August 31, 2010

Dubplate x Free The Robots x OBEY

The night was epicall - y electric and electrically epic.
Nuff said about the unforgetable night that you had to experience to believe.
Til' the next one. B-Side's Mulan, Red , Soulflower and DonP dishes it out hard with Roam and Free The Robots Of Obey.

August 30, 2010

The Beauty and Wonder of Wonder and Beauty

When was the last time you had the breath yanked out of you because of sheer grandeur? When was the last time this happened because of art?

Marian Bantjes is an artist that "doesn't doodle," ever. She does, however, play with her food:

("If I want to explore a new direction professionally, it is helpful to try it out for myself first." on sugar.)

While I know it is nowhere near Valentine's Day, I would die if anyone sent me a Valentine like she does.

August 29, 2010

Eyes On Those Girls

I want desperately for you to know who Audrey Kawasaki is.

August 28, 2010

We've Come A Long Way Since High School

Blackbook Pictures - EKIS from marco limjap

Historically speaking, we've had a few concepts and projects we've executed.

Most had great impact. And we are greatful for the reception

August 25, 2010

What They Did VS What Should Have Been

I hope that our country can step up. After being humiliated and having only ourselves to blame, the next logical step is to improve. Thats how you play the game.

Look at your SWAT team. Now look at this...


Cee-Lo Green keepin' it real.. especially at the bridge. Damn, I bet during the mastering sessions they had to cut out his tears and spit flying on the microphone when he did this.

I've been there and I know you've been there. If you haven't, get off your ass and fix that problem.

Macro - Gravity And The Daily Grind

The effects of macro - gravity may have had an effect on your bone mass. Meaning you may have experienced an increase in body mass and a decrease in bone visibility. Meaning you've been sitting on your ass too long and are getting bigger. OR you've been off your ass doing what you want. Bigger in what sense is relative. Fatter? Healthier? Fitter? Happier?

Whatever it is, don't ever have the misconception of doing something half ass. If you want to get fat get obese, if you want to get fit, be real fit. If you want to be happy, do every damn thing to make you happy. It seems that right now in these modern times there is no such thing as moderate. But there are reminders out there to do things moderately. All these reminders are of course walking contradictions of each other. Beer companies tell you to drink their beer and that their product can give you a "mahaba - habang inuman" a pretty long drinking session. But at the end they tell you to drink moderately.Ciggarette companies tell you that their spliffs are the best blends and are amazing ways of relaxation. making you feel like a cowboy or make you feel like you're in a mint garden with hot women. Turn the pack around and it'll remind you this'll kill you. Irony at it's biggest , most lucrative and finest.

Man this sounds pretty preachy, well i guess that's my reaction to these i guess really is peachy. Do what makes you happy. Pursue these so - called dreams. But don't get your head in too deep on where you're at. Make yourself a better person because of your grind.

August 23, 2010


August 22, 2010


If you're creative, passionate, and hard - working.
If you're also looking for a part time job. Leave your resumes in store.
Address them to GINO!

We are looking for people to help us man the store and organize future events with us.

Store address is n the lower right side of the blog!

August 21, 2010


The Seventh Letter crew has added beauty, color, and danger to the streets of L.A. and sometimes around the world thru the expression of the Seventh Letter in the alphabet; G. G for graffiti. Or in this case 'Gods Of Graffiti'. With the names Revok, Retna, Saber, Push, Rime and Zes are just a few to watch as they fast become L.A.’s modern muralists. They have since become an inspiration to a lot of street artists and graff - writers globaly.

TSL’s streetwear brand features T-shirts designed by the writers and has incorporated a jewelry line, an upcoming bricks-and-mortar space for the currently Web-only, and an ongoing film venture called Seventh Day Project, featuring time-elapsed footage of writers painting actual pieces. New footage is released exclusively via the Web site on the seventh of every month. The collective’s members recently concluded a trip to Barcelona, courtesy of Royal Elastics, for its “Letters First” show at the internationally acclaimed Bread and Butter showcase. The concept revolves around 53 Seventh Letter canvases spelling out “Click Clack the Seventh Letter Strikes Again.”

