The Downfall of Being Ahead of the Masses

girl being teasedLet’s face it.  It’s advantageous to be a visionary, forward thinker, and risk taker when it comes to various trends.  As you witness it evolve, it strokes your ego to be able to say “I was doing that way before it was cool or mainstream.”  That statement is a staple within the indie community.  What’s more rewarding than being accurate with your personal forecasts on music, fashion, etc.? Well, there’s a downside to being ahead.  We call this “the price you pay for being enlightened.”

People who are ahead of the curve when it comes to fashion have it the worst.  They are often viewed as outcast because of their attire.  They simply don’t “fit in” when it comes to the norm.  These fashion forward individuals don’t want to fit in though.  They are trailblazers.  It often comes with the expense of stares and laughter.  It takes a strong individual to withstand this negative attention while realizing it will soon be embraced by the masses.  What’s even more entertaining is the same ones who ridicule you the most will be the main ones gravitating towards the trend once it becomes popular.  Then, there’s a 99.99999 percent chance that if you remind them of the days they criticized you for embracing the trend well before they did, they’ll have “amnesia” as if they don’t remember. Continue reading

{Submission} Andy Kayes – “Blinking Souls” [VIDEO]

Franco-English MC Andy Kayes drops a visual for his new video “Blinking Souls.”  This single will be on his upcoming album.  The track is smooth and relaxing.  Be on the look out for more Andy Kayes music/videos from us.  Shout out to Andy for the video submission.



Behind the Lens: Photographer named Spiff Conqueres The Windy City

#latergram, on a boat in Virginia.

Christian “Spiff” Evans is a street photographer from Chicago, IL who has spent the past several years living life behind the lens. Taking pictures with everything from his Canon t3i to his iPhone 5s, Spiff uses photography to capture the euphoria of everyday life in the big city. His style is unique in its ability to unveil the true beauty behind urban culture. His work which is mainly industrial ranges from images of graffiti in underground subway stations to images of old posters found above dumpsters in old alley ways.  His work is very fluid and easy to follow, you almost find yourself waiting for his next tumblr post while he’s out conquering the city one photo at a time.

More could be said about his work but his photos speak for themselves.  Preview them after the jump Continue reading

[Music] Troy Noka – “Red Diamonds”

Artist/Songwriter/Producer Troy Noka drops a track called “Red Diamonds.”  The Santa Monica resident has worked a lot with Dom Kennedy and the OPM family.  Purchase his latest album off itunes >> Love.Fear.Pianos

“The Price of Beauty” by Spoken Word Artist TheSmoke4Real

YouTube sensation and spoken word artist TheSmoke4Real delivers a powerful poem called “The Price of Beauty.”  In this poem he dissects how people’s insecurities form by attempting to keep up with fictional images seen on the cover of magazines.  This poem is sure to stir up conversation and make everyone take a look at themselves and realize their inner beauty.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  Embrace your individuality, be confident in yourself, and never be afraid to be unique and you indeed are beautiful.