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Tech Essentials: Jasper Wong

Hyperbeast - Thu, 2014-04-17 01:50

Every year on Valentines weekend, the art world descends upon Honolulu, Hawaii for POW! WOW! -- a week-long art and music initiative founded by Hawaiian artist Jasper Wong. Inspired by art as a means of expression, POW! WOW! continues to grow exponentially, bringing together acclaimed artists both international and local under Jasper's curation. Outside of POW! WOW!, Jasper's artistic foray is seen via unique paintings that fuse together Asian pop influences with street art sensibilities, while his commitment to outreach is furthered via exhibitions and youth projects taking place in a creative venue he founded, LOFT IN SPACE. We previously caught up with Jasper on our Essentials feature, where he showed off tools needed for his illustration, placed humorously alongside his baby daughter Ella. In this episode, we look at the on-the-go apps needed to assist Jasper in his dynamic lifestyle. Aside from the usual social media channels, Jasper looks to Duolingo as a way to accomplish his New Year's resolution to pick up a new language, Smash Hit to train his hand eye coordination, Endless Reader for its ability to provide fun and educational cues for his daughter, and 1AM to help locate exciting murals during his travel. Cast your eyes over his Tech Essentials and stay tuned for the next chapter of POW! WOW!, making its debut this year in Taipei.

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Cool Hunting Video: Ultra Violet: A peek inside the studio and the mind of pop art's most infamous muse

Cool Hunting - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:14

On a rainy day in New York, we visited iconic artist Ultra Violet (aka Isabelle Collin Dufresne) in her studio. Quickly integrated into pop and surrealist artists' social scene upon her immigration into the US...
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Jordan Future “Multicolor” Another Look

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:05

We can now see the Future in color. After rolling out two different style codes that each featured a woven black upper, the Jordan Future is twisted up with a blast of color. The “Multicolor” rendition intertwines vivid orange with white, black and grey strands to create a checkered appearance up top. A white midsole and ice blue outsole from the iconic Air Jordan 11 keeps everything in line on this eye-catching makeup that is set to hit limited shelves this weekend. Get an up close and personal look from Wish ATL below, and tell us in the feedback space underneath if you’re a suitor of the “Multicolor” Future.

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Jordan Future “Multicolor” Another Look

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 21:05

We can now see the Future in color. After rolling out two different style codes that each featured a woven black upper, the Jordan Future is twisted up with a blast of color. The “Multicolor” rendition intertwines vivid orange with white, black and grey strands to create a checkered appearance up top. A white midsole and ice blue outsole from the iconic Air Jordan 11 keeps everything in line on this eye-catching makeup that is set to hit limited shelves this weekend. Get an up close and personal look from Wish ATL below, and tell us in the feedback space underneath if you’re a suitor of the “Multicolor” Future.

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Brazilian Legend Ronaldo Talks Football with Sneaker Freaker

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:48

Before a certain spiky-haired, European sensation gave your girlfriend a reason to watch soccer, there was the original Ronaldo: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, the Brazilian, the striker to end all strikers, "The Phenomenon." It was he who brought A Seleção World Cup glory (twice), who split defenses open with innate glue-footed trickery, inspiring a legion of watchers and committees – Pele and FIFA amongst them – to reconsider what could be done on the pitch. Even with his retirement in 2011, the rhetoric surrounding Ronaldo remains lofty amongst the privy. How fitting then for Nike to include the three-time Ballon d'Or winner in their newly-unveiled Nike F.C. program, which celebrates team excellence in the World Cup both past and present. Sneaker Freaker has the latest interview with Ronaldo on his favorite memories from the World Cup, his personal expectations, and more. Enjoy key excerpts below, then head over here for the full scoop.

You achieved so much in the game but was there a moment as a footballer when you thought, "Yeah I’m good at this, I’m going to be one of the best in the world"?

I started playing football when I was a very young child and fell in love with it immediately. From that young age, it was clear that among my friends I was the best. I was always picked first when we chose teams so that told me that I could play the game well. I went onto play for my country aged just 16, and that was a dream come true and underlined how far I might go in the game. I was always so ambitious as a young footballer and that helped put in the hard work that had to be done to achieve my goals.

You were taken to America for the World Cup in 1994 aged only 17. How fearless were you being part of that amazing summer?

