Like it or not, Supreme will always be the litmus for streetwear. For old streetwear heads like me, there continues to be a love / hate relationship with Supreme. About a year ago, I was driving home from work and one of the neighbor kids (usually dressed head to toe in Pac Sun or even worse, Dallas Cowboys gear), cruised by me, riding a Razor scooter, with a mohawk helmet, wearing a Supreme box logo hoodie. I lost concentration and almost drove my car into the kids playing basketball in the driveway a few houses up.
Ymani and Natalie looking beautiful as ever in streetwear grails by Undefeated and Everybody Skates. Ymani is wearing Undefeated’s classic Role Model T shirt, with a reproduction of an iconic photograph of Sir Charles Barkley wearing his 76ers gear and an NWA cap. Undefeated has always been at the forefront of edgy athletic streetwear, and this shirt is a classic representation of the same.
Natalie is wearing another favorite: Everybody Skate’s Madonna, T-shirt with Madonna doing a Madonna.
Ymani and Natalie are straight dimes wearing streetwear grails by Supreme and Technics x Marvel.
Ymani and Natalie looking fine in ODB inspired, streetwear grails by X-Large / Grand Royal and Rocksmith.
Ymani and Natalie looking fine in streetwear grails by Supreme and Diamond Supply Co. x Collabo NY. Ymani is wearing a Supreme grail from 2008 (tags still on) featuring JFK and Jackie in 1963, just minutes before JFK was assassinated. Natalie is wearing another grail: Diamond Supply Co. x Collabo NY’s 2006 flipped Misfits skull logo with grills.
Ymani and Natalie looking fine in streetwear grails. Ymani is wearing Manik Skateboards’, Kurt Cobain T-Shirt photographed by legendary Seattle photographer Charles Peterson. Natalie is wearing Rebel 8’s, Punk is Dead T-shirt only available from Digital Gravel’s monthly mystery box, The Digger’s Club from the early 2000’s, which featured product from iconic brands such as The Hundred’s and Diamond Supply Co
Ymani and Natalie looking fine in streetwear grails by Everybody Skates. Ymani is wearing Everybody Skates’ Jay-Z shirt. Natalie is wearing Everybody Skates Kanye shirt. The only newer company represented in this shoot, Everybody Skates is skate icon, Alphonso Rawls’ clothing company whose iconic shirts are announced via his Instagram and sell out in hours. Don’t sleep on Everybody Skates.
The pale grey, pink sky was fading in the rearview mirror as I drove along the canyon road that leads home after a joyful time at the coast. Bob Marleyʼs “Waiting In Vain” came on and immediately Iʼm reminded of a special memory with my Dad, who passed a couple years ago.
When people ask me where I started doing stand up comedy and I say “Hawaii,” it’s always met with assumptive skepticism. They never relay it with actual words, but their raised brows and frowns gives me all the signal I need. I agree, it is an insane idea to perceive. How does one go to paradise and ultimately decide that telling jokes is a feasible way of life? It’s part perception, duration, and realization.