Thank You All For Supporting The Get Fast. Get Furious. Fast & Furious 6 Carnival At The Summit Subang USJ!


Thank You All For Supporting The Get Fast. Get Furious. Fast & Furious 6 Carnival!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Get Fast. Get Furious./Fast & Furious 6 event @ the Summit Subang USJ over the past 4 days – I hope you enjoyed the cool rides on display, snapped photos with our gorgeous Fast & Furious girls, caught a ride at the Conemasters Gymkhana Experience and most importantly – watched Fast & Furious 6!

I am super happy that we were able to bring so much joy/smiles/thrills/excitement to so many people and we will definitely do something like this again.

To be able to organize the ONLY legit Fast & Furious 6 tie-in event in Malaysia was truly an honor (if you look at some of the other so-called Fast & Furious 6 events happening around the country, look how many of them were actually allowed use the words “Fast & Furious 6” in the event title … hehe)

I’d like to thank our MEGA AWESOME event partners – the Summit Subang USJ, Innoform Media, Line Malaysia, Speed City KL, Fajar Motors, Motorsport Playground & the Blue Jackets Fraternitas … we really couldn’t have put on such a kick-ass event without any of you!

Finally I’d like to thank United International Pictures for choosing to work with us.

Epic video coming soon!

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Thank you!

A BATHING APE SOLD TO I.T FOR $2.8MILLION

A Bathing Ape

Here’s a HUGE piece of news for those of you who are interested in the streetwear industry:

TOKYO—One of the most influential Japanese clothing brands to emerge over the past two decades has been snapped up by a Hong Kong apparel maker, in a move that underscores the growing wave of acquisitions of Japanese firms by their Asian competitors.

A Bathing Ape—better known as BAPE—grew from a single shop on a backstreet in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district. Its T-shirts, hoodies and jeans, designed by Tomoaki Nagao, known as Nigo, acquired a cult following among young Japanese men when the brand launched in 1993, and was later embraced by hip-hop icons such as Kanye West and Jay-Z. Microsoft’s X-Box and Nintendo’s DS game handset were emblazoned with BAPE designs, and BAPE-branded condoms were part of the label’s lineup.

Now, I.T Ltd., a Hong Kong-based clothing company, is set to buy a roughly 90% stake in Nowhere Co., the Japanese operator of A Bathing Ape, for 230 million yen ($2.8 million) from Mr. Nagao.

A Bathing Ape

The move comes of the heels of a spate of deals by Asian buyers of Japanese companies and real estate. Marlion Holdings Ltd., owned by a consortium of Chinese investors, last year bought more than 50% of Honma Golf for an undisclosed price. The Hilton in Niseko Village, a popular ski resort in Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, was snapped up by YTL Corp., a Malaysian infrastructure conglomerate, for six billion yen.

I.T is aiming to increase its market share in street fashion in both Hong Kong and mainland China, where the appetite for A Bathing Ape’s $75 T-shirts is growing as younger Chinese consumers look for edgier styles with an established brand.

A Bathing Ape opened its first store in Beijing in January, and has retail outlets in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and New York. Its Los Angeles store closed last year.

A Bathing Ape

In A Bathing Ape’s heyday, lines would snake around the shop in Harajuku with scores of young men eager to buy one of its T-shirts, which were made in limited batches. But in recent years, the balance sheet of the Nowhere Group, the operator of A Bathing Ape, has suffered. For the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2010, its net loss was 119 million yen, slightly better than a loss of 267.4 million yen the previous year. The company had liabilities totaling 1.03 billion yen in the year ended August 31. I.T will also guarantee the company’s outstanding loans of 2.6 billion yen.

I.T said in a press release that it will “promptly rationalize Nowhere Group’s capital structure to restore a healthy balance sheet and positive cashflow. It is anticipated that measures to be taken will include implementation of stringent cost controls.”

Mr. Nagao has agreed to stay on as the creative director of Nowhere for two years, focusing on product design, brand direction and image development.

By MARIKO SANCHANTA for the Wall Street Journal

A Bathing Ape

$2.8 million is about the price of 2 of Nigo’s cars?

