Sunday, March 22, 2009

it's been a long time

i shouldn'ta left you/ without a hot blog to get through

you know how it is, this is the life, right? I done been staying moving for the past 2 weeks nearly non-stop:

for the first week of Yale College's spring break, I was on tour with Living Water in western West Virginia (holla @ Williamson) and Kentucky.

After catching a midday flight back last Saturday, I got back into New Haven at 11:30 Saturday night, with just enough time to unpack, catch some sleep at home, wake up, pack, and head out for a full day of driving to the UCW Habitat for Humanity 2009 site, in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania (holla @ Greene County and my people in Waynesburg).

After a week of building (a brick....) howwses and such, we took the 10-hour drive back yesterday, I spent ~4 hours fixing my computer which got infected by the Trojan.Vundo rootkit, slept, went to church, and spent a thoroughly joyful evening watching tv, napping, and thinking about streetwears and hip-hops, right where i now sit.

bidda-yow.

Big ups to the NV$N brand, Rich Long, dallas to the penn, kalvin trancao for the busy works tee, edem glover the realest hip-hop head in Berea, living water, Darlene "Dusky" O'Toole, Peter Van der Beek, "Hank Leigh", Big Ray, Lil Ray, Bobby Ray, janice wong, and time to stay moving.

more to come, but for now a quick overview of all that i had going on over the few weeks immediately preceding my travels (2/2 - 3/3/2009):

Thursday02.05.2009

In mid-January, Niche started stocking Head Porter both
in-store as well as online, making them one of the few
stores on this side of the Pacific (if not the only store) to
do so. Having recently misplaced my old Manhattan
Portage cell phone case, I seized on their January free
shipping offer and copped my first Head Porter item.

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"My Philosophy" (c) KRS-ONE.

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Friday02.06.2009

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"ALL YOU SEE IS... CRIME IN THE CITY"

Tails! tags at the corner of Wall and Temple, New Haven.

Saturday02.07.2009

I love to see it when my people get put on...

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Jess Chang and I been down since my freshman year
at school. She is a real up-and-coming talent on the
burgeoning (?) classical music scene, and her string
quartet
is making big moves... it don't stop!!

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B and I lived together for two of my years in Morse, and he is captain
of the Yale track team this year!!! Sonn be lookin good [||] on that poster,
doing what he do best.

Sunday02.08.2009


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Sighted at church: design FAIL.

"Halls" be lucky that Hallmark isn't more litigious than they are... or
are they??

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SHERLOK and SOLE stickers, New Haven.

Monday02.09.2009

After kickin it with him for a while, I crashed at my boy
Ray's downtown place Sunday night; i emerged to find
the weather crisper'n a pair of white nikes.

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I dare anyone to complain about Morse college's looks!!
This is proper, nah right?

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Just a good day - I kicked it in the library all afternoon, just getting
some work done and enjoying the view.

Tuesday02.10.2009

More birthdays: both David Chen and Iris Yang. Chea!

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You know how we do, got the mad mad crew up in the house (c) KRS.

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Green

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Before they were a couple... but you can see it right?

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One of my favorite Hawai'ians

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Don't never say the kid doesn't still have the wild style! Holla BACK!

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Birthday cake pt 1...

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And pt 2.

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Bday kids

Wednesday02.11.2009

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I stay fly with mad styles, but you already knew that,
didnt you?

And just as I was headed out the door dressed like that,
a package I been waiting for with anticipatory and
bated breath showed up on my doorstep! So you know I
had to take that, rewind it back... (google it)

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Chea!

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Man... Staple even has customized packing tape...
This sort of attention to the details is just one of the
many reasons why they are absolutely killing the
game right now.

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What's inside??? let's see... stickers...

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Thanks Jeff!

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Oh... aiight... that's what's up... and all in my size, too.

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Word!! Pretty much every CD out on Staple Sounds right now,
including some live CD's of Hiroshi Fujiwara (!) jam sessions.

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Another pair of my favorite denims, the Stapleton
1975. Levi's 501 cut, 14.5 oz Italian denim. No details,
no branding except for a leather hip patch, just good
jeans. I bought a pair as soon as they first came out
two Fall seasons ago, and have worn them ~2-3 times
a week, almost every week, since... good thing that i
copped when i did, too, because the price has since
jumped from extremely reasonable (120) to what they
probably deserve (170-190, comparable to APC)...
but the price for these = $0!

