We just wrapped up another amazing photoshoot, this time with the beautiful Rylee Breen, who visited LA all the way from Brisbane, Australia. Neave Bozorgi, our good friend and partner in crime, shot the photos in and around Hollywood and for the record, Rylee IS stripping on Hollywood Blvd. in broad daylight. Enjoy!
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We went into Coachella with the best of intentions. Shoot a bunch of footage, put together an awesome video we could share with everyone. Well, that didn’t really happen. What did? Well, I got some awesome dance footage. Enjoy!
UPDATE: ONE OF THE PICS FROM OUR SHOOT WAS RECENTLY FEATURED IN ITALIAN VOGUE!! CLICK HERE
Normally, when we do photo shoots, they involve a ton of planning and organization and on the day of, you’re typically dealing with people flaking, everything running behind schedule and making sure you’re getting the shots you want amongst all the chaos. So, when I talked to my good friend and very talented photographer, Neave Bozorgi, about going a different route, I was intrigued. Instead of having to coordinate everything, be on set all day and micro manage, all I had to do was give Neave the gear and let him do his thing. Having seen a ton of shoots he was doing (follow him on instagram: @sirvneave), I knew he not only had the style we wanted but also the access to talent.
For this shoot, Neave kept it true to the Kid Dangerous Grime Couture roots: cigarettes, shotgunning beers and trailer parks. The subject? The beautiful Brittany Nichole Lucas. Brittany is wearing clothes from our Women’s Summer/Fall 2012 Collection. Check back on our online store later this summer to purchase the shirts she’s wearing.
Much props to everyone that was a part of the shoot:
Photographer: Neave Bozorgi
http://www.neavebozorgi.com | twitter: @sirneave | instagram: @sirneave
Model: Brittany Nichole Lucas
twitter: @Brittany_NLucas | instagram: @brittanynicholelucas
Stylist: Jessica Ozette
website: cargocollective.com/jessicaozette | instagram: @jesozette
Makeup: Olivia Danielle
cargocollective.com/olividadanielle | twitter: @odmakeup | instagram: @odmakeup
http://www.kiddangerous.com | twitter: @kiddangerousla | instagram: @kiddangerous
I can’t say that I know a ton about Etta James. I don’t own all of her albums and I’d be lying if I said I’ve listened to her anytime in the past couple of months. One of the most beautiful things about music though, is that regardless of how much you listen to a particular artist or how well you know their body of work, that they can still hold a special place in your heart. My love for Etta James revolves around one song. While she’s had plenty other great songs, songs that I do listen to, it’s one song in particular called “I’d Rather Go Blind” that I will always associate with her. The first time I heard this song was in 8th grade. My good friend Manuel Martinez had a four disc box set called Chess Blues and he played this song for me. I remember that day like it was yesterday. Both him and I had just broken up with our girlfriends and were pretty damn depressed as we dealt with deep (or so what we thought at the time) guy / girl emotions for one of the first times in our lives. Before we knew it, this song was on repeat and we listened to it in his room about 20 times in a row.
To this day, it evokes emotion in me as a truly deep and touching song about heartbreak. I just found the song on youtube and as I’ve been writing this blog post, I’ve played it about five times already. As always, it not only brings me back to that day, but it also shows me how much music can resonate with you and channel emotions that we deal with in our day-to-day lives. So yeah, in tribute to Etta James, please enjoy this song and may she rest in peace.
We had a little flip cup tournie on Monday night, for no other reason than wanting to get drunk, and needed to settle a tie in a one cup playoff. Here’s how it all went down!
So, normally, I don’t air Kid D’s dirty laundry, because it’s immature and truth be told, nobody’s business. But today is a different day and my frustration level has reached a boiling point and the company in question has pissed me off so bad, that I view bashing them via blog as a form of therapy.
Unless you’re Forever 21 or H&M or a handful of other lucky brands / retailers, the economy has been tough on fashion. Department stores aren’t buying as much, boutiques are closing down left and right, consumers aren’t spending their money, which all together, creates a domino effect that I like to refer to as “the vicious circle.”
It’s crazy to see how much each problem compounds and affects something else. Take us for example. When we sell our clothes to retailers, we try and get as many of them to pay upfront as possible. The alternative is to give them terms. An industry standard one is Net 30, which means, you ship them the goods and they have 30 days to pay you. The thinking behind it is, if you give them 30 days, they can sell a bunch of the gear you shipped them and improve their cash flow so they can pay you with money they’ve made on your product. The problem is though, it never works like that. As any entrepreneur knows, it’s really hard to quantify the reasons behind the money coming in versus the money going out and as great in theory as it sounds to be paying the people that are helping you make money, you usually just end up paying out money to keep the business running. Making rent, paying your employees, paying for even older invoices you have with other brands.
When the economy was in much better shape, the Net 30 mode l worked a lot better. Stores were selling more so they had money to pay you. Now, I would say only 1 in 10 accounts that you give N30 to, actually pay you on time. The rest of them will come up with excuses, avoid you, string you along, etc. to buy as much time as possible to pay you, or even worse, they’ll just decide they’re not going to pay you at all. Because of how shady the game has gotten, we basically refuse to give terms to anyone that isn’t named Bloomingdales or Nordstrom. With these bigger companies, they might string you out a bit on payment, but at least they are big, reputable companies and will pay you.
