Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ads That Work: Dickies.

I just stumbled upon these few ads from Dickies Workwear called 'Life Hurts'.
Don't know much about it but it did what advertising was made to do, Stop for a moment and think about a product. Cleaver idea.
Here are a few stand out ones that I fancied.

And of course to see more go here.
Be careful out there...

Countdown RWC 2011:10

Queuing up at Twickenham, Jan. 1937. Photographer not known
Sep. 1952. Photographer J. Simmons
I was going to do 'Two 4 Tuesday', but then realized it is Wednesday. So here are 2 great images for your Wed enjoyment.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

HBTV: Depth of Speed - A Pinch of Salt from HBTV on Vimeo.

Same time every year folks head out to the natural wonder that is Bonneville Salt Falts and have a go at speed...
Great Video that shares some of the devotion, passion and brotherhood that is formed with a little salt in the blood.

"Remember the Golden Rule"

Countdown RWC 2011:11

Unknown Rugby Club in the United States, Jan. 1939. Photographer Wallace Kirkland

Monday, August 29, 2011

Countdown RWC 2011:12

Circa 1960. Photographer not known.
Hold on tight... Another dirty week is upon us. Hope you have a good one.
"Remember the Golden Rule"

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Countdown RWC 2011:13

Tattered and torn. RRL I found your rugby. Who am I kidding? I would love to have this piece in my collection.
Oxford University Rugby Trials, Oct. 1950. Photographer John Chillingworth
"Remember the Golden Rule"

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Countdown RWC 2011:14

Bounch of hooligans...
Public Schools Rugby team, Dec. 1915. Photographer Not Known
"Remember the Golden Rule"

Friday, August 26, 2011

Countdown RWC 2011:15

There are only 15 days till RWC and I have heaps of images, so being that it is Friday how about 2. Enjoy.
May 1937. Photographer not known
 What is any sporting event with out the spectators and their reaction to a play, good or bad. All about the boys caps here.
November 1949. Photographer Auerbach

"Remember the Golden Rule"

Countdown RWC 2011:16

Circa 1891. Photographer not known
Look at the detail of his shirt. Amazing. Great cap as well.
Have a good one.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Countdown RWC 2011:17

No matter what you do to become good at it you need to practice...
Lancashire wing three-quarter C.B. Holmes at practice, November 1938. Photographer not known.
Keep at it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Countdown RWC 2011:18

Growing up on a skateboard & snowboard in the "salty city" was great fun filled with adventure, creativity, and the occasional  unwanted torment from jocks and cowboys (usually one in the same) The unwritten rule at the time was to never mix any interests of team sports with your passion or time diversion of skateboarding. How did my "friend" put it when I wanted to have a go at trying out for the Grid Iron HS team, "yeah that would be cool, the football team caption riding a skateboard" followed by much laughter.... Funny how times change, now the jocks look like the skateboarders or is it the hessians or is it the hipster cool guy or is it.... I must be old cause the kids all look the same to me.
Anyway I digress. Long story short. I still struggle with liking team sports as if it still feels like I am doing something wrong (oh HS)
Ah no more my friend. Enter the wonderful world of RUGBY. The game of Gentilmen. "The Game Played in Heaven." American Football, or Grid Iron, would not exist without this game. It is steeped in a great history filled with various rivalries. New Zealand and Australia. England and Wales, etc.  But at the end of each match both sides join together, winner with Looser, and raise a glass to an 80 minute non-stop diversion of blood, sweat and cheers!
In exactly 18 days from the time I am writing this the 2nd most watched sporting event in the world (Football(soccer) world cup is still the most watched) begins in Aotearoa, land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand. A place where Rugby is more than a sport but a passion.  The Rugby World Cup. Since I like the game and I am very excited about the coming events I plan to do an image a day from Rugby: the Golden Age. (yes another book) till opening ceremonies. Starting off here with a total action shot to get you hooked.
Local Game, Location not know, Circa 1960. Photographer not known
Well back to it.
"Remember the Golden Rule"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Inspo From Books.

Sometimes I wonder if I am just a strange bloke, as I love books. Nothing strange about that, I know, but I love to read non fiction books. Fiction just dose not do it for me. But if I really want to settled down for a good read I like to turn to a good biography. Stories of real folks doing what they do. Overcoming adversity. Making do with what is given them, or just the story of how they got to where they are today. In some cases what they did with the life they were given here on earth... I just like learning about how people do things. One such part of that interest is, being that I find myself feeding my family thru employment in the Apparel and Design field, that of Designers sketch books and or Pin boards (aka:mood boards, season boards or just, inspiration boards).
A while back I picked up one such book at a roadside stand along the information highway, Fashion Designers Sketchbook by Hywel Davies
There are a lot of really great Designers found within the pages of said book such as Aitor Throup and Margaret Howell. One that recently jumped out at me upon a revisit from the book shelf was that of Frank Leder.
So now I share with you these wonderful pages. Enjoy.

On another note, not only do I enjoy books, I have an addiction to collecting images. If you find yourself on a similar path, or just like to see what people are collecting image wise, please follow me on my latest online addiction Pintrest
Well the week has just begun. Hope you have a good one.
Oh and 18 more days and counting....

"Remember the Golden Rule"

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Somthing to Think About...

“I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand.”
-ancient Chinese proverb

It is all about the "go and do"
Looking forward to the weekend. Hope you have a good one.

"Remember The Golden Rule"

Monday, August 15, 2011

People You Should Know: Denim Geek

If you have noticed I have not been doing much posting as of late as I have been up to my neck in way to much goings on, from trying to get a new brand off the ground for the 9-5 to family travels and summertime adventures. Well, I have said it before, and will more than likely say it again; this intro-net thing is pretty darn neat. Anything and everything is right at your fingertips … and instantly. But more than that is the amazing opportunity to connect with like-minded folks that are oceans way from where you currently call home…   I Recently had the opportunity take advantage of such wonders and sit down with the ‘ol wi-fi and spend a few moments over a couple of days doing a little back and forth via the Email and have a chat with the fine folks that run the show over at, Andrew & Liam…. What? You are not aware of Denim Geek?.... Oh you already are a fan of their blog and shop but want to know more about the minds that power this thing, well aether way you’re in luck. Sit back and enjoy a little Q&A…. and don't forget to click on what makes blogs and the intro-net so darn awesome, all the links ;-)

Who are you and what do you do?
Andrew : Liam Winn and Andrew Booth, we both run the blog and store at Denim Geek.

Where did you grow up?
Liam : We are both from Sunderland, in the North East of England.

When did you start "Geeking" out on apparel and Denim? Or better yet, why?
A:  I’ve worked in fashion since 2000 so through the years my interest and curiosity has evolved with the trends.  With such easy access I’ve always ended up spending most of my wages on clothes.
L: I’ve always had a keen interest in all forms of design including fashion.  I tend to like things that have a back story and enjoy understanding how things are made, so heritage denim brands are perfect.

What is it about denim that you love so much?
A: Denim has always appealed to me, because unlike any other item of clothing they actually get better with age and wear.
L: I guess I fell in love the moment I bought my first pair of raw denim.  The build quality, handle and atheistic all blew me away.  The individual aspect also appeals to me; two pairs of the same jeans owned by two people can look completely different after a few months of wear.