Last Saturday was the Primitive 4 year anniversary BBQ. It’s crazy to think that I’ve been going to these things for that long. It all started when Boj and Jon got me hip to the brand that’s run by their old classmates. Now Boj works there, now Backside carries their product, they’ve been sponsors on Rhythm Natives shows, they’re about to be featured on Tastemakers. Full circle…Congratulations y’all. Keep going strong.
Here are The NTWRK boys - Taylor, Kellen, and Joey - with a young friend. They were telling us a story of how they stopped at a local skate park and handed out Primitive sample tees to the kids. Some of those kids showed up to the BBQ, wearing the unlabeled tees that went all the way down to their knees. Lol.
Markisa x Primitive/Marlon x Boj
Boj took my camera and brought it to the stock room where some of the staff and skaters were toasting to success. Cheers!
Last Friday night, Backside Echo Park hosted a dessert themed art show called Sweet Tooth. It featured pieces from Bobby Hundreds, Benny Gold, Sophia Chang, et al. It also featured cupcakes, ice cream, floats, et al. Here’s how it looked. (Not pictured: me getting so dessert wasted)
Yesterday, your Instagram feed may or may not have been filled with pictures of Campbell’s tomato soup. I’m guilty of posting that, TASTEMAKERS is guilty, most of my peers are, too. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, Target released a set of four limited edition cans featuring labels based on the original artwork. From what I understand, there were lines at most Targets, and the soups sold out quick. I happened to be at the one near my house, hit the jackpot, and got a few sets.
Now I have the task of figuring out where I’m going to display them. I was placing them in different places last night, but I still don’t know what looks best.
Warhol is probably the most well known artist of the 20th Century. His contributions to art are definitive of American pop culture. They’ve been remixed, they’ve been imitated, they’ve been sources of inspiration for other artists. I don’t know if you know this, but he was also the publisher of my favorite magazine, Interview. It’s nice to have a little piece of history in canned soup form.
Here are some photos from last night’s EYES UP that featured Chris Hutch, Rappinismyhabit, Brian Ashton and the Dirty Legends Crew: Gibby, Hugh Augustine the MC, Arima Ederra, and Al B Smoov. Full coverage is on Rick & Ray’s Tumblr. Peace to everyone that came through!
Seattle takes over our event next month on Thursday, September 27 for The Physics’ TOMORROW PEOPLE Tour.
Don’t judge, but we had Korean BBQ again, this time with Eric and Campos of Backside. Eric is headed to the east coast for about two weeks, and it was Campos’ birthday. We thought a farewell/birthday/team celebration was appropriate.
This is Campos. 19 years young with nearly 20k Instagram followers. I’ve blogged about him here a couple times, and I can’t stress enough just how much I love this dude. He’s a great asset to the Backside team because of his work ethic, his willingness to learn, and his enthusiasm to bring ideas to life. When CA was making its exit out of the clothing industry as a t-shirt brand, I got pretty jaded. I’m sure there are a thousand things I could have done better, but I wasn’t ready to admit that; I just didn’t want to be a part of it anymore. Cue Campos. He consistently reminds me how dope this industry is and how dope it could be. Happy birthday, baby boy.
You know Eric. He’s been on this blog countless of times, he was also our first TASTEMAKERS feature. Eric has now added Marketing Director for Akomplice on his resume. This is him taking a call during dinner while Hypebeast and Complex Magazine posted about new AK product. He’ll likely be taking more of those calls from the Rock the Bells New Jersey arm of the tour. He’ll be at the event as a vendor. It works out perfectly, because some of his staff will be vending at FYF in LA this weekend, too. True entrepreneurial move to hit both coasts for the big summer events, at the same time. It’s really great hearing him speak about his plans for the future. He always has everyone in mind.
This was the damage done. It was both Eric and Campos’ first time there (it was Campos’ first time actually having Korean BBQ, and he loved it). Keep up with these two. Seriously.