My Maam bought me this corduroy hat from the thrift store. It was just a plain hat. It was already awesome enough because it’s corduroy but, I wanted to customize it a bit. Let me just say though, corduroy is a very underrated fabric. Not only does it look quool but, I bet it’s difficult to make aswell. I’m just saying it’s under appreciated. Movin’ on. I really didn’t know what to do with this hat. Then I saw these shoes I had that had been through alot. I used to work as a bar back and I bought the white Velcro shoes from Wal-Mart to work in. Great shoes; I don’t even think they make them anymore. Well I quit that job and still had the shoes. They were kindof worn-out already but, I wanted to re-appropriate them. So I started to think: “Well, they’re white; blank canvas; not for me, for my friends”. I mean why should people with casts be the only ones that get to ‘wear’ little notes from their friends? So I started carting around a bunch of markers everywhere I went. I mean everywhere. Even down to Orlando when I was on vacation. While I was down there I ran into one, James Mitchell. He is one of my favorite wrestling managers. He’s from the middle of the ECW days and he’s managed some of my favorites like: Raven, Mikey Whipwreck and even CM Punk. So I got him to sign my shoes aswell. Eventually the shoes became unwearable but, I couldn’t throw them out. They would just sit there on my craft table and I’d see them every day. So when I was thinking about what to do with this hat; it was natural. I cut out all the notes and stuff from the shoes and craft glued them onto the hat. But I needed to do something with the bill. I though, “why stop the notes now?”, so I glued a piece of dry-erase paper to it. Now whenever I wear this hat I try to take along some dry-erase makers just incase. This is still one of my favorite hats. It has the most history. It also represents my desire to crate with my friends; to share the experience of creation with them. That’s why I love being in bands. I just encourage team work and that sort of thing. While I can be a loner; that feeling of accomplishment is always nice to share.
Well if you have been keeping up with my blog then you know that this is deck is influenced by a very special board. If you would like to go back and read click here and you can see what I am talking about. I’ve kindof always been interested in dinosaurs since I was a child. Even before Jurassic Park came out. I just love and am awestruck by things that are bigger than me. I love the humble feeling that I get. Like, I still catch myself just staring at trees when I’m outside or looking up the whole time that I’m around tall buildings. I mean, even most of my good friends are taller than I am. Well that’s probably because I’m short. While most people like me have a ‘little guy’ complex, where they hate things that are bigger or taller; I welcome things of that nature. I guess it’s just a fascination or an intrigue because I don’t experience looking down at things or people, I’m always looking up. That’s most likely where my positive attitude comes from. I’m physically looking up all the time so why not figuratively look up aswell. Wow I went waaaay off topic. Okay. This board idea did stem from the first and only skateboard I have ever owned. The deck design from that board shows a a vert skateboarder being eaten by a shark. So I wanted to pay homage to that and also throw in a little bit of revenge from the skateboarder side. The guy is ‘tricking’ the beast instead of being eaten. So it’s like he’s conquering the beast. The fact that there is two is just my OCDness. I never thought about this until now but, I guess the conquering is a projection of my “fearless” attitude towards things larger than myself. Anyway I hope you enjoy this design because apparently it means alot to me.
Okay so, a week ago I made a post on facebook and one of my friends responded with this metal(djent) version of the Katy Perry song ‘ET’. It blew my mind. Anyone that knows me, knows that Katy Perry is my GODDESS! She is the Sun and I am the Earth, kinda thing. Basically I’m in love with a woman that I’ve never met. Besides that I love me some good ‘bow dede bow dundededundun’ you know what’s I’m sayin’ BRO!? So I was pretty dern stoked when this video was brought to my attention. I have watched it about 1236712 times; give or take a few. All the other time this week I have been searching for metal covers of pop songs. I’m a sucker for this kindof stuff. I love metal and I love pop. But these things are only good when the two opposites clash. Like the heaviest of metal versions of the bubble gummiest pop songs are what I’m talkin’ about. It’s awesome! Hearing a persons interpretation of a super ‘mainstream’ song from a very ‘underground’ perspective is what I strive to hear. I can remember when those ‘Pop goes Punk’ or ‘Punk goes Krunk’ CDs first came out. A couple of songs on there were good but, I was hoping that it was just the tip of the iceberg. Because there are already Pop/Punk Rap/Rock genre’s that have had mainstream success. Which is awesome but, just not as interesting to me. I want like The Acacia Strain to do a cover of a Lily Allen song or Cannibal Corpse do a cover of a Miley Cyrus song(haha yeah right). And I know ‘pop metal’ exists but, from what I’ve heard it takes pretty much all the unimaginative parts of each and slams them together in a ploy to dive into people’s pockets or pants. I mean metal and pop have tons of things in common. The only difference is scales usually. Pop traditionally uses a more major scale and metal uses a more minor one. Major=happy to our brains; while minor is more dark. Yes there are very obscure facets of both. I enjoy the obscure metal from time to time. On the other hand I don’t really enjoy the obscure pop. My opinions on pop are very similar to mine on rap and hip-hop. It is what it is; don’t try to get too experimental or deep with it. Unless you want it to be hilarious because, that’s how I’m going to feel about it. Like most of the metal covers of pop I found this week; they are having fun with it. They aren’t trying to ‘change the game’; they’d rather make it a game. A fun one at that. There were definitely some great ones. But then you have people trying to show ‘their stuff’ and it just tarnishes the whole idea. It’s gonna be funny. There’s is nothing you can do about that. If you can still bob your head while your giggling than it’s a win. All and all I was not able to find a cover that topped the one that got me on this kick in the first place. But there are mos def some that deserve an honorable mention.
