Monday, November 30, 2009

Farm Tactics

Some new bags just came in the store this weekend from our friend Kyle. All made locally using reclaimed military fabrics. Come by check em out in person. Another young guy trying to hone his craft.

Gasmask Bag
outside pocket is US issued reclaimed gasmasks
1950's military webbing for the straps

Spare Parts Wallet
All WWII German hardware
Danish military canvas

Scout Holster
original Filson tin cloth
WWII webbing for the straps

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Coming Back From the Old Coast with New Vintage Stock

Fought off High School Reunion hangovers and Third-piece-of-pie regret to get out into the Boonies to find some gems. Shown above (and below): Early 40's Airborne Jump boots. In-store soon! (Click pictures to see them in their entirety)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Our boy Rude Jude just put it down on the Black Friday tip. Stolen directly from his blog ( In the spirit of the internet, I'm letting other people's words express how uniquely clever I really am. Thanks Jude.

it's black friday

just a reminder, you don’t have to prove your love to your family by buying them a lot of shit they don’t need and a deal’s not a deal if it puts you in debt. try and avoid paying for christmas well into next year. if you must join this cluster fuck of shopping, and fighting and cutting in lines and being herded around stores like cattle, try and shop from small businesses and buy american and shit like that. me, i haven’t bought gifts for people in years and i’m all the better for it. you won’t see a happier person than me during the holiday season. my kid gets one thing but that’s it and as a matter of fact i think i’m cutting her off in a year too.

i decided on the no gifts thing years back, Asia was 4 or 5 years old, i was dead broke and had to go to the dollar store to get her gifts. man, i felt like shit about it. i felt ashamed that my daughter had to have little cheap ass dollar store presents and to add insult to injury, the dollar store shit was breaking me. i gave her her presents, she didn’t know the difference but i was sitting there dying inside. i said to myself, ‘this is some bullshit. this is christmas, this is the one time a year you’re supposed to feel good. and look at me, I’m sitting here feeling bad about my kid, hoping she doesn’t notice the difference between her gifts from me and the other ones. feeling bad that i didn’t cop shit for the rest of my fam. i spent all my money on gifts and i still feel like shit. i’m not being stressed out for christmas.’ i looked around and saw all my little cousins wildin’ out, opening their shit and as soon as one was opened they tossed their present aside for the next and the next and the next after that. then it hit me. i had one of those, “what have we become” moments, i don’t know if it was excessive shopping or the sheer number of the cousins but it was out of control. i said, “no more. no more buying shit for christmas. this ain’t christmas, i can’t even hear the christmas carols over this gift orgy. fuck feeling bad, fuck buying gifts. i’m done.” and i that was it. i make money now but i still don’t concern myself with presents on xmas, i buy shit for people when i feel like, i give year round so fuck it.

join jude, sit down and have a chat with your family, agree to pare back on christmas spending or ban it all together or even make shit for each other. wouldn’t that be something? making some shit. instead of consuming, you’re creating. me, i’m just gonna show up with some food a bottle of wine and love and spread christmas cheer like AIDS in Africa.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Wolverine 1000 Mile Spring Sneak Peak

Somebody over at Wolverine has their head screwed on straight. The launch of the 1000mile boot collection has been a banger for them. Sophomore efforts rarely hold up to their initial launches, but it looks like Wolverine is gonna keep on keepin' on.

Here are exclusive sneak peak shots of what is coming down the pike for Spring:

(clicky clicky for the full images)

The 6 inch boot will be avail as a wingtip, and in a new color; this pretty Chestnut Tan. The wing design is taken directly from old Wolverine marketing materials from the 30's. You'll also see a low-oxford adaptation. Perfect for cuffs and no socks in the Spring when they launch.

Rumor has it there's a little Wolverine party planned for December 11th at Craft. Free hooch. Good food....Celebrity limbo contest.... Wait, I'm the one starting those rumors...... Fucking PR.... What a necessary evil.... Details coming soon. I'm gonna go take a scalding Crying-Game shower.

Jeff: Yes! Two people responded to my facebook status update!

Pete: Nice! I'm gonna twitter about it.

.....You two are adorable. Gotcha fuckers

I spent the past four weeks traveling to promote my book. During that time, I stayed in nine different hotel rooms. All of them had wireless. In three of the rooms, I noticed a strange phenomenon -- my connection would be fast during the day, but at night, it became so spotty that I could barely load box scores or watch even short highlight clips. On Wednesday night in Portland, the wireless was so terrible that it took me 15 minutes to watch a four-minute clip from that night's "The Ruins." I finally gave up. The following morning, the connection miraculously worked again and I was able to watch the clip.

That's when I came up with "The Porn Jammer" theory: It's my belief that certain hotels scramble their wireless at night to discourage guests from surfing for porn. Why? So they will order adult entertainment from the hotel's pay-per-view system. I know ... it's dastardly. But if you're the hotel, why give the milk away for free when you can make people pay for the cow? More importantly, would you really put it past them? This is the same business that built motion detectors into mini-bars; they're going to give up the in-room porn business without a fight? It's evil, it's desperate, it's despicable and brilliant. The Porn Jammer is my Great Call of the Week.

-Bill Simmons

Saturday, November 14, 2009

For Sale:

Schott Perfecto sz. 42. Crazy 50's patch on the back. Chainstitch embroidery for that ass!

On eBay now:

Coming soon.....

Taking pre-orders now... Stock arrives soon. Might even be a little product release party. Might be free booze. Might be good food. You might wanna be there.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Would you buy a used car from this man??

Nice to meet you sir..... thanks for coming by!

I was standing on a few phonebooks......

We are pleased to have hosted Mr. Shogo Koike. Editor in Chief of Lightning magazine. Thanks for coming by!

Fuckin' aye

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The girls of Chuck's Vintage helping me break in my new Vanson Cafe Racer.....

These were the big score of this past month's Rose Bowl Flea market. Based on the shape, hardware, and soft toes, I'm guessing they're early 1950's. There's evidence of atleast two resoling jobs, and they are completely unbranded otherwise at this point.... Any other tags or printing having long since fallen off. A well respected vintage collector buddy of mine guessed they may be old Red Wing....

Anywho.... They fit me, they're fuckin rad, and they haven't fallen completely apart yet! What a grail find. Cheers.

(Click on each pic to see it in its entirety)

Another Day, Another Dollar

Friday, November 6, 2009

Free and Easy Photo Shoot

I am humbly honored by Free & Easy's decision to include me in this years Bootsman issue. If you need me, I will be in little Tokyo casually posing next to lifesize cutouts of the shot. Do any hot Japanese women read free & easy?

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Rugged that is

Great piece on our love of cars for a great website Some shots from the article, jump over there now and read it in it's entirety.

Can't get enough of the camera this guy...

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Support Local Enterprise..... With bacon, and a large diet coke...

Buy from your neighbors goddamnit! This particularly applies to cheeseburgers. Irv's Burgers, on the corner of Santa Monica and Sweetzer in West Hollywood is as local, independent, and old school as it gets.

Been there since 1950, and now owned by the sweetest little Asian family ever, Irv's Burgers serves big, hot and fresh burgers (kinda Fatburger style, but better). Visit three times and the boss-lady Sonia will remember your name and order for a decade. And expect cute little messages (and often cartoons) scrawled on your plate when your foods done.

(Sonia drew my fedora on my plate today....)

I always feel at home here. Like my Mom prepared my lunch the way she did when I was 5, complete with stickers and my name on the lunch bag..... Except Mom's burgers aren't nearly this good.

Oh, and they even deliver. Cash only though, the man don't need to know about nothin'. Holla