In 1989, Randy Balingit-Hartmann bought the first BMW M5 brought to San Diego and has owned it ever since. As someone on the shy side, Randy wanted a car that fit his personality—one that was fast and powerful yet unassuming. In all its unassuming four-door glory the E28 M5 is often overlooked, but this sedan packs the same amount of power as Ferrari 308 GT and if not respected will surprise you in the turns of your favorite road. Randy has had this car through the ups and downs of life and has put over 400,000 miles on it with no major problems. Dedicated to the M5 for life, Randy will continue driving it the way it was meant to be driven with its detuned racing engine—like he stole it.
For over 25 years Mike Miller has cultivated a portfolio that offers some of the most recognizable photography across a slew of creative artistries including Parisian couture fashion and early ’90s gangster rap. Influenced by legends like Lindberg, Roversi and Vallhonrat, the California native developed a signature aesthetic in which he utilizes a method of cross processing film and chemical baths to portrait vivid black and white photographs that are both evocative in emotion as well as thought. His work includes commissions for pioneer brand Stussy, MTV, Death Row Records, PUMA and many more. ^Hypebeast
Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols or even the Ramones, there was a band called Death. Punk before punk existed, three teenage brothers in the early '70s formed a band in their spare bedroom, began playing a few local gigs and even pressed a single in the hopes of getting signed. But this was the era of Motown and emerging disco. Record companies found Death’s music— and band name—too intimidating, and the group were never given a fair shot, disbanding before they even completed one album. Equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family love story, A Band Called Death chronicles the incredible fairy-tale journey of what happened almost three decades later, when a dusty 1974 demo tape made its way out of the attic and found an audience several generations younger. Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (hell...the first punk band!), and are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers.
Design studio Cookie Bros. introduces an interesting piece of furniture constructed from solid ash wood with the tattoo chair. Inspired by old school tattoo culture, the versatile char is equipped with adjustable and optional parts for each tattooist preference whilst working. Cookie bros. took the ink to their classic wood grain chair by taking classic body art motifs with American tattoo artist Daniel O. Sawyer, also known as Danny Boy. ^ Selectism
Inside was a round wooden space no bigger than a freight elevator, filled with about a dozen people sipping whiskey cocktails. Couples sat at five petite tables built into the cedar paneling. A young woman mixed drinks behind a bar. Above people’s heads, a two-man band — accordion and upright bass — serenaded from a platform.
But amid the revelry, the staff communicated using headsets, checking that the operation remained unnoticed outside. In the event that the police did arrive, several exit routes were planned. This was life inside the Night Heron, a decidedly illegal nightclub run by a group of adventure-minded artists in a water tower atop a vacant building in Chelsea for eight weekends in March, April and May.