A dangerous dresser's blog about dressing dangerously.
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//Art: Calvin Waterman x Max Ackerman We at //Apk have a strong respect and appreciation for all the arts. Visual, musical or otherwise, art is an important part of our job here and serves a crucial role in society as a whole. Having worked with artists the likes of Steve Powers (ESPO) and Todd James (REAS) on MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets’ exhibit, we have seen some pretty incredible street art and know what it is that makes a given piece special. Above is a collaborative piece by friends Calvin Waterman and Max Ackerman. With help from Lamar Advertising these two dudes created a larger than life piece titled #2(HB). The giant pencil spans across two billboards that were once prime advertising space for Interstate 195. Since the destruction of that section of highway, the billboards became giant holes in the Providence skyline, neither here nor there, stuck in unpurposed limbo. #2(HB) utilizes that forgotten space and serves as a means to re-connnect Providence’s Jewelry District with the people who live and work there. Also, its pretty fun to look at. Check out the #2(HB) website for more info including on where to see it, more info on the artists and how to contact them. Follow, follow and like. NRTIII#APKALLDAY

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//Art: Calvin Waterman x Max Ackerman
 
We at //Apk have a strong respect and appreciation for all the arts. Visual, musical or otherwise, art is an important part of our job here and serves a crucial role in society as a whole. Having worked with artists the likes of Steve Powers (ESPO) and Todd James (REAS) on MOCA’s ‘Art in the Streets’ exhibit, we have seen some pretty incredible street art and know what it is that makes a given piece special. 
Above is a collaborative piece by friends Calvin Waterman and Max Ackerman. With help from Lamar Advertising these two dudes created a larger than life piece titled #2(HB). The giant pencil spans across two billboards that were once prime advertising space for Interstate 195. Since the destruction of that section of highway, the billboards became giant holes in the Providence skyline, neither here nor there, stuck in unpurposed limbo. #2(HB) utilizes that forgotten space and serves as a means to re-connnect Providence’s Jewelry District with the people who live and work there. Also, its pretty fun to look at. Check out the #2(HB) website for more info including on where to see it, more info on the artists and how to contact them. Follow, follow and like.
 
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You’re right. In order to be the freshest you can be, every once and while, you have to spring for something a little on the pricey side. If you have to, here are the brands you do it with. ( A Series)

Crooks and Castles-

For me Crooks and Castles often times does a really good job of spanning the gap between urban and preppy. They have a wide variety of shirts, jackets, hoodies and hats. If you are just starting to come into your own, and just beginning to enter the world of boutique style clothing, Crooks is a good place to start. Though I do like most of their pieces , I have a few problems with them as well. Some of what they produce seems, for lack of a better word, corny. These days (these days being their fall 2008/winter 2009 collection) they have been a little disappointing when it comes to new design schemes. I find that they use too much script font on their shirts and hoodies. Not to sound like a snob… OK to sound like a snob, “all over” script on clothing (meaning cursive writing all over a shirt) is all over. That being said, I really like like their spring 2009 collection. They have a bunch of new shirts playing off their original Medusa motif. If there is one place that Crooks doesn’t run hot and cold, it would be their hat collection. Every hat on that site hotter than the devil’s dick and for not much more than a regular hat you might find at lids. A particular favourite of mine is the Crooks script hat in teal. Script on a hat is much different than on a shirt in my opinion. Also, the Crooks logo is in a script font so there is not much getting away from that. Like I said earlier Crook and Castles apparel is great way to step into the boutique fashion game just to get your feet wet and acclimated. Just be careful what you buy there as, if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could end up looking fairly trashy.

Every Now and Then, You Have to Splurge

OK, sick rapping aside (and if you don’t like rap, believe me, its sick) check out the duds. This video makes me happy. Why? Because the shirt Mikey Rocks ( the guy on the left) wears in this video is an old 90’s Greenpeace shirt. Not only that, but I have that EXACT same shirt in my closet. Now I know all I’ve done is preach individuality so it seems like a bit of a contradiction that I would be excited, genuinely excited when I see Mikey Rocks wearing my shirt. In general, you’re right. Most of the time, when I see a person wearing a similar or identical shirt as me, I never wear it ever again (or at least until I deem it fashionable again 10+ years). But I’m human. When I see a person who is as awesome or, dare I say, cool as the Cool Kids wearing something that I rock, thats gnarley.

