Monday, December 17, 2007

Logo tees

are out now. I'm still tweaking these, but I have quite a few regardless. E-mail the boy for info. "Police Cross The Line" coming soon.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Remember me?

I'm sorry folks, it's been quite some time. Funds have been non-existent for a while, so the brand has had to sit on the back burner for a hot minute. I promise to try and make weekly updates, it's rough running stuff solo.

Box logo tees should be out to distribute in a few weeks (I'll also be flowing them out to previous LäWhy? supporters to keep up the good work), as well as the super-stalled "Police Cross The Line". I'm also trying to gauge interest (and funding) for a few cut & sew pieces I've had in mind, but only time and the support of those who fancy what LäWhy? brings will tell.

Hope y'all ain't forgot about what we're trying to do. See you soon.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Oh hell no

I can't stand by and not acknowledge this issue that was brought to my attention by my good friend Nicky. For all my fellow Filipinos and decent Americans who can understand a minority's outrage at hearing things of this sort, read on:



Dear Kababayan and Allies:

I heard through the grapevine about a remark made on an episode of
"Desperate Housewives" last night. The scene entailed Teri Hatcher's
character (Susan) at a hospital, being told by her gynecologist that
she might be hitting menopause. Susan replied, "Can I just check those
diplomas because I just want to make sure that they are not from some
med school in the Philippines." If you go to abc.com, you watch the
full episode and witness the scene at about 18:50 minutes into the
episode.

This type of derogatory remark is not only unnecessary and hurtful,
but is also unfounded, considering the presence of Filipinos and
Filipino Americans in the health care industry. Filipinos are the
second largest immigrant population in the United States, with many
entering the U.S. and passing their U.S. licensing boards as doctors,
nurses, and medical technicians. In fact, the Philippines produces
more U.S. nurses than any other country in the world. So, to belittle
the education, experience, or value of Filipino Americans in health
care is disrespectful and plain and simply ignorant.

As Filipino Americans, we need to band together to ensure that this
type of hateful message is not allowed to continue on our television
and radio airwaves. Given the recent amounts of media attention that
has been given to Michael Richards (against African Americans), Isaiah
Washington (against gays), and Rosie O'Donnell (against Asian/ Chinese
Americans), it is ridiculous that this type of hateful speech made it
through various screenwriters, the show's producers, the show's
actors, and ABC itself. Yet, this isn't the first time that negative
remarks have been made about the Philippines or Filipinos in the past.
In recent years, we've heard one too many "dogeater" comments by
"comedian" Joan Rivers on the red carpet or in her standup act, and I
believe that it is about time that we stand up for ourselves, so that
this type of hateful speech never happens again.

Please join me in expressing your concern, disappointment, and/or
disgust to the producers of ABC.com.

You can sign the petition at
http://www.petitiononline.com/FilABC/ or you can reach them directly
abc7@abc.com.

And please feel free to forward this widely to other Filipinos/
Filipino Americans/ Asian Americans/ and other allies.


Sincerely,


Kevin Nadal,
Filipino Performance Artist/ Activist
knadal@gmail.com

Sunday, September 30, 2007

It's like ashes to ashes and dust to dust...

...I might leave in a bodybag but never in cuffs. Despite some financial setbacks and legal obligations, I'm still here. I'll be updating more frequently on upcoming projects, so please check back periodically. Appreciate it.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Don't ever forget...

...that even you could lose something/everything/someone in the blink of an eye. Though I may have qualms with how this country of ours is run, I still appreciate and respect being an American every day of my life. Never forget 9/11.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

SOON

No excuses, just a promise. I'm no fat cat Marc Ecko, but rest assured my shit will drop, and it will be ill. Guaranteed. I wasn't moseying around Magic, nor will I be at Agenda, but rest assured, I'm here baby.

Friday, August 17, 2007

FUCK.

I'm sorry everybody. Being a broke-ass college student/lazy hustler with no outside financial backing is not ideal for a fledgling apparel line, but that's the situation right now. The Guilty Until Proven Innocent tees are pretty much ready to go, but are in limbo due to me still having to scrounge up the cashish to bail them out.

