Sunday, July 31, 2011

J. Cole | Any Given Sunday #1

New music on a chill Sunday by one of the best in the game right now. Super fresh artwork. 5 new tracks from the Roc's NC recruit. Enjoy!

DL: Any Given Sunday #1

Lifetime x Ken Diamond

I'm feeling these Lifetime x Ken Diamond leather Moccasins quite a bit - check out High Snobiety for more information.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Warrior x Staedtler x Patta - Back to School Pack

For me, the words "Back to School" have never had a positive connotation. When I was young, it was pretty self-explanatory, play time was over and it was time to go back to school. Now that I'm a GAM*, the term signifies the end of my favorite season. Anyway - these Warrior (Chinese footwear company) x Staedtler (German art supplier) x Patta (world renowned artist from Amersterdam) shoes are pretty fly - Warrior shoes featuring hand-drawn scribble design from Patta using Staedtler pens (don't worry - they are subsequently given a water-proofing treatment). Purchase here, and check more images of the collection here.

*Grown ass man

Friday, July 29, 2011

Strada Custom Bikes

Have you ever ridden your bike to a bar with a group of friends during the day, left the bar at night with that same group of friends on your bike, then disappeared and woken up the next morning without your bike and the last memory you have is playing the running game home? Yeah, me neither. My boy (editors note - name removed) has though - and is currently in the market for a new bike since he has no idea where his old one is.

That being said, he's on the prowl, and found this new company - Strada Custom Bikes - that always helps you customize a fixed gear bike for an affordable rate. Check out their process here. These will run you a bit more than Big Shot Bikes featured a couple days ago - but I think they have some different colors (like the OSTT fav, Teal) and options that make it worth consideration.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Everything You Love to Hate

Switch, the master-mind behind one of my favorite bloodspot turned tumblr sites, Everything You Love to Hate, recently put his first logo shirt up for sale - limited to 100 pieces worldwide. You can purchase the shirt here - but only if you act fast!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

G-Shock GRX-5600B-2 Solar Glide

I like the colorway of this Water/Shock resistant G-Shock. Available now at 5&A Dime.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Rik Lee - Flash Card Set

Famed artist/tatoo designer Rik Lee has a new card set available for sale on his site - featuring 4 animal prints - inspired by music (No Sleep Til Brooklyn Panther, Belly of the Beast Shark, Wake me for Summer Grizzly, and Party and Bullsh*t Bull, pictured above. Grab the set of four 7.5 x 5 in prints for a lowly $28! Purchase here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Anderson - Maroon/Leather Belt

It's the little pieces that "make" an outfit. Belts aren't always considered to be part of a look, mainly because they aren't always visible - but the are an excellent way to dot you i's and cross your t's, and besides, is there a more functional accessory than a belt? I didn't think so.

Anderson belts are hand-made in Italy, using only the highest quality premium leather and other fabrics, in addition to being aesthetically pleasing. Where else could you expect to purchase one than at Norse Projects, where premium casual meets sportswear. Purchase here.

NikeSky Force 88 Mid Vintage Suede

As much as I love Nike Air Max 1's, I'm also a proponent of mixing it up and keeping it fresh - and keepin it fresh doesn't just mean mixing it up with new models or colorways, but sometimes, it means going deep in the closet and breaking out some genuine vintage kicks. With Nike's latest release of the Sky Force 88, they are essentially giving you a pair of broken in / faded suede 88's that look like you've had them since the original production, complete with oxidation on the soles! Now, I'd prefer to have had these in the rotation for as many years as they look like they've been owned and to have done all the damage myself - but that being said, its a nice option. Check out more images of the shoes here

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Big Shot Bikes - Customized Fixie

Fixed gears bikes have been all the rage over the last couple years - and why wouldn't they be. Always thought to be stylish and functional*, I can't front, I've been drawn to them for the customization/design aspect. I prefer to cruise around on a beach cruiser myself, or if actually working out, hop on the carbon Scattante road bike - but the aesthetic appeal of the fixed gear bikes has been drawing me in. I made the mistake of perusing Big Shot Bikes - which gives you FULL customization options (Frame, Fork, Crank, Tires, Rims, Tape, etc) - if you are struggling to envision it, its basically NikeID for bikes. If you aren't the creative type - you can peruse some of the last custom bikes that other customers have built for inspiration - or if you have no style whatsoever but still want a one-of-one, they have a "randomize colors" function that will populate a style for you. All in all, pretty sick (and not a bad price point either) - check it out here

*Well, I guess that depends on your definition, but mainly functional for the track racing crew, or the San Francisco bike messengers that needed to have free hands to carry packages and couldn't use the traditional hand-break).

