11 April 2006

Once Upon A Time Interview

Here is the next fresh interview I am bringin' to you from an upcoming entrepreneur - Daniel at Once Upon A Time.
Thanks Daniel.

When was Once Upon A Time established and why did you start a dope
clothing company?
Once upon a Time was established in 2004. We always spraypainted on
tshirts. We put meyer lansky on a shirt and we got a lot of positive
feedback. Then we designed another shirt and slowly it grew into what
it is today. We started Once upon a Time to put our ideas on clothing.
Its the best feeling to see someone wearing a shirt you designed

Where do you get your ideas for your unique clothing?
Most of my ideas I get from hanging out with my crew,going out,
kicking it with talented people or just chillin in the city.Everyday I
get influenced by new thing every shirt has a different influence
behind it.

Would you class yourself a "sneaker head"?
not really. Don't get me wrong I am INTO SNEAKERS BUT THE WHOLE
kicks rule everything around me and in our culture it really is like
that. I dont know if you call visvim a sneaker company but I like what
they are doing, but most days I just wear chucks or old nikes.

How did you become part of this culture?
I grew up skating, so I was always into it. The first shirt that I can
remember buying was the stussy eightball shirt. I still have the world
tour shirt that I bought when I was 14. I was always into good enough,
conart and stussy. I never looked at it like a culture me and my boys
just always liked the cloth, until I was 18 when I really got into the
culture and started being more knowlegable

Top 4 Albums?
wu tang/36 chambers
n.w.a straight outta comto
notorious big-ready to die
Frank sinatra- all of them
the doors- all of them

Top 5 Artists?
frank sinatra
wu tang
the doors
sohar argov
gang starr

Top 5 Countrys/Cities?
new york
tel aviv

Top 5 Clothing Companys?
good enough
bones brigade

If we visit New York what should we check out?
There is so much to see in ny I won't be able to put it in a
paragraph. Stay away from the tourist traps. For clothing and sneakers
check out Union downtown and Atmos in harlem.. I don't wanna give away
all the secret spots. just look around

What is next for Once Upon A Time?
We are gonna introduce a few cut&sew pieces to our line in the fall.
We are trying to become a full line, its a tough process but we are
working on it. We have a few collaborations with atmos that should
drop next month, besides that we are gonna continue to do our thing

Thanks Daniel - Anyone you would like to thank?
Mike Yamin for letting me crash on his couch whenever i am in la,
Alina who is the creative director for ouat, capone-The dopest dog in
the world eli,kevin,aaron,albert,dekel,Sang,ev,mike,tatsu,Dj
Ez,taka,david,danny,phill, purple city, cinematic group,aj the
intern,spencer, julia,jess,jamie,anne,gil,joey...... and everyone
thats down with Once upon a time

07 April 2006

In4mation Interview

This time I introduce you to the coolest homie in Hawaii - Todd at In4mation.
Thanks Todd.

When was In4mation established and why did you and your homies start such a fresh brand?
In4mation was established in the late months of 2001 and my partners (Ryan Arakaki, Rhandy Tambio and I were just parting ways with our old venture called Define. We could not see eye to eye with our investors and just decided to leave and start another store/brand called In4mation. While working at Define we met our next soon to be partner Jun Jo who was currently riding for Alphanumeric…Jun saw the struggles we were going through and he liked that we had passion for this market so he just pitched the idea of partnering up with us and that is how In4mation was born. In4mation was started as a little skate shop in Mililani, Hawaii which is pretty much the hometown of Ryan Arakaki, Rhandy Tambio and a ton of others we call our really good friends. The In4mation Brand was started with a small run of tees which was used to help push the name of our store In4mation.
Where do you get your ideas from when designing a fresh piece?
This is something I can not answer as Rhandy does all design work for in4mation. Rhandy always has something up his sleeve and keeps surprising us with what we are going to doing next. We leave all Art Direction to him and let him be free with whatever he wants to do. I know he understands a lot about design since his older brother actually teaches art to children so with our stuff he takes everything into perspective. I also know that MUSIC plays a big part on our whole direction of seasons.

Would you class yourself a "sneaker head"?
If I didn’t…I would be lying. I kind of lost the feel of looking for the so called this or that shoe as this whole sneaker game got really really big. I guess as you work with stuff you tend not to want certain things anymore. I still like to buy certain shoes like all white AF1s and Vans. Looking to start getting into the kind of shoes I wore as a kid like Etnies and DVS/LAKAI. Im getting old, I need some shit that makes me feel younger.

