GRAILS: PHOTOSHOOT FEATURING @YMANIBARBEE AND @ADORE.EU IN #UNDFTD AND #EVERYBODYSKATES.

BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

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.

Although we were not able to feature the Hundreds, Natalie is seen unwrapping the Hundreds classic all-over paisley print in OG black with with paisleys.  This shirt was one of the first products to put the Hundreds on the map.  I remember trying to purchase this shirt online and having the site go down with all the traffic. More than any other brand today, the Hundreds represents everything that is great about streetwear:  great product, awesome collaborations, socially conscious, opinionated, fearless.  If anyone has had the opportunity to read Bobby Hundreds blog (on the Hundreds site), you understand that the Hundreds is successful because they get it.  No one cares more about their customers than the Hundreds.  Even though they are at the top of the game, they have never lost their hunger.  They stay relevant by being involved in the culture they helped create.

Ymani and Natalie ruled this shoot in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Gorgeous and down to earth, we couldn’t have asked for two better individuals to represent Awesome Totally Awesome (“ATA”) in our first model shoot.  Find out more about them in Spotlight On, here.

Just a few hours before we arrived at the location for the shoot, we were informed by the owner of the location that an LAPD Officer had been shot and killed early that morning, and that LAPD were conducting (involuntary) voluntary searches of all vehicles coming into the area.  Needless to say, the LAPD and the tension surrounding the area were the least of our problems.

Absolutely unprepared, we had some warm Cokes in our photographer’s car, but that was it for amenities.  We had no water, no snacks, no real changing room, no fan, no toilet paper in the bathroom, and assistants who went MIA for three and a half hours (on a Chinese food, snack, ginger ale–most likely crack and stripper run).  Ymani and Natalie dealt with it like the rock stars they are, and are the primary reason this shoot was lit.

Add to that, Todd Stockham’s genius eye, and some grailed T-shirts from OG Streetwear brands, Supreme, Undefeated, BAPE, X-Large / Grand Royal, Diamond Supply Co. x Collabo NY, Rocksmith, Manik Skateboards, Rebel 8, Technics x Marvel, Triumvir and (more recently) Alphonso Rawls Iconic–Everybody Skates, (with some other iconic shit scattered in the background), and we have ATA’s first photo shoot.  Enjoy friends.

Steve Kitagawa

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