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Undefeated x Applebum - Toyko 23 Collab

Undefeated and Applebum out of Japan (No - I didn't say Apple Bottoms out of St. Louis) link up for the Tokyo 23 project. This would have been the cutest image I'd seen all week - if it wasn't for watching my man J-Hop's son mimic his stretches before our Basketball game Thursday night....

Friday, July 22, 2011


LA Streetwear OG's XLARGE hook up with NY Graffiti Legend, HAZE, on this coast to coast collab. Check out the rest of the line-up here.

Jo & Hop Presents... | OSTT Vol. III (Mixtape)

First off want to start of with my thank yous. I know that's outside of the norm usually they save those for the end but in true OSTT fashion we like to be different than the norm. So special thanks to my two partners in crime @PrinceofGundo & @Jose7en for laying out the slick artwork and helping me have a place to share music. Also thanks for those who have been supporting the last 2 mixtapes, this blog and the music post I share with you.

On this edition we have a wide range of music. Not sure which track is my favorite but the intro slowly brings you in with a soulful vibe and ends on a upbeat note. Just put it on in the car or at work and let it play.

Hit the jump for the tracklist and download Link.

Air Jordan VI - Playboy Sole Mates

I remember when news first leaked of Playboy doing a listing of the top Jordans of all time featuring the Playmates - I was thinking wow, another instance of corporate America trying to capitalize on Sneaker Culture. After seeing the end product, I must say, it was done in a classy/appropriate manner. Pictured above is The Air Jordan VI, which is in my opinion, one of the most underrated kicks in the Jordan collection. Check out the rest of the collection here, or some of my other favorite models after the jump (by models, I mean models of the kicks, not the chicks, ha).

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Underabove Camera Snaps

Innovation! I'm loving this new camera - read up on the details below, via YankoDesign.

UNDERABOVE is a dual-lens buoy-style camera that can take pictures of the underwater happenings and above the water happening, at the same time. The idea is to experiment and add more dimensions of picture taking while at sea. The clever design incorporates air in the top-half of the body and water in the lower half, to help it stay afloat. An LCD screen gives you a quick preview of the shots taken, and a timer facilitates self-portraits as well.

The symmetrical camera body is made with polypropylene, which has a lighter weight than seawater and floats easily.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Timex - Metal Print

These vintage Cheetah and Zebra inspired Timex Metal Print watches couldn't be much farther down the spectrum from the FLUD watches featured yesterday, but dope nonetheless. Keep an eye out for a drop date soon over at Timex' official website.

Monday, July 18, 2011

FLUD Watch - The Moment Rosewood

Steppin up a piece of your wardrobe doesn't always have to be glitz and glamour, our bright and colorful. In certain cases, a piece can be just unique enough to add the right type of flavor to a fit, without overpowering the rest of the ensemble. Case in point - these FLUD watches. Purchase here.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Obey - Permanent Vacation

Summer is here - and tank season is still upon us. OBEY has a mean collection of tanks. Obey. Propaganda. *Big Sean voice* I Do it.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Acapulco Gold - Summer 2011

Acapulco Gold's Summer 2011 line is looking pretty mean. Like the shirt above - classic cut - throw on some mild paisely's, and a homage to the past (and yesterday's feature post) Levi's with the red tag? Let's get it. More pics here.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Levi's 501 - Behind the Scenes

Hypebeast just posted a nice piece breaking down the history/fit components of the jean that started it all - the Levi's 501. Check after the jump - it's worth the minute and a half of your life!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ronnie Fieg x Asics Gel Light

2 quick things - Asics are taking over this summer with a lot of hot colorways, and when it comes to teal/mint colorways, you know I'm onboard. Nicekicks has a lot of great pics of the kicks - check them out here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Hundreds - Fall 2011

The Hundreds have unleashed their Fall Campaign via the latest lookbook, which you can peruse here. At first glance of the line-up, words that come to mind are authentic, raw, toned-down, and basic (in a good way) - elements deemed necessary in any fall collection. Speaking of the gear - the photos go hand in hand with the gear, which I love. Oh, and seeing that Alana Paterson did the photoshoot, I have a feeling these are the real thing, and not Instagram (regarding the link, a real man can admit when he's wrong).

