Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Robin x Clae Mills; Melbourne

The premium luggage brand Crumpler have been good to me over the years. 
No matter where I'm travelling or shooting their premium gear always gets my gear to the destination safely and stylishly, and someone hugely influential in the brands considered appearance is the fella in the above pics; Robin who is Crumplers' Senior Graphic Designer/Art Director.
We've become good mates, and I will be in no trouble at all for outlining some key facts about Robin;
1) Design filters through all aspects of his life, and his taste of clean, clinical design even lends itself to kicks, as the US brand Clae have become his brand of choice. 
In his Mills' Robin feels he has found a balanced union of function and form as their great style sits alongside supreme comfort.
2) They also match his Crumpler Outpost Squid bag.
3) He has a crush on Natalie Imbruglia.
4) He has a big thumb.
5) He won't be happy when he reads this.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Mafia x Visvim FBT; Melbourne

She is without doubt the undisputed Queen of Melbourne, and it's a real honour to say that through DJ Yo Mafia has become a good mate over the years.
We originally met back in the day when she worked at Sneaker Freaker and kindly ran a piece about me, and from then we've stayed in touch.
We don't get to see each other as much as we would like, partly because she has become a big name on the DJ scene, so it was great that we had a chance to catch up at Carbon.

The last time we met for an IDYSM shoot (see here) she was rocking some serious colour blocking with a huge nod to adidas Originals x Jeremy Scott, but this time was a more subdued, and dare I say mature look, punctuated with some Visvim FBT's.

Visvim got a lot of attention in 2013 when Kanye wore them for a while, and while a lot of the Hypebeast's will have moved on to follow whatever Kanye is into next a lot of quality shoe lovers (like Mafia) gave the Japanese label serious props before and after Yeezy's interest due to Visvim's acknowledged innovative and high quality product.  

Whether it's her music, or her taste in shoes, when it's Mafia you need to pay attention so check out Visvim, but not before you check out whether Mafia is playing near you any time soon (see here).

PS - Hope it's not 3 years before our next shoot M!

Monday, 14 April 2014

Pretty Puke x adidas ZX Flux; Melbourne

While some may find his work shocking, I find it intriguing and inspiring so I'm honoured to feature LA Photographer and Artist Pretty Puke today on IDYSM.
In Australia for the 2014 Carbon Forums as a Guest Speaker, he shared his story of how photographing the world around him in his hometown offered him artistic release, as well as an emotional and physical release as his raw work has seen him become a global phenomenon.
It's pretty safe to say that in Pretty Puke's world, pretty much anything goes as his work documents the lives of his mid-twenties friends and peers in LA, and it's a loose world where drugs, sex and hedonism are rampant.
He admits that he likes to shoot people without inhibitions, so I was intrigued that he was kind of shy when it came to taking his pics.  He had been rocking some fresh adidas ZX Flux's (owned by DJ Paul Devro apparently) and I was keen to get some shots to share his story, but when he came to shooting he was kind of aloof, which I loved as it's the complete opposite to the shots he gets (check out his work here).
He's quickly become a big fan of the Flux, and was rocking more pairs through the weekend, each with loud and bright colours, but I loved the understated nature of this silver/grey which seemed to sum up his reserved mood when the pic was taken.
A great talent and a great bloke - cheers Pretty Puke.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Sneaker Story; Ta-Ku/Team Cozy

What is Team Cozy?  Well, who better to ask than creator and music supremo Ta-Ku, a man who took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk sneakers, and all things #team_cozy.
Like most people, sneakers play a key part in Ta-Ku's life, but rather than just be interested in style, comfort is a huge factor for him.  He explains more in this raw, and revealing vid.

Instagram: @Team_Cozy, #team_cozy
Music: Drive Slow Homie Pt III, by Ta-Ku.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

MBFWA Oyster 20th Anniversary Party; Sydney

I don't usually drink when I shoot at parties, but there were 2 great reasons to hydrate at last night's MBFWA Oyster party at Good God Small Club in Sydney.
Firstly, it was the 20th Anniversary of the acclaimed fashion mag, and secondly the drinks were supplied by Crystal Head vodka, which is coincidentally owned by Dan Ackroyd.  Not sure you needed to know that.  Maybe I'm still drunk?
Anyway, the shots are a bit random, but here are some images of some of the people, the outfits, the backpacks (yes backpacks, what was I thinking?) that caught my eye.
Was a fun night, and here's to another 20 years Oyster (he says holding aloft a glass of Berocca to toast with).

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Ta-Ku x adidas ZX Flux; Melbourne

Musician Ta-ku and I have become good mates over the past few months via email and social media, so one of the highlights of this month's Melbourne Carbon Festival was getting to finally meet in person.
He is without doubt one of the nicest people I have met, has a great sense of humour and of course is an immense talent which is why he is blowing up right now, and he's becoming an ever-growing voice in music, fashion and lifestyle.
We took a moment out from the Carbon schedule to stage a couple of IDYSM shots to showcase with Ta-ku in his all-new adidas Originals ZX Flux in Infared/White.
Obviously the shoes look great, but he claims that they are without doubt some of the most comfortable shoes he has ever worn - a very important consideration when you take into account that he is also the person behind the hashtag that is blowing up Instagram for sneakerheads right now; #team_cozy.
He'll explain more about Team Cozy in an exclusive video piece later this week, but for now here he is giving his Flux some shine.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Double Up; Melbourne

Sometimes sneaker stories need a lot of explaining.  I don't think this one does.  Interesting commitment!