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Festival Season Heats Up in Chicago

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival

Very near the Belmont El Stop Sunday May 2018

Heading to Chicago from Memorial Day to Labor Day? I’d suggest checking out one or more of the vast Street Fests in and around town.  Some of the Bigger events include the Taste of Chicago, Lallapalooza, Mole De Mayo, The Great American Lobster Fest, Chicago House Music Festival, Many Greek Fests, The Chicago Blues Fest, Ribfest Chicago, The Grant Park Music Fest and the various neighborhood Street parties.

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Streetzblog checked out the Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival on Sunday May 26, 2018  From 7:30-9:45pm.  It’s located just below the Belmont Street El Station.  You get off the train walk across the street and there’s the fest. Super easy, very safe, extremely accessible and costs just $5 to get in.

The Street Party had a vast array of ethnically diverse things to eat and drink.  Lobster, Lumpia, Lamb Burgers, Potato pancakes, Cheese curds, Fried Twinkies, Vegan delights, Sausages, Loaded Fries, Beer and even Pina Colada’s.

When I was there, one stage had a DJ and a  colorful skit, while the other stage played  spot on-in tune cover music.

 

In between the 2 stages were food booths along with many mini pop ups of T-Shirts, Jewelry, Sunglasses, various art projects along with some sponsors passing out pretty cool free gear and gadgets.  I scored a free pair of Sunnys along with a couple flashlights. And Bought a few pairs. Who can pass up, Buy ONE for $20, get TWO FREE?  Haha, yep got me good. But I gotta say I do look pretty fly in the Prado’s.

Some notable shirts included Psychologist with the ologist letters crossed out, the Brightly colored Lincoln shirts, Some nice Chicago shirts for $10, and a shirt with: I’m as Happy as a Duck with Bread boldly written across the front.

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Did I mention Lemonade! OMG it was so tasty!! Lemonade has to be one of my favorite Summertime drinks and this was pretty amazing.

It was a very friendly group of fest attendees, not rowdy, very chill, with a nice mid western happy party vibe.  Music  was great, Journey & J Giles covers were heard from the bands. And the DJ played some Daft Punk, Chicago House along with some classic Dance tracks. The DJ music was sponsored by club Berlin, so it was pretty high calibre spinning.

The Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival happens Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend. It rates 5 out of 5 stars. And Pro tip:  There’s a Liquor store next door and across the street is a CVS with lots of ice cold water and more cheap drinks. Lots of easy ways to pre party prior to going in our picking up something cold for the trip home on the El Train.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures that sums the party up in one image. I call it Happiness.

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See you on the Streetz…of Chicago!

Complex Con-stantly LIT!

Complex Con-November 4 & 5, 2017

Long Beach, CA-Recap from our Streetzblog on site LIVE correspondent and via Some great Insta-Nabs.

The Hottest street wear brands, designers and Hip-Hop entertainers converged in Long Beach, California November 4 & 5 at Complex Con 2017. Back in the Day, Complex was an up and coming magazine Founded By Marc Ecko.  His own clothing brand having hit it’s Apex years earlier, Complex was an under the radar Street and trend mag, I would buy the day it came out. As the internet and social media blew up, the magazine lost it’s pages and the paper it was made on became much thinner.

Fast Forward to 2016 and the first complex Con occurred, some saying that there were 400 VIP tickets sold, the same source told us this year, there were close to 2,000 VIP tickets sold and over 50,000 in attendance! Who needs a magazine? When you can turn your brand into one of the top 3 go to spots for street wear, kicks and tech trends. And put on a Con that attracts the Biggest and Best cultural icon of our time!  (BTW: Unofficially, The top 3 are Hypebeast, High Snobiety and Complex).

Complex Con 2017 had everyoone who is anyone in the Street game.  DJ Khalid, Pharrell with NERD, M.I.A, Cam’ron, Wiz Khalifa, Skrillex Lil Yachty, DJ Mustard, Kid Cudi from How to make it in America,  Maxwell Osborne &  Dao-Yi Chow from PSNY, Chris Stamp from STAMPD, Travis Scott, Vince Staples, Action Bronson, Kobe Bryant, Yes Jules, Ben Baller & D’Angelo Russell. Along with the stars of the weekend:  Off-White’s Virgil Abloh and Takashi Murakami. Here’s a few pix of the 2 making Sweet Custom T’s on the spot!

Our Streetzblog corespondent traveled from Hawaii to Cali on the sole mission to meet Murakami and buy a couple thousand dollars of his limited edition gear. She succeeded as you can see by this picture, along with an autographed book.  (She did say it was a 4-5 hour line to meet him and another 2 hour line to get her things at the end of the day). I told her via text:  Looks like it was well worth the trip and time spent in line.  BTW: She also stood in the Off-White line, but after another 3 hour wait, missed the Limited Edition Hand screened shirts by about 100 people.

Number One Tip: If you go to Complex Con or another Big event like this. Go to your favorite booth/designer first then have fun at the rest of the event.

