Giant BMX, check.

April 30, 2009

Just finished the design for the Giant BMX site. Giant BMX is indeed owned by Giant bicycles, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that it will be just another “corpo company” or “mountain bike” company trying to sell you completes. Remember MOSH? – this is the same company, and people who brought you a company and brand image ahead of it’s time. Trust me when I say this is not your dads bike company. Giant BMX is represented by Corey Bohan, Heath Pinter, Taj Mihelich, and Chris Arriaga…you know it’s legit. More to come on the MOSH experience becoming the G/BMX experience. Meanwhile check the site out here.

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Awesome Bears

April 29, 2009

Phil was one of the first guys I met in LA, he’s also one of the nicest guys I know and a big fan of our brand.When Phil’s not out bombing walls,he holds down the graffic design dept at Obey.Lately he’s been getting alot of reckognition for his bear murals seen all over the Echo Park/ Silverlake area.Look out for big things from this talented artist in the future!

What to do on Friday in LA?

April 28, 2009

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Tired of Foxtail or Green Door or Villa or One Sunset?..well this is the closest thing to resemble the stellar Bar One of old skool 90′s Hollywood. As mentioned above, Citizen Smith doles up a killer serving of Jalapeno Mac-n-Cheese. See you at the Bijou.

Madness

April 27, 2009

Craziest bike video I’ve ever seen.

KENGO IS NUMERO UNO!

April 27, 2009

Mark, Chris, Bear, Hank and I went to meet friends and watch Kengo Ura fight. As many of you know, Kengo provides general backup at the Kim Sing Theatre and is my go-to guy for Japanese translation and sales, building maintenance, and security. He’s been out of the fight game since he injured his knee a while back. The setting was casino in Lemore, a bleak town in an Indian reservation outside of Fresno, California. There is no reason to go here unless you hate your money or want to watch, as Kengo puts it, “beat.”

Hell on Earth.

Hell on Earth.

We were joined by two of three Eisentrauts, Abel and Miles, as well as John Brady and his friend Miyu (sp?). Kengo was very happy to be so deeply supported. We all got the wrong idea and thought the event was also a drinking contast.

Before the slide, Miles showed us his IQ.

Before the slide, Miles showed us his IQ.

Kimmy Nagafuku was also there with a few friends. He’s one of the weirdest and coolest guys you’ll ever meet. If you can get past his crazy diatribes about skat, McDonalds, or motorcycles, you’ll find one of the most generous people in LA. He left Japan a long time ago because they couldn’t handle him. We can. He’s also a world-class Shiatsu masseuse and gives out freebies at our events. Call him at 310.922.6547 if you want a full session.

Krazy Kimi Nagafuku sporting Enjoy Choke limited-edition Ludwig tee.

Krazy Kimi Nagafuku sporting Enjoy Choke limited-edition Ludwig tee.

This lady was cornering one of the boxers before the MMA card started. I thought she had a certain personal style to her.

Typical Fresno resident.

Typical Fresno resident.

Reno’s sister is a wild animal!

Kengo's Japanese fans.

Kengo's Japanese fans.

That's how they pose in Nippon.

That's how they pose in Nippon.

Kengo started working for me about three years ago and has proven himself to be loyal, hardworking, and trustworthy. He also lights up the big screen. Check back here in a couple of days to see the video of the fight.

On the big screen.

On the big screen.

Kengo had to cut weight for this fight from just below 200 pounds a few months ago to 170 for the fight. Now he’s thinking of going down to 155. If you had to eat what he eats every day you’d want to eat right afterwards. He also had to quit drinking. Fuck.

Good to go.

Good to go.

Ludwig was joined as Kengo’s co-sponsor by Triggonomics (www.triggonomics.com), Howard Combat Kimonos (www.howardliu.com), and Toyplane. Please send your promised sponsorship checks today…you know who I’m talking to.

Ludwig sponsored athlete #2.

Ludwig sponsored athlete #2.

Handsome and deadly!

Handsome and deadly!

Focused and ready.

Focused and ready.

Kengo started out with some very sharp and powerful boxing. His opponent wanted nothing to do with it and took him down with a nice over and under lateral drop. Kengo landed in bottom position but defended well until the ref stood them up.

Not a good place to be.

Not a good place to be.

Working his way off the bottom.

Working his way off the bottom.

Kengo again pressed with solid striking. His opponent attempted to take him down but Kengo pounced and took the back position with hooks in. Known as the “rear naked choke” or “mata leon,” the fight was all but done.

The finishing touch.

The finishing touch.

Game over, man.

Game over, man.

This is the showcase showdown portion of the night. I usually hate post-event showboating, but Kengo is very modest and was just hamming it up.

MAN.

MAN.

Arm in the air, Kengo is declared the winner by submission.

Winning looks like fun.

Winning looks like fun.

Relief and statisfaction.

Relief and statisfaction.

Kengo only had a few marks on him, most likely from when he was briefly mounted. The fight only went two-thirds of the first round. When Kengo came to work today he said his teeth hurt.

