We’ve received an art book this month titled “Overkill :The Art of Tomer Hanuka”, a 104-page compilation of recent works by Israeli cartoonist and illustrator, Tomer Hanuka. This artist has swept gold medals with his cover artwork for comics, books, magazines such as New York Times Sunday Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and not surprisingly, co-owns his own comic “Bi-Polar” with twin brother, Asaf Hanuka. The art contained in this book are collections of insanely detailed sketches that are brought to life with a high-intensity color schema. His sketches present nitty-gritty themes of drinking, violence, light pornography and heroin action…everything that could possibly make for the best movie ever. Also worth noting, his composition remains nearly flawless and his characters are drawn in almost perfect form. If you love comic artwork, or just appreciate graphic talent in general, I would definitely recommend this book to you. I have selected a few of my favorite pieces that are just outright beautiful and emotionally moving:
Mother’s Day! Time to show a little attention to your mother this coming Sunday, May 12th. She deserves it. She’s had to put up with your electronic dance music, your dirty laundry, and cook you meals…’nuff said. I bet your wishing she was still paying the bills…
If you are looking for that perfect something to give her this Mother’s Day, we’ve got it. We have a good selection of sweet gifts here at Black Market that are functional, affordable and just plain awesome. Show her some love!
Graphic t-shirt brands are like rappers, DJ’s and photographers; they’re a dime a dozen. The already cluttered market continues to expand with new brands emerging almost every day. Instagram feeds are clogged with shirts featuring graphics of half naked women, references to marijuana and catchphrases about swag and being fresh. Although these might appeal to your little brother in high school, very few, if any, of these brands contain quality content. It is very rare when a brand comes along that stands out amongst the crowd. Tee Library is one of these brands. “Thinking Literature” is the motto of the Korean based clothing company who’s name pretty much says it all. Their graphics are based off the idea of merging fashion and literature by taking stories and motifs from old tales, novels, mythology, philosophy, science, etc. Tee Library hopes to deliver stories through their T-shirts, in the same way a good novel does. All of their graphics are designed by an in-house team and feature unique packing including a QR code on the tag which is linked to the story behind each shirt. Their spring/summer release for 2013 includes graphics based off Frankenstein, Gulliver’s Travels, and Don Quixote just to name a few. Its often hard to find time to read with everyones busy schedules, so instead stop by Blackmarket and pick up a shirt from Tee Library, its the next best thing.
From sneakers, to jerseys, to baseball caps, much of todays fashion is deep rooted in athletic apparel. Shoes which were created to enhance a basketball players performance, and hats worn to keep the sun out of a baseball players eyes now serve more than one purpose: to keep you looking fresh. Today we shine the spotlight on a brand who has its roots in a rather uncommon athletic endeavor. Mountaineer Mark Epperson founded Epperson Mountaineering in the 1970′s, hand crafting all of their unique bags at their workshop in Libby, Montana. Back then, the only way to snag one of these was to order it through an outdoor specialist catalog and to this day the brand remains without a website. Aside from the visually aesthetic nature of the bags, they are extremely durable as they are spacious. Made from tough Cordura nylon, the bag contains multiple zip pockets, patterned webbing over the shoulder straps, and a non-locking carabiner in the center to bring it all together. Each bag sports a unique colorway, combining up to six vibrant colors. They are the ultimate case of function meets fashion. Whether you’re an outdoor adventurist, a festival goer, or simply a student who needs a book bag, Epperson Mountaineering has you covered. Oh, and did I mention their made in the good ol’ US of A?
This saturday stands as one of the biggest unofficial holidays of the year. It is a day that brings people from all races and religions together for a day long celebration under the name of one thing: marijuana. It is no secret that the numbers 4:20 have long stood as a symbol for marijuana, and every April 20th stoners around the world indulge just a bit more to show their appreciation for the infamous herb. Streetwear brand HUF is no stranger to the smoking community; their weed leaf pattern socks are one of the most popular in the market . To celebrate the holidays this year, HUF has teamed up with none other than the king of weed himself, Snoop Dogg. The collaboration boasts a spin off their classic sock pattern, as well as two limited edition T-shirts that would please any HUF/ Snoop Dogg fan. The products will release on 4/20 and are extremely limited in quantity. If you can find some time amidst your activities this weekend, stop by blackmarket and pick up some truly appropriate holiday apparel.
According to the Chinese zodiac, 2013 marks the year of the snake. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the chinese calendar, here’s a little history. It is said that long ago, the Jade Emperor of China wanted to find a way to measure time, and therefore held a race between all of the animals. The first 12 to pass the finish line would subsequently get a year named after them. Our good friend the snake finished right in the middle, coming in 6th place and earning himself a place in the 12 year cycle. The snake represents intelligence, cunningness, and patience, and this year of the snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. What this means for us in the fashion world, is an abundance of everything snakeskin, from sunglasses to sneakers to bags. Brands 10 Deep, Supra, Vivienne Westwood, and Replay offer us a multitude of reptile based products for both men and women. Stop by Blackmarket and give into your inner snake, I promise the detail will make you jump out of your skin, or should I say scales.
When we think of spring colors, the first thing that comes to everyones mind is a mix of baby blues, vibrant yellows, and subtle lavenders. Although these colors might look great while decorating your easter basket, blackmarket challenges you to consider a less obvious approach while choosing your outfits this season. If you’ve been to our store recently, you might have noticed the multitude of black and white products filling our window. This spring, brands 10 Deep, Joyrich and The Hundreds offer us a selection of black and white apparel that even the most color happy person couldn’t resist. So take some fashion advice from the hamburgler and get your black and white on, minus the whole cape and mask thing.
Theres one word I would use to describe todays music scene: cluttered. With the invention of the internet, everyone from your wannabe rapper to your bedroom dubstep producer to the garage band down the street is able to share their “music” with the world. This makes it rather difficult to sift through the plethora of music at our fingertips and pick out whats actually good. Being a musician myself, I find it even more difficult to find something that grabs my attention, and even more importantly something that keeps it. When I first heard Australian band Hiatus Kaiyote, it was breath of fresh air. They’re everything I want in a band. Soulful vocals, over an eclectic mix of vibey chords and seemingly off-beat grooves creating music which in the end is hard to define. Think Erykah Badu meets Flying Lotus. Last night I was fortunate enough to see them as they performed for their first time in LA. What I witnessed was potentially one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. Aside from their very apparent technical skill as players and songwriters, their music gave off an overwhelming sense of love and truth, which is something I rarely see nowadays. I got chills multiple times, and the intimate downstairs setting packed with a sweaty and loving crowd only added to the awesomeness. If by now I haven’t convinced you to check them out, I’m not sure what will. So give your ears a break from 2 Chainz and Drake radio on Pandora and hear future soul at its finest. I promise you it’ll be worth it.
Hit-Boy, Grammy Winner, producer of Jay Z’s & Kanye West’s “Niggas In Paris,” brought back his “Beat Breakdown” web-series and showed us how he cooked up Queen B’s track. He recreated the song, mixing his “Hit-Boy bounce” and being versatile to what Bey wanted with the “r&b chords” & “bells.” Whether you love or hate Beyoncé’s new single “Bow Down/I Been On,” you have to respect the beats on this track by a talented, superb producer… but even that is controversial.
Politics leaving you in a state of frenzy? Yeah, us too. We just got in this HUF 5-panel cap with a red/white/blue star patriotic pattern printed with the phrase: “Fuck It!”. Classic. Maybe it’s an underlying message about the state of our union these days—but fuck it, make it your mantra this spring if you really wanna do something crazy. We’re here to support you. Keep the sun off your face and the haterz off your…….