Everyone loves an Anniversary

I have been a bit quiet recently haven’t I? Well I am hoping to change that and currently here to chat utter sh*t$ again. THIS was taken before the Beast from the East, the absolute blizzard that grounded the UK to a halt. If anyone was ever thinking of over throwing the country on a snow day will be the best time. Cause are any of us leaving the house? Nah, no chanceI want to be warm so if you want a cold as grey country it is all yours bro.

So what the anniversary? Well its the VANS Half Cab celebrating its 25th year anniversary (in 2017). I thought since winter has (or at least I thought) passed it is time to get out some of the trainers I have been saving for spring. I had to go for the black colour way so that it would go with my 5,000 black items of clothing and black Half Cabs are staple and iconic look.

Got mad love for this tee, by far the best one of the SS18 opener tee’s. I feel that Supreme out did themselves one this one, a artistic rendition of a card game on the front and the start and end date of the season make this top a commemorative number that even after the season will act as a piece of remembrance. Had to get at least one black tee, to go with my collection of black jeans. Pop on some fresh kicks and you are sorted. 

Said fresh kicks are the Vans 25th Anniversary Half cabs as discussed above. LIT.

Hat: Supreme, FW16, Tartan Check Camp, Black.

Tee: Supreme SS18, Cards Tee, Black.

Jeans: Alexander McQueen, Swallow, Black.

Shoes: Vans 25th Anniversary Half Cab, Black.


Till next time I get vain in what I am wearing. Keep reading and follow my Insta folks!

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So, let us talk about these resolutions.

This started out as a WDYWT and I thought yeah fine I will show you what I wore since I write about my clothing a lot, but afterwards let’s talk. Basically I tossed and turned on writing and posting this one for over a week now. New year, it is a load of utter cr*p. The whole I am going to be healthy, work out more, be a better person?

No, I am sorry, you probably aren’t.

We all end up the same lazy, unhealthy A-holes we were in 2017. Most fitting thing I seen recently is a meme; jokingly pointing out that as an individual you aren’t leaving 2017 problems in 2017, you are probably taking 2010 problems into 2018.

My student debt, still there. My gym membership, still not renewed. Drink less? I haven’t said no to the pub yet this year. Don’t get me wrong I am going to pay that off and work out more. Not because it’s a new year, because I want to make a change and get somewhere in life. So PLEASE let us get rid of this ridiculous notion that we are going to be better people cause it’s changed day. Make the change for yourself, not for 2018. All setting up these ridiculous notions does us later when we take a slight fall is send us spiralling down and leaving us feeling angry and upset. Do something positive for your mental health, be yourself and make the change for you. 

I swear I won’t get heavy on you for a while, but mental health is something we should all be talking about, so this can be my 2 cents and positivity. 


Anyway this will make you laugh, I went out in a leopard print blazer… Bold even for me.

So hey, I thought that I would see the new year in with some wow factor. Whether that be ‘wow that is loud’, ‘wow that is awful’, ‘wow that’s brave’ or just out right ‘did he dress in the dark?’

Snazzy is the name of the game, I know I look like something out of a safari trip! Seriously though New Year in the bars it was full of wild animals. LITERALLY, was like mating season guys on heat for a midnight kiss. If all else fails them at least they could get a 6 inch sub around the corner.

I loved this get up. So the blazer was a go from the start, slim fit and thin making it perfect for layering. The shirt had to be black, the smart hidden buttons made it simple but effective if you ask me. Check out the image below of the skulls for collar buttons, the devil is in the detailNever neglect the little finishing touches. Black leather jacket and black skinny jeans to finish the outfit a staple of mine, the black allows for the leopard print to really wow. To finish this get up Green Rousden Creepers, it had to be alt pair of footwear to finish this gothic yet on trend outfit. with the only colour being in the jacket this left some freedom on colour for footwear, and the yellow on the jacket really complimented the green on the shoes.

Shirt: Religion, Mid length sleeve, skull collar buttons, black/silver.

Blazer: Religion, Leopard Print.

