Hiking for Emails

One man's dream to modernize his town in the Annapurna Region.

 

Some people including myself feel that technology is an evil thing, that it removes the humanity in human connections, from our lives, but I guess that comes from a very middle class point of view; a view that comes about during the free time, which is an unknown luxury to most. For some people, the internet is a means to improve their lives. It can help them set up their businesses to improve the poor economy, or allow them to practice medicine, that would have been too advanced for them to achieve if done alone in the dark. It's important to know that things like technology can either be abused, or embraced for good. The question is, when does it spill over from a good thing, to something that becomes toxic?

 

Colossal Media: Up There

Billboard style advertising is a somewhat of a dying thing compared to all the ads that appear on all our online streamed videos, in our social media apps, our games, etc. Even when it does happen, it's usually done with vinyl. Luckily there exists a company called Colossal Media, who still do meaningful ads, ads with soul, ads that take proper time and energy and life. This short film documentary shows the warriors that show up each day, rain or shine, extreme heat or frigid cold, rig up and paint giant paintings on the sides of the tall buildings around America, but mostly in New York City.

I was walking around Brooklyn to check out a potential studio space to work out of and there these guys were. Doing their thing.

It's slow going but the results are worth it. If another advertisement didn't cover it up, these paintings will last a lifetime. It'll wear, but it'll last.

Horiyoshi: Japanese Tattoo


I really like Horiyoshi's philosophy on living every second of life. He is all about transferring his essence into his work as opposed to just creating stunning art. The evoke a feeling is more important than the execution. Definitely give this video a watch!

Lettering: Birthday Card

It was recently my grandpa's 88th birthday so I lettered a card for him using single stroke and script styles. The first step, pictured above, was the sketch out the card.

Then I shaded the back of the paper of the sketch and transferred the sketch onto the final paper by tracing over the sketch with a ballpoint pen, a bit like carbon copying.

I then started to fill in the letters with a paint marker. I made the mistake of not buying a thinner tipped marker so this part was difficult.

Happy all filled.

Happy Birthday! I then started to fill in the Dear Ojiichan(Dear Granpa in Japanese) with a brush pen. This part was easier since the brush pen has a very fine tip.

Close up.

All finished. It's a bit wonky and the sun character might have looked better with a thinner marker but overall I'm stoked with it.

Sometimes when you do work, you get it to a certain stage and you feel it's good enough. Then you realize there's an extra step you can take to push it to the next level. I added what's called a drop line; a sign painting method to make letters pop.

The drop lines themselves have a bit of character.

I accidentally got some ink on the paper so over the smudge I added a star then dispersed a few more stars around the page to make it look like I did it on purpose.

And here's the final thing.

Cut Brooklyn: Joel Bukiewicz

There's something about Joel Bukiewicz's harsh words that's refreshing to hear when it comes to making things. I don't mind the flowery way that a lot of folks describe their love for creating but a lot of times the process is incredibly frustrating and rightfully so.

Carl Sagan, an insightful astronomer, said, "If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

So to make an apple pie, you need the apple, you need the apple tree, the seed to make the tree, the soil, the person to plant the tree, the tree planter's parents, the tree planter's parent's parents, the person to make the oven, the person to make the steel to make the oven, the earth to make the steel, the universe to make the earth... you get the point.

So when it comes to making things, I believe that each thing that is made should matter, it should be worth the universe to make.

I feel that Joel does my belief justice with "buckets of blood sweat and fucking work to get there..."

Watch this video and get amped to do something that matters.

