Backpacks have, almost overnight, become victims of a trend. Specifically, we’ve seen then take on an air of both contrived brilliance and perceived advancement. Every backpack from a “major brand” seems to be stuck on achieving some sort of in one of those categories. (mehr …)
After their first successful event last year in Berlin, Sneakerness – the biggest sneaker convention besides Crepe City – returned last weekend to the capital city of Germany. This time it took part at the STATION Berlin, a prominent venue because of fashion week which is twice every year. It’s obvious that you can buy a lot of sneakers, limited apparel and accessories in every price range but there were also a lot of specials. For instance you could clean up your dirty shoes at the Crep Protect or Sneaker Cleaner booth. On the other side you could take care for yourself and relax at the Overkill x Reebok booth where you could grab some free drinks and get a massage which was the jackpot of the coconut-crap-game.
The guys of the Identify Tattoo Studio, Hilversum Netherlands, had some cool designs of sneaker tattoos. Hikmet Sugoer, former owner of Solebox, had also his own booth with some clothes of his latest brand ‚Sonra‘. He even did a raffle for his Sonra Proto Pumpkin – of course every pair was sold. Buns & Sons took care of the guests physical well-being and offered their tasty Pulled Pork-Burgers which matched perfect with the Paulaner Spezi!
Thank you for all passin‘ by and the Sneakerness crew for the perfect organisation!
You can find all pictures here!
See ya in Cologne!
A few days ago the latest Jakarta Records signing, Illa J, younger brother to Hip-Hop Legend J Dilla, dropped the first visuals for his new album „Home“. For the title track’s video, the Jakarta team accompanied by artist Robert Winter and his lichthof crew flew out to Detroit to visit Illa’s old neighborhood and home. No better spot to capture this familiar home vibe, as John Yancey states himself:
„Bugged out that this is my first ever single being released without any rapping in the entire song..Been wanting to do this for so long. As always, Calvin kills it on the production. And to put the icing on the cake, the house I’m sitting in front of on the video is actually the house my parents brought me home to as a baby. It’s home in the most literal sense as I’m surrounded by family, my nieces and cousins. Also in a way showing how I’m the man of my family now since my dad and my brother are gone physically, I represent them both.“
Illa J takes us on a trip to his hometown Detroit with his third solo album HOME following his self titled LP, Illa J sometimes known as “John Regal” (born October 13,1986 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, songwriter, rapper, producer, multi instrumentalist. He takes us on a trip to his hometown Detroit with his third solo album HOME. His last LP successfully took Illa J out of his brother and hiphop legend J Dilla‘s shadow to show he is in his own lane. Yet, Yancey still felt as though he was in a box labeled rapper. Teaming up with producer Calvin Valentine, who entirely produced the album, HOME is Illa J‘s first album to properly showcase the full extent of his vocal range to put him in the singer-songwriter conversation. The listener can feel the soulfulness of this LP through Illa J‘s singing and Valentines‘ smooth production.
On „Sam Cook“ which is an ode to Illa J‘s father who ghostwrote for Motown, Yancey dives into his falsetto that is reminiscent of D‘Angelo, Bilal and Al Green. While keeping his focus on singing. Illa J sprinkles the album with rap verses. On „7Mile“ his vocals smoothly float over the more raw/alternative cut laid by Valentine. The album title track „Home“ completes his album and solidifies Illa J‘s artistry as a well rounded singer who can rap.
Watch out for the Album releasing on June 30th via Jakarta Records. Pre-Order here!
A day later we’re celebrating the „Home“ release in the Karlstorbahnhof Heidelberg together with Illa J himself. Presented by Carhartt WIP, Jakarta Records and yours truly. Get your tickets here!
LA’s most iconic geographic landmark is not perched in the Hollywood Hills, rather it winds from the Santa Susana Mountains to the mouth of Long Beach Harbor. The LA River has been both a source of life and great devastation throughout history. Paved over to prevent chaos, the barren, geometric waterway sweeping the city scarcely resembles the once mighty riverbed.
