March 30, 2012

PHOTOS ▲: Shots From My BlackBerry (Amar'e Stoudemire, Nick Swisher, Puerto Rico + More)

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Photos: BrandTROY (Troy Paraiso)

I don't mean to boast, but damn if I don't brag...

Photo 1: Amar'e Stoudemire's stretched lamborghini customized by Will Castro.
Photo 2: Behind the scenes filming with Amar'e Stoudemire in Phoenix.
Photo 3: Me & Chico trying to decide if we wanted Dom Pérignon or Cristal.
Photo 4: Versace plate, which I paid way too much for in Miami.
Photo 5: Me being filmed for Spike TV's 'Unique Autosports Miami' in Puerto Rico.
Photo 6: Penthouse view in Puerto Rico on a Business trip.
Photo 7: Behind the scenes filming with Nick Swisher from the NY Yankees.

Follow me on Twitter: @BrandTROY

PREVIOUS ▲: Shots From My BlackBerry (Dan Marino + Fat Joe + Drake + More)

NEW YORK CITY ▲: Circa '95 Pop-Up Shop Sneak Peek

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Just talked to RepH Star, and he told me him & his Circa '95 partner Patty Dukes are opening up a Pop-Up Shop in the Bronx, from April through July. Artwork seen on the wall above was done by none other than @TOOFLY. Much respect to Circa '95!

Website: Circa '95 Tumblr

ART ▲: Nueva York by Tony Peralta

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Hand drawn in typography style art, Tony Peralta of the Peralta Project brings the City of Nueva York to life.

Follow Tony Peralta on Instagram

March 26, 2012

NEW VIDEO ▲: Sneaker Bistro Boutique x Mint Lyfe Launch Event



Mint Lyfe's launch event at Sneaker Bistro Boutique was great!

From the tees & kicks giveaways to free drinks to food, and the coolest Swag bags, Mint Lyfe took care of everyone in attendance for a good time at Sneaker Bistro Boutique.

Video Captured by @BrandTROY (Troy Paraiso)

EVENTS ▲: 'I Love SOB's Music Festival'

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SOB's has declared the entire month of April the 'I Love SOB's Music Fest'! They're also offering a festival badge which will give access to all shows for the entire month of April, for $100.

...damn, this is going to be off the f**king hook!

Festival Pass: Available Here

NEW YORK CITY ▲: The #loveNYC Photo Contest

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NYC is having a Photo Contest for all of you FaceBook uploading, Instagram filtering Twitter sharing people who live in the five boroughs. All you have to do is "Like" the City of New York's FaceBook page, and start snapping away!

Official Rules: Click Here

March 24, 2012

STREETWEAR ▲: Stampd LA 'The Wallet'

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Logo Emboss on Front Sleeve, Est. 1984 Emboss on Back.
Fits iPhone, Cash and a Card.
Held to 50 PCS.
Ships March 27th.
$52.00

The Wallet: Available Here

MUSIC ▲: DJ Super Nova x Dollar Bin - Voila

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Dollar Bin and DJ Super Nova are working on an up & coming Moombahton EP (untitled at the moment) with their lead single, Viola, available for free download.

Twitter: @DJSuperNova | @Dollar_Bin

PHOTO ▲: Love Dreamcloth, Hate Posers...

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Photo: BrandTROY (Troy Paraiso)

After meeting with Niro, Movez, and Millz, of Dreamcloth, I decided to shoot them in front of D*Face's new mural 'Love Her, Hate Him...' in New York City.

Twitter: @Dreamcloth

March 20, 2012

PHOTO ▲: SSUR 'COMME des FUCKDOWN' Snapback

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Hand delivered by my brother, @itsMrManifest, is the SSUR PLUS 'COMME des FUCKDOWN' Snapback, and second piece to my COMME Set.

...it's good to be Friends & Family, oh, and these CdF socks are next!

STREETWEAR ▲: Supreme x Clarks 'Desert Mali' Low

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"I crush Elvis in his Blue Suede Shoes..." - Jay-Z

Supreme + Clarks are releasing a new style - the Desert Mali Low. The shoe will be available in a premium nubuck suede upper, leather in-sole and lining, and crepe sole bottom with a debossed logo on the heel.

The Desert Mali Low will be available in four different colorways, in-store in NY, LA, London and online on the 29th of March (Japan on March 31st).

For More Info: Desert Mali Low

KICKS ▲: Fall '12 DC NVRBRKN. Collection

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Back in January, a few photos surfaced from The Project Show of DC Shoes Fall 2012 NVRBRKN collection. Above are screenshots I snapped from their Fall 2012 catalogue, including the Compass, Landau Mid, and Boost Up. Shipping starts 5/15 & 6/15.

Twitter: @DCNVRBRKN

VIDEO ▲: Nardwuar vs. A$AP Rocky Interview



Live from SXSW, A$AP Rocky & the A$AP Mob meet Nardwuar.

STREETWEAR ▲: KYC Vintage 'TRILL' Snapback

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KYC Vintage from Dallas, Texas just released their new 'TRILL' Snapback, made in the USA from Deadstock fabrics. Trill shit!

Available: KYC Online Store

March 16, 2012

PHOTO ▲: Happy St. Patrick's Day

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St. Patrick's Day is only a few hours away, and not only that, but my Grandmother is being released from the Hospital tomorrow morning - I've been by her bedside for the last week.

I love you, Grandma!

DOPEST ▲: The Camo Project

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Created by Victor "Vickipages" Roman in early 2011, The Camo Project started as a series of Illustrative books in a zine format featuring wildlife creatures accompanied by the art of camouflage design. The Inspiration behind The Camo Project is simply behind the subjects themselves, as Wildlife creatures are the founding fathers behind the art of concealment. As well as the love for military patterns dating back as far as World War 1.

Available now at Dessert Island Books and The Reed Space The Reed Space

Website: The Camo Project

DOPEST ▲: Santiago Smart-Phone Skin Art

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These are super dope, and Santiago also customizes Art skins & Portraits for most current iPhone, Android, & Blackberry phones.

Website: Rice and Beanz

March 14, 2012

STREETWEAR ▲: "The Look" by Riots and Roses

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The homies from Riots and Roses (STARTAFUCKINGRIOT Crew) just released a new Lookbook with pieces shot from their Collection - much respect.

*Follow Riots and Roses: @RiotsandRoses

EVENT ▲: 'The Box That Rocks' Exhibit

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The homie Tony Peralta gave me a call, and told me his work will be displayed at The Box That Rocks Exhibit, from March 10th -May 28th, in Brooklyn.

S/o to the @PeraltaProject

VIDEO ▲: Nordstrom Scholarship Program



Nordstrom is awarding $10,000 scholarships to 80 outstanding high school students to help them achieve their dreams of attending college. The Nordstrom Scholarship helps and recognizes students across the country for their exceptional scholastic achievement and community involvement.

*Click Nordstrom Scholarship Program

March 12, 2012

PHOTO ▲: Hagia Sophia - Istanbul, Turkey

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Centre of Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is one of the Middle Ages 7 World Wonders, located in Istanbul, Turkey, was built in 300 AD, and is said to have "changed the history of architecture".

Photo was sent by someone who thought I'd enjoy it. Thank you.

KICKS ▲: Nike Air MAG 2011 'Marty McFly'

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...replica Pin!

I got this small part of history from NIKETOWN NYC, and the proceeds went to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research.

Speaking of which, Terius has a new song titled Roc, and he's rockin' a pair.

DOPEST ▲: iLTHY 'Smokers' Kit

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A habit I'm trying to kick, but until I do it, it's a contradiction - nevertheless this Lighter & Ashtray from my friends at iLTHY is cool.

*Note: Sneaker Bistro is the only iLTHY retailer in the State of New York. Holla!

BRAND LOVE ▲: Dope Couture "Midnight" Snapback

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Inspired by Margiela's interpretation of MJ's 'Triller' jacket; f*cking amazing!

J. Cole rockin' the 'Midnight' Snapback by Dope Couture

STREETWEAR ▲: Comme des Garçons SHIRT x Supreme

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Pullover Hoodie

Comme des Garçons SHIRT and Supreme are releasing a collection for Spring. This capsule will consist of two styles of Vans – The SK8-Hi, the Era, with CdG shirt fabric. Also available will be a hooded sweatshirt and a t-shirt, both featuring iconic all over polka-dot pattern, along with a few more pieces releasing March 16th.

*For More Info, Click Here.

March 9, 2012

MAGAZINE ▲: Sneaker Bistro Boutique - Dime Magazine 'Sneaker Spot' Feature (photo by Troy Paraiso)

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Thanks to Aron Phillips and Dime Magazine for a great writeup in their new Dime #68 NBA All-Star Issue, Sneaker Spot section featuring Sneaker Bistro Boutique. Click here and go to page 15 for the full feature!