I.T is guaranteeing Nowhere’s 2.6 billion yen in outstanding loans so just think about how many Ts they’re going to have to sell.

Oh and here’s a spot the BBC did on Nigo a few years ago:

SONGKHLA GYMKHANA – EPILOGUE

Southern Motorsports Club Gymkhana Competition, Songkhla, Thailand

I was actually supposed to be in Songkhla today since there is Round 2 of the Southern Motorsports Club  (SMC) Gymkhana Championship going on, but due to some issues with my car (blown suspension + super fucked tyres) I am not.

I thought this might be a good time to reflect on the last gymkhana event since I’m here wishing I was there. Hahaha

The SMC Gymkhana in Thailand really was an eye-opening experience for me as previously I had only entered 2 gymkhanas and both were in Penang.

Even though I scored a DNF in Songkhla (due to a problem with my handbrake) I knew from my first run that I could have been challenging for one of the top spots in my class. I’m keen to make it back for Round 3 in June so hopefully all the issues with my car will be sorted then.

SMC run a tight ship over there and even though there were so many cars competing, everything was smooth and there were no major hiccups at the event. All the competitors were really nice to the Malaysian contingent too and it was good to see so many grassroots motorsports enthusiasts congregating in one place. People would smile, wave and just come over to chat with me and ask how everything was – you seriously don’t get people who are that friendly in Malaysia!

It really was a pleasure to just be there – it didn’t really matter to me whether I was competing or not. I had so much fun just watching and checking out the other cars!

I don’t know if the 2 videos we filmed managed to convey how awesome the event was but I hope they did!

Southern Motorsports Club Gymkhana Competition, Songkhla, Thailand

I’d like to thank P. Ake from AEO Power and everyone from the SMC for making me feel so welcome at Songkhla.

I’d also like to thank Timothy Ketit for inviting me to participate and super-pimp Jackson Foo for taking such good care of me in Thailand!

Timothy and Jackson are racing in Songkhla today so I’d also lke to wish them luck!

Songkhla & SMC … I will see you in June!

DC TEAMWORKS COLLECTION

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

There was a package from DC waiting for me upon my return from Hanoi and when I opened it I found a whole bunch of goodies inside.

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

Yep, this is the pair of kicks from Ken Block’s Teamworks Collection.

This is currently the only pair in Malaysia so I’m pretty psyched about that.

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

I also received this awesome hoodie.

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

Yes, all of Ken’s sponsors are here. When I put this hoodie on I feel like I am part of the Subaru Rally Team USA. Hehehe

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

I love the details on the hoodie, especially the all-over graffiti print, which is the same one that is emblazoned all over Mr. Block’s Gymkhana Two car.

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

These Ts are from DC’s Gymkhana Collection, and the car pictured here is the now infamous star of Ken Block’s first gymkhana video which garnered more than 20 million views on Youtube.

The T underneath is an aerial photo of El Toro Airfield, where the video was shot.

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

Details details details …

Ken Block X DC Shoes Teamworks Collection

I got these funky foam hands too so maybe you’ll see me waving them out of the window when I’m driving sometimes.

Hahaha

I’m really feeling the Teamworks Collection and once again DC is stepping up their game and making some amazing product that you cannot help but love once you get your hands on it!

Thank you to my family @ DCJeremy and Cherice!

MY HIGHLIGHTS OF 2008

2008 ... an awesome year!

2008 has been a crazy, crazy year for me and so many things happened that I’m still in a shock from all the shit that went down.

It’s all been a little surreal and sometimes I still can’t believe it.

Just so you can have a bit of an idea of what I’ve been through this year, I spent a little time and compiled a list of my “highlights” of 2008:

What’s Good? Apparel Launch (Jan)

What's Good? Apparel Launch @ eM Studio, Singapore

The first time we launched our own apparel … I was nervous as hell … worried about whether people would dig the shit I designed … I put a lot of effort into this collection and we were fortunate to have support from Methamphibian and Know1edge on this so it was all good and in the end … everything sold out in a day.