For Summer 2017, Tom Guinness and Bibi Cornejo-Borthwick explore the furtive and forlorn channels of the concrete masterpiece, and the constant tension between natural and constructed realities in Los Angeles. In the series of images, Stüssy offers respite from the paved dystopia where an oasis flourishes amid the mighty berms.
Make sure to check out the current Stussy collection on the inflammable webshop!
The Pink Panther first tiptoed his way onto the big screen to Henry Mancini’s jazzy beat back in 1964. Always one step ahead of Inspector Clouseau, the Pink Panther has since infiltrated popular culture to international acclaim through his smooth sophistication and witty charm. Huf celebrates the spirit of the sly cat with a Huf x Pink Panther capsule collection consisting of apparel and accessories. Always on the move, the Pink Panther makes his way across a range of screenprinted S/S Tees, L/S Tees and Hoodies, while embroidered detailing adorns the headwear part. Check inflammable.com to shop selected parts of the collection
One could say the annual MET Gala is the „Superbowl of Fashion“, as it’s considered to be the most important fashion event of the year. The originals purpose of the event was – and officially still is – to celebrate the start of a new exhibit at Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Every year the institute determines a certain theme or a designer, the exhibit is dedicated to. This year’s Met Gala went down last Tuesday. While this year’s theme was all around COMME des GARÇONS very own Rei Kawakubo, it was – as always – more about the number of A-List celebrities attending the event and of course their wardrobe of choice for the night. While most of the popular visitors took an extensive amount of time to pose in front of the numerous photographers at the red carpet, a reticent as ever Frank Ocean tried to sneak by and hide behind Rihanna’s voluminous dress. Even though RiRi was drawing a lot of attention, the „Blonde“ singer couldn’t avoid to be snapped by the Paparazzi a couple of times.
The rest of the evening he changed position to step behind the „Lens“ – as his latest song is also titled – to capture his impressions of the glamorous night with a Contax T3 35mm. He is old school that way, preferring the authentic analog grain of film over digital immediacy. Two days ago it came to light that it wasn’t all just for private pleasure, as Vogue revealed that they had sent Ocean to play Paparazzi for a special MET editorial. While Frank Ocean took on to his tumblr, stating „Thanks Anna for letting me shoot the party“, the delicate footage features beautiful analog photography of ASAP Rocky and his date Gwyneth Paltrow, Gigi Hadid, Zoë Kravitz, Gigi Hadid, Jaden Smith and more. Check out some of the pictures below and find the full coverage on Vogue.
The Yancey’s have always been a very musical family. With Mom being a former opera singer and Dad playing bass in a Jazz band, the four kids were heavily influenced by music from the very beginning. Oldest-born James, who was gifted with an extraordinary perception of music at a very early stage of his life, started developing a special passion for Hip Hop along other genres soon and eventually started spinning records in the park at child-age. Back then nobody knew that kid would eventually turn out to become one of Hip Hop’s most important producers of all time, as he went on to pursue his musical passion and soon started producing music under the name of Jay Dee – and later J Dilla.
John, who’s the youngest of four, was naturally influenced by the music his older brother listened to and would soon nurture a passion and talent for music and especially Hip Hop himself. While music wasn’t his first choice from the start, as he went to Central Michigan University to play ball, a rather sad incident made him change directions. On February 10th 2006 James Dewitt Yancey died after suffering from a rare blood disease. After the passing of his brother, John decided to drop out of Central Michigan University, and continue the family’s involvement with music under the name of Illa J. It soon became clear that he didn’t pass on the Yancey Family’s musical talent. After joining Slum Village, a renowned rap group that was also formerly accompanied by J Dilla too, and releasing his musical debut „Yancey Boys“, a dedication to his older brother that also featured some Jay Dee productions, he started gaining some reputation. Followed by a second EP entitled 4 Past Midnite and a Slum Village project called „Evolution“ he collaborated with Frank Nitt, who also worked on Yancey Boys, for Sunset Blvd. before he released his last LP in 2015 simply called „ILLA J“ on Brookly based label Bastard Jazz Records.
