Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Chris Searl Photography

Thanks to the InqMind blog I came across the photography of Chris Searl.  Chris has shot campaigns for Mooks, Mambo, Sony Music, Stussy, Bonds, Insight, Modular Records, Volcom, nd DC Shoes.  His photographs have also been featured in Nylon, Vice and Intersection.  Chris is the co-editor (Campbell Milligan), photographer and co-founder of Australian art and design publication Monster Children.

Chris's photographs can be viewed here.

(via. InqMind)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Maestro Knows Episode 6

Maestro Knows - Episode 6 (Air Yeezy Skate) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

10 Deep Spring 2009 - Delivery 2

10.Deep - Spring 2009 Delivery 2: Keep It Moving from 10 Deep on Vimeo.

Diamond Mystery Box

The Diamond Mystery Box is back once again.  $100 gets you 6 tee's and 1 crewneck sweater. Goes on sale today at noon PST.

Tuesday's Chill Track: "Rollin" - Big Sean


Monday, April 27, 2009


Yesterday I caved...losing all self control. As I result I added the Supra Strapped Suede's to the ever growing shoe collection.

Monday Morning Playlist: Brandon Cheng

One of the highlights for me this past February was viewing the Triumvir Civil War Collection at Magic/Project. Not to follow suit the Triumvir crew booked a sky suite at the MGM to entertain and display the upcoming collection. The spring 09 collection was and is beyond impressive. For those of you unfamiliar with the brand itself, Triumvir is - "heavily influenced by history, culture and the derivatives of contemporary fashions, many of the ideals and legacies set forth by the Roman Empire, among others, have served as direction inspiration for triumvir".      

The force behind Triumvir is non-other then Brandon Cheng.  Triumvir became an extension of Brandon's custom sneaker work that you could at one time find on NikeTalk.  From there the brand evolved and in the past few years under went a slight image change all while maintaining their integrity and giving us nothing less then some of the highest quality denim, button ups, outwear and graphically pleasing designs. Recently they teamed up with Capcom and Sega promoting the 20th anniversary of Street Fighter as well as Madworld for Wii.

Brandon's work has been a huge inspiration to the crew at LifeAfterMidnight so it seemed fitting to ask Brandon what music has been influencing his work as well as some tunes that he has in constant rotation.

Influencing Brandon's work...

1. Mildred Bailey, "When That Man Is Dead And Gone"
2. Transmission0, "Dream 1"
3. Transmission0, "Fragments"
4. Transmission0, "Dying Light"


5. Hiroshi Fujiwara, "Hard Boiled Dub"
6. The Smiths, "How Soon is Now"
7. Paul Davis, "I Go Crazy"
8. Nujabes, "World's End Rhapsody"
9. Morrissey, "I have Forgiven Jesus"
10. Morrissey, "Let Me Kiss You"
11. Anything Enya
12. Anything Enigma
13. Depeche Mode, "Shake the Disease"
14. Depeche Mode, "Question of Lus"
15. The Cure, "Lullaby"

Words of advice, get your hands on a pair of the Castor Raw Selvedge Denim.  In our opinion of the of nicest pairs of denim on the market right now.

Thanks Brandon for the time.  Look forward to what comes out of the dungeon and triumvir camp over the upcoming seasons.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kanye ft. Jeezy - Amazing

Amazing from kwest on Vimeo.

Cool song and video but it's hard to get past the auto-tune, for me anyways.

A Disposable Art Show - Freedom Fighter

Also if you are in the Toronto area check out 'A Disposable Art Show' at the Baitshop (358 Dufferin St. Suite 117).  The space was voted one of the best new galleries in Toronto last year and it is clear as day as to why. 

The show itself features 30 custom painted decks created, including works by Andrew Pommier, Doublenaut, Che Kothari and many more.  All decks will be sold in support of the Princess Margaret Hospital and will rain in price from $200-$400.

You can check out the event here.

(via. BaitShop)

Wale @ Livestock Sunday

Wale will be at LiveStock in Toronto April 26 (this Sunday) for a meet and greet from 5 until 6 pm.  If your in the area Wale will be performing after the meet and greet at MOD Club Theartre at  9:00 pm (722 College St)  

(via. LiveStock)

3sixteen Fall 2009

3sixteen Fall 2009 Photoshoot from 3sixteen on Vimeo.

Andrew Chen and Johan Lam, with the help of director Sarah Krusen and model DeVon Drakkar Lane Simmons, killed Fall 09 with one of the most well thought out and stunning look books this fall.  Expanding the line to leather totes and a pair of frames.  Look for the new online store in the next week or so.

