2017. What a Year.

Finally. So here we are, curtain call on another year. We’ve survived more of Trump being president (so far), we’ve melted braincells watching tangoed couples breakup and makeup on our TV. We’ve witnessed Brexit get worse, we’ve seen Taylor throw more shade on her latest album than a parasol in Benidorm. We’ve enjoyed watching dancing, cakes and Jon Snow still knowing nothing, although Winter finally arrived. All the while our governments continue to pass laws while we are too focused on numbing our brains with garbage to even notice. Somehow we are still going along.

One thing, we can all agree on is we have blown so much money. This is my list of what I have enjoyed burning my cash on.


Supreme Scarface Split Deck

Might have missed out on the Cindy Sherman decks, one I did not miss though was the Supreme X Scarface Split Deck. As a fan of Scarface, a cult classic that stands as art, a move on the deck was on the cards (I see a card joke in here somewhere). The smart and sleek design on this classic image made this one the most anticipated decks of 2017. For me visually it is everything you could want in a deck. Going on the wall.


Supreme Michealangelo LS Tee 

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This LS Tee was the first thing on the season preview where I lost my mind, it was top of my cop list, safe. Check out what I had to say about this here!


Stussy X Vans

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Man in pink, these are more beautiful than a thousand pink flamingos on a golf course. The mid’s made a large comeback this year, seeing a collaboration with Supreme for some leopard print heat. This year we have also seen some general release pairs for some every day flex. Stussy X Vans were one of the essential summer picks ups, if you didn’t pick up you’ve missed out.


Supreme Fuck Em All

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What can I say? It is stylish and offensive, garms don’t get much better than this! Have a look at it in all its glory here!


Supreme Piss Christ

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PISS CHRIST, one of the most offensive pieces of art ever created. Original prints have been attacked vandalised, yet where would we be without art that truly pushes the boundaries.

Without jumping on the hype bandwagon. Andres Serrano is one of my favourite artists so having his art on a Tee just had to happen. I wrote about this photograph in my dissertation (yeah, I know can you believe the same guy who strings these bad sentences together managed to write a 12,000 word dissertation about photographic art, jeez) and influenced my work throughout University, so this was a crucial pick up for my collection.


Floormat

I LOVE THIS! My other half would argue otherwise. We are currently in the process of arguing why this should or shouldn’t be the welcome mat at our front door. I SAY YES!


Red Wings

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Best boots money can buy since 1905. Life lasting things of beauty, these are my second pair and no matter what year you buy these they should always be in your top picks of the year.


Patta hoodie

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Patta, what can I say. Forever bringing some heat to the game, with the summer range featuring some large graphic prints, there is no mistaking the brand. Grey and burgundy are a strong colour combination complementing each other perfectly, pair this up with some black denim and burgundy kicks and you’re onto a winner.


Thrasher Vans Hat 

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Surprised to see this but not the kicks? You will see them featured plenty in previous posts and future no doubt. This is one of my top hats from the year. (I could do all this on hats alone, this half bald man lives to trick people into thinking it’s a full head under that hat)


Supreme Quilted Lace Bomber Jacket Olive

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My most worn Supreme jacket of the year. Unbelievably comfortable and perfect with any colour denim especially in the olive colour way. Also perfect in any weather, if you are chilly, a black hoodie accompanies this piece perfectly.


Brain Dead X Vans 

“Brain Dead is a creative collective of artists and designers from around the world. With its disruptive, graphic-led approach, the brand takes its cues from post punk, underground comics, skateboarding, and the spirit of subculture as a whole. Brain Dead is not one person, nor is it one idea. It sits in the space between people.”

Brain Dead to me stand for the different, the idea that sitting outside of societies norms is fine, after all who wants to sit in the norm? 

This capsule collection is one of strongest I seen this year, loved these shoes back in June and still do now. For me having all 3 sat in my archive makes me a happy man. Only issue I have now is picking my favourite and deciding what ones to wear each day! You can be sure of seeing plenty of these in the WDYWT page!


