STREETWEAR NEWS FLASH!

December 6, 2008


Look out, hypebeast! Major streetwear news here! My favorite streetwear–I mean…um, small-scale casual (?)–clothing company, Fucking Awesome, is back. First, some background:
Truth be told, the last time I happened by my local small-scale casual clothing shoppe, they had this placard or sandwich board out front advertising all the brands they carry. Lo and behold, “F’ING AWESOME” was on there. So I asked the dude if they had any of their shirts or anything because, although, gun to my head, I couldn’t describe for you any of their shirts besides “gangster situations,” I remember them being more amusing than your average Paris album cover rip-off or what have you. Unfortunately, they did not, and we kind of knowingly shrugged, as if to say, “What are you gonna do–it’s Dill. He probably just got obsessed with something else and forgot about it.”
Fast forward to last month, when fuckingawesome.net reappeared. The best thing about the new site is, of course, Dill’s partner taking shots at the whole small-scale casual clothing “culture,” portraying them as loser pieces of shit, basically. In any event, the shirt with Keith Richards, James Brown, and Artie Lange is kind of funny. Indeed, I would give my next paycheck to have been a fly on the wall at that party.
Which leaves me asking myself, does anything in this world warrant waiting in line? Yeah yeah yeah, I know–voting. With regard to the whole “streetwear” thing, though, I suppose the silly thing about obsessing over clothing or shoe items is elevating them to art status. Then one gets into the “what is art?” debate.

“You know–paintings and stuff.”

Dill’s partner mentions also his work-in-progess–a documentary about Ozzy Osbourne. This reminded my of the last time I, myself waited in a ridiculously long line for something–A Black Sabbath in-store in 1998.

In a decision that speaks volumes about my mindstate at the time, I decided it would be a good idea to hang out in front of the Virgin “Megastore” in Times Square all nite with a bunch of metal dudes from Old Bridge, NJ listening to Screaming for Vengeance (note, this was nine years before FF!) on a boom box.
Although I am less all about it now than I was at the time, truth be told, I still rock out to the “stoner” metal from time to time–nothing wrong with a little Kyuss or even
Monster Magnet every once in a while. However, I pretty much never listen to Sabbath anymore. The best way to explain it is that it’s just in my mental DNA, like Virtual or Reign in Blood. Like what was the last time you actually listened to Slayer, you know?

ANYWAY, after hanging out in Time Square all night they started the shit. Sharon was there, supervising. The one thing I remember is how deliberately Ozzy was when he signed my copy of Volume 4, like he was concentrating super hard. Indeed, his autograph is supresingly legible:


But yeah, waiting in line for a super-limited article of clothing is horseshit, alright.

ps. I was going to title this post “Don’t Stand In Line,” but I decided that that would be too obscure an Ian MacKaye side project reference.

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3 Responses to “STREETWEAR NEWS FLASH!”

  1. kung fu grip said

    that’s john belushi…if that was artie lange, he would have to have been about 8 yrs old

  2. Anonymous said

    definitely the belush

  3. Watson said

    I listened to Slayer just the other day at work. People were bummed.

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