Céline top via Zoë

I guess I just can't help myself with iconic or weird patterns. When this, now infamous, plaid came down the runway and everyone screamed holy laundry bags! I had a feeling I'd be on the prowl. After all, I'd always regretted not getting any of the foulard prints. And on the topic of foulard, as happy as I was for the overwhelming response towards the first run of skateboards a few years back, it was just that...overwhelming. I didn't really have any interest in doing anymore for a long while. Or at least until it felt right. And now fast forward two years, here I am again.

Available for a limited time, you can get them here. And pssst a very small quantity of the old ones.


Here I am! In the new Vogue September issue!

Growing up reading Vogue and being a middle class nobody kid from the 'burbs, you would never imagine you'd one day see yourself in one of the world's biggest fashion publications. I mean beyond that, you could never specifically imagine why or how you could be in it, but I'm proud that it would be my merged love of skateboarding and fashion that would land me a spot in the most important issue of the year. 

Vogue contacted me a few months ago to work with seven American designers - Diane Von Furstenberg, Alexander Wang, Narciso Rodriguez, Olivier Theyskens, Rag & Bone, Thakoon, and Tory Burch - to create decks based on a print story from each designer's Fall 2012 collection. It was an honor to be asked by Vogue of course, but the greatest source of pride is being profiled in association with the sport of skateboarding. It's given me a lot so I'll forever give back.


Zara suit // DIY doggy Celine shirt

What do you do when something is so out of reach? When in doubt, make your own! I've been obsessed - like everyone else and their moms - with the most perfect and rather iconic fashion print of 2011 and wanted to do my own spin on it by incorporating it into something that was a bit more me. What better way to marry my love of fashion and skateboarding, than to throw the two components into this perfect plank of wood? I don't know what could be more all-encompassing of what Stop It Right Now represents. Even Kuma wanted in on the action, so I had to spend the better part of the weekend making her her own little shirt. (I may not be able to make a human-sized shirt but you can bet your ass I can make the tiniest little replica ever.)

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For some reason it's oddly pleasing when I learn that someone I admire has good taste in the opposite sex. Growing up around skate rats and being the tomboy chick, it was always so disconcerting to watch the really rad guys around me date Rocket Dog wearing so-so girls. I mean, like it matters right? But still, So it was such a nice surprise to discover that one of my favorite skate figures, Salman Agah, has an equally awesome lady. Salman Agah is, afterall, one of the most iconic skaters of the 90s, who also produces the Skatebook series. Price Latimer are a babe. Of epic proportions.
Skatebook 3 Bart Simpson cover
Oh these? Just some vintage Yohji pants.
This old thing? You know, some Wes Lang hangin in my house. Casual.
images via thecoveteur


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I come from the generation of skateboarding when it was still relatively underground and not widely accepted by media and parents. It was still sort of a vehicle for these unruly street kids to make something of themselves. A time when you would have to fight your parents to just go and sit at the local shop to watch some videos. My friend had posted a story about how Lance Mountain was dumbfounded when he witnessed a dad trying to bribe his kid to skate. The sport used to be an act of rebellion and now it's become the "cool" thing to do. I feel like I don't see that many younger kids these days that are just genuinely stoked and humbled by the success and opportunities that skateboarding might afford them; which is precisely why when you do run across a great one, they shine even brighter. Theotis always has a huge smile on his face and will go out of his way to shake your hand. You can feel the excitement and gratitude radiating from him. It may sound totally unremarkable to you, but it's something entirely refreshing for me in this industry.

Dustin Dollin says it best... "All these fancy superstar skaters out there beware. I've never heard about anyone with so many opportunities being so humble and positive. His life, I imagine, is somewhat different from the average yuppie rich kid whose mum and dad buy them everything and then they turn pro and expect more from their sponsors than mummy and daddy could ever offer. I doubt that happened for him. He used to have to stay at the Baker house when shit was too ghetto where he grew up. Imagine sending your kid to our crazy-arse party Baker pad because it was safer. Sketchy."

Scanned from the Transworld February 2011 issue introducing the skaters for their next video.

so i pretty much spent the whole day not even thinking about the fact that it was my birthday. i was home alone all day in my pjs and then at night had plans to spend my birthday dinner with my family as is customary. everything for my family revolves around good food and good conversation. we laugh, we eat, we love each others' company. my cousin just returned from paris so we had been dying to reunite for some shabu shabu. tonight was the perfect chance.

after you finish all the meat and veggies, they throw in udon noodles and after that, they cook rice in the pot. this is what it looks like after we're all full.

