Berns & Black | Scott Ramos
Scott Ramos from Berns and Black from ranee dong on Vimeo. In the creative field, perspective is everything. The manner in which you approach your craft means everything. Scott Ramos, Famos Ramos as he is known to most, is a glowing example of taking your craft beyond the means of the mundane and elevating the bar for his field. Scott has cut the hair of everyone from Raekwon to the much talked about and followed hair adventures of Mr. Evander Kane. You would think one would be content with an already impressive clientele list, but Scott continues to soak up every industry tid-bit, pushing his work to new levels. Through industry shows, events and a strong social media presences, Scott has built an already impressive global following, being sought out by just about everyone who rolls through town. You can line something up with Scott at Berns and Black at 468 Main. “A barber isn’t just the guy who stands behind a chair and makes you look good. A barber is your consultant, psychologist, and friend”. – Scott Ramos Keep up with Famos on Twitter, Instagram and shortly on his new website http://www.scottramos.com Follow @faaamos
Local | Winnipeg’s Got Sole
Winnipeg’s Got Sole is the brain child of Frendell Cano. Mixing his passion for sneaker culture and philanthropy, Frendell reached out to Jerry Legaspi and Johann Generao. The crew began formulating a plan that would see the growth of sneaker culture in Winnipeg while lending a hand to local charity and community groups. “Winnipeg’s Got Sole was just an idea that I had simply based on the premise of doing something I’m passionate about while giving something back to the local charity or community. When I had established Winnipeg’s Got Sole, I had 3 missions in mind. First, was to connect and unite all the sneaker connoisseurs or sneakerheads in and around the Winnipeg area through various events, programs, and initiatives as well as via social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Second, was to promote the steady growth of the sneaker culture in Winnipeg and to show how solid and diverse it really is in our city. The third and last goal is a unique one. I wanted to incorporate the charity aspect and be the first non-profit sneaker group in Winnipeg that partners with local charities and communities by giving back gently used/worn shoes collected at all our events and ensure that we donate them at no-end cost to our charity partners.” Their inaugural event will be The Winnipeg Sneaker Swap Expo which is slated June 29th and will be the first ever sneaker convention in Winnipeg’s history. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy, sell, trade and/or showcase their sneakers at the event in a similar format to that of Dunkxchange or Sneakerpimps. What makes the upcoming event unique and different however, is that Winnipeg’s Got Sole will be incorporating a charity aspect in which participants will be encouraged to bring gently used/worn shoes that will … Continue reading
Alex Petric | HelpAlexHeal.com
I woke up Thursday morning and like most mornings, rolled over, fumbled my hand for my phone and then proceeded to make my way through the Winnipeg Free Press app with one eye squinting to read the latest happenings in the city. The last story I read was about Winnipeg Paramedic Alex Petric and for some reason it was fixated on my mind for the next few days. WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Mike McIntyre It was going to be a dream vacation for two Winnipeg paramedics as they set out last month for a lengthy trek through Central America. But an accident just four days into their two-month journey resulted in a life-changing nightmare for the young couple. Alex Petric, 28, was paralyzed from the ribs down after diving head-first into what he thought was deep water on an island in Panama. Doctors say he will never walk again as a result of the March 4 accident. Petric’s girlfriend, Meagan Minaker, was forced to put aside the emotions of witnessing the trauma and calmly use her medical training to get Petric out of the water and stabilized. “I just remember him saying ‘Meagan, I can’t feel my legs,’ ” Minaker told the Free Press Wednesday. “I jumped into the water to keep his spine straight. I could feel the fracture, I could feel the bulge.” The couple had been staying at a hostel and had walked out on a pier that was about 30 metres from shore. The owners had told them the area at the end of the pier was popular with swimmers, and Minaker said the water was dark and cloudy, which hid the fact it was only about a metre deep. “It doesn’t drop off as much as you’d think. The paralysis was instantaneous when he hit,” said … Continue reading
SXSW | NARDWUAR
Nardwuar is at it again generating phenomal interviews at SXSW. The most recent include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Trinidad James and Joey Bada$$. I am sure there are a few other good ones on the way. Nothing is better than the reaction this dude generates from this guests. Watch for the confusion, fear, jaws on the floor as dude makes the most obscure connections. Two claps for the Canadian illustrating research at its finest.
