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Adventures in Boston: Drinks & Lights

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Went up to my 2nd home for a couple days this weekend and played around with the new camera a little bit. The days consisted of walking outside, eating, drinking, and shopping, so yea it was a damn good weekend…

Spotted even more Shepard Fairy in Caimbridge. He really has taken over the city.

I just love everything about this picture.

My graduation gift to myself. Great now I’m broker than I already was.

Awesome sangria sampler and margaritas.

Then since it was getting dark we decided to have some with shutter speed and light (as always, no photoshopping here)…


Since I’m now addicted to taking pictures with this thing I decided to also start a personal Tumblr blog, The Dap. So hit me up with your own Tumblr sites or follow mine so that I can follow back.

-john-

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May 25, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Wardrobe Essentials: The Military Jacket

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Every once and a while when I’m getting dressed and just can’t decide what to wear, in the back of my mind I know that there is that staple item that I can always fall back on. While some people consider white tees and clean boxers to be the staple essentials, I’m talking more about fashion essentials than survival essentials. So for the sake of this blog I’m going to call these items the “Wardrobe Essentials”. In this segment I’ll try and highlight a piece that should be somewhere in everyone’s closet, starting this week with the military jacket.

Over the past few years many brands have been taking vintage military jackets and reinventing them or adding their own flair. The most popular model seems to be the M65, which came out in 1965 fittingly, for the Vietnam War. However my model, shown in the pictures, is actually a M42 Jump Jacket which was used in World War II by paratroopers.
These jackets are all a single layer of heavy weight cotton that was able to keep the soldiers warm but also mobile. As you can see below, even though the jacket is made to fit well so as to not get caught on anything, there are vents and pleats on the shoulders and back that still allow for range of motion.

While some companies go OG and use straight vintage jackets, there are many more that choose to reproduce these jackets and add their own flairs (stars, patches, name tags, buttons), as you can see with the custom patches below on my BBC M42.

Finally, probably my favorite part about these military jackets, is the pockets! Since soldiers had so much to lug around everywhere, these jackets are almost all equipped with tons of pocket space. While mine are all on the front, there are many models that features pockets on the arms as well.
Great for days when you don’t want to carry a bag but still need all of the essentials. Headphones, check. Charger, check. Sunglasses, check. DS, check.

And how you wear the jacket is all up to you, it can be dressed up or down depending on the style. And the real beauty is that it can really be worn basically year round. While it’s perfect for the Fall and Spring months, it also works on cool Summer nights and with some insulation can be pulled off in the Winter as well. (Except in Syracuse, you need something far more fierce for the Winter there)

So that is my spiel on the trusty military jacket. If you are interested in grabbing one, 3sixteen has been doing wonders reinventing military jackets and is worth checking out. Also CLOT does a ton of military inspired work, as does Neighborhood and W)Taps

*Salute*

-john-

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May 19, 2009 at 3:51 pm

SwaggerDap Loses to an Indestructible TV

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After a semester of abuse (both verbal and physical) and over a decade of use, it was time to throw out my old trusty Zenith TV that had brought me such great entertainment for years. However, since we have to overdo everything, it wasn’t enough to just throw the TV out. We were determined to destroy it.
Here is attempt one at the destruction…..

(Warning! this is not streetwear or fashion related in any way. But we found it funny)

After that miserable failure, we had to bust out the big guns. We brought in the stunt team for this one …
(Make sure you pay attention at about :30 in too)

I don’t even know if Zenith TVs are still made but if they are I highly suggest getting one as a long term investment.

So as you saw, TV 2 – SwaggerDap 0 … this was one epic and disappointing failure for us, the last option was to throw it off of a canyon but that just would have required too much effort. At least we were able to fuck up a microwave, throw a couch out of a window and shatter a bowl in the process, so it was all worth it.

Back to reality.

-john-

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May 14, 2009 at 5:10 pm

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SwaggerDap x Durkl – Kool Aid Chug & Tee Shirt Giveaway

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So after getting some S.W.A.G., our boy Mikey wanted a free Durkl shirt… but we told him that he had to earn it. Conveniently, he wanted the “Drink The Cool-Aid” shirt, so we told him he had to do just that – drink the Kool-aid! Below is the madness that occurred….

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A pitcher of Kool-Aid in 3 minutes.

As you can see he wasn’t really feeling great after he finished…

… but once he got the shirt, things were alllllll better.

Props to Durkl and the kid Mikey Mohawk for making this all possible.

More giveaways and madness to ensue soon….. I promise.

-john-

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May 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm

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SwaggerDap Competes

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If you are following either of us on Twitter (see sidebar to the right) then you may have read that over the past weekend Meezy and I were competing in our school’s business plan competition. Syracuse has a very prestigious Entrepreneurship program that hosts a competition each semester where this year there were 49 competing teams.