They think him the best dressed man, whose dress is so fit for his use that you cannot notice or remember to describe it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It has been my experience that there is a fine line between gawdy and fresh. Take this shirt as an example. This peice is a vintage (most likely late 80’s early 90’s) striped shirt by the designer, Dash. It has a really interesting colour scheme that is lost a little bit in the photo but you get the idea. How do I know a shirt with no defining features is from the aforementioned time period? I did my research. <3 The key to making a good purchase is being well infomred about the clothing you’re veiwing. The Dash company was an English company that was only around for a  few years before being bought by a separate clothing organization. Because Dash was only Dash from the late 80’s to the early 90’s, it is a pretty safe bet that this piece is from the same chunk of time <3. See? That wasnt so hard.
Anyway, this shirt (though I did eventually sell it) was the perfect blend of in your face colour with subtle, simple design. Now I’ll be the first to admit that stripes, especially horizontal ones, can sometimes seem a bit hard to pull off. Even as I put on a shirt with stripes, a deep, dark part of me hesitates just for a split second, before I put my arms through the sleeves. Truthfully, there is nothing to be afraid of as long as you are confident with what you have on. If you aren’t you will regret it because when you lose confidence in what you are wearing, you lose confidence in who you are.  Believe me, stripes smell fear.
However, if worn correctly, stripes do a great job of being both fun an subtle at the same time. In other words, it makes your appearance look complicated and hard to pull off without it ACTUALLY being that complicated and that hard to pull off. “All that for a silly striped shirt?” says you. “Yeah,” says me.

It has been my experience that there is a fine line between gawdy and fresh. Take this shirt as an example. This peice is a vintage (most likely late 80’s early 90’s) striped shirt by the designer, Dash. It has a really interesting colour scheme that is lost a little bit in the photo but you get the idea. How do I know a shirt with no defining features is from the aforementioned time period? I did my research. <3 The key to making a good purchase is being well infomred about the clothing you’re veiwing. The Dash company was an English company that was only around for a  few years before being bought by a separate clothing organization. Because Dash was only Dash from the late 80’s to the early 90’s, it is a pretty safe bet that this piece is from the same chunk of time <3. See? That wasnt so hard.

Anyway, this shirt (though I did eventually sell it) was the perfect blend of in your face colour with subtle, simple design. Now I’ll be the first to admit that stripes, especially horizontal ones, can sometimes seem a bit hard to pull off. Even as I put on a shirt with stripes, a deep, dark part of me hesitates just for a split second, before I put my arms through the sleeves. Truthfully, there is nothing to be afraid of as long as you are confident with what you have on. If you aren’t you will regret it because when you lose confidence in what you are wearing, you lose confidence in who you are.  Believe me, stripes smell fear.

However, if worn correctly, stripes do a great job of being both fun an subtle at the same time. In other words, it makes your appearance look complicated and hard to pull off without it ACTUALLY being that complicated and that hard to pull off. “All that for a silly striped shirt?” says you. “Yeah,” says me.

Part One: One man’s trash is another man’s 1981 authentic Journey concert crew neck sweatshirt complete with tags.

We’re not so different, you and I. We like being ahead of the fashion curve. We think colours are in and people who don’t like it are out. We think that plaid is rad and pre faded jeans are insulting. But there is a problem, isn’t there? There is a cost. More often than not, when you see a fresh shirt, a clean pair of denim, a gnarley hat, or a pair of kicks that make you drop you four dollar coffee, you are immediately deterred by the price tag. Now the piece you were so in love with is gone. Tragic. But I am here with the gospel. There is a way to be FRESHTODEATH without going FRESHTOBROKE. It is called treasure hunting.

In my previous posts, you’ll here me mention that a peice from my collection was bought from one of me “sources.” Mysterious huh? That’s what I was going for. In all honesty, my sources are really little more than a collection of thrift stores, seasonal flea markets and basements of people whom I have built a repore with and grown fond of. In the next few posts, I will let you in on how to choose the right store and what to look for in the freshest of all vintage clothing. Because there is just too much information for one post, I will put a <3 next to a tip, letting you know that what is coming next is important. Neato!

The Quest for the Ever Fresh Part One
Hater: Sara, that quite possibly could be the ugliest, tackiest outfit I have ever seen in my entire life.
Sara: I know! Isn't it awesome!?
The fear of becoming a ‘has-been’ keeps some people from becoming anything.