All you rich cats out there, give a brown brother the hook-up, I got you back! We've got a sick line-up of not just tees, but a full range of potential goods.....but only if we can make the initial impact on this market necessary to spark a worldwide public interest in what we do here at LäWhy?. If you're down to contribute or help spread the movement (with proper rewards, of course), click the e-mail link under the logo or here .

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Captive

Excuses, I know, but this one is legitimate. My printer has the blanks ready and waiting, the artwork is done, but the guy who' supposed to be burning my screens is a complete jerkass. Nitpicking specifications I can't possibly comply with, exaggerating additional "work", what an assbag. Anyhoo, I'll keep you all posted.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day



A joyous 4th of July to all my fellow Americans. Though I try hard not to be overly political/patriotic, I just thought it right to mention; don't ever take your everyday life here in this country, in this day and age, for granted.

Freedom isn't free, and any and every person who has ever fought (physically, politically, monetarily, mentally, in any sense) for our right to exist as we do today should be honored. Peace.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Stall tactics

Used to my procrastination yet? I hope not.

"Police Cross The Line" drops (hopefully) in the next couple of weeks, S-XXL, 3 color print front, and 3 color back on charcoal grey shirts. Limited to 50 pieces worldwide. If you didn't know, now you do. Got a lotta shit I've been working on, should be a good season after all. Keep a look out....

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Uniqlock

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I Have Pop


Artist Juse of I Have Pop and lifestyle brand (and Kyle Diesel's employer!) WESC recently teamed up to create some skateboard inspired weights based on axels and wheels for the WeSC flagship stores in New York (LaFayette) and Los Angeles (Robertson). The weights were inspired by WeSC’s current theme for this season, “Let’s Get Physical”. Only 12 sets of these 1 lbs weights were created. Juse is known as the creative genius behind the 2004 Concrete Dunk project.

I was actually in the Robertson store the day these came in, and I must say that they were awesome conversation pieces. I wanted to jack a pair! Awtrees, hook it up!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

blah

I'm sorry kids, the economy's been kicking my ass, which means laggage of our S/S07 line. Designs have been ready for a minute now, just that so many other expenses have reared their ugly heads. Soon enough, it will come.

Rest assured, we are doing what we can to consistently provide you all out there with great product, even if it is a bit late. Thanks for your interest and continuing support of LäWhy?, it's always appreciated.

15 things you might not know about skate shoes



1. While a pro shoe is often the sign of a respected and seasoned veteran, some veterans are younger than others. Bastien Salabanzi, 20, became the youngest pro to earn signature shoe, the Vans Tag XLT, at the ripe old age of 16.

2. So where did the name Lakai come from? As Kelly Bird explains it, there was a “ginger freak named Malachi” in the horror classic Children of the Corn and a teenaged Mike Carroll adopted the name to give him a catchy handle for the ladies to remember him by. In 1999, Carroll had a new naming dilemma when he and Rick Howard were starting their skate shoe company. Thinking back to all the success he enjoyed with his nickname, he blurted “Malachi” at an executive brainstorming session. The name had to be shortened in order to fit on tongue labels and heel moustaches. Thinking long and hard, Carroll asked, "What about Lakai?"

3. When he was on éS, Paul Rodriguez wanted an Air Jordan style shoe as his first pro model. He later found a short cut by going to the source. Of the many athletes that Nike sponsors, there are only eight who have pro-model shoes. Rodriguez is one of them, sharing the honor with such notables as Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

4. Stacey Peralta was the first skater to receive endorsement checks from a skate shoe company. In 1977 Vans was paying him $300 a month, a considerable amount at the time.

5. The first ever signature skate shoe was created by upstart French brand, Etnies, for Natas Kaupas in 1987.

6. Vans began stitching Steve Caballero's name into their shoes the following year. Soon skaters took to chopping off excess material converting the high top into a low top. Vans noticed the trend and the Half Cab was developed. Seventeen years later, the Half Cab is still in production and is the longest running pro-model shoe in skateboarding.

7. Despite the fact Vans has introduced dozens of pro model shoes over the last two decades, the checkerboard slip-on popularized by Sean Penn's character Jeff Spicoli in the film Fast Times at Ridgemount High remains its best selling shoe of all time.

8. Anthony Van Engelen gave tattoo artist Baby Ray a pair of special purple slip-ons from DC Shoes named The Tigon (a name inspired by Napoleon Dynamite's tiger and lion mix). Baby Ray then gave the shoes to Metallica lead singer James Hetfield.