What’s Good? Featured in Milk Magazine For The First Time (Jan)

Milk Magazine #338

Which scenester does not read Milk magazine religiously? This is the weekly streetwear bible of what’s hot in Hong Kong and for our stuff to appear in this periodical only a few months after What’s Good? started was amazing.

What’s Good Featured in Streetwear Today (Jan)

Streetwear Today #23

Milk and Streetwear Today coverage in the same month sounded too good to be true but everything happened at the same time which was fucking awesome. Europe IS taking notice of what we are doing over here.

Fuschia Dope Trucker Cap Launch (Feb)

Dope Distribution Limited Edition Trucker Cap Launch

I knew there was a good buzz about the fuschia Dope trucker cap when we announced it and I had a good feeling about the colorway, but when Ryan called me and told me there was a long overnight queue outside The Cathay I couldn’t believe it. In the end, the caps were sold out in 60 minutes, which was madness.

g Hotel X Funkshoppe Records (Apr)

g Hotel X Funkshoppe Records

When I was approached by the g Hotel’s award-winning GM Marco and asked if I would be interested in designing the music concept for the g Hotel I immediately agreed and we worked out the mechanics of everything in just under 2 weeks. Since we started collaborating together we have produced some revolutionary work and really pushed the boundaries of what can or cannot be done in a hotel environment. In many ways this is one of the coolest projects I have worked on/am working on.

White/Red/Black Dope Trucker Cap Launch (Apr)

Dope Distribution Limited Edition Trucker Cap Launch @ What's Good? Singapore

A lot of haters were saying it was pure luck etc etc that there was such a good response to our fuschia Dope trucker cap launch but I guess we proved those fuckers wrong when we had an even crazier queue for the launch of our white/red/black Dope trucker cap. And to up the ante once again, the caps were sold out in 30 minutes. Selling out once could be a fluke, twice could be a coincidence but three times in a row? You had better start paying attention. ;)

What’s Good? Kuala Lumpur Opening (May)

What's Good? Kuala Lumpur Grand Opening

The day I had anticipated most in the whole year arrived and it seemed like the whole circus came to town just for this event. With support from my boys 24Herbs, Ryan Hui, Jin, Milk magazine and the whole What’s Good? Singapore posse we had the most awesome independent store opening EVER in Malaysia. I mean, 4 TV stations turning up can’t be wrong. I don’t think a feat like this will ever be replicated again in the country.

What’s Good? X Know1edge Monogramme Collection (May)

What's Good? X Know1edge Monogramme Collection

Coinciding with the launch of What’s Good? Kuala Lumpur, Brian and I designed a small collection of goodies to be launched on opening day and the results were amazing. I was really proud of my first foray into denim and I’m glad everyone loved it too.

What’s Good? Sessions One (May)

The What's Good? Sessions One @ The Loft KL

This was party of the year for me and it brings a tear to my eye every time I think about it – 24Herbs, Jin, DJ G and me performing together for a totally up-for-it crowd in one of my favorite clubs in Malaysia … not much more I could ask for. My deepest thanks to The Loft’s owner Sebastien Haegel for being so supportive.

What’s Good? + Me Featured in Milk Magazine (May)

Milk Magazine Issue 355

Milk magazine’s editor Tony flew over with 24Herbs to cover What’s Good? Kuala Lumpur’s opening and the result was a 6-page spread in the magazine. I was speechless when I saw the magazine and I am eternally grateful to Tony and the whole Milk crew for the support they have shown me.

Alive Not Dead (Jun)

Alive Not Dead

I finally joined online community Alive Not Dead in June (after a lot of hyping up by Warren) and I immediately started receiving a whole lotta love from everyone on the site – admins, fans and random people. Alive Not Dead has showed me just how tightly knit and supportive an online community can be and I’m extremely proud to be part of it.