Patagonia 

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Check out my first WDYWT here, I still stand by these being a classic item. If you are unsure on what to flex, these are always a strong option (snuck in those Thrasher X Vans after all).


This is what I wish I was able to get a hold of for some more mind numbing, money burning moments. 


Supreme X TNF, Mountain Edition. 

Nike Air Jordan 1 Virgil Abola ‘The Ten’ (ANY) 

FOG X Vans (ANY) 

Supreme, Cindy Sherman Decks 

These are on the grail list, one day I will pick up. Round Two in the USA, I am coming to see what you’ve got in an UK 11 or Large!


All in all, 2017 has been a hell of a year, we’re still here so lets chalk it up to a win and here is to 2018! See you on the other side! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

LeADeR

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East End Markets (2014 – 2015)

I had love for the East end of London, I would pick up a camera and spend my Sundays walking and photographing. This became tradition, I never experienced this with anyone but myself. Give me a Sunday walk through the market, let me smell those smells, see those sights. 

I became obsessed with photographing what I saw, below is a selection of some of the beauty I witnessed in that time. This was the start of my obsession with the passing seconds in life, grabbing the limited editions and treasuring those fleeting moments. 

Why black and white? Why would I show you the colour? Ask yourself that, imagine the colour, the smells. Take the coffee stand for instance, imagine the rich cream and browns on the van. Smell that freshly brewed coffee and the BBQ just down the road, just as I did that day, while sitting on the curb.

Search yourself and fill the details as I do when I look and reminisce over the simple joys of walking through a market taking in every sight and smell. 




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This body of work was shot over the space of a year and a half, with many lost negatives, shots I was hopeful for which came out utter rubbish. For the 2 digital, to one colour negative I was grateful for the addition, but this collections beauty comes from shooting a camera no longer in my arsenal. My Bronica 6×6 (I hope to own one of these again one day, I miss my old 6×6 format), created this body of work which remains strong. Square format is not dead, film is not dead, photography is not dead.

Never stop shooting. Take a photo of today it will fascinate someone in 50 years when the world no longer looks this way. 

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WDYWT, Fresh Christmas Garms.

Today I got festive AF. Also I channeled my inner Noel Fielding, GBBO here I come! If I also lie on my CV could I work on GBBO with you Noel!? 


Shirt: All Saints, Winter 2017, Panther SS Shirt, White.

Jacket: All Saints, Autumn 2017, Nash Biker, Black.

Jeans: Nudie, Long John, Black.

Shoes: Vans X End, Winter 2017, White/Marhsmallow, Nordic Wool.


 

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Well, here it is again, the big guy has slid down the chimney and dropped off some gifts!

I am a massive fan of Christmas, what more could you want than spending time with loved ones getting merry? Even if you don’t follow the religious aspect, stepping back from the madness in this world and looking at the joy we have already in our lives is sometimes all we need to see through another day.

Spend your time with the ones who matter and forget those who don’t. 


Mam and dad, thank you for the years of support on everything I’ve tried (some failed) and reading every new article.

Thank you Grandma, for my first camera and pushing me to be my best.

Thank you Beth, for being you and all the love and support. You are a keeper. 


Anywhoo, back to the usual programming, pass me the mulled wine, ‘Say, what does Miley Cyrus have at Christmas?’ ‘No not Liam Hemsworth, she has TWERKY!’ Yeah I will keep the cracker jokes on the DL. 


Look at the festive set ups!

Grandparents, they keep anything you make and have baubles about 100 year old! (No joke some are my great grandmothers!)


The other half has a lovely set up. But for more on this, go look at her blog. She is a talented interior designer with an eye and flair for it. Check out Bottom Draw Decor here!


Well, who doesn’t love the tree in their childhood home the most? Mam you move everything I’ve ever put on this, But each year you make sure everyone has a ball and the tree looks top.

