Planning on watching the Grammys tonight? We’re not, even though we do enjoy some of the yearly hijinks that are bound to occur. We’d rather just give our own awards instead.
With a panel full of old, out-of-touch voters who don’t understand what’s really relevant in music today, the Grammys are usually more rigged than a championship boxing match. Who can forget Macklemore beating out Kendrick Lamar for “Best New Artist” and then publicly apologizing for a win that he didn’t deserve in 2014? You’d probably prefer not to recollect Eminem winning “Best Rap Album” for “Recovery,” a putrid, convoluted mess of an album in 2010. Yes, the Grammys are hot garbage.
It’s official: Summer’s over, and fall is upon us.
Starting in June and ending in August, I took Polaroids of my friends (or enlisted them to take one if I’m in the picture) on a Fujifilm Instax Mini 8. They may be made into a book within the next few months, but I thought it only right to premiere them right here on KicksOneTwo These are the faces of Summer Sixteen in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Enjoy!
I had a great deal of fun shooting all of these photos, and am extremely thankful to have so many awesome people around me all summer. Ya’ll are the best.
It’s going down on Como Avenue today.
Piff Minneapolis is hosting the “Fall Festival” block party on Como Avenue, right in front of the “I’m Feeling Good” mural by the shop from 3PM-7PM. The event is completely free to attend … but if you do feel like donating money, Football Pizza, Blue Door Pub, and Black Coffee and Waffle Bar will be donating a percentage of their sales to the Minneapolis Boys and Girls Club, so you can eat good and feel good at the same time. That’s a rare opportunity, so it’s definitely one you want to take advantage of when it comes around.
We love Kith here at KicksOneTwo. Their aesthetic is sporty yet clean and refined, they crank out consistently good product year after year, and they’re always cooking up crazy collabs, like their recently announced Bergdorf Goodman partnership, consisting of a Kith shop within the legendary store, and a co-branded line of apparel. Ronnie Fieg stays winning, and despite all the naysayers … he can do no wrong.
So, needless to say, we were thrilled when the news broke that Kith would be hosting their first-ever runway show, “Kithland” during New York Fashion week. We were even more stoked when it was announced that Kithland would be live-streamed on the Kith website for those of us not lucky enough to be in New York for the event.
Nobody’s hotter than Gucci Mane right now. After his recent release from jail, Gucci dropped a new album, “Everybody Looking”, and has become a must-follow on Instagram and Snapchat. A whole new era of fans has been introduced to his music and personality, and he’s back on top where he belongs once again.
Gucci’s old fans are thrilled about his successful return too, and day 1 OG Gucci supporter and designer Chris Bailey recently hosted a “Gucci Time” pop-up shop at Rival Sneakers in Tucson, AZ. With original T-shirts designed by Chris himself, and Gucci-inspired artwork, it was an event that couldn’t be missed by any Gucci fan.
This past Thursday, ITS Fest took place at Gallery 13 in downtown Minneapolis. Photographers, designers, artists, and writers from all over the city came together to celebrate the arrival of summer, soak up the good vibes, listen to music…and last but not least, eat some Cane’s. Here’s everything that went down at the event, in photos.
DJ JRed made sure the vibes were right, as he spun everything from Chief Keef to A$AP Rocky.
The crowd was ready to get turnt.
It wasn’t just a DJ set either. Several rappers took their turns blessing the mic.
Summer’s almost fully upon us. Those of us who are still in school are done for the year (congratulations to all the recent graduates!), and those of us who aren’t are ready to get in full summer mode. Thankfully for both parties, there’s a perfect early-summer event this Thursday at Gallery 13 in downtown Minneapolis.
ITS Fest (Intro To Summer if you were wondering) is an event that’s by artists, for artists. The primary purpose of the event is to bring everyone into the summer on a high note, and provide a place for creatives to connect. Are you a photographer? A writer? A designer? An artist? No matter what you are, you’re bound to find like-minded people at ITS Fest. You’ll get a chance to network, meet new people, make connections, and talk about your work, all in a dope venue (if you haven’t been to Gallery 13 before, you’re in for a treat).
This past Thursday, Piff thew a party to celebrate the release of their second apparel collection. The event featured DJ sets from DJ Boogie Wonderland and Phrol, Polaroids from Juice, and beer from Able Seedhouse + Brewery (a local craft beer company, far better than what you’ll usually find in a keg at most parties). Good vibes were flowing through the night, and the KicksOneTwo staff was on hand to capture the action.
