New York

Just got back to LA and spent two nights at home. And now in nyc for the Capsule Exhibition.

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Landing in NY.

Cover Mag. Feb

Homie in Japan hit spotted cassette in Cover Mag’s February issue.

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The NRT

Had a long layover in Narita airport, and like most people I dread long layovers.. Chilling at the airport made me really miss Japan. I haven’t been to Japan in a couple of years, and it crossed my mind to head down to Toyko for a quick lunch before my flight, but then told myself I must be crazy… So I got to kick it for a couple of hours in Narita’s immaculate airport. The ANA lounge was really nice, they had complementary undon and soba bar, and this high tech automatic Kirin beer dispenser which made the time fly by… Japan is such an ill place. It’s a place where you can drop a deuce and you don’t even have to wipe your ass.. They have toilets to do that for you..

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1)Random shot in Naritia Airport 2) ANA Lounge

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Me airplane food.
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Happy Valley

Hong Kong Jockey Club, Happy Valley.

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Refabricating City

Been in China for a minute. Although Hong Kong is considered a part of China now. It’s good to be back in Hong Kong.

My dude Andy Lee turned me on to the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture.

They counldn’t have picked a better place to hold the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture. It is being held at an old Central Booking Police Station Compound, right in the middle of “Central”. CBPS connects to the Victoria Jail which is also hosting exhibitions of the Biennale. Being able to walk through what looked liked 6×4 jail cells, and Central Booking rooms was pretty cool. There was an overall constraint vs freedom aspect to the show.. While looking at plans for new mega buildings, and ideas on how to network cities together you couldn’t help but be reminded of the total opposite constraint that people felt when the jail was occupied.

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Model of the Beijing Olympic Stadium.

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Cover Mag.

Our dudes in Japan saw this article about cassette in Cover Magazine Japan.

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I think it says something like cassette being an indie fashion brand out of Los Angeles catering to the creative fashion community.

ChinaTown

Man, China is on the come up. The Peoples Republic of China is so ill. This place is the wild wild west but in the east. Cash rules everything around here. There’s a fine line of anything goes, but just don’t get caught doing something stupid. A country of contrast. Overnight billionaires to people still living off of rocksoup in the same town as the billionaires, and everyones getting their hustle on.

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On the way to port town of Shun De (Shun Duh) P.R.C. for our tour of factory visits through southern China.

1) Hong Kong in the background. 2) Went through the port of Hong Kong which was a maze of huge boats ready to ship some dolla bills.

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A thing with tea pots, they say you’re not supposed to wash it completely in order to save some of the oils for better tasting tea. Many dedicated tea drinkers have a different tea pot for the different teas they drink.

1)Factory workers tea cups. 2) Old jar as a tea cup. That brown stuff… tea resin.

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1) After hand making the different parts of the sweater, sometimes they use use this contraption to link the pieces together. This part is called linking. 2) Our dudes know how to run a clean operation. Sample room.

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LA Homies

Linked up with some of our LA homies Dennis, Rob, Emil, from Crooks and Hong Kong locals from the States Li-Ting and Arron.

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Lee-Ting and Aaron’s rooftop view.
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Cool’n out, having a drink..

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1)Li-Ting was kind enough to share some “hard to find sold out everywhere in Japan” chocolate goods. 2) We headed down to Land of Kwai Fun, and posted up at Lei-Dou for a few more drinks before calling it a night. Hong Kong is really the nyc of Asia.

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Met up with Andy for a couple of Guinness a recently reopend Lei Dou.

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Andy’s friend was having a birthday party at Racks.. It’s was open bar and this guy(left) picked up the tab for his girl. Good look’n out my dude… While I was there people were handing out coffee Patron shots.. It might sound gross but took me by supprise. It’s a winner. After Racks we headed to Volar then finished the night at Sugar (right)

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Headed back to the hotel with a cabbie practicing to be a race car driver.. (I wish they all drove like him…)

HNY from HK.

Happy New Year. Dawn patrol from Hong Kong.

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12/28

Another 3am banger.. Shout out to all the people who came thru and brought their dancing shoes for the dance off’s.. That was great!!

Special shout out to Dark Alley, Nate Day, Blu Jemz (Happy Birthday!), NoMsg, urthworm, roamzilla and to Pase Rock for jumping on the tables and having fun with us. Good times.

Come check out the Fluokids from Paris this Friday 1/4/08 Bump at Crash Masion vip room.

