If you’re familiar with Erik Brunetti’s seminal pre-”streetwear” clothing label FUCT, then you’ll immediately realize this eye-catching new hardcover title FUCT, from Rizzoli, celebrates the elusive 20 year history of America’s least-mainstream clothing brand and examines the work of the compelling character behind it. Now, if you’re not a streetwear veteran, historian, or super fan, then just know that the FUCT brand was a crucial addition to West Coast street fashion and counterculture in the early-to-mid ’90s. Heavily influenced by skate, the brand was largely about violently appropriating the mainstream in a controversial way. Rest assured, the brand is usually as hard to digest as its name implies. I’m pretty sure Erik Brunetti doesn’t really give a crap what you think, but that won’t stop him from trying to rile you up anyway. You won’t find a better documentation of the cult-like brand’s vibe, products, inspiration, or of Erik Brunetti’s art, elsewhere.
My friend Ivan Jimenez has been doing big things with his Skulls brand lately. Besides murking the hat game on a daily basis, Ivan has been stepping up his accessories and now he’s launched a series of great high-quality sunglasses (complete with acetate frames and Zeiss lenses). Much like with his iconic hats, you won’t mistake these for anything other than Skulls sunglasses. You can read my interview with him for Imprint Culture Lab too.
I didn’t manage to get any photos during the Cryptik pop up opening (and grand opening) at HutchLA last weekend, so I went back this weekend and snapped a few photos. It’s a beautiful space – every conceivable surface has been curated and or treated by owner Grizzly Atoms in order to give it amazing texture and atmosphere. And of course the Cryptik work on exhibit is amazing too. One wall features original art, and the opposite wall is lined with Cryptik goodies like tees, tanks, totes, pillows, and more.
Warsteiner, a German brewery, recently teamed up with some amazing artists to create a series of art bottles. The line-up includes designs by 123Klan, Aaron De La Cruz (interviewed), Insa, Stefan Strumbel, Nychos, and Brook Reidt. The series was curated by Hawaii-based artist Jasper Wong (the founder of POW!WOW! who I interviewed for Imprint Culture Lab recently) and Andy Chiu of Warsteiner. Of course, the bottles look incredible, and the artists also teamed up for a mural in Berlin too.
Stay Weird Forever recently teamed up with Trill Dad for this excellent Pizza Hat. What you might not realize is that collectively these two brands represent more BTS work for the streetwear industry than you could possibly imagine. The talented gents behind SWF and Trill Dad have both helped craft the creative for brands like The Hundreds, Mishka and REBEL8 and much more.
Next Saturday, exactly one week from today, will be a great day for art in Los Angeles. The homie Grizz will open up the doors to his brand new boutique/gallery space Hutch LA. A ton of work has gone into ensuring that the space is nothing short of stunning. And to get things started the right way, the inaugural opening is a showing of the latest art by Cryptik. Plus live tattoos will be going down. See you there.
A lot of people would be stoked to come up on this beautiful surfboard from SLVDR and Oldenburg, who have teamed up to raise money for STOKED, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth in underserved urban communities. SLVDR are hosting an auction for “The One,” a custom, handmade surfboard designed by Josh Oldenburg himself. The auction started on 8/16 and will run for a week via eBay (which means there are only four days left now), and 100% of the proceeds will benefit STOKED.
Imprint’s Architecture For Dogs project, in conjunction with famous Japanese designer Kenya Hara and his staff at Hara Design Institute, is definitely one of the most unusual and most enjoyable projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a (small) part of. Recent highlights include coverage on CNN, and the release of the LBMA reception video.
I interviewed a talented typographer by the name of Maxwell Lord a few years ago for the T-Files. We’ve stayed in touch since, occasionally discussing the possibility of his doing a graphic for Selector. This year I had a graphic in mind which needed a skillful type treatment and Max agreed to tackle it. So I gave him one of the brand’s longstanding mottos, “The best by any test,” along with some very vague direction, and he put his skills to work. This new graphic from Max will be available on the Selector site in the next few days. He was kind enough to provide me with several BTS shots which illustrate his process for creating this kind of custom lettering – from the initial sketches, to the pre-vector raster, then vectoring, and the final product.
Japanese art, design and culture blog Spoon & Tamago are doing a week-long series on trains in Japan, and it’s right up my alley (I love trains, Japan, and Japanese trains in particular). I even had that one PlayStation game where you just slowly drive Japanese commuter trains, back in the PS1 days. Anyway, highlights from the series include the Shinkansen ad which went viral, and the station master cat who raised $10M. Check out all the train week posts here.