9. While most brands stick to the proverbial cash cow when gathering leather materials, DC Shoes recently released a water resistant shoe with an upper made of wolverine. The H2 Zero model utilizes the unique waterproof quality the animal's skin provides. Fierce.

10. When Circa was developing a pro shoe for Chad Muska, he requested a stash pocket to run the entire length of the tongue. When designers asked The Muska if he really needed that much stash room, he replied, “Yo, I gots a lotta weed to fit in there, man!”

11. In the late '90s, before Tom Penny took his European hiatus, éS wanted to give him a pro model shoe. Penny sent the designers at éS a Columbia hiking boot and told them to replicate it for his shoe. The shoe was never made and it would be some time before the company approached Penny again.

12. For his second pro shoe on Emerica, Donny Barley requested a Chinese slipper design. The shoe company graciously declined.

13. Sole Technology used to have a brand called Sheep. The brand was created to offer a cheaper skate shoe to compete the influx of mall store brands. Unfortunately, the import duty for the canvas and rubber shoes was actually more costly than suede models. Sole Tech hyped the brand by appealing to a niche market: the vegan skater. Rider Ed Templeton signed on other vegan and eco-friendly riders. The company didn't last, but Sheep paved the way for a multitude of synthetic kicks available today.

14. Due to the physically demanding nature of his skating, Bob Burnquist wanted a neoprene-sock lined inside a high top for his pro shoe on éS. He helped design a sample that featured asymmetrical lacing and rubber bump lace savers. The sample was so bizarre looking it made its way to the Emerica mansion where it was displayed on the mantle as abstract art.

15. The heads at Osiris will think twice the next time they contemplate discontinuing a sleepy seller. When Dave Mayhew wanted large lace loops for his third pro model, the folks at Osiris were less than optimistic about the samples. The D3 was very technical, bulky and the lace loops made it look awkward. It sold decently the first year, but sales began to dwindle. Six years later something inexplicable happened. “We were just about to pull the shoe from the line,” owner Tony Magnusson remembers, “when it took off like a friggin' rocket.” The updated D3 2001 is rumored by many accounts to be the best selling pro-model skate shoe of all time.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

LäWhy? inducing



She makes me salivate, how about you?

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Buzz




Kyleezy & SizeUP! got some killer steez just waiting to drop.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Upcoming

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Weasel says



LäWhy? is the shit for YOU, buuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuddy.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Massacre

It's really times like this that bring you back down to the reality that this world is a strange, crazy place.

We here at LäWhy? send our thoughts and condolences out to those affected by the rampage of Cho Seung-Hui and the Virginia Tech massacre.

Life is just too short, especially in times like these. LäWhy? is my business, but it's not my life. Don't ever take yours for granted. Get up, get out, and get something; but be positive about it, not like this dude. Peace.

Friday, April 13, 2007

OMG aka J.H. Christ aka I NEED THESE


German eyewear company Cazal created these iconic frames for the 80's, dominating the streets of NYC and Japan with their instantly recognizable shades. Swagger has updated and upgraded one of the most collected of the vintage series, the Cazal 858, tinting the glass a cool lavender and using a white enamel and pink and blue accents for the arms. Hyper-exclusive and this collabo arrives at Swagger flagship, their 6 branches and approved retailers in Japan the end of April. For international customers, can go to the website: www.choiceisyours.jp.

Definitely a really nice collaboration, bringing back a true classic. Supreme does it with Oakley and now Swagger get together with Cazal. These are nice collaborations, meaningful with a great product coming out of them.


(info from High Snobiety)

These are sex in the form of shades. I fucking need these in my life.

Crooked-@$$ cops



Part of the graphic of "Guilty Until Proven Innocent". It's been a long time coming, but this season's shaping up to be pretty damn excellent. Keep your eyes peeled. Coming ever so soon.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Sighting....


Stolen Identity spotted on some random guy.

His name might be Jeff or Ffej or Jalapeno or something, possibly Achmed. The pretty girl to the left might be named Violet or Scarlet or Hazel or something cool like that.