We blew by the 1st round, which narrowed it down to just 10 teams, and then Meezy got us right into the final 5 with a great elevator pitch. Then it was down to the finals ….

In addition to Meezy and myself, we had some help from our new teammates. That’s finance wiz, Courtney above, reading over the 50+ page business plan.

Then we have Alex, who can tell you about our revenue drivers for days … and you’ll still be begging for more.

Last up is Lindsay, retail major who has already worked for the likes of Marc Ecko, and for some reason looks really scared and or nervous in this picture.

Getting some final practice in …

… then I took a picture of this ceiling that I’ve always liked. Idk why.

Can you say “Game Face” ? Ice water in these veins.

Then we schooled the judges on streetwear, the people buying it, our blog (Yom and Joan, you got shouted!), and how SwaggerDap will be making millions in quarter two of year 3 of operations.

The judges were very impressed but we ended up falling just short, and finishing in 2nd place. Wack indeed, but considering we beat out 47 teams and over 240 other students, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

One last team picture.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped and supported us on this journey, that is honestly just beginning so be prepared. Special thanks and love goes out to Courtney, Alex, and Lindsay who went from skeptical to believers to dedicated members of the SwaggerDap team. You guys were amazing.

49 to 10 to 5 to 2. Proud but not satisfied. Look out for us.

-john-

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April 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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SwaggerDap Competes

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If you are following either of us on Twitter (see sidebar to the right) then you may have read that over the past weekend Meezy and I were competing in our school’s business plan competition. Syracuse has a very prestigious Entrepreneurship program that hosts a competition each semester where this year there were 49 competing teams.

We blew by the 1st round, which narrowed it down to just 10 teams, and then Meezy got us right into the final 5 with a great elevator pitch. Then it was down to the finals ….

In addition to Meezy and myself, we had some help from our new teammates. That’s finance wiz, Courtney above, reading over the 50+ page business plan.

Then we have Alex, who can tell you about our revenue drivers for days … and you’ll still be begging for more.

Last up is Lindsay, retail major who has already worked for the likes of Marc Ecko, and for some reason looks really scared and or nervous in this picture.

Getting some final practice in …

… then I took a picture of this ceiling that I’ve always liked. Idk why.

Can you say “Game Face” ? Ice water in these veins.

Then we schooled the judges on streetwear, the people buying it, our blog (Yom and Joan, you got shouted!), and how SwaggerDap will be making millions in quarter two of year 3 of operations.

The judges were very impressed but we ended up falling just short, and finishing in 2nd place. Wack indeed, but considering we beat out 47 teams and over 240 other students, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

One last team picture.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped and supported us on this journey, that is honestly just beginning so be prepared. Special thanks and love goes out to Courtney, Alex, and Lindsay who went from skeptical to believers to dedicated members of the SwaggerDap team. You guys were amazing.

49 to 10 to 5 to 2. Proud but not satisfied. Look out for us.

-john-

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April 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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SwaggerDap Competes

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If you are following either of us on Twitter (see sidebar to the right) then you may have read that over the past weekend Meezy and I were competing in our school’s business plan competition. Syracuse has a very prestigious Entrepreneurship program that hosts a competition each semester where this year there were 49 competing teams.

We blew by the 1st round, which narrowed it down to just 10 teams, and then Meezy got us right into the final 5 with a great elevator pitch. Then it was down to the finals ….

In addition to Meezy and myself, we had some help from our new teammates. That’s finance wiz, Courtney above, reading over the 50+ page business plan.

Then we have Alex, who can tell you about our revenue drivers for days … and you’ll still be begging for more.

Last up is Lindsay, retail major who has already worked for the likes of Marc Ecko, and for some reason looks really scared and or nervous in this picture.

Getting some final practice in …

… then I took a picture of this ceiling that I’ve always liked. Idk why.

Can you say “Game Face” ? Ice water in these veins.

Then we schooled the judges on streetwear, the people buying it, our blog (Yom and Joan, you got shouted!), and how SwaggerDap will be making millions in quarter two of year 3 of operations.

The judges were very impressed but we ended up falling just short, and finishing in 2nd place. Wack indeed, but considering we beat out 47 teams and over 240 other students, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

One last team picture.

Thanks so much to everyone who helped and supported us on this journey, that is honestly just beginning so be prepared. Special thanks and love goes out to Courtney, Alex, and Lindsay who went from skeptical to believers to dedicated members of the SwaggerDap team. You guys were amazing.

49 to 10 to 5 to 2. Proud but not satisfied. Look out for us.

-john-

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April 27, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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