Fast forward, last Friday our friends of Jakarta Records just announced that Illa had now signed with them and that the Detroit based artist is about to drop his new album this summer. The Album called „Home“ is a pure dedication to the city he grew up in. While the music is entirely produced by L.A. based artist Calvin Valentine, Yancey expressed in a recent statement, that the album will be very soulful and – a little surprisingly – contain a lot of singing, as he sees himself as singer / songwriter first and went on to reinforce his singing voice with vocal coach Betty Lane over the past several months. Read the full statement about his upcoming album „Home“ here:
„Singing was always a big passion for me..I was always fascinated at all the acrobatic vocal runs some singers do with their voice. To me it’s an athletic thing and I definitely see myself as a vocal athlete..and for that deeper understanding of my voice that I now have I have to thank my vocal coach Betty Lane. She literally helped me to push out the voice that had been waiting there for years, ready to come out, like „John use me, I’m your voice“ and It was always a goal of mine to make a project that showcases my singing. I see myself as a singer songwriter first, I just grew up in the generation of rap, so the 2 styles just fused together naturally. I started writing poems around 8 or 9 years old, then songs, and then raps. I eventually put it all together…22 years later…the journey to my heart , through all the ups and downs of my career trying to discover my voice, who I am, all my travels around the globe. It all leads back to Home, in the most literal sense. The house I’m sitting in front of on the video for „Home“ is the house my parents brought me home to as a baby. So for me it’s like going back to the original source, the original purpose. That purpose for me is to sing. That’s why this album is so special for me…and Calvin made the perfect soundtrack for me to take you on a soulful stroll through my hometown, Detroit Michigan aka Motown. Hope you enjoy! As Dank would say..“Bless up!!!!!!!!“
„Home“ will hit stores on June 30th, but you can already listen to the first track „Sam Cook“ on Jakarta Record’s Soundcloud!
Pre-Internet, pre-Instagram, humans also communicated publicly with private names. For instance, the legacy of the name of a DJ, the nom-de-plume, the google username, and even the graffiti ‘tag name’ stems from one of the first forms of public communication over the airwaves: the CB or shortwave radio. Before pirate radio and chat-rooms, anonymous humans communicated with each other all over the globe via CB radio network, emerging in the 1920’s. Users such as “Cup Cake”, or “Old Milk Can”, would talk with “the Hairy Grape” or “Pork Chop” and “lady T-Bone”.
Cards confirming radio contact were shared amongst the community, sent to and from radio users and stations, in the beginning just featuring users names (e.g. “Cuddle Bug” or “Little Snake”) and, as the fad grew, featuring caricatures, cartoons, slogans and jokes. The ‘amateur’ graphics, often made by individuals, and their choice of names today represent an important form of folk art. Now streetwear giant Carhartt WIP and Melbourne-based Label Perks and Mini joined forces to draw inspiration from this almost forgotten Radio culture.
Perks and Mini (P.A.M) is a lifestyle brand based in Melbourne, Australia; their productivity branches into the realms of food, music, art, fashion, and graphics. Established in 2000 when Husband and Wife team Mischa Hollenbach and Shauna T fell in love. P.A.M’s distinctive graphics and excessive attention to construction and detail has gained a huge and well deserved international cult following.
P.A.M have a long list of collaborators (all visionaries in their chosen fields); friends who have a mutual understanding of the P.A.M dimension; Undercover, Mike Kelley, Fergadelic, Genevive gauckler, Soulwax (2 Many DJ’s) and Sofia Prantera (Silas) to name but a few. P.A.M. not only stands for Peace and Menace, Pizza and Mezze, Psilocybin and Mescaline; but also for independence, freedom, aestheticism, culture and fun!
With both entities having strong and vital boundaries to contemporary music culture the collaborative idea arose very organically and the whole project was accompanied by a joining together of renowned DJs of the P.A.M Paris (their new home base) environment to share music over the airwaves with DJ Sundae, IUEKE, Low Jack and DJ Perks himself among them.
For the limited collection the creatives made up three different Radio Clubs deriving from the cities of L.A., Rome and Athens with each one of them having their own signature graphic just like back in the days on the radio cards. Alongside the T-Shirts, Crewnecks, Longsleeves and Caps, a retro-inspired portable Radio was added to the composition. Check out the collection in full on inflammable.com!
