Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The Skateroom has teamed up with the Estate of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Known to invite contemporary artists to interpret skate culture by creating art on skateboards, The Skateroom sells and promotes the collaborative skateboards to support non-profit projects that empower children through skateboarding and art. In this latest initiative, three sets of three skateboard decks are being presented, each carrying the art of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat. You can buy all three sets now for 400 Euros from colette, or buy individual decks for 160 Euros. You can also buy the decks from both MoMA stores in New York City.
Nike Lunar Dunk High SP “Mono” Pack / adidas Superstar 80s Deluxe OG / adidas Originals ZX Flux NPS “Neoprene Graphic” Collection
Nike give their Dunk high top a makeover for the winter season, with a Lunarlon-infused sole unit and sleek monochromatic colorways. All-white and black colorways are both offered, bringing the sneaker’s throwback 90s style right up to date thanks t highly cushioned, lightweight soles and on-trend colorways. Keep an eye out for the sneakers when they land at select Nike accounts in the coming weeks.
Afew-Store for approximately $146 USD.
adidas Originals ZX Flux “Neoprene” pack, the German sportswear brand follows up with the adidas Originals ZX Flux NPS “Neoprene Graphic” collection. The “Neoprene Graphic” collection presents two iterations of the ZX Flux NPS model, applying a bold Hawaiian floral print motif across each shoe’s seamless textile upper to accentuate the fluid and comfortable neoprene sock-liner fit. The two sneakers of the pack are scheduled for a release on January 30.
Skillz returns with the recap of this past year with the 2014 Rap Up produced by BINK! Skillz talks about Donald Sterling & Macklemore’s same-sex marriage ceremony at the GRAMMYs, LeBron’s return to Cleveland & Kanye and Kim Kardashian wedding.
Ice Cube premiered the trailer for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray starring Paul Giamatti (Jerry Heller) and Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr, this film is set to hit theaters on August 14, 2015.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
adidas looks ahead to the 2015 All-Star Game, beginning the games – as it were – with a special new pack. The “Broadway Express” pack encapsulates the spirit of the N, R, and Q subway lines in New York: those which service the main artery avenue of Manhattan. The Crazy 8, Crazy 2, and D Rose 5 Boost have all been outfitted with a special silver and yellow colorway, making a nod to the silver bullets that roam New York City day-in and -out. Pick up these special releases from adidas Basketball retailers and online beginning January 8.
Samsung continues its campaign to dominate electronics industry in just about every category, it makes sense that even home audio would be part of the plan. The South Korean tech behemoth jumps into the audio market with the release of two new speaker models – the WAM6500 and WAM7500 – each of which are touted to provide 360º sound throughout the home. Intended to compete with the likes of say, the ARCHT One, Samsung’s devices are both structured around a specially-developed ‘ring radiator’ that disperses sound in all directions, thereby imitating the effects of a surround sound setup. Whether this effect is comparable with the physicality of traditional systems remains to be seen, but willingly experimental parties can pick either of these up beginning in early 2015.
SUPRA designers Josh and Brandon Brubaker. Mixing skate-friendly soles and visvim-style fringed curtains, their inaugural “One-O-One” sneaker comes in pebbled leather and suede options and aims to bring premium fabrications down to a more accessible price point. If there’s one we know about the sneaker industry, it’s an incredibly tough one to crack for independent labels, so we’re wishing Clear Weather the best of luck in their future endeavor. Clear Weather’s debut collection is available now via UBIQ.
If you, like many revelers, are hoping to usher in 2015 in one of the most festive, carnivalesque cities in the US, be prepared to shell out some cash as NoLa has emerged the most expensive US destination for celebrating the New Years.
After collecting the minimum room rates for hotels on December 31 across 30 major destinations across the US, TravelMag.com deduced that New Orleans is the priciest city for lodging, clocking in at $359 for the most affordable double room.
That’s 300 percent higher than off-peak rates.
Only hotels with at least three stars were considered for the ranking.
Not far behind is Atlantic City, which recorded the biggest price jump — a whopping +586 percent — over the holidays, at $350 for New Year’s Eve.
At the other end, Los Angeles emerged one of the most affordable destinations, with the minimum hotel rate of $209.
Here are the most expensive destinations for overnight stays booked on December 31, according to TravelMag.com. The second number reflects the percentage difference for the least expensive rate for the following week.
1. New Orleans $359 (+ 302%)
2. Atlantic City $350 (+ 586%)
3. New York City $345 (+287%)
4. Miami Beach $313 (+ 144%)
5. Honolulu $284 (+ 162%)
6. Nashville $284 (+ 167%)
7. Denver $269 (+ 108%)
8. Las Vegas $249 (+ 117%)
9. Savannah $223 (+ 153%)
10. Los Angeles $209 (+ 36%)
Back in the fall, Los Angeles art gallery HVW8 hosted an installation that saw artists Jean André and Kevin Lyons collaborate with adidas Originals an a collection of exclusive sneakers, in addition to displaying paintings and such on the walls. Today, we received word from Sneaker Politics that Jean André has teamed up with the Trefoil brand’s skateboarding division to deliver a pair of adi-Ease low-tops to the masses. Aligning with the artist’s signature aesthetic, this model features a tonal black base with white leaves of various shapes and sizes being applied in an all-over print. Purchase your pair of these limited edition kicks at Sneaker Politics for $80 USD.
On the heels of the recent Errolson Hugh-fronted NikeLab ACG revival, we’ve discovered the famed Nike ACG Air Mowabb may make its coveted return in 2015. Complex broke the news stating it received word from an unnamed retailer that the all-purpose trainer will likely hit the shelves during the second half of the year. Soon after we found out that Swedish footwear purveyor Shelta had already sold out of its pre-orders. The only other speculations that we have are that this pair will likely be a Quickstrike release, limited to very select boutiques around the word. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any updates that come in.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Today, December 29th 2014, would have been Pimp C’s 41st birthday. We digged in our vaults for exclusive footage of his friends remembering his life & times. We put together this episode featuring Bun B, Too $hort, Slim Thug, Paul Wall & DJ Whoo Kid, who shared with us their most cherished moments spent with the late great Chad Butler .. #UGK4LIFE ( we luh you Pimp )
For the latest colorway of the classic Nike Air Force 1 High, Nike puts forth the ’07 Black/Crimson. In this iteration of the silhouette, we start with an all black upper followed by a stark white midsole, and end back in black for the outsole. To save from being completely monochromatic, the shoe incorporates a bright crimson lining that follows through to the stitching on the tongue to create a clean and distinct juxtapose in its aesthetic. The Nike Air Force 1 High ’07 Black/Crimson in now available from stockists such as Renarts.
Air Jordan 4LAB1 Black/Reflective Silver release, Jordan Brand comes out with another iteration that steps it up a notch. The Air Jordan 4LAB1 “Glow” takes similar cues from its preceding reflective cousin, in which you’ll also find the classic AJIV netting throughout the upper. The point that sets it apart however is that this netting — along with the outsole — glows in the dark. When not in glow mode, the sneaker sports an all-over silver AJ1 upper that sits on a white midsole and icy outsole. Black notes can be found on the lining and laces, and to cap it off, you’ll find the “Air Jordan” insignia where it should be that also glows in the dark. Keep watch for the Air Jordan 4LAB1 “Glow’s” December 31 release, priced at $185 USD.