Drawing from his art, what goes on inside the racing mind of NYCHOS belies any serenity his peaceful exterior may convey. The Austrian artist specializes in painting and illustration, using highly colorful, often dissected figures as expressions of his imagination. NYCHOS points this motif to his family background in hunting, an early childhood experience that has since grown into one of the more graphic styles today. Hypebeast got the opportunity to sit down with the artist to discuss early influences, evolving away from working with acrylic to work with spray paint, and more. Viewers will even get a look at a custom illustration made for Hypebeast in this installment of Pen & Paper.
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Inside the WeSC Paris Concept Store on Rue Tiquetonne, they have dedicated a corner of the retail space to carry skateboard products and related merchandise. The talented London-based illustrator and artist, Mode2, had the honors of painting on the back wall of the store, welcoming visitors with a large monochromatic illustration. By no means, is this a huge skateboard shop; however, it looks to be a cozy spot to pick up some hardware when needed. Check out the video recap of the preparation of the new corner and opening event by scrolling down the page.
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From filmmaker Javin Lau comes this epic time-lapse video of Hong Kong. Titled “Hong Kong is Home,” the video was shot by Lau from several unconventional locations making for some incredible shots of the city. Covering the diversity of Hong Kong, the video captures Hong Kong’s cityscape as well as some of the more remote areas. Enjoy the video above and check out more of Javin Lau’s work at his website.
On the heels of the Staple x PUMA Suede “Pigeon” release, Jeff Staple sat down with Walt “Clyde” Frazier, an important figure in PUMA and fashion history. The two discussed everything from Clyde’s start with PUMA to how he got his nickname. Check out the video below, and let us know your favorite PUMA Clyde colorways in the comments.
1-2-1 w/jeffstaple feat. Walt “Clyde” Frazier from jeffstaple on Vimeo.
Venturing beyond simple retailing, Canadian menswear boutique, HAVEN, uploaded yet another video lookbook for this season. Shedding light on high performance apparel, this latest Intelligence feature is titled, Field Test: Urban Technical Garments. This one-minute video gives a glimpse into the wide range of brands – such as Acronym, White Mountaineering, HEAD PORTER, Herno Laminar, and Stone Island Shadow Project – who pay particular attention to technical materials and functionality. Although, this video does not physically test the aforementioned brands against the elements, it outlines the growing segment in menswear that is beyond fashion and aesthetics. Check out the full visual report below.
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Acronym, HAVEN, HEAD PORTER, Herno Laminar, Stone Island Shadow Project, White Mountaineering
William Michael Griffin Jr., better known by his stage name, Rakim, is an incredible lyricist with a legendary status in hip hop. His songs and flow became a game changer for the entire rap culture, influencing countless MCs to follow his style. Red Bull Music Academy recently sat down with Rakim on their famous blue couch for their Lecture series. Hosted by Jeff Mao, the lecture goes on for about two hours, dissecting various hits made by Rakim and his former partner, Eric B. This is an amazing video for any music fanatics out there, who wants to understand the process of how a particular song was created and what went through the artist’s head at the time. Get yourself comfortable, and press play on the video underneath.
Founded in 2008, Raleigh Denim is brand that stands apart from the denim crowd. Priding itself on crafting denim with artisanal methods, vintage equipment, and some of the finest denim around courtesy of the renowned Cone Mills White Oak plant. In this video shot by Apartment Number 9, prospector & peddler John Webb takes us through the labor-intensive production process from start to finish. If you like what you see, you can find Raleigh Denim at finer denim stockists including Apartment Number 9.
Not the one to shy away from provocative imagery, Iggy Azalea pulls from middle-eastern dance routines in her latest visual for “Bounce.” Taking her bass-filled anthems down to India, Azalea reinterprets traditional dance routines with her hip-hop swagger. The clip shows Azalea cavorting amidst a festival of colors with interludes of psychedelic imagery throughout. The single comes as the second offering from her upcoming debut full-length The New Classic. “Bounce” is currently available on iTunes.
Walt “Clyde” Frazier certainly does not need any introduction; he is a legend on and off the basketball court, and a self-proclaimed “Greatest Knick ever”. During the preview day of the much-anticipated Staple x PUMA Suede “Pigeon” sneakers, Jeff Staple sat down with Frazier for a 1-2-1 conversation at Reed Space. Those who were privileged to attend the private event were treated to an intimate dialogue filled with great stories by the legendary basketball player. Here is a short recap of the interview in the usual video format underneath. Although, the video does not cover every topic that was discussed, it is still wonderful to hear snippets of the talk session.
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Jeff Staple, Puma, Walt Frazier, Walter “Clyde” Frazier