Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Seth MacFarlane x Lebron James

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy creator) puts a little Twilight Zone esque tweek on the Lebron VIII's - and follows that up with some quality "Things you'll never hear"....

Monday, November 29, 2010

Meister Watches x Brandon Jennings

Much respect to Brandon Jennings - who once again thinks outside of the box and drops this genius collaboration project with famed watch brand, Meister in the Gucci  Milwaukee Bucks colorway. I've been a fan of Jennings - and you gotta show respect to someone who continuously chooses their own path. When everyone was rockin' braids, BJ was the one with the Gumby. When his peers were lookin' to be one and done in college, Mr. Jennings took his talents to Rome. Who needs to be a part of the Reebok/Nike/Adidas team when you can be a marquee athlete for Under Armour. The list goes on... Much love to the kid, and keep making Compton proud...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Kevin Durant - KD III's

CounterKicks has a preview of the first half-doze pairs of the KDIII's set to hit the market. It's going to be a Nike Team shoe, so expect many more colorways to come.

Reason #328 why K Durant is a good dude, and will ALWAYS have a reasonably priced performance basketball shoe - When KD was coming up, he could never afford the good shoes (i.e. MJ's, T-Mac's, etc), so he had NIKE put it in his contract that his shoes, although performanced-based - would be set at an affordable price point. Compare the $130 for Kobe V's, $160 for Lebron 8's, and the $OnlyGodKnows for the Jordan's to the $85 KD III - and you have quite a deal. Respect.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Reserve - Black Friday Sale

All weekend long!

Levi's - Black Friday

40% off orders $100 or more at Levis.com - use the code "FRIDAY40".

Stussy - Black Friday Sale

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Blake Griffin

Blake is a beast. Why do we need to GOOGLE it to see who he has a shoe endorsement with? Marketing FAIL....

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Inside Look at the IVERSONIAN Effect

Jason Boone (PF/C from NYU, now playing professionally in Germany) provides an inside look on the effect Iverson is having out in Turkey Europe. Please head over to DimeMag and check out this first hand account.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Noah Callahan-Bever x Kanye West - Complex Feature

Sorry - back to back 'Ye posts is a bit much - but this is an EXCELLENT feature on Kanye and his team from the top-secret Hawaii recording sessions - and aside from that, this Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy of Kanye's is a complete package - so I have no problem giving a little more shine his way. Get some insight to how the man put together this modern classic - and those who lended a helping hand in the process in this rare behind the scenes look. Oh - and for $3.99 at Amazon - you have absolutely NO EXCUSE not to purchase - bootleggers be damned.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

George Condo Explains Kanye Commissions

As much as I love appreciating art and digesting it on my own - there is a larger piece of me that loves to hear from the artist himself to understand what he was trying to acheive with his work, what his insirations were, etc. George Condo did just that by opening up to the NY MAG about each of the pieces he did for Kanye West's soon to be released album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Below, check out Mr. Condo's thoughts surrounding one of my favorites, Head with Sword (second to his cubist-style portrait). Check the full interview via NY MAG.

“I really like that idea of a Shakespearian thing,” West told Condo about this painting of a severed head wearing a crown. The piece’s two contrasting styles -- “cubism and classicism forged together in a single painting” — dovetail, Condo says, with West’s music, with its “layers of different styles happening simultaneously.” What did Kanye see in the picture that made him like it? “His tragedy was a kind of exile that Kanye imposed upon himself,” Condo says. “He was free from exile by having the cathartic moment in the image. He’s alive in the painting, you know what I mean? In a strange way it’s like, he opened his eyes.”

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Primitive x The Hundreds

Primitive, everybody's favorite skater's P.R.'s Skate shop, and CA's own, the Hundreds, collabed on a pair of pre-washed jeans. They look nice. Drop everywhere today, and if you head to Primitive around 3pm today, you can get Justene Jaro to sign the photo above for you - if you are in to that sort of thing.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Left Field Denim

First things first - Pause. No Homo on that pic. The fella's over at Denim Debate had a raving review of Left Field Denim, and my buddy Drew just bought a pair so we'll see how they work out for him. Check the DD review below:

Seriously, these jeans are like a gift that keeps on giving. Every day the fit and feel is better than than it was the day before, despite the fact that both were pretty much perfect from the get-go. It’s like a freaking perpetual motion machine of awesome. I’ve been wearing them nonstop since my last post, short of one or two pant-free Sundays at home. There is already some very nice fading happening in the crotch, particularly the marks caused by the button fly. The wallet indentation is also coming in nicely, as are the creases in the back of the knees. Also of note is how unbelievably soft these things have already gotten. Historically, my experience has been that it takes at least three months (though usually more) for raw denim to feel, well, not terrible. Amazingly, at only a little over 30 days in, these already feel great against the skin. Not to come-off like a total shill, but these really are the best jeans I’ve ever owned.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Us Versus Them - Holiday Drop 1