All types of people came through to check out the clothes, grab a beer, and chill.
Round 2. We’re back with the second part of our TCSAX 7 photo recap, the on-foot pictures. There was a lot of heat at the event (arguably the most ever), and we’ve got it all for you right below. We’ve even included several IG handles if you’re feeling friendly and want to toss any of these fine folks a follow.
If you want to use any of the photos yourself, that’s fine by us. We do it for the community. All we ask is that you be sure to give us the photo credit! Without further ado…here’s the on-foot (and a few off-foot for fun too) pics from TCSAX 7.
This past Sunday, the Minnesota sneaker community converged upon the brand-new Mayo Clinic Square for the 7th installment of Studiiyo23‘s Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange. With lots of heat on feet and on the sneaker tables, dope goods and apparel, and plenty of music, it was an afternoon to be remembered. Here’s a few of our favorite shots of the crowd, tables, scenery, and musicians that made the afternoon so enjoyable.
You’ve got to flex at your own event, and Moh brought the heaters out.
Today’s the day.
At noon, the Mayo Clinic Square (right by the Target Center) will be taken over by sneakerheads, music lovers, and artists as TCSAX 7 is finally upon us. Got your ticket already? Good on you. Don’t have your ticket yet? There’ll be a limited amount of tickets at the door.
Come out! The sneaker community doesn’t gather en masse frequently, so it’s important to show up. You’ll get a chance to see your friends as well as meet some new people, and there’s a good chance you’ll be leaving with a new pair of kicks or some gear. Vendors like Create Karma and Vintage Pooleboy will have tables of dope stuff for you to peruse.
It’s going down tonight at the Cabooze.
Red Bull Sound Select and Greenroom Magazine have come together and set up a banger of a show that’ll only set you back $3 with an RSVP (which you can do right here).
The always-touring Father will be blessing the stage along with St. Paul’s own Bobby Raps, Martin $ky, and DJ sets from TIIIIIIIIIIP and KicksOneTwo homie BVCKWOODS. Father’s shows always get turnt, and with $3 first come, first serve tickets (the RSVP only enables you to buy a $3 ticket at the door, it doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the show), it’s going to be even rowdier than usual. Hit the link up top to RSVP, check the tracks below to get a feel for the artists if you’re not already familiar, and be ready to get lit.
YEEZY SZN 2.
I spent the majority of Wednesday refreshing my email in hopes of receiving tickets to the Minneapolis Yeezy Season 2 showing. I finally got them later in the night (along with everyone else from Minnesota) and I was amped. Even though I had no clue what to expect, and had numerous questions since the whole event seemed rushed and very last minute, I was still excited to go.
We were granted a plus one, and my dad had expressed interested in going, so I decided to bring him along. He’s not the biggest Kanye fan, and he doesn’t like rap music at all, so I wasn’t sure what he would think, but I figured it would be interesting to get someone who wasn’t immersed in the culture’s thoughts on the show.
It’s the third Friday of the month….and you should know what that means by now.
That’s right, Foolish Bastard Family is taking over the Kitty Cat Klub for their monthly residence. This month’s lineup features DJ BVCKWOODS, BitsBits, Connye, and a very rare DJ set from RP Hooks, who will be premiering his new “Apollo” project. Check the flyer below, and roll through for an evening full of good music!
It’s that time again. The Foolish Bastard Family is taking over the Kitty Cat Klub tonight for their monthly residency. It’s set to be a dope evening with Major G, Sajnt, Connye, BVCKWOODS, and Taylor Rave all slated to perform. Check out the flyer below for more info, and be sure to come through!
Continuing with yesterday’s coverage of TCSAX 5 at the Target Center, we bring you all the on feet pictures from the event. There’s fire at every TCSAX, but TCSAX 5 just might have had the most fire yet. Check the snaps below!
Yoseph was rocking a volt/black colorway of the Flyknit Trainers.
Bill threw a nifty lace swap in his Melo I’s
Jacob showed love to the Jordan I as well, rocking the black/white colorway.
But that’s not all for I’s. Joe was on the I train as well, rocking the recently released Laser I’s.
On March 1st, 2015, sneakerheads, artists, music lovers, and clothing enthusiasts from all over the Midwest made the pilgrimage to the home of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis for the 5th installment of Studiiyo23‘s famed Twin Cities Sneaker Art Exchange (or TCSAX 5 for short). With sneakers, clothing, music, art, and all kinds of dope people under one roof in a whole new venue, it was a momentous afternoon for Minnesota sneaker scene.
