LA///SK8 THING///HOSOI X BARRACUDA, PART II…

June 19, 2008  |  Barracuda, LA, News, Product Toss  |  Comments Off

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The flowmaster of the millennium and the fishtail that started it all...

In the wake of the instantly sold-out release of their first black-on-black reissue Hammerhead skate deck, Hollywood fashion hotspot BARRACUDA has again teamed up with OG skate legend CHRISTIAN HOSOI to release another round of skate heat. Dropping this Friday, June 18th at noon ($85 in-store and online) are limited-edition runs of 50 red-on-red and white-on-white decks sporting Hosoi's iconic early graphics and totally original board shape, all signed and numbered by Christ himself. Also dropping Friday is an equally limited run of all-white and all-black Hosoi x Barracuda T-Shirts bearing the original Hosoi graphic and the new collaborative logo ($38). Don't sleep. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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SOUND & VISION///PRODUCT TOSS///THE PHONOFONE iPOD SPEAKER CHANGES SHITE SOUND INTO ART…

June 17, 2008  |  Art & Commerce, Cool Shit, News, Next Big Thing, Product Toss, Sound + Vision  |  Comments Off

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The sound of the future. Two speakers are officially deader than an Ed Hardy T-shirt...

Yeah, MP3s and their bastard half-brother & sister formats sound like shite compared to the full stereo image vinyl provides, but with the new stunningly beautiful PHONOFONE iPOD SPEAKER (that's right, "speaker" as in one) at least no one will be paying attention to the actual sound coming out of the speaker. Created individually by hand in Toronto by innovative concept lab SCIENCE AND SONS, each signed and numbered miniature gramophone amplifies iPod sound without external power or batteries by exploiting the virtues of horn acoustics to boost the audio output of standard earphones to up to 55 decibels (roughly the maximum volume of laptop speakers). Crazy as it may sound, upon connecting active earphones to the Phonofone base their trebly buzzing is instantly and profoundly transformed into a warm, rich sound that totally eclipses the low-fi source file. Impossible as it may seem this tiny porcelain unit sounds nearly as loud and rich as a premium iPod dock and only after playing with this little beauty for the better part of an hour during which we fed it a wide variety of input from the Bad Brains to Debussy did we believe it for ourselves. At $850 USD this little beauty is a connoisseur's plaything, but the looks on the stunned faces of your audiophile buddies at your next party will make it worth every cent. Until it shatters on the floor after said drunk audiophile buddy bumps into it, that is. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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