Many people who know me, know I’m a watch enthusiast. I love watches of all different shapes, sizes, colors, makes, styles, and designs. So when I came across a collection of watches from the designer Lee Won-jun, I had to throw them up.
Archive for August, 2010
Luxury Phone Maker Gresso introduces its new Luxor Series, which features the Luxor Las Vegas and the Luxor Las Vegas Jackpot. The Jackpot version flaunts a million dollar price tag along with 180g of solid pure gold, 45.5 k black diamonds and rare African Blackwood. The Keyboard is also another innovation from the company, every key is made from crystal sapphire polished using diamond tools manually. To add to the rarity of the device apparently Gresso gives a promise that they will manufacture no more than three Luxor Las Vegas Jackpod devices. The slightly affordable Luxor Las Vegas Luxor Las Vegas phone case is made of solid gold, same 200-year-old African Blackwood and embellished with a bezel. The Luxor Las Vegas Collection is expected on sale in August, 2010 and priced at $20,000 per unit.
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life form began to appear and half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain “the creatures”
Now, I know music is my area of expertise, and I’m no movie critic, but I feel like I have to throw out an oppinion on this one just to see how many people agree with me, and how many don’t. (and if you have an oppinion on the trailer, please hit me up and let me know). To me personally, from what I saw in the trailer seems to be a mashup of “District 9″, then it kinda flips to “Avatar” for a second, only to bring you to a taste of “Cloverfield”, and then to “War of the Worlds” at the very end. I have no doubt that the movie may end up being something original and unlike other films in its genre, but the trailer makes me think that’s a long shot. I’ll still probably end up going to see it either which way.
Situated on the edge of a cliff seventy feet, this house offers a complex series of spaces to be fluid, enrolled in a perimeter formed by a series of curves and counter that extend in response to the landscape and the sun.
Areas up day one cantilevered over the ocean allowing excellent views of the coast. The lower floor is a base built with rough stone walls as an extension of the cliff. These walls continue along the edge of the cliff into a series of terrace gardens and swimming pool. Beyond the details, Holman House is a masterpiece of unsettling and inspiring architecture.
Everyone knows I’m a big fan of the online show “Street Files”, but this particular episode just had me in tears in certain parts. Young Dolo and the crew at Street Files did an amazing job bringing to light a question that I’m sure everyone has asked themselves… What IS she talkin’ about?
P.S. Guess who shows up in a couple spots during the show.
1. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (Dubai)
2. Hotel at Lebua State Tower (Bangkok)
3. Hotel de Rome (Berlin)
4. Bairro Alto Hotel (Lisbon)
5. The Ritz-Carlton (Moscow)
6. NH Parque Central (Havana)
7. Hotel Gansevoort (New York)
8. Grand Hotel Central (Barcelona)
9. Hotel U Prince (Prague)
10. Terrass Hotel (Paris)
11. Hotel St. George Roma (Rome)
12. The Trafalgar Hotel (London)
13. Fresh Hotel (Athens)
14. Palms Casino Resort (Las Vegas)
15. The Marmara Pera (Istanbul)
The W Hong Kong’s infinity-edged hot tub and the overhanging pool of The Joule in Dallas among HotelChatter’s “Death Defying Rooftop Pool” lists. The world’s best rooftop pools have also been a matter of some contention recently, with Concierge.com and HotelChatter both publishing lists recently. Concierge.com included the London West Hollywood in California and the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore among others in its “World’s Sexiest Rooftop Pools” selection.
So its almost that time. ‘Cocktails & Condoms’ is right around the corner. Photoshoots, interviews, behind the scenes videos, preview parties, and 2 months of work in multiple cities all over the country will all culminate to ‘Cocktails & Condoms’ Release Party at Sutra Night Club in San Francisco on Friday, August 13th. The event will be 21+, and is FREE before 11 p.m. and $20 for any guests afterwards, so make sure you show up early.
Designed by Andres Remy Architects, this modern above-ground outdoor pool in Devoto, Argentina is quite appetising for a summer pool party. The pool does a phenomenal job combining the best of both the natural and urban landscape. When planning the placement of the swimming pool, the architects studied the path of the sun carefully. The pool is elevated from the ground creating a glass wall that allows views from within and outside. Even people inside the house can see the action in the pool while lounging on the sofa.
Jungle Beatz seems to be on a roll now a days, putting out songs like Jae Millz’s “Green Goblin”, Gudda Gudda’s “I Don’t Like The Look Of It”, and now another hit for rapper Meek Millz. On top of Millz, the beat is blessed with the lyrics of T.I., Rick Ross, and Vado as well, click the pic to download.
It’s so very true, especially in my industry, that there is a blown up line between the “have’s” and “have not’s”. Everyone knows when you go clubbing, you’re either in the regular line, or the line for the guest list. Then someone struts in front of you from off the street who doesn’t have to wait in line, then that person may later get jealous because the person in VIP who paid for all the bottles is sitting with like 6 girls because he’s spending tons of money. All the while the entire group of club goers seems inferior to the select elite few who are being paid tons more just to show up for a few minutes and take pictures. It’s a simple concept that translates into all aspects of life… certain people have things, others “have not”.