Us Versus Them is back with drop 1 from their Holiday collection. Available at local retailers and their online shop now. I've always been a big fan of the "Crosscut" design shown above - and it gets reworked this season for its best mark-up yet. Speaking of the Crosscut, am I the only one that missed out on their glow in the dark Halloween edition? Crazy! Still available here.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nike - Lebron 8 - South Beach edition

What should I do? Should I post this shoe on my blog, even though all the other blogs already have? What should I do? Should I give props to the ILL Miami Vice colorway, even though the shoe is still too bulky to rock on the casual tip? What should I do? Should I go forward with referencing Lebron's comeback commercial - even though its been done, just because its easy? Release date drop info at Nice Kicks.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dr. Dre feat Snoop Dogg and Akon - Kush

Nah Right posted what possible could be the revamped 1st Single off the long-awaited Dr. Dre cd, Detox. Listen here. Definitely feeling the beat - and the subject matter is right up Snoop and Dre's alley. Not sure how I feel about Akon on the hook though. If we were going to go for that throwback vibe, couldn't they at least throw Nate Dogg a bone? And seriously, does anyone have an update on Nate's condition? #thingsthatkeepmeupatnight.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Univ - Encinitas, California

I made it down to one of my favorite shops outside of LA in California in the world this weekend, Univ down south in Encinitas. It takes more than having quality product and strong accounts to make a store high on my list - although Univ does have a Quickstrike Nike account, and stock brands such as Warriors of Radness and The Hundreds, two perennial favorites here at Oh Snaps. Univ has also has a very strong house brand - featuring everything from raw selvage denim to oxford shirts and polo's, to t's and tanks. My buddy copped the Star pullover above - and you have to feel it yourself to truly understand the quality product they are churning out. The decor is on point - featuring relic photos, a spinning record player with kicks on top, and 8 tracks throughout the store. Top it all off with friendly, knowledgable staff (not your typical 'cool guys' more in to their itunes playlist and surfing the net) and a site that is 3 blocks up from the beach - and you have Univ, an Oh-Snaps approved fan favorite. Check out their online store for yourself.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mick Boogie – 93 Til’ Infinity Mix… Inspired by NBA JAM (Mixtape)

NYC-based Mick Boogie, known for his eclectic DJ sets and amazing mixtapes, is also an avid basketball fan and a video game junkie. With the recent return of the classic 90’s arcade game NBA JAM (now refreshed and remixed for 2010), Mick was inspired to put together a mixtape of classic and rare 90’s remixes that serve as the soundtrack to where we were back in the day. Being that NBA JAM dropped in 1993… Mick’s decision to call the mix “93 Til’ Infinity” was the only appropriate choice!

In addition to the mixtape, Mick collaborated with vintage t-shirt designers Homage to create a limited edition NBA JAM/93 Til Infinity inspired tee to celebrate the release of this mix and the videogame. You can find the shirt

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Vado ft Dro - Polo

Song isn't that great (uh, chorus is way too "swizz beatz" for my taste"), but, can't front on the Polo gear shown throughout, and Vado is NY's latest hope - so let's get it, and if nothing else, show love to an American fashion icon, Ralph Lauren (your favorite streetwear brands continue to!)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

O Clock

O Clock, designed and manufactured in Italy - provide a nice alternative to your wrist-game collection. Similar to the iPod watch from a couple days back - you only need to purchase one watch - and can but multiple straps to mix up the look. Considering the quality of the product and the fact that its made in Italy - surprising to see these are also very reasonably priced. Check them out on their website here.More info, via O Clock:

Fullspot company was born from different experiences coming together and it is animated by its founders. Through a synergic interaction of their skills, this new brand comes alive and launches O clock, the first of a series of products thought and manufactured in Italy and that are destined to become cult-objects thanks to their practical utility and aesthetic value.

Countertrends, Fullspot promotes “Made in Italy” and not just “Designed in Italy” products and projects, thanks to the appropriate mix of customization, attention to detail proper of Italian production and our designers’ ability.

Fullspot addresses young and dynamic people, who make use of simple objects to stand out and complete their own look.

The attention to the future is demonstrated also by a constant search for materials and eco-sustainable projects, so that future generations can have the use of the same resources we inherited from previous generation.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Oregon Ducks x Nike x Tinker Hatfield

Oregon once against cashed in on their strong Nike ties (shout out tofounder Phil Knight, as well as world reknowned designer of the Air Max 1 and the most famous Air Jordan's and current VP of Design and Special Projects, Tinker Hatfield).

The darker brown framing center-court is comprised of a tree design, honoring both the Pacific Northwest’s green image as well as the 1939 Oregon national championship team known as the Tall Firs, while three graphics along the court pay tribute to the three phases of the life (so far) of Pat Kilkenny. Kilkenny is an Oregon donor and former athletic director who is the namesake of the new floor as well as being among the people most responsible for Oregon’s new basketball stadium, Matt Arena, named in honor of Phil Knight’s late son.  

Via Nike Blog.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

HEX Watch Band (for iPod Nano Gen 6)

These are just about sweet enough for me to consider picking up one of the new Nano's. Pretty simple (and sweet) idea - just pop in your iPod Nano, and its a stylish watch. How sweet is that? Check out HEX Watch for more info.