Bought A New Car (Jun)

STi

I managed to finally get my hands on one of my dream cars and every time I’ve driven the car since I’ve experienced a thrill that I don’t think I’ll ever get sick and tired of. Not everyone will understand my neverending need for speed but I don’t give a fuck. This was definitely the highlight of the year for me (on a personal level)

Eric Haze’s Full Circle Exhibition (Jul)

Eric Haze - Full Circle

With Brian, Conroy and Diesel organizing an exhibition for Eric Haze in Hong Kong there was no way I was going to miss this and I finally had a chance to meet one of my long-time idols. Eric and I got to spend some quality time together and I am happy to have become friends with someone I have admired and respected for so long (and still do)

The Tour Of Misia – Discothque Asia Concert (Sep)

The Tour Of Misia - Discotheque Asia

The best concert I have ever watched and I will not hesitate to watch her perform again. I don’t have any words that can convey her awesomeness to you. Sorry.

24Herbs Trucker Cap (What’s Good? Exclusive Colorway) (Sep)

24Herbs Trucker Cap - What's Good? Exclusive Colorway

Brian let me design an exclusive colorway of the 24Herbs trucker cap for their show in Singapore and I was really happy with the result. Many people have told me that this is their favorite colorway and I am always touched to hear that.

Asian Hip Hop Festival (Oct)

Asian Hip Hop Festival @ Impact Arena, Bangkok Thailand

24Herbs were part of the line up for Thaitanium’s mega Asian Hip Hop Festival in Bangkok and I was privileged enough to witness the whole thing from backstage. It was a really cool event and to top it off, Nas gave a brilliant performance. I have mad respect for Thaitanium for putting this together. Sucks if you missed it.

What’s Good? Singapore 1st Anniversary (Nov)

What's Good? Singapore 1st Anniversary Party

Time flew by so quickly and before I had even noticed it What’s Good? Singapore’s 1st Anniversary arrived. Ryan and the boys had worked really hard for a whole year and this party was for them. We were graciously given the Fashion Bar space to play with and we had a crazy night with all our friends and family. Another milestone for us.

What’s Good? X Eric Haze Apparel (Nov)

Eric Haze for What's Good?

We launched our first collaborative product with Haze at What’s Good? Singapore’s 1st Anniversary party. To have been able to work together with a living legend such as Haze was incredible and to have been the first people in Southeast Asia to have done so was even cooler.

g Lounge Launch (Nov)

g Lounge Launch Party @ g Hotel, Penang, Malaysia

Marco and I had been planning a lot of events for the g Hotel since we started working together but the first one that we actually had only happened 6 months after. We wanted to wait until we had installed the new sound system I had designed into the ceiling of the lounge, but that took a little longer than expected and was only completed in November. The party was incredible and the g Lounge has turned into a new must-go chillout destination for discerning Penangites.

g Hotel Pool Party (Dec)

g Hotel Pool Party

Hot on the heels of the g Lounge launch was the inaugural Pool Party. I think this event took a lot of people by surprise and the response we received was incredible. The location was beautiful and the g Pool Bar is without a doubt the most innovative new party venue that Penang has seen in YEARS. Marco deserves all the credit for this as he was the one with the vision for this revolutionary event.

Salvation Army Home Visit (Dec)

Salvation Army Christmas Visit

The g Hotel organized a Christmas charity initiative with the Salvation Army Home in Penang and I decided to contribute in whatever manner I could. It was the most meaningful Christmas I ever had and seeing the smiles on those children’s faces is something I won’t forget in a hurry.

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So there you have it … a few of the more interesting things that happened to me in 2008.

However, most of the “things” were work related but that’s cool because my work is inextricably entwined with my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

And how was your year?

;)

WHAT’S GOOD? LOVES 24HERBS

24Herbs Trucker Cap - What's Good? Exclusive Colorway

Sir JBS was kind enough to let me design a What’s Good? exclusive colorway of the 24Herbs trucker which we will be launching at the 24Herbs Lunar Bar show on the 24th of September in Singapore.

This trucker is the start of something new I am doing for What’s Good?

If there are any left after the show we’ll put them on sale at WGSG and WGKL.

See you at Lunar!

P.S. Super special thanks to Frankie for helping us complete this project in record time!