The book “Where Children Sleep” reinforces one of the things I try to always keep in mind, which is that no matter what side of the fence you may think your on, its important to be aware of other people situation, and understand things from their side. The book features a portrait and a short story of different young people from all around the world, and their living situations and explores the concept that there is always someone more or less fortunate than you are. A friend of mine once said “Happiness isn’t about getting what you want, its about enjoying what you have. So the next time you go to sleep in your own bed, just appreciate that you have one.
The book “Where Children Sleep” by James Mollison will be published by Chris Boot in November, and available on Amazon.com and other retailers.
Jesikah Maximus is a model of Mexican heritage from Orange County, California. Maximus has appeared in several magazines including Maxim, Black Men, Show and Lowrider Girls. Maximus has been quoted as saying that she hopes to someday be featured on a billboard in Times Square in New York, and even say’s she wouldn’t mind being on a sitcom one day.
Recently, some peoples worlds have been turned upside down once again with a multitouch-enabled DJ rig built by Gregory Kaufman. The set up employs a gesture-based interface that lets you spin the virtual turntables and use a variety of taps and finger swipes to replicate the main functions of a regular DJ deck. What’s more, Kaufman says that the only gear a DJ would have to carry is a USB drive with their own music and settings, which they’d simply plug into the multitouch table at a club — assuming the idea catches on universally, that is. To top things off, the system would also be able to accommodate regular DJ gear for some added flexibility, and even provide enough room for two DJs if you’re looking to battle or share the stage. I instantly see some functionality issues, and I can already hear the massive classic vinyl crowd crying about how it makes you less of a “true DJ” when you use it. But personally I think the concept is worth taking some time to consider, and I would totally be interested if someone put one of these in front of me to try out.
The theme at this year’s World’s Fair is “Better City, Better Life”, and the U.K. Pavilion is far from that, but still drawing lots of attention. While most pavilions present their country’s cultural history and progressive urban ideas in an effort to convey a clear sense of national values and identity, the United Kingdom Pavilion seems to just say, “You know who we are, and you know that we’re fly” Expo visitors are luckily the ones who get to benefit from the UK’s nice new attitude.
More sculpture than building, the UK Pavilion, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, comprises 60,000 transparent acrylic rods, each 7.5 meters long, piercing a wooden frame. By day, the rods bring light to the interior, but at night they glow from LEDs. The ends of the rods contain seeds from the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species at the Kunming Institute of Botany, which gives the pavilion its nickname, the “Seed Cathedral.” When a breeze comes off the Huangpu River, it animates the pavilion, setting the translucent tentacles in slow motion. Inside, waving walls of rods surround a central island of yet more rods emerging from the floor. A few exhibits hanging onto slanted roofs over the exterior walkways seem designed to stay out of the way of the building’s idealized main form.
Its rare that I re-post something so quickly, but so many people have asked me about the Graffiti Analysis video I found, and asked if there was any more content on it. The original video was put up on vimeo by Evan Roth, and he has two more “Graffiti Analysis” demonstrations that really wowed me, so check the method below.
This past Saturday (August 8), Wiz Khalifa headlined at this year’s Boston Urban Music Festival. The annual free show, a collaboration between the mayor’s office and HUB media, also featured local hip-hop act M-Dot, as well as Harvard graduate singer/rapper Ryan Leslie. However, with chants of “We Want Wiz!” growing throughout the afternoon, it became increasingly apparent that this was an audience of Taylor Gang supporters, ready to see their rising star take the stage. When Khalifa finally did come out, performing his verse off Rick Ross’s “Super High Remix,” the stage was rushed with diehard fans almost immediately, sending the Pittsburgh, PA MC running off stage and temporarily stopping the show.
“Because [of] the energy and the feeling from the crowd, it hit us like a ton of bricks,” Shadyville radio personality, DJ Peter Parker, who was on stage with Wiz, told XXLMag.com ”You can even see Wiz starts to panic. Nobody knew what to do.”
“I just wanted them to relax, because [Boston Mayor Thomas] Menino was telling me, ‘We’re gonna shut this down, we’re gonna shut this down,’” he continued.
Luckily for all involved, the show went on. The 2010 XXL Freshman returned shortly after, joking with the crowd about the incident and downplaying the situation. “Don’t worry about that stuff earlier guys, I know how shit just gets crazy sometimes.” He then launched into several hits off his Kush & Orange Juice mixtape including, “Waken Baken,” “Mezmorized,” “Never Been” and “In the Cut.” Khalifa then performed another fan favorite, “Ink My Whole Body,” after removing his tank top—much to the delight of the many female fans in attendance. After an eventful start and impressive set, Wiz winded down the concert with his single “This Plane,” off his 2009 album Deal or No Deal.