Anfang der Woche war es mal wieder soweit. Wie jeden Januar haben wir uns auf den Weg nach Berlin gemacht. Eins war dieses Mal allerdings anders. Statt eigenem, individuellen Programm, hat adidas diesmal die Agenda vorgegeben und uns ziemlich eingespannt. Aber das im positivsten aller Sinne. In Herzogenaurach hat man keinerlei Kosten und Mühen gescheut (vor allem Kosten) und ein Drei-Tages-Programm vom allerfeinsten dahin gezaubert. Von der Anreise über das Hotel bis hin zum Dinner war für alles gesorgt. Um euch ein paar Einblicke zu geben, hier eine kleine Zusammenfassung unserer drei Tage:
Überraschung im Hotelzimmer
Am Montag Morgen ging es mit 6 Leuten vom Team inflammable, darunter auch Mitarbeiter aus unserem Laden in Heilbronn (Novacane Store) per ICE in die Hauptstadt. Während wir in den letzten Jahren immer per U-Bahn zu unserem AirBNB gefunden haben, empfingen uns dieses Mal schon am Bahnsteig zwei nette Mädchen mit adidas Schildchen. Wie Vorzeigetouristen folgten wir ihnen zu unserem privaten Shuttle, das uns in Richtung Hotel bringen sollte. Im Shuttle wurde, wie sich das gehört, Champagner und Kaviar gereicht #joke. Im schicken Hotel angekommen, war schnell klar, dass jedes Kopfzerbrechen über vermeintliche Zimmerkombinationen umsonst war. Jeder bekommt ein eigenes Zimmer, das obendrauf noch eine kleine Überraschung zu bieten hatte: Auf dem Bett lag ein EQT-Willkommens-Paket samt Stadtkarte, EQT Sammelkarten, Turnbeutel und einem Paar der neuen EQT Modelle. Danke! Danke! Danke!
Am Abend eröffnete dann die EQT Gallerie, bei der Marc Leuschner von Overkill in Zusammenarbeit mit adidas eine sehr(!) umfangreiche, wenn nicht komplette, Ausstellung an neuen und alten adidas EQT Modellen zur Schau stellt. Die Kollektion ist mega beeindruckend und für uns als Retro-Liebhaber ein absolutes Highlight. Wer in Berlin ist, kann sich diese noch bis Morgen anschauen (Mittelstraße 43). Danach ging es ein Stockwerk höher zur Begrüßung und zum anschließenden Dinner. Call it a day!
Am Dienstag standen dann verschiedene Programmpunkte auf der Tagesordnung. Q&A mit verschiedenen Persönlichkeiten, wie Marc von Overkill, einem Produktdesigner von adidas und weiteren. Insta Walk, bei dem in verschiedenen Gruppen Berlin erkundet wurde. Natürlich wurde dabei auch fleißig fotografiert und die neuen EQT Modelle wurden in Szene gesetzt. Bei der 360 EQT Session lernte man derweil alles rund um die Equipment Serie von adidas. Ein Teil von uns war auch zur Gast auf der Seek und Bright Tradeshow, um sich mit ein paar alten Bekannten zu treffen und ein paar Marken auszuchecken. Abends stand dann mit der Party der krönende Abschluss an. Wie viele schon munkelten gab adidas Anhänger Pusha T sich die Ehre als Main Act zu performen. King Push gab im Vollgutlager ein paar seiner bekanntesten Tracks, sowie einen neuen Track mit Jay-Z zum Besten. Gute Sache!
Am Mittwoch war es dann schon wieder Zeit zur Abreise. Vielen Dank an adidas Originals für die drei intensiven, spannenden und interessanten Tage. Wird schwer da noch einen draufzulegen!
Checkt unbedingt den ersten adidas Originals EQT Drop am 26. Januar bei uns im Shop. Das Thema EQT steht dieses Jahr absolut im Mittelpunkt bei den drei Streifen und es erwarten euch einige Highlights! HIER könnt ihr euch die Modelle anschauen und vormerken.
Hier noch ein paar weitere Bilder: