XXTALES with Cholo Frank The Barber
I been wanting to get out there and profiled people that are out there putting in work, being entrepreneurs and chasing dreams. So we created this new project called “XXTALES” XX for our crew symbol, our xSetforlifex lifestyle. Our first person to profiled is the homie Cholo Frank The Barber from South Gate. A real cool dude, every time I see him Frank always seems to be smiling and having a good time. He started talking to us about how when he came out of prison he started hanging at the barber shop around where he grew up. “I went from holding a pistol at the block to doing perms on a mannequin.” Frank continues, “I needed to do something with my life and I wasn’t going to work on no warehouse.” That’s what Frank did. Went to barber school and create a new avenue for himself. In doing that he became Cholo Frank The Barber.
You can visit Cholo Frank The Barber at The Chop Shop Barber Shop located at: 4308 Firestone Blvd, South Gate, CA 90280
Streets Are Calling Spring Lookbook Chap. 2
This is our second part to our Spring 2017 Look book starring hip hop artist Kruk One. In this video we are showcasing the “Stay Fly and Never Die” and our playful “Dropping Bombs” in Long Sleeve and Short sleeve. We can’t also forget our brand new “Retro” OE snapback. We called it “Retro” because the logo is inspired by the old school baseball mascot logos. Check out the video and add the new designs to your collection.
Streets Are Calling – Spring Look Book part 1.
This Spring 2017 we got inspired by everything that made us who we are. We went back to our roots and invoke our the street culture that we grew up on. Remember those times when you chilled with the big homies while that track by The Animals playing in the background, “Oh lord please don’t let me be misunderstood”. Then the OG would tell you, “Around here, loyalty is everything.” Those little memories that some of us have experienced are what made us into the men and women that we are today. We thank the older generation that gave us knowledge about ‘the business’ and thought us how to survive. This is our spring collection, inspired by the symbols and rules that made us who we are today.
Women Crush – Karen Denise Set II
In lieu just shooting Karen for our look book, we felt it only right to have some fun and shoot some playful images in our amazing location. I’m really in love with this set and i hope you all are as well. Thanks to Sam for the assistance and to Dahlia for the stylezzzzzz. -Kast
Karen Denise “No Guts No Glory”
Loyalty ,Glory and the art of endeavor to thrive ambitiously we can all relate to one way or another in situations from our lives. Whether in the past or issues of today’s unfortunate detrimental society the issues of being misunderstood and stereotyped are everything in our Spring Launch this 2017. This launch is for the Underdogs that disproved disapproval, and took the move to success.Everyone has a story but, it’s the Eminent group of respectable people that make everything for themselves and we know of one and that’s why we choose her for our Spring Launch. Her name is Karen Denise (ig _karendenise_ ) this Thursday in Los Angeles OE photographers and designers Kast and Fame and Blogger on set stylist Dahlia Monroe had the opportunity to shoot the Spanish Barbie and spend some time shooting the face of our spring launch and getting to know Karen and we asked her what loyalty, ambition and misunderstandings she herself as popular model of minority background overturned to reach the ambitious heights she continues to climb today among social media and everyday society modeling in Los Angeles with collaborations among various photographers, companies she has worked with and her perspective.
1.) “Where did you grow up? Do you do anything outside modeling for a living?” How did you get into modeling ?”1.) “Where did you grow up? Do you do anything outside modeling for a living?” How did you get into modeling ?”
I grew up in West Los Angeles with three siblings and a single mom. I started modeling at 20 years old during college. I got into modeling because I had always wanted to do it and now had time and was willing to experiment with the industry. It was amazing to start modeling as Instagram became popular because it allowed me to network and access many photographers. Currently, I model full time and manage myself. I worked in the food and beverage industry but in October of 2016 I decided to take a risk and fulfill my passion. It’s been amazing!
2.)“Describe what loyalty is to you ? Why do you see loyalty as being something important?”
