Very few people in this world do I deeply and truly respect, Aly is one of the few. Alyasha personifies pure, authentic, american style, if you want to talk about fashion and stlye, and he’s a man of high standards and principles if you want to talk character, which is lacking in todays society. Cool video for the Posture Foundation. (more…)
Brixton come out of my hometown of Oceanside,California. Originally just hats I think, but now they went on to make some other great clothes and accessories. Knowing the guys involved makes me extra proud of them and how far they have come, they are stand up guys with class. I wish them continuous growth and success with Brixton and whatever other endeavors they involve themselves with. Here is a little video of their 2012 fall collection that I found on Hypebeast. (There is a few shots of my favorite surf spot growing up, south side Oceanside pier)
All the best to Dave and Pete and the rest of the good people at Brixton,
I will morn my homies till I join my homies. Sid was one of my best friends, I met him a bit later in life. He was Dave Gibson’s only official apprentice at the original Lucky’s Tattoo Parlor in the late 90′s. Him and I we’re coming up together in tattooing and planned on working together for the rest of our lives. Sid was a hard charger in life. everything he did he did to the max, and he never backed down. His imposing size and style belied his huge heart and warm temperament. Everyone liked him, and, from the first lines he laid down, he was know for strong and consistent work. That, and his caring ways and exuberant sense of humor made him an invaluable addition to the shop and our lives. Sid was buried in Rosarita Beach, Baja, California. He is survived by his parents, step-parents, brother and sisters and scores of friends. Rest in peace my friend, Nos Vemos.
I was with Sid the night before he died, him and I got into a street fight with 5 marines in downtown San Diego after we watched one of them hit a girl. We left the fight on our feet with swollen knuckles and a even tighter friendship. I will forever miss him and his presence in my life. Its been over 10 years now.
Another dear friend “Cookie” pictured in the red shirt with Sid died a couple years later, a untimely death also, and a very dear friend whom also worked at the original Lucky’s Tattoo Parlor with us. I used to go to my indoor swap meet in Oceanside and make these RIP shirts with iron on old english letters, now I put them on my Lucky’s shop shirts. Another way for their memory to live on. The message here is hold on to your loved ones and let them know you love them, you never know when they could go. Fuck pride, bullshit and ego, love your people.
This picture was taken behind Pokez Mexican Restaurant down the street from my shop in downtown San Diego, California circa 2009. Little Chloe Dee, my old dog was chilling with me that day. I have always liked this photo, overalls and a my very small dog. FTWxDOP.
In My opinion southern California style tattoo or street inspired T-shirts have been super played out in the last few years, I’m over seeing skulls on everything and shitty script lettering. Its just too redundant at this point. but…
Tim Hendricks new line on the other hand is a breath of fresh style. Street and tattoo inspired slightly but unique enough to be different from the overplayed stuff that I’m seeing too much of these days. But its no surprise really coming from Tim, as much like his tattoos he puts a magical and artistic touch to all his projects.
The only clothing brands that I support are; Reven, Us Versus Them, Tribal Gear, To Die For, and now saltwatertattoo. These brands are more then just some rich people trying to be cool or make more money, These are brands that come from up out of the streets by real dudes making shit they believe in. Life and struggle inspired. Respect C/S