Shopping Guide: August 2010

By Tim Boswell & Ronnie Gamble  |  08/31/2010

We're back with yet another installment of our monthly Shopping Guide column. August is done, and a bunch of new items have hit the market. Our staff has diligently searched far and wide across internet and retail stores to find and feature some of the coolest items to purchase for yourself or others. We compiled a list of something for just about everyone, including new stuff and classics. Check it out!

T.I.T.S. "Raw" Tee (w/ Rosa Acosta)
Price: $30
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Earlier this year, Seattle-based streetwear brand Two In The Shirt (T.I.T.S.) commissioned renowned Los Angeles photographer for a photoshoot with popular video vixen/model Rosa Acosta, which turned into a couple of tees for their line.

First, they dropped the "Sh** Is Bananas" tee, and now, the company has dropped the "Raw" tee, which features Acosta baking some white powder in the kitchen while wearing tight, black lingerie, as well as a custom script that reads "Raw".

Get this tee while it lasts over at our friends at Karmaloop for just $30. It comes in either white or black.

Teruo Artistry's Puff, Puff, Pass (Archival Print)
Price: $200
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Teruo Artistry has released a bunch of prints as of late, which are currently selling on their site. The artist, Timothy Teruo Watters who hails from the wine country of Northern California, has designed paintings, most notably for the stage and backdrop for the Sunset Strip Music Festival and presented paintings from his ICON series to Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, P. Diddy, Pitbull, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and DJ Skee.

This piece, "Puff Puff Pass," coincides with the November vote to legalize marijuana in California. It features the "Mystery Machine" van from the popular cartoon "Scooby Doo," with Shaggy and Scooby's hand hanging out gripping a joint while smoke billows from the hot boxed cab.

Definitely a nice piece to hang on your wall if you enjoy the green herb. Get them while they last.

In4mation's Essex Knitted Checker Crewneck Sweater
Price: $60
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The In4mation brand has been around since 2002, and continue to release quality collections each season. We're not sure what collection this piece comes from, but as the Summer months come to a close, it's time to rethink your Winter wardrobe.

This is a nice checkered crew neck they call the "Essex Knitted Checker", which is made from 100% cotton and features a knit checkered pattern throughout, a logo label at the back of the neck, and ribbing at the collar, cuffs, and hem.

It reminds us of the OG checkered vans design, and is sure to check you fresh and warm during the beginning of those winter months.

The Ironsides Navigator Cap by 10 Deep
Price: $36
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10.Deep combines the influences of hip hop, skate, punk and graffiti subcultures into their long-running brand. This is an example of a mix of different influences.

The company's Ironsides Navigator Cap is something you can wear on several occasions -- whether you're headed to class, on a date, meeting with friends, or while playing golf. It's made from 100% cotton, and features an all over plaid pattern, logo prints at both side panels, an adjustable back closure, and a small logo patch on the front panel.

For $36 bucks, why not?

Estevan Oriol's "West Coast" (Ass) Tee
Price: $24
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Estevan Oriol is a staple in Los Angeles. Beginning his career in the late 1980s as a club bouncer, the Joker Brand clothing founder eventually found his passion in film, via photography and later video.

In recent years, Oriol has released some of his most iconic images on his own line of t-shirts. While his most famous is the "LA Fingers" image and tee, the "West Coast" ass tee is just as recognizable. These tees come and go, so make sure to get one now, especially this classic.

He sells them on his official website for just $24 bucks. It comes on a black light-weight tee.

Diamond Supply Co's Diamond Brilliant Pillow
Price: $60
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California-based skate/lifestyle brand, Diamond Supply Co., has been doing their thing for years now, with their popularity skyrocketing over the last couple years. Everyone from Lil Wayne and Tony Yayo to skaters like Eric Koston, Stevie Williams, and Terry Kennedy, have been seen rocking the brand.

While their main focus is tees, the company also sells hats, fleeces, skate accessories and others things like pillows.

This is the custom Diamond Brilliant Pillow, which comes in the shape of a diamond in black and white with a diamond blue back. These babies sell for $60 bucks and could make a nice addition to your couch or lounge chairs at your crib.

We copped a couple, have you?

Tribal Gear's "Cause of Insanity" Tee
Price: $20
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We've been fans of the Tribal brand since the 1990s. We even recently ran a feature piece on founder Bobby to talk about their 20-year history in the clothing game. Even after 20 years, they still continue to release graphic tees with some of the dopest artists around.

This a new tee featuring a graphic from French graffiti artist Huit called "Cause of Insanity". It features the artist's design as a front chest print with the M5 Tribal logo on the upper back. It's a skull, sitting on a throne, rocking Tribal's "T-star" logo.

It's sick! We just ordered a couple, so get them now while they're still available.

Bad Ideas Mens Flannel by Famous Stars & Straps
Price: $54
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This is the latest flannel released through Famous Stars & Straps, as part of their Fall 2010 collection. We love the brand's tees, but their other pieces are on point as well.

The Bad Ideas Flannel has the small details too -- including the "F" logo on a tag coming off the left pocket, and even the buttons read "FMS". It is available in either charcoal or royal blue, and retails for just $54 bucks.

It's available online at, or their retail store in Los Angeles, The Fast Life.

PRO-Keds' Icon Royal CVO Canvas
Price: $45
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Pro-Keds have been around since 1949, when they began with a line of athletic shoes, which were intended for more serious basketball use. Today, they are still around and still releasing new styles and re-issuing some of their classics.

The latest re-issue is the Icon Royal CVO Canvas. Originally launched in the mid '60s as the Royal Edge, it was one of PRO-Keds first lifestyle products. Providing a nice complement to the iconic Royal basketball shoe, the Royal CVO grew in popularity with the leaders of alternative sports along the east coast in the '70s and '80s. After a long breather, the Royal CVO is being re-introduced.

The sneaker is available in black, white, red, and navy. It retails for $45 and is currently available at Conveyer at Fred Segal, American Rag, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom.

Crooks & Castles' Armand De Brignac (Ace Of Spades) x New Era Tee/Cap Combo
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Founders Dennis Calvero and Robert Panlilio started Crooks & Castles back in 2002, and today has grown into one of biggest streetwear labels in the biz. They currently have a "Concept Store" on Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip, and most recently, are planning to open up a Hawaii location.

In celebration of the upcoming launch of the Crooks & Castles Hawaii Store on September 3rd in Honolulu, the company will commemorate the opening with a Armand De Brignac (Ace Of Spades) and New Era limited edition colab, consisting of a hat and a tee.

While these are limited and you must act fast to get em, they are only available at the new Hawaii location.