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Tag Archives: HEX

  • Ghost Writer: Ricki Bedenbaugh - "Keep On Pushin'"

    Professional skateboard filming takes a lot more than just pushing a red button. Capturing some of the gnarliest tricks is now being combined with unreal skate spots and scenery to become it's own art form. Recently The Berrics and RED Digital Cinema held a unique and innovative contest called REDirect. REDirect is a celebration of skateboard film making featuring 11 of the most visionary filmmakers in the world. Each filmer is responsible for directing the overall look and feel of their version of the modern skate video as we know it. Given a RED Epic camera (the industry standard for Hollywood movies, and retailing for $35,000 big ones) and complete creative control to bring his vision of skateboarding to life.

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    Our good friend, awesome filmer, and overall nice guy, Ricki Bedenbaugh was selected as one of the 11 filmers to participate in this exclusive contest. Some focused on scenery, some focused on tricks, some used crazy editing techniques and some even used their pets. Ricki focused on the most important part of skateboarding: pushing around and enjoying the experience. He used some of today's best skaters, some skateboarding legends, and even a kid who just stepped foot on a board. The finished product is called "Keep On Pushin" and if it doesn't inspire you to go push around on a skateboard, I don't know what will...

    Keep On Pushin' - RICKI BEDENBAUGH

    Here are some exclusive words of insight and what inspired "Keep On Pushin" from Ricki, himself:

    Pushing is the first thing you learn to do on a skateboard and no matter how old you are you'll always be able to do that.  There's no age limit to skateboarding, Natas Kaupas started at 3, and he's 45. Ryder, the little kid I ended Keep On Pushin' with, is 3 years old.  I think it's pretty awesome to see someone start skateboarding, and know it's the beginning of something that will last a lifetime.

    That's the beauty of it, you can basically walk out your front door and the world is your skatepark. Well, until a security guard, police, or some 72 year old lady kicks you out for skating a parking block, but that's what makes skateboarding so much fun.

    No matter where you are in this world, no matter how old you are when you hear the sound of a skateboard coming down the street or a sidewalk, you're going to look, it's just a natural reaction.  You never know, it could be your friend, or it could be some guy going to the liquor store.  Hell, it could even be Ray Barbee!  There is nothing else in this world that has that sound.

    Skateboarding is my life. There is nothing that has been a part of my life as long as skateboarding has.  My father gave me a Variflex Hi-Tail for Christmas in 1985, and because of this little wooden toy, I've traveled the world, been to places I never thought I would go, seen things I thought I would never see, met and became friends with my all of my childhood heroes, and most of all, learned lifelong lessons. This is why I made Keep On Pushin'.  It's my way of thanking skateboarding for all it has given me.  None of this would of happened without skateboarding.

    Skateboarding truly is the Fountain of Youth.

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    Ricki shot our 2012 Spring/Summer lookbook and we couldn't be more stoked with the results. Thanks again Ricki! Stay tuned for some more HEX video work from Ricki coming soon.

  • Monophonics at The Roxy

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    It had been some time since I had been to The Roxy in Hollywood.  The night was warm and felt like summer was on it’s way.  The room was largely as I remember it from my days of playing there and booking shows along the Sunset Strip.  I had been looking forward to this show as Monophonics definitely brings the funk and to paraphrase Flea – the funk just does something to your body.  And yes we do refer to it as “The Funk”.

    I have been aware of these guys for some time and been a fan from the start.  We used their track “They Don’t Understand” on our Fall 2012 Lookbook video and had a great response.

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    I was happy that the sound was heavy and dialed for the show and the boys did not disappoint.  They ripped through a 13-song set with skill and precision.  That’s definitely one thing I always come away with from Monophonics – these guys are real musicians that can actually play.  I know that shouldn’t have to be such a noteworthy point.  But in today’s world of sampled, spliced and affected “musicians”, I always appreciate the true players.

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    Being a rhythm section guy myself, I like to key in on bass and drums and Myles and Austin were in the pocket and in control all night.  Kelly’s vocals are gritty, strong and emotive at the same time and he gave everything to the performance and left it on the stage.   Ryan and Nadav on trumpet and trombone were tight bright and brassy, and Ian, on the guitar held it all together along with tasty licks and solos interspersed masterfully.

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    About mid-way through the set, the band was joined by Ben l'Oncle Soul straight from Paris, France, for an amazing rendition of “Am I Grooving You”.  This was definitely one of the highlights of the night for me – and for the rest of the crowd, if the cheers were any indication.