If I was there, I would have gone str8t to the PSNY area to make some custom Nike Air Force 1’s. Would have tricked out the special PSNY x Nike AF1 Hi’s.  Here’s some pix from the special master class area, where attendees could customize their own AF1’s with PSNY.

Here are some of the Custom Nike AF 1’s made at Complex Con:

The Top left Silver pair was made by Maxwell Osborne from PSNY. Jeff Stamp from *STAMD stopped by and made a pair And check the bottom left with Virgil’s version along with pal: Macklemore. *STAMPD has recently released a collab with Hawaii’s own,  Town and Country Surf/T&C Surf. Pretty cool and close to home.

Here are a couple of Sniper Wells from Streetzblog’s latest projects. Fluorescent Painting with matching custom Jordan 21 Kicks!

Our Correspondent scored us some nice pix from the event including Pharell heading up the steps, The Limited Edition Fools Gold Boxes going for $50, some attendees and art from Murakami and NERD.  (Thanks Much for getting these and other great pix on today’s post!).

Pharell was looking pretty Swank with his matching bright orange hair &  spiked Biker Jacket:

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Hope everyone had a good time at Complex Con 2017.  And much Mahalo to our special Streetzblog Correspondent for all the great pictures. *All pictures are courtesy Streetzblog Corespondent or from the Live Instagram feeds over the Nov 4 &5  2017 weekend.  See  you on the Streetz…Blog!

Streetzblog x H&M x Off-White Bomber Jacket 2017

 

 

Camo On Camo

Snarkitecture x PAOM Camouflage Collection

This is a pretty fun collection featuring simple black on white prints that blend nicely into these various backgrounds. The first picture is my favorite. Very artsy.

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Next up is the Camo on Camo on the subway station. Notice the subtle 23 (Michael Jordan’s number) on the bricks?

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And this pic blends almost exactly.

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Pictures courtesy of Shoes-Up.  More information on the collection can be found here.

Have a nice weekend!.  See you on the streets at Wet n Wild Hawaii, The New Baby Expo and as usual hope to make it to the beach. But haven’t made it there since December 2014 and it’s now May 2015. Maybe, this will be the weekend? Whatcha’ think of the Camo Collection?

Turning People into Paintings

Alexa Meade Turns 3 Dimensional People into 2 Dimensional Paintings

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 A Canvas? Who Needs a Canvas? Alexa Paints on People!

I really enjoyed today’s webdiscovery. It’s about a lady named Alexa Meade who was headed into a job in politics, who made a quick and favorable career adjustment to be an artist…who paints directly on to people!

She basically takes a person, especially someone she doesn’t know too well.  Then paints upon and around them to produce her art. Then takes a picture of it, because after that, it’s all gone. When I was painting graffiti hats, I was so attached to them, I wanted to keep them all instead of sell them. Wish I had her vision of disposable art 12 years ago, I could have made some $$ before they went out of style. Now, I give them away and save some for the next 80’s trucker hat revival.

Anyways, Alexa has had a tremendous rise in fame with photos of her work exhibited in NY, London, Switzerland and Germany.  Here’s how she describes her works of art:

Instead of painting a portrait on canvas, I will paint my portrait directly on top of the subject being referenced. I cover the skin and clothes of my models in a mask of nontoxic acrylic paint that mimics the colors and contours of the underlying surfaces, and then photograph them. This painting technique I innovated optically compresses 3D space into a 2D plane. Alexa Meade

Check out the TED talk below of Alexa explaining her various paintings and philosophy on art. LMK what you think of this type of art in the comments section below.  See you on the streetz of Oahu..This week at the UH Men’s Volleyball game, Healthy Kids Day and the MDA Soiree.  Have a nice weekend!

Chanel..Not Chanel

Carbs at Chanel…Really?

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Actress India Muenez (Something in the Air, Mall and the upcoming Pretty in Green) wore this Bagel Bag to a big time star-studded Chanel No. 5 dinner in NYC. Bagels are a pretty fattening carb loaded breakfast food, that would probably not be consumed on a Chanel Model’s diet.  Although it could have been since Chanel did do the Grocery Store Runway Show during Paris Fashion Week for the Fall 2014 collection.

Turns out it’s a knock off. Or to keep it safe or politically correct, Canadian Artist’s Chloe Wise calls it a part of an ongoing Sculpture Series. I guess that’s how people get away with a knock off nowadays, they call it art. After a bit of internet searching, turns out this piece is actually entitled Bagel No. 5. India modeled the bag for C. Wise in a fake ad that went with the sculpture at a gallery showing. India mentioned to the artist that she was going to a Chanel dinner party and asked to borrow the cheeky breakfast bag. Of course the artist said Yes. I’d say, Quite a great way to get a ton of free publicity.

And since Moschino made all the McDonald’s inspired bags and phone cases in 2014, people probably thought it was a real Chanel piece. Would you wear it? Do you think it’s a knock-off? Is it cool to call it a piece of art? I wonder if it’s on sale now at Canal Street near Chinatown in NYC.  Hmm.

