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Divide & Kreate – Party Kisser

August 22nd, 2008 by Larry


I know how you’re obsessed with her, so this one’s for you Ross.

Speaking of block parties and people who attend them… here’s a fresh mash-up by Divide & Kreate of Katy Perry (who attended the 21 Mercer Block Party last night) and the UK’s biggest little band, Bloc Party.

Download: Divide & Kreate – Party Kisser (Katy Perry X Bloc Party)

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21 Mercer: Block Party

August 22nd, 2008 by Larry


Larger than life visuals at 21 Mercer Party.

The moment I became aware of branding was at young age when I noticed that I owned and cherished signature Michael Jordan and Andre Agassi sneakers at the same time. You see, this was a rare occurrence for me because my parents only bought me new sneakers when an old pair was beyond repair. I guess I was fanatical about superstar athletes, the aesthetics of the sneakers, and the cultural weight they carried. That was enough to persuade my mom and dad to hook-it-up. It was at this point where I realized that if Nike wanted to do something, they were going to do it bigger and better than anyone else.

Obviously, this mentality exists in Nike culture when it comes to innovation in product design and marketing (ie: Dunk to Hyperdunk / Air Max 1 to Air Max 360) but I had that same childhood realization again last night when I attended a Block Party for the launch of the new Nike Sportswear store at 21 Mercer in New York. Sure it was the first time they’ve launched a lifestyle line such as this. It was also the first time they’ve taken over a city block to party in such a way, but that didn’t mean they had to follow suit. Instead they reinvented the block party.

Hundreds of invited guests including the who’s who of street culture, pro athletes, pop culture icons, and of course…hipsters, saw Mercer Street transformed into a New York stadium complete with corn dogs, mascots, outfield seating, and a marching band.

Check out event photos after the jump.
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Shock Cinema: Live & Online [8.22.08]

August 22nd, 2008 by Larry

Our friends, Shock Cinema, have a new album out on Kanine Records called Hell and High Water. I hear it’s part of a five part series of albums (so it seems they’ve already mapped out their plans for the next few years). Anyway, it is definitely their best effort to date and it is available for download on iTunes.

Also, Shock Cinema is playing a show at Rehab in New York tonight. You can watch it live here at 10:30pm EST. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay in NYC for another night. Otherwise I’d be there in person!

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C. Black & Mr. Ryan

August 21st, 2008 by Larry

Chopped it up with Chris Black (Done to Death) and Ryan Acker (Standard / StreetLocal 404) at the 21 Mercer Block Party.

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21 Mercer: The Space

August 21st, 2008 by Larry


Sandy Bodecker – Nike Vice President of Design

This one’s for all the architecture and design junkies out there… I’m in NYC for the official launch of the Nike Sportswear line, and I just got out of a sneak peek of the flagship store at 21 Mercer Street. Tonight there will be a huge block party starting in about 15 minutes that marks one of the biggest launches ever for Nike’s lifestyle gear. I hear that some big names will be attending.

Since I was one of the first people to spend time in the space, I wanted to share some immediate imagery with all the EC readers out there. There are a lot more topics to touch on, but for now, enjoy this unique store/studio space.

The interior of the store is made up of actual materials taken from basketball gymnasiums from the 5 boroughs in New York. This exemplifies the “mashing up” of sport and culture, according to Sandy Bodecker (Nike Vice President of Design aka The Man Behind Nike SB) who you see here jammin’ on his Blackberry at 21 Mercer.

Check out the other photos after the jump. And scroll to the bottom for a special surprise that I’ll elaborate on later.
I’m going to the party now, but I’ll have more to show really soon.
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Set It Off: Ryan James

August 19th, 2008 by Larry

Name:
Ryan James

Aka:
the only Ryan!, RJ

Website:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/neko43/ for flicks, http://www.flickr.com/photos/neko43/sets/72157604254815294/ for flicks of the custom handlebars i make.

Where are you from?
Sort of a lot of places, but mostly Portland, Oregon. I’ve moved around a lot but it’s what i consider “home”.