HERE THEY ARE:
Drewsif Stalin - E.T. HONORABLE MENTION:
(Yes…more Katy Perry, Gods I love that woman)
Keeping the Ying-Yang Twins theme going I guess. This idea came about when I had a carton of Tropicana orange juice and the cap was in the shape of an orange. I thought “this is great! I have a an orange hat; I’ll use it on that”. The orange hat is the one you see here. It’s a MILF hunter hat. Now I used to think I was attracted to ‘MILFs’ but, actually it’s the maturity. See younger girls are carefree and naive, then some where in their mid to late 20s they instantly think have everything out because they have taste of a little bit of success. Or on the other hand they become obsessed with success because they are being pressured by their family or their internal clock. But some women find a good balance and maturity comes along with that. Anyway I didn’t want to have a hat that said ‘MILF hunter’ anymore but, I wanted to use the hat, so I turned it inside out. I figured out that the bill of the hat wasn’t going to do what I wanted it to, so I re-sewed it and did the same with the headband. So it’s an inside-out hat. I just customized it to be comfortable. Now back to ‘Hanh’. This is another Ying-Yang Twins gem. It’s a noise that D-roc makes pretty much at random. I don’t really know or care about the meaning. It just makes me giggle. So I took the word, put some oranges behind it and printed it on a iron-on transfer. I thin it turned out great and it is still one of my favorites.
MY BAWLS in 3-D
Bahaha. Sorry, ‘Bawls’ is very funny to me. I remember the first time I heard it. It was in a Lil Jon song. I believe it was “Get Low”. The line is “To the window, to the wall; ‘til the sweat drop down my bawls(my bawls)…”. Ahh yes the lyrical accolades of The Ying-Yang Twins. Awesome. Hilarious. Womanizing? Yes. But I pay more attention to the way they say things. Their accent and the way the rap is just fun and makes me giggle pretty hardcore. That’s the way rap has always been for me. If it’s not funny in some way, then I don’t really enjoy it. I mean I appreciate the ‘serious’ rap and hip-hop, but even some of that stuff makes me laugh. I think when someone is trying super hard to be…super hard, it’s pretty damn cheesy to me. In my opinion that’s what hip-hop has been all about since the beginning. Just look at the name for starters: Hip-Hop. Hipsters hoppin’ about? I think so. Even when groups like NWA came out. It was still fun. They just rapped about how ‘gansta’ type activities were fun to them. Or maybe I’m misinterpreting. Oh well. On to the next part of the shirt. 3-D ooooo. No, not what The Dudley Boyz had to change their name to in order to be in TNA. I’m talking about the visual phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. I remember seeing The Creature: From the Black Lagoon in 3-D when I was very young. It was a re-release ofcourse. 3-D never really went away. Since the mid 80s, you could go down to your local history museum and watch a 3-D movie about space or whatever. And no you didn’t wear the paper glasses. That’s the cheap way to do it and hasn’t been done that way since the early 80s. Anyway my point is: the only reason it’s making a ‘comeback’ is because there’s a generation that hasn’t experienced it yet. That’s how the movie industry works. They come out with something, people get into it, then it goes away before it’s gets stale. Then a generation later, it comes back. That’s how really anything in the consumer world works. Something comes out when your young, then comes back out when your healthy with nostalgia and there’s a new generation to be wowed by it; everyone wins. So basically this shirt is my tribute to hilarious rap with a nostalgic twist.
