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↑ At left Original Lo-Life Founders: (L-R top row) Og Dennis, Og Rack-Lo, Og Ski-Lo, (L-R Middle row) Og Reese-Lo, Og Shillz da Realz sitting in middle and Steve Austin to the right in blue flag sweater. Og Montoun-Lo in Blue Flag hat and T-shirt. Og Marco Polo (R.I.P) sitting in front with white Paddle Shirt. Photo taken in Brownsville, Brooklyn Circa.1990
At right Original Lo-Life Founders: Og Ski-Lo in white Big Flags, Og Big Vic-Lo in Red Cookie Goose, Og Uncle Disco in center, Og Bek Live in white and Black POLO USA goose, Og Montoun-Lo in white and red POLO USA goose. Photo taken on 42nd. St. NYC Circa.1987
Lo-life was a black gang movement in New York in the late 80s and early 90s. Just as Britain’s football casuals adopted Lacoste as a uniform, it was an aspirational working-class and criminal appropriation of conspicuously upper-class sportswear. Lo-life gets its name from Ralph Lauren’s Polo brand. It’s Ralph’s cheaper diffusion label, and also makes gear for rich-people activities like sailing and skiing. An original lo-life kid Rack-Lo organises get togethers for fans of Polo’s early 90s colourful, graphic peak, and is considered the authority on lo-life style. (via Vice magazine)
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Ay ay ayyy! We’re in the Dazed n Confused May issue. Diplo makes us blush like little cherries w/ his introduction:
These girls are super rad. I love the way they twisting internet memes into their own pallette. When most artists are just playing around with trends, mesmorized by today’s internet wasteland, they act like the old shamans that lived in these deserts for centuries. They have a definite vision of whats to come: Technocolored clarity.
We’ll be part of this lecture series in Mediamatic Vijzelstraat tonight.
We can get people in, send us an email if you’d like us to put your name at the door.
Coogi is a fashion label known for its colorful and high quality knitwear. The colorful clothing comes from Australia and was launched in 1969.
Coogi sweaters are culture icons and known for their expensive costs and complex textured knitwear. But it wasn’t until Bill Cosby’s Heathcliff Huxtable sported them on “The Cosby Show” in the ’80s that the colorful sweaters really took off. When The Notorious B.I.G. wore a Coogi in magazine the Source (1995) with the Twin Towers behind him — the look exploded in the hip-hop scene. The sweaters costed around $300 – $400 and the special editions around $600 – $700.
Biggie even rapped about the sweater:
“Living better now, Coogi sweater now” and “I stay Coogi down to the socks, rings and watch filled with rocks“.
Puli Kali also known as Kaduvakali is a colorful recreational folk art from the state of Kerala. It is performed by trained artists to entertain people on the occasion of Onam, an annual harvest festival, celebrated mainly in the Indian state of Kerala. On the fourth day of Onam celebrations (Nalaam Onam), performers painted like tigers and hunters in bright yellow, red, and black dance to the beats of instruments like Udukku and Thakil. Literal meaning of Pulikali is the ‘play of the tigers’ hence the performance revolve around the theme of tiger hunting. The folk art is mainly practiced in Thrissur district of Kerala. Best place to watch the show is at Swaraj Round, Thrissur on the fourth day of Onam, where Pulikali troupes from all over the district assemble to display their skills. The festival attracts thousands of people to the Thrissur city.
Hulivesha “Tiger Masque” (Kannada: ಹುಲಿ ವೇಷ Hulivēṣa, Tulu Pilivēṣa) is a folk dance unique to the Tulu Nadu region of Karnataka. Hulivēṣa is performed during Navratri to honour the goddess Sharada – an aspect of Saraswati whose favoured animal is the tiger. It is also performed during the Krishna Janmashtami at Udupi and during Ganesha Chaturthi in Moodabidri in Tulu Nadu.
Typically, young males form troops of five to ten members or more, which will have three to five males painted and costumed to look like tigers, and a band with two or three drummers. This troop is accompanied by the manager of the group. During Navratri, these troops will be roaming the streets of their towns, with the accompanying drum beats of their bands. They stop at homes and businesses or on the road sides to perform for about ten minutes after which they collect some money from the people who have observed their performance.
The troops perform until the last day of Navratri, and almost all of them form part of the Sharada procession. After the procession is over, performances are stopped and the paint is removed.
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