Fatboy Slim Cape Town

Recently I heard a very awesome piece of info regarding music performer Fatboy Slim. The Man, The Legend will be gracing us with his presence at the upcoming World Cup football music events at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Damn right boys and girls. Prepare to hold onto your sanity! Friday 18th June is when the music will explode.

Fatboy Slim has become a legend in his own time. Whether you call him a DJ, or a dance artist…it doesn’t really matter, this guy is both of these labels and so much more. I remember back in the day when I was but a dance dance Padawan and had a tentative grasp of the dance music industry, that Fatboy Slim was an artist to be watched. There is no doubt that songs like Rockafeller Skank and Weapon of Choice changed my perspective on music altogether.

Now it’s is South Africa’s turn to bask in the vibrancy and energy that is Fatboy Slim and to truly have a party to kick off the World Cup in the manner it deserves.

The CTICC will play host to not only Fatboy Slim but a whole host of top DJ’s and bands throughout the World’s most popular sporting event. We are talking about a 31 day party, of which Fatboy Slim is only one of those days. Shoooo it’s going to be a mad, mad month for Capetonians….not to mention a serious money sucker HAHAHA!
Global Icons and Cool Britannia will be putting on a music extravaganza from 12 noon – 3am every single freaking day….WOW!

While tickets for the majority of the parties will be R150, on Friday 18th June will be R400.
Now I know what you are thinking “R400 what a rip”. However, if you consider what is going on its actually well worth the cash. This party will be going all day, with loads of entertainment, not to mention LIVE streaming of all the football events across SA. There will be dop, chow and unlimited excitement. Put into perspective for all this, plus the legendary Fatboy Slim jol, is not asking that much!

Ladies and gents this is going to be HUGE…miss it and seriously miss out. You will undoubtedly be kicking yourself until the day you pass on to the fluffy meadows of the afterlife.

But in these few hours I’ve noticed something amazing – the Parisians are fashion crazy. Everywhere you go, people are dressed up – it’s 10.40 in the morning here, and the coffee shops are already full of well dressed people enjoying a morning cappuccino and croissant.

Fashion in Paris is definately worth watching. I’ve got a good spot @ the moment. I’m sitting in a hotel with a baguette, overlooking the Gare Du Nord train station (where I have to be in an hours time).

And i’m also overlooking the main street outside the Gare Du Nord – and other than the tourists, who are all dressed the same as me – old pair of Jeans, and new eSquared Tshirt (okay, i might be the only one wearing the new eSquared Tshirt – guess it’s time to start speading the eSquared vibe to Paris), the Parisians seem to enjoy the Fashion.

There’s a guy whose just walked passed me wearing a traditional grey suit, with a BRIGHT PURPLE tie, and now I’ve just spotted a tourist with a BRIGHT LUMO ORANGE backpack.

Jeans Evisu

Without doubt the ultimate “fashion must”, for anybody who is still breathing, has to be the immortal pair of jeans.
Jeans have stuck around for so long and considering their humble rather down trodden beginnings Jeans are undoubtedly a success story when it comes to clothing.

The actual history of jeans is quite a long and interesting story…however I think I will touch on that history another time perhaps.

What I want to talk about today is my favourite designer brand of jeans called Evisu.

Ok, so I don’t often go near designer jeans because the prices make my skin itch.

yep I’m the kinda dude who will go to Mr. Price or perhaps Hang Ten when I need a new pair, I find that even if they are pretty much “cattle runs” when it comes to clothing, as far as their jeans are concerned they are more than adequate and in my own opinion last longer than the latest designer jeans, which seem to only last a season before they explode into tiny little designer pieces.

However if I have to single out one label that specializes in designer jeans and go out of their way to make a quality garment, it has to be without doubt Evisu.

So who the heck are Evisu (Evisu Genes) and where do they make these legendary jeans?
Well the story goes a little something like this:

The brand was formed way back in 1991 (when Kurt Cobain was still alive and kicking) by the now ultra famous Hidehiko Yamane.

