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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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.

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Hello MOTO Q!

I’m sorry but, damn…wow. This thing is pure lava. Ha, for real. Anyone who knows me even remotely well knows that I am 100% addicted to the whole smart-phone lifestyle. And yes, it’s a lifestyle. Checking your email every 11 seconds, constantly reading Page Six, CNN, Wired, etc. while driving, pumping gas, out to dinner, at the bar with friends, showering, hang gliding, scuba diving, etc…well, maybe not all those, but for real, I am addicted… So the Treo is cool, but its certainly time for an update. Enter this beautiful piece from Motorola modeled after their ever popular RAZR. The Q…perfect. There are a bunch of different sites with pictures and info, but check the one below. To anyone who knows anyone who can help THE BRILLIANCE get an early hook-up with this phone…please let us know! And yeah, I posted this before…

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Intelligent Life from The Economist!

A new magazine that’s actually worth buying, really. I don’t read ‘The Economist’ and probably won’t anytime soon, but I think their new magazine ‘Intelligent Life’ is on my buy list. I like the theme… It’s a classically written, grown-style, nothing-over-the-top type magazine that makes you look super important while you read it with that aloof look…you know the style. It’s content is broken into multiple categories such as: Leisure, Motoring, Luxury, Trendlines, Wealth, Travel and then some other ones like Fitness that I don’t read… Yeah, it’s a fresh read…so drop the $6.99 on it cause THE BRILLIANCE said so. That’s it.

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This is my new homeboy right here - Jason Gregory. The man behind MAKR. Unbelievably beautiful leather goods - handmade and laser engraved. I mean, you just can’t touch this, not even if you wanted to. Jason is one of the nicest guys I’ve met before and we’ve only talked on the phone - but he’s doing some big things. Be on the lookout, you’ll be seeing his name and his site everywhere soon. Bags, purses, wallets, guitar straps, possibly the first ever leather t-shirt…Or not…But anyways, check out the wallets and the wooden cases he made for them. So nice. You want one SO bad, I know you do. You heard it here first. Move over…

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Wonder Wall Updates!

Masamichi Katayama and his team don’t seem to update the site all that much, but when they do it is well worth a visit… In case you are lacking in the ‘cool department’ Katayama is the infamous designer known for his unreal interior design for labels such as Bathing Ape, Marc Jacobs, Beams, Louis Vuitton and so many more… The new update includes some great shots of the Busy Work Shop in Soho, some stuff he did for Hermes, and an incredible bar called Stair in Japan. The web shop is also updated…check the socks! G-g-g-g-get familiar with Wonder Wall. Thanks to Sally for the update.

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Bun-B, Draped Up!!!

Are you kidding me…the beat, the flow, the legend…Bun-B is hitting us, finally, with a solo record. I really don’t care what anybody says, the South is embodying what hip-hop used to be…fresh/wierd trends, fads, slang, fashion, cars, life-styles, etc. So refreshing. It has that ‘dangerous’ feel that hip-hop had in the 80’s and early 90’s. All that aside, Bun-B kills this song. I think the album is called ‘Trill’ and I have no idea when it drops…maybe September? Check the link. Yeah, THE BRILLIANCE respects anyone doing their thing…so brush that hair away from your eye, log-off Myspace and listen to some Bun-B. This track is nuts.

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Lil’ Wayne & A Bathing Ape.

I just wanted to post this… Lil’ Wayne has been rocking some Bathing Ape exclusives just as Pharrell did with the red/blue camo hoodies before they were released. It’s funny, 18-24 months ago, Bape and Lil’ Wayne would have never been mentioned in the same sentence. But as of late, it’s been all he is wearing…and not all ridiculously baggy either. I guess I just find this interesting. Obviously Nigo is supplying Weezy with the gear, but why Weezy? Is Nigo just trying to get more hood appeal? Is it just to move product? It’s just funny to see someone like Wayne rocking Milo shirts and BBC gear with big Versace glasses on. Nigo is either a genius or he doesn’t get it. I’m going to go with genius…simply because I don’t have a glass-walled and tweak wood-floored garage at my condo. Continuing to watch Bape & Nigo’s moves.

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ASF interview, taste making mafia!

Nat at A Silent Flute does his thing. And I love the name ‘A Silent Flute’… Check his interview over at Drooghi…they are also doing their thing, props to them for carrying Gimme 5. Anyway, check the interview. He talks about his writing style, who is wack, getting weight gainer added to his smoothies, and all sorts of other stuff. Good interview, for real. Funny, I met Nat by snatching something related to Levis and Fujiwara a while back (I gave credit!)… Keep your eyes peeled for a t-shirt ASF is doing that you won’t even be able to buy. The interview is in the ‘Features’ section.

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Tablet Hotels!

‘Unique hotels for global nomads.’ That’s their little catch phrase/tag line thing…but see, I always thought of nomads as like Viking looking wearing all sorts of sewn together hides and all that…not people who would be like ‘…Oh splendid honey, look at this new boutique hotel in the Maldives! Jeeves, warm up the G5, its vaca time!’ That little intro I just typed was too long. Anyway, Tablet Hotels is not a new site, but I have recently started using them as a browsing point for cool interesting hotels in both the cities I like as well as far off destinations. Well laid out site, easy to search, good grading systems, decent write-ups…and a good booking system. I like how they keep the first date-range I selected as my default while I browse around. Good thinking with that. I just like what this site is doing, so check it. THE BRILLIANCE! told you to.