KarmaloopTV recently got with Eric Jordan at Gallery 151, illustrator and in house designer for the label Rocksmith to talk about a few of his favorite pieces and experiences. He has some pretty impressive work and when you also count the work that he's put in for Rocksmith there is no denying his versatility. If you want to see more of his work check his site EJORDANILL.
Last week TheOneCam and I were walking by Canal Street, decided to venture off into some streets then happened to walk by The Hundreds and stopped by to check it out. I have to say it looks pretty cool in there with the white brick wall TH design, the racks/shelves fixtures with leather upholstery, wood tiling, 2 27in iMacs, and a huge awesome slab of marble for a wall on the right side. The dudes there were chill and everything, I could be wrong but I think NA (Deadline) was chilling near the register too. Check the pics and stop by the shop on 96 Grand Street (Map) New York, NY 10012, they got some good stuff there.
That has always been a question in thought, and still to this day I ask myself this. What am I talking about, or about whom? Well it's more of a general problem with streetwear or whatever you want to call it, that has plagued (yes, like a disease) the minds of the mindless. Every year a clothing company does 3 or 4 collections, and some of the biggest in the game get this Pokemon gotta catch em all zombie like drone-age to their no thought tees and ideas... and it's a little sickening. This feverish stand in line for hours for the new new, which isn't soo new hurts the industry in my eyes.
Gone is the heart for design in these company's and all they do now is slap a picture (That's usually not theirs) on a tee with a logo and call it a day. What ever happened to gaining new ground as an artist and at least seem like you're trying to keep a fan of your work? I know what happened... the mindless scenesters that follow things just because they heard Pharrell mention it or something to that degree. Those zombies will stand in line for something that all they did was lower the production count, but at the same time lowered the thought in design yet they think it's the best thing ever. Even worse is the loyalty they give to the brand and follow it blindly, and not thinking twice on dropping 90 on some lame vector clip art type tee on ring spun cotton.
Sorry I like some artistic thought put into what I buy, or at least fake it and make it seem like you took time out and designed it. I am all for parodies or play with words/logos, but at a certain point it can't be all you do... them all you're doing is riding someone elses coat-tail to benefit yourself. Put some thought into it, I'll buy that for a few if it at least seems you had a thought of your own.
Out soon (April 20th) is BAPE's new summer 2009 catalog. I call Nigo the streetwear's Puffy because he is just plain smart about his merchandise (Doesn't mean it's all great, like Puff). At first I was fasinated with the way he works his stuff to be limited and still have the same things over and over ($$$) just in a slight different pattern or color. People eat it up! Why? Not fully sure yet, but It just goes back to limited, I have what you don't, exclusive. I am not saying the designs he puts out are garbage (only some, hehe), but I think it gets more attention because of his marketing skills. More power to ya Nigo!
The cool thing about these 15-20 dollar (Don't remember exact amount) catalogs, is that they always come with some cool mini toy/accesory/bag. Sure does sucker me into buying em once in a while. Check the top right to see what bag this one comes with.