Weeks removed from his freshly signed deal with Atlantic Records, Wiz has fans eagerly awaiting what will be the next step for the 22-year-old star as his stock continues to rise. Boston fans looking for a more intimate Wiz performance can buy tickets for his November 21 show at the Paradise Rock Club starting next week.—Neil Martinez-Belkin (Courtesy of XXL Magazine)
Graffiti Analysis is an extensive ongoing study in the motion of graffiti. Custom software designed for graffiti writers creates visualizations of the often unseen gestures involved in the creation of a tag. Motion data is recorded, analyzed and archived as Graffiti Markup Language (.gml) files, a specifically formatted XML file designed to be a common open structure for archiving gestural graffiti motion data. So for all the non-nerds reading this post, what the computer talk boils down to, is an amazing visual experience that amplifies the talent of the already incredible graffiti artists who get to use this technology. Check the method below.
Absolut 100 is unveiling luxurious and exclusive limited edition gift bottles released just in time for Father’s Day in Brazil (Aug. 8, 2010). The vodka brand, has teamed up with three renowned artists to develop a new limited edition line of black bottles to be sold exclusively in São Paulo. Famed jewelry designer Pedro Brando has created two designs – one with a silver skull pendant on the neck of the bottle and another one with a silver ring ($650).
Stone Bonker’s designer John Henry Cooper created two designs as well, but his versions feature another kind of accessories. He used a key element of a classical man’s outfit, a tie (made of Italian silk), and bound it around the black bottle’s neck in two different ways ($350). Finally, we have the bottle design from Optica Ventura. The two bottles comes with big sunglasses and a black case featuring white inscription “Absolute 100” ($490).
It’s a little known fact that I have a slight infatuation with retro propaganda, its honestly just really interesting to me, and it doesn’t get any better than when people take modern concepts and portray them in an accurate old school style. (Much like the “Time Travelers” post I threw up about a month ago) So when I came across a series of posters designed by the Moma Propaganda firm, I thought it was the coolest thing ever. The ad campaign entitled “Everything Ages Fast” was created for the Maximidia Seminars, check the method.
To all the guys out there, have you ever been out at the club, and seen one of those girls with almost TOO much ass? (Like to the point where it just borderline doesn’t make proportional sense.) That’s almost how I feel about the Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero d’Oro. The name is crazy long, the car is ridiculously fly, and it’s just almost too much steeze for a single motor vehicle intended to take you from point A to point B. And even though it just may be TOO much car, much like that girl in the club, if you had to chance to get inside of it… you would.
German tuner Mansory announced the one-of-a-kind Bugatti Veyron Linea Vincero d’Oro as a follow up to their Linea Vincero from last year. The d’Oro features a shortened hood, modified fenders, a revised front apron, LED daytime running lights, aerodynamic side skirts, and a new diffuser.
Now what makes this model so unique is the gold detailing sprinkled throughout the car. It’s a result of copper threads in the carbon fiber. Other golden accents include the ‘turbine’ design alloy wheels, the curved grill featuring the stylised ‘Vincero-V’, the door handles, the rear view mirror caps and the fuel tank cap.
Inside, the Vincero d’Oro edition of the Veyron comes with LED mood lighting system placed in the car’s seats, the door trims and the dashboard. The airbag steering wheel with inbuilt shift paddles and gilded elements is one of the highlights of the interior, while gold alloys can also be found on the decorative strips of the door trims and on the centre console. No word on pricing, but production is limited to one unit.
So many people have approached me recently to talk about the changed release date of ‘Cocktails & Condoms’. The project was to be completed on July 26th, and released on August 1st, but has now been pushed to August 14th. The primary reason for the push is my ever lasting obsession with perfection. This mix CD is the biggest solo production I’ve ever pushed. I even went so far as to taking the time to travel to multiple cities around the country in order to become better familiarized with the style of music in those areas so I don’t miss out on the best new music being played around the country. During the final steps of creation, I had to undergo a minor surgery to have my wisdom teeth removed. Anyone who’s had the procedure knows how little you can do the first few days afterwards, and how insane it would be to do something like… travel up and down the east coast doing shows, drinking, clubbing, and working on a major release, all while partially twacked out on pain medication and suffering from sleep deprivation. But that was the path I chose to take after the surgery, and anyone keeping up with me on twitter heard how much not taking the time to rest up took its toll on me mentally as well as physically. So I’m back in the bay area now, and totally devoted to completing and re-editing the CD to make sure it is 110% of everything I set out for it to be. I’ve even been fortunate enough to be blessed with some new artwork for ‘Cocktails & Condoms’ by one of my favorite illustrators, Rodney Young (above), and will also have some time to feature some new music from Rob Scott, and MSTRKRFT on the CD as well. But from here on out, there will no more mistakes, and no more excuses, and if your fortunate enough to be in the bay area on Friday the 13th, the release party will be held at Club Sutra in San Francisco. For everyone else, the morning of Saturday August 14th will hopefully yield one of the most unique musical experiences I’ve ever been able to provide to the public, so look out for it.