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Blogger Project | Snaps vol 2

Jeff Staple

Video : Paul Labonte and/or Paul 107

I’m super excited about this video. It’s my first real video shoot and edit. Paul just wrapped up his new book, ready to be released. You might have encountered some of his previous work either on my blog or on the notorious shelves at Reed Space. With help from Johnny F Kim, and audio assist from Scott, I think we pulled off an awesome result. The book is called : Photographs inspired by the rap music that once inspired me.

Books arrived today. It’s my fourth. It’s already available at the Sometimes/Desfois shop. This one is a book of photo’s. The photo’s I showed at the 381 projects gallery space in the spring of 2008. Last month the people at Anteism Publishing asked me if I wanted to do a small print project with the shots. I agreed to it and Conor Virtue (my long time cohort) agreed to lay it out. Jacob Gavin had curated that 381 Projects show. The idea behind his show was to get creatives who work in and around the music industry to make art based on the music they actually listen to. The music that inspires them. The music that plays when they work. Rap music moves me. Painting pictures with words over sped up soul loops and big drums inspires me. Anybody who has spent any amount of time with me over the 20 years knows that I speak in rap quotes a lot of the time. It’s like the OHHLA site is uploaded to my brain. Hindsight I should have called the book Lose it when dudes think it’s just music. I have this love hate thing with rap. I feel like I spent 25 years of my life trying to justify it’s merits to people and I’m tired now.

3sixteen | Welcome to level +

I got a nice package today from my friends at 3sixteen! Boxed up was a pair of their latest denim offering. 3sixteen+ is the NY brand’s japanese selvedge project in coalition with Self Edge. Big ups to johan and andrew.

“The 10BSP jean from 3sixteen+ is a great straight leg fit jean made up of a rope dyed indigo selvedge denim which is woven in Japan.

The denim on these jeans start out as a deep indigo color with a considerable amount of vertical falling that’s visible even when the denim is raw. Due to the rigid feel of this denim the jean’s color will fade to a bright indigo shade over parts of heavy stress or abrasion with normal wear.

Taking the Japanese ideology of leaving no detail untouched these two entities have come together to create a line which brings the Japanese otaku of denim and classic American styles to the western world. 3sixteen+ are working closely with small Japanese mills to create new denim and fabrics for these projects.”

Available exclusively at SelfEdge

* 14oz Indigo Roped Dyed Japanese Selvedge Denim
* Dual-Red Selvedge ID
* Custom Gunmetal Shanks & Rivets
* Selvedge Coin Pocket, Fly, & Outseam
* Hidden Rivets
* Hand-stamped Heavyweight Leather Patch
* Offset Coin Pocket Stitching Detail
* Straight Leg Fit

Little Chairs full of books

I found these photos I took at Reed Space from my NY trip. Thought I’d post them, not like most of you haven’t seen or been before, but I personally love seeing Shop Photos; the art of merchandising isn’t something to be overlooked.

The people at Reed Space have a knack for making garments on a shelf look…better, for lack of a better description.