While reminiscing about my days living in Chicago, one of the memories that always stands out most was my oft-sightings of Left Hand Wave artwork throughout the city. Walks along Milwaukee avenue or Division would yield multiple sightings of the secretive crews street art, most commonly being a kid in some sort of suit (/bunny/banana is classic) waving with his left hand (hence the name). Some would be torn down, others would remain for months or until they succumbed to the elements. Since then they’ve began making prints, clothing, stickers and a host of other items that can all be purchased via their web-store. Take a look at some of what they offer above and click the link below for a better look. Left Handed Wave
With Lil Yachty’s new album, Teenage Emotions, set to drop Saturday, May 26th; he’s began rolling out the merch for eager fans. One of the more interesting offers is the “Super Deluxe” bundle that includes a tee shirt, a hat, a copy of the album, AND a replica of his $30K rainbow grill. If you’re dying to cop you’ll have to shell out $50, click the link below to buy yours now.
Location: SE 7th St & SE 14th Ave When: Saturday, April 22nd @ Noon
If you haven’t been over to SSSDude-Nutz yet make that a priority for the future. They offer an eccentric, rotating variety of donuts with equally eccentric names like the peanut butter laced “50 Tyson,” or cookies & cream inspired “No Flex Zone.” This Saturday they’ll host a block party with performances from MycDazzle and Madi Wayne, as well as DJ sets from The Breakfast Club, DJ Cilantro, DJ Rowsheen, and DJ Cig AM. Click the link below for SSSDude-Nutz official website.
This weekend is looking like a glorious one for anyone in the Twin Cities. Not only will we celebrate the life of the late great Prince, Record Store Day festivities will also be plentiful across the metro. One of the more notable RSD events is Fifth Element/Rhymesayer’s annual sale at their headquarters in Uptown. This year they’ll be offering 20% of select vinyls and up to 50% off select CDs, they will also have a boat load of merch and used vinyl to dig through. If that wasn’t enough, there will also be live sets from DJ Keezy, Destiny Roberts, Nazeem & Spencer Joles, and DJ Just Nine. This event is free and open to all ages, make sure to come early if you’re serious about scoring some of the hotter deals.
Familia and Vancouver skate shop, BLVD, recently collaborated on a new tee shirt that you can snag at either of their locations. The “Taco” tee is a solid pick up for the summer and will only run you $24, click the link below for a better look.
Nike SB has had a quiet start to the year, but one clean pair of kicks they’ve released comes in the form of a rider edition. Ishod Wair rides for SB and was recently blessed with his own kicks, the black leather on black suede falling nicely behind the graphite swoosh. A solid pair of black sneaks that should last you through the year, these are currently available in store at Cal-Surf for $95; stop by if you like what you see.
If you’ve never been far from the Twin Cities, you might find it surprising that our fashion scene is actually one of the most influential in the country. Sure, we’re nothing like the powerhouses of NYC, LA, or Chicago, but our street wear scene has been on the upswing for quite some time. The fact that our thrift community is so strong inflames a movement that would usually start and stop with the local brands, this is what separates the Twin Cities. Local shops are popping up with hand made garments, vintage pieces, and quality items at great prices. One of which is The Glo-Op, currently operating via Etsy or by appointment, the shop has really started to garner a lot of attention. They offer a wide variety of vintage clothing, most of which are unisex, however inventory is limited so when you see something you like, you better grab it. Check out a few pics above and click the link below for a more comprehensive look at what they have to offer.
The good people from Phenom recently dropped some serious heat with their new “Killa Bees” tee. Paying homage to one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time, the Wu-Tang Clan, the tee celebrates their off shoot albums in collaboration with a wide range of affiliates. The Wu-Tang Killa Bees was an all-star team of producers and MCs, the tee also shouts out the Wu’s first album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). A nice addition to anyone’s wardrobe, especially with summer on the way; you can buy yours now for $32 via Phenom’s web-store.
Alex Wiley stopped by PIFF in Minneapolis before his show for a meet and greet with his fans. The afternoon was very chill with a lot of dope gear being worn and sold. Check out some of the pics above and stay tuned for more from PIFF.
Minneapolis’ art scene is collectively growing across a lot of different mediums. The music scene is burgeoning, and fashion in the Twin Cities looks like it might be heading in the same direction. One brand pushing boundaries is Pacify, their work often promotes diversity and empowerment; regularly paired with political messages. Quality, hand made pieces for very reasonable prices, Pacify’s limited collections tend to sell out quickly. Check out their web-store for your self by clicking the link below and make sure to keep an eye out for more from Pacify.