Well ok maybe Yamane is a little more famous in the Asian circles, but let me tell you he has made one hell of a lasting impression on the international jeans market.

Anybody who knows their jeans and has a tendency towards being picky about intricate workmanship will definitely know Evisu and hold them in high regard.

It’s an interesting brand as it is actually become very well known, but still has a slightly underground feel to their overall brand…which undoubtedly serves them in good stead with consumers.

The brand, which you should have realised by the creator’s name, is a Japanese label founded in the city of Osaka.
Hidehiko Yamane has had a deep background in clothing manufacture and spent many years perfecting the art of creating “true” vintage style jeans.

Not only was he trained as a tailor but he also went on to work in vintage clothing export endeavours where he learnt much of the business know how that has seen Evisu launch onto a global platform.

Yamane was very disheartened to see how the mass produced designer clothing market was filled with poor workmanship and a shoddy work ethic…this saw him leave his tailoring job and take the step to export, this was the first steps at pulling together the important pieces that would make this own brand of vintage jeans work…this included hunting down machinery that was no longer produced (by like 40 years).

In the beginning his production line produced about 14 pairs of jeans a day…however they were created with the utmost care and precision…Yamane then hand painted the famous Evisu seagull logo onto the jeans himself….can you imagine what the price of one of those original pairs must cost a jeans junkie??

Shooo, they must be worth quite a mint to the right collector….maybe I should get onto eBay LOL.

Evisu may have taken the step into the world of relatively large production, but the spirit still remains.
Yamane’s unique designs and business savvy have seen him go on to start a complimenting ladies range called Evisu Donna, which rounded off the label as a contender in any market.

What do you guys and girls think, do you dig Evisu or are you perhaps sold more on Levis and pricey D&G stuff?

Die Antwoord’s music

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Yes, yes…I’m sure quite a few of you on the blogosphere would have already heard about the explosion of local Afrikaans rap group Die Antwoord onto the scene. If you have as yet not seen their music video that has been spammed all across the internet, now is the time. I’m not saying it’s good, I’m just hoping that others will feel the same pain as I do LOL.

Die Antwoord play what they call “Zef music”, which as far as I know roughly translates as ‘Redneck tunes’. What can I say about this odd little rap group? Well it’s most certainly a music style you will either love or loathe. Honestly it’s not really my kind of music, even progressive rap I don’t enjoy, so it’s probably understandable that I may find this hard to swallow.

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It is a rather strange music video, which in the end is all about shock factor. In some instances you don’t know whether or not they are being serious. If they are just “in character” and not actually at all like the personalities they play, then I must take my hat off to them. It was quite funny to watch these guys and girl giving it serious Saffa rap stick.

Perhaps the most shocking part of Die Antwoord music video was the main rapper, known as Ninja, doing a gyrating pelvic dance, which bombarded us with his phallus…eewwww LOL.

Calling Die Antwoord’s music redneck is pretty much the most accurate definition I think possible. They are South African rednecks growing up below the breadline, extremely foul mouthed, overly course….and simply don’t care.
If there was a message in the video that I watched I couldn’t discern it!

Strangely enough I saw a mention about Die Antwoord in yesterday’s newspaper and quickly shook my head. But after watching it today online I think my viewpoint has changed slightly.
While the lyrics (if you want to call them that) are nothing short of catastrophic, I think that the actual beat and technical part of the music is actually pretty good.
Well, at least after the smoke clears from Die Antwoord’s music explosion, the DJ will be able to get a job in the music industry.

I loved the closing remark was just brilliant:
Interviewer: What is the name of your group?
Ninja: Die f*#king Antwoord.
Interviewer: What does that mean?
Ninja: The Answer.
Interviewer: The answer to what?
Ninja: Whatever…f#*k.