Documentary | Big Lake Surf
Film maker Quinn Merkeley set out on a documentary here in Manitoba featuring the Landlock Surf Crew. The Manitoba based crew, consisting of Tom Stimson, Colin Fuchs, Stephen Carroll and Will Bergmann (whom for the record allowed us the use of his barn to shoot our first Homegrown video with Del Barber), have spent years, not only perfecting the art of lake surfing, but hunting for the ideal surf location on Lake Manitoba that today is only referred to as location X. I would love to know the amount of miles these guys have put on their cars pursuing their passion. The hunt for location X begins. _________________ Quinn Merkeley is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Directors’ Lab and the National Screen Institute’s Totally Televisino program. He studied filmmaking directly under Ron Howard through all phases of production on the Universal Studio’s feature, Cinderella Man. On top of that he has four feature film scripts and numerous television series currently optioned. (via. NiceProductions)
Video Drop | Eric Sung and Josh Penner
Lots of cool videos popping up this week with ties to the brand. The first is from our homie Eric, who has been instrumental with the growth of the brand over the last 10 months. Eric documented his summer pretty thoroughly which included a few weekends at the lake and our Summer Pop-Up shop. Summer 2012 from Eric Sung on Vimeo. The second from our homie Josh who is setting out to make a name for himself in the world of Freestyle riding. He also is a solid ambassador of the brand. Big things to come. Check out the video shot and edited by Carson Wiebe. You can catch the former Provincial Motocross Champ lining up at this weekends ISOC Snowcross National in Fargo, MN.
WEEKEND PLAYLIST | ‘BORN TO RUIN’ – Wildlife
“…On The Heart”, Wildlife’s sophomore album, will be available everywhere March 5th, 2013 “The heart is a funny thing. It’s strong, vulnerable, vital, but unlike most of the important things in our lives, it’s not protected by bricks or kevlar. Unless you have a kevlar heart.. and if so, where did you get it? Can I have one? For the rest of us, we put ourselves out into the world blind and unguarded; we love, we live and sometimes we get hit (possibly hard). When we mess-up or get messed- up, our hearts help us use those mess-ups to learn, to light the way, and get a bit closer to a less messed-up truth. Wildlife has always kind of been about a similar kind of thinking. We’re all in this together, so lets get movin’, always forward, never back, don’t dwell on the past, let’s build on our mistakes, try new things and stop pretending you know everything cause you don’t and that’s annoying. AND That’s pretty much what our entire first record was about! Strike Hard, Young Diamond (our first record) was a study of letting go, an observation of youth, what it means to be young, reckless, naïve and all of the incredible things that can come out of happy accidents. We used themes of adventure, exploration and vitality to explain jumping into the dark, deep water not knowing or caring where you came up for air. I guess it only makes sense that our new record is about realization. It probably asks more questions than gives answers. The one answer it does give is really nothing new, but it has a lot of meaning to me either way, which is why we call it “…On The Heart”. We view it as an essay, a love letter, a tribute to the heart itself. Everything … Continue reading
SHAD | BEST OF 2012
Shad’s Best of 2012 List… favourite song: jai paul – jasmine, major lazer – get free favourite album: good kid, m.a.a.a.d. city – kendrick lamar, the heist – macklemore and ryan lewis favourite music video: Kiss From A Rose favourite line: “scrambling, selling susan sarandon” – action bronson favourite wayback playback: higher love by steve winwood favourite tv show: homeland favourite 30 rock line: Jack: “Do you think I’m a villain? Liz: “I have heard you say ‘Guards, seize him!’” Jack: “I was a Knicks game, they needed to stop the clock.” favourite internet thing: kyle: https://www.youtube.com/user/kyle favourite non-internet thing: my new nephew’s don king-like hair. favourite dunk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOzo4pHTZ-M favourite read: carmen aguirre – something fierce favourite movie: moonrise kingdom favourite sports doc (aka actually my favourite movie): 30 for 30: BENJI favourite show (played): tie* cologne, DE, Southampton, UK favourite show (watched): krs one – van, BC, david bazan – seattle, WA, blitz the ambassador – calgary, AL favourite quote: “elevation of style is a by-product of passionate conviction” – uptown sinclair Photo: Christian Bortey (via)
The Brew | Farmery
This past year Lawrence and Chris Warwaruk, two brothers from Neepawa and maybe more familiar to Winnipegger’s as the owners of Luxalune Gastropub on Osborne, launched their first beer under the moniker, Farmery. What makes Farmery unique