I was very afraid that summer but there could be no better way to learn. I always say that the summer of 1994 was my university, the time I learnt the most about football. There I was with some of the greatest players on the planet, training with them and watching them take on the world. To be amongst that at such a young age was an incredible opportunity and one that helped shape my own career. Some people wondered if I would play and whilst I was ready to do that, it wasn’t to be and so I just took everything in. It was an amazing chapter in my life. Nike gave me my first contract that summer and I began to realise my dreams.

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Casamania 2014 Highlights: Steel, leather and glow-in-the-dark wood from the Italian furnishing brand, as seen during Milan Design Week

Cool Hunting - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:45

Italy's Casamania really understands the value of presenting a comprehensive brand aesthetic across all avenues—including products and media. We recently saw the latest collection of handsome home furnishings at Salone del Mobile during Milan Design...
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WTAPS 2014 Spring/Summer Editorial by GRIND

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:44

Contemporary street label WTAPS is the latest brand to be considered by GRIND. The Japanese publication assembled a lookbook of its favorite pieces from the brand's Spring/Summer 2014, highlighting a life spent on motorcycles, cruising empty highways, and eating at diners late at night. These locales play the backdrop for WTAPS' brand of apparel, which looks notably casual and relaxed with its chambray button-ups in pastel hues, athletic-lettered crewnecks, and animated shirts. Enjoy a look through WTAPS' Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which is available now at select retailers.

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ASICS 2014 Spring Gel Spotlyte OG

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:43

While ASICS is predominantly known for its progressions in running footwear, the sportswear brand also flirted with the hardwood for a brief period in the early 90's. Legendary Pistons guard Isiah Thomas was chosen as the spokesperson for ASICS Basketball, who accordingly chose the Gel Spotlyte as his silhouette of choice. Like the runners it has successfully revived, the Gel Spotlyte's handsome aesthetics have also withstood the test of time, returning here with the same premium leather upper and signature 'marble' side stripe accents that made the original so popular. Look for this high-rising release at retailers like KITH now.

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Garbstore 2014 Spring/Summer "News" Lookbook

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:43

With one of the harshest winters in recorded history (just about) behind us, the focus of our collective story has shifted to spring. Spring has sprung, as they say, and public indulgence in warm weather was cleverly noted by UK-based retailer Garbstore in their latest lookbook. Simply entitled "News," the brand curated an exceptionally strong assortment of vibrant psychedelic patterns, versatile blazers and shopcoats, and adventure-ready trousers to create one of the more rounded offerings this season. With pieces from everyone from Engineered Garments and Axs Folk Technology to Yuketen and Patagonia, there's enough good looks in the "News" lookbook to circulate evenly. Enjoy the above, then head over to Garbstore's website to pick up your favorite pieces.

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NOCS NS500 Aluminum Earphones

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:43

There are definitely imitators, but true audiophiles revere NOCS' headphone game. The Swedish brand has just turned up its offerings, here unveiling its "most most refined in-ear" to date: the NOCS NS500 Aluminum. About a year in the making, the NS500 features a solid CNC-machined, chamfered-cut aluminum body to house its meticulously-tuned parts. To talk brass tacks, the headphones boast a titanium-coated diaphragm, a notably high impedance (16 Ohm @ 1 kH), and a 8.0 mm dynamic speaker – ensuring that every synth, drum kick, and croon is crisply delivered. While delivery is set for late May, interested parties can pre-order the latest from NOCS now on the brand's website.

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COLDSMOKE Akutti Vest

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:42

Spring weather can be pretty iffy, which can make it hard to decide on proper layering. To answer this springtime dilemma, crafty indie outerwear label COLDSMOKE brings its own rendition of the oft-neglected vest to the table. The Akutti Vest strikes the perfect medium between sweater and windbreaker, concentrating body heat in the chest area through insulated Thinsulate fibres in the quilted body. The durable, water-resistant silhouette features a bonded Amaterrace shell, while a moisture-controlling Ultrasuede lining at the neck works with a hidden nylon hood to mediate temperature and keep the head dry. Compacting the 'whole package' into a versatile, long-lasting piece, be sure to pick up the Akutti Vest from COLDSMOKE on the brand's website now.

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Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:40

The Chuck Original x Radii The Jax sees printed styling taking on a low profile silo. Washed out shades of blue and white wear well on the upper, complimented by tan accents on the collar, lining, laces and outsole. Fans of the Chuck Original x Radii The Jax can pick up a pair now at Radii.

Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Price: $60

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Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:40

The Chuck Original x Radii The Jax sees printed styling taking on a low profile silo. Washed out shades of blue and white wear well on the upper, complimented by tan accents on the collar, lining, laces and outsole. Fans of the Chuck Original x Radii The Jax can pick up a pair now at Radii.

Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Price: $60

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Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” Detailed Images

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:15

The Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” sees Shawn Kemp’s second signature shoe in its Sunday best, popping with pastels. Jade and teal tones take over the upper, set to suede in smooth and glossy fashion. Yellow lines the upper and tongue, lending itself to the white midsole via speckled styling. Fans of the Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” can pick up a pair on April 18th at shopnicekicks.com.

Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter”

Jadite/Utopic Teal-White
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Price: $100

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Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” Detailed Images

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:15

The Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” sees Shawn Kemp’s second signature shoe in its Sunday best, popping with pastels. Jade and teal tones take over the upper, set to suede in smooth and glossy fashion. Yellow lines the upper and tongue, lending itself to the white midsole via speckled styling. Fans of the Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” can pick up a pair on April 18th at shopnicekicks.com.

Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter”

Jadite/Utopic Teal-White
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Price: $100

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Porsche Restoration with Benton Performance

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:11

Car enthusiast John Benton has had a passion for Porsche restoration, maintenance, and racing since he bought his very first 912 back in 1984. Now, three decades later, Benton continues to push his distinct approach to Porsche restoration - combining original aesthetics with the latest in performance innovation - with the Anaheim-based Benton Performance. Filmmaker Heath Mattioli recently caught up with Benton to discuss his love for famed German automotive engineering, his "belief in refined driving experiences," and to take an inside look at the way in which Benton continues to tune and push the limits of his craft.

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ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:55

The stacked roster of one of the most popular silhouettes juices up even more with a new member, the ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”. Taking the iconic ASICS Gel Lyte III and styling it with a historically refreshing theme, this general release colorway is a sure hit for the Summer. Multiple shades of grey dye the mesh base and suede overlays, tonally paired with white branding and hints of black. Teal and grape purple add the coloration throughout, most notably on the famous padded split tongue, inner lining, and half and half on the outsole. Detailing is brought with numerous 3M patches on these crisp “Grapes,” which are available now at END.

ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Grey/White-Grape
SKU: H405N-1101
Price: £89.00 (approx $150)

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ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:55

The stacked roster of one of the most popular silhouettes juices up even more with a new member, the ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”. Taking the iconic ASICS Gel Lyte III and styling it with a historically refreshing theme, this general release colorway is a sure hit for the Summer. Multiple shades of grey dye the mesh base and suede overlays, tonally paired with white branding and hints of black. Teal and grape purple add the coloration throughout, most notably on the famous padded split tongue, inner lining, and half and half on the outsole. Detailing is brought with numerous 3M patches on these crisp “Grapes,” which are available now at END.

ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Grey/White-Grape
SKU: H405N-1101
Price: £89.00 (approx $150)

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Sole Access: Inside the Sacramento Kings’ Locker Rooms, Pt. 1

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:47

On the last day of the 2013-2014 NBA season, we share with you the third installment of our Sole Access series. We saw Spurs equipment manager Travis Wade take us inside each player’s locker at the AT&T Center, in addition to the practice facility in January, and had Lakers equipment manager Carlos Maples walk us through the lockers of Nick Young and Kendall Marshall earlier this month. In today’s episode, Dwayne Wilson, the most tenured equipment manager in the NBA, gives us an exclusive tour inside the locker room, equipment room and weight room of the Sacramento Kings. Check out these walkthroughs, the sneaker-filled lockers of DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, plus more behind-the-scenes info from Wilson about his day-to-day duties over the years in Part 1.

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Sole Access: Inside the Sacramento Kings’ Locker Rooms, Pt. 1

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:47

On the last day of the 2013-2014 NBA season, we share with you the third installment of our Sole Access series. We saw Spurs equipment manager Travis Wade take us inside each player’s locker at the AT&T Center, in addition to the practice facility in January, and had Lakers equipment manager Carlos Maples walk us through the lockers of Nick Young and Kendall Marshall earlier this month. In today’s episode, Dwayne Wilson, the most tenured equipment manager in the NBA, gives us an exclusive tour inside the locker room, equipment room and weight room of the Sacramento Kings. Check out these walkthroughs, the sneaker-filled lockers of DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, plus more behind-the-scenes info from Wilson about his day-to-day duties over the years in Part 1.

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