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Bag ‘N’ Noun A/W ’12

Thursday, August 16th, 2012
These bags are brought to you by the letter 'N' Japanese label, the Bag 'N' Noun gives us some new fall and winter favorites. We've seen the Tool Bag and Knapsack, but autumn/winter 2012 will offer up new styles as well like the Mini Tool Bag and Case--all will come in an array of muted colors. The durability and craftsmanship of Bag 'N' Noun products, makes these canvas bags perfect for everyday use. Get your hands on one at The GoodHood Store. Noticed via: Hypebeast

AR x Masterpiece Tote

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
We're tote-ally in love with AR x Masterpiece AR (by Aloha Rag) and Masterpiece take a step in their relationship together with the new AR by Masterpiece Tote. The tweed tote (available in two colors) is the first accessory made by AR and while we're excite to see what else they do, there’s always a special place in your heart for that first one. With leather straps, AR's signature camo lining, and thick tweed outside the new AR x Masterpiece Tote is durable enough for weekend trips but structured enough for the office--sounds like the perfect companion, ahem, bag if you ask us.

What’s the Deal: Kyary Pamyu

Friday, May 4th, 2012
What's the deal with...Kyary Pamyu Pamyu? Name: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Location: Tokyo, Japan Sounds Like: The most adorable descent into madness. If Zelda Fitzgerald had turned to lollipops instead of bathtub gin, and was Japanese, she could've written the hit single, "Candy Candy." Why You've Heard of Her: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has been on the up and up in Japan since her first song "PonPonPon" in July of 2011. If you're caught up on your Warner Music Japan, there's no way you'd miss any of her sincerely bizarre music videos. Also she is so kawaii. What's her deal?: Who knows what this chick's deal is? She started her career as a fashion blogger which turned into modelling gigs for Harajuku magazines. After that she went into the eyelash business to help Japanese girls look even more like dolls. Then, ready for the big leagues, Kyary released a mini-album which was quickly followed by an autobiography chronicling her rise to fame. Ballsy move, Kyary. Behind every famous kawaii Harajuku girl lurks a business savvy opportunist. The music video for "Candy Candy" is a truly amazing token of Japanese pop culture. Honestly, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu had us at the opening sequence when she runs with a piece of toast in her mouth. It's not an "I'm-late-for-the-bus-toast-on-the-go" montage. It's more of a horse bit-like accessory. The rest of the video doesn't fail to disappoint with meaningless cutesy lyrics, a google-eyed onion and killer dance moves. We agree with YouTube commenter CookieTrainFTW who wrote, "This song means everything." Watch the music video for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's "Candy Candy" below.

New Feature: Trippple Nippples

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
Three ladies, three nipples, and three P's in the spelling. Introducing our new The Cover Story Trippple Nippples. Having a third nipple is usually considered to be somewhat of an unfortunate thing. Not in the case of Trippple Nippples. This Japanese super group, spearheaded by frontladies Yuka Nippple, Qrea Nippple, and Nabe Nippple is tearing through the world one hot dog at a time (part of their stage performance involves eating and distributing the processed meat, but we won't wreck the surprise). First watch our video with the band created by David Goldberg below (we suggest you watch in full screen mode). Then head over here to read our The Cover Story: Trippple Nippples. We promise you won't be disappointed. hearty magazine Presents Trippple Nippples

Haroshi’s Recycled Boards

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Just when you think your board is dead, it becomes a moose Japanese artist, Haroshi doesn't let a good deck go to waste. Bringing life to destroyed skateboard decks, Haroshi's meticulously carved wooden sculptures include a wide range of mosaic creatures like an arm with its middle finger extended, a giant skateboard wheel, the face of a dog, a fire hydrant, an apple, a shark and a giant moose head. Since his teenage years, Haroshi has been inspired by skateboarding and is still an avid skater today. His website explains, “He often feels attached to trucks with the shaft visible, goes around picking up and collecting broken skateboard parts, and feels reluctant to throw away crashed skateboards.” Wow, this guy really takes his work home. Err…you know what we mean. Haroshi's recycled skateboard deck works were recently on display as part of an exhibition at HUF's distribution center. In case you missed it (like us) see some of Haroshi’s recycled skateboard sculptures below.

Keiichi Tanaami: Hop, Step, Jump

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

If you thought skeletons couldn’t be sexy, think again Tokyo born artist, Keiichi Tanaami’s new book, Hop, Step, Jump features blindingly colorful illustrations of skeletons in sexy positions, comic book-style heroes with blank expressions and strange child-like creatures drooling. Using a little dark humor, the surrealist collection of drawings are creepy but still a little fun. Tanaami is one of the leading pop artists of post-war Japan. He became interested in cartoon-style drawing in the mid 1940’s as a way to escape the Second World War. Tanaami works in animation, sculpture, painting, film and is a professor of Information Design at Kyoto University of Art and Design. See more of Keiichi Tanaami's new book Hop, Step, Jump below.

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