I’m going to try do this off the top of my head, some of my favorite moments, products or anything from this past decade.
Best Shoes: Visvim FBT
I own these elk beauties, and have not had a pair of shoes I’ve been so excited about since.
Best T-Shirt company: We Are False
Le Messie and Amanda False have always had the smartest tee designs in the game, and they are just so perfectly consistent with their style.
Best Artist – Kaws
Kaws has always pushed the boundaries of his artwork, and put it in mediums unthought of at the time. I own two of his books, and have looked up to him for a long time.
Best Art Show: Launchpad
I have to toot my own horn once or twice here. I curated Launchpad in 2004 with the much needed help of Recon. Launchpad brought a different feel to Toronto as far as show casing street level artwork. Introducing artists such as Stash, Sam Flores, Mars, and Colin Miller and labels such as Recon (with 100 free and numbered t-shirts) to this city in a space as amazing as Public (now Fluff and Klaxson Howl) this show set the bar, and that bar has yet to be met.
Best Designer: Bryan Espiritu
As far what I’ve seen in the past 10 years, there are a ton of fantastic designers out there pushing the limitations of motion, graphics and any kind of digital imagery. I’ve been following Bryan for a while and had the chance to sit and talk with him this summer. That was just after his release of Fully Whollys (below) which blew my mind. The style, the thought, and the lack of limitations is amazing. Now that he’s posted a portfolio on his blog, The Legends League I was able to see a versatile side of him which locked him into this position.
Best Automobile: BMW Gina. The video below will speak for itself
Best Photographer: Matt Barnes
I had the chance to work with Matt this year, and helped him win an award. This is far from the reason I’m putting him into this “best of”. When you see his work, you see such style, and character and an amazing sense of story telling. He’s by far one of the greats of our generation, and at only 27 years old, he’s got a long way to go.
To be continued…