanted to do fashion? Or go to FIT?

S: Um, I don't know. For years I thought about it, like in High School, but because it was either here or in California. BUt I couldn't really see myself living in New York at that time. I don't know, and then I just kind of had to grow up and figure it out.

J: It's funny because unless you're a girl that buys a lot of clothes, people don't necessarily think you're "fashiony." But, I mean
making shoes is different than even making clothes. Why do you think that is?

S: I don't know, I always just tore my shoes up, and skated thousands of pairs of shoes I feel

J: No exaggeration

S: Yeah and just watch them get destroyed and looked at every stitch. And eventually I just kind of wanted to make my own.

J: So I imagine like most leather workers you have your own leather machine. So what kind of machine do you have?

S: A Juki 8300

J:Is that your ultimate set up?

S: Nah. I think my ultimate set up would be a laser guided sewing machine slash skiver put er together.

J: Do you see yourself working for someone designing or doing your own thing?

S: Preferably I'd like to do my own thing.

J: What kind of stuff do you see yourself designing?

S: Probably just one off, weird, skate style chilling shoes. Considering, I'm only using Vibram soles cause its the only
thing that's kind of out there. It'd be nice to make a pair of skate shoes but I'd probably destroy them pretty quick.

J: How much time do you spend making shoes vs. time you spend skating these days?

S: Well, before when school was going it was 80% school making shoes, and 10% skating and 10% figuring it out. But
now I'm skating, I'm getting my sewing machine fixed.

J: What happened?

S: I got a string stuck somewhere, it's pretty lame.

J: ( Laughter ) Has growing up skating affected your preference in the shoes you make?

S: Yeah, I feel that the shoes I make are some bite off a skate shoe.

J: ( laughter ) What was your first pair of skate shoes?

S: I think some airwalks, some crazy airwalks.

J: Wait, what year did you start skating?

S: '87. I had a pair of Vision street wears that had a lace cover with an ankle strap that went over.

J: What were your ugliest pair of skate shoes looking back?

S: Well, when I rode for Etnies..

J: Shout out!

S: Ha, yeah, they've gotten a lot better now. But when I rode for them in the early 2000's, from like 2000-2004,
they started getting better in 2005. When I got the boot.

J: The ultimate Etnies boot.

S: Id say the best skate shoes are the Elissa Steamers. They look like a timbaland boot, they're cool, but then
I got some other wack stuff. The wackest shoes, that's so hard, I got some Vans samples where the sole
delammed in two days a year ago. Those sucked.

J: Do you know anyone else that skates that make shoes?

S: I know a couple dudes that buy shoes, draw on them, and paint on them.

J: No, no , no. Actual cordwainers.

S: No, nobody.

J: Do people ever ask you to make shoes for them?

S: No

J: No really? Weird, like make some or fix them?

S: Well this one guy wanted to put an upper on another shoe. Like a Franken boot

J: ( laughter )..Would you be down for a collective shoe display show? If I found more people?

S: Sure, I want to do more weird art.

J: Like conceptual patterns and stuff?

S: Like print my own textiles and make a shoe out of them.

J: What do you think about the shoe game in 2010?

S: I can see it being cool jumping in now cause all this weird stuff is happening with shoes. I feel like the market
is getting more saturated with smaller companies. And you know, there's possibilities of jumping in somewhere.

J: But overall it's pretty hard for shoes.

S: Right now I"m working with my friend Yelawolf, he saw my black and white beaded shoes, they're like weird
random textiles and he was tripping on em' asking me where I got em'. And I was like " Oh.. I made em'"
And he was like "whaaattt"

J: You could be the Ferragamo of Atlanta rappers.

S: I know ha that's what I'm doing. He's actually sponsoring me. We're doing our own little company called
"Archibald Stockton." We're gonna' do some one offs' and get one run going depending on money. But right now
I'm just making shoes for him to wear on stage.

J: That's great!

S: Yeah he's the one that hooked up the sewing machine. I made like six pairs of shoes for him in the past two months.

J: Has anyone offered to buy shoes from you yet?

S: Yeah in Atlanta I had a couple of guys ask me. And I said $4-500 and they were just like "yeah let's do this" all gangster about it and I got a little intimidated. Uhhh I don't know if I feel like making you a pair.


J: I mean it's pretty cool to know you can do something like make shoes and people really do want it. It's different from a t
shirt or silkscreening a t shirt.

S: Yeah it's like a long tedious process with lots of steps. Usually, come around last step you end up scratching something.
Or sand too much. That's the fun part, like figuring out how to do things tighter, your pattern techniques.

J: How do you think handmade shoes survive?

S: I think a handmade shoe is better than some nike dunk in some weird material. I'd rather someone make me a Nike

J:Do you feel since you've grown through this process you tend to look at shoes differently? Or look at footwear consumption differently? Seeing a Chanel flat for $500 that's made kind of crappy.

S: It's fun to see what materials they use, and what patterns they use, and how good their stitchings are compared to your own.
The fancy shoe market is kind of cool I'd like to make something like that.

J: I think that's what you're already doing by default by making handmade shoes. I heard a really good quote once
if you do good work they will find you. Any last words?

S: I do really good work and I'm for hire.

J: Ha!Thanks Sean

Sidewalk Berishnakovs. Sick! 80's news coverage is so funny. constant cheesy comparisons to get the viewer
engaged, so good. James Brown show footage, priceless.

Palestinian filmmaking, pretty awesome

My friend Liz over at Vice helped produce this six part documentary. It's being featured on CNN and I'm definitely
stoked on a lot of what VBS.TV shows. Epicly laterd goes without saying. Iranian cinema? Into it.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Courtesy of Ray at Prizefighter! Thrasher Skatesuck tour


Stay tuned for the Sean Stockton shoe interview this week! Was a very cool interview..transferring
audial informations to readable type very soon

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Gnarliest thing this week for sure. Gored through the throat. Of course they killed the bull. Humans are
bad sports..

Put your Louis bag down, it's time to look like a real ass!