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Notorious

This week we remember one of the greatest emcee of all time. We all know that his career was short lived and if he was still here today, hip-hop would probably be in a different position. You know you are a true legend when 15 years after you pass, your music still echoes in clubs and on the radio, with a fair amount of video plays on tv.

Now one of my favorite dj’s, J.period, has released a 2 volume set mixtape, and although I may not know J personally, I will give him some promo on my blog, cus this guy is a monster with the mixtapes.

And the one thing that I love about this dude is that he keeps hiphop real. Most of the tapes he comes out with, he puts them up for free download, and the quality of the tapes are sell worthy, but thats why I say he is real, cus hip-hop was meant to be told, not to be sold, right?

Enjoy the free download

Finding NYC….

So its been nearly a week since i last posted and something and there is a very good reason for that. I went down to New York City for a Mens Fashion Trade show, and to find some sort of inspiration for the upcoming fall lines that I will be working on in the upcoming months.

Now I’m not sure if it was because it was the beginning of the  week when we decided to go, but NYC was sort of quiet. It felt like a friday night in Montreal LOL!

Met lots of people that had nothing to do but complain about the economy. I think its in a way healthy for people to experience a hit like that and as a result,  it woke up some people, because I also met people that are back on the grind, hustling. Meaning, they are going back out there and doing some hard core leg work again. You kind of have to, doesn’t matter what size your business is.

Any how, here’s my weeks report on whats hot in nyc, which is good forecast for all you designers out there. Save yourself a trip to NYC and just read this nutshell of what’s going down. (forgive me if there are any typos, Im an artist not an english teacher.)

DESIGNS FOR MENS FASHION:

As stated earlier this year, the direction of mens graphics is definitely going simple. No more of the Ed Hardy look, which I think only Ed Hardy will be the only one to get away with that look still. No more big prints, for example Affliction tees. Simple.

A good template, or example of what every one is into now, is none other than Ralph Lauren. Everyone is knocking him off, like its going out of style. (pun) But the thing is it won’t. I see this look probably stretching for the next 2-3 years.

Another good line to look at is G-star. If your line is more of the casual city type, this is a good line to look at for inspiration.

I saw a lot of text and font based designs which apparently work well. In other words, dumb it down, you dont have to spend hours on a design or graphic. Just some simple word play with maybe a line stroke here and there would do the job.

Now my buddy and I have found something that we know for sure that will be hot for the upcoming season’s but I  dont think i should put that out there, only because the competition maybe reading this. But dont be too upset, as soon as production is finished, I will definitely let you in on the goods.

 

Before I end this, I just want to say that its damn expensive to be an artist. And all of you other artist out there know what I’m talking about when I say that because we have to go to anther city, just to find inspiration. We are never satisfied with what we are provided in our own city. But I think thats the beauty of it. We are forced to be explorers.

Lastly, we gotta stop complaining of what’s wrong with business, or anything that you’ve invested in. Start focusing on what a blessing it is to actually have your own business or grind if you will. And you will see that things will start to change. Trust me.

 

 

Mr.West

For the past 10 years that I’ve been in the fashion industry, I’ve probably come across over millions of shirts, and I just so happend to come across this shirt right here

Now maybe I might be biased to this, because for one, Kanye is in my top 5 emcees of all time. Anyhow I’m assuming that this shirt came out after the mtv incident.

Well here’s my take on it.

Is it just me or did Taylor Swift not blow up after this? She’s in movies and she gets mad play everywhere (thats what he said, lol)

Yes Kanye can be super extra at times but that’s just his personality. This guy is a true artist. His vision for his videos are remarkable, and not to mention his music. Dude has Elton John, Alicia Keys, Fergi, Kid Cudi, and Rihanna all in one track! Who else can pull that off?

I’ve heard peoples takes on the situation (which I know was like 2 years ago) and it really is a mix bag of opinions.

