Cody’s 21st

Cody’s 21st birthday was a success. With the swamped schedule we have this week, we still found time to take a day to celebrate the most important year properly. With Alex’s birthday the day before, followed by Cody’s yesterday and mine coming up next week, we’re all only getting hungrier to finish what we need before Vegas next Friday.

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First stop was lunch at Teru Sushi. Our friend Chris is a server there and told us about its popularity with regular celebrity visits, so we had to check it out for ourselves.

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Spicy tuna rice cakes were far above par (even to Cody and his sushi expertise).

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Which also went nicely with the obvious birthday hot sake.

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Casey and his goofy smile both loved it too.

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And of course the traditional birthday boy and girlfriend pic. (“sho cute”).

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Next stop was Fairfax Ave. for (of course) birthday shopping.

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After a long, but dope day out, the heat got the best of us and we started heading back home. I would of taken more pictures during the night when we really got celebrating, but within an hour I already forgot all about the camera. oop.

-Vinny

The Creative Bunch

Photos by James Mackel of CBFR’s photo shoot. It’s always dope hanging with the Creative Bunch and friends. Whether everyone is working, we’re just chilling listening to music, or even when i’m just watching Cody play S-K-A-T-E with Nugget in between photos.

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Skoolie ThreeHundred

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Cashy

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Ya Boy Rod (Classic.)

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Nugget (with the cleanest fucking heel flips)

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And of course my homie Spacekid.

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Make sure to check out their blog: CBFR

-Vinny

Preparation & Relaxation

Hookah night with CA and friends as we prepare, and moderately celebrate, for the next drop of the season. You’re all going to have to hold out a little longer to see the new upcoming graphics, but for now i’ll show you the revamped “Lady Killers” graphic on our hoodies (and crew necks).

-Vinny

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(Not-so) Shitty Sundays

I’m going to keep this short, sweet, and to the point; City Approval wants to help.

We can’t be the only ones regretting that Saturday night. So shop away that hangover with CA.

All tees are 15% off Today until 8PM PST!

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-Vinny

CTYAPRVL X CBFR

Shout outs to our homies in CBFR,  “Cashy”, the “StereoHype”, “Ya Boy Rod”, and “Skoolie 300.”

Always showing support for City Approval, it’s my turn to return the favor because people need to see their mad talent and honestly they’ve worked way too hard to be overlooked. I’m stoked for them to come back and kick it as we keep working together. Keep your eyes on them because CBFR is most definitely going to make it.

Check their blog so you can keep up with both CBFR and City Approval.

Vinny

A Day in the Life

“Wake up.” My head is pounding, my eyes are refusing to open, and I’m mindlessly adrift. “Shit.” The only thought that can actually be processed. Mornings are awful. After my coffee plus cigarette combo, I can actually function. A relaxation short-lived as Cody and I start cleaning screens to get ready for the next drop of the fall/winter collection. The smell of the chemicals is horrible, but we pull through and get them done before any migraines get set it stone. After our breath of fresh air, I’m thrown out the door to make it to a mandatory class lecture, but that’s still a bright part of the day. As the seconds grow to minutes, which age to hours, I’m finally free. Immediately we’re off to our next task, which unfortunately today, involved closing off a business deal with some close acquaintances. There isn’t much you can do when two businesses just stop seeing eye to eye on things, so there is never really any use in stressing over it, though that’s always easier said than done. Tension was floating around, but everything went smooth as they retrieved their supplies and bounced. I feel it was for the best, less weight upon our shoulders and it allows us to keep our focus completely on City Approval. Instantly we’re off to another adventure, picking up supplies from our printing supply store that Cody’s been going to ever since he started. Excited in asking one of his good friends that’s been there from the beginning to help him, he unfortunately gets informed that he was let go for unjustified reasons (on the companies part) that really aren’t worth going into detail about. Nonetheless, we pick up what we need and venture home. A quick pit stop is needed for one – I really needed a cigarette since Gooby and Alex smoked the last ones. And secondly, well, we needed gas. After Cody almost killed us by obliviously turning on his car and driving off with the gas still pumping (dummy), we head back to get some lunch and then get back to work. Now Cody is back with his delightful chemicals and his newly purchased pressure washer (that tears shit up), while I’m watching him choke to death as I try to write something enticing enough for people to read, hopefully this was because I’m exhausted and ready to take a break. Today was a little rocky, but everyone is getting better at staying calm and staying on top of the days assignment.

-Vinny

A View of Japan

As you have probably figured out by now, a lot of our inspiration derives from Japanese culture. Their calligraphy is really appealing to me from their bold, provoking style to their smooth, flowing brush stroke style. The modern simplicity they show is exactly how I would like most of our designs to be; Visually striking, but minimalistic. Confident, yet humble.

These are old school Japanese graphic designs from the 1920’s throughout the 1930’s. I personally think they are all pretty sick, although some of them are just a little ridiculous, in the best sense of the term that is.

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The first issue and magazine cover of “Nippon” magazine, Oct 1934

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“NAPF” (Nippona Artista Proleta Federacio) magazine cover, Feb 1931

For the working man. I think.

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Why be one, when you can be three?

Kyoto Grand Exposition to Commemorate the Showa Imperial Coronation, 1928

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Kind of creepy. A little sexy.

Poster design by Shujiro Shimomura, 1928

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“SUNSHINE.” 

The poster for Japan’s first national census, 1920. 

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“Fuji Weekly” cover, Oct 1930

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Elegance.. Beauty.. Determination. This picture has it all.

Issue #7 of “Nippon” magazine, June 1936

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Sirracha’s first graphic didn’t quite make the cut.

Book covers: “Modern Commercial Art,” 1928

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I really don’t know what to say about this one except that it’s sick as hell, and a little malevolent looking. It even looks like the kanji is spelling out “evil”

“Senki” magazine cover: May 1930

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The true olympians.. That didn’t get to show anything because it was cancelled due to World War II.

Poster for the 1940 Olympic Games in Tokyo, 1936 (by Hiromu Hara)

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Even field workers were hard as fuck in 1929.

“Senki” magazine cover: Oct 1929

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Abstract, A little Picasso-esque, and also really tight.

“Reijin” sheet music cover, 1930

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And last but not least, another dime featured on the cover of “Nippon” magazine.

Issue #2 of “Nippon” magazine, Jan. 1935.

If you want to check out more, click here.

-Vinny