Top 5 Albums?
Bad Brains- ALL ALBUMS
Wu-Tang Clan- Enter the 36th Chamber
GangStarr- Hard To Earn
Operation Ivy- Self Titled
Metallica- the first four because the new shit was not the same.

Top 5 Artists?
I like too much to pick the top 5. I can’t listen just one genre of music…I need everything.

Top 5 Country/City?
Have never visited much so I will put the top 5 places/people I would like to visit.
TOKYO Cleanercorp Japan
HK/CAUSWAY BAY HK BRIAN and the knowledge fam
TAIWAN Mr. Artzer runs a distro called Bamboo
PARIS/FRANCE visit the collette peeps
GERMANY visit the lodown squad

If we get in to Hawaii what should we check out?

You should check out our friends who run their own shops as well. KICKS/HI, FITTED HAWAII, APB Boardshop, LEILOW, MISHEN Skateshop.
Also check out the SHRIMP TRUCK in the North Shore, Mai Tai bar in Ala Moana Mall, Femme Nu, Rockza(Restaurants)hahahaha. Zippys Restaurants, Tsunami’s bar by Kicks/Hi Makaloa Location, Koi/Skybox bars by Rockza, (Friday Nights at Fishermans Wharf) LIVING ROOM, (Saturday Nights at Chais.) put on by the Architechs and Vertical Junkies.

What is next for In4mation?
We are not sure what is next but just trying to continue on and work on our shop and brand. Looking into doing more exciting projects with more companies and just trying to keep everyone happy.

Thanks Todd - Anyone you would like to thank?
Just would like to thank everyone who supports us. We really appreciate everything you all have done for us.

In4mation (Main Office)

1050 Ala Moana Blvd. B1 Bay 5-6

Honolulu, HI 96814


05 April 2006

SlamxHype/Catalytic Interview

One of the biggest interview yet from the brother behind one of the freshest sites on the net - Adam from SlamxHype.
Thanks Again Adam.

When was Catalytic/SlamxHype established and what made you start them?
Slamxhype was started last year, I started it as a way to compile the best of all the info on the net, as the flood of information was growing so fast, I wanted somewhere where people could go as a one stop shop.

Catalytic Attack, started 26 years ago! My dream for as long as I can remember, when kids my age were drawing spaceships, I was drawing clothes, and shop layouts, their idols were hulk Hogan, mine were people like Michael koppleman and James Jebbia. The store opened just 2 months ago.

How did you end up getting involved in this culture?
I went to fashion/art school in London, and had always had a somewhat unhealthy obsession with kicks. I worked as a stylist in high fashion circles once I graduated and had design jobs with high fashion companies, but something dawned on me, that this was where I belonged. I had always admired street fashion much more than anything else, as I thought it was considerably more real. I found my way into the culture and as it progressed met some of the greatest people and it made me feel right at home.

Tell us what Catalytic is and what is it offering to this "game"?
In a way, aspects of it, its nothing new, we operate a retail store, a distribution and PR company aswell as offer freelance design. In the short time since the store opened, I have already decided on certain changes that need to be made, the main one, a new label which will be launched over the next few months, that encompasses my involvement in this culture, with my ability and knowledge of high quality products. This is very much taking a big priority right now. The store itself, is a selection of the labels I love, mixed with a gallery space and a vibe I feel the culture deserves, we have a couch. a TV, and free drinks on tap all day..

Top 5 Albums?
Unkle – Pysence Fiction
Notorious BIG – Ready to Die
De La Soul – The best of (haha)
KRS1 – Anything
Tashan – chasing a dream

Top 5 Websites?
The Hundreds
Inquiring mind
Mr Kim says
Anewyorkthing and married to the mob

Top 5 Artists?
Wk interact

What's next for Catalytic and SlamxHype?
We are opening a new store very soon, and as I mentioned will launch a new label too! As far as slamxhype goes, we have an all new look about to launch, and intend on doing more bigger features as you may have seen recently with madfoot and of course more of the same.

Thanks again Adam - Anyone you would like to thank?
There are too many, I am sure I will miss people, but, futura, colin miller, stash, ian ginoza, adam weissman, garry, Jupiter, leah, rob, matt, Anthony,KJ, Fats,Fraser Cooke and Scott .. too many!