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Tag Archives: HEX

  • Ghost Writer: Jeff Staple - Different Drums, Same Rhythm

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    Many of you know Jeff Staple, or think you do.  But to us, he is more than just the enigmatic force behind his namesake fashion brand, Staple Pigeon.  He is also an aficionado of art, music, and all things creative.  So, when he agreed to contribute to our Ghost Writer series, we knew we were in for a treat.  So enjoy Jeff's take on two current exhibits at The Brooklyn Museum and his exclusive words and pics.

    There are currently two exhibitions happening right now at the Brooklyn Museum  The pairing could not be more perfect and I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in town.

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    “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks” is on display until August 23rd and "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" is on display until May 24th. Their work is decades apart from each other chronologically, but their mission could not be more complimentary. If you read every single caption and subtext of the exhibition, you may notice a small coincidence (or maybe not) that both artists agree on one thing: They wanted to place people of color in a world where they don’t normally see it: ART. It’s extremely likely that Wiley is influenced by JMB, but you don’t actually get that feeling. Stylistically, they could not be more different.

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    Wiley is a master—and he knows it. You know how a skater will pull a ridiculous trick even though he knows he’s won the competition? He’ll risk humiliation or even worse, injury; all in the name of just going for it. Wiley does the same. It’s obvious he’s good at his craft. But he just rubs in it. Cmon! These pieces are on a level fit for Napoleon.

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    Basquiat on the other hand, wields what any pauper has at their disposal: A composition notepad found at any 24-hour bodega and a No. 2 pencil. Maybe sometimes a crayon if you’re lucky. Basquiat makes you think with his word play. Wiley makes you think with his sheer artistic prowess. The great thing about what you see in Basquiat’s work is his brainstorming process. Most of the words, phrases and sketches seen in these notebooks never appear in his actual exhibited work. It’s like being a fly on the wall in his thought process. It’s really a rare experience.

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    The curator of the museum gets five stars from me for pairing these two artists together. One from the era of Fab Five Freddy and Boogie Down Productions. The other from the Rocafella Era and Watch The Throne. Two artists from different eras, different instruments, but playing the same exact rhythm.

    - Jeff Staple

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  • Coachella 2015 - Weekend 2 Photo Recap

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    We've been to a lot of music festivals and we love them, but Coachella is different.  It's the largest festival in the US, it's in the middle of the desert, and it's always good for a wild ride!  Sit back and enjoy our photo recap of weekend 2 from Coachella 2015.

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    And the madness begins...probably the best people watching you will see anywhere!

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    The worlds largest catepillar? Trippy art and statues everywhere you looked.

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    Captain America was hyped!

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    Found a Transformer, he was pretty chill.

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    Checked out Ride on the Gobi Stage. Good stuff!

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    With over 500,000 people in attendance over the 2 weekends, there wasn't a small crowd anywhere.

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    Behind the scenes. Where the artists hang out before and after their sets.

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    Started Friday evening with some Steely Dan. So good!

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    Everything was lit up at night! Everything.

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    Checked out Flying Lotus closing out the Mojave Stage, interesting to say the least...

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    Stopped to admire the fancy lamps on our way to the beer garden before AC/DC.

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    Some horny AC/DC fans.

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    AC/DC still killing it after all these years. So good to finally see them live! Thunderstuck!

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    Started Saturday off in a rave tent. Only at Coachella...

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    Punk legends Bad Religion ripping it on the main stage.

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    Knobs and cables. The devices that make it all work so you can see and hear your favorite bands.

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    Took a ride on the biggest portable Ferris Wheel and it was incredible! Coachella from 150 feet.

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    Coachella camping. Endless cars and tents. We can only imagine what went down over there at night...

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    Caught Hozier playing to a massive crowd just before the sun set for the night.

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    Just got into Run The Jewels. They brought out Travis Barker for a few songs and the crowd went off! Check them out for sure.

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    Saturday night's lineup was back to back. Started off watching Tyler The Creator get wild on the Outdoor Stage.

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    Had to pay our friend The Gaslamp Killer a visit. He played with a full orchestra and it was awesome!

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    A personal favorite: Tycho. The chillest music, we got close and loved every minute.