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Burton

  • Posted on: December 26th, 2007
  • Posted in: Updates

Got my Burton gear in the mail, team rider edition Custom (in black) with ics (infinite channel rail system), c60 bindings, pants, board bag, gloves, socks. Boots are on their way.. Ready to ride..

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E. Haze

  • Posted on: December 22nd, 2007
  • Posted in: Art, Updates

Stopped by Rickey’s place yesterday to say Merry Christmas and to see him befor he left for Korea. Old chap is gonna be gone for three weeks. We got a chance to catch up and did a little philosophysing. Before I left he said E. Haze wanted him to give me a numbered print for Christmas.. Now I am not sure if that was that was true or Rickey was being nice on the behalf of Haze. In any case.. Thank you E. Haze.. and Thank you Rickey loc. I was lucky enough to get the number of Love, out of 250.

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The box was specially made for the prints.

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Super duper think achival paper..

Mammoth

The cassette crew and friends roll up to mammoth for our own 3day weekend. We all had a blast. Rode all day and played a little texas hold’em at night.. It was a perfect end of the year getaway to say thanks for everyones long hours and hard work in the office.

Up on the hill there were no lines at all…. unstrap and roll up to the front of the lift…

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1,2) Coming up to the middle of the mountain.

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The town was empty.. The streets were clear at night and there were no lines during the day….

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Bjork

Just landed back in LA this morning. Headed into the office for a few hours as soon as I landed.. Then had to break out home to get some rest after the long journey home.. My rest only to be short lived so we could head out to watch Bjork’s last performance in the states for a few years (peep the encore youtube). She played at the brand new Nokia center in Downtown LA. Bjorks performance really turned up and eclectic crowd, a real good cross section of people.. Seen some old faces waiting in the concessions line. Ratatat opened up and Bjork killed it.

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Encore performance..

Michael Lau

Three new paintings to coincide with three of his newest toys.

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Fashion photographer Terry Richardson’s exhibition “From Rio to Hong Kong.” The show had a whole bunch of inflated tits, ass, and dudes holding their ding dongs. Here’s a couple…

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Life size Toy of Terry Richardson by Michal Lau

HK Nightlife

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1)Head shakin, DJ booth climbing Kid Millionaire, 2) Dj Darrel, resident DJ of the two most exclusive members only clubs in town.

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City Top

Terence, a dear old friend of mine invited me over to have a drink and to check out his new flat while I was Hong Kong. He’s living in the penthouse on the 50th floor of a newly developed estate. Homie has his own private deck above his flat, perfect for year around bbq’s. Check out his amazing view.

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Home Cook’n in Hong Kong

Andy and Kathleen invited me to dinner. I had thought we were going to just meet up at their flat and then go somewhere near by…I had no idea that Kathleen was going to prepare a wonderful home cooked meal. Very nice of you guys. It is so nice to have a home cooked meal while your away from home. Cheers.
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Their place has a huge patio, with a couple of sun chairs, deck for hanging out and a west coast style bbq pretty rare for being smack in the middle of downtown Hong Kong . Pics of the view from the patio. Shortly after dinner we battled on the wii for a quick bit, before heading out into town.

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The weather this time of year in Hong Kong is really great. You can actually wear a jacket.

Pretty much as soon as I got into town I headed to a ‘Variety’ charity event (not trying to sound all posh) to meet up with a couple of buddies, Kathleen and Andy. The charity event was to raise money to help kids in Hong Kong that have trouble getting around the city because of a disability. Hong Kong is not an easy place to get around if you have a sprained ankle let alone a life long disability. The turn out was great and I heard they surpassed their target goal. The event was held on the roof top in Lan Kwai Fung.
It seems that there’s alot of things on in the city now. Terry Richardson and a Michael Lau exhibition. The Kid Millionaire Steve Aoki is going to spin this Friday (in a town filled with Kid Millionaires.).. It’s always cool when theres extra curricular actives happening around town.

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Later after we closed down the bar at the charity event we headed over to Racks.

Punks Jump Up

L.A.’s emerging punk scene from 1978 now showing at Bergamot Station at Track 16.

Photographs by Ann Summa.

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Quoted from the poster.
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Los Angeles: Photographs by Ann Summa
Ann Summa was returning from five years in Sierra Leone, Africa, and Tokyo, Japan when she landed in the mist of L.A.’s newly-born punk scene in 1978. She immediately recognized that she had stumbled onto something extraordinary and began documenting the people around her. Summa captured some of the best known bands to emerge from L.A. while they were still in their infancy-X and Black Flag, among others-and bands who went on to achieve legendary status despite the brevity of their existence, including The Germs and The Screamers. Also on view are images of The Bags, The Allycats, The Cramps, and The Suburban Lawns. Summa captured the many out-of-towners who passed through L.A.’s first generation punk community: The Bush Tetras and Lydia Lunch from New York; U.K. punk royalty Joe Strummer and John Lydon; and, two of punks unofficial godfathers, Iggy Pop and William Burroughs.

