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#INTERNET Ah, we're back! Like we said, we were just "chilling out" for like 3 years. Feels good to have the team back writing. Still us three: Chuck, Benjamin, and Virgil. Got new interviews coming up, and hopefully we'll be posting on a regular basis, who knows. We also interviewed each other, check: CHUCK, BENJAMIN, VIRGIL...

BxH 400% Boba Fett for the dweebs out there…

Does ANYBODY say “dweeb” any more? I don’t think so.
Anyways - Bounty Hunter has teamed up with Kubrick to make a 400% Boba Fett. I’m not really a fan of Star Wars, let’s just make that clear right now. I don’t think I’ve even seen them all. But this is a pretty cool lookin figure…and Boba Fett always seemed like the baddest dude on Star Wars. Only 1000 pieces have been produced. Release date is April 29th. After that, it’s up to you to find one on eBay for roughly the price of a child.

Nineaem Photography!!!

I have been a huge fan of this guy’s site and work for quite a while now - at least 2 years - this site has gone unchanged I believe, in the way it looks and navigates, and I love it. Nothing gets in the way of the unbelievably beautiful compositions of his work on the site. It’s close to perfect. The photography is nothing short of inspiring either - he can make a brown tile floor look cool, a leaf, random angles, textures, etc…Just really nice. There’s a sharp quality to the color too - whether it’s done post or not doesn’t matter. It looks good. Real clean. Might be old news for those of you who check the regular design portal sites but it’s worth another visit or two. If you haven’t seen it - go now. Just look through and enjoy. So hottt OMG WTF.

Powell (-Peralta) Classics!

The days of Bones Brigade and Public domain are long gone… And for the longest so were some of the classic t-shirts, decks, and patches that Powell Peralta Skateboards put out. Their branding and imagery was, still is, so iconic of that era. The classic ripper skull (as shown) is hands-down one of my all time favorite skateboard images/logos/whatever. So fresh. Until about a year ago your only option was eBay to get those classic Powell Peralta goods… Now you can get the fresh retro-releases directly from the new Powell site. Check your classics game, Powell was the best. Also, check the repeating skull pattern on the top of their site…perfect.

Chanel J12 Ceramic Watch!

All white. Beautiful in all white. I’ll be honest, when spending thousands on a fine Swiss automatic-timepiece, Chanel is not real high on my list. But this watch is just stunning. Not only is it visually attractive, it is strikingly different from other watches in it’s category due to the fact it’s band and case are made out of solid white ceramic rather than the typical stainless steel. Scratch resistant, non-translucent, and almost mysteriously matte in it’s finish. I believe the J12 series came out in 2000, so its not brand new, but wearing white watches is so fresh right now. Jeans, fresh Stan Smiths, white t-shirts with super light pastel print, and a white watch… THE BRILLIANCE! loves all white watches, you should to.

SBTG Hall of Fame flicks!

Wasn’t sure whether to put this as art or fashion, I suppose it’s both…Anyways - Sabotage (SBTG) held this beautiful exhibition called Hall of Fame in Singapore. The URL below is a link to a ton of pictures from the event. Some nice kicks, art pieces (they even put some of the screens on the wall w/ paint still on them! sick…), and cute girls to be found here. Via Freshness Mag.

Ecstatic about Ecstatic!

THE BRILLIANCE! loves Ecstatic! They do work for Supreme, Stussy, Levi’s, VH1, Allure, Spin, and more. Great site - very simple, easy to use, and no candy coated extras. Just what is necassary to showcase their beautiful work. I personally LOVE the ad they did for Supreme with the cutups of the 80’s straight edge/hardcore bands including 7 Seconds, Minor Threat, Bad Brains,and more. That is some hotness right there. FYI - some of the images might not be safe for work - just a light warning. Anyways…Good…Very good stuff.

Vans x Raf Simmons!

Vans is really branching out with the whole collaboration concept! I think its great for the fashion/design world, so keep doing it. First big one was marc jacobs, then they did some stuff with Supreme I think, and now we have this fantastic collaboration with Raf Simmons for whole Colette meets Comme Des Garcons collective. These are super limited at 100 pairs… And if I read correctly you can only get them in a US size 6. What? Either way, hot shoe… I love the trend we are seeing with collaged/graphic based shoes. THE BRILLIANCE! loves Vans and we have respect for Raf Simmons, they are both doing their thing. Got small feet? Cop them at the link below…

Nike White Label is…

Just so things are clear… I have HUGE respect for Nike as a brand. Their continuous pursuit of new and innovative products is very inspiring. But THE BRILLIANCE! is honest, and I find their White Label to be quite uninspired. Few things… I don’t have any problem at all with expensive clothing. I love quality, I love supporting true design, etc… But Nike White Label is just a bit over the top for me to justify it. I love how they are bringing back ‘old styles’ while introducing us to wild new price points. $185 for a screen-printed hoody? $65 for a t-shirt? A pair of dunks are $65! Again, I have spent plenty more than that in my day, and I still do. But why do these brands insist on charging these prices for something that is marketed as ‘limited’ but you can get it on Amazon.com?! Honestly… And please, step the quality up, its quite sub-par. And those belts? $195 to look super corny? Wow… Sorry Nike, even Jordan missed a few. Focus on giving us NEW products rather than constantly rehashing old products.

Krink is Unfadeable

Krink is a permanent ink made in small batches by hand in NYC. Permanent on any surface and, as they say, unfadeable. While I’m not personally a writer, I do appreciate graffiti and the art of tagging. What makes Krink worth posting about is how well it’s branded. Fantastic. The man behind Krink, known as KR, took a culture, a need (good ink), and created an incredible product with that perfect niche feel… Beyond all of that, he created a truly brilliant brand… In terms of packaging, marketing (or perfect lack of), tag-line, and of course the ‘feel’ you have knowing that the product is hand made with what should be considered a ‘secret’ formula…it’s all just perfect. THE BRILLIANCE! has a lot of respect for Krink.

Prefuse 73

Been a Prefuse fan for a while now. Always loved his mix of hip hop, electronic, and other genres that just came together so well. So the new album “Surrounded by Silence” is real hot - includes appearences by Ghostface, El-P, GZA, Masta Killa, Aesop Rock, and more. That right there should be enough to make you buy this. Then back the album up with track after track of what is in my opinion a perfect driving album…this is just hot. Everything about it - from the art direction/photography in the album to the beats to the scratchy samples…If you didn’t know about this album already, not sure where you’ve been, but check it out…