We'll tear your soul apart.
Samhain "Death... In It's Arms"
Scientist "The Mummy's Shroud"
Alien Sex Fiend "Dead and Re-buried"
Amazing Space Frogs "I'm Into Necrophilia"
As streetwear almost becomes "netwear" in this post-Niketalk world, and with style atrocities like Superfuture's "what are you wearing today" thread and gag-worthy Myspace glamour shots on the rise (seriously, stop rocking eurotrash Italian bellbottoms with dunks), one could make the case that shit is becoming seriously watered down.
Or is it? With hordes of global bridge and tunnel sycophants running rampant on message boards and discretionless dime a dozen blogs full of typos and really fucking whack shit, on the surace it looks like everyone's jumping on the bandwagon, right? Honestly, probably not. While it appears that everyone may be consuming these products, that's most likely not the case; what's really being consumed is the information. People want to feel like they're down, and with the internet it's easy to read and spout without having to walk the walk; posing. And while people talk about high end streetwear brands like Neighborhood and Ape all day, when they go to actually spend their money Ape is for the most part not what they're buying- they're buying Nikes because they're actually pretty affordable, they're buying Johnny Cupcake because they don't know any better, and they're avoiding vintage like the plague, because let's face; up until this point they've been shopping at the Paramus mall.
If this new breed of streetwear fans were actually interested in the essence of the scene, they'd spend less time safely jerking off online as they shed tears over their poor customer service experiences, and more time doing the things that actually make streetwear streetwear; smoking blunts, skating, playing in a band, designing their own shit ( but just for their friends, not the market at large), writing graf, partying, riding bikes, shooting photos, writing for magazines, getting in fist fights, chatting up girls, Djing, fucking shit up and making fun of poseurs.
Euro Beat 80
Without a doubt Geocities houses some of the finest in dilapidated web content, namely Euro Beat 80. While 80s nostalgia at large is completely played out, there are still hundreds of 80s bands that didn't get swept up in the glossed over turn of the century revival. Euro Beat big-ups a few 80s bands you may be sleeping on, namely Atari babies Sigue Sigue Sputnik, the "no-way!" album covers of Digital Emotion, and Boy London, a brand you'll most likely hear more about on these pages, since I'm a sucker for nostalgia lately.
Jesus shit, I just ate god-damn McDonald's... at least the company was good.
Danceteria was pretty much THE jump off in downtown Manhattan for most of the early 80s; Sonic Youth used to kick it there with Madonna, they had fashion shows, punk bands and hip-hop, even some graf, and I bet you could smoke cigarettes inside too. Richard Hell performed on a Friday, then that Wednesday was Run Dmc's first record release party... truly a mental era. Don't even get me started on the flyer design.
As shop doors open across the country, you gotta admit- there's alot of the same song and dance going on. Obviously there's this huge market for sneakers right now to explain it, but what about those among us who are a little bit more "over it" than the Nike Talk spawned third wave sneaker economists out there? Still sneaker knowledgists at heart, and defintely not above moving a pair of Ones, Baltimore's Shop Gentei opened this week, focusing on exposing dope brands of a more esoteric nature to customers from Bmore and beyond, along with that upper echelon of limited edition footwear that has people ringing the shop non-stop already.
Carrying brands including the perpetually slept-on Mackdaddy, hard to pin down AG, the activistic leaning Covert Org, and the shops own slyandrobby, Gentei is looking to push things forward with their expanding avante-garde-as-far-as-the-states-are-concerned brand lineup. A mega-movement as far as Baltimore is concerned, not to mention a good look nationwide, Gentei manages to effectively fuck with the sateside streetwear shop status quo by presenting brands that even you might have a tough time tracking down ( I'm assuming you're pretty on the ball, so bask in it). Visit their site to get you're insight on.
All photos & flier by Gentei
The Warriors is back on everyone's radar after chilling in the cult status realms of t shirt inspiration, drum n bass sample and hip-hop interpolation, among others. If you haven't copped the string of Warriors inspired designs by many a crew, now's your chance to get a small slice of the turf. While these Adidas items don't fully evoke the aesthetic of the film, stay on the look out for more loyal interpretations in the future... Also look to The Fader as they lay it out for your inner bopper.