 

Tokyo: City Whoa

I find it absolutely mind blowing when I see man made structures. A backpack takes about 10 hours minimum to complete, and that’s just fabric, thread, some trims and some hardware. Now a building, even the simplest house, has so many different components and so many quantities of said components. But I could somewhat quantify building a house. Something like a skyscraper, I can’t quantify. I realize that there are a team of people and when you have teams with managers and some time, a lot of amazing things are possible. So maybe it’s somewhat quantifiable. But a city, with so many buildings, roads, bridges, trains, underground tunnels, pipes, wires, etc etc, even knowing that it took many many teams, and an insane amount of man hours and resources, I can’t quantify. Looking at a city to me is just as impactful as seeing a mountain that took millions of years of plates moving a few centimeters per year to form. Crikey…

Ikaho, Japan

This weekend my family and I went for a quick trip to Ikaho, which is about 2 hours north of Tokyo. This quaint mountain town is known for udon, a thick type of noodle, and hot springs. Unfortunately, I didn't take my camera into the restaurant(one of what seems like hundreds of udon restaurants that are all based right next to each other), but I can assure you that the udon place we went to was totemo oishi(very tasty).

 

Ray Gascoigne: Bottled History

For the last few years, the handcrafted movement has gained quite a bit of momentum. It's great to see folks searching far and wide for unique items that have taken time and dedication to create; something that will last and hopefully something that runs true in the creator's philosophy. I think what Ray Gascoigne does is awesome. He makes ships in bottles, something that most people know about but few own. Though it's not the most popular item on the list of handcrafted things that people sought after, I think it's pretty badass that he makes them and that he's been doing it for decades.

Just Jeans

 

My name is James Kamo. In the photo above I might look like one of your typical hipster free-spirited vagabond dudes that wishes he had a beard but doesn't have the technology to grow one yet. Maybe I am but the point I'm trying to make is that I'm just a guy and I do very ordinary things.

 

 

I got my first pair of Last & True jeans for a sailing trip. This is not one of the ordinary things. Being able to sail is extraordinary. I'm fortunate enough to be buddies with the guys that do the branding for L&T so one day, one of those guys asked me to try on a few pairs of L&T's, so he could get an idea of the different fits. I fell in love with this black pair. I have a problem finding jeans, probably like most people. I don't have stick thin legs, my thighs are big and my calves are not so big, so finding a pair of jeans that are flattering are very hard to find. Over the years, comfort has risen as more of a priority, even more so than looks. When I can find something that is comfortable AND looks good, I'm willing to use my hard earned cash to buy that thing because looks and comfort is a very rare thing.

 

 

This model is called the Kingston Slim. But it doesn't really matter what model they are. What they are, are jeans. Jeans are jeans. No matter what the branding, what the fit, if you find a pair of that fits well and are comfortable, you just want them to last forever. This is where the ordinary comes in. I'm not going to try and convince you that these jeans are special, because they aren't special. There isn't anything that these jeans have that other classic jeans don't have. I just know that for me, I like them.

 

 

Maybe there are somethings on the jeans that I do like. I like how the match pocket, that small pocket in the front right pocket, oh it's called a match pocket because miners needed a place for their matches because candles were the lighting technology of that day. Anyways, I like how the match pocket is bigger in these jeans than in normal jeans. Here in England, there's a lot of coin carrying that happens. In America, we have one dollar bills, in England, there are pound coins and two pound coins, which don't fit in my ordinary leather wallet. So I put all the change in the coin pocket, and they stay tucked in there, and I don't have to worry about the coins spilling out. I guess that's the only feature that I like compared to other jeans.

 

 

The yellow is egg yolk that fell onto my favorite jeans. I made an egg sandwich and the yolk dripped while I watched my buddy make a shed in his back yard. So I've been wearing these things since I got them before sailing. I haven't washed them. When it's hot I just roll up the cuffs to just above my calves. I go to work in them. I do my shopping in them. I skate in them. If I could I'd probably surf in them. At the end of the day, they are just jeans. I like these L&T jeans. You might like them too and that's why you should find a shop that carries them and try them on for yourself. Do it because you might find something that's comfy and looks flattering.

Not for that cool hipster vibe.

They're just jeans.

 

DENIM SHORTS VOL. 1


A Short film put together by John and his wife Mathilda. Check out John's custom Motorbikes and guest-shaped surfboards at: cmbl.co.uk

SURFER: John Eldridge
BIKE: Yamaha SR500 '78
JEANS: L&T Skinny Ross 3D Raw
SONG: Hasil Adkins - Banana Boat Song
CAMERA & EDIT: Mathilda Friström Eldridge / Karmakaze