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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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’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)
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)
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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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?