no fun to just part ways right after, so we always go to a cafe and talk some more. we went to this one thats famous for their sweet potato cake, which ended up being my 2nd time blowing out candles :)

good times! it's always nice to spend these kinds of moments with your family. but it's not over yet....i was thoroughly pooped and beyond full so dragged my ass home, only to walk in and be greeted by two super thoughtful roommates with this. yep, 3rd time blowing out candles!

they are DUDES by the way. imagining them at a bakery ordering these is just too cute.

nope. not over yet......and to top off everything else......i finally won this.....most EPIC ebay score everrrrrr.

talk about a seriously awesome birthday.

but i'm glad it's over :)

throw back

so i was reflecting on all the things i am into these days, i mean fashion-wise, and how they've evolved over the years. it got me thinking about when i first starting getting into fashion, well specifically girls fashion. obviously not fashion as i think of "fashion" now, but just the art of dress and putting effort into outward appearances. up until then i had pretty much shared a closet with my brother -which primarily consisted of skate tees.

i was introduced to the more technical side of apparel at a very early age. my grandma was a skilled seamstress and my mom was excellent at anything with her hands. they taught me how to use a sewing machine and knit crazy patterns in the third grade. i was a bit too impatient for it at that time and as i grew older i became more preoccupied with the surf and skate world, too much so to give up my precious time for sewing; i was fine with my vans and tees. i wasn't about to wear dresses, yeah right.

as i moved into high school, however, i wasn't finding what i was liking in stores in suburbia and had limited access to other neighborhoods, what with being 14 and license-less and all, so i resorted to vintage stores and crafting my own clothes. the only new clothes i found myself buying were skate brands. my TSA tee and Fuct tee were on rotation all through the week, but my all time favorite brand was Poot.

i was first introduced to Poot hanging out at our local skate shop in newport beach. a girls skate shop (what?!) opened up upstairs and thus my first ever job was born. that's right, my first job at 15 was at a girls skate shop - a haven, or i guess heaven, for girls like me who lived and breathed that world. Poot was the brand that influenced my youth the most, with messages of women's empowerment without all the gnarly bra-burning hardcore feminist vibe. it just told you that, hey, girls are rad and skateboarding is rad, and girls that love skateboarding are rad and that there was a little "society" of us. we weren't the pro-ho's just jocking the dudes, it was a world of girls that just loved the sport and loved being a part of that world. it went on from being a graphic tee brand, to having cut-n-sew pieces, to inspiring a zine that eventually became a (short-lived) glossy called Foxy. the only other zines i read were the local ones picked up at record shops and punk shows, but man, i read Foxy like it was my bible. i pretty much idolized Keva Marie, the founder of both Poot and Foxy, and Deanna Templeton (wife of Ed), who was the epitome of the down-to-earth skate/art chick that i aspired to be. Poot may not be around anymore, but it will always remain near and dear to my heart, as a part of my youth and as one of the seeds that helped me to grow into who i am today.

the iconic logo that i couldn't get enough of

i had this plastered EVERYWHERE. if not as a sticker, then painted on. i was gifted in the art of puffy painting logos.

classic Poot imagery

examples of some of the hangtags. my favorite was the one of a little girl flipping the bird, not shown

example of an ad, which also shows Choes, the Poot shoes that came out later on

Foxy, in it's early stages as a photocopied zine, and later as a glossy

all images via Keva Marie's website, check it HERE
aaaaaaaaand, was thinking about this song that i loved in high school and couldn't find it anywhere for a decade. but hello, technology, you've made life much easier these days.


i have no idea why but i just started thinking about skateboarding and the 90s today. skateboarding has always been my first love - the most seminal thing in my life that really formed who i am today. sure there are other bits and bobs to me, but for the most part, i am who i am today because of skateboarding. i'm sure everyone has their own versions of what the 90s represented for them. for me it was a time that was dominated by Think, Foundation, and Girl just to name a few. it was a time when skaters looked like ravers, or members of the Talking Heads. pants were huge and the bottoms were cut off so you could barely see your Simples; the resulting proportion resembling shorts so large that they were considered pants only by default. i think it was Etnies that even put out denim one year that had back pockets that resembled mits. they were called the girlfriend jean or some shit, so that skaters' girlfriends could keep their hand in the back pocket. i may be mistaken on the brand but i definitely will never forget those jeans. i remember wanting to be linked up in a pair with a certain someone. but then again, i was 15. flash forward 15 years later and skaters can now swap jeans with their girlfriends. but whatever the style may be, there will always be that signature SKATE look. the look that rollerbladers, wakeboarders, bmx-ers, and whoever else will try to emulate. although skateboarding has become far more mainstream than back in the 90s, it's still a relatively underground sport. and while the police, rent-a-cops, and other generally disgruntled uptights of the world shun it, ad execs and cool guy wannabe's will always try to encapsulate the essence of it. why? because it's awesome. face it.