It was a packed house, as TCSAX veterans and new attendees crowded the Target Center concourse.
I’ll let you know off top: This doesn’t have anything at all to do with sneakers. However, it’s the middle of the week and you could likely use some entertainment to help you get through hump day.
If you’re an avid watcher of the wonderful Fuck That’s Delicious web series like I am, then there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already seen this. If not, you’re in for a treat. Like Action Bronson? Like food? Then this is right up your alley. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Hopefully this makes your Wednesday go by a bit quicker.
For the second part of our coverage of last Sunday’s TCSAX 4 event at the Cabooze, we bring you our on-feet snaps. As always, lighting was a little tricky, but we still were able to capture some of the wide variety of dope kicks at the event.
Can’t go wrong with the black toe XIV’s. Anyone excited for the release this weekend?
Bred I’s and Hare VII’s. Two of the best colorways of their respective models
Sean broke out the Bred IV’s.
Ready for a few pairs of all-red sneakers? Let’s start with a pair of Spizike VI’s.
On September 14th, 2014, the Minnesota sneaker community gathered at the Cabooze for the fourth installment of Studiiyo23‘s sneaker convention, the Twin Cities Sneaker Art Xchange (TCSAX for short). With a varied crowd of sneakerheads, artists, musicians and more, it was an afternoon to remember.
Even the Vikings home opener didn’t stop the community from turning out.
Niles and Taylor from Create Karma were in the building with a table full of new headwear, t-shirts, button-ups and sweatshirts.
Looking for something fun to do during the middle of the week? Tonight from 5-8 PM, Studiiy023 is hosting the “Art Art Art Art Art Art Art” event, a solo show by local artist Bryce D. Apart from new art, there will be a DJ spinning, a B-Boy cypher, and breakdancing. And best of all, it’s free! Stop by and link up with some creative people, and see the flier below for more info.
For those of you who live under a rock, Soundset is this Sunday, May 25th at Canterbury Park. Here at KicksOneTwo, we love Soundset. We go every year, and we figured we’d whip up a quick guide with do’s and dont’s for those who might be a little bit newer to the game.
-Get there a little early. You have to wait in line for what can amount to a decent while before you get to go in. Especially if you plan to push to the front, the sooner you get in the better.
-Bring your own flask if you want to drink. Drinks add up quickly there with the ticket system that they use, so bring some of your own sauce and save a little money.
Continuing with our coverage of last Sunday’s TCSAX III event at the Cabooze, here are a few on-feet pics from the event. As lighting was not optimal, it was somewhat challenging to get a ton of snaps, but we still managed to get a few solid shots! Enjoy.
Hard to go wrong with GMP 7’s (do I spy a pair of baby bears in the background?)
Nice variety of kicks here. Gotta love Li-Ning.
We found Red October. Rancell broke out the Yeezy 2’s.
Nate came through with the Paranorman foams
On May 4, 2014, the Minnesota sneaker community converged on the Cabooze for the third installment of Studiiyo23’s sneaker convention, known as TCSAX (Twin Cities Sneaker Art Exchange). With dope sneakers, local clothing brands, good food and music, and great people under one roof, it was an afternoon to remember: The crowd was thick, as folks from all walks of life came to check out the sneaker and art tables The MyWay Co team was on hand with their new tees and stickers Joel and Niles from Create Karma, always affable. Good people. Driftline (and their beautiful booth host Megan) showed love like always. The homie Spencer brought a table full of heat Spencer was hurting feelings. The good folks at Scotty Piff brought out kicks of all flavors Did we mention there was art too? Studiiyo23‘s own Taylor Lindgren premiered some crazy new 8-bit style work. Ryan Fors also debuted some new prints at the event More dope work from Ryan Salvatore was in the building repping Minneapolis Customs with a table full of insane hand-painted kicks My personal favorite. Biggie AND Pac on a pair of kicks? Instant victory. Andrew of Pyro Styles Glass had a table as well. Yes, that is a custom handmade Nike glass piece he’s rocking. And finally…onto the music. Nachturnal getting ready to rock the stage. Phil and Mickey of Nachturnal Mickey spitting KicksOneTwo homie A-Slim showing love during his set. Create Karma’s Niles Miller turning up. Work Hard and Stay Humble. Preaching