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Wear your sneakers… new Air Jordans to come

With countless sneaker fans around the world customising their own footwear designs and colourways with programs such as Photoshop, it’s baffling as to why the Jordan brand keeps releasing old colour combinations and styles.

In its ‘golden’ days, when the sneaker community was smaller and less established, you would have had to partake in hours of research if you wanted to find a pair of limited-run sneakers or vintage styles. It wasn’t uncommon to bid competitively on forums, or camp out through the night in front of retail stores before releases to get what you wanted. When you saw someone wearing a pair of Air Jordans in an original colourway, you knew that collector was serious, today it seems even the most dedicated fan base has been watered down with commercial cool. 

No shoe enthusiast wants to believe that Jordan brand seems intent on flooding the shoe market with ‘re-retros’ and even ‘re-re-retros’ to stash more money in the bank, despite their claims of respect for the so-called ‘sneaker game’, but it’s become harder and harder to ignore.

One such example is the release of the 2013 version of the Air Jordan 5 ‘Grape’. After hunting for a decent unworn pair for years, I finally picked up a set of the first ‘retro’d’ editions in 2006, and haven’t worn them since. It’s a similar story for the Jordan 8 ‘Aqua’, which will be back in 2013, and the same goes for the Air Jordan 3 ‘True Blue’ edition, which was one of my most sought after and favourite shoes, and one which I have now lost count on how many times it’s hit shelves.

Jordan Brand seems to have a 5-6 year rule before releasing another retro design with less quality than the original. So if you’ve been holding onto old Jordans like I have, it’s probably best you start wearing them now, because soon you’ll be flooded with new versions of these classics.

Do you collect sneakers? What are your thoughts on the game? Share your comments below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Air Jordan 8 ‘Aqua’ to be released 2013

Air Jordan 5 ‘Grape’ to be released 2013

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New video from Frace Luke Mercado featuring B-Boy Watto

We got the chance to go behind the scenes of a new video by B-Boy and film maker Frace Luke Mercado!

In his latest creation, Luke teams up with fellow SKB Crew member Kym Watterson (B-Boy Watto) and takes us to the streets of Sydney to showcase B-Boy Watto’s  moves and powerful style.  Check out the video and see if you can spot the appearance of B-Boy Soon from Extreme Crew Korea!

You can catch Luke, Watto and the rest of the Street Kulture Breakerz crew this weekend at the Australian qualifiers of the R16 Korea competition.

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Red Bull BC One All Star – New Action Clip

Red Bull BC One’s All Star team has released its first official video. Shot in Rio – the site of the next BC One competition – it features the ultimate crew showcasing their enviable talents! The team is made up of nine internationally renowned dancers, each with their own unique style and moves, representing the best of the best!

This year, Red Bull BC One’s All Star team will start battling as a crew! You’ll see them at several competitions as well as judging most of the lead up rounds to the main event. Their years of experience along with exceptional skills and humble personalities, entitle them to be ambassadors of their culture.

Check out the action in Rio here.

Red Bull BC One

Since the late 70s, B-Boying (aka breakdancing) has been considered an underground movement, over time spreading around the world and mustering fans from every corner of the globe. To aid the scene’s promotion and popularity, Red Bull created Red Bull BC One – one of the biggest and most respected B-Boy competitions in the world. The competition celebrates the dance way of life, showcasing the best of the culture with 16 world-class B-Boys competing in a thrilling one-on-one knockout system to determine who is ‘the one’.

Follow us on Facebook to keep updated with interviews from the BC One All Stars. Don’t forget to check out the new Red Bull BC One All Stars page on the Red Bull BC One website, where you can see updates, photos, videos, and up-to-the-minute tweets!

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R-16 Korea – Urban Arts Festival & World B-Boy Championships

R-16 Korea is an international festival and competition held in Korea showcasing the world’s top-class break dancers. It’s proudly presented by the Korea Tourism Organsation and sets the stage for the world’s top dancers, musical performers and graffiti artists.

Created and produced by Cartel Creative Inc., R-16 began in 2007 as somewhat of an experiment to promote and celebrate the growth and creativity behind the urban youth culture. Becoming a success and receiving an abundance of international attention, R-16 has now become an annual event.

