Adidas holds a special place in my heart because I believe that they foster creativity and individuality while crafting their cool products. It was an honor to cut and grade this piece and meet the skateboarding legend Mark Gonzales through couple of 8TB G-Drives.
" There is nothing new under the sun. Pioneering has to do mostly with seeing something that is already out there and then adapting it and making it yours. That is what true pioneering is about. " - Mark Gonzales
As a part of their ongoing relaunch of their Superstar 80s sneaker, adidas Originals have teamed up with professional skateboarder, artist and living legend Mark Gonzales aka The Gonz. The clean white upper of the sneaker acts as a blank canvas for Gonzales, who invites the wearer to leave their own mark on the sneaker, and in doing so completely redefine the uniqueness of the style, or alternatively leave his simple redesign as they are. The Gonz adds his creative touch to the Superstar with some debossed hand lettering on the tongue and a signature character on the heel tab, while the name “GONZALES” sits defiantly on the lateral. Watch the video at Adidas Skateboard website or click below.
Last month was just too much. I mean in a good way. Or is it? I'm not quite sure how to feel. Whatever my feelings and emotions were/are, one thing is certain; that it was all fucking worth it! In fact, I ask 'Is it useful?', 'Was it useful?' 'Did I invest my time properly?' The answer is yes. I think my ego is finally strong enough to ground myself. I shall explain in details on my next post on how I came to that discovery by crying in the middle of a gay after-hours rave and making out with a transvestite [i think], while listening to Felix Da Housecat's rave remix of Sinner Man. Love.
So, I love The Posterz and they love me (???). Professionally, we cooked 3 major projects [here, here and here] or simply do a search. Privately, our relationship is based on a true romance with respect and honesty towards our craft. Visions and goals are included. Fictitious applauds are not included. I can safely say that, those are couple of reasons behind their growth.
RUMBLE // is their upcoming music video filmed in the banlieus and the catacombs in the city of love during their Obey The Lawless Euro Tour. Shot by Afolabi Mamba in the banlieu of Clichy-sous-Bois. For those who don't know, the super low income immigration housing projects served as the backdrop for Justice's music video Stress shot by Mr. Romain Gavras and the French classi-que film, La Haine directed by Mr. Mathieu Kassovitz.
We gave our best for this visual piece given the impractical amount of technical difficulties, limited resources and deadlines. All the hard work paid off with interest when we watched the final cut projected exclusively to an enormous group of fans. Seeing and feeling their reaction was an x-file on it's own! The bonus payoff was that, the music video was simultaneously projected in 5 cities around the planet. Watch out for the official release on Tuesday, March 31st 2015.
INSPIRATION // The Posterz assigned me the task to cut and grade the footage annnddd given the way it was shot, naturally I leaned towards an art not imitating life approach. Dirty and disturbed yet inviting and horny. I watched La Haine [probably for the 20th time in 3 decades], Man Bites Dog, Sid And Nancy and Gavras's complete filmography to analyze and take notes.
Credits: Track // RUMBLE // Filmed by Afolabi Mamba Patrice Idowu // Cut & Grade by Vinoth Varatharajan // Screened on Friday, 13th March 2015 at: MASSIVart 6th Anniversary Party, Montreal CANADA || Salon Officiel, Montreal CANADA || Viva Lounge Montreal, CANADA || Crawford, Toronto CANADA || Knickerbockers, California USA || Big Bang Gang, Paris FRANCE || Le Baron De Paris, Tokyo JAPAN || Presented by MASSIVart
My buddy Nissan invited me to attend a fashion show at the Phi Center. Honestly speaking, I'm a guy with absolutely no sense of fashion. However, I love the whole runway experience. I must confess that I felt a bit intimidated and unearthly by the crowd. I guess I was more curious on validating the authenticity of the people than simply enjoying the show. Note to myself; need to practice ignorance. However, one person I have not ignored was Mr.Yannick Fornacciari. I've seen his work but never met him in person. Easily a humble human being.
Credits: Partners // ALDO, DULCEDO // Art Director // Marc-Tavio Folly / Commity / Laurence Perusse, Samantha Daoust, Farah Benosman // Graphics // Mireille Dupont // Presenters // PEDRAM KARIMI / DES ROSIERS / LES INCOMPETENTS / GABRIEL DROLET-MAGUIRE
So... I spent the majority of the week escorting my mom to clinics and hospitals. I've also managed to murder a fish, attend the Moonshine affair curated by my buddies at Kruger Originals, got an invitation to sit at a fashion show exposed by ALDO , caught up with Ottawa's own Zoo Legacy's performance and trained my friend to use her iPhone with available light. Also, I spent the annual "society-endorsed reminder of your failure to find someone to love day" with my very own special lady.
PROLOGUE: Lately, I've been observing and came to a realization; the current version of humanity have a hard time accepting negativity. Too many polluted quotes on social media and too little leading by action. I personally believe that any traumatic situation must be experienced to it's fullest, and if you ignore it [or choose to], then all your interdependence will be dyed with sorrow and hopelessness. You will then carry those stains for the rest of your days.
It's normal to respond to the natural emotions of loosing your earth. It's normal to cry when you loose a loved one. It's normal to experience a heartbreak warfare. It's very normal to feel angry and ask the appropriate questions.
This trending new-age obstinate pursuit of happiness is clearly leading mankind towards a cliff of dissatisfaction and misery. More specifically to the younger generation. It's almost as if the feeling of being miserable is allowed, but not welcomed. I say embrace your fucking pain! Welcome it with open arms. Talk with it. Explore it. After a comprehensive examination of the facts causing your pain, you will become a new version of yourself like a snake shedding it's skin. And that shit feels good I tell ya!
People choose to put on a inspiring meme-quote on Instagram instead of practicing exactly what they are posting. Ex-liaisons keeping tabs on each other on Facebook even after they moved on with their new bae. Allegedly, of course! Why not just talk and express how miserable you feel and free yourself from your emotional holding? After all, if you can express your happiness to the fullest, then why not the opposite?
We are becoming so banal with current affairs and dealings with our own lives that we think we are capable of solving everything with our head. Which is not the whole truth. I'm not writing this post to give out a solution to your situation. Each individual's situation is different.
But rest assure that your [situation] is real. The cause that triggered your [situation] is a fact. The emotional reaction that you are feeling is live, which makes you alive. It makes you who you are and that is called being a human. Keyword: BEING.
INTROSPECTION: Here is another insert piece shot for my documentary in progress. In fact, this piece also serves as a visual treatment for a premium leather outerwear company. Once again, I have no statement behind it. I just did it. I did what I honestly felt to do. Shadow box. Inspiration? I'm still in the creative rehab stage from watching The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I'm in it for the past 3 years.
SOUND: I've mentioned this on my previous post. My go to source for music is a dive deep down my state of honesty. For this piece, I was looking something with a rhythm as opposed to my previous piece. I always explore two locales; my childhood memories and my roots. Ilaiyaraaja's music is and always will be my go to source. I think it's also fair to state that any 80's born baby in the Southern part of India will have some blood cells infused with his music. He is the Walter White of music and I'm one of his many bitches. That being said, I picked the opening title track from the film Virumaandi and gave it to my sound buddy to clean and mix it for a thirty second slot. He also added some reversed bass notes for the quotation cards.