Soon it will all be a distant memory, but certainly something that will live with me for ever. I have never believed in finding heaven on earth, but Tokyo is the closest thing that I will find. Everything from the people to the shops, to there unique way of life far surpassed my wildest dreams. My journey into the world of Japanese fashion began last Friday as we entered the Harajuku district. Walking down the Takeshita dori (main street) the anticipation of what lay ahead down the narrow off streets was intense. Tucked away I soon found Supreme & Neighborhood. Followed by the BBC Ice cream store. Then I knew I was truely at the “Mothership”. Along the way several buy/sell sneaker stores lined the street, passing Fools Judge advertising the famed Raekwon/Ghostface T shirt I knew some real finds were in store. However the major downside about the resell stores was the asking prices. 24,000 yen for a used Mike Tyson t shirt, even for me was a little over priced. But I couldnt help but pay the prices. Supreme & Neighborhood was a little dissapointing, very bare in stock. Most likely is between seasons, but still amazing stores to have visited. Thing I found with the Japanese people is there subtle but awesome dress sense. Nothing in your face, its the way that they carry themselves. Its as natural as it gets, wearing the labels because they want to – not to impress. Every where you looked people were out in numbers doing there own thing. Now im going to stop babbling on, sit back & let my pictures do the talking. Hopefully I have covered everything, I can honestly say that Tokyo truely is the place dreams are made of.
“see you in the funny Pages” – ya boy Slick
serious night, is now a blur; no marquee but space 2 served as a good sub. banging tunes, banging night, chilling with some cool people – trully an end of an era indeed.
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what a night it t’was, & thankfully for mostly the right reasons; shout out to the boy Nimoh for reaching, FlopMode, AC, Farz & zoo fam HazBro too. don’t even know where to start with this one, first couple hours were a blur; i remember getting to the Rainbow & waiting on the boys to complete their pilgrimage from Selly Oak then basically scattering around asking people when the main event would actually occur, trouble is everyone was clueless so we got the drinks in & headed to near the front for a prime spot. . . where we ended up standing for what turned into hours.
at some point during the wait night, somewhere between hearing T.R.O.Y. & the hype man karaoke’ing along to his 100th song of the evening, i’m sure the majority of the people in the crowd all had a moment when they thought, Souls aren’t coming; i know that i & a few other heads around me did & after being stood up ghosted by Distance & Instra:Mental no more than a week previously, i was beginning to get that feeling of rage disappointment again (on a side note, R.I.P. Custard Factory & shout outs to d’Bridge) but then MD & Beach came back from a cig-break saying they’d just seen them pull up outside & all was good, this got the peoples around us a little hyped but the subsequent 45+ minute wait for them to actually get on stage, which was preceded by what can only be described as amateur hour when 3 ‘talented gentlemen‘ got on stage & decided to clear the venue of half of it’s inhabitants to the tune of “Sheeeeeeee’s My EveryTHING!“, had the crowd almost comatose but the wait was most definitely worth it.
Tajai, Opio & Phesto (No a-Plus) were crazy, true Masters of the Ceremony – going through their newer material & of course dropping some classics. Tajai even got bored & decided to drop a freestyle. they performed for about 45 minutes & definitely gave us a show which, in length, is no comparison to when i went to see Public Enemy, they went for 3 hours!!!, but with me being a bigger S.O.M fan i’ll take the 45minutes. the turn out was good too, true Hip-Hop was most definitely in effect & there was nothing but good vibes all night except for somebody caught smoking getting jumped on by security; was even able to get some pics & ‘graphs off the guys afterward.
legendary night for Birmingham, shame if you missed it!
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& a big thank you to Vicky for the pics.