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

Jeans: Neuw Denim, Skinny, Black.

Shoes: Supreme X Doc Marten, Suede Rousden Creeper, Green, SS17.


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119 of 600 Worldwide.

Lets get the WDYWT done and get onto the good bit. The footwear. Well it wasn’t today, I ended up chilling about in baggy joggers attempting to be proactive but procrastination was more the theme of the day. This was a couple of days ago, trying to fit in sometime to write this one hasn’t been the easiest.

SO, new year, new me. Not really. Although I am going to start throwing out why and how I choose some of my outfits. I know look at me go with the masses of Fashion Bloggers, so unique! More sarcastic, but still the same.

I was bought this hoodie for Christmas with a warning “Do not wear this on Christmas Day.  Your grandma will be offended and someone might think you are aiming this towards them”. Sometimes you want to offend some people? 

The colour of this was perfect in my opinion, from the preview to wearing, I loved the colour and it had to be partnered with black denim to really give it some real contrast and draw attention the hoodie. To match up the colours, I chose the painted floral camp which has a shade that matches perfectly. You would think they came out in the same season...  I swear I don’t always have a hat on, but mostly I do.

Of course as I have said before the footwear can make or break the outfit. Why ruin your style with some trashed, plimsols from some god forsaken shop that has closed down. We all know those stores. I thought black footwear would go with this perfectly, possibly my Vans X Highs and Lows from SS16. I thought no, lets keep the rest of the outfit bold. Also what better way to get the new footwear out, I made the right choice here I feel.

Hat: Supreme, FW17, Painted floral Camp, Purple.

Hoodie: Supreme FW17, Fuck Em All, Plum.

Jeans: Nudie, Long John, Light Blue.

Shoes: Vans X Take Hayashi X Santa Cruz, Pro Skate ArcAd, Pink.


VANS PRO SKATE ARCAD: TAKA HAYASHI (TH) X SANTA CRUZ

This collaboration is between one of the greatest Vans designers and two powerhouses of the skateboarding world. This was a pair of kicks I was sadly letting pass me by. Knowing that these would be added to the list of ones that I wished I copped. Sadly we can’t have them all, well some people can and do. Me? I damn well try my best. 

These were a gift and a perfect gift they were!

Santa Cruz to this day remain a true powerhouse of skate. They have created some of the most treasured graphics in the skate world since the 80’s. With the bold slogan “Skateboarding Is Not A Crime”, sitting proudly on the side and embossed on the sidestripe, these stay true to the roots of Santa Cruz.

Featuring boldly on the back is the original skull artwork by TH. Both Santa Cruz and Taka have detailed tongues dedicated with their names and logo. The detail and time gone into these should make every vans collector jump to get a pair. If you missed the drop, I have seen a few change hands online, make sure you add this collaboration between two powerhouses and TH to your collection!


As you can tell I managed to stop some of the procrastination today and finally get this done!

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Escape to the country, kind of.

I lived in a village, in the country last year and I saw a whole LOAD of tractors. What do farmers use to make crop circles? A Protractor!  

I have lived at the coast, in a big city and now the country (this was the middle of nowhere I tell you!) but I can safely say it’s the company that makes the place.

Yet it was scenic, so very scenic. 


In Summer, I attended open gardens. You walk into a garden, you see how they’ve decorated, you leave. Very British, very civilised, very awkward and a lot of Koi Carp.

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In Autumn, I got creative.


No one ever answered my question… Can you? If a cow laughs hard enough, does milk come out their nose? OKAY, OKAY, no more bad jokes, for this post at least.


In Winter, well the place looked like a Christmas Card.

 


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Kaleidoscope

“have i gone mad?
i’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.” 
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
This project was all about falling into what you see, looking through the looking glass and when you do, just loosing yourself for a moment or two before reality snaps back in.


 


 

Mexican Lucky, at these places I truly was. 


 



Sometimes a warped reality is the best reality. 
Once, this image won an award. Forever proud to have a photography award to my name. This was the photograph.
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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

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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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 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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