And that dude in the middle just might be JoKoy. Very funny guy, check him out.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Vicious and solitary

It's been a minute, my bad y'all. Guilty Until Proven Innocent drops this month, with D'arcy vs. Rhodes coming up right behind. I'm trying to get in gear, been busy as hell and left w/no laptop. Soon, I promise.


BTW, big shouts to YO and the whole Rogue Status crew, they held it down for their shop unveiling. Suds, grub from a bomb roach coach, guests from as far as The Bay and NY, and DC/MTV's Rob & Big were in the house as well. Much love to you guys, Venice is well represented.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007



My boy Kyle is reppin' hard for the skate/street life here in L.A., and I'm holdin' him down & helping out on his graphic project Size UP! Calling on many obscure but profound hip-hop lyrics references, unique graphics, and vivid colors, Size UP! aims to let you know how it goes in LA from a different perspective than all these other elitist "streetwear" assclowns, and to inspire heads to Git Up, Git Out and Git Something (word to Cee-Lo)!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Yippie-ki-yay

I fuckin passed!







But...


my designer is lagging like hell.


Soon peoples, I swear. I'm just as annoyed as you all are out there checking for new stuff. Sitting idly by twiddling my thumbs is no fun.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Aaaaaargh...

I hate math. I am not a math person at all. And it's bummin' me out extremely that I am on the verge of failing a math class. Again. Goddamnit. Add Subtract DIvide Multiply, with maybe a few fractions and shit on the side. THat's all I'll ever need to do with numbers. God or someone, help me....



Both "Welcome to Los Angeles" & "D'arcy vs. Rhodes" are coming real soon. My bad for the delay. It's been a while, but I promise they won't disappoint.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Beautiful

*note* I know this isn't super related to LäWhy?, but as someone who really digs the stories like this that are few and far between, I hope you all out there are interested by it as well






It is the city where the exiled Romeo dreamed he died and Juliet's kisses breathed life back into his body.

Tragically, the lifeless bodies of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers would soon lie side by side.

Yesterday at Mantua, in an amazing echo of that heartrending story, archaeologists revealed the discovery of a couple locked in a tender embrace, one that has endured for more than 5,000 years.

The find was unearthed by experts digging at a neolithic site at a less than romantic industrial estate. Scientists are to examine the skeletons to try to establish how old they were when they died and how long they have been buried.

One theory being examined is that the man was killed and the woman then sacrificed so that his soul would be accompanied in the after life.

Elena Menotti, who is leading the dig at Valdaro near Mantua in northern Italy, said: 'I am so excited about this discovery.

"We have never found a man and a woman embraced before and this is a unique find.

"We have found plenty of women embracing children but never a couple. Much less a couple hugging -- and they really are hugging. It's possible that the man died first and then the woman was killed in sacrifice to accompany his soul.

"From an initial examination they appear young as their teeth are not worn down but we have sent the remains to a laboratory to establish their age at the time of death.

"They are face to face and their arms and legs are entwined and they are really hugging.

"I am so thrilled at this find. I have been involved in lots of digs all over Italy but nothing has excited me as much as this."

"I've been doing this job for 25 years. I've done digs at Pompeii, all the famous sites.

"But I've never been so moved because this is the discovery of something special."

An initial examination of the couple - dubbed the Lovers of Valdaro - revealed that the man (on the left in the picture) has an arrow in his spinal column while the woman has an arrow head in her side.

The area has already given up a spectacular Roman villa.

Five thousand years ago the area around Mantua was marshland and criss-crossed by rivers and the environment has helped preserve the skeletons in their near perfect state.

The tribes of the area thrived through hunting and fishing and travelled along the waterways in boats but even then the simple hunter gatherer lifestyle was being replaced by livestock rearing, weaving and pottery.

In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is sent to Mantua for killing Tybalt Capulet in a swordfight.

Romeo subsequently leaves the city and returns to Verona when he hears his love, Juliet, has died.

Source

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Ridin' dirty



I don't know about the rest of you in blogland, but I live in LA, where authority figures love to harass and heckle you when they assume you're up to no good (which is almost always). The racial profiling isn't any help either, having pigs assume you're a 'banger 'cuz you're colored, wearing particular clothing, & walk with a limp ain't cool. Neither is having to sweat searches and a ratchet being pointed at you every time you're pulled over in your car. I'm not one to hate all coppers (my cousin is one), but LAPD hasn't exactly given me any reason to rest easy. Bitches.