(via. 3sixteen)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vans Rowley Shambles Hi Eco Pack

Check out the Vans Rowley Shambles Hi from the Vans skate/surf Eco Pack.  This unique shoe uses organic materials.  Even the shoe box is recycled cardboard.  The shoe is mainly gray with a white midsole and subtle hints of green on the tongue and upper.  And what is better then the strap buckle.  This shoe will pop up May 1st and retail for $80.

(via. Vans)

Nike Presents Onward - James Jarvis x Richard Kenworthy

Onwards from LAM on Vimeo.

“I had become interested in the idea of characters that were less referential and more iconic and abstract. I particularly wanted to do something with a potato-headed stick-man that I had been drawing at that time.

The film was inspired by certain personal experiences in running – a favourite run over Blanchland moor in Northumberland, being attacked by a crow in Singapore – and also by the transcendent, almost psychedelic experience of the simple act of running.

Rather than a marketing project inititated by Nike, the film was something proposed and produced by myself, and as such I hope represents a much more equal collaboration with a brand.” 

(via Amos)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Today's Useless But Impressive Lesson: Daichi Beatboxing

So this is beyond impressive.  You have to watch the video in its entirety.  As it progresses it just gets more impressive.  Daichi is an 18 year old Japanese beatbox talent who made this video last week in an attempt to get a Beatbox Challenge Wildcard.

(via. DobbyBrain)

Pharrell Parting Ways With Sleeve

Looks as though Pharrell has decided to get laser treatment to remove his tattoos.  Which has me curious as to what he plans on doing when that all heals up.

(via. BBC)

Benny Gold Limited Online Colorway

Benny Gold will be releasing 50 pieces of this limited colorway through his online store later this week. It matches the Benny Gold striped fitted that he released this season that is in available in stores now.

(via. BennyGold)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Hundreds Footware Summer 2009

The Hundreds are officially a full fledged footwear company.  The Summer 2009 line up hits shelves at THLA and THSF Thursday.  New canvas colorways in the Johnson Mids, Johnson Lows and of course the Valenzuela Lows.   

(via. TheHundreds)

No Title Required

3 million hits on three videos in 3 months not too shabby.  A bit better then Ali's 69 views in 2 months.  

Ransom x Adidas Closer Look

Inqmnd posted these pictures of the Ransom x Adidas shoe.  Looks like a complete new silhouette.  Inqmnd is reporting that "Adidas has taken the collaboration game to the next level. They’ve actually allowed select retailers to design their own signature Adidas model, as opposed to the typical collab method of just customizing an existing model". 

(via. Inqmnd)

Maestro Knows Episode 5

Maestro Knows - Episode 5 (Dom Kennedy) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

Tuesday's Chill Track: "Sooner or Later" - N.E.R.D.


Monday, April 20, 2009

Ransom x Adidas Sneak Peak

(via. MattGeorge)

Clipse x Kanye x Kaws

The Clipse has teamed up with Kanye for his up coming album 'Til The Casket Drops'.  With Kaws's golden touch and a leaked track the hysteria begins. Download.

Air Jordan I Polka Dots

Jordan and Nike have dropped the Air Jordan 1 Polka Dot in two colorways - the white on black and black on white.  The shoe is available in a low ankle and high ankle design and are rumored to be released in a few other colors along the way.

(via. KicksOnFire)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This Is What We Should All Drive...

I have been having this re-occurring dream where I am ripping around town in a T-Rex.  The T-Rex is built exclusively by Campagna Motors in Boucherville, Quebec. 0-70 in 3.5 seconds and 0-100 in 10 with a top speed of 157 mph.  Only $50,000 short so I guess I'll keep to dreaming.

Nike SB Dunk Premium - Sky/Pink

It has been a while since I have seen a pair of dunks that I have really liked, probably since the Concept x Nike Lobsters Dunks.  Anyways I saw these gems today.  Good news, they reinstalled my love for the dunk.  Bad news they are only available in South Korea. Hopefully when the are released State side we get them in a mid.

(via. NiceKicks)

Is This Spring or Fall?

Took the Rebel to the lake this weekend to enjoy one of the last weekends before the move to New York.  I have been really into textures and photographing water lately.  Here are a few images from what felt like a Fall Saturday.

Friday, April 17, 2009

30 x 30

“30 Customs By 30 Artists: An Auction to benefit the Children of Cambodia is the first step in trying to help the children that have impacted my life,” writes Kidrobot’s Baroness Nichole. “After traveling to Cambodia last year I fell in love with the people of that country. Everyday I think about the amazing children I met and how I could help them.

