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.
This is a internet meme I tried to get going back in the day. Obviously it FAILed. See, DERP. BEEP!!1 actually came from a thing me and my friends would say to describe one of our other friends. A rib if you will. Then it became just a thing to say at random: see, BEEP! from urban dictionary dang it. Anyway I started putting it on pictures of celebrities and such where they looked or were doing something stupid. Here’s the first thing I posted on the web:BEEP!!1. This was well before DERP caught on but, oh well. The word was said in Basekitball once and has been used in episodes of South Park. The definition has been on urban dictionary since 2003, so shucks. Either way South Park is great and one of the most hilarious shows ever. So another thing to boost that show and those guys is fine with me. I’m still going to use BEEP!!1 and put it on my stuff and such. And no I’m not trying to “stick it to ‘um” or anything like that. I just enjoy being an individual and don’t want to use a trend as a crutch. I know you’re like “ohhh good for you” but, that’s how I feel. Anyway this hat was given to me by a friend. It was a plan white ‘A’ hat. I was like “blank canvas!” and went to town with all sorts of markers and some acrylic paint. This was one of the first hats I did and is still one of my favorites.
First I would like inform everyone that this deck won a “Today’s Best Award” and is in the top 10 skate decks on Zazzle! Woo Woo Woo, you know it!
I have always been really into Buddha and those little fat monks. It’s most likely because of my grand-daddy. Buddha was his nick name in the air force. He had a bunch of little fat monk statues and some real Buddhas aswell. That’s most likely where it stemmed from. I’ve acquired quite a collection of my own but, no real Buddha statues, just monks. That’s what most people get confused. The fat bald guys are Buddhist monks and the guy with the hat that is depicted in this deck IS in fact Buddha himself. As far as the whole binary thing. I’m a HUGE supporter of irony. Buddhism is a religion and is based on ideals and such. Binary is the basis language of data for most computers. So it’s kindof like a Matrix take on the whole thing. That, what if the basis for religion was data language. I really do not have a problem with religion. I think it’s great to have something to believe in. However belief in yourself is more important and that’s what most religions miss. That’s why if I were religious, Buddhism would be the one I would pick. Most other religions are based on a being from the “higher” world sent down to teach us blah blah. Buddhism on the other hand is about a regular dude who was rich and had pretty much every material want and need but, realized that there had to be more to life. He then set out to find what that was and found enlightenment and reached a introspective higher power. It’s more about life and the circle of it and less about fear of death. Most of my morality and values parallel those of Buddhism. But Karma is a Buddhist teaching and deals very close with action/reaction, which a very scientific theory. This deck is just a tribute to that, in a way. Plus a picture made of “101010100110011” just looks nifty.
I just recently finished Mick Foley’s 3rd wrestling-ography: Hardcore Diaries. It was pretty good. It was supposed to be a diary kept my Mick from his 2004 comeback til 2007 or so. While it was chock full of entries with old stories mixed in; it also had a lot of filler. At any rate that in turn made me go on the hunt for old ECW stuff. For most of the book talked about Mick’s ECW: One Night Stand match. I watched the two “ONS” and then a bunch of old stuff. ECW is actually the first wrestling I had every really sat down and watched all the way through. I’d watch WWF sometimes but not really ever know what was going on. I was very young during those days. Then I’d sneak watch wrestling because, my mom made it to where I couldn’t watch for the violence. I watched it anyways, standing right in front of my TV so I could change the channel if my parents came in my room. I didn’t have a remote so I had to be ready. Anyway I was over at a friends house when I was 10 or so and his step dad was watching a ECW PPV. Barely Legal to be exact. Me and my friend were playing He-man. He had Castle Grayskull, it was awesome. When I heard ECW. Then I remembered seeing RAW a while back and seeing some crazy longed haired guy (SABU) jump off of the RAW sign and the Vince McMahon saying “something, something ECW”. So I guess it triggered that. The crowd started chatting “Fuck you D-Von” so naturally being young and just recently learning about cursing, my eyes were fixed. Then I saw the intro for the PPV, which had people doing crazy stuff; flying through tables, doing flips and what not. Throw in some random shots of scantily clad women and you have a recipe for greatness to a young boy. I had been back into wrestling for about a year because I got a phone call from a friend saying: “Dude Hulkster’s a bad guy now”. So I had been sneak watching WCW for a bit. So seeing all this stuff was way more than I was “supposed to” see, so it was great! I watched the rest of the PPV sitting on the floor and it had me hooked! The crowd was just so into whatever was happening and what ever was happening was very shocking. After that wrestling got REALLY popular and my Maam naturally let me watch it. So all this week I have been reminding myself of the ‘good ol’ days’. One of the videos I found to be most memorable is the match between John Cena and RVD for the WWE title. This was the second One Night Stand and the beginning of what seemed like the rebirth of ECW. Also it was the first time they had WWE story lines mixed in for the show. The match was pretty good but, what made it even better was the just sheer hatred for John Cena. He usually does his thing then throws out his shirt and hat to a crowd that wants them. Not this time as they preceded to throw everything back no matter how Cena tried. It was great. Like I mentioned before, the crowd is what made it. I think that’s pretty much always the case. With the chants and reactions, a good crowd makes a match seem like you wish you were there to see it in person. A crowd can really make or break the whole show.