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Santa on the top will forever fall off, but tradition is tradition right!?

Merry Christmas!

LeADeR

WDYWT, It’s Christmas Eve.

It’s Christmas TOMORROW! Total Honesty I am already Merry like the big guy himself right now. Already feel myself sliding sideways down this sofa.

Green is festive right?…

T-Shirt: Vans Raglan, Spring 2017, Olive Green.

Jacket: Supreme, SS17, Lace Bomber, Olive & MKI Hoody, Black.

Jeans: Nudie, Tight Long John, Black.

Shoes: Vans X BrainDead, 2017, Old Skool, Granite Green.

 

Merry Christmas, I hope you all have a ball! 

LeADeR

WDYWT like a rabbit in the headlights

You know what I truly enjoy, sitting in a passenger seat and staring out the window, imagining where I am going. If it’s home I don’t, I prefer the unexpected. 


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Caught like a rabbit in the headlights.

Hat: Supreme, SS16, Red Camp.

T-Shirt: Supreme SS16, Pocket Tee, Check.

Jeans: Nudie, Long John, Light Blue.

Shoes: Vans, Summer 16, 2 tone check era.

 

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I argue pink, other half says red, what’s your opinion?

 

 

 

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Alone

I love photography. It has been a passion for around a decade now, it has become so fundamental to my life and at times in my youth unsure on what direction my life was taking I knew that somewhat photography would always play a vital part.

Using the cliché terms, photography has always been my creative outlet. In terms of this blog I will be building up a lot of product photography (hey, photographing my favourite trainers is a great pastime) but I also have a creative side, where I can express myself.

This project was one of those self explorative, expressive yet self indulgent projects. I moved from Newcastle Upon Tyne which is renowned for the overly friendly nature to ‘The Big Smoke’. I moved to London renowned for the fast paced and unfriendly atmosphere. Yet I loved it. The bright lights of Soho, the hussle and bussle of Carnaby Street, I was where I needed to be. I have gone back many times since leaving and always come back saying, “I could live there again”. If I ever do is another question, I am settled. 

The photography within this project stemmed from a line in a song. Jack’s Mannequin – Dark Blue, listen here. The line: Have you ever been alone in a crowded room. It was the realisation that I knew no one and it was a chance to start a fresh, yet I was alone in a crowded city. It’s human to feel alone. 


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The aim of this project wasn’t to show London in a bad light, I loved the city and the experiences around me. It was aimed to show signs of a busy life around an individual.

Does anyone image what life is unfolding outside of the room they occupy? I feel the answer is no. Until you are in a room you can’t leave.



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When you drive a motorway or highway and imagine that thousands of other lives and stories are going on around you? Life exists underneath.



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WDYWT

Looking, waiting and I seem confused.

 

Hat: Supreme, SS16, M.C. Escher Camp, Black.

T-Shirt: Supreme Lace L/S Top, Burgundy.

Jeans: Nudie, Long John, Black (for a change).

Shoes: Vans, I don’t know what season, these have been in the archive a while. It’s rare I don’t know the full details of my footwear.

 

 

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Things got festive.

Okay, so after some of my rants recently about summer and being cold along with suggested Autumnal wear… I am 100% in the festive mood. IT’S F*CK!NG CHRISTMAS!

I visited Lincoln Market yesterday. This place was the definition of both festive fun and what it is to be British. We LOVE an orderly queue here in the UK. The megaphones all around the city really provided that extra touch of forceful organisation, don’t you dare go back on yourself for another free sample of cheese.

Once you have got yourself past the dictatorship style organisation, you’ll see that the town is filled to the brim with edibles and quaint gifts. Some of which are a load of utter crap, which in my family would be met with a comment along the lines of “great, more crap we didn’t need”, well excuse me if my guitar made out of an empty tuna can is filling the house full of pointless rubbish. #JohnWestPlayThatSong, no joke some guy was selling dulcimers made from John West Tuna Cans. Absolute fire.