Lil Wayne | Sorry 4 The Wait (Mixtape)

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OSTT Tracks: Tunechi's Back, Rollin', Gucci Gucci, Marvin's Room, Sure Thing, Grove St. Party (Minus Lil B), Racks, Sorry 4 the Wait, IDK,

Pro's: I think he chose some pretty dope tracks. I personally like how he incorporates some of the original artists style when he freestyles. I would like to see him on more beats like Tupac's back & Grove St. Party his energy is unparalleled. Overall a decent tape its free so how can we hate. I can see myself banging this for a couple weeks but until August 29th when C4 comes out IDK. Speaking about IDK haha that track is an outro and it made me LOL a couple times hahaha I felt him on that one dope how he add libs certain things super funny and different I dig it. Also that Adele remake is pretty dope has a lot of energy and he kills it.

Cons: The tape is way too short. Mixtapes often are shorter versions of songs with like 20+ tracks and not only is the album 12 tracks but the songs aren't that long. Not sure if this will have high re-playability to hardcore Wayne fans. Also why in the world did he get Lil B on a track blows my mind to me that was one of the better songs and Lil B killed it and not in a good way at times he doesn't even rap on beat. I know I'm no rapper but I have a ear for music and tone his is off. My last note I think with Drake & Wayne becoming super popular he kept them off and highlighted Gudda & Twist. Those tracks are the tracks I didn't like. I'm sure he wanted the focus on him but adding Drake & Minaj would have made this a tad bit better....

Overall its free so def worth the DL.

ALT DL: Sorry 4 The Wait

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Am I the only one that has always wondered what it was about Cambell's Soup that got Andy Warhol so worked up and inspired that he created one of the most influential and widely known art pieces of all time? No? Well then today is your lucky day. Head over to LA TIMES Blog, and learn a thing or two - like what 'soup' was slang for back in the day.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Supreme x Original Fake

Two of Streetwear's heavyweights combine forces on the T above (click to enlarge), the Kaws penned Original Fake and the one and only Supreme. We all know what happened last time the two juggernauts collided (pic after the jump) - so don't even think of hesitating if you want to add this shirt to your collection. HB has the shirt begin released on Saturday, July 16th.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dope Couture - Endless Summer Tank

Dope Couture just updated their webstore with this beauty of a tank-top titled "Endless Sumemr", pictured above. Act fast - looks like these were made in pretty limited numbers! Purchase here.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Hershel Supply Co Brand

I know I did a post about Hershel Supply Co back in April, but while down in SD today, I definitely copped myself a "Pop Quiz" backpack, and the quality BEGGED for another post - so here it is.

"The Pop quiz is [their] fully featured work or school backpack. It takes care of all your back to school or work needs with [the] signature Hershel style, durability, and great shape". Fully lined with Herschel's custom printed cotton/oly fabric, Eco-friendly reinforced bottom, Internal cushioned and fleece lined protective computer sleeve (up to 17"), 2 front pockets, Internal media pocket, front pocket organizer, AND a fleece lined sunglass pocket"... This thing is CRAZY.

I kept it classy with a Navy/Leather combo since I'm primarily going to be using this for work - but be sure to check out their website as some new styles are going to be dropping shortly.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Andre Agassi

NiceKicks just did a Complex-esque "Top 10 List", and they did it justice - covering Andre Agassi's Top 10 Kicks. A sneaker secret for many - Andre is widely considered to have the best Nike line outside of a select few (Jordan, Penny, and Kobe), and by far the best game when it comes to Tennis. Obviously they showed the Nike Air Tech Challenge II some love (pictured in the vintage Nike ad above), but I'm just stoked they showed love to my favorite model - the Nike Air Tech Chellenge IV. Check some detailed pictures of my favorite two, after the jump (that means the "Read more..." button for you rookies out there). Check out more of Andre's Top 10 kicks over at NiceKicks.

Pusha T | Trouble On My Mind (Ft. Tyler The Creator)

Wow!!!!!! Now I'm no fan of the OFWGKTA movement and I wasn't a fan of Goblin but Tyler is dope on this type of music. Pusha T always comes with it. I think the best thing Tyler has going is his voice (pause) it's different and it goes well with these simple head no beats. This song is bananas would love to hear a whole CD with these two such a huge contrast. Enjoy!