I got beanie art too! Pretty much if it can be painted on and then worn, I’m gonna “fux wid it”. Anyways, let me just start off by saying by today’s AWESOME weather it looks like we won’t need these types of garments for a while. YAY! It seems that Spring is here, or atleast that’s what my sinuses are telling me. But I do infact “art” on other types of hats aswell. This one in particular, I found at a local ATL venue called The Masquerade(raise the roof!). Don’t worry I washed and stuff. It had a hole in it conveniently right where one of my eyes are when I pulled it down. So I was like “ski mask time!” I cut another hole for the other eye and voilà! Then I thought about putting something on the front, like a face. I was like “yes this is a great idea!” Side note: a few days after that, I was in the mall and saw the marvel beanies with hero faces on them, so much for that. I had no idea of what type of face I wanted to put on it. I thought about, if I were a goofy robber I want to be scary. So I put a monster face on it. For some reason when I think of ‘monsters’, I think green. I think dinosaurs are the reasoning behind that. I had a bunch of dinosaur toys when I was a kid. It was before Jurassic Park came out so they were a little less accurate. Plus they were cheap and solid green is the cheapest way to go while staying in the realistic spectrum, I guess. I used a white fabric paint base and then went to town with various types of markers. I realize I didn’t really talk of the medium on the hat last week. Sorry, I’m new at this. It was very fun to make and I will be doing more in the future.
Ahh Daft Punk. How can you not like these guys. Anyway, I first saw this late on a Saturday night on Toonami (remember that? *sigh*) and it blew my mind. At the time i was hugely into Dragonball Z and anime in general. Also I had no idea I liked house or techno or any of that stuff. I have always been a fan of Static-X and they borrow elements from that style, so I guess I always did like that kind of stuff. Also I had been only playing drums for a few years when I saw this and the straight forward pulsing beat inspired me. Not to mention the artwork and concept were super inspiring. See when I see something that really impresses me; it doesn’t inspire me to do what that thing is. It inspires me in a very general way. It gives me ambition fuel to go and do the things that I love. So people ask me what inspires me, I say “anything and everything” because, it is very possible to be inspired by all things. Now influences, well that’s a different story…
"It’s a small world after all…" Yep. This is a very true statement. Through out the years of playing music I have met alot of people and that might be my why world is so "small". I can’t honestly tell you the last time I met some one; I talked to them for a minute, then found out we know the same people. Its not that the literal earf is small. Its people’s respective "worlds". A projection of a perspective if you will. "This is my world! MY WORLD!" Agent Smith, The Matrix. The Matrix was never Smith’s literally but, the way he saw it made it his. Honestly I think the earf is actually swelling if you ask me but, that’s for another time. So the world is not small no. But MY world gets smaller and smaller everyday. I have a theory that when someone dies their energy goes back up into the this energy atmosphere and when people are conceived they barrow some energy from this "cloud". Sometimes people get pieces of the same energy so in turn they are connected. Well, wow I got pretty far out with this one. Anyway this shirt is inspired by …all of that stuff.
