Monthly Archives: January 2015

Gorillaz Artist Jamie Hewlett Confirms the Group’s Return

Jamie Hewlett, co-founder of the iconic animated band Gorillaz has confirmed that the group is set for a comeback. Ironically enough, the good news came by way of Instagram, today's social platform of choice in showcasing artistic talent. After posting a new sketch of Murdoc, Gorillaz's bassist (a picture that is solely viewable through the mobile app), Hewlett surprised fans by later commenting, "Yes. Gorillaz Returns." Hewlett also uploaded two additional sketches of Murdoc and guitarist Noodles, which may be hinting at the release of an art book. Not too long ago, Hewlett shared that he was contemplating producing a special compilation art book of his "favorite stuff," a project that has yet to see the light of day. Check out the artwork in the gallery provided, and let us know if you believe the Gorillaz will be able to pick up where they left off in the comments section below. Be sure to head over to HYPETRAK for the latest news and premieres emerging from the music scene.

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CLOT Royale 2015 “SILK” Collection – Part 1

Cleverly marrying aesthetics from Eastern and Western culture, CLOT breathes new life into its long-dormant Royale line with the "SILK" collection. Meant to be an upscale, worldly approach to CLOT's already-progressive streetwear, the collection features witty pieces informed by traditional Chinese garments and touched with luxurious silk hits. Accordingly, hoodie-shirt hybrids fashion modern takes on Chinese knot closures, detailed with full silk hoods and utility pockets. Elsewhere, a striped version features whimsical blue and red stripes in the body and silk-lined hoods. Altogether a neat, innovative offering by CLOT Royale, enjoy a look at the first part of the collection here, available online here.

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Nike Air Huarache Black/Bronzing-Fucsia Force-Game Royal

A brand new pair of Nike's Air Huarache has been released. The sneaker sport a grey toebox region, featuring mesh material, contrasted with bright spurts of fucsia, bronze and sky blue. A fucsia colored nylon center panel is stitched underneath a complementary colored bronze nylon piece, which is further supported by a blue arching strap. Finished with a clean white midsole, the spring sneakers are now available for purchase from atmos for the retail price of ¥11,000 JPY (approximately $95 USD).

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ASICS 2015 Gel Lyte III “Okayama Denim” Pack

ASICS offers a new iteration of the hallmark Gel Lyte III this season, sourcing one of the prized Japanese textiles for a new two-part collection. The "Okayama Denim" pack, as the name suggests, finds two versions of the Gel Lyte III decked out with a base layer of super-premium denim from Okayama. The first version finds the denim meticulously stitched with tonal contrasts – forming a kind of exposed camouflage effect – while a second version masks that same pattern in rich black leather paneling at the forefoot and sides. Both of these handsome options are sure to not only endure, but prosper from wear and tear – a charming feature for the classic silhouette. Pick up either option at retailers such as Overkill beginning February 20.

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Nike Introduces the Kobe X

After being tantalized over the past 10 days by Nike's campaign for the 10th iteration of the Kobe silhouette, we are finally offered a look at the Kobe X. Featuring 10 elements, starting with the "Mamba Shark Jaw," which refers to the seamless textile upper inspired by shark skin, it's evident that every aspect of the design pays tribute to the Black Mamba's strength and aggressive style of play on the court. Additionally, the sneaker's hybrid cushioning is made possible by the combination of Nike's proprietary Lunarlon technology and Free-inspired sipping grooves, as well as the Zoom Air unit at the heel. A standout feature is the advanced traction system, aptly dubbed "Mamba Race Car," which offers up a tread similar to what is found on performance racecar tires with its hundreds of nodules that grip and splay at high speeds. With its official unveiling today, the Kobe X is pegged for a February 7 release.

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American Green ZaZZZ Marijuana Vending Machine

Not only do they stock food to satisfy your munchies, but vending machines also produce the craving for munchies. Making its Seattle debut on Tuesday, February 3, American Green's ZaZZZ machine has been dubbed the "first age-verifying, climate-controlled, self-service dispensary." Buds, edibles and other related items will be dispensed from the machine after a customer verifies their age via an ID scanner. It even supports alternative payment options like Bitcoin. For our Seattle readers, ZZZ will be located at Seattle Caregivers on S. Jackson Street.

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Tony Hawk Explains Why McDonald’s Was the Right Sponsor for Him

Often attributed for bringing the sport of skateboarding to mainstream America and subsequently the international stage, Tony Hawk sits down with The Berrics to discuss what it means to sell out. From fast-food deals to a lucrative video game franchise, Hawk explains how each one of his sponsorships allowed him to pursue his passion. He further details the concept of "selling out" as it should be as well as how corporations and skateboarders can co-exist.

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Tim Burton’s Batmobile Becomes an iPhone 6 Case

Although the Tumbler is pretty badass, when one pictures the Batmobile, Tim Burton's rendition usually comes to mind. For the true Batman enthusiast, you can now protect your iPhone 6 with a near-perfect replica of the superhero's mode of transportation. As seen in the video below, its wheels extend out to reveal your phone's camera lens, while four LED lights go off when a call comes in. Best of all, its turbo booster can project the bat signal on a wall or surface. Expected to release later this spring, you can learn more about BANDAI's $50 USD case here.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Becoming a K-Pop Star

The Boston Globe recently shed light on the dreams that thousands of Korean youngsters have, which is to become the next big K-pop star -- bringing the once regional trend to the forefront of popular culture. Led by Psy's rapid rise to stardom in 2012 with his Korean rap single “Gangnam Style,” which sent shockwaves around the world via a playful YouTube music video, K-pop is an ever-evolving entity with a vast amount of potential. This photo series captures the arduous and gruelling task of gaining recognition in an industry that is saturated with pre-teens and teens striving to make a name for themselves. According to a recent survey, a staggering 21 percent of pre-teen respondents in Korea want to become K-pop stars -- the most popular career choice in Korea by a large margin. For more, head over to The Boston Globe and check out the full piece.

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Hood By Air 2015 Pre-Spring Collection

Preluding its 2015 spring/summer range, fashion imprint Hood By Air delivers its pre-spring collection. Although staying true to its bold aesthetic, this particular offering is surprisingly simple, considering what was shown at Pitti Uomo. Featuring large brand motifs, a stark black-and-white color palette and archetypal pieces, updates include tops adorned with the detonation print, which is simply a mushroom cloud graphic, and a set of 12-inch stainless steel chains with padlock pendants. You can purchase this collection now at select retailers, including the HBA webstore.

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A$AP Rocky’s Next LP Will Be Co-Produced by Juicy J, Danger Mouse and A$AP Yams

With the release of A$AP Rocky's LP lurking around the preverbal corner, Juicy J took to Twitter revealing some rather juicy news about the forthcoming LP. "I'm co excutive prod @asvpxrocky new album it's gone be classic," said the Three 6 Mafia member, adding to the list of executive producers that already include Danger Mouse and the late A$AP Yams. With no word on a release date or title, be sure to visit HYPETRAK to stay updated.

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BARBARA I GONGINI 2015 Fall/Winter Collection

Faroese fashion label BARBARA I GONGINI has unveiled its anticipated 2015 Fall/Winter collection. Once again, the Copenhagen outfit offers up a unique take on its Nordic roots with a conceptual approach that utilizes a wide variety of textures. Featuring a predominantly black palette with select ensembles paired up with white and gray pieces for a contrasting effect, the collection exudes a seemingly dark, ominous aura throughout. Standout pieces include the outwear jackets and coats which drape over the shoulders for loose-fitting silhouettes. Browse through the gallery and share your thoughts in the comments below.

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