Glamour shot.

Glamour shot.

The Eisentraut brothers are my best friends. Here they are represented by two thirds of one brain. The thirds represented are Abel (right brain) and Miles (medula oblongata). Zach (left brain) is not present because he’s a house boy. Abel and Miles are cabinet makers from Oakland, California (aka Home of the Rock) and also Ludwig-sponsored “athletes.” Come see their work at he Kim Sing Theatre. The other brain is represented by Kengo. He’s a fully functioning human being.

Three men, two brains.

Three men, two brains.

Thanks to Kengo's sponsors.

Thanks to Kengo's sponsors.

The drinking started in earnest just before Kengo’s fight. This is one of my last memories of the fight. I woke up naked on the floor of the hotel room. The Eisentrauts were in one bed and Mark and Chris were on the other. They both had a dog between them. The room smelled like a rat died in there about a month ago. I don’t want to do that again.

Kengo's minions.

Kengo's minions.

This guy was the DJ. That should tell you something. We were invited to the after-party. One of my last memories of the night was hating it.

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DMC Champion

Abel was chatting up this lady. It was not good. Nobody should talk to strangers after 35 years old. I sat in the seats and watched him work. Another bad memory.

Never talk to strangers.

Never talk to strangers.

Mark talked to this lady. I’m not sure why they do these things.

Mark said he was a photographer from some magazine.

Mark said he was a photographer from some magazine.

This is where I really shine. I make sure people drink beer, preferably two at a time. Nobody does it better than me. Nobody.

How to drink beer properly.

How to drink beer properly.

Mark looked like absolute shit the next day. I looked worse. You should never do this to yourself. Mike Dytri and Robert Nam didn’t go precisely because they can’t handle the heat. They are probably a bit smarter than the rest of us.

The Day After: Never Be This Guy.

The Day After: Never Be This Guy.

When we got back I thought I had a cold. Then I read about the “Pig Virus” or “Swine Flu” or whatever they are calling it. I probably have it so this is my goodbye.

Pig-Dog Flu.

Pig-Dog Flu.

Coachella Bound..

April 25, 2009

Last week, the lady and I made it out to Coachella in Indio, CA.  We got there late friday night but made it in time to see Girl Talk, Chemical Brothers and a few other bands.  I did not get too take many photos during my trip up there but I definitely must say the afterparties and pool parties made the trip out to the desert worth while.    Sorry for the lack of photos on this post I ended up having a beer in each hand most of the trip no time for photos.  

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Here are some photos for you lurkers from the Anthem Mag Party and the BPM Mag Party.

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Gunner checks in…

April 23, 2009

Long time friend Gunner Wright checked in and sent us this insane photo! If there is one word to describe Gunner it is “kick-ass” (wait that was two words)…never mind, suffice to say Gunner is awesome. Gunner (or Greg to those who know him) is an incredible motorcycle rider (see photos below) he has also skooled many high-profile celebs to ride a bike. He used to be in charge of special entertainment events for Honda ( or is it Yamaha?)…that means he got to pal around with big-wigs and teach famous people how to ride a motorcycle. He is now on location up in NorCal filming what looks to be some sort of Hells Angels movie…i can only guess. He is well in his way to success in entertainment himself. If you ever had the chance to catch one of the early “Gunner” performances back in the day at the Coconut Teaser, then consider yourself lucky. He was doing the new-wave thing way before Tektonik became the thing in France. Stay tuned for more to come from the Gun man.

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Serious skillz on 2 wheels.

Ryo Chonan enjoys choke!

April 22, 2009

Today I had a surprise visit from LUDWIG friend Ryo Chonan. Ryo stopped in LA on the way back from his UFC fight this past weekend in Canada. If you are not familiar with Ryo, he is a former DEEP Champion, one of the only guys to beat current UFC Champ Anderson Silva. He not only beat him, but made him tap in an electrifying way, check that out here. He was kind enough to hang out and rap out for a while about his past decision loss, (he was robbed) his future in the UFC, and how Canadian MMA fans need to learn more about the sport. Thanks to Shu Nishide of INSPIRIT who was kind enough to drive Ryo over to our spot. Stay tuned for some select LUDWIG vs. INSPIRIT gear coming soon for core MMA fans.

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Check the “Enjoy Choke” tee…look out for more of these at the LUDWIG shop.

