Tetsu Nishiyama, founder of WTAPS, FPAR, SPIT and GIP store.
Talking about the WTAPS slogan (via Highsnobiety):
“Placing things were they should be” originated as the WTAPS principle for if you create something simple, that is where you end up reaching. That’s basically the whole point of that slogan. But WTAPS is now moving on to a different concept, it came from a Japanese word called “seikatsusha” which we coined the term “lifeist”. A lifeist basically draws no distinction between work, play and learning. And that is actually what WTAPS is trying to strive for – a form of lifestyle.” – Tetsu Nishiyama
I want to be a lifeist. Stay inspired.
New video from Fat Bill aka William Strobeck. You might know him as the Love Park documentarian and also the dude behind Supreme‘s latest video, Cherry. Joyride is a nice mix of lo-fi and NYC street skating. Sage and Sean kill it and they recently got on Converse Cons and I couldn’t be happier. These young dudes have such good style, none of that aggressive/jock shit that has infiltrated a lot of young kids skating these days. Oh, and The Gonz has a nice cameo. Watch it and go outside and skate!
The Gonz and I last year in SOHO.
Man, it’s been a minute. I’m sitting here listening to Lil Spook and eating a Philly Cheese Steak, while also reading Buzzfeed. This is kind of what heaven must be like. Last few months have been really exciting both personally and professionally. So exciting in fact that I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like. World Cup was a blast, although Team USA didn’t make it past the round of 16 but they definitely fought hard and established themselves as a strong team. Living in Shanghai though is probably the worst place you can be for this year’s world cup. Half of the games were at 3am here and I’m definitely not young enough to stay up that late and have any sort of productive week thereafter. So it’s summer time now in Shanghai and it’s getting humid and gross as usual. Not really that bothered by it because I’m indoors about 90% of the day anyways but definitely bummed that I can really only wear t-shirts and some dress shirts. My summer clothes are the worst, especially since I hate wearing shorts. Something about wearing shorts casually (it’s fine functionally for things like swimming/sports) really just doesn’t work for me. Anyways, there’s a box set of Seinfeld (China Bootleg) DVDs that is calling my name. #TCB (you’ll know this if you’re a true Seinfeld fan).