Who do you work for?
A metal fabrication shop in the West End, and kinda myself, as far as taking photos and making handlebars.

What are your Current Project(s)?
Handlebars for friends and for hire, whatever handlebar ideas pop in my head, and photos of everything, especially skate photos of the homies. And the neverending project of trying hard on my skateboard.

Who would you love to work with?
It’d be pretty rad to build a bike frame with my friend Danny Kim. Anything with any of the Art Dump dudes. And somehow the Eames’, RIP.

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep?
Oh god…I only skate in suede Nike Dunks, I only ride bikes in Vans, and Half Cabs are the go-to chill shoe…I guess some black suede Half Cabs, and I’d just have to relearn all my flip tricks.

What’s on your iPod right now?
No Age, Les Savy Fav, Stereolab, My Bloody Valentine…60 gigs of pure awesomeness.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
Med Grill, El Myr (when they’re not screwing up my takeout orders!), Green Sprout, Madras (or whatever it’s called these days), and Udipi.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
Aurora in the morning, the Local at night…though these days it’s mostly this table, this chair, this laptop.

What are your Pet Peeves?
Egos, selfishness/self-centeredness, anti-intellectualism, Bush, when technology doesn’t work, slow walkers…and Atlanta drivers, damn!

Shout outs?
My girl Katey, my cat Danger, Larry and George, Nick P, Will Potter, all the skate homies, Rachael @ Sopo Bikes, Kerri and everyone @ the Local, Jenna and everyone @ Aurora

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reMIXT at MINT Gallery [8.23.08]

August 18th, 2008 by Larry

Check out the show cards we made for MINT Gallery‘s upcoming art show, reMIXT. If you’re lucky enough to get one of these let us know and we’ll send you a surprise.

Last August MINT Gallery opened their current space with MIXT, a show celebrating the relationship between music and visual art through the use of mixtapes. They are doing it again, but this year they are gearing the exhibit to showcase the thriving local music scene in Atlanta. Local artists, including members of Atlanta musical acts such as Judi Chicago, Vera Fang, and Sealions, representatives from Lenny’s Bar as well as singer songwriters and experimental musicians, have contributed to the exhibit.

reMIXT will also feature a local music raffle where one dollar tickets could win you your choice of music and swag provided by local bands.

MINT has put together a playlist of its favorite local music to get you in the mood. Check out mintgalleryremixt.muxtape.com and spread the word.

Artists include:
Ben Coleman, Travis Thatcher, Jason Travis, Andre Paraguassu, Sunni Johnson, Mack Williams, Amanda Goodbread, Bean Summer, Robert Peterson, Mat Glaser, Erin Baker, Joe Sikes, Philip Jones, Lindsay Appel, The Sunglasses, Colin Brag, Danielle Harris

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Special Delivery from Estate LA

August 18th, 2008 by Larry

A special package from our friends at Estate LA arrived today. More info coming very soon…
Shouts to Brett, Ryan, Myk, and Henry. Thanks for everything!

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This Bike Could Be Your Life [8.23.08]

August 18th, 2008 by Larry

Introducing Mr. Snorkey. He’s the animated version of Sopo Bikes‘ “sheep-on-wheels” logo. Mr. Snorkey was created by animators, Jason Drakeford and Matt Raufman, for Sopo’s new TV show called, This Bike Could Be Your Life. They are debuting the first episode at Graveyard Tavern in East Atlanta on Saturday August 23rd. There will also be Skids and Tricks Competitions in the bar with $5 PBR pitchers if you ride your bike. Hopefully Sopo Bikes will have their new stickers available at the show. I picked up 2 from Rachael last weekend at Eyedrum, but I really need a few more in my life.

The schedule:
Premiere at 9pm
Bands at 10pm
Late Night Dance Party

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PROCESS x EL BAR Photobooth

August 15th, 2008 by Larry

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Photos by Ross Martin

Ross set up and manned the “photobooth” in the VIP Room at El Bar last night. Check out all the action after the jump.

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