CHAIN RETURNS TO THE EAST COAST
April 24th, 2014 by Ed
NIKE SB X AIR JORDAN 1 WITH LANCE MOUNTAIN
April 22nd, 2014 by Tim
MY RULES COMING SEPTEMBER 16
April 18th, 2014 by Larry
The definitive monograph of Glen E. Friedman, a pioneer of skate, punk, and hip-hop photography, including much never-before-published work. Glen E. Friedman is best known for his work capturing and promoting rebellion in his portraits of artists such as Fugazi, Black Flag, Ice-T, Dead Kennedys, Minor Threat, The Misfits, Bad Brains, Beastie Boys, Run-D.M.C., and Public Enemy, as well as classic skateboarding originators such as Tony Alva, Jay Adams, Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, Duane Peters, and Stacy Peralta, and a very young Tony Hawk.
Designed in association with celebrated street and graphic artist Shepard Fairey, this monograph captures the most important and influential underground heroes of skateboarding, punk, and hip-hop cultures. My Rules is an unprecedented window into the three most significant countercultures of the last quarter of the twentieth century, and Friedman’s photographs define those important movements that he helped shape. A remarkable chronicle and a primer about the origins of radical street cultures, My Rules is also a statement of artistic inspiration for those influenced by these countercultures.
THE YOUTH OF TODAY FIST ART
April 15th, 2014 by Tim
Following the theme of the Youth Of Today – “Youth Crew 88” shirt design post, I got a little info out of Porcell regarding the original Youth Of Today X’ed fist art. Anyone that’s familiar with Youth Of Today, is sure to be familiar with their classic X’ed fist logo. The art has appeared on countless shirts, stickers, pics, flyers and plenty of tattoos and here’s what Porcell had to say about it…
The original Youth Of Today X’d up fist was done by this Mahopac, New York kid named Herbie Straight Edge. Herbie originally drew the fist on the back of a gas station type jacket. Herbie became a skinhead and started drinking so he gave the jacket to Cappo. We traced the fist art off the back of the jacket and used it for Youth Of Today. -Porcell
YOUTH CREW 88
April 10th, 2014 by Tim
A few days ago, I was flipping though a pile of my hardcore shirts and I came across my original Youth Of Today “Youth Crew 88” shirt. I had to stop and stare at it for a few minutes just to soak in how much of a well done and classic design it is.
Every time I see a Youth Crew 88 shirt, I can’t help but to think back to the first time that I ever saw one. It was March 19th 1989 and I was standing in line for a show at Club Pizazz in Philadelphia. It was a Soul Side, Krakdown, Insted, Vision show, (Soul Side and Krakdown never showed up.)
Regardless, there were a ton of people there and the line to get in the show was massive (or at least it seemed so at the time.) I remember standing in that line and watching multiple people walk up wearing those Youth Crew 88 shirts and just thinking, “wow, that new YOT shirt might be the coolest one yet!” And YOT had no shortage of cool looking shirts prior to this one, but something about how clean and simple it was just made it stick out.
Over the past 25 years since seeing the YOT “Youth Crew 88” shirt for the first time, it’s remained a favorite of mine. When I came across my original the other day I started wondering who might have designed it. The thought had never crossed my mind, but for whatever reason, it occurred to me that it looked like something Alex Brown might have had a hand in. Instead of letting my curiosity get the best of me, I shot a quick email to Porcell to see if I could get the lowdown. Porcell did indeed confirm, Al Brown was the man behind the classic Youth Crew 88 shirt.
I decided to shoot Alex an email to see if he had any memories he could share and here’s what he had to say…
It was designed prior to Youth Of Today’s 1988 summer tour at the apartment that Porcell, Ray and I were sharing in Brooklyn. I don’t remember what the inspiration for the design was but I must have wanted it to look like some sort of team logo. I was really into the way the first couple of SSD records looked and I suppose that could be cited as a motive for the typeface I used; something bold and clean. I think that Ray or Porcell probably had some input but they most likely left me to do my work without to much interference.
As for the heavy Youth Crew theme with “Youth Crew 88” on the front and “Youth Crew Across America” on the back, I think we all thought it was just sort of a cool moniker to attach to our group of friends and musicians. To throw it in everyone’s face was always fun too. As for the photo that was used; again, can’t remember who’s decision it was to use that particular pic but it’s a pretty great photo and it’s easy to see why we used it.
LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG WAS JUST A FAD
April 1st, 2014 by Tim
In 1986, when I was first discovering punk and hardcore, I got my hands on a cassette of Youth Of Today’s -”Break Down The Walls”. As a 12 year old kid, up until that point, everything punk to me seemed to be about chaos, anarchy, violence, destroying the government, getting wasted, self destruction, looking as outlandish as you possibly could, etc., none of which appealed to me much. Sure I liked the music, but I couldn’t really gel all that much with the message and the image. When that tape of “Break Down The Walls” crossed my path, I suddenly found something that I identified with. The message was positive, rational, inspiring and simply made sense in every way. I remember looking at the cover photo and the lyric sheet photos and thinking to myself, unlike a lot of the bands that I liked at the time, “these guys don’t look like freaks”. Not that I was a jock at all in 1986/1987, quite the contrary actually, I was 100% skateboarder, but Youth Of Today’s image seemed like a legit light in the dark at that time, an image I could see in myself, they were almost the outcast’s of the outcasts. Still to this day, I look at them as the perfect hardcore band, the band that changed and defined my life and millions of others, whether they realize it or not. Say what you want about them, but you can’t deny the massive impact they’ve left on the hardcore scene and people in general.
And by the way, if you’re Straight Edge, vegetarian, like any of the bands on Revelations Records or pretty much any Straight Edge Hardcore band of the late 80′s, chances are that you’ve been affected by Youth Of Today’s influence. I honestly don’t think people understand just how massive of an impression this band left. When Youth Of Today came through the bigger cities in America, most of those scenes were never the same. Youth Of Today weren’t just another hardcore band or just another Straight Edge band, they’re impact was next level and chances are, a lot of the bands you like, would have never existed without Youth Of Today.
“And this flame will keep on burning strong” – Tim DCXX
THIS IS HARDCORE 2014
April 1st, 2014 by Tim
JUDGE AT MUSINK
March 25th, 2014 by Larry
Ashley Gasper just hit my inbox with a grip of photos of JUDGE from the third night of the Musink Festival in Orange County, CA this past Sunday to share with you all. Enjoy these great pics and big thanks to Ashley for sending these over.
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March 24th, 2014 by Larry
ED TEMPLETON: EPICLY LATER’D – PART 5
March 20th, 2014 by Larry
In part five, Epicly Later’d takes a look at Ed’s life as an artist. From being coaxed out of hoarding his early paintings in Huntington Beach to confronting the homophobia of the 90s New York skate scene and finally finding success with his Teenage Smokers series, Ed’s art career has been defined in much the same way as his skate career — Ed just does Ed until people get it.
And if you live in the Los Angeles area, there is a screening of Ed’s complete Epicly Later’d tonight…