Loyalty is everything to me. I experienced unloyal relationships at a young age and it made me appreciate being 100 percent with people. Loyalty is about being honest with people you are invested in. If someone can keep it 100 with me, I can respect them forever. We don’t all always feel the same way and I’ve learned that it’s more valuable to express yourself and be honest.
3) What traits about you would you say make you ambitious? What achievement’s did you or have you made prior to those traits?”
The traits that I say make me ambitious are patience and determination. It has taken me a lot of time to build myself and to get to the point where I manage myself so I’d say that’s a prime example. I realized these were my strengths when I was in middle school and high school and had completed six marathons. Completing six marathons taught me a lot of mental willpower and has helped me as I have become an adult.
2.) “Do you see yourself as an underdog? In what way or situation have you ever yourself been misunderstood
I used to see myself as an underdog. Sometimes I still do. It’s hard for people to categorize my race so sometimes they put their own stigma on me. I play it off by acting universal and always staying humble. It has made people notice me or want to Lee working together.
4.)”What made you agree to work on this collaboration with Old English Brand for the Spring Launch?”
I think the brand is awesome! When I was approached with the opportunity I checked out their Instagram and liked the vibes. I felt like we could collab very well and sure enough the shoot was awesome.
I really enjoyed being a part of the Old English Spring release because it captivated strength and personal character within the collection through its art and style. I can’t wait to see the final photos and see everyone rocking the 2017 Old English Spring Collection.
Written by: Dahlia Monroe (@dahliamonroe)
Photos by: Sammy (@fucmyart)
Latino Culture And Its Growth On Streetwear in Los Angeles
Latino culture and streetwear are known together to be influenced based on various events in the United States from Latino movement in history and Chicano culture based on various lifestyles throughout Los Angeles. From political movements, immigration, affirmative action issues, religion and traditional celebration within Latino culture. And, Chicano influence being a barrier to modern streetwear based on experience growing in and from various Latino communities throughout Montebello and Los Angeles. As Latinos we have a strong influence and connection to our local brands, they all mean the most or take a strong place in resemblance to who we identify as ourselves. One growing start in the Latino Culture movement in streetwear comes from local designers just like Old English Brand, various local designers in Los Angeles and artists portraying real experiences in the communities into art and transcending the influence onto clothing. Many popular designs early developed within the 1990’s in Chicano streetwear from the graffiti style lettering and local urban drawings around the communities. One local designer in an interview I discovered from 1999 an article from the La times interviewed a Montebello streetwear designer working outside his home in Montebello named Anthony Cruz the founder of True Roots Streetwear, and what he had to say caught my attention. Cruz explains how most shirts in streetwear influenced by Latino culture can be seen with designs on “Brown pride”, The Mexican Revolution with Emiliano Zapata. The clothing Cruz states “A urban wear with a cultural twist to it.” Cruz explains how he and various designers use movements from Latino history and, its difficulty in much of the art found on various clothing. Among Cruz various Latino designers have aimed to promote Latino culture and urban influence since the 90’s into streetwear. Growing up I can identify with Cruz message having seen various shirts with messages among family members on my Latino side.Although since the 1990’s Latino growth among streetwear has begun a transcendence from Artists even in music doors have opened due to the contributions from many different artists.
Although in modern time we find the influence of Latino culture in communities has increased, it has not always been so in the past twenty years. Something back then was overlooked because it was not popular on the market for many unsure or stated reasons in the media. Many of the designers in the film are Latino too and are half black and half Mexican, yet were not to profound in shouting out the Latino side. Many know the names that left a mark within Hip Hop Culture such as April Walker of Walker Wear who is half black and half Mexican and Karl Kani the Costa Rican and Panamanian father introduced him to the art of tailoring.
The industry’s still admits it has a hard time yet is in modern day trying to identify with the Latino community. Some say in the industry it is harder because of the Latino community being seen so diverse. Even, though minority Latino and African American make contributions to the industry, at the end of the day the power that you have is in your buying power.