In this side of the world, TSL's brand tees are available only at BLACKBOOKdesign store at COLLECTIVE. Go to the store to see all the designs!
Learn more about them here


Wip Caps is dropping it's CHAMPION SOUND fitteds today in store! We got the Champion Sound Collaboration caps to commemorate the Raggae movement that the folks from BSIDE created!

Only 38 pieces made together with a certificate of authenticity. Only 1,300 php! JAH BLESS

August 16, 2010


Singapore based travel magazine has featured the Collective and especially did a write up on our store BLACKBOOKdesign. :)

Kikstyo x NOTTI

Tokyo based brand KIKSTYO who are known for mainly two things, KIKS and girls from Japan recently collaborated with international artists and designers. Some of these shirts will be sold in a specific sneaker store near you! Keep posted or follow our feed.

On our island's side , Edmund Mallari a.k.a. NOTTI who is the art director of Sneaker lifestyle magazine MS. CLAVEL has been chosen to collaborate with the iconic brand. What more can i say? We're representing more than ever applying ourselves in different ways prolific as ever.


For the KIKS TYO GraphKIKS series, we gathered a wide cross section of Japanese and international artists and designers to present their work unified under the common themes KIKS TYO is known for: Sneakers, Girls humor and color.

Featuring exclusive works Yuknori DEHARA / DEVILROBOTS / SENSE / T9G / Wonderful design works / TOGO TAKESHI / MOGRAPHICS / PAPRIKO / JUN WATANABE / EDMUND MALLARI / MILEN DAVID / Babekuhl / BEN MORI

Available now online at

August 14, 2010


As I opened my eyes waking up after the vivid dream that I just survived, I guess it's just fitting to talk about subconcious wants. My superego is calling me. Everything may be what you've expected it to be...But at the end of the day you'll always have to be chasing something more vivid than your dreams. Now imagine that, trying to get something that's more vivid than a dream. Good Morning.

Video is for Kanye West's GOOD MORNING by Takashi Murakami, one of the kings of pop art in these times.

August 13, 2010


The cats from Vice Ink are cooking something up.. Oh my lord I can't tell you yet but these guys are legit when it comes down to the ink. Blackbook just got some very nice ones we'll show you soon enough! And that's the man Jun Marco sporting BLACKBOOKdesign. yes sir.

Phantogram When Im Small

This makes me wish i had an IPOD... touch.


RVLD: Claw Money x Vans from TheRivaled on Vimeo.

Claw Money herself talking about her new VANS Capsule collection and points about being a woman in the industry and graffiti.


Red-i Sounds & 32Bar Productions Proudly Presents....

:::DUBPLATE MANILA X OBEY Bashment Round 2::: w/ FREE THE ROBOTS & ROAM ELSEWHERE Warehouse Party Stylee!!! ...
(((Top Ranking Selectas)))

• Don P
• Caliph8
• Mulan
• Immortal Dj
• Soulflower
• Red-i

+ Special Guests:
• FREE THE ROBOTS (Alpha Pup Records, Los Angeles)
Red-i Sounds & 32Bar Productions Proudly Presents....

Chris Alfaro is Free the Robots. The genre-defying artist pulls together heavy doses of traditional jazz, Psych, Electronic, Hip Hop, with progressive melodies and devastating drums into a rich pot of sound. His techniques create harmony between genres with the blending of obscure samples with analog and digital compositions.

Based out of Santa Ana, CA, Free The Robots started as a side project by Alfaro in 2003 while also playing with different bands, producing MC’s, and DJing full time. Having worked with so many different styles of music, Free the Robots brought everything together under one roof, allowing further exploration. With the use of samples, Controllers, and other live instruments, Alfaro creates a balance between the sounds of the past, present & future.