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Moschino iPhone Case and Handbag. Inspired by McDonald’s. Photo courtesy of Streetzblog.com. Taken at Nordstrom Ala Moana Center. Summer/Fall 2014.

How bout’ the Moschino McDonald’s Gear? Would you rock these looks? Do you have friends who have these pieces? Or have you seen these on the streetz?  I saw an actual McDonald’s worker talking on her phone with the expensive Moschino McDonald’s case way out in the suburbs of Waukegan, Illinois around Memorial Day 2014. I thought I was seeing things, it was just one of those moments!

Have a nice week.  See you on the streetz.

Fashion and Art at H&M

H&M teams up with Jeff Koons in July 2014

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H&M x Jeff Koons Picture courtesy of RoughItalia.com

This limited-edition handbag designed by Jeff Koons will be available on July 17, 2014 on-line and at select H&M stores including New York, Chicago, Dallas and L.A.  If you get it before it hits eBay price is $49.95.

Jeff Koons is best known for his Ultra Fabulous colored balloon art sculptures of flora and fauna. The bag is produced in conjunction with the opening of H&M’s Biggest store on Fifth Ave and 48th St. in NYC and will overlap the dates of the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art happening now thru October 19, 2014. H&M is also a sponsor of the retrospective.

A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by the H&M in Hawaii and Wow! Did they have a sale or what?  Many very wearable items from $1-$25.  Including a few items I picked up: A crisp clean striped pocket square for $1, a groovy pair of grey Rock & Roll jeans for $7,  a retro sweat jacket and trendy, comfy plaid pajama pants for $15. Right now, H&M has some great $4 Deals just in time for July 4, 2014.

Don’t Miss the upcoming David Beckham for H&M Fall 2014 bodywear August 21, 2014.

David Beckham for H&M Fall 2014 Bodywear

David Beckham for H&M Fall 2014 Bodywear

And Don’t forget the H&M x Alexander Wang Collab coming up on November 6, 2014.

Alexander Wang x H&M November 6, 2014

Alexander Wang x H&M November 6, 2014

I’ve been hitting the streetz of Waikiki, Downtown-Chinatown, and Ala Moana Shopping Center taking pictures of one of this Summers Biggest trends (Hint: Straw). As soon as I have enough pictures, I’ll do the blog post. Until then, see you on the streetz of HI.

 

 

The Most Famous Underground Dude in the World

Andre the Giant + Obey = Shepard Fairey = The Most Famous Underground Mainstream Art and Person in the World

You’ve seen the black and white circular man’s head (Andre the Giant) on the streetz, the T’s on the Teens, Hoodies on the 40 or 50 somethings, even the Obama Hope campaign. . Maybe you know who created this art,  maybe you don’t. This video tells very candidly who Shepard Fairey is and why he does what he does.

Shepard Fairey: Obey This Film from Brett Novak on Vimeo.

Today is June 2014, 8-10, mabye 12 years ago Shepard visited Hawaii. Me, always looking for the trend before the trend already had my distressed Obey sweat shirt from years before that. So, I heard he was painting a skate park near my house. It was pretty funny, I was expecting a mad house of people and hipsters.  I arrived very early in the morning for me on a Saturday (9:30 a.m.) it was just me and him and like 3 other dudes wandering around. About all that happened was I walked over and said Hi, Asked if he needed any help, got blank stares, then looked around a bit, walked back to my car and went home. Nowadays I suspect I would have seen many more people there and I would have taken pictures and blogged about it. He was for sure still on the underground tip at least out here in Hawaii.  And today in 2014 it’s still cool to wear an Obey T and for some reason even with Obama art going way mainstream, the shirts tend to be worn by the modern day hipsters and trendsetters.  How does he stay so underground yet so mainstream?

That same week, I also remember going to an art discussion a day or 2 after the skate park installation. It did have lots of people at it, but it was boring so I left. The last thing I remember about him coming to Hawaii was being at the contemporary Museum of Art up in the hills above the High School and almost buying a silk screen print for $50. I of course, thought I wanted an original for that price. Silly me, that $50 print goes for more than $1,200 last I checked. But I’m  the same person who didn’t buy a Basquait T in the late 80’s. Hey it was $80 and that was when T’s never went above $20. Now Givenchy has $350 T’s, that probably don’t turn into big time money over time like the Basquiat would have. You know, it was funny, even for $80, I did spend a bit of anxious thought about buying the T, there was just something about it. But that was when I traveled with $300 in cash without a credit card. That 4 day trip to NY would have been pretty ugly without the 80 bucks, but I would sure like to have the $50,000 or whatever its worth now.

Next artist I find, I’m buying whatever they’re selling.  The funniest place I noticed an Andre the Giant sticker was in a bathroom stall at the  JFK airport in NYC.  Where’s the coolest place you’ve seen Shepard’s art? BTW: What’s the most expensive T-shirt you’ve ever seen? See you on the streetz or on the streetz…blog.

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