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Ryo Chonan and Shu Nishide of INSPIRIT

New York

April 21, 2009

I just got back from New York. Love it out there. The city itself is so interesting. Took a couple photos. See the rest at benisanasshole.blogspot.com

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50 Style Thoughts

April 21, 2009

Baxter  50 STYLE THOUGHTS
BY: KARL G. FASHION STYLE AFICIONADO

1.The fit of clothing is the most important thing about your wardrobe; you can buy the most expensive attire but if it isn”t the right size or doesn”t fit your body proportions correctly it”s just going to look sloppy;

2. Buy the best that you can afford within your budget; quality will not only look better but will last longer;

3. Black shoes black belt; brown shoes brown belt;

4. A gentleman never feels compelled to disclose his income nor does he feel any desire to ask what anyone else earns either;

5. A gentleman will bring not only enough cash to buy drinks for himself, but enough to cover for everyone else just in case they don”t;

6. Clothing hangs better off a fit body so staying in shape and lifting weights not only ensures you live longer, but will make your clothes drape that much better on your body; therefore, make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle and understand that cardio may be a necessary evil;

7. Style is often nothing more than attitude;

8. No socks with sandals;

9. If the suit doesn”t fit in the shoulders, don”t buy it; shoulders really cannot be altered;

10. The sleeve of a dress shirt should show from beneath the sleeve of your suit coat, anywhere from 1/4 to 1/ 2 inch;

11. Invest in good well-made leather dress shoes – and take care of them; use shoe trees and clean, wax and polish them regularly and they”ll easily last you a lifetime;

12. Establish relationships and understand that if you can call one person your friend, your confidant and your equal, you have accomplished one of the hardest things in life;

13. If you wear any kind of sandal, clean your feet, cut your toenails and just make things look presentable, feet are ugly enough as it is;

14. Try to never buy anything at full price; everything eventually will go on sale;

15. Trim your eyebrows, pluck ear hairs and clip nose hairs, nobody wants to be whispering sweet nothings to you only to see ear hairs blowing in the wind;

16. Don”t dump half a bottle of cologne on, your scent should only be detectable up close and personal;

17. Beware of zippers when going commando and always tap twice at the urinal;

18. Wear clothing that is appropriate not only for the occasion but appropriate for your age;

19. True athletic shoes should be worn while doing something athletic;

20. A gentleman will not only recognize when he is wrong but will readily admit it;

21. Socks should match the pants;

22. Black actually does go with everything, as does grey;

23. Every guy should own at least one suit for occasions such as weddings, funerals, job interviews; a navy blue or charcoal grey two-button single-breasted one will serve you well;

24. Find a good barber or hair stylist and get a good decent haircut that not only suits your facial features but which does not take more than a few minutes to fix in the morning; and once you get that great haircut, keep it trimmed and neat;

25. With clothing care, hang everything that needs ironing or pressing or wrinkles easily and fold everything else;

26. When undoing a tie, don”t pull on the knot to pull it apart, untie it going in the reverse order of how you tied it;

27. Casual Fridays at work does not mean you are allowed to look like you just got up and out of bed;

28. No button-down collared shirts with a suit and tie, they look much smarter when worn with a sports coat;

29. Short-sleeved dress shirts do not exist, repeat twice;

30. Brown leather dress shoes do indeed go with navy blue and grey suits and dress pants;

31. Go bald gracefully, cut your hair short and don”t worry about it;

32. No one item in a guy’s wardrobe can be as versatile as a crisp white cotton dress shirt; its simplicity makes it timeless, luxurious, utilitarian yet sophisticated;

33. You only need to dry clean a suit when necessary or once a season; in the interim, air it out, brush it, steam out wrinkles and have it pressed in between cleanings to keep your investment looking sharp;

34. Get a simple slim leather wallet and only carry the minimum of credit cards and identification;

35. Get one pair of hip-sitting butt-hugging pair of jeans in dark indigo non-distressed denim; and, be suspect of black colored jeans, unless worn by Hedi Slimane;

36. Linen wrinkles, there”s nothing you can do about it;

37. There should come a point in your life when underwear should not be showing out from under your pants or your pants hanging off your rear, and that age is when you graduate off diapers;

38. Essential products that every guy should have in his medicine cabinet and use on a regular basis to keep that manly mug looking that much more handsome over time: a facial wash, a facial scrub, a good shave product appropriate to the thickness of one”s beard, a moisturizer with an SPF, and a deodorant;

39. Shaving is an art, take a few extra minutes to wet your face with warm water, let the shave product work away at your beard growth for a minute or two, use a sharp razor and shave in the direction of your hair growth and you”ll never get nicks or cuts again;

40. Have one regret; life isn’t complete without mistakes;
42. Loafers are not appropriate shoes to wear with a suit: depending on the suit, lace-ups, monk straps, high vamp slip-ons and Chelsea boots are all options that can work;

41. Less is more;

43. Learn that your reputation is the most important asset you own;

44. Pocket squares should compliment the outfit and not match identically to your shirt or tie or anything else;

45. A light colored suit is not appropriate for evening functions; it may be wise to invest in a tuxedo;

46. Graduate to a drink you can call your own;

47. There are times and places when clothing should be functional first and fashionable second, as when working out in the gym; this is not to say that there are not stylish functional pieces of clothing;

48. When finished packing a suitcase, stop and take out 1/3 of that which you just packed; you”ll still have more clothes than you need;

49. A man of style will treat others in the same manner that he”d like to be treated in return;

50. With any rule, there is at least one exception, except for #1, #3 and #8 above.

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