The Brilliance!


We’re really internet and we’re really back. A website about things Benjamin , Chuck , Virgil , and various friends & guests think are interesting. Little-to-no specific focus, a bit odd, speling errors, and incredibly culturally relevant.

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H&M is nice!

What it do? H&M is too on point. I don’t even know if this is late news or whatever…but the new Stella McCartney line is a perfect example of why I love H&M. We don’t really even cover women’s clothing or anything, but it’s a perfect example of a beautifully executed line that is affordable and each piece can be thrown in with another. Making it all the more cost effective. But whatever though…H&M for guys isn’t perfect but, again, its just so well done in terms of design accessibility/pricing, sizing, cuts, design and all that. Just a cool overall business model. That’s what’s really good. In fact…I don’t think we have ever mad a post about H&M before. Long over due. I want to see them do some other crazy, more niche, collaboration lines. I had Jimmy Johns for dinner and I got a new orchid in my place. I’m posted up like a mailbox.

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The whatever update.

Man…there is nothing ‘cool’ to flap my gums about. For real. Email me if you think different. No more t-shirts, sneakers or nothing like that. Something new. Chuck and I don’t do the sneaker thing or the toy thing or whatever. Sorry. Updates:

  • The chicken-fries from Burger King are a serious problem. So good with that neon-orange buffalo sauce. I’ll take another 12 piece.
  • I know I said I’m not into sneakers and all that…but Vans Chukkas are perfect. I’m about to start rocking worn-out shoes man. No more fresh whites.
  • Young Jeezy and his old BMF friends are probably going to jail. Maybe. What is the old saying? Is it…’get your money and shut-up’? I hope they make a movie about it after all is said and done.
  • I bought Mary Jane’s Last Dance by Tom Petty off iTunes. Song is so good today. I bet I won’t like it tomorrow.
  • Mambas are the most candy for your corner-store dollar. I am the corner store king. Ask about me.
  • I thought the ‘O RLY’ owl thing was pretty funny man…but it kind of isn’t anymore.
  • ‘Hating’ things. Is this like a recent thing? Like in the past 25 years? The Fonz didn’t hate people. He just ignored them.
  • I like purposely boring design. They need to come up with a name for that style or genre.
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College Parties.

I hit lounges…nice bars and restaurants. Low key, nice drinks, great service…etc. I order seared Ahi Tuna and Focaccia…just my style. I never really did the college party/kegger thing as I never attended college. In fact…I didn’t drink until I was 23. Too busy doing my thing. So anyway…this past Saturday the good guys from Blame Clothing invite me to their East Town home to attend a Halloween kegger. Hilarious. I can’t believe what I was missing. Look…I still love good service, great drinks and beautifully designed spaces…but drunk-ass college kids are some of the best entertainment I’ve had in a while. The beer tasted horrible, the sound system wasn’t that good, white sneakers were a dumb idea, and I learned a little about a game called beer pong. And honestly…most of the girls were better looking than any of the ‘nice’ places I’m usually found at. I mean, I had to hit up Martha’s Vineyard for a bottle of Vueve cause I couldn’t do the beer…but I did drink it out of a red cup whilst carrying the bottle with me. Gangster. So yeah…that’s my post…I’m going to more house parties, that’s all there is too it. Big shout to Jesse, Ian, and Neil…I hope the clean-up wasn’t too much. And yes, I got her number.

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Jay-Z & Nas.

Of course I’m going to post this. I ever so distinctly remember my first listen of the very scratchy recording of Jay at Summer Jam performing the first little bit of Takeover…and hearing Beanie Sigel yell ‘don’t stop Jay…don’t stop…’ It was so crazy man. Then the famous gun-shot intro on Ether. I mean, I was the biggest Jay fan, but Ether was too much. Still an incredible track. Nas and Jay’s beef was nothing short of legendary. Hip-hop history. Then they come out on stage together and do Dead President. I mean…wow. I haven’t heard the audio and all that yet…but I’ll get to it. I swear though…don’t you wonder what their first sit down meeting was like to discuss this happening? Did they get some sushi and talk things over? I can’t even really explain how incredible this whole things is. Jay-Z and Nas….a very proud moment in hip-hop music. ***How was I supposed to follow-up a post about puppies? Uhh…

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KAWS on Jay…

This is kind of a quick follow up post to the last one Ben made…but wow. I just wanted to say, as always, much respect to KAWS for managing to be so quiet but at the same time so unbelievably visible and recognizable. Jay wore this Bape jacket at the concert last night. Giant Kaws eyes and teeth right on there…I just think this is too cool, seriously.