Here’s a hand drawn then scanned design. This actually came from me trying to draw a design for my old death metal band. As it turns out, I’m not very good at drawing scary stuff. If you really think about it though, mummies have become kindof cute since Boris Karloff. Things like cartoons and theme parks have made mummies more nifty than scary. The Brendan Frasier Mummy movies made mummies epic again but, still not scary. Come to think of it all of the old movie monsters aren’t considered scary anymore. Back in the day, people were horrified by the thought of an ancient, cursed human coming back to life. But now mummies are little kids costumes and on cereal boxes and stuff. Vampires and Werewolves too have been watered down. Movies like Twilight and Underworld have changed the way we look at them by making them more human or more ninja-like. Nope All the old things that used to haunt have either been done too many times or revamped(no pun intended) for some other use. The horror movie industry has been out of ideas for awhile. They have just been trying to make ANYTHING scary. From killer voice mails to possessed video tapes. There has been a few corn pieces in the poop though. Movies like Final Destination and Saw have the right idea but, even they beat those horses with dead horses. Saw was just harking back to serial killer movies like Silence of the Lambs. That has always been a steadfast goto. When people are no longer scared of monsters, make them scared of their fellow man. Make them scared of realism. That’s the goal to make people believe that this may happen to them, in real life. In the 20’s and 30’s people believed those movies; for we were still naive in a lot of ways. But scientist and philosophers just have to keep ‘de-bunking’ our fears. One thing that they have actually help stay scary(especially lately) is zombies. Zombies have always been around since Romero. There has definitely been some great movies and some down right stupid movies. Either way zombies have stayed around and stayed scary in some way or another. But really if you think about it, zombies are just more ‘believable’ versions of mummies. So I guess mummies haven’t lost there appeal after all. At least I hope…
On Monday I watched the last MEGA episode of Battle Star Galactic. One of my best friends got me to watch it. I have to admit I was skeptical at first. There’s a sort stigma that space operas carry. Either it be from the hokey old school stuff or the inconsistency of most shows that are just trying to be Star Trek. This show is in its own class. It just perfectly marries the draw and intrigue of fantasy with comfort and stability of realism. There really is no hole. Every loose end is eventually tied up. It’s almost as if these guys wrote the ending first. Which is how you should write a story. There has to be a definite end, otherwise you will just wind up rushing arcs and vaguely ending characters. It also has a perfect flow throughout the whole series. If you really wanted to you could sit down and watch all four seasons and it would feel like a movies. Each season adds and takes away the right amount. After we watched, I went on message boards about the series. I like to read other perspective to better build my own. And there were a lot of recent post of people RE- watching the whole series. That just goes to show the quality doesn’t go away with age. It may be “old” by TV standards but, the effects and action are anything but. Also it’s a retelling. It does what it’s supposed to; takes the ideas and foundation from the old and make something new. I have been obsessed with this all week, yes but, my obsession is a little more specific. There is this song in the show. It is a very important song(I’m trying not to spoil anything). The song is based on the Jimmy Hendrix song “All Along the Watch Tower”. This version from the show has been stuck in my head ALL WEEK. But again like I said before, taking something old and giving it a new spin. These guys are very good at this. This contains a picture that could be considered a “SPOILER”, so if you still want to hear the song then close your eyes if you want to watch this show, otherwise enjoy http://www.youtube.com/embed/NcUE_r0VGqY
Here is Koskee’s bandcamp. It has every song that we have recorded. You can download our first EP “Fools Are Welcome Here” and our colab song with our buddies in UVM “Coattails” for free. Our newest EP “Union Girls” is only $5, so help support some up and comers. You can go and like my band on facebook, just click “My Band” at the top of this blog.
PENGoo! The Penguin.
In the interest of consistence, I thought I would post another BEEP!!1 related…post. This is the first design that I drew by hand and scanned into the computer to finish it off. I have always loved penguins. I think it’s black and white. I’m very drawn to that pattern for some reason. I love penguins also for their very passive and loyal nature. Plus they are just cute as hell. The way they just wobble around and stuff. Going back to the black and white thing. The first time I saw a Yin-Yang symbol I became obsessed with it. There is probably some scientific explanation about my brain waves or some psychological theory about my interest in the super ‘pure’ and the super ‘evil’. The later is true. My two favorite comic book characters are The Joker and Captain America. I am all about truth, justice and honor but, the there’s another side to me that loves vengeance, sadism and chaos. But if you know me, I’m a very ‘grey area’ kind of guy, personality wise. Like I enjoy the evil stuff if I’m not directly effected by it. But I see all sides to every situation, even the supposed ‘bad’. I guess I’m in love with perspective. I am often fascinated by the ‘why’; never really the ‘what’. The human psyche is a very interesting thing. Welp now you better understand my mind and how hard it is to deal with sometimes. This is a rare instance where I got my brain under enough control to physically project an idea because, that’s what this is blog is about…right?
So I was at the mall last week and I walk into this new store called Zumiez. It’s like a skater/hip-hop store. It’s pretty #quool. It’s a bit over priced but, what store isn’t these days? So I walk in and I see these^ shoes sitting on the shoe wall. Right away I can tell they are custom. I take them up to the counter and ask how much they are. The kid behind the counter says that he actually made those and doesn’t really know how much he wants for them. I’m pretty pumped that these are one of a kind. I’m willing to pay for these because I myself am a “clothing artist” so this is super inspiring to me. I ask what they are made of and he tells me he made them from the ‘green’ recyclable Zumiez bags. He says hes been working for Zumiez for a long time and wants to open his own store someday. He also says he wants to make some more shoes like this but, seems rather apathetic about it. I know exactly how he feels because, it’s not a steady reliable source of income, which sucks. It shouldn’t be about the money but, unfortunately we need money to survive. I’m not going to get into that, trust me. So I went and got money out of the ATM and bought them off of the kid. Hopefully that gives him some incentive to keep customizing shoes and to open his own store.