The festival’s main feature showcases 16 of the world’s top b-boy crews battling it out in two categories: best crew performance and best crew battle. Making the selection for the top 16 crews isn’t easy, each group must compete and place at a R-16 preliminary tournament in their region if they’re to make the festival’s cut. During the month of May, R-16 tournaments will be held in West Europe, Thailand, Central Asia, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia to unveil the best of each region. South East Asia, the Middle East and North America will follow shortly after.

R-16 World Championships will be held July 6-8. More details closer to the date.

Image: R-16 Korea

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Interview: Fabian Scaunich, mosaic artisan

Fabian Scaunich is a Maestro Mosaicista (qualified mosaic artisan), the only one to have this distinct title in Australia. With his unique qualifications he founded Mosaic Republic — a boutique artisan gallery/studio specialising in the creation of authentic mosaic art. With each design, Fabian and his team are encouraging people to rethink their preconceptions of mosaics.

Why mosaics? What attracted you to this art form?

My parents are both Italian and immigrated to Australia in the 50s. I’ve always had a strong connection to all things Italian and, having spent many years holidaying, studying and working in Italy, mosaics have become a link to my Italian heritage. Also, I like the permanence of mosaics. I once witnessed the unearthing of a 2000 year old mosaic in Aquileia. The colours and condition of it were exceptional. I always imagine the story behind these creations. Who made them, what was the intention or symbolism behind them.

What are you currently inspired by?

Currently my works tend to explore the textural and tactile aspects of mosaic. I like the way light can interact with different materials and different angulations of ‘tesserae’ (individual units that make up the mosaic) to create light/shadow and how these can be used to create depth and lines.

You mention you’d like people to rethink their beliefs and perceptions of what a mosaic is and can be. What’s a common misconception you often come by? 

We’re not surrounded by the history of mosaics in Australia, so many people identify mosaic as the ‘Trencadis style’. This is a type of mosaic used in Catalan Modernism, it’s created from broken tile shards, pieces of ceramic and dinnerware, and was famously used by Antoni Gaudi. However, in Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Mexico and Russia, each area has its own distinct style/technique. I wish to show the varied forms/styles of mosaic and its many applications in today’s context.

What is the best thing about your job?

I feel very privileged when given a commission as the mosaics will last for generations. For this reason, I consider it a ‘snapshot in time’ that I’m locking into a mosaic. Often the stories linked to the work are very private and personal.

“I’m not a fan of the disposable society
we live in today,
I prefer quality, craftsmanship and timelessness – a trait all good mosaics have.” – Fabian Scaunich

Describe your work space?

Currently, I work in two studios. One is in the middle of my mosaic gallery! It’s clean and organised and I draw inspiration from the works hanging around me. My other studio is more like a workshop where I can get down and dirty and play with cement, rocks and glass. I tend to always have music, but often when I mosaic, it’s like meditation for me and I tend to lose track of time and my surrounds.

What has been your favourite project to work on and why?

Given that it takes a good deal of time to develop, plan and complete a mosaic, it’s difficult not to get attached to them all! I did some restoration work on a mosaic that dated back to the early 1930s – just before WW2. I couldn’t help thinking about the artisans who made that mosaic – what motivated them to make this beautiful floor piece given that war was around the corner. It was nice to be able to restore this mosaic and lock in a little piece of my story (even though you cannot notice it, of course!)

What is the most important piece of advice you were given during your mosaic studies in Italy? 

I received a plethora of advice, tips, rules etc, but I find the one that constantly serves me well is to ‘keep it simple’. There are so many options/possibilities available to you when planning a mosaic and often people get carried away and want to add a million effects, materials, symbolism, etc.

What would be your dream project?

To make a mosaic the way Romans did. Their mosaic was originally planned (as flooring back then) at the time of designing a building. I’d like to work with an architect/designer and incorporate mosaic into the fundamental of a building design. This has been done in few buildings in modern times and the results have been outstanding.  Such buildings have become iconic structures, namely Antoni Gaudi’s Hundterwasser, Santiago Calatrava.

Mosaic Republic will be exhibiting and launching a new range of mosaic floors and feature walls for interior designers and architects at Decoration & Design, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, July 19–22.

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