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The Daily Puppy

This is probably the best post I’ve ever made. I don’t know about you, but I love dogs. In fact, I can say without a doubt that if I was not an artist, I would be a vet or work with dogs somehow, and I mean that. I know this is pretty different than what we usually post but hey so what? It’s not like you can do anything about it. So - this site just shows picture after picture of puppies. All different kinds - dobermans, labs, spaniels, boxers, and my favorite, pugs. I became pretty intrigued by pugs when I worked at Skinnycorp/Threadless for a bit a while back and Jake, one of Threadless’ owners, brought his black pug Norman to work almost every day. They look hilarious and you just can’t feel angry at them even if they do something stupid. They just look at you with those bugged out eyes like “what?” So anyways, start checking this site out daily if you love dogs, or spend sme time looking through all the archived photos, or send in your own. Big shout out to my mom for sending this link to me. What’s up mom! She doesn’t even read this site. On another note, the WHITE SOX WON THE WORLD SERIES. YES.

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Saab, Born From Jets!

I really like Saab. I don’t own one, but I have driven a couple. And it’s always on my mind in-terms of what my next purchase may be. Anyway, Saab just launched a new marketing campaign that reaches back to their heritage as jet aircraft manufactures. See, this always impressed me about their brand…amongst other things. They built some wild looking jets back in the day, then transferred and awful lot of little aircraft idiosyncrasies into their cars. The ignition placement, the ‘night-drive’ mode where only the speedo is lit, and various other small things. I am all about heritage…I love when brands grow from their own heritage. And this is a super-ace move on Saab’s part. They are doing a whole campaign with commercials that have Saabs driving under low-flying jets in the slat-flats, Saabs in hangers, and various other marketing materials that beautifully stick with the minimalist Saab image while really reflecting the raw power/energy of fighter jets. I don’t know man…I think this is truly brilliant, and I hope the best for them. The agency handling all this is Lowe & Partners Worldwide. Also…check the new body-style on the 9-5…very fresh. Long post. THE BRILLIANCE! loves Saab.

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Charles & Marie!!

My man Jason Gregory from MAKR reminded me of another good dude, Josh Spear who put me on to a great new site called Charles & Marie. It’s a really great blog resource that reminds me of a mix between MocoLoco, Cool Hunting, and the very site you are reading right now, THE BRILL0TR0N. I am loving the modern look and feel of the C&M site. It feels like a good homelife/design magazine to me. And hey - you can’t not like a fresh blog like this that was featured in the new issue of TIME magazine. These guys are on top of things in a big way. Posts about art, interior/exterior design, architecture, fresh gadgets, and just a lot of really interesting stuff. Clean, crisp site. I will definitely be stealing some of their posts and news to post on THE BRILLIANCE in the future. Ha…but really though. Check it out. And hey - I had grits for breakfast with just a little bit of salt and brown sugar. Was good.

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Refill Issue Five.

I like what Refill does…in fact, I have their Bape x Refill on my coffee table. It takes a lot to make it onto my coffee table. They are hitting us with issue number 5. Looking good. Features on Sk8thing, Mr. Cartoon, Nick Knight, and aNYthing. Click here for a quick sample of the aNYthing layout…I love what A-ron is doing with all that. Just looks fresh, something new about it. Anyway though, Refill does a great job…good printing, cool ‘accessories’ that come with each issue, good packaging, etc… It’s basically a book. I need another Diet Coke…in fact, I need a fridge in my office, my bathroom, my car, and everywhere else I go filled with frosty Diet Cokes.

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Ghostface, Kilo is a…

I had no choice…I had to post it. The School House Rocks / Sesame Street beat…what can you say. I’m just happy Juelz Santana didn’t get his hands on this beat first. Ghost’s flow is really on-point right now…feels fun again. More creative or something. What’s going on over at Def Jam? Who did this beat? It’s so perfect. It’ll be in my car tomorrow for sure. I’m typing this in like cut-up sentences. Not sure why…maybe cause it’s 1:37 AM. Rae’s verse was…ok. I could try and write something funny or clever here…but I’ll just give the link. Ghostface is in my top 3. THE BRILLIANCE! Loves Ghostface Killah, G-Deni, Tony Starks, and Iron Man…He seen it like a Zenith. …dedicated dealers, during holidays we give them lighters…