The Barn

Giant converted this once-converted barn to garage to now art studio. Here are some photos of Mike Giant's current work space in Boulder, CO.

Jason Siegel collaborative works.

Bike parking.

Mercy For None.

Fucked up, just right. Suicidal Tendencies.

Paper & vinyl.

Mike Giant Tattoo Flash Sets 1-4, 5-8. First printing.

Hot For Teacher.

Fuck Van Hagar.

Michael LeSage.

Manifestations.

Die or Skate.

Zumiez Couch Party, Boulder, Giant

I spent this past weekend in Colorado. I originally booked this trip for a Zumiez Couch Party at Flatiron Crossings Mall in Broomfield, CO. I'm sure Zumiez is working on the video of the event right now that I'll post another time. On a side note, big thanks to everyone that came thru!

As I said above, while the trip first began solely as a Zumiez marketing event, it turned into something much more meaningful. I'm sure you know by now Giant and I have been friends for over 15 years. And honestly, we don't see each other as often as you may think. This Saturday and Sunday felt like old times kicking it. Between REBEL8 talks, we conversed about life, health & happiness, girls, whips, personal goals, your typical bullshit, etc. It was exactly what I needed, and I think Mike would say the same thing. Just me and my big friendly Giant. Here are a few words and some photos.

Giant's pad is rad.

Mindful smoking.

One of Giant's many desks.

Backwoods and Jack Rudy.

LIving room.

Giant doesn't have a TV. We sat here one candle-lit night just listening to comedy CDs. For the record, Giant also doesn't have the internet.

He does however have many varieties of tea and drinks quite a few cups each day.

Bow and arrow and tea.

Giant's been practicing archery in the backyard. Yeah, he uses those Cinelli bicycling gloves just for this.

The last time I visited Boulder was last January. Giant's skill level has turned to deadly boss since then. Bullseye after bullseye. 

Longevity.

Dot's Diner is dope.

Giant always gets the 2-13 there.

That is real bacon.

Acreage.

Giant's been gathering lots of sticks recently.

He's building this outdoor teepee structure to have his morning tea and joints. He hopes to also host night time pow-wows with other like-minded individuals in Colorado.

Child's play.

Laundry.

Thanks Mike.

 

1st Party

Some industry folks ask me why I don't outsource our entire warehouse to a third party shipping facility. They say it's so much easier. Admittedly I love seeing the physical product come in and out like an ocean's tide. In a sort of way it makes me feel like I'm doing something real: creating a tangible product and not solely pushing paperwork.

But what is the true cost of "easy"? And are those savings of time, money, and energy if actual also worth losing control? I think the simple answer is no.

See what I can do that no outsourced company can is shoot from the hip and make quick decisions on the fly. For example, I can bump an order to the front or to the back if needed. I can also do kool shit like throw in extra free stickers in with every order today just cuz. Or randomly toss in an extra snapback. You are welcome order #16780! It's this type of control that allows me to effectively do my job better than most and allow my employees to take accountability and pride in their work.

Shop here. I think you'll be stoked. Happy Friday!

REBEL8 Warehouse

A Night To Remember

I went out to the Roxy in Hollywood last night to see my dudes from ADTR tear it up. It's still super rad to see them take the stage dipped in REBEL8. Photo credit: Marcial Meza. Spread the 8!

D2 Is Cumming

As our warehouse fills up once again for the next REBEL8 delivery, I broke out the office to hit a straight super cut to help direct our next lookbook. Spring '15 is heavily influenced by Los Angeles cinema and music culture. For Delivery Two, we go dark. When scouting locations for the D2 lookbook, there wasn't a more fitting location than an abandoned mall. This is the mall of the apocalypse. On 3/16 the latest & greatest REBEL8 drops online and everywhere else.

 

Shipwreck Trail

In 1961, the SS Dominator, a Greek freighter, ran ashore on the Palos Verdes Peninsula due to a navigational error while lost in fog. I thought it'd be kool to check it out and see what was left of the ship.

I love living on the edge of America.

This is what sand must look like to an ant.

Quite early into the hike I realized I must be going in the complete opposite direction of the shipwreck.

And truthfully, I never did find the SS Dominator. But I did find these perfectly posed Nikes.

A fallen king.

One Timberland.

The only appropriate place to ever wear flip flops is literally on the beach. Flip flops on the street, or up in a plane, is fucking gross. And for the record, these aren't mine either. Just another newly discovered treasure by yours truly.

Two hard balls between a harder place.

Buck shot.

Driftwood chair.

Seal.

Scratch that. Dead seal. Total bummer.

You should be thankful you don't have smell-o-vision.

And be thankful you're alive! Happy Monday!

Flask Mob

Hundreds of photographers and photo enthusiasts flooded the streets of Downtown Los Angeles on the night of Saturday, January 31st. Flask Mob, an underground photo event, gathers monthly in San Francisco and Los Angeles creating an unique experience using steel wool spinners, fireworks and smoke bombs.