The only real big risk we take now is with our distributors. For those who don’t know, distributors work as sales people for your brands in different countries. Typically, they’ll have a showroom in that country and team of people who will work to get a bunch of orders for you from the boutiques and stores in their territory. Once they’re done pooling orders, they’ll then submit you one big order. You ship them the goods and they’re responsible for distributing it to all of their stores and collecting money from their accounts. Due to the role that they play, they really need 30 days to try and pool money together so you give them terms. It’s a big risk though, because if one of them is going through major shit, it’s next to impossible to collect money from them being that they’re on the other side of the world.
That’s the situation we’re in right now. The distributor is in Switzerland and for the purpose of this blog, we will call the distribution company Ghost and the person I’m dealing with Perry. Ghost has been constantly writing us fat orders for the past two years and we’ve established a good business relationship. Perry sometimes waits past the N30 to pay me, but typically, it’s not much past 30 days and I’ve never had a reason to not trust the guy. That is, until now. he owes us a lot of money and he’s now delinquent over 30 days (meaning we shipped him the order over 60 days ago). I’ve sent him countless emails, left several voice mails with no response. I actually caught him on his cell phone last week and it was hilarious. Dude sounded like he was talking to a ghost on the other end of the phone he was so shook. After exchanging pleasantries, he informed me he had to “double check” with his accountant to make sure that the wire was going out and that he’d get back to the following day. I haven’t heard from him since.
I have now upped my stalker game. Emails every day and phone calls as well. I actually got his receptionist on the line who informed me that Perry was there, but after I told her who I was, she tripped up in her speech, put me on hold and stated shortly thereafter that he was in a “meeting” and that he would call me back. The funny thing is, I know how small his business is. I know that it only takes two minutes to process a wire, one phone call to get a hold of your accountant and 30 seconds to type a quick update on the payment. I can also imagine that this Swiss receptionist had her hand over the phone while Perry danced around her desk whispering that he isn’t there.
At this point, I’m going to step up my antics. Shortly after posting this blog, I’m going to send him a 20 page
fax. Cover sheet, invoice ten times in a row. It’ll be a nice reminder when they come into the office tomorrow and I wasted a bunch of their paper and ink. I’m also planning on having my girlfriend call next and state that she has a clothing company and is interested in having Ghost represent them, and when Perry gets on the line, I’ll step in and get up in his shit. I’m also contemplating other tactics, like emailing him a picture of my ass, fedexing him a box of shit, or prank calling him the middle of the night.
The final step, if my good buddy Perry decides to not pay me, is to fly to Switzerland. The amount he owes Kid Dangerous would warrant the trip. I can only imagine if that happens. It would be the most surreal trip of my life. I want to bring a camera crew with me just to video tape the look on his face when I show up in his office. When I see him, I plan on responding to everything he says to me with “Fuck You, Pay Me.” Or maybe I don’t say anything, jump on him, proceed to give him like ten dead arms in a row, put him in a headlock and give him a noogie for the ages and finish it off with reaching into the back of his pants and grab a hold of his cheesy euro banana hammock and give him an atomic wedgie, the likes that have never been seen before in all of Switzerland. Lot of different ways to go here.
I really hope this article was all for not that and that my good buddy ol’ pal Perry pays me my mothafuckin money. If not though, things are going to spice up really quick so I’ll make sure to follow up with a blog update. Hopefully, it won’t be from a Swiss prison cell! hahaha.
Photo shoots are one of the funnest things we get to do at Kid Dangerous. They’re chaotic, hard to organize, stressful and they typically never go according to plan but to watch the process unfold from idea conception to location/model scouting to shooting to color correction to look book layout, it’s an amazing journey and when you see the finished product after all your hard work, it’s a really rewarding experience.
We recently shot the Spring 2012 look book, featuring all the new men’s and women’s gear we’re going to be shipping to stores early next year. We actually didn’t do a look book last season so we were pumped to get some great new pics into the fold. We decided to shoot it at the Hudson, an awesome bar / restaurant owned by our good friends in West Hollywood at the intersection of Santa Monica and Crescent Heights. We shot during the day before they opened for business and it was a a GREAT location with various different places within the bar to shoot which gave the photos both variety and cohesion. We also were able to borrow our good friend Cameron’s sick old school Cadillac for some amazing shots outside in front of the bar which really was the cherry on top.
We did the shoot with Hannah Lux Davis (www.hannahluxdavis.com), who over the past couple of years has become the go-to photographer for Kid Dangerous. We also got to work with some of our favorite Kid D models, Kayslee Collins and Amanda Mayfield along with a bunch of other talented and hot girls and guys for what turned out to be our best shoot yet. We’re going to officially roll out the look book within the next two weeks, but I thought we’d give you all a preview. Check back soon for the real deal!
