March 29, 2010


" This is my rifle, there are many like it but this one is mine "

There are days when you don't want to wake up. There are mornings when you open your eyes after a dream that was the best dream you've ever had. It may have included your favorite flavor in a form of a cloud, you took a piece of it and it melted in your mouth. It may even had been you, achieving something... you were on stage and everyone was thanking you for your own achievement. And you swore to yourself that you would freeze that moment forever. There are some dreams where in you just didn't want to wake up cause you were having a 'wet' one.

There are 365 days in a year. 900 eye blinks in an hour. And the average human has an average 2 sexual partners his lifetime. Don't get your egos too big if you'd have more than two. I'm just putting two and two together. You dream and then you look at yourself as the average man. But then you see some facts repeatedly and you see yourself, assess yourself. Are you more than average? Maybe that's the case for some people. Maybe it's not for some.

Above average or not, my point is that there are those days that you just have to get up and chase your ego. But for you to chase your ego, your super - ego has to back this up greatly. This means that, deep inside you , you must want it... And want it bad. So on this day under the heat of the sun, early in the morning I had to get up and get it.

A visit to Black Book Design store in Malugay. And this is how we live.You'll see Dante and Noli of Lucky Monkey doing some grease monkey - ing around. Me , fixing the store...All of us pcking specifically what will work or not. Gino , Noel and Kat doing the operational aspects of it.

Oh and by the way, like lego pieces ... it's getting together. SEE YOU SOON IN THE OPENING!

Here's a glimpse of what BLACK BOOK DESIGN lifestyle is.

March 26, 2010

RELOAD by IRONLAK | Lock and Reload

VERY DOPE. Reload by Ironlak , extra paint for extra ammunition.

March 23, 2010


It is important to season the meat before you cook it.

At times seasoning is just not enough for the end result, the taste, the aroma, the texture that you want to achieve.

As you are cooking it you have to let it simmer... let it simmer down, let the flavors all come in to fruition.

With that metaphor said.. the BLACK BOOK DESIGN STORE'S opening has been pushed back to a further date...

stay tuned to this site for the details :)


March 18, 2010


Here's a little sneak peak for what we have been working on for the past 6 months at The Collective in Malugay. Black Book is turning into a solid four walled fortress. These pictures are the early stages of our Baby. Stay tuned to this site so you can see it's evolution.

Black Book the store's design was inspired by the B-52 stealth bomber. See all those rivets? Those are all hand crafted and designed by our team.

More to come! Wait till this egg hatches.

We hope to see you all soon at the launch!


March 17, 2010



Blackbook Design is a retail store dedicated to the radical technical design philosophies of local talent in the independent culture here in the Philippines. It stands to give service tois connected with high style . It's goal is to cater to those who are fed up with the taboo/ ''safe'' taste or trends that come with the herd mentality of the Philippines. Our goal is o raise the level of respect and appreciation for the independent designers here who are pushing their boundaries internationally but locally are over looked.

We are focused on pushing and inspiring the local creative community here in the Philippines. And we support the push for a higher sense of style and taste for the local market. Everything that can be found in Black Book supports each other because of the lifestyles that it is built upon and it supports. It lives off the essence of Street art, contemporary art and design, cycling and independent culture. The goal of Blackbook Design is to push all sub-cultures and counter cultures in the Philippines into a positive and productive direction by providing an inspirational and innovative retail experience.

With the infusion of military, outdoor and work elements that are compounded in Black Book Design's basic clothing we want to support an individual's higher style and design - centric psyche. The same goes for the pool of designers and artists we are working with and will affiliate with the store.

In a nutshell; BLACK BOOK DESIGN is dedicated to Filipino Intelligent Design aiming to push taste and appreciation for the local community one small step at a time. Start locally and creep out globally.

A BLACK BOOK is a notebook where artists collect and keep their secret sketches. We have created a retail experience for you so we can share these best kept secrets. Our doors will be open soon...Watch out for our launch.

At THE KOLLECTIVE in Malugay, Makati. on MARCH 27.

March 15, 2010


Awesome show!! Awesome weekend with out the internet!! High fives to BEE EYES, MR. RETARDO, SHARON ATILLO and LEAH CASTANEDA and a big thank you to Kiko Escora and Sidharta Perez

The weather was scorching as we worked from day to night. Beads of sweat appearing and evaporating on our foreheads as we were setting up , and making these works individually. As the night pressed on, the show was intensified and stayed true to it's thesis. In the beginning, it was the crowd entertaining themselves with the works... and as the night progressed it was all about the love. It wasn't an exhibit. It was a party. The outcome, overwhelming. This was what we were working for. The difference between this exhibit and the others was i guess the fact that everybody was welcome. No elitism. Just pure madness. It was fun.

To all those who fucked art and came. Thank you.

March 5, 2010


It's a throw down between two of the best supporters in the world. Super Mikki and Adoborat

Adoborat is the guy who takes those pictures in a sphere.

Super Mikki is a graphic designer and a corn rowed beast.

Since day one, when we all started whether it be KST , THE CLOTHING or BLACK BOOK DESIGN the two of them have given us much love and respect.

THE is giving back to them on March 20 at CUBAO EXPO. You all have to see what they've got in store. You know the drill kids.

What goes around comes around. It's all love. And that is Super Sexy.


A feast for your eyes. Feel the wind from the skies. As you learn more about this culture called fixie bikes. Get your comfy socks on and head to Commune as my brothers from MANILA FIXED GEAR will show a back to back feature on the fixed gear and biking culture in general. Ride with the wind silver bullet.

7 PM


( Which by the way will be available in the up and coming ;
BLACK BOOK DESIGN STORE at The Malugay Collective in Makati) .