"Most of these children lack the necessities of food, clothing, shoes, and transportation. Many can't even afford the pencils and notebooks they need to attend school. So instead of attending class they sell trinkets at the temples in order to survive.

"I have reached out to 30 of my friends and asked them to create a custom toy specifically for this auction. Every cent from the sale of these customs will go directly to help the children I have met in Cambodia. With the help of people that I have met in Cambodia, I will be delivering clothing, shoes, books, paper, pens, and bicycles to children of Siem Reap villages. It has been a passion and a dream of mine to use art as a way of helping children and communities all over the World, and I am excited about this first step.

"Starting Friday, April 17th, I will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind custom works on eBay under the seller name 'BaronessLoves'. Seach for '30 x 30' to bid on original pieces from: 123KLAN, Alex Pardee, Andrew Bell, Beast Brothers, Brian Morris, DEPH, DEVILROBOTS, FILTH, Gary Baseman, ILoveDust, Jime Litwalk, Joe Capobianco, Joe Ledbetter, Jon Burgerman, MAD, Maze23 Brooklyn, Mori Chack, Nathan Jurevicius, Pon, SEEN, Shawnimals, Sket One, SourBones, TADO, Tara McPherson, TILT, Tim Biskup, Triclops Studios, Urban Medium, and Christian Jacobs of YoGabbaGabba!

"I am very excited about this opportunity to help people that have impacted me so much. I hope that you find a custom you love and bid! If you are interested in helping in any way I am not only looking for monetary donations- If you can provide clothing, notebooks, papers, or pens that would be greatly appreciated. Feel free to email me at Also, if you are interested in directly donating to a non-profit for Cambodian Children, please check out The Cambodian Children’s Fund."

(via. Juxtapoz)

Speaking of Marketing Genius

If you haven't seen these billboards yet they are pretty hype.  So story goes, Audi throws up this billboard for the new A4 on the corner of Santa Monica and Beverly Glen with the headline "Your Move, BMW". So local Santa Moncia BMW dealership responds with a billboard across the street featuring the new M3 Coupe, reading "Checkmate". Though the cars aren't really comparable this is marketing genius.  

(via. NotCot)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Asics Gel Lyte III - White/Navy/Gold

Most definitely challenging the likes of Nike and NB...

(via. SneakerNews)

Where has Coup De Grace Gone?

Here is what I want to know...where has Coup De Grace gone?  Sure they only gave us a Spring and Summer line in 2008 but I mean their stuff was pretty hype.  They had stuff in almost every boutique from In4mation and Major, to 5&A Dime and Karmaloop.  It actually took me almost a year to find out who was behind the brand.  The man behind the brand was and is Cory Lake apparently, at least at the time, a member of the DC design team.  Although this is all second hand information.  I am tempted to give everyone his email so they can bombard him with emails to revive the brand.  If anyone knows what Cory's up to these days let us know.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Nike RT1 High

Nike recently released the RT1 alongside the Air Yeezy. The design and marketing team over at Nike is definitely on the ball my emulating the silhouette into a more cost effective shoe ($95). With the hype around the AY dieing down a bit (until the black colorway drops) Nike has dropped a tri-tone grey and green mist colorway that is sure to catch some attention.

The color palettes thus far for the RT1's have been pretty bland but think of the potential.  If I was a Nike I.D. Studios this is what I would want to customize. I mean you could buy 10 pairs of these or a pair of Yeezy's off eBay.  

(via. Nike)

The Hundreds...Valenzuela Low?

Now maybe I am just imagining things but do or do these not look like the Valenzuela Low? Yes is what I thought although it appears these kicks feature a gum sole and red tag.  Which to my understanding is not available...yet.

(via. TheHundreds)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nabil Elderkin

KANYE WEST "Welcome To Heartbreak" Directed by Nabil from Nabil Elderkin on Vimeo.

In the world of music video production and direction it is always nice to see something different then strippers, dollar bills and rims.  I have really been into what Nabil Elderkin has been doing especially. His most recent work, Kanye and Cudi's 'Wlecome to Heartbreak' is a prime example.  Some of his works includes Common's 'The Game', Kanye West's 'Champion' and Drake Bell's 'I Know'.


