Saturday, January 28, 2012






Had to happen. Crailtap!

Friday, January 27, 2012





Hell yeah Lorena! Representin' out in Barcelona for sure. Throwing down some shit on some serious spots!

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Canada doin' it. Shit. I got raw party footage of the Autumn Bowl laying around here somewhere..


The Killing of America (1982) Original, uncut footage.


"A documentary of the decline of America. It features a lot a footage (most exclusive to this film) from race riots to serial killers and much-much more. This documentary has never been released, distributed, televised nor made available for sale in the USA, it argues that it is all started when John Kennedy was assassinated in Texas 1963 combined with poverty, racism, the Vietnam war, and gun violence."


Sheesh, finally.

TOPRAMEN



Wednesday, January 25, 2012



















Tuesday, January 24, 2012


19th century political cartoon charging Chinese labor with unemploying American labor.

"Why the United States will Never, Ever Build the iPhoneARTICLE

Via The Atlantic.


The past few days I've noticed a surge in articles pertaining to Apple and it's choice to manufacture in China. From The New York Times' feature " How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work" to The Atlantic's own smaller feature, "Why the United States will Never, Ever Build the iPhone" , all articles explore reasons why it's not just cheap foreign labor that have consistently won the manufacturing edge over the United States.

I think The Atlantic's article is straight to the point about why the United States and many other countries have been outpaced in the manufacturing sector.

" For Foxconn, the global manufacturing behemoth Apple pays to assemble its products, it's the ability to hire thousands of new workers in a single day. It's being able to wake up 8,000 employees, herd them out of the company's on-sight dorms, and order them pull a midnight shift fastening glass screens onto phones. In China, workers are cheap, plentiful, and -- most importantly -- mind bogglingly compliant in ways that America's culture and its tightly enforced labor laws simply wouldn't allow."

In addition, the article elaborates about the absence of a once vital supply chain that existed in the United States. Today, because most of that supply chain has been put out of business, it is very hard to compete with China, who's supply chain also now eclipses ours and perhaps most of the world's.

"Those sorts of statistics should bring into cold, clear focus why America's education system is at such a disadvantage when it comes to manufacturing. The problem isn't a lack of elite graduates. We have those. It's our unskilled working class. "

I could go on about the article but it's really best to read it yourself. I know I'm not the only one who would love to one day manufacture in the United States, or even be able to support more companies that do, but to get there, Americans have to realize where our weaknesses are and how we might be able to affect it.



CHEAPLABOR


On another note, the phrase "Cheap Labor" totally bothers me. The phrase to me almost minimizes the humanity of people that make your shit. And I really hate that. Because the phrase is synonymous with "poorly made" it is entirely dismissive to individuals that are capable of producing a quality product. Though iphones are made by "cheap labor" it would be the same train of thought that would lead us to the logical conclusion that iphones are of poor quality and assembled to fall apart or explode in your hands. But of course this isn't the case. You can clearly purchase products that are well made that have employed cheap labor. I think the issue with the stereotype of cheap labor is that people automatically assume it's made in a sweatshop by a toddler in a foreign country filled with people who work for nothing. What about "cheap labor" in the United States? It definitely exists yet somehow America is above "cheap labor" when it comes to other countries? Like we don't have a history ( and present ) of cheap labor and racism? Basically, cheap labor is an easy way to vilify others, and I think it's bullshit.

Kind of random. Two weeks ago I was visiting my friend at the Supra store, an old guy put on a sneaker and said to his wife ," These aren't a size 10. This is tiny. Was this was made for a Chinese foot?"

Nevermind that this beat reminds of the Ghostbusters beat. Heard this song at Westway tonight, hung out with a dude named Snipe who's grandmother used to turn this shit on to clean the house in the morning. I BE STROKIN'

Monday, January 23, 2012


Thanks to Manute for posting this on FB

LUNCHMEAT




Super rad idea. Conceptual art win-Sandwich "artist" tributes.


VIA LOWCOMMITEMENTPROJECTS


This photo is genius "fashion" commentary on so many levels








Sunday, January 22, 2012

OTHERSTORIES



Putting photos up from the past week is like taking a giant number #2. You kind of dread the process but the more you wait, the more accumulates. But after it's over, your camera's sim card feels about 10 pounds lighter. Wildman at the Fish. I mean Joshua Gentleman.



Went to Spanky's art show at Lit/Fuse Gallery. The Blackouts were playing, duh. I should also mention that this show was Spanky and his girlfriend Nina's art show. They had some really cool shit up.



A lot of ink pieces. Can't go wrong with that. Started asking people for their photos in front of their favorite pieces.



This one was a good one for sure



Tino sighting! Reunited NY, and it feels so good!



Y - E - S



Ran into Lee. Hyped he's living in New York!



Tino, Othelo ( apparently my former-from-the-back doppleganger ), and Lee. Shotfaces



Andrew, Gentleman, and a dude who I still owe a handmade wallet to.



43 Magazine's Allen



It's an art show so I should show more art, right?







Drunken footwear observations. Ah yes, the Janoskis. A popular choice for inner city skateboarders.



Todd showing his favorite pieces. These were rad like paper machied looking figures. The pink one was drizzled in painted watermelon seed detail.




Andrew and his pick



I get so lazy about changing the settings on my camera. Everything looks so blown out. Oh well.



Closer looks



Met this dude Chioke who just moved here from Chicago. He told me he'd been skating the Tf a bit, and that made me sad because I just thought about an empty Autumn storefront. As far as I'm concerned E.9th is haunted.



This was a crowd favorite. "Always stretch before you shred



Matt Lilly's favorite piece



Gorilla Giraffe hybrids



Always rad to see Bridgette



Black, Asian, White. What up Earth?



Shelly and Spanky's dad. It took me a while to figure out that was Spanky's dad.



The Duo of the hour. I asked Spanky what his favorite piece was and this is what he picked!



Double fisting brews, texting on her phone at an art show. New York!





Eric's pick







Tune selection debriefings



At the Chrome store. Shit. Known this dude David from Wallenberg 2000 A.D. and maybe even before. He used to skate Wallenberg like everyday for years and I'd always see him shredding. Then I remet him in New York a few years ago. He's in the band The Dardys and the first thing I said to him when I saw him at the Chrome store was, " I see your fucking stickers EVERYWHERE". Which is true- I do.



Bruggle Vision version 1.0



"If you steal my shit, you are a loser."



I wonder how much shit she gets for wearing that beanie? For real.. when you're a female wearing shit like that, dudes take it like an open invitation.





Jason Tormos playing a shitload of early 90's hip hop. I was expressing how I felt why it was important to play hip hop in bars.. To keep individuals healthily in check I guess is how you can put it. Maybe even to keep myself in check. Like when people start to leave because Gang Starr is playing- well shit you probably should leave if you don't like Gang Starr! As much as I love the Talking Heads and Fleetwood Mac, peoples' reaction to 90's hip hop can actually yield some interesting clues about strangers. Like if someone knows the lyrics to a song, in my mind I can get a better sense of what the person may have been like back then. Maybe it'd be easier to just ask myself this question when I meet new strangers, " Would I have liked this person in the 90's?"

I liked it when things would become popular organically, from the roots up, not like a technological viral sensation. A time where you found your musical interests more or less on your own, or at least through the references of friends you would actually call to make plans with on a landline. As much as I was indifferent to the 90's when it was happening, I can look back and appreciate the naivete of a socially less connected era. The good thing is that I am pretty certain all my friends I have today are people I would have liked in the 90's. I must have said "the 90's" about ten times in the last two paragraphs.



JB looks super tiny compared to this monster limo



Late night decisions