As a side note - this is why I love constant innovation. Whenever a new product is made (especially from Apple), the new gadgets/cases/accessories that accompany it or draw inspiration from it often draw just as much excitement (if not more) as the original product (I mean, Louis Vuitton put out an iPad case for $365, for damn's sake). . For all we know, whoever is behind this HEX company was sitting at home, unemployed, staring down at his Silicone bracelet when he saw a commercial for the new iPod Nano and was struck with an idea. This is how we'll get our economy back on track - innovation!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

XLarge - Holiday 2010 Collection

I feel like XLarge is a brand that constantly gets slept on. Not so much with regard to what they are putting out now - but from a historical perspective. While Stussy is the first thought that comes to mind of California brands really pushing the Surf/Skate (and eventually Streetwear) look, XLarge gets no love. Xlarge has been putting it down since 1991, which is no small feet, especially in the current environment. If nothing else, I mean damn, Nigo basically switched up Xlarge's already established logo and flipped it to start A Bathing Ape (better recognized as BAPE).

Not saying what XLarge is pushing the edge from a design perspective, all I'm saying is we can still pay homage and respect to one of the OG's that changed the game. Check more from their holiday 2010 collection here.

Friday, November 05, 2010

The Hundreds - Courderoy Snapback

This hat is smooth. Feeling the Maroon/Gold colorway most. Dropped as part of The Hundreds Winter 2010 collection.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Kid Cudi x Bape

Niiiiice. Another Kid Cudi and Bape collab/t-shirt. I'm really looking forward to Kid Cudi's cd dropping next Tuesday, November 9th....should be another, dare I say it, classic album?


Yes, I felt this post was necessary. I may or may not be drunk right now, but its time for the 4th wall to be broken down. So far this season, every game the Clips have lost - I was expecting a victory. Yeah, the Blazers, Jazz, and Spurs are all perrinial playoff contenders, and the Warriors shot 99% from the 3pt line, but I was still expecting victories in each of those games. The Clips have too much talent and potential to have a repeat of the last (insert astronomical figure here) years - Griffin is all world, Gordon is a gold medalist who is finally reaching his potential, Kaman is an all-star, Rasual Butler is a defensive force with a shot, Craig 'the Rhino' Smith can body anybody up on the post, DeAndre Jordan is developing a mini hook to compliment his, um, offensive skill set, Gomes and Foye are quality veterans that add a bit of a maturity to the youngest squad in the leauge, and Bledsoe and Warren are forces to be reckoned with. That being said - I was still writing off today's game against the Thunder as a loss before tip-off. Long story short - the boys came to play, and we got our first DUB of the season.

So yeah, I apologize for not texting/tweeting you all back during the game, and I may have to suck it up and go to Sharkeez for each of the next 77 Clipper games so we can continue to win - but hey, I'm going to do what I have to do to keep this momentum alive!

*Back to your regularly scheduled program of Shirts, Kicks, Jeans, Music, Pop culture, and art....tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Outlawz - Killuminati2k10

I don't know what the deal is - but I checked the Stats on my blog the other day, and was really surprised that my #1 viewed post of all time (we're talking over 5 years of activity here, folks) was May 2008's short post providing a link to the Best of 2pac and the Outlawz" mixtape. I'm thinking that may be more a function of random internet searches for the legendary 2pac and/or his loyal soldiers versus my daily readers - but since today is election day, I figured I better not risk anything and I should just play it safe and post the Outlawz newest mixtape, Killuminati 2k10. Hussein Fatal is back in the mix, and this is their appetizer prior to releasing their next LP - Perfect Timing, in Q1 2011.

Check out The Outlawz site to stream the mixtape in its entirety, and if you like, download the mixtape for free. Also - for the true Outlaw fans out there, you can purchase the mixtape for $7.99 in iTunes without the DJ Smallz drops throughout.

My thoughts - all in all, a strong effort. Doesn't crack my top 3 Outlaw releases (Outlawz & DJ Fatal - Retribution: The Lost Album, Outlaw 4 Life, and Outlaw Warriorz), but worth checking out.

Monday, November 01, 2010

Obey x Surfrider Foundation

Nice design + good cause = *Borat Voice* GREAT SUCCESS!

The Surfrider Foundation has been working on coastal conservation forthe past 25 years. To commemorate this anniversary, Shepard Fairey wascommissioned as one of 25 artists to create artwork depicted theworld's most recognized and in some cases threatened surf breaks. Shepard collaborated with photographer, Tom Servais to create the JAWSwave fine art piece that was auctioned at the Art for the OceansSurfrider Foundation event.

The Surfrider Foundation and OBEYhave collaborated to create the JAWS wave t-shirts for the OBEYAWARENESS program. All profits generated from the sale of theset-shirts go directly to support the Surfrider Foundation.


OBEY light-weight, slim fit tee with ribbed crew neck.

Purchase here.