May 29, 2009

On The Street

More of this, less of that, and a few other things thrown in. My life, what I see, what I do, what I like, and what I happen to take pictures of with my phone.

It's Friday, go take a picture of something rad.

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May 28, 2009

History Of Vans & The Skate Shoe

It's not a secret that I am downright in love with Vans, well, my Authentics at least. I'm not going to go into it here, but evidence of said love affair is splashed all over ATG. And I don't write about them so much because they give me free pairs either, (although that would get me to write more...anyone...Vans? Hello?... tap this thing on?) but because I happen to think they're the best, perfectly designed deck shoe. I am not, nor do I pretend to be a "sneaker head" by any stretch of the imagination, in fact, my knowledge of foot wear is limited at best. I don't check the shoe blogs and I have no idea when the "fresh kick" is going to "drop". What I do know, is a great story when I see one.

I stumbled on a website, probably familiar with a few of you, but one I had no idea existed, and shame on me for it. SNEAKER FREAKER, is not just a site about the newest colorways of Safaris, it's one of the coolest, well written, and most entertaining sites housing such great features as "HISTORY OF SKATE SNEAKERS", and "THE HISTORY OF VANS". I have now read both, and encourage you do do so as well. Both for education, eye candy, and an in depth look at two things that have undeniably influenced our culture... VANS AND SKATING.

"We all dressed like surfers back then, scruffy Levis or Pinwheel cords and t-shirts underneath Pendleton button down shirts."

"Along the way there have been more than a few gimmicks, dead ends and brand disconnects, which is where we pick up the story..."

"There is only one genuine skate shoe and that is by Vans, the blue deck shoe all of us in Z-Boys wore."

"Definitely Vans..."

"In the '90s, since I rode for Vans more than Converse, it was back and forth until the first Warped Tour, then I rode for Vans again after Steve Van Doren questioned my loyalty..."

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HIT LIST: Nike Killshot

I love that I just wrote about how little I know about sneakers... then drop these. I'm not a huge Nike fan, I own a pair somewhere, but that's about it. I do however have a big squishy soft spot in my heart for the King of Kings' game of... Racquetball. That's right, and I'll take on anyone in the Los Angeles area. So, when Nike re-releases a shoe that was built for the very sport of Gods I hold so dear, I not only take notice... but I order. Okay, I'm not gonna play in em, but they sure is purty to look at.

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May 27, 2009


Seriously, I've watched this two dozen times in the past few weeks, and I'll still sit here and watch it again. Check out some of the YouTube videos on "the making of", for some more awesomeness.

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Old Stamps

I don't collect stamps... but I collect really detailed photographs of stamps. Is that better or worse than collecting stamps? Funny how something so mundane, the act of sticking a poorly printed stamp to a letter, the post office stamping the letter, and the abuse it takes along the way, can translate into something as beautiful as these examples. Merely means to and end, these little pieces of postal history, baring all the evidence of their travels, stand as our inspiration.

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May 26, 2009

Then And Now...Now

Stumbled on this Flickr Set the other day. At first I thought there was no way it was real, just some dandy Photoshoping. The closer I got though, I think they're legit, although a few are suspect. They are from different people, and looks like they all congregate on Flickr to share. Pretty rad. I'm so happy I don't have a stack of old photos from my neighborhood. I might not get anything done the next few days. "Why is that guy standing in the middle of the street taking pictures of his hand?"

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