Streetwear Conspiracy: Volume III

Just an afterthought about the whole Streetwear stuff...

Sneakers are very much a part of the so-called streetwear culture and everyone into this hyped fad is very much into their sneakers as much as they are to the latest streetwear brands releases and yet, when the streetwear aficionados attended the Nike Air Force 1 25th Anniversary Celebration, they failed to mention one little thing.

Guess what the music genre of choice for all sneakerheads is?

Yet again, I rest my case. . .


P.S.

Edison Chen's brand, Clot, is one of the most sought after 'streetwear' brand in Asia and guess what? He wants to be a rapper!

P.P.S.

Brian of Know1edge owns one of the biggest 'streetwear' brand in the world and speak to him and you''ll think probably think he's a rapper, right His Royal Badness?

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey sir Ivan,

Jason here again droppin' by. I'm no expert but I've been reading/learning the past few years. And due to the growth of the streetwear culture, there are many so-called 'factions' in the scene.

As of late, I've had a chance to be exposed to some OG streetwear heads c/o http://www.5th-dimension.info/forum/. Now these are the same folks who have been into skateboarding, graf and music years before the hype began. Quite the 'otaku' in terms of streetwear.

And it's true, most of the time, hip-hop is their music of choice. But like streetwear, hip-hop has its own sub-genres. From what I've absorbed so far, these guys are into non-mainstream hip-hop, they are a throwback to the time when hip-hop was at an golden age, with artists like ATCQ, De La Soul, early Nas & Jay-Z, Wu-Tang, etc. Aside from those, mostly they were/are into underground stuff.

And being the otaku that they are, for them streetwear is all about the philosphy and culture that they represent like Stussy reps skate/graf, or Supreme reps skate+art(photography). The reason why Sean John/Rocawear isn't included in their definition is because they brands, althought technically represent hip-hop in a sense, but doesn't have any history /philosphies behind it, it's just brands marketed under the Jay-Z/Diddy name. Diddy isn't even that respected in the underground scene as he's raps are wack, he's suspected to have ghostwriters writing for him. All he does is club hits. As for Bape, it didn't start out as a hiphop brand. Bape when it started out was basically just a street label,with connections to wtaps head Tet and graf artist/designer Sk8Thing. So it's roots was purely street, it was just later on when it became popular and Skateboard P/Pharrell started rockin Bapes then the association started. In a recent interview with Harajuku streetwear icon, Hiroshi Fujiwara, who was Nigo's mentor before. He did blast Bape/Nigo towards the current direction the label was heading.

So that's as best as I could explain it. If I offended anybody or if there was any inaccuracies, I apologize I didn't intend it to be so. I'm just constantly trying to learn and read up about the culture which intrigues me to no end.

You know how it is in Manila Ivan, we don't have a scene here because the environment/culture simply wasn't that open to these ideas back in the day. The skateboarding boom back in the early90's hit the US/Japan hard, but never really peaked here. But I'm glad that some people like Willy Santos is trying to spread the skateboarding culture around and artists like Caliph8 showing people that graffiti can be art and not just vandalism like what most people in the Pines think it is.

That was long and I hope I was able to write that out clearly haha. If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up :)

Jason

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