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    Mr. Ben l'Oncle Soul

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    In the end, it was a great night hanging out with the guys, and I thoroughly dug the performance.  If you get the chance, don’t pass it up – go see Monophonics bring the funk!

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    Ian, Kelly and Myles Reppin' The HEX Gear

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  • HEX x Option-G Release And Book Signing At MOCA

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    Recently we had the pleasure of spending some time with artist, Cole Gerst, of Option-G Communications at The Museum Of Contemporary Art (MOCA) for a book signing and release of our collaborative collection in Los Angeles. The museum was also opening their Mike Kelley exhibit, so we were in good company.

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    Cole hails from Portland these days, but took some time out of his busy schedule to jump down to LA for the event.  The place looked great and was well stocked with HEX x Option-G gear as well as Cole's latest book, Buckminster Fuller: Poet Of Geometry.

    We assume that, since you are here reading this, you know something about HEX.  As for Cole, he is best known as an artist and illustrator widely credited for the resurgence of the "gig" poster for clients like House Of Blues, Modest Mouse, Beck, The Shins, Bright Eyes, and Interpol.

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    With our love of the arts and Cole's incredible aesthetic, a collaboration was a no-brainer. The concept began with a traditional toile pulled into HEX’s world of music, art, design, and architecture. The result was “take your pleasure seriously”.  A daydream of leaving life in the city and escaping to the cabin in the woods….relaxing, listening to music and contemplating mystical creatures, geometry and architecture.

    Cole saw some old friends and new fans, signed books and sold bags until all were satisfied.  We hope you were able to make it out to this special event.  However, in case you weren't, you can get the vibe from these images and video clip.  See you next time and thanks to MOCA for being great hosts.

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  • A Rainy Day With Marsea Goldberg Of New Image Art Gallery

    I recently had the pleasure of catching up with Marsea Goldberg, Director of New Image Art Gallery.  Her taste and shows have always been some of our favorites at HEX.  It was great to stop by, in the middle of an LA downpour, and view the Cleon Peterson "End Of Days" exhibit, as well as talk art with one of LA's premier authorities on the subject. Here's how it went:

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    HEX - You have established yourself as a giant in the LA art scene.  What keeps it fresh and exciting for you?

    MG – Thanks for considering me a giant, that’s cool.  The artists have always made it interesting. There are always new artists coming up, there are always new people, there’s always new creativity and it keeps building.  The good art builds on the art before it or breaks through to a different form.  I have always had a  close relationships with the artists that I work with, and I also have a deep relationship with their art.

    HEX – What are you most proud of regarding New Image, and what would you still like to do with the gallery?

    MG – Watching  artists  succeed and become strong in their art, having museum shows, and becoming known in the international art world.

    HEX - As you see it, where does the difference lie between street art and fine art?

    MG - In a sense, where it goes… When you are a “street artist” and you reach an area of success, there are two ways it  might go; you either become a big deal in the action sports world or the video world or animation (basically the commercial art world ), or the artwork develops and the artist can handle showing in galleries, using more refined mediums, etc.  There’s a certain refinement or intellectuality within the creativity on the streets where it can translate.  If it has a very deep originality and conceptual basis, the art goes beyond the street and transcends people’s minds, and might end up in art museums.  But then the art usually has legs and an intellectual content.

    HEX - Do you find that you identify with the artists that create art you are drawn to, or is there no correlation between art and artist as far as personal appeal to you goes?

    MG - Usually the artist is dynamic as well as the work, and the entire union of the artist and art is there.  Sometimes I don’t like the person, and I like the art, but that is a rarity.  I’ve been involved with very deep talent, and some artists are extremely refined and quiet and you’d never know they were geniuses.  I appreciate all different kinds of people, I like the quiet ones, I like the passionate, I like the crazies… Artists are usually more sensitive and honest….

    HEX - Your current exhibit is with Cleon Peterson.  His images are stark and graphic, but can also be disturbing at times.  What is your take on his style?