The REBEL8 crew came out and helped ignite the energy of the crowd for this LA meet. In the midst of fire-breathing and general mayhem, masked topless models from media group The Plug LA, were captured by both amateur and renowned photographers (Van Styles, R8 Staff Photographer Kingston, etc.) alike. Images of this scene were captured from a news helicopter above and hit the airwaves incorrectly stating, "Police On Scene of Huge Protest." The large crowd regrettably dispersed after the LAPD showed up in full-riot gear.

The general consensus of all the photographers present is that this night was nothing short of awesome, and they hope Flask Mob continues next month. As do we.

Solvang

Solvang (Danish for "sunny fields") is a city in Santa Barbara County. Solvang was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters. Smart.

The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California.

They even got a little Atterdag Square.

Hamlet Square.

And an Ion Art Gift Shop.

The architecture of many of the facades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style.

This Dansk bageri was the tastiest.

You can freeze to keep for special occasions.

Or just eat fresh.

'Merica.

Lost.

I've been to Copenhagen and I gotta say, Solvang is pretty dope. Happy Monday, y'all!

Ostrich Land

Went to go peep some ostriches out at Ostrich Land.

They are the only birds with two toes per foot that can propel them to sustained speeds of 35 mph with bursts to 45 mph.

Ostriches grow a foot per month until they reach 8 or 9 feet tall.

Ostriches have no teeth. They swallow pebbles to help grind the food in their gizzards.

Ostriches are the largest and fastest birds in the world and can weigh as much as 350 pounds and live up to 75 years.

Male ostriches are quite strategic in protecting their colonies. They will feign injury to lure predators away from chicks and females. They will fight when they have to and can kill with one kick. Not even a lion will prey on a healthy mature ostrich.

But these ostriches are not wild. Their meat however is still delicious, comparable to lean beef.

Fucking emu.

Avila Beach

Avila Beach is located about 160 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and about 200 miles south of San Francisco. It's a chill little beach town with a kool vibe.

Paso Robles

I spent last weekend up in Paso Robles as a wino. I won't bore you with terrific photos of even better vineyards, or tell you how much I prefer blended wines with meats. I guess I just did. Sorry. I stayed at a recently deceased grandma's house. I have no actual proof of this, but I bet her kids said fuck selling, let's put this shit on Airbnb and make some money.

The kitchen is the most time-telling room of a house. 

That MSG tho.

Never been a fan of electric stoves but they are pretty perfect for tortillas.

I regret not capturing the deep impressions in the dining room chairs. Well, if you look real close you can see 'em. Not even trying to act like a bitch right now, but it was literally painful to sit and eat around grandma's table.

I really sank into this couch watching action movies on the Spanish channel.

Old people give zero fucks about wires or wall-mounted flat screens. There is also a plant in the fireplace.

A VHS/DVD combo, a gigantic cable box, hella Yellow Pages on deck, a 2009 wine buying guide, National Geographics, and a jigsaw puzzle.

A book on how to be more Christian, a 2010 farmer's almanac, Patton: A Genius For War, the 2002 movie & video guide, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, a romance novel about a woman and her cosmetic company start-up, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, and The New Testament.

I caught some killer Zzz here.

Good times!

Giant Rock

Drove out to Landers, CA to check out Giant Rock. Standing seven stories high and covering 5,800 square feet of ground, Giant Rock is the largest free standing boulder in the world.

And it's in the middle of nowhere.

Creatives.

Anarchy.

Slayer Dan Love. Me too Dan, me too.

On another note, I still can't believe over 300,000 people don't know how to shit in the woods. And why the fuck is there even a 2nd revised edition? Have the rules of shitting in a hole changed since the dawn of man? I think a much more useful book would be titled, how to shit in traffic, or, how to produce a no-wiper.

Integratron

The Integratron is a structure designed by ufologist and contactee George Van Tassel. Tassel claimed the Integratron to be capable of rejuvenation, anti-gravity and time travel. I shut down the spot so we could check it out privately without any chances of stranger danger.

Signage.

So many seating options.

I love succulents.

Hammock Village.

Ample.

The Integratron.

Ground floor.

Stairway to alien heaven.

I guess this would be the water and soap of the sound bath.

Hella multi culti.

So did it work? I really can't tell you. I fell asleep.

Yucca

If you follow me on Snapchat (joshyrebel8) you'd know that I spent last week in Yucca Valley with the REBEL8 creative team. Every 6-months I like to take my crew to a new spot for a week to break the monotony of the Monday-Friday grind. Last time we paid a visit to Giant out in Boulder, and before that we hit Albuquerque. I think in July I'll find us a dope beach house.

Sleepless

 

J26

Come peep REBEL8 Fall 2015 - Agenda Show Booth J26. Hit Andrewk@REBEL8.com for appointments and all REBEL8 Wholesale inquiries.

Uppsala

Spent last week in Sweden. Here are a few photos from Uppsala.

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