DL: Trouble On My Mind

SiLK Update - Had to comment on my dude's post here - couldn't agree more (well, aside from the fact that I am a OFWGKTA fan) - but this beat was tailor-made for Tyler. We all know Pharrel is Tyler's ultimate idol and he emulates the Neptunes on the production boards (if you add 12 shades of darkness) - but this track begs the question - did Pharrel make this beat and think Tyler had to be on it? Or did he make this beat specifically for Tyler? Nuts. And Pusha T does what we've come to expect over the last 7+ years - KILLS it. Great song... Puts a couple notable blogs (2dopeboyz, NahRight) in an interesting position - they've never posted OFWGKTA music in the past because they thought it was wack - then ignored them altogether once the disses started - but even they can't deny this track right, especially with Pusha T on their? They've stuck to their guns with Lupe, so we'll see if the Tyler ban continues....

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Walt Disney - The Triumph of The American Imagination

What's that? A long awaited entry for SiLK's Book Club? Yes, its that time. It's not that I haven't been reading books for leisure, because that's not the case at all, just haven't been reading a lot of books relevant to the interest of the site. Yes, I do think that Walt Disney's empire is relevant to the art/streetwear scene after their recent collabarations with The Hundreds and Undefeated, among others - and their art store - D Street, at Downtown Disney, features modern art and even various vinyl figures).

What I personally liked about Neal Gabler's meticulously researched biography (over 160 pages in notes and references alone) on Walt Disney is that appeals to all walks of life - obviously the Disney buffs or the people inspired by artists in general, but also the aspiring business men who can see how Walt ran his Company and multiple ventures, and how that changed over time, or the Malcom Gladwell fans out there that want to look at the surrounding factors that led to Disney's success - since this book his a goldmine for general fans of history as well - covering both World Wars, the Great Depression, even the Cold War.

I don't want to go to far in to detail on the book because, let's face it - Disney is a legend (9 out of 10 of you have already thought about your favorite Disney movie or character from reading the title alone), but after the jump, check one of my favorite quotes from the book, documenting Walt's legacy when all was said and done at his time of passing.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Nike Air 180 - White/Royal/Lime

Nike drops another clean colorway of the Nike Air 180 - a model that has given rise to two of my top 5 sneakers of 2011 (so far). Per Nice Kicks, these should be dropping in August 2011 - so be on the lookout!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Bape - Fall/Winter 2011 (Woman's line)

BAPE's 2011 Fall/Winter launch photo's feature none other than Daisy Lowe. I think High Snobiety (who also has the remaining images from the collection), summed it up best below:

In a series of specially commissioned images by Kate Moross, Daisy flaunts her mix of saucy seduction and tomboy sass perfectly complimenting the cute and knowing cool of collection. TheBAPE ladies collection will be available for AW11 exclusively on
Check a video of Behind the Scenes footage below after the jump. 

Monday, July 04, 2011

4th of July

Happy 4th of July! More images paying homage to my favorite holiday of the year, after the jump. 

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Nike Air 180 - Black/White/Red

I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times - not a huge fan of black shoes - but these POP.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Stussy x Nike Sky Force 88

Nike and Stussy have a long history of collaborative efforts, and although this is not my favorite (remember the Nike Court Force x Stussy collab that came in two colorways and had the James Jarvis/Amos vinyl figure included in the pack? If not, check the photo after the jump). Anyway, this is another strong offering by the two heavyweights consisting of a co-branded tee and 3 colorways of the Sky Force. Available July 9th at all Stussy flagships.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Mick Boogie & DJ Jazzy Jeff | Summertime 2 (Mixtape)

I'm going to keep this one short but if you've heard the first summertime it was classic plus this artwork is bananas! Just in time for the 4th of July weekend man can life get any better? Go DL this immediately!

DL: Summertime 2


Love it when companies push the boundaries with materials to create functional pieces. Everyone is familiar with Chambray, and has at least one chambray shirt in their closet - but do you have a Chambray hoody?  Probably not, but in that case, its lucky day as Jiberish is looking to help you with that. Coming in 3 colors, these lightweight hoody's are lightweight and perfect for the summer/spring seasons (or perfect for year round if you are blessed enough to live in Southern California - sorry, #noshots rest of the world).