    MG - I like it tough.  Art doesn’t have to be pretty.  Art doesn’t have to be comfortable.  That’s the thing about great art.  Sometimes uncomfortable art is the strongest, but it’s not necessarily the most loved.  But the interesting thing about Cleon’s art is that it is becoming  loved by the public.  Maybe because it plays on a psychological level, yet there are so many different levels to appreciate.  Even if you’re afraid of the content, the composition is so clean, and the choice of color so powerful.  He’s a brilliant designer.  There are many design elements that reflect back into Asian art or Renaissance art or Greek art.  It’s the same with Retna, where the work reflects back into art history.  We are inundated with  images and it’s very satisfying to see them reshuffled and presented in a relevant way for our times.

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    "Art doesn't have to be pretty.  Art doesn't have to be comfortable."

     

    HEX - What do you see coming in the art future?

    MG - I’m always looking for the  original, and I usually know it when I see it, but it’s been a little tougher lately.  I’ve been  busy with work and I haven’t had time to go deep into the trenches, but I will get  there soon.  There’s good art  in LA right now and in Mexico City.  There are young artists from San Francisco I’m very interested in.  There are young students that have interned for me that I think are very promising.  I feel there is a little lull right now, but just wait…There will be the next movement…..

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  • Superhumanoids At The Majestic Ventura Theater

    A rainy day in a sleepy picturesque town was the setting for an inspired set from the up-and-coming group Superhumanoids.  If you have never been to the Ventura Theater, you are missing out.  This place is gorgeous, reminiscent of the glamorous Hollywood movie palaces of the past.  Art deco and gilded styling abound and the sound system will pin your ears back.
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    I got to hang out a bit backstage with Sarah, Cameron, Max, and Evan.  These are the type of cats you would want to hang out with anyway, so it was easy and relaxed chatter.

    They had to keep their cool through a sound check full of cable mazes and rigged patches at the sound board, and did so like pros as the minutes ticked by.
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    For their first performance in Ventura, I was surprised to see the size of their fan base there. Fans briskly walking (not running, of course) to get in and as close to the stage as possible when the doors opened.

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    The music was uplifting, pulsing dark and dreamy - sometimes all at the same time. Sarah's vocals especially on tracks like "So Strange" are clear and light over the top of some bassy grooves.  "Geri" also stood out as having a very interesting arrangement and interplay between the instrumentation.  But clearly all the musicians are accomplished and share a vibrance about their art that comes through as emotion and honesty.

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    A good night, a great set, in a great venue - who could want any more?

  • HEX At Modernism Week

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    If you ask me, nothing quite compares with a road trip.  Well, maybe not just any road trip, but a good one is tough to beat for sure.  We took The HEX Bus out over some remnants of Route 66 to the annual minimalist mecca known as Modernism Week Palm Springs.

    For all of you who are wondering, our 1963 made the 2 1/2 hour drive with flying colors.  We made friends the whole way, as evidenced by all the many thumbs up , smiles, and nods of respect.  We were boss in The Bus.

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    We checked out some serious standouts in the world of California Modern design ranging from the famous Palm Springs Visitor Center with its impossibly cantilevered roof, to the experimental tract of Alexander Steel homes, to some great examples of restoration in Racquet Club Estates, to examples of Neutra and Donald Wexler.

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    Kaufmann House - Richard Neutra

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    Landscape Design By Donald Wexler

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    Historic Racquet Club Estates

    This was the town of the Rat Pack - Sinatra, Sammy Davis Junior, Dean Martin, and a few less-savory folks as well.  Legend has it that The Chairman Of The Board would raise his flags high at his Twin Palms estate so all his friends knew if he was home and ready to party.

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    Twin Palms Back In The Day (Via SInatrahouse)

    We posted The HEX Bus up on Palm Canyon Drive Thursday night outside of BAR and sold some special HEX gear and chewed the fat with some people who seemed as though their whole mission in life was to talk to only us.
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    The next day, our rolling pop-up-shop moved to the Pre-Fab marketplace put on by Modernism Week.  This was great to see all the advances in design and modular building.  There happened to be a vintage car auction going on right across the street that brought many people over to try to entice us to sell our beloved bus, but the answer was always "No."IMG_9713


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    Mobile Pop-Up Shop At The Pre-Fab Marketplace

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    In the end, we enjoyed a relaxing night at the Ace Hotel - I would highly recommend the orange-riccotta pancakes - saw some great design and architecture and got to visit some of our favorite stores like Just Fabulous, Modernway, and Just Modern.  But beyond all this, we got to connect at a very personal level with people who enjoy great design, just like we do and spread the word about HEX all over town.

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    ACE Hotel Lobby

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    See You Next Year!

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