Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Much Respect, Collect Comes Correct

VilmosPaint it BlackBoy Girl by O.ChildrenArbore by Pearl Clarke

I got e-mail from Collect, a newly launched t-shirt label out of London, about their new website featuring their Limited Ed. and finely designed t-shirt line. Collect features three styles of tees for men and women: a plain, single-color tee, which is not limited to a certain number of releases, patterned tees and printed tees, which are each limited to 100 printings of each design. The tees come in three fits: fitted, relaxed and vest (what we here in the states would call a tank-top of wife-beater) for women and slim, regular and relaxed for men. So there are a lot of choices, when you come down to it, but only 100 of each design for the printed and patterned tees.

Now let's see if I can make this any more confusing. If you take the square root of the hypotenuse of the right triangle that is formed by the intersection of the relaxed fit and slim tees in the men's patterned tee style and subtract the circumference of the arm strap of the women's plain vest tee, amazingly, you will come out with your own age! It's just that simple.

Anyway, as you can see from the pictures above, the t-shirts are all real pretty and fancy. The prices range from £20-£45. So not too bad if you live somewhere with a good exchange rate. Hopefully, soon I will be getting a sample t-shirt to do more research on in terms of quality and detail, so that I can add an update to this post with more info. Until then, maybe you might want to go to www.collectlondon.com and check out the shirts yourself. You might even want to buy one. If you do, tell them Limited Ed. sent you. You won't get a discount, but it will make you seem cooler.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Futurama Mama

Futurama Mini-figsFuturama Mini-figs
I know, that title is terrible. I just couldn't think of anything clever to use as a title to better describe the adorably cute and great new Futurama mini-figure set from Kidrobot. I love The Simpsons mini-figs that Kidrobot did. They feature great sculpts and quality and feel really good in your hand. They are very solid and heavy for their size. And I'm guessing the Futurama figures will be the same. I'm not sure what the two chase figures are, but when I got my first Kidrobot Simpsons figure it just happened to be one of the chase figures, Snake, actually one of my favorite characters from The Simpsons. Hopefully the Futurama chase figures are equally as cool. Anyway, back to the job hunt. I got some more stuff to post later, so keep an eye out... literally! Just like Leela would!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Broken Boards

Howdy y'all! It's been a while. Good to see all y'all again. Here I am, back in the saddle.

I know I haven't been around in a while, but I have been skateboarding a lot recently. I think it is a result of my move to Los Angeles, my lack of work, Anne being in DC, an early mid-life crisis, a desire for a fun way to get some exercise and lose weight, and my general anarchic tendencies and lack of respect for authority. I am trying to skate for at least an hour a day, two hours if I get the chance or go to one of the local skate parks around LA. And I don't just cruise around on a long board like an old dude, I am trying to learn new tricks, like pop shove-its and rail slides. And I am an old dog, which means I wear knee pads under my jeans when I go out skating around my apartment, so I don't tear up my knees, and if I go to the skate park I also wear my wrist guards so I don't break another wrist. Instead of breaking bones, I have been breaking boards recently. One that Anne got me, that I broke popping ollies behind our apartment, and another that I had for about ten years, that I broke doing an ollie to board slide down in Venice Beach. The ten year old Powell board had been sitting in my parents' attic for about a year, so it may have gotten brittle and broke just because it was old.

Anyway, I have had to replace two boards in the last few months, so I had to find a good local skate shop that I trusted. There is one down in Venice where Anne got me a board for my birthday, but that is too far away. There was also a shop that I used to drive past on Sunset Blvd. everyday on my way to work when Anne and I were living at Seth's place in Echo Park. It is called Maintain, and is the best shop I have found in the Silverlake area. The first time I was in there, I was a little intimidated by all of the kids in the store, but once I met the owner Alex Rodriguez, I was thoroughly impressed by his skate and graffiti art knowledge. Not to mention, his reasonably priced decks. I have gotten two blank decks from him to replace my broken ones. Two blank decks were cheaper than one graphic deck online, so I won't feel bad if I break one of these. But if I did want a graphic deck, Maintain has a wide selection of them at very reasonable prices. As well as trucks, wheels, bearings, risers, and stickers. They also have a wide selection of spray cans, markers, acrylics, and other art needs. And Alex has some of his amazing art up in the shop. His other art can be seen on the walls around the Silverlake and Echo Park areas. Maintain doesn't have a website yet, but hopefully they will soon. Until then, check them out on their MySpace page or go down to the shop at 3318 W. Sunset Blvd. in LA and tell them Limited Ed. sent you.

Now I just need to get someone to take pictures of me skating so that I can prove once and for all that pigs can fly!