The photos were taken between the years of 1978 and 1984. Curated by Kristine McKenna.
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V Magazine

Visionaire, where fashion, meets art and concept. The pinnicale of print. Any offspring of Visionaire gots to be good… (V Magazine and V Man)

In the new V Magazine Blonde Redhead is featured along with DaftPunk, M.I.A, The Rapture, Perry Farrell, Interpol and more…

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Simone from Blonde Redhead is wearing jeans, shirt and bandana from Cassette, jacket from Undercover. Kazu wearing Dress and hat by Yohji Yamamoto and Amedeo is wearing shirt, jeans, belt by old Cloak and Vest from Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane.

LunchBox :: Cassette

It was a blast at the Cassette LunchBox event. The place was packed. It reached capacity early on with a great mix of people. There was your mix of hiphop heads, street kids, models chicks, to indie folk all having a good time. The energy was great. People started dancing on top of the booths cuz the dance floor was so crowded… We rocked it till nearly 3am. I am still getting hit up on how much fun people had.

Thanks to all the people that came through.. Thanks to KennyMac, Rickey Loc, Gomez and the Lunch Box crew for inviting Cassette to get down with you guys. Thanks to 10 Cane for the open bar.. A special thanks to all the guest DJ’s who took time out to come spin-WendyCity, Chuck from the Cool Kids, Urthworm, and NoMSG.

Pics from the cassette party at LunchBox..

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Afterward we had to grub at the good ol Pantry.

Out of the Studio

Todays errands…

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1) Dropped off Oliver Peoples glasses we used on our photo-shoot to our buddy Pat. Check out their new site mosleytribes… 2) Stopped by Sal’s shop to pick up my new board.. finally got my old school Oj’II’s in..

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1) While at SLB I heard the call of the wild (my stomach). Went to lunch with old buddies Dennis, BJ, and Chris of Crooks ‘n Castles. Happy Birthday BJ. 2) After lunch, had a chat with Sal and talked shop.

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1) Here’s Sal doing the honors.. 2) Had a cup with Rickey Loc. Rickey’s always full of great energy. 3) Back at the studio WendyCity dropped by and said whut up… (We’re gear’n up for this Saturdays jump off.)

Details

It’s pretty cool sitting next to Prada and Gucci.. However who does Prada and Gucci represent? An old guy who wears a big silver belt buckle?

Not me. Black it up cassette style..

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Big up Eugene and the crew at Details.

Refinery 29

The guys at Refinery29.com are Defineding and Refinding Indie style. We got turned onto these guys a while back. The site is refreshingly focused, with lots of cool content thats not mainstream. A really great New Yorker’s look into whats cool out there. We recently got a chance to tallk about what influenced me as a kid growing up. (click on the picture to read the full piece)

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Vogue

Spotted by Joanne. She sent this to us while we were in Vegas.. What would we do if we didn’t have Jojo looking out for us. ‘This way to hardcore’, says Vogue Nippon.. Thanks Vogue Japan!

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Pictured: Cassette Highwaist.

Vegoose

We went up to Las Vegas this weekend for Vegoose. A special friend of ours was able to get us a couple of guest passes.. Vegoose is a Halloween themed Coachella in Vegas.

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DaftPunk

DaftPunk’s light show was unreal.

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Iggy and The Stooges

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M.I.A.

MIA killed it.(cassette hearts MIA) She rock the house! (Literally)

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On stage with MIA. (Pandemonium.)

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P.E. -Public Enemy #1

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Blonde Redhead

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Blonde Redhead : Wiltern

Blonde Redhead had an outstanding performance to a full house at the Wiltern Theater last Thursday. They were nothing short of fantastic. They mixed it up by playing some old favorites aswell as songs from their new album 23. Simone’s drum-bass was clean, clear and body moving. Kazu’s voice was out of this world. Amedeo was rock’n out doing some analog sound trick manipulations. After their performance the crowd would not leave. The crowd just stood there cheering and clapping for what seamed to be a five minute ovation. This happen twice. Blonde Redhead played a double encore performance!

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Autolux opened up the evening.

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