Cuz when the teeth stop showin’ and the stomach start growlin’
Then the heat start flowin’
—Triple OG Philly Freeway
"DAT COWGIRL, YOU REVERSE DAT COWGIRL, YOU REVERSE, YOU REVERSE AND I IMPREGNANTED YOUR MOUTH GIRL, OOOOH"
There Goes The Neighborhood: Shinsuke Takizawa
Neighborhood was founded in Tokyo in 1994 by Takizawa. Influenced by historical periods such as British punk and American motorcycle culture, it is also a brand rooted in the cultural energy of Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood in the early 1990s. “The name Neighborhood was inspired by all of us hanging out in Harajuku. Back then the areas of Omotesando and Aoyama were kinder to artists. Our common DIY culture brought together all these subcultural styles naturally, because that’s what we were surrounded with. I had only had to think about the present in that time. Today fashion for me is more about historicizing.” Takizawa isn’t nostalgic though. “I don’t feel sentimental about the past,” he tells us. “I became interested in fashion because I wanted to work with my hands. My personal hobbies are what inspire me.” Takizawa, who runs both the business and design aspects of Neighborhood, also works with vintage motorcycles, running another company, Jurassic Paint, that customizes parts. “I understand the value of today’s technical innovation in design, and hope to combine this with long-lasting patterns and materials of the past.” One quote that can be found emblazoned on Takizawa’s work is: “If it dies, we become the same born.”
All my friends were hanging out in the small neighborhood of Harajuku and I liked the idea of it so I named the brand based on that. In the beginning our business was mainly importing clothes from outlet stores in the States. Both TET, my partner and designer of WTAPS, and I were completely amateur buyers so everything wasn’t planned out and was pretty irresponsible. I remember looking at a map of America and we found a city called buffalo and said to each other, ‘Look! This city sounds pretty cool, maybe there’s something between there and New York!’ We ended up driving all the way dropping by outlet malls in between the two cities. We bought a bunch of outdoor related clothing and products all of which sold really poorly. We also bought a lot of RRL [Ralph Lauren] shirts, which were popular and hard to find back then, but they sold poorly as well. We thought to ourselves, ‘Shit we’ve got to do something to get rid of them!’ So we decided to screen print our own graphics on them and that actually worked out really well. I guess that’s what started us thinking about producing our own clothing.”
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That shit was wack as fuck… I was like, ‘You won. Why are you posting your text message? Just chill. Take your W, and if you feel you didn’t deserve it, go get better — make better music. It felt cheap. It didn’t feel genuine. Why do that? Why feel guilt? You think those guys would pay homage to you if they won?
This is how the world works: He made a brand of music that appealed to more people than me, Hov, Kanye and Kendrick. Whether people wanna say it’s racial, or whether it’s just the fact that he tapped into something we can’t tap into. That’s just how the cards fall. Own your shit.
To name just Kendrick? That shit made me feel funny. No, in that case, you robbed everybody. We all need text messages!
—The Drake is good
Thanks @id_magazine d;)