v. To Erieking

verb. To erieking - Absurdity in motion and the acceptance of it.

Deriving from the name Eric, in which ones dad manifests into Eriek who is weird and absurd with his thoughts; so much so he made a verb out of it.

putthison:

Cleaning Sneakers

Some things look better new; some things look better old. Anyone who has ever bought a brand new pair of white Supergas, for example, can you tell you how self-conscious one can get when those bright white uppers are shining from your feet like beacons. It really takes about a dozen wears before they get dirty enough to look good. Any of the sneakers sold by Nike, on the other hand, look best when they’re box fresh.

At the end of every summer, I clean those sneakers I own that I think could use a cleaning. There are a number of different methods for this. My co-writer Pete, for example, mentioned a technique last year involving Mr. Clean Magic Erasers (which are fantastic for cleaning around the house, by the way). Your local supermarket probably has a generic version of the same thing, if you want to save a little money. Just be warned: as Pete mentioned, these are made from melamine foam, which is a mild abrasive that can take the finish off of your shoes.

This past weekend, I tried Jason Markk’s Premium Shoe Cleaner, which is popular among sneakerheads. The kit is simple: there’s a 4oz bottle of cleaning solution and a stiff bristle brush. You dip the brush in water, apply the solution, and scrub away. The combination is surprisingly effective, and the solution is said to be safe on any material (leather, suede, nubuck, canvas, etc). It does take a couple of rounds of cleaning to get things back to like-new conditions, however, and I found that a little elbow grease is needed on the textured sides of rubber soles.

The kit runs for about $16-24 at Amazon, Nordstrom, and other locations, and $12 at Jack Threads. The company also has a store in Los Angeles for more involved sneaker restorations. Unfortunately, as of now, they’ll only take drop-offs, so you have to be in the local area.

(Pictured above: My Engineered Garments x Vans slip-ons, before and after a cleaning. For more examples of people cleaning with a Jason Markk kit, you can check out videos posted on YouTube)

Saving for when my Blanco Royale sneakers arrive next week.

nickelsonwooster:

Dipped.

nickelsonwooster:

Dipped.

(Source: kevc)

rhubarbes:

Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges in The Fisher King from Terry Gilliam.
(via Terry Gilliam)

rhubarbes:

Robin Williams and Jeff Bridges in The Fisher King from Terry Gilliam.

(via Terry Gilliam)

michaeljondral:

(via The Italian Cut)
zimmermannkim:

Saint Crispin’s derby boot in well-chosen combination of sturdy cordovan and a rustic russian calf grain.

zimmermannkim:

Saint Crispin’s derby boot in well-chosen combination of sturdy cordovan and a rustic russian calf grain.

haydenwerp:

haydenwerp Photographed

haydenwerp:

haydenwerp Photographed

“I never thought that I’d be discovered. I just thought I’d be somebody who was a hard worker. For me, things started to happen once I completely gave up the concept of being discovered. I discovered what I wanted to do. That would be my advice to young performers: don’t want to be famous. Want to be legendary. In many ways, fame is the industrial disease of creativity. It’s a sludgy byproduct of making things.”

oupacademic:


[A] jazz band cannot function properly if the ego of one player overshadows the rest of the players. Even a jazz soloist cannot play at the expense of his companions. Listening to and providing space for other players is a crucial condition for playing honest tunes. A jazz band is like a community immersed in a celebration.

Community Development Journal looks at the role of music in community development, in their recently published article, ”Where is the place for jazz in community development?”
The article was written by Mikulas Pstross, a jazz enthusiast and Senior Research Associate of Partnership for Community Development at Arizona State University. The paper is freely available online for a limited time.
Image: George Adams - tenor saxophone by Tom Marcello. CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

oupacademic:

[A] jazz band cannot function properly if the ego of one player overshadows the rest of the players. Even a jazz soloist cannot play at the expense of his companions. Listening to and providing space for other players is a crucial condition for playing honest tunes. A jazz band is like a community immersed in a celebration.

Community Development Journal looks at the role of music in community development, in their recently published article, ”Where is the place for jazz in community development?

The article was written by Mikulas Pstross, a jazz enthusiast and Senior Research Associate of Partnership for Community Development at Arizona State University. The paper is freely available online for a limited time.

Image: George Adams - tenor saxophone by Tom Marcello. CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr.