The Weeknd Mural, Time Lapsed

Just a short promo clip for The Weeknd’s recently-released Trilogy, but worth a watch as it’s certainly something a little different from the usual promo clips you see floating around.

It appears as though he commissioned an artist (or a group of artists, it’s difficult to tell) to paint a mural of himself on the side of a building, and the artwork actually comes out rather well. So well in fact, you can pinpoint the exact origin of the scene they chose-it’s taken from his Rolling Stone video, and interestingly shows not only The Weeknd’s downbeat face but the camera pointing at him too. The end product is an insanely good piece that manages to create depth of field and fantastic lighting effects using only black, white and grey, and I’m sure this will be a nice bit of extra promotion for that album release. Very unique, and very likeable.

Le Scratch-4th March [Event]


Le Scratch is a fresh monthly event which mixes the hottest Hiphop, Dubstep & Bass influenced music with live art installations from hyped London illustrators & artists. All artwork, posters & customisations made on the night will be given away on the night.

Acts for the night include: Artwork (of Magnetic Man), dj Roska, Snips, Sarah Young, Chima Anya, Jo’Leon Davenue, Mlk N Crl, Queens English and Camouflage Children.

Address: XOYO, 32—37 Cowper Street London EC2A 4AP

Tickets: £8 advance for priority entry: www.lescratch.com // £10 on the door.

Times: 9pm-3am.

Opening Ceremony x Rob Pruitt T-Shirt Collection


Simple blocks of colour utilised nicely to create a clean, fresh collection that will definitely enhance any wardrobe.

These are my two favourites from the four-piece collection, and can be fetched over at the Opening Ceremony website.

Nike Royal Mid VT-Autumn/Fall 2010 Range


Another set that I’m liking for the mix of materials used. Only available in two colourways, but they’re both fairly clean designs with a nice hint of originality.

Available right now at some Japanese store (who seem to get all the best stuff!). Hope you can read the language as I’ve never been able to find an English option on the site!

Supra Pilot High-Tops, Autumn/Fall 2010 Range


The newest range from Supra launches soon. They boast a slimmer soul than the usual range, though they retain the style features of the Skytops. You’ll find them in the grey you see here, a red patent colourway and a couple of others.

I’m a fan of this waxed fleece material, and the minimalist look definitely makes them a versatile pair. Coming to good online retailers soon.

Fashion: Japanese Cartoon x False T-Shirts/Sweatshirts


Lupe Fiasco’s side-project Japanese Cartoon have hooked up with False to develop a collaborative line of t-shirts and sweatshirts. They come with black/white/grey contrasts sketchy, that make them very versatile pieces, and similarly come with fairly simple, sketchy motifs that enhance that adaptability.

A surprisingly likeable and affordable range, click here to view images of the entire 5-piece range, as well as make your purchases!

Fashion: Trussardi 1911 Hi-Tops


These lovely sneakers make up Trussardi’s Autumn (Fall)/Winter 2010 collection and boast a pretty interesting patchwork style, which is made up of a mix of materials (wool, denim etc.).

Available now at the internet’s best boutique shop, Colette. They’re not exactly cheap though, so don’t click unless you’ve got a few hundred pounds/euros floating around.

Art (sort of...) Post: Manny Pacquiao vs. Mickey Mouse


MINDstyle have released an image of their latest limited edition “#1 Pound for Pound champion” Manny Pacquiao and Bloc28 Mad Mickey art toy collectibles. Full of character and life despite their monotone shades, these are pretty cool collectables and I’d imagine most people could appreciate having a set of these on display!

They’re set to be released in conjunction with his November 13th fight, and I’ll bring you more info as and when it’s given on their release.

Fashion: Jay-Z x Nike, 'All Black Everything Collection'


This 5-sneaker set only has 2 pairs of each style made, 1 of which will be given to Jay-Z and obviously, they’re completely blacked out. Each style in the collection also pays homage to a different country (USA, France, China, Puerto Rico and Brazil), with the outsole filled with the respective country’s colours. The pairs not given to Hov can be fetched in a charity auction on eBay right now. Hit the click for a few detailed images.

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I'ma Make Ya Pay Homage


In line with Ajay’s promise to bring you something a little bit different over the upcoming months, here is my contribution to the effort.

Posted this a few weeks ago on my Twitter (where you can cop a better look) and yesterday I got my hands on this awesome tee which pays homage to the late, great Guru of Gang Starr.

Stickupkids (here in the UK) have put together two Guru tribute tees (the other perhaps less subtle) and I recommend you go over there and grab one to help hip-hop live on.

Artistic Post: Black Apples by Julia Chiang


When creating OTU, my intention was always to try and pack all of my interests into my posts, but the massive success of us as music reviewers didn’t really leave time for that. Predominantly, I wanted to incorporate some fashion-related posts, as well as the odd ‘artsy’ post like this right here. Lack of time and consquentially ‘falling out of the loop’ has contributed to never actually getting around to it, but as of today I’m going to slowly infuse OTU with a little something new.

Brooklyn artist Julia Chang has created a set of 50 glazed porcelain apples. ‘Chiang chose the apple because it is a symbol of desire and an icon of the city of New York. According to Chiang, “Most of what I do reveals the unevenness and imperfection of my hand.” “I am interested more in what are viewed as flaws rather than perfection, and in finding objects and materials that hold a story and history’. There’s really something I like about these: they are pretty pop-arty, but they’ve got a unique combination charm in their almost-paradoxical jet black glossiness along with Chiang’s desire to accentuate flaws. And they’re the sort of thing that would look great next to my PS3. I doubt you have $200 to buy, but if so…