Yep this is one strange rap group. Can you believe the amount of traffic the page that was hosting their song received? In the past 4 days Boingboing and Dlisted have received over 3 million hits on their now infamous music video. Heck it has subsequently been loaded onto YouTube and has received 200 000 hits on there alone. That is like crazy traffic!
I just wish that “normal” SA bands could attract such enormous attention..why does it have to be some wacky rap group that brings attention to our country LOLZ.

Anyway I can just imagine there are swarms of fans who will be pumping Die Antwoord’s music in your cabbies at full blast.
What are all of your opinions on the matter? I’d love to know if you think this is a waste of imagination…or the next best thing since koeksusters’.

Recently we held our very successful, BIG Holiday Sale at the Springleap.com HQ
The members that attended the sale went absolutely nuts!
However, while the sale was on, I only had R183 t-shirts at the Sea Point store. Much to the dismay of the bargain hunters out there!
But now it’s time to turn that frown upside down, because our discounted t-shirts are back.

At the moment we have our R89 table of discounted t-shirts out on the floor.
The groovy news is that it’s not only the much older Springleap.com t-shirts that have been reduced, but also quite a few designs that were, until recently, the full price of R183.
I know that will definitely get some of you smiling. I must admit that I have already grabbed a few as stocking fillers for Christmas. I feel that R89 discounted t-shirt is the perfect price for a little addition to a larger gift.

I think it would be a fine idea for everyone to keep their eyes peeled for more specials on our eSquared site.
I’m hoping to really put together some killer discounted t-shirt sales in the next few months.
If you have as yet, not signed up with us, you can do so by looking on the right hand side of the page and filling in the newsletter details.
This will let us know that you would like to be informed via email of any special offers that we might be having. I promise that I won’t spam your email account hehehe J

My sales table is limited, plus it’s being bombarded by the holiday makers….so if you wanna take advantage of this sneaky before Christmas sale….make moves pasta pronto.

3D Animation

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3D Animation is a design art that has taken off in the last few years and has totally revolutionised the way visual arts/media are created.

South Africa is teeming with design talent in this field, however we see more and more of our talented men and women leaving our shores for greener pastures overseas, where it is much more likely for them to find jobs and make a make on the industry they love. Unfortunately it seems that the money just isn’t there when it comes to 3D animation in South Africa.

However one animation project that did take off in a big way and will was showcased on American television by none other than HBO, was Magic Cellar.

This was one heck of a step for Saffa kind.

Magic Cellar, which is a South African/Canadian project to bring African culture programme to a younger audience in the States, has been acquired by HBO (Home Box Office) and was shown in the US as well as Barbados. This was seriously big news for 3D animators in our neck of the woods.

The Magic Cellar series was commissioned by the SABC, Morula Pictures and Canadian company Chocolate Moose Media.

So whats all the hooha about? Well the fact that a 3D animated series that was created in SA has made it to America and has been licensed by a company as huge as HBO shows that we as South Africans have what it takes to mix it up with the big boys in the design animation industry.

Well to put it correctly, we know we are good enough, but now it’s time for the rest of the world to recognize our skills.

The only problem is now keeping the ball rolling, especially after the huge financial crash of recent times. It seems that 3D design companies overseas as well as here at home are struggling to keep their heads above water, so we find some seriously talented people just waiting around for the fish to bite.

What can we do here in South Africa to keep 3D animation alive and kicking?

I’d love to see companies, as well as government working together to perfect this fast moving art form in SA. Not just with cultural projects like Magic Cellar, but also with top notch animated series for our kids, as well as integrated 3D animation for advertising etc.

Do you know of any awesome 3D animation projects currently underway in South Africa? I’d love to hear more about them so that I can try and raise awareness of the plight of our local design talent.

springleap is all about lifestyle. And lifestyle is all about T-shirts. so springleap is all about Tshirts!

Are you looking for something a little unusual? A little different from the mainstream?

But still affordable?

springleap specializes in tshirts for the young to the young at heart.