Beirut is in my top three bands of all time. I understand why a lot of people don’t really like them, or can’t get into them too much, but I think they’re amazing. Zach Condon is truly a musical genius and considering he’s only 25 years old and he’s got five albums and and a handful of EPs out, and that he can play almost every musical instrument under the sun, the guy deserves his respect. If you haven’t heard them and enjoy music with horns, pianos, ukuleles and more, it’s time to get on board. This was now my third time seeing them live and their stage presence and sound has improved a ton. I went with my girlfriend to the Greek Theatre and we sat in the pit so we had a front row view of the action. The Greek is an unbelievable venue. Nestled in the hills of Griffith Park in Los Feliz, it’s an outdoor theatre surrounded by enormous, beautiful trees, there’s not a bad seat in the house and the sound is great. If you live in LA and have never been there, I’d definitely recommend crossing it off your bucket list. I forgot to bring my flip but I did have my iPhone. Here’s a nice little video I threw together from the show. Enjoy!
So, I’ve been meaning to go to Art Walk in downtown Los Angeles now for like two or three years. I’ve heard it’s a lot of fun, a bunch of cool shit to see and a ton of people cruising around. Just recently, we heard there’s an area where people sell shit, like jewelry, clothes, etc. so we decided to throw our hat in the ring and get a booth with our good friend Laurin who was slangin jewelry. Brett and our intern MEJ went down there early to get set up, God bless them, and we rolled in super late around 9 PM.
In typical Kid D fashion, we decided to get wasted beforehand. Cammy and Wicky rolled through with a bottle of Skyy and the shots commenced. All the hype of the event ended up being justified. There were tons of people and we sold a gang of gear and the alcohol was flowing. The drunker I got, the worse my negotiating skills got. At one point, I told a girl if she could hold a handstand for ten seconds I’d give her a shirt for free but she backed down to the challenge. This blog is really boring….oh well. Here are some pics! wahoo.
Over the past year, we’ve made blogs about bands that we’re listening to and songs that we’re bumping. It’s all current stuff though so I figured it was time to do something a little different. Once every couple of weeks, we’re going to do an old school album review.
This time around, it’s
Gang Starr- Moment of Truth
This album dropped in 1998 or from my standpoint, my senior year in high school. So yeah, I listened to this CD while smoking a lot of weed and driving around with my friends. Gang Starr is epic for two reasons. The main reason is DJ Premier. He really came into his own and established the style that he would continue his career with. Unbelievable use of samples to make hypnotic beats and his go-to choruses, which were mash-ups of other rapper’s lyrics that fit together perfectly. DJ Premier has to rank in the top five beat makers of all times in my book. He never really was meant for commercial success but every dope east coast rapper from Biggie to Jay Z to naS have been blessed with Primo’s tracks. The second reason for the success was the rapper of the group, Guru. While I’d never put him on any short list of my favorite rappers. He truly is distinct not only in his voice but in his elevated lyrics. Guru managed to mix in gangsta shit with raps about social consciousness and the struggles people (particularly people in the hood) went through. So, when you combine the sick beats with a distinct rapper with deep lyrics, you get something much realer than a lot of the other hip hop that was coming out at the time, and for that matter, what’s coming out today.
While Moment of Truth wasn’t their first album, I believe it’s their best. The album has an impressive twenty tracks and while there are definitely a few more that deserve their props, I’ve decided to focus on these seven bangers.
You Know My Steez- The first song on the album and a true, true banger. This beat is just as sick today as it was when it came out. One of the more recognizable tracks on this CD that has stood the test of time.
Royalty- Another banger of a beat, this song also features K-Ci and Jo Jo. A great example of how he can get much deeper on a track than your average mc.
Above the Clouds- This is the song when you fully realize that DJ Premier is in a zone on this album that very few DJs have ever been in. I don’t know where he came up with this beat, but it’s ridiculous. Also, a GREAT verse by Inspectah Deck. Inspectah was a true unsung hero of Wu Tang. Could never figure out how to put together a full album but was always good for an epic verse here and there.
JFK to LAX- This is a cool track and just shows the creativity of Gang Starr. Basically, it’s a song about Guru getting arrested and his views on the judicial system. Thumper beat as usual.
Moment of Truth- So, when you hear this song, working your way through the album, I think it finally sets in the type of CD this really is. One for the history books. This is a perfect example of how much deeper Guru gets in his raps than most MCs and combined with this hypnotic beat, it’s a true timeless classic. That and the cheesy chick with the accent at the very beginning always cracks me up! hahaha
My Advice to You- I wouldn’t rank this in my top songs on the album, but it’s still really strong. I had kinda forgotten about this track but as soon as I heard the background beat, it instantly clicked back in.
In Memory Of- There’s something both gangsta and touching about doing a tribute song to all the people in your life that have died in hip hop. It’s scary at how many people it is when compared to people in your life. This has such a strong beat and strong lyrics, it’s a great way to end the album. On on the topic of “In Memory of”, R.I.P. to Guru who passed away April 19, 2010 ago from a heart attack. Thanks for all the amazing music.