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    Jack White was amazing! Straight up rock and roll at it's finest.

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    The Weeknd closed out the main stage, going on just before midnight. Been a fan of this guy for some time, great to finally see him live.

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    Only a guest or artist pass can get you back here, headed back to main stage on Sunday afternoon to check out Circa Survive.

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    Anthony Green of Circa Survive getting the crowd going.

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    Drake literally brought a jungle for his stage props.

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    8 of this year's limited Coachella posters in the boutique. Of course they were sold out. Also...Coachella pajamas?

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    Pretty awesome to see a record store on site! This was the place to be, air conditioning, shade and endless vinyl.

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    Rad Artist & Guest Lounge right on a lake. Took it easy on Sunday and cooled it here for a while.

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    What a great experience! There is nothing quite like Coachella.  We had a blast and hope you enjoyed the vicarious tour.  See you next year!

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  • Ghost Writer: Darius Fong - Not So Ordinary

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    Darius Fong is, first of all, a friend.  But he is also a music entrepreneur, and Grammy-Award-winning audio engineer who produces as thePREFCT.  His production credits span from rock bands like Weezer and Cold War Kids to jazz legends like Herb Alpert, Sergio Mendes and Natalie Cole.  In 2013, Darius founded weeSPIN, a social music app that let's people listen to music together, like a digital jukebox.  We always like what he has to say and we hope you do too.

    I fell in love with coffee in LA. Or maybe I should say, I fell in love with LA through coffee.

    When I first arrived in Los Angeles I was intimidated.  I was not intimidated by its massive sprawl or by its traffic flow.  I was intimidated by its creative energy that spreads miles and miles.  I felt like a painter staring at a blank canvas.  It was nerve racking, thrilling and inspiring all at the same time.

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    As a young producer trying to make waves, there aren’t too many cities like LA.  I guess you could say that I was a skeptic at first, but coffee changed my mind.  When Handsome Coffee Roasters opened in downtown LA, I witnessed an entire community coming together, and I finally got it.  I began to understand coffee.  And through coffee I began to explore cities and meet other like-minded individuals.  It is no coincidence that both areas like SOMA in San Francisco and Culver City in Los Angeles are becoming hubs of some of the most disruptive businesses, and at the same time have the best coffee to offer.

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    I recently took a trip back to Hong Kong where I was born.  Most people know Hong Kong as the high rise jungle.  But they rarely get a deeper look into what makes this city special. The spaces in between.  The life that happens all around.  Whenever I return, I become hyper aware of all the nuances that I didn’t notice before.  I begin to explore everything, and this time through coffee.

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    The many characters of coffee are often simplified by being strong or weak.  When I finally started to explore the tastes of coffee, I began to notice unique notes that characterized different regions of the world.  I began to develop a repertoire of notes that I can pull from and compare.  Diving deeper into a cup granted me a heightened sense of everything else around me.  And my daily adventures are always a cup away.

    In a way, coffee has granted me a fresh perspective of home.  Home is not where you live but where you belong. What was ordinary is not so ordinary.  Everything is amplified. Every alley becomes beautiful in its own way.

    - Darius Fong

  • The Faces Of Grajaú

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    I had a rare opportunity to visit Grajaú which is one of the Favelas (slums) of São Paulo.
    I'd been to one other favela in Salvador years ago, and it was definitely a life changing experience.

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    We woke up pretty early so we could spend most of the day there. As we arrived, I had an unsettling feeling for two reasons; 1. Because of what I saw in Salvador, and 2. This time I would be carrying my RED Camera around with me.
    Leo assured me that everything would be ok - he was our "guide" in Grajaú.

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    The first place we went to was a local skatepark, so that made me feel a little better. We hung out with the local kids there, who at first were a little suspicious of me and my camera. Once Leo told them who I was and what I did, they instantly warmed up to me. It's amazing what being a skateboarder can do.

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    We then left with a few of the kids from the park and went into the neighborhoods. Walking around the favela's with a camera and tripod can create a lot of attention, but Leo assured me that everything would be fine. Knowing that, I put my guard down and began shooting everything I saw.