(via. NabilElderkin)

Tuesday's Chill Track: "Cut and Dried" Everlea

A step back from the predominately rap music we have posted over the past few weeks. Tuesday Chill Track comes from Kingston, Ontario group Everlea.  I first stumbled across Everlea's cover of "Night of the Creeps" by Recover.  The song was featured by Canadian photographer Brooks Reynold's in his "We Are Sleeping Giants" project.  The group released their first EP "Friends Hurting Friends" in 2004 and after a few years of noses to the grindstone they caught the ears of A&R Executive, Diane Passage and signed with Glassnote Entertainment Group in 2007.  Head over to their myspace and check out "Night of the Creeps".  I would of posted it video...


Maestro Knows Episode 4

Maestro Knows - Episode 4 (Estevan Oriol) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

Monday, April 13, 2009

ADORN: An Interview with Eric Elms

Hypebeast sat down with Eric Elms at his design studio Adorn in Brooklyn recently to discuss everything from Eric's approach to graphics and hooking up with Hong Kong's Sillything, to his Vans shoe that is set to drop in a few months. You can check out the interview in its entirety.

(via. Hypebeast)

Monday Morning Playlist: Levi Maestro

So with word that we are going to see some future road trip action on Maestro Knows, seems fitting to feature Levi Maestro's musical selections for this weeks Monday Morning Playlist.

Rodeo (Chopped & Screwed) - Juvenile
Fallin' In Love - Anthony Hamilton
Undisputed - Ludacris
Bang Bang - Young Jeezy
Love Stoned Freestyle - Kid Cudi
Sunday Morning (Questlove) - Maroon 5
Please Stay - Anthony Hamilton
Heaven at Nite - Kid Cudi
The World We Live In - The Killers
T.O.N.Y. - Solange
Dance Tonight - Lucy Pearl
I Don't Need It - Jamie Foxx
People Get Ready - The Impressions
Charlie, Last Name Wilson - Charlie Wilson
Mutiply - Jamie Lidell
Call Me - B.J. The Chicago Kid

You can download this weeks playlist here.

Thanks Levi.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Vans Custom Shoe Shop

The Vans Custom Shoe Shop launched last week allowing you to select from three pairs of kicks: the Era, the Slip-On and Old Skool.  The shop allows you to customize ever aspect of the shoe from eyelits to laces.  The shoes will run you $60-$70 and I am sure it will be hard to cop just one pair.

(via. Vans)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

William Spencer "Hollarado!"

I'll be the first to admit I can't skate worth crap. And when I see someone like William Spencer, 5'10" 137 pounds, do a running backflip down stairs...well I have no words to describe the feeling...or words to describe what he does. All I know is he has probably never lost a game of SKATE.

To put into perspective, Spencer (25) earned a six-page spread in Thrasher magazine for a running frontflip down 10 concrete stairs at Denver's Civic Center, landed on his skateboard and rod away. The 'trick' was featured in The Denver Shop's (Brothers Board) video "Hollarado!". And as a result Spencer is now a stunt double/actor. He has performed in commercials for Mountain Dew (directed by Forest Whitaker) and rumor has it a stunt double for Orlando Bloom in a Shiseido Uno hair gel ad. MTV even filmed a television plot around his life.

Check out the article from the Denver Post from earlier this year. Well worth the read.

(via. DenverPost)

Hall of Fame Wool H Lightning- New Hat, New Site

With the launch of the new Hall of Fame site comes the release of a new line-up of Hall of Fame x New Era caps.  The Hall of Fame Wool H Lightning is currently available in shop and online and comes in two colorways: white/teal on red and red/white on purple and features the H logo with the lightning theme ($45 USD)

(via HallOfFame)

FRSH x Team Pac Man

FRSH (FrancoShade) have teamed up Manny Pacquiao for a special limited-edition tee for the number one pound for pound champ’s upcoming fight against Britain’s Ricky Hatton on May 2. 100% of the proceeds from sales will go towards the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, "which was established with the goal to provide support and assistance to the underprivileged in the Philippines by offering aid with medical assistance, education for the youth, and food to those in need".

The tee will be released in only back and limited to 502 pieces (commemorating the fight date 5/02) and available only through (April 17th) and (April 15th).

The shirt features the original work of FRSH design and features "a pair of boxing gloves on the front of the tee each emblazoned with FRSH’s and Pac Man’s logos. The sleeve features additional art work on each side with ‘Manny Pacquiao’ written on one side and an image of the Philippine Islands on the opposite sleeve. The back is where you can see the official ‘Team Pac Man’ insignia prominently placed in the center with Pacquiao’s signature right above it, signifying his stamp of approval". - FRSH

(via. FrancoShade)