— Chris Aylen

December, 2010 Monthly archive

It’s all very well saying, ‘Yeah – I’ve been too busy to do an update because I’ve been going out everywhere‘, but without any proof that sounds like a stinking lie. In place of some lengthy and useful content, here are a couple of snapshots from the past two or so weeks.

Dave White Size? exhibition

First up, was an evening with Nike, Size? and Dave White, over at the Air Gallery, Dover Street on December 2nd called ’10 Years of Obsession’. I had lent my Air Flows and 180s to the show, so I managed to sneak onto the guest list courtesy of Phoebe Lovatt (thanks Phoebe!). It was nice to catch up with a few people I hadn’t seen in a while – Mubi, Magdi at We Are HQ, Fats and Dave White himself – and the chopping-up-and-handing-out of Dave’s artwork at the end of the night was pretty cool. Snow had made everything in the UK grind to a halt, but we somehow managed to get there and back without too much trouble thanks to the winning combination of trains, Tubes, buses and trams.

Sneakerpedia launch

Next up was the launch night for the beta version of the Sneakerpedia website. A very swish evening over at the Queen of Hoxton was complimented by the sounds of Bobbito and Clark Kent. Lots of nice drinks and smart agency types running around with laptops made for a pretty unique evening. Wearing a damp sweatshirt was my bad move of the evening – I was frozen solid. Lesson: always check that the tumble dryer has finished its cycle before stepping outside.

DJ Format

It’s always nice to catch up with my friend Matt – that’s DJ Format to you and me – so a quick trip down to the coast to snap a few shots for a forthcoming interview on Diggers With Gratitude was a good way to spend a day. The new single ‘Mr. DJ/Dope Pusher’ featuring good friend and top-class MC Sureshot La Rock is out on the 31st January: an early contender for the release of 2011. Watch this space.

Chris Law AKA C-Law

And, finally for now, I went with my friend Errol up to the wintery wastelands of Bedford to help/hinder the shooting of my buddy C-Law’s massive and unique hoard of sneaks. With a house full of excited kiddies, the day was hectic and good fun. I came back armed with a bag full of one-off samples as well: cheers Mr. Law.

That’ll do for now!

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Ten days without a post, but I’ll look at that as a good thing rather than a show of poor productivity. Working on two new print projects, some client work for Dr. Pepper and Nike US, possibly some copywriting for Vans and yet I’ve still managed to keep on top of the reef aquarium maintenance and go away for a weekend.

There have been downsides – being ill, reef tank lights exploding today and the flat looks like Dresden – but I won’t let it get me down. Proper blog update shortly.

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adidas Torsion SP Low Gore-Tex®

A snow day – again – means that some waterproofing is required. Ditch the moonboots and find yourself a pair of these adidas Torsion Specials. They’re not the tallest model (you’ll get wet socks if you’re hiking through anything deeper than 2 inches), but my feet were still bone dry after an hour trudging through slush around Croydon.

And they look really good too: I voted them my favourite release of 2009 on Sneaker Freaker.

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