Ever feel like it's really "Guilty until proven innocent?" I do, and it's another theme to another great design comin' atcha, straight outta LäWhy?

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Second Bananas



It's been a long while, but that doesn't mean that we're not trying to bring you all a lil' something. LäWhy? is always at work, striving to make quality product with entertaining & relevant images and inspirations. This next project is no different.

If you didn't know, "Married...with Children" is one of, if not the best, greatest sitcoms of all time. Al Bundy & his good-for-nothing family and friends have entertained America for nearly 20 years, something almost unheard of in television.

I've always loved this show, and though many tributes have been made to obvious characters (e.g. Al, Peggy, Bud, NO MA'AM, etc.), I've always been fascinated by the two simpletons unfortunate enough to have married that boy of a woman, Marcy. Secondary charactersare just as amusing as the main ones, sometimes even moreso.

So take the mugs of those two up there, and imagine an amalgamation of them along with the Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston "Phantom Punch" knock-out. Whose character do you think own3d the other? I'm expressing my opinion on this next shirt graphic. Peace.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Hoodlum

THIRTY years ago, Rocky Balboa made his first triumphant ascent of the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a scene cemented in the American cinematic consciousness. Simultaneously a workingman’s hero, a street thug and a striving athlete, Rocky came to embody the underdog, and his bare-bones workout gear reflected his origins in a tough Italian neighborhood in Philadelphia.

While jogging through the predawn landscape, he protected himself from the winter cold with sweatpants, a knit cap and a well-worn gray hooded sweatshirt. And as Rocky pulled himself out of anonymity, he brought with him what would become a mainstay of American fashion: the hoodie.

Today, this humble garment is worn by everyone from infants to grandparents. Yet it still signifies outcast status — so much that it has been banned by some schools and nightclubs. But this is not Rocky’s fault.

The hooded sweatshirt began, in the 1930s, as a practical piece of clothing. Champion created the first ones for laborers in the frozen warehouses of upstate New York. (It is appropriate that — in both the original “Rocky” and in “Rocky Balboa” — the boxer dons a gray hoodie, steps into a meat locker and batters a bloody carcass.)

Eventually, hooded sweatshirts were produced for football and track athletes, who would lend theirs to their girlfriends, and eventually the hoodie was everyday wear.

In the mid- to late 1970s, just as the Italian Stallion was becoming a hometown hero, hip-hop culture was developing on the streets of New York City. The hooded sweatshirt fit its unruly, us-against-the-world profile just as well as it fit Rocky’s. But hip-hop trendsetters used the hoodie also to cloak and isolate themselves, and lent it a sinister appeal.

The sweatshirt hood can work much like a cobra hood, put up to intimidate others. But even more important is its ability to create a shroud of anonymity. This came in handy for at least two types of people operating in hip-hop’s urban breeding ground: graffiti writers and so-called stick-up kids, or muggers. Wearing a hoodie meant you were keeping a low profile, and perhaps up to something illegal.

Other subcultures adopted the hoodie, too — skaters, snowboarders and hard-core punk music fans — and so signified their status as outcasts.

By the late 1990s, hip-hop’s rising popularity inspired clothing makers like Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren, and even high-fashion designers like Gucci and Versace, to start making hooded sweatshirts.

Motherwear, a clothing company that caters to breastfeeding mothers, now offers a hoodie with two side flaps, perhaps reflecting the jacket’s utter domestication.

And so the hoodie manages to balance somewhere between defiance and comfort. But that reflects its roots. Rocky Balboa is beloved as much for his average-Joe, big-lug appeal as for his bone crushing and face pounding. And sometimes a hoodie is just soft and warm.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Click it

Just set up a click-to-pay button here on the site to easily purchase the bandana. Click it, repeatedly. Help support the next project. Peace.

Monday, January 01, 2007

We've only just begun



A Happy New Year to all y'all out there in blogland. Lagging as usual, but rest assured; LäWhy? will be coming strong in 2007. Just like our buddy Cassius up there, a swift "Phantom Punch" of innovative and appealing new product will be coming soon, out of nowhere, and take the world by storm. Keep your eyes peeled, and your ears open.