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Custom Supreme. Rare Yeezys, & Rabid Hypebeasts. This Was SneakerCon NYC.

The New York edition of the traveling sneaker convention SneakerCon is the show’s flagship. With upwards of 20,000 people expected to pass through the event’s entry lines, it’s now a cultural staple. It’s come a long way from its 2009 launch in a 2,000 square foot Times Square space that only hosted 600 attendees. Now, the convention boasts 13 shows a year in cities like Atlanta, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale domestically. This year’s NYC flagship event was expected to be even bigger than it’s 20,000 turn-out anticipation. It appeared as such. I attended this years event with Set Art Director and partner in childish horse shit/my Irish brother Drew McCarver, screenwriter and Wanderset guest latin culture contributor Jonathan “JayLee” Jordan, Armand “the Funeral Director” DeLuca and my old homie Mikey Nicholson, devout Liverpool fan, true hiphop head, man of the people, and the proud belt holder of “Street wear OG…

Wander ART BASEL With Us.

Imagine loading a cannon with pastel paints and firing it all over South Beach.And those hit by the Pollock style bomb range from ascot wearing European wealth from Monaco to graffiti artists in street wear from Bushwick who clawed toegtehr change to get here. That’s Art Basel. The biggest art show in the world will be repurposing the metro of Miami as a living canvas in ways, drawing over 80,000 in just a few days to countless galleries, exhibits, installations and events that range from the Victorian to the surreal. It’s both Vatican and Valerian. It’s hip and temporary and established and stuffy. There’s a sea of indie as fuck drug addled street culture and also a brunch hosted by JP Morgan. Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of…

Wanderset’s COMPLEXCON Invasion 17 Recap

The Insanity that was COMPLEXCON 17 has been recapped. It’s around mid-afternoon in West Hollywood right now, and it’s finally quiet. It’s finally much, much calmer. Off the balcony, I can hear the low panned din below of the Sunset strip, dipping into the weight of it’s own peaks and valleys, in underwater Dolby surround sound. The last weekend just kicked the shit out of (Wanderset Art Director) Drew McCarver and I. But the internet never sleeps. Some cat flew back to Seoul and already uploaded some trill ass images of his cops from ComplexCon 17, and now, we have to run thru miles of content, flicks, clips, and all types of names and numbers to piece together this hot mess neon maze that was more Wonka Factory than shopping experience. We copped a bunch of exclusives only avaiable at the event, and now, only available on Wanderset. Thru out…

ComplexCon Is The Internet In Real Life. And We’re Invading It This Weekend.

The cultural hypebeast itself is roaring thru Long Beach this weekend like a Supreme wearing Godzilla. ComplexCon, brainchild of hiphop culture conglomerate Complex Magazine & Complex Media Network. The concept was to recreate the internet’s convergence culture in real life. No small task. Somehow it happened last year.  And this year, it’s even bigger. And Wanderset is officially invading. The Long Beach Convention center will feature booths with over 150 of the hottest streetwear, luxe, and urban leisure brands from everyone from mainstream monsters like NIKE to streetwear capsules from Off-White, Fear Of God, and UNDEFEATED. ComplexCon is an expertly curated convention and festival bringing the world of Complex Media Network to life. This is the Millennial’s World’s Fair. The minds behind Complex have come together with a Host Committee led by the Cultural Director/Executive Chair Pharrell Williams, legendary artist Takashi Murakami, Off-White designer and founder Virgil Abloh, Colette co-founder…

FUCK STEREOTYPES. SET PRECEDENT. Freeman Plat Does It For The Culture.

In 1964, Bob Dylan released the legendary album “The Times They Are A-Changin”. Covering topics ranging from the civil rights movement and racism, to Vietnam, to anti-establishment psychedelic culture, he spoke fluidly from the perspective of the vast gap between youth and leadership. Dylan’s capsule was highly reflective, raw, and revolutionary. Fast forward to 1971, when the late Marvin Gaye bookended the most turbulent decade when he released “What’s Goin On?” amidst the second wave of the Civil Rights struggle, the decay of a post Vietnam war American Dream, and his brilliant, haunting falsetto became the narration to an era. Since then there’s been “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” By NYC hiphop legends Public Enemy, “WAR” by U2 in the early 80’s that gave us anthems like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and equally as brilliant soundtracks to seasons of history from Bob Marley, 2Pac, and Rage Against The Machine. This is shit I know well.…

Heart X Sole : The Sneaker Steve Story

Sneaker Steve Patino is a very influential man in footwear. You may not know his name because it’s not on the actual sneaker like a certain basketball great, but you damn sure have seen his work, wore his vision, or proudly rocked an effort of his. He’s made some massive moves that have changed the way we view fashion in general, quarterbacked collaborative efforts between skaters, rappers, luxe designers and rock stars, and it really all began with a lot of passion, and a little bit of square footage in Elmhurst Queens, NY. Picture the late 80’s/early 90’s in the city that never sleeps. Rows and rows of squalid brick housing, Chopped Cheese selling Bodegas, (if you don’t know what Chopped Cheese is, find a noose pal.) boxy BMW’s weaving lanes blasting A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang, and Gangstarr. This was back in the era when all 8…

In Defense Of Holy St. Yeezus

There hasn’t been as polarizing a figure as Kanye West in a while. Try to recall the last cat who divided debates so aggressively, who lead the market so fearlessly, and who fucked up so publically, and it was all a part of their ethos. Maybe Axl Rose. Maybe. But Axl wasn’t a fashion icon, a designer (or re-designer) of absolutely everything, and social media wasn’t yet even a thing. Shit, neither was the Internet. A few years after Axl Rose’s heyday saw the first wave of America Online. Those times and not these times. There’s always two ways to view Kanye West. If you love him, you see his vision, root for his angst and outbursts, applaud his drive, and support his relentless endeavor diving. He’s an innovator, a renaissance man, and a rebel. He is equally, and fluidly, both “Jesus Walks” and “Hey Mama” Ye, and “Yeezus”…