A little over two hours left til Summer '17 drops on the U.S. site, you ready? If not, get your shit together, cause the heat is almost here.
For all the fam in Europe and Japan, you're gonna need to chill another 24 hours. But didn't someone say, "the best things come to those who wait"?
On the grind out in Rotterdam last weekend with my main man Duzkie Duzk.
We joined forces on the battle field way back in 2011 on my first trip it to Europe, and now 6 years later, Duzk is my partner in crime leading the charge on Kings Without Crowns Europe. Not sure how shit like that works out, the universe just blows your mind sometimes.
Huge shout out to my bro and his army The Ruggeds for always making me feel like fam when I'm in town. Feels amazing to know that such a savage squad has my back and pretty much guarantees heavy damage in the years to come. Till next time, love you wild bastards.
*New Hot Shit Alert* Summer '17 is FINALLY dropping this weekend. Late as fuck, I know, deal with it. LOL.
US - Friday @ 12 Noon
EU / JP - Saturday @ Noon
Make the move, do the damn thing, but whatever you do don't drag ass. Supplies are limited and DO sell out if ya haven't leaned by now.
Haven't had a chance to really follow up on the madness that is IBE, but if you're a bboy living on planet earth, you're a fucking dickhead if you don't make it out to this event, LMAO. This shit is like the new bboy Mecca, EVERYONE needs to make the trip at least once in their career.
Had a crazy successful weekend and can't explain how much I appreciate the support from literally all over the world. We must've had customers from 20 different countries in 2 days and every single one of them really understands what we're trying to do with Kings Without Crowns. YOU guys are the reason I make this shit, and YOU are the reason we'll continue to grow.
MAJOR MAJOR SHOUT OUT to everyone on The Notorious IBE staff, with extra love to my big bros Tyrone and Mario for fully backing the Kings Without Crowns Europe movement. Next year is the big 20 year anniversary and you can guarantee we'll be in the house to wreck shop like you've never seen.
Full IBE gallery shot by the slick sniper TORSION hosting soon on the home page.
Maybe you noticed, but we DIDNT get a chance to drop Summer '17 this weekend.
It's been non stop work since we touched down in Holland and to be honest, The Notorious IBE swallowed us whole, hahah. Such an incredible experience so far, but was DEF expecting a little too much trying to make a release happen as well.
Shout out to our sharp shooter STACII SAMIDIN for putting in work with us this in the streets and the whole IBE staff for showing us an amazing time all weekend.
Launching Summer this weekend, keep them eyes open!
Morning Music: Part 589
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If you want to create a clean color gradient in modern screen printing, there's technology that will allow you to break up your transition into a series of super fine dots and presses that will let you perfectly align your multiple color layers to create a perfect, even blend for every single print. But where's the fun in that?
Meet the 3 color split fountain technique. An old school blending trick seen all over vintage concert poster art where 3 seperate inks are loaded and printed all at the same time, creating a perfect natural blend. The beauty tho is that the size and shape of the blend transforms with every print, with ever move of the squeegee. Each piece showing the same effect, but no two shirts EVER with the same print.
The NYC Stack Team Tee hits the streets tomorrow, August 5th at The Notorious IBE with Rasta colored 3 color fountain print graphic. Need that? DAMN RIGHT YOU DO.
Tomorrow I head back to Europe to sink my teeth into easily THE largest bboy festival on the planet, The Notorious IBE.
Joining forces with my bros Duzk and Torsion to do some heavy duty DAMAGE at the Kings Without Crowns Europe booth this weekend. Summer '17 will be on deck, fully stocked, and ready to change lives.
Not sure if I'm mentally ready for this level of madness, but I'm not sure there's anything you can do prepare yourself for this shit. Wish me luck.
"I really like that White one, I'm just afraid I'll get it dirty!" Word of advice, quit being a slob.
These NYC Stack Team Tee white on whites are down to the last couple and I'm not 100 percent sure I'll be printing them again. Quit being a scared ass and grab one before they're all grabbed up.
The Devil In The Details print will probably go down in the books as one of my all time favorite pieces, haters be damned. (No pun intended, lmao.)
It's work like this that has me feeling like I need to create my art for canvas, or some more "permanent" medium before it gets out on a tee. Something that can stick around longer than the seasons, you feel me?
Black is down to ONE REMAINING SMALL and just a handful left in White.
Every batch of Psychic Advisor Longsleeves that I sent out to KILLKWOC EU sold out more or less INSTANTLY. Of course they did, it's one of the nastiest pieces ever to come out of the sweatshop.
Good news for all my euro gang who couldn't get their hands on this heat, I made a small batch to take with me to THE NOTORIOUS IBE this weekend. This could be your LAST CHANCE to come up before the design is retired.
Few pieces still remain in the US ONLINE STORE, basically out everywhere else.
You guys know like to talk shit, but that was never the point when creating the "Superior Quality" tagline for Kings Without Crowns. It's what we strive for.
It's to serve as a reminder to ourselves to ask, "Is this enough? Can we do better?" If we're not hitting our standard of SUPERIOR QUALITY, then it's time to regroup, strengthen our weakness, and come back stronger. We're here to stay, and that ain't gonna happen by half-assing it.
Superior Quality Tank Tops releasing August 5th in two color options as part of the Summer '17 Collection.
Photo: RAY J