Free the Robots has reached a worldwide audience since its humble beginnings and found its place among the top artists in this genre. With the constant development of Alfaro’s sound and live show, Free the Robots Has shared the stage with the likes of Prefuse 73, Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, the Glitch Mob, Nosaj Thing, Afrika Bambaataa and more.

On March 2010, Free The Robots released his debut album titled "CTRL ALT DELETE" on Daddy Kev's imprint, Alpha Pup Records.

See Facebook invite here


KAWS has been pretty busy recently, and now, he has collaborated with Mexican laguer brand DOS EQUIS. Putting his trademark 'X' eyes all over the DOS EQUIS Bottle. I don't think we shall be seeingthese on sale here thoug as it is only available in Mexico as of now.

Soul Fillet 2

This is the event that Manila has been waiting for. DEBUT was a successful night and we urge you to spread the glory to everyone around the Manila and music scene for

A revisit and a glimpse of the hip hop sound NOW

We break it down into 4 segments for you live n organic. electro and futuristic:

Djs: Rye . J -Hoon
Cypher with jazzy sticky trio: Fuego. James Sace. B-Serj. Special guests. Live emcess call out
Performance by: People's Future. Marquiss
Beatmakers Lounge: Ch++. Milkriddles. Medemessiah
AUGUST 13 at BSIDE! Supproted by BLACKBOOKdsn

If there was any testament upon the Soul fillet movement, this is one to legitimize it. Soul Fillet 2 promises to brng you the same smiles and beats verses all under one roof!

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August 11, 2010


Manila Sound is a musical genre based in the Philippines that began in late 1960s Manila and flourished in the early to middle 1970s. It is often looked upon as the "bright side" of the Martial Law era and has influenced all modern genres in the country as the forerunner to OPM

Popularized by a pop rock band called Hotdog with their hits, "Ikaw Ang Miss Universe Ng Buhay Ko" (transliterated, "You Are the Miss Universe Of My Life"), "'Manila'" and "Beh Buti Nga", it was characterized by catchy melodic phrases.[3] Manila Sound also characterized the disco fever in the Philippines by that period. Alternately described as "the marshmallow sound", the Manila Sound ushered a procession of calculated radio hits by groups such as Cinderella, VST & Co., Apolinario Mabini Hiking Society, Florante, Rico J. Puno and the "megastar" of this musical genre, Sharon Cuneta. The Manila Sound's unprecedented and meteoric appeal provided viability to a Philippine recording industry that until then had relied on cover versions and mimicry of foreign hits to entice consumer acceptance. However, inevitably, the formula-addled lyrical bias towards camp humor and parody caused the Manila Sound to devolve into an explicitly theatrical, if not pre-teen, sub-genre as exemplified by Hagibis (a parody of the Village People) and The Boy Friends, until it finally collapsed in the late 1970s under a wave of disco and dance-oriented Hollywood hits from "Saturday Night Fever", "Grease" and "Footloose". The Manila Sound phenomenon gave way to OPM (Original Pilipino Music) that dominated popular, radio-friendly Philippine music for the remainder of the 1990s.

See your favorite artists reveal their renditions of different Manila Sound legends in the final party for Manila Design Week 2010! Cubao Expo!

August 10, 2010


Here's what they saw in their eyes


And the Wall Lords are:PSP Champions of Phillipine Leg
UGK 2nd Place
MSF 3rd Place

KST won best Throwup


As I said on the previous posts around 3pm the bouncer had already informed me that there was an attendance of 1,000 people. As the night went on til' around 9 pm, God only knows how many people were there to experience the whole war - zone. 1,500 population? 2,000 maybe? No matter what doesn't matter.
Everybody knew this was something. As Sinic and Redy, two of the founders of INVASIAN and WALL LORDS said; "The Philippine leg was one of the best so far, the energy and passion of the people are felt and was one that can not be compared. We were surprised about the results for a first time production". Cheers.