Dime #68 is on sale now on newsstands nationwide.

*Photo in Dime Mag courtesy of myself, @BrandTROY.

MUSIC ▲: Frank Sinatra & The Notorious B.I.G. - 'Blue Eyes Meets Bed-Stuy'

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*Download Frank Sinatra & The Notorious B.I.G. - 'Blue Eyes Meets Bed-Stuy'

March 8, 2012

EVENT ▲: "The Black Room" Live Music & Art Party

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Art Party & Live Music on a Thursday night in NYC, can't beat that.

...maybe I'll hear a dope BIGGIE set from the DJ.

*Update: Cool event, s/o to the Artists in the World who dream.

DOPEST ▲: Taco Bell 'Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme'

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Beginning today, you can have yourself a Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme at Taco Bell. Inside, premium seasoned beef, crisp lettuce, diced juicy red ripe tomatoes, real cheddar cheese topped with cool sour cream. Outside, a shell made from Nacho Cheese Doritos Chips!

*Update: These were good, so good I had four of them in Union Square, NYC.

STREETWEAR ▲: iLTHY 'Donuts Collection' + Giveaway

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iLTHY's releasing a midseason drop, Donut Collection, tomorrow March 9th. Inspired by famed art pieces in their shop/gallery, they have produced very limited runs of each tee. They also having a dope giveaway for one special buyer - read below.

"In each package, there will be a golden donut raffle ticket. Winning number will receive our "Say Hello to My Little Donut" painting thats in our store. Winner will be given (or delivered, if online) upon confirmation of the winning ticket."

*For More Info, www.ilthy.com.

DOPEST ▲: TOMS 'Ticket To Give' Sweepstakes

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With every purchase of a shoe from TOMS Shoes, TOMS gives away a pair of shoes to a child in need - One On One Program. TOMS has a Sweepstakes, where every week TOMS will be giving away one ticket a week to a customer to follow their purchase around the World on a giving trip...pretty dope!

*For More Info, Sign Up Here.

March 5, 2012

VIDEO ▲: Street Knowledge - "New Money"



"New Money" is the third leak off Street Knowledge's Mixtape 'New Skool Knowledge', releasing next month. The team feels strongly about this track, and needs not only Oakland & The Bay Area, but every region to support it.

Directed by 'Rebellious Reflection'

S/o to Thizzler.com with the World Premiere!

Download: Street Knowledge - "New Money"

PRESS ▲: DopeOverdose.com - February 2012

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Below is a link to Press for DOPE OD for the month of February - been a good month; thank you to all who support the Illest Motherf*cking Blog!

DopeOverdose.com - February 2012

EVENT ▲: Boogie's Barbershop 10 Year Anniversary

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Our friends over at Boogie's Barbershop in Patchogue, NY (long island) are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, on March 9th with free cuts from 12pm to 3pm (first come, first serve). They'll also have food, t-shirts, with music by Wu-Tang's own DJ Intrigue.

*Follow Boogie's Barbershop: @BoogieTheBarber

KICKS ▲: Vans x Supreme 'MC' Spring Release

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Vans and Supreme will be releasing a new version of the Vans MC - featuring a suede nubuck upper, vulcanized waffle outsole, and reflective tongue. Made in four colorways, the MC, exclusively for Supreme, and will be available in-store in NY, LA, and London locations as well as online March 8th.

*Note: Available in Japan on March 10th.

VIDEO PREVIEW ▲: Street Knowledge - "New Money"

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Video stills from "New Money"

Tomorrow Street Knowledge will be releasing a new visual off New Skool Knowledge, premiering on Thizzler.com. NSK mixtape coming soon!

S/o to The Artist Records.

*Follow Street Knowledge: @StreetKnowledg3

March 2, 2012

EVENT ▲: Supra Saturday Sessions Featuring DJ Nick Catchdubs

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Tomorrow the good people over at SUPRA NYC are hosting a Super Saturday Sessions with Fool's Gold Records own DJ Nick Catchdubs, from 3pm - 5pm. While there you can check out the first lightweight running show from Supra, "The Owen". I stopped in a few days ago and had a chance to see it in person with the homie Chris Vidal - dope shoe!

*Purchase The Owen Here