But I stand by my dude and say Kanye West is not a “douche”

 

So this past weekend I went to see the Green Hornet. Now you would think that a movie with Seth Rogan would just be a comedy that you might be able to just wait till it comes on DVD. But I beg to differ. I for a fact enjoy Seth Rogan movies. The guy is straight up funny. But what caught my eye with this movie is the artwork that was included. In one of the scenes they go through the Nato’s sketch book, and it had drawings of car designs that reminded me of Chip Foose, famous hot rod shop owner and automotive designer that you may recall from the show “Overhaulin”on TLC. Now these sketches may not be drawn by him but it sure did inspire me to write this post on him. Foose’s sketches are amazing as you can see in the pics. To me its his stlye and sketch lines that bring the drawing to life.

My cousin had bought a  replica of the one of his sketches….and by sketch i really mean a rough draft of some sort not fully colored, for 150$. I myself would grab it off google images and just print it, but…you gotta respect the artist right? lol

Go check him out at http://www.chipfoose.com

and definitely go check out Green Hornet.

Mad Inspiration

For years I’ve been following him and keeping up with his work. I think it was the famous “dj” painting that caught my interest in Justin Bua.

Born in NYC, in the late 60s, Bua is know for his unique style and how he is able to distort images, and his fascination in the urban Hip-hop Culture.

I actually had the pleasure of contacting him via email, and the fact that he responded gave me an even better impression of him. I mean how often are you able to communicate with “your favorite artist”. Anyhow I had told him that his book that he released a few years ago was over priced and he had said that its only 30$. But all of you know that the price in a book from the States is different than the Canadian price. They even show you the prices and here it was costing me 49.50$ lol. (its in the past….)But for what its worth…..I ended up buying the book .

I have to admit that my style may have some Bua attributes in terms of bending the rules of art.

So check out his stuff at: http://www.justinbua.com

“Mr.Bua, I bought the book, and I hope you enjoy this free publicity.” LOL!!!

 


 

Rakim Airbrush


This just finished. Actually its an old painting that i had to revamp. it stood 4 feet high at one point but then redid it and now its half. Is that allowed??

Imagine Da Vinci taking down the Mona Lisa and cropping it or adding something else to it…would it still be the same?

So maybe I went against the laws of art but I find that it looks much better. But isn’t art all about personal expression?

airbrush: 2 hours (intially)

revamp:1 hour

 

Let me know what you think of this?

 

 

This is just a small announcement. We will be having a a boxing week special, where you can get anything in the store for 2 for 40$ (includes: shirts with prints, long sleeve with prints, and selected airbrush prints. All other stuff can be negotiated at the store. So come on by!

This sale will end on the 2nd of January.

BEAR MADNESS…

 

And it has begun. I received these items from Build-a-Bear yesterday and it seems that people are now catching on to the custom tees for their bears.

The way it works is that I do my pick ups on Tuesday and return them on Friday for customers to pick up their items at the Build-a-Bear location.

We might have to change that since I know for a fact that the holiday rush is gonna be bananas!

I mean who wouldn’t want a personalized shirt or jersey. What scares me is not the amount of shirts that will be coming in, but the time that they will be coming in. I wouldn’t be surprised if Christmas Eve was the busiest day of the season.

So consider this a warning, if you come at 4:55pm on Christmas Eve, expect the Grinch to be serving you. lol!!!

 

 

Alright so its going down next week at Tapis Rouge located in downtown Montreal. Our goal for this event is to collect as much canned food for the less fortunate. We will be partnering up with Endigee Clothing and doing custom shirts on the spot. For only 10$, you will be able to get anything you want on a shirt. All profits from this will be donated to the SUN YOUTH FOUNDATION.

I’m a true believer in not only giving back to the community but also helping one another. There maybe times where you will struggle in life but there is always someone else who has it worst. And its a strong action when you help out someone even if you are dealing with your own problems. It not only bring great Karma but in a way cleanses the soul. And I wish that it wasn’t always around this time that people decide to “give”, it should be done all year ’round.

So swing on by Tapis Rouge next week and bring your canned goods or donation and have a good time with us. As mentioned on the flyer, there will be musical acts from the city’s finest, and music by some of Montreal’s top djs.

See you there

Custom superhero…

So I had a client come in today and wanted something original for her boyfriend. And this is what she wanted. Came to the shop with no pic, so I had to face the pressure of doing it in front of her. All good though. There was more to this design but I have to protect the persons ID cus its a present. God forbid he sees it here before Christmas. lol .