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    Grajaú was truly an amazing experience that I'll never forget.  These are some of its faces.

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    PEACE FOR ICE CREAM

    By Ricki Bedenbaugh, Contributor
    Check out more about Ricki here.

  • Field Report: KITH Pops Up For "West Coast Project"

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    Ronnie Fieg and his style juggernaut, KITH were at it again last Friday opening a pop-up on Abbot Kinney in Venice.  The event marked the release of Ronnie's collaboration with Asics, dubbed the West Coast Project.

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    The space, imagined by Bang 3 Design, looked incredible in shades of blue, white and silver.

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    As you would expect from a KITH release, the line formed the night before and stretched around the block.  It still dragged way down the street when we arrived for our personal tour of the shop.

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    I must say that the shoes, themselves, are definitely worth the wait.  Ronnie's vision for the rebirth of the Gel-Sights comes in two colorways, dubbed Atlantic and Pacific.  I copped a pair of the Pacific's, myself. So get your hands on a pair of these!  The buzz was big and Ronnie delivered once again on the expectation.

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    HEX Co-Founder, Dan Maravilla checking out the new kicks

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  • Ghost Writer: Brian Kachinsky - Bikes Over Baghdad

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    We first met Brian Kachinsky a fews years back at Woodward West.  We liked his vibe and style, and he liked our gear so it was pretty easy to get along.  Brian calls downtown Chicago home, but his second home is wherever his suitcase happens to lay at any given moment. He has been in the BMX game for a while and is still riding as hard as ever. Known for his unique and aggressive approach to street riding, Brian has traveled all around the world and ridden in some of the most obscure, and often forbidden, locations on the planet. Brian has been a long-time friend of Hex, but once the backpack comes off, it’s game on.  We hope you enjoy Brian's exclusive words and pictures below as he tells about his involvement with Bikes Over Baghdad in support of our troops overseas.

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    Sometimes traveling is war.  Delays, sleepless nights, waiting in lines, navigating an unfamiliar land, lost baggage, language barriers, the list goes on.  In the past two weeks I have flown over 14,000 miles and, as I sit in this hotel on a rainy day in London, I am counting down the hours until my flight home to Chicago tomorrow.  Just prior to this, I was in the Middle East on a tour called “Bikes Over Baghdad” whose main mission is to assemble BMX riders to go boost morale for the troops out fighting a real war.

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    The Middle East is an interesting place.  While there is a lot of turmoil, it’s always amazing to me how many calm, peaceful people you meet along the way.  Bringing BMX closer to the front lines of these conflicts is something we’ve been doing every year since 2009 and is something we enjoy doing.  The sacrifice we make by bringing ourselves into this seemingly dangerous situation is something we do on a daily basis riding BMX anyways so, in a way, it’s a logical combination since the troops over there have a similar mindset.

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    I think that mindset, however, is misunderstood.  BMXers, much like the vast majority of troops and Middle Eastern people we have met along the way, aren’t just blood thirsty adrenaline junkies.  We are just normal people who have the same desire for excitement and happiness as everyone else around the world.  Throughout these journeys and travels I have come to find that 99.9% of people are good.  People, in general, usually have the best intentions and are willing to help out.  This mindset can be seen in something as small as helping you pick up a quarter you dropped out of your pocket, or as big as helping another country get back on their feet after a hardship.  The majority of troops we have met fit this mold.  They are normal people from all different backgrounds who happen to do an abnormal job.  I’m fortunate to have seen this firsthand.

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    Even though I wish war didn’t exist, I am more than happy to join with my friends to make others smile, laugh and enjoy life.  Even if this moment of entertainment is a finite period of time, the feeling resonates for much longer.  The feeling of helping others is always just as rewarding as when others help you in times of need.  You don’t need to go to travel to the Middle East to achieve this (but if you have the chance to check out this or any foreign land, I would suggest it).  This can be achieved everyday at home.  Open a door for a stranger, help someone with their luggage, give someone a couple of your french fries at lunch, or just simply smile.  If we all did, then the world would be a better and more peaceful place. These small things will add up to big changes.

    - Brian Kachinsky

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    Follow Brian on twitter and instagram at @bkachinsky and facebook.

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