We have a huge range of funky t-shirts with print designs that won’t go out of fashion.

Sometimes, when we find some unusual items, we also have a range of toys to decorate your home or office desk. And sometimes we have some trucker caps or some long sleeve tshirts, or…

The list goes on. springleap is the home of the springleap tshirts, but pop in and you’ll always find a surprise.

We showcase the latest springleap tshirt design winners, and also have special offers on some of the older springleap tshirt range.

springleap grew out of eSquared, where we had stores in Durban & Cape Town. So if you remember eSquared, you’re going to love springleap.

At the moment, the only place you can find a springleap store is in Sea Point in Cape Town, but lots of people are asking us if they can open up springleap stores around the world – so WATCH this space!

About the Founders

Eran Eyal

Eran loves cell phones, and when he’s not working on his love in life (which is springleap), Eran can be found at the dojo beating the *^*^(& out of…

….his hairstyle which always seems to be changing.

Eric Edelstein

Eric is a serial entrepeneur who loves internet marketing, marketing, PR, and buzz marketing.

Eric has spent the last 3 years in Cape Town, but the last company he helped built up, an Internet Search marketing company, took him around the world a number of times.

t-shirts colours

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One question that remains is the problem of t-shirt colour. While designers are “limited” to only one colour t-shirt, we are left wondering if future designs will be placed on various different t-shirt colours.

The answer to that question is evolving as we speak.

It first happened with the now famous WolFox design eSempowenis. Originally this design was submitted on a pink t-shirt and even though it was on a difficult colour choice it still made the top spot. Since then eSempowenis has been such a hit that it has been reprinted a few times and has ended up on 4 different colour t-shirts (pink, white, blue and army green). This is, at the moment, the best a design can hope to do in regards to being placed on multiple t-shirts colours.

The eSempowenis may have been an aberration of the norm, howe4384581894_33b3ace318ver it seems that this phenomenon is not limited to design that are the biggest sellers. Every now and then a design comes along that we know will simply look gorgeous on a different colour t-shirt. Examples of this can be seen with Forest in my Mind, Taxi Wars and Colour Culture.

The latest deviation in the multiple t-shirt colour design scenario is the recent winner Dotnot, with Who’s your daddy?

This design has already grown quickly in popularity and the demand has been very promising. Considering that the Who’s your daddy? design has only just arrived at HQ, I was surprised to see that we also already have the red version. WoW, now I’m stuck between which colour I want now! Unfortunately it will be going into Winter soon, so I will become extra pasty white…which doesn’t work very well with yellow haha…makes me look sick 😛
Maybe that means red is the way to go 😀

The t-shirt colour debate rages on, which designs deserve it? Should it be based on popularity or our own hunch here at HQ. Maybe the answer lies in the public. Maybe when a design wins the community should also get to vote on a whole host of colour variations? Hmmmm I know logistically that could end up being a serious headache, but what else can we do.

What do you all think? Is there a logical way around deciding who and on what colour?

You cruise across to our website, create an account, download our template pack, send in your appropriately placed designs, wait for us to ok your design and then hey presto they will be ready for voting. One question that remains is the problem of t-shirt colour. While designers are “limited” to only one colour t-shirt, we are left wondering if future designs will be placed on various different t-shirt colours.
The answer to that question is evolving as we speak.

It first happened with the now famous WolFox design eSempowenis. Originally this design was submitted on a pink t-shirt and even though it was on a difficult colour choice it still made the top spot. Since then eSempowenis has been such a hit that it has been reprinted a few times and has ended up on 4 different colour t-shirts (pink, white, blue and army green). This is, at the moment, the best a design can hope to do in regards to being placed on multiple t-shirts colours.

The eSempowenis may have been an aberration of the norm, however it seems that this phenomenon is not limited to design that are the biggest sellers. Every now and then a design comes along that we know will simply look gorgeous on a different colour t-shirt. Examples of this can be seen with Forest in my Mind, Taxi Wars and Colour Culture.

