As many of you may or may not know, we’re a brand based out of Florida. Orlando, Florida to be exact.
Now when you think of Orlando, the last thing that probably comes to mind after theme parks, tourists, and tolls is street wear; but hopefully that will soon change with the help of Orlando’s first Pop Up Trade Show: THE BLACK MXRKT
The Black Mxrkt Trade Show was an event – first of its kind in Orlando – that brought together some of Florida’s very own street wear brands; but more importantly it brought together a community. A community that many of us, including myself, didn’t even know existed.
We were proud and honored to be in attendance and we look forward to continue building with all the brands, bloggers, and just overall street wear enthusiasts in our city. Now let’s get to the actual show.
Squatch Brand is a brand that stuck out to me as soon as I walked through the front door (and not just because their booth was literally by the front door). They were a diamond in the rough and this was their first event showcasing their brand; I have to take my (bucket) hat off to them because they were definitely off to a good start. Dustin, the creator and designer of Squatch, is the main one behind the brand and sewing machine who is responsible for producing all these bucket hats in his home. At one point, I believe he even had the sewing machine he uses out on the table – it doesn’t get anymore DIY than that.
Our new friends from BARS were also in attendance. BARS is actually an acronym that stands for: Bury All Rival Styles. We thought that was pretty badass to say the least. It was great talking to the creators of the brand and finding out more about their roots from Staten Island and history with Wu-Tang Clan. Expect something in the works with these guys in the very near future.
Good Cooks Good Crooks is a brand that I’ve actually known about for a while now and I’ve always liked how they incorporated their passion for food and lifestyle of being chefs into a brand. They were also part of the team responsible for bringing the trade show to life along with the brand MXRKT. Major respect to both those brands for helping create a movement in our city.
Also shout outs to The Lazy Afternoon for providing sweet sounds throughout the day.
Things were pretty much in full swing by midday and the trade show had a packed house. Salute to some of Orlando’s finest.
And back to our booth, we’re excited to announce a new addition to our team: The Infamous Tiger Head. He’ll be making future guest appearances at many more shows to come.
Honorable Mentions from the trade show not pictured:
After our trip to NYC last year and spending a day sticker-bombing in the city with Queens brand, The Phantom Life, we knew it was only a matter of time before we collaborated on a tee.
Before we even landed back in Orlando, the plan was already in the works. With a concept in mind and the inspiration of the legendary Sun Wukong pushing us forward, we teamed up with LA based artist, Javier Jimenez, to bring the design to life.
And he did just that.
The Sun Wukong Tee is now available exclusively online through The Phantom Life’s website, which can be found here.
The official website, responsible for bringing us the previous live action, Rurouni Kenshin, posted a 30 second teaser of the two part sequel, that will include, The Great Kyoto Fire Arc and The Last Legend Arc .
Rurouni Kenshin: The Great Kyoto Fire Arc will be released on August 1, 2014 and Rurouni Kenshin: The Last Legend Arc on September 13, 2014, both in Japan. The films are also scheduled to be released in 64 other countries. If you haven’t seen the first live action movie, Ruroni Kenshin, we highly recommend you do so to prepare yourselves for what will ensue this upcoming summer.
These retro fonts are unique to older storefronts in Japan, only available to view on old barbershops and florists. You can’t find any information on them in typography journals or anything of the sort, but thanks to three friends with interest in these fonts, the letters were restored with the help of the storeowners who helped create them.
Rintaro Shimohama, Naoki Nishimura, and Shinya Wakaoka gained the permission of several storeowners who have no prior experience in graphic design, but did have a hand in creating their store signs, and recreated each set of fonts to make available to download as a part of a project called Noramoji (nora meaning “stray,” moji meaning “text”).
The proceeds from buying the old fonts actually go to the storeowners who helped recreate the fonts from their stores. Pretty neat!
For the last couple of months we’ve been planning to drop a line with our favorite burger-loving comic creator and illustrator, Andrew Douglas. Alas, after months of planning and finding different shirts that worked, we’re merely weeks away from our new Fall line of clothing to drop.
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