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Nixon x Mike D

July 29, 2014 – 16:49 in Current Affairs | Calum

Nixon x Mike D

Mike D related news is pretty much always relevant to our interests at TRC, the latest of which is the release of his collaboration with Nixon. Aside from Beastie Boys fame, the seminal work of Mike has informed so many aspects of youth culture. Recently, whilst guest-editing issue 43 of Australian magazine, Monster Children, Diamond encountered Ryan Sheckler and Rob Machado – both of whom are signed to Nixon. Taking the collaborative process with Nixon a step further, they decided to link up for this limited edition watch release which features the New York skyline photography of Joe Termini.

Read about it here.

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Billionaire Boys Clubs: A Printed History Exhibition Recap

July 29, 2014 – 14:36 in Fashion | Calum

Billionaire Boys Clubs: A Printed History Exhibition Recap

Bold graphics and all-over prints have underpinned the output of Billionaire Boys Club for the past decade and last weekend, in association with Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival, some of the brand’s most iconic graphics were exhibited at Cruise Glasgow. While BBC was the brainchild of Pharrell Williams – and largely executed by NIGO – it was the graphic work of Sk8thing, from the iconic Helmet logo to the all-over waffle print, which translated the former N.E.R.D. frontman’s vision into a visceral reality. So, it is only fitting that such work is properly recognised.

Check out a selection of pictures from the event over the page.

Photography by Richard Gaston and Elliot McIntosh

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RON ENGLISH ‘Death and the Eternal Forever’ book launch

July 29, 2014 – 12:35 in Current Affairs | Robert

RON ENGLISH ‘Death and the Eternal Forever’ book launch

Death and the Eternal Forever is the new book from fine artist and street art legend Ron English. In this collection of visually astonishing and bitingly funny work, English explores his belief that all art is a futile attempt to cheat death, and death is the thing that gives all art meaning. Featuring more than 170 of the artist’s iconic paintings, sculpture, and vinyl figures, Death and the Eternal Forever teems with fantastically twisted creatures, from three-eyed rabbits and his signature udderly delicious cowgirls to grinning skulls. The book is published by independent publishing house Korero Press.

Having been a fan of Ron’s “POPaganda” work for some time now this is the perfect chance to add to my collection of artist’s books. The Atomica Gallery represent a great number of artists including Nick Sheehy (aka Showchicken), Luke Thomas and Tom Bagshaw, and I ashamedly haven’t spent anywhere near enough time there since it’s relocation, so now it’s time to make amends.

The book launch takes place this Thursday 31st July at Atomica Gallery - 29 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AP. There are 50 signed copies of the book as well as free beer (Huber Beer), music plus the promise of some extras. I’m assuming they are not referring to ‘extras’ like the ones offered in the seedy massage parlour your drunk uncle visits.

If you are unable to attend the launch or make an in-store visit, Death and the Eternal Forever is available online via Korero Press here.

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EOTOTO – FANCY SKULL ALOHA HARF SLEEVE SHIRTS

July 24, 2014 – 11:35 in Fashion | Robert

EOTOTO – FANCY SKULL ALOHA HARF SLEEVE SHIRTS

A ‘katsina’ is a spirit being in spiritual world of Hopi, the tribe of Native American people. “EOTOTO” the bringer of nature gifts considered as the most important and the father of all katsinas. As we have an aim, wearing EOTOTO leads individuals to feel the roots, wits and ideas of tribes, we adopt “EOTOTO” as the brand name sending out Native Americans and world’s racial cultures and primitive designs through fashion.”

With a mission statement like that, and a tag line of “The Essence of Primitive Sense” it’s no surprise that I’m really excited by what these guys are doing. EOTOTO is the creation of a mysterious pair of Japanese artist/designers known as the Wonder Worker Guerilla Band, who studied architecture and textile design before launching EOTOTO and a sister brand, the more aggressive SASQUATCHfabrix. Offering custom fabrics with roots that branch through European, Asian, American, and African cultures that are repurposed into modern, comfortable garment shapes. For AW14 you can expect plenty of American Southwest patterns, ikat fabric trims and the brand’s signature skull motif. Western Pullover Check Shirts and Mix Knit Hoodies will protect you from the elements in traditional fashion. The pick for me is the Native Pattern Blancket Coat.

But let’s remember it’s Summer and hot as Hades in London, so we need something appropriate for right now. Their SS14 collection was an invitation to Pacific islands, with Hawaiian-influenced fabrics and cuts and abundant aloha patterns evocative of the tropics. The best example being the Fancy Skull Aloha Harf Sleeve Shirt. It’s a bright, bold and hotter’n a stolen tamale take on the classic Hawaiian shirt. Available in Navy or Ivory, there’s also a long sleeve version, shorts and even a bucket hat with this pattern. The SS14 collection is already becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of. With the majority of dealers in Japan, your best bet is online through a proxy or in store via one of the few overseas dealers like Opening Ceremony LA/NY.

Take a look at the Fancy Skull Aloha Harf Sleeve Shirt over the page.

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