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And more... the DJ Muro collabo tee, and a short-sleeve... in the current
Springtime weather, this is gonna get some wear, you know it.

MAJOR props to jeffstaple, the reed space crew & staff, and twitter (i
guess...). This is how you build a client base, for life.

Friday02.13.2009

James' sister hit town and we went out for Thai Food, along with
other UCdubbers.

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Sunday02.15.2009


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Esther Lee's phone is adorable, that's all I wanted to say here.

Monday02.16.2009

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Some stickers... SOLE is gettin up...

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I unboxed my ALIFE "Frog Pack" Everybody Hi's
on account of the weather being so fresh that day.

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Joints scraped my achilles tendon region all raw.
Moral of the story: either break in the kicks first,
or wear something OTHER than low-profile athletic
socks.

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Some of yall get this.

Sunday02.22.2009

Having not taken a day off in about two weeks, I still had a long
week of intense work to look forward to, which unfortunately
included succumbing to illness, working through it, my condition
steadily decreasing, and ultimately, starting Thursday night,
deciding to spend the following 50 hours in my room in order to
recuperate and scramble together a sermon for Sunday. At some
point during that time, I decided to bounce to New Yiddy after
church on Sunday, to kick it with the fam out there.

First night I hung with Steve Yu.

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Late-night dinner..... falafel in midtown... yea!

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One of the dudes I look up to and have relied on the
most, no lies.

Monday02.23.2009

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Steve and his roommate have a solid place in the midtown housing
jects

After an afternoon kicking it with an old man (blee), I headed uptown
to Harlem House, home of some of the rawest dudes I know in the
City: the NYU Navigators.

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You know how they get down in the city!!!

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After linking up with my boy Lando Schelrissian at
the house, we headed downtown towards NYU to
his evening Bible discussions and a leadership
meeting.

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Shopping with big L

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He takes care of his kids way bettern I do

Tuesday02.24.2009

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Uptown baby, we gets down baby, for the crown baby...

St. Nicholas Place, Harlem! It's rough in the skreets!

before heading out of town, you know I had to drop
by SoHo... but I only had about an hour of downtime
before my train left for New Haven, so I had to
choose wisely... you know UNIQLO never ever
disappoints!

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This is how they're displaying the upcoming S/S 09
line. In miniature!

After finally copping the short, light, well-fitting pea
coat that I've been looking everywhere for (but
finally found in Uniqlo... sadly in canvas, not wool),
I headed back to New Haven, refreshed.

Wednesday02.25.2009

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POO. Best tag.

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Nobu and I straight kicking it.

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Nike SB "November Rain" Dunk Mids.

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"In the Chaplain's office, there are no right answers
about religion, only really good questions" <= Public image FAIL. I've noticed that they've since changed that line in their printed materials.... good for them.

Thursday02.26.2009


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You said it... i guess?

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The colors are pretty ill. It seems that all of em (except blue?) are
representing on this plate. Way to go James!

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Tiffs & Staple design denim & jacket.

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My roommate David was kind enough to bring me by
the New Haven post office... I copped a NIKE SB suit
vest (yea they made those) and the seller made the
obvious gaffe of ordering signature confirmation. So
I had to haul myself out of my little world of foot
traffic and hoof it out there thanks to David's coupe.

Let me just put this out there: NO ONE who works is
gonna be home in the middle of the day to sign for
your package!!! [||]. Come on, people.

And having copped a sweet vest, you know I had to go
all out afterwards.

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Oh yeah it's like that.

Frisday02.27.2009

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My Sun Chips got wedged into the Berkeley basement vending
machine. The first time in years that I used a vending machine
wound up costing me a gold dollar and aggravation. SMH.

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Moh lei made a cake for Ben's bday! Ausome.

Saturday02.28.2009

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As I passed the Grove St. Cemetery, I noticed these
little birds. All chillin' and such.

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Andrea hard on the grind...

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Waiting for the bus back home, I noticed for the first time that Yale's
recycling bins are specially branded for them. Nice touch.

Sunday03.01.2009

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AISON (?) tag, New Haven.

Tuesday03.03.2009


For my upcoming birthday, my parents copped me an
H&M slim fit suit, seeing as how ive been both getting
into more growed-up wears (don't worry, streetwear is
still the default!) and also seeing as how even so-called
tailored suits are usually too large for me.

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Thanks mom & pops.

1 comment:

Ray said...

Nice update. Insane stuff from Staple, can't believe you got that much from being the 1000th. Haha Sun Chips is legendary