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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Christopher Glancy Exhibit in NYC!

Christopher is a talented-ass fashion photographer out of NYC who is doing good things. Please get familiar. Check his latest exhibit that jumps off on the 12th of August @ 10pm at Crobar (who commissioned the whole thing)… With a super thick client list with some of our favorite including Neverstop, Levis, Alife, Cone Denim, some fresh stuff for Adidas, Stussy, Nylon Japan, and Chuck’s favorite: Teen People…and a grip of other companies as well. Good stuff. Check the link below for the flyer and RSVP now. I wish I could make this one… Shout to Christopher and the whole its1977 thing he does. Check it!

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Ghostface, Raekwon, AZ – New York!

Something new… From Kay Slay’s NYC Drama Part 4 and it’s pretty fresh. I’d have to say I’m not really feeling AZ’s lines, they are just good, not great. Ghost and Rae do their thing of course. I’m loving Raekwon’s verse actually… And Ghost’s flow is so fresh as always, I love the dudes voice. Good story-telling type vibe on this track, it’s definitely worth checking out. Check the link below for a free download, legal!! Bank holders stay in the lab, you could get murked up in the cab. This is aNYthing, shout out to the downtown don.

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Adidas buys Reebok!

Wow, this one came out of left-field… Maybe not though. The deal went down yesterday I believe with Adidas making a stock purchase of Reebok for roughly $3.1 billion… The deal will effectively double Adidas’ sales here in the US by having Reebok’s revenue. Now what I’m interested to see is if they can turn around Reebok’s string of ‘almost hot’ products. It seems like they get so close some time with creating a well branded, desirable lifestyle product. This could be a very good look. I’m still waiting for the NoPattern x Reebok stuff to drop! Reedidas… Adidaboks…

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Needled is a new online news site with a focus on tattoos, their history, the culture, specific artists, and more. This is not for those of you with barbed wire around your arms, or some blotchy thorns swirling around your lower back…This is for people interested in real tattoos, the politics and laws surrounding them, and more. Brought to you by Josh Rubin from the always-intriguing Coolhunting and Melissa DiMattia, this site is definitely one for you to check out on a daily basis. So, Needled, The Superficial, and The Brilliance. And maybe Drudge Report. The only sites you need to check every day. Ok, that’s it for me for about 10 days. I leave in half an hour for vacation to upstate New York. While you’re busy organizing those TPS reports, I’ll be floating on a raft in a very quiet area of Lake Ontario. Awesome.

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The Superficial!!!

The Superficial is pretty much like our site, Drudge Report, and Star Magazine all mixed into one incredibly on-point site. The Superficial is essentially a celebrity gossip site, but with more focus on the gossip than the celebrity. I mean, you can’t go wrong with the quality of writing on this site…“I think we can round up anybody who looks to Ricky Martin for guidance and shoot them into the sun…” or “There was a time when I thought bigger was better too, but then one day I was eating my table-sized pancake for breakfast and thought to myself, ‘You know what, maybe this pancake is too big.” HA. I don’t know, I just really love this site. A lot. And if you don’t, you’re a real nancy boy. Also right on is The Superficial having all those really hi-res images to support their posts. Basically, if you start a site with this in your About section, “Our goal is to make fun of as many people as possible.”, and by people you mean out-of-touch celebrities, you’re alright in my book. A few not-work-safe things on the site, just some fair warning. But hey…It’s all good.

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Pre Fab Homes by Rocio Remero!

Anything related to homes and pre fab used to be straight-up trailer park status. That changed a while back when magazines like Dwell, Wallpaper, etc started showing all these beautifully minimal homes that came to your plot of land almost completely built and looked straight out of that one James Bond movie set in Japan. For real, these places are beautiful. My personal favorite, after some search, would be Rocio Remero out of Missouri. Missouri?! With kits starting at about $35k all the way up to the six-figure marks. Check the ‘LV Home’ as they call it. I posted this because I am planning my somewhat early retirement in the Bahamas (or wherever else) and can just see one of these perfectly placed in the middle of nowhere next to a powdery beach. anything on Long Island which just happens to have flights every Thursday from Ft. Lauderdale that only take 45 minutes. The lots are cheap! For all the real-estate heads, this is quite a nice deal with the pre fab house. Now I have to figure out how to get a pre fab home and a few Eames Lounge chairs to the Bahamas…

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High Snobiety Interviews Us!

I can’t really pronounce their name…maybe I can, not sure. But yeah, David caught up with Chuck and I to ask us a few relevant questions and a few fun ones… Check out interview to see what Chuck and I have to say about higher-education, the people we interview, how we met, and all sorts of other interesting stuff. Be sure to check High Snobiety’s blog and all that to see what’s really good. And I’m out for the weekend…catch me in Chicago this at The W. Uptown, downtown, and around town.

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New KAWS movie, Glow-in-the-Dark!!

You want to see something refreshing, smooth, cool, and crisp? No it’s not a glass of Fresca, it’s a new KAWS movie, and it is, as Ben likes to say, pure lava. The new KAWS glow-in-the-dark Companion is about to drop any day now (see site, end of July…) and to accompany it, apparently, is a new movie on the KAWS site that features the glow Companion, some Blitzes running around and exploding, and some Bendy’s that are just causing a lot of mischief and tomfoolery as I like to say. Haha. But holy smokes is this a good little movie or what?! Much respect as always to KAWS for always doing something new and different - always a few steps ahead. Go to the site, enter in, and click Movie. *Update - if you missed it, you missed it, and good luck buying one on eBay. The glow-in-the-darks came and went today at 12noon EST. Sold out for $180 a piece within 10 minutes. Pretty unbelievable.

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Skate or Die exhibit!!

Andrew Pommier, Craig Metzger, UPSO, Harsh Patel, Justin Harder, Steven Harrington…That should be enough reason alone to head out to this, not to mention there are still 44 other incredible artists involved. 50 artists were invited to paint skateboards with one requirement - put a skull theme on it. I had the opportunity to do one and will be taking part in the show myself, and it was a really cool project to work on. The show is being held at the New Image Art Gallery in West Hollywood, CA. All of the skateboards are for sale and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Faribault Skatepark Association which is in the process of building a skatepark in Joe Kral’s hometown (organizer of this whole show!) in Faribault, MN. A 32-page catalog will be available at the reception, so if you’re out this way you definitely need to head over there.

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They probably won’t admit it, but the super simple text based design that Chuck has been using for quite some time is often copied. Often. So Chuck is always on the grind to have something new, fresh, and crisp to show off his works. His latest site is hands down the most expansive site he has ever done. It’s huge…huge. Dope layout, well organized and all that…but whatever! Check the work! Some old classics I forgot about in there along with ones even I haven’t seen yet. Check it out…or better yet, become the Creative Director at Nike and give Chuck wild amounts of work.