Nothing screams festive fun like £10 for a slow spin. Cathedral was free, apart from the guy handing out donation slips (no cash, no problem pal, you can pay by card!) and architecturally was a beaut. Check it.

All jokes aside the day was a ball and the town was a hit for me. Definitely can see the tradition in this, although Edinburgh market last year was fantastic. Looking forward to hitting this up again, shout out to the in-laws for the lift and the other half for taking me in tow.

That stride though

Check out the strength of that stride. Vans X Braindead, bad choice for market wear (required some cleaning). Carhartt Parka, best choice, warmness all around and Carhartt coats are life savers in cold winters days. Third winter and still going strong.

 

Christmas time, mistletoe and wine, when I get drunk I’ll be fine…

All photographs by myself & Bottom Draw Decor. 

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Beer & Vans are LIFE.

Give me Vans, Give me Beer. Give me BOTH.


I GOT TO GO TO A BREWERY! 

I still don’t know how to make beer, I still have no idea what all these big things around in these rooms are all that I know is that this systems is the only one in world? What was it called again? No idea… miracle. Beer is a miracle lets go with that then eh?

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Yeah, so this is . . . Making out like I know what the fuck this is.

 

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Flamingo, travel, photography.

Looking through the archive of work. Came across this little GEM. Who doesn’t love these guys? Snazzy outerwear all year.

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Forgot that I had taken this, back in 2013 in Barcelona Zoo before flamingo everything was a thing. Day I met the other half I joked way too much about flamingos, now all we do is buy each other various flamingo things, you should see how much flamingo based products we have for the house. We are going to look mental. For the record not sure I agree with any zoo. Unless the animals have some unreal space and freedom. Swear I’m not getting preachy.

 

 

Post for you chick. 

LeADeR

 

 

Recap the week.

Sheeeeee. It’s been a hell of a week. Burning through cash and taking some L’s.

Happy Thanksgiving to the States.

So I have picked some of what I liked dropping this week, kept it cliche with your big names. Going to be looking at what is hot and not in Supreme, Palace, Vans and the new Yeezys.

Supreme

£1,098 for a half a halloween costume. To be fair I would rock the red, but price is mad, we all know this will sell out in time. Something for your flush Hypebeast.

Unexpected item I took a win on. Sacred Hearts, camp looking fresh in all colour ways. White with Red Bogo all the way for me. This design we’ve seen throughout the season, potential was there but for me wasn’t big on anything but the jacket, where I took a L. Still undecided on the Doc Collab, what was your opinions on this? Seeing this hat swayed me to being a fan of the design and print. This and the Olive Floral from two weeks ago are two fantastic designs, can’t decide which one is my season favourite. 

Oh, these are definitely not for the UK market, 100% American Hypebeast. Big stomping American Flag, Timberlands.

Palace

Palace have the best no fucks attitude out in the market. They also have the garms to back up their mouths. You need to have a look at the shots fired in the description of the above hat. I will let you search and find and reap the rewards.

Best piece of the drop has to be the P3 Parka in green. Some true real fire. Wish I put in a order in on this. Lack of funds, bollocks.

Vans X End

This is where the money went this week. I am too much of a Vans fiend, and for them to collaborate with End clothing a local brand I felt this is a part of a history I couldn’t pass on.

The nordic wool pack, nothing screams cosy winter like some wooly garms. Suppose to be buying Christmas presents but I did cop the Marshmallow colour way, cause how could I not! 

Yeezy

Yeezy, everyone loves these, word is Frozen Yellow are the rarest. Still on the fence on these.

I want to cop but also don’t. I’ve sat on the fence that long about these the splinters in my arse are now part of me.

 

*Images Sourced from supremenewyork.com, endclothing.com, palaceskateboards.com

 

LeADeR