The latest deviation in the multiple t-shirt colour design scenario is the recent winner Dotnot, with Who’s your daddy?

This design has already grown quickly in popularity and the demand has been very promising. Considering that the Who’s your daddy? design has only just arrived at HQ, I was surprised to see that we also already have the red version. WoW, now I’m stuck between which colour I want now! Unfortunately it will be going into Winter soon, so I will become extra pasty white…which doesn’t work very well with yellow haha…makes me look sick 😛
Maybe that means red is the way to go 😀

The t-shirt colour debate rages on, which designs deserve it? Should it be based on popularity or our own hunch here at HQ. Maybe the answer lies in the public. Maybe when a design wins the community should also get to vote on a whole host of colour variations? Hmmmm I know logistically that could end up being a serious headache, but what else can we do.

What do you all think? Is there a logical way around deciding who and on what colour?

mythological movies

Ye Gods, it seems like there is a multitude of mythological movies sprouting up these days.

The wonder of age old Greek mythology has long been a firm favourite of readers across the world. Indeed such epics as the Illiad and Aeneid are corner stone’s of the literary tradition itself.
It was only a matter of time before these amazing stories got picked up by Hollywood and transformed into big screen powerhouses.

Ok, so it’s not like it’s a new idea to make mythological movies. Think about the good ol’ Clash of the Titans back in 1981. Theres nothing cooler than watching the gods chosen one Perseus as he kicks the crap out of Medusa and does battle against the super powerful Kraken monster. This brings me to the first of the mythological movies I would like to mention…thats right, it’s the Clash of the Titans remake. This star studded mythological blockbuster is being directed by Louis Leterrier and stars such actor’s as Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes. While this latest version of Clash of the Titans is different from the original movie, it still has a pretty stock standard quest theme. Perseus leads a band of heroes off on a quest to kill Hades Kraken beast and restore the balance of the gods which will in turn stop Hades from overthrowing Zeus and causing an omnipotent amount of trouble.
I’m really looking forward to this one because I am a huge fan of Greek mythology, which I studied a few mod’s of a few years ago. It’s going to be a visual feast of demi-god hack hack slash slash…AWESOME!
I really do dig this Sam Worthington fellow, he’s a kickbum actor and I’m sure he will pull of the role of Perseus perfectly.

The next mythological movie on my radar is the upcoming fantasy action romp entitled Dawn of War and no, it has nothing to do with Warhammer 40k. Join the super vriss Greek warrior Theseus as he embarks on a journey to discover the truth of his lineage to the king and to realize his destiny of becoming his country’s greatest warrior. Yep, prepare yourselves for a full on demon destroying quest of power. The cast for me is pretty unknown. Theseus is played by a young actor called Henry Cavill, who I don’t know very well at all, he supposedly played in The Tudors and Neil Gaiman’s Stardust. The biggest name in the flick is none other than Mickey Rourke, who is making a stellar comeback to the big screen, heck he will even be the main villain in the new Ironman 2 flick. Great job Mickey, you rock dude!

There is of course the few bad eggs when it comes to the genre of Mythological movies. Case in point being Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief! Ouch, this movie received some pretty shocking reviews and has been slammed by the more fantasy crazed movie goers. Honestly I haven’t seen it, so I will wait until I have checked it out before I burn it too badly.

Yep the mythological movie recipe is one that either works or is torn apart by frigging harpies. Troy is probably the best mythological epic come movie that has worked in the past few years. The public lapped up Troy, partially because of the cool battle scenes, but mostly because of the lead actor Brad Pitt. Dude it was a cool movie, but it made literature and history students want to throw up big chunks of sadness. Luckily the general public are unknowing of serious plot perversions. I suppose like Troy, the new Clash of the Titans and Dawn of War will warp the original stories of these larger than like heroes. Hollywood, what are we going to do with it? Stop corrupting our minds with falsified shiny LIES!