I HATE SPIDERS! Like I can’t even look at pictures with out squirming a bit. And I can pretty much pin point the reason. The movie Little Monsters. Great movie, don’t get me wrong but, there’s this one scene where Ben Savage’s character and his friend are in his room and the friend is telling a messed up story about an axe murderer cutting off all the arms and legs of this girl. That’s scary enough right there. Then Fred Savage’s character starts to mess with them by reenacting the “bump, bump” noise from the story. Anyway he goes down to his room right after and there’s a glowing light coming from his closet. He had one of those blinds, shutter door type closets, exactly like the one I had! So he opens the door to find a TV playing this terrible scene from some old movie where an old lady is screaming “help me” in a very high pitched creepy voice. She’s covered in webbing and of course a GIANT SPIDER comes into frame to EAT HER! From that moment on I have been deathly afraid of spiders. I even had educational books with pictures of spiders and I would tape those pages together so I would never see them. I don’t know what it is about late eighties/early nineties kids movies. They were seriously messed up. Go and check out The Nostalgia Critic or James Rolfe they will remind you. That’s why I think my generation has always been memorized by things that are “wrong”. We were trained that way. So this design is kindof like a “face my fears” or putting a face on my fears is more like it. That’s what the skulls are. To show how scary I think spiders are and skaters can stomp on the damned things all day long!
Okay so for this whole week i have been on a “find super heavy music” kick. And I have found some bands through listening to The Acacia Strain Radio on last.fm; here are some of them:
THY ART IS MURDER - Mixing new school with old school, these guys are pretty awesome. The ideas and symbolism they use are enough but, the way they project skinless, cannibal corpse; even morbid angel. Yet still have a new school edge with the breakdowns and dissonant chords etc. Most “metal” fans are turned off by that second part but, not me. The satanic/atheistic artwork and lyrics alone make them metal enough. Plus their drummer is super duper fast and tight. So I’m biased.
The Contortionist - Djent done with a bit of deathcore and math. That’s the best way I can describe these guys. They rip apart song structure with weird time signatures and strange scales but still manage not to lose you. Then they bust into a very traditional “djent” melodic part, with syth mind you and it all makes since together. I hate when bands do a part just for the sake of making their songs impossible to follow or just to be “different”. This band is genuine.
Slice the Cake - This band I actually found on facebook when it was posted by a friend. The song I heard is a brand new one. It starts out with a very black metal intro with “acoustic” sounding guitars and violins. Then it slowly decays into a halved timed type groove that progresses into a “showing of their stroke”. The music is very techy and he vocalist does almost mocking birdesk vocal to show his whole range in just a couple of words. Upon doing further research most of their songs deliver to this caliber and that’s the way it should be.
So all and all it has been a good week in new music for me. Lately I have been all but enthused for new music, specially metal. Everyone just seemed to be following trends. Although these bands may pay homage; that’s all it is. They use their influences as a launch pad to musical innovation. I believe that’s the only way you CAN be innovative in this day and age. Most of everything GOOD has been thought of and done. So taking a few parts from things you like and are inspired by is the way to make great music. Because most people are afraid of everything these days and new music is at the top of that list. Either it be from the economy or just the humans getting lazier(probably that one). People need some sort of familiar territory to stand. In closing this week has made me optimistic about metal. I will leave you with the seed of my ObessSesion this week:
The Acacia Strain - Tactical Nuke
This is another form of art that I delve in. A very very important part of my life. I have been playing music for about 13 or so years now. Everything I’ve been through and all the big events in my life can be pin pointed using which band i was in at the time. Most of my big events and drinking days were spent in my old band Last Day To Fall. Even though I’ll be 4 years sober this summer, I wouldn’t change one bit of those days. Also if not for those days I wouldn’t be where I am today. Koskee is the band I am most proud of and still am. I think I have found the best chemistry with these fine gentlemen and we plan to take over the world.
This is the video for our song “Powers ‘Out’ Boothe”. It’s a mash up from our “homecoming” show at Jonnie MacCracken’s. A bar that is a second home to us. It still is one of the best if not the best show we have played to date.
Thank you to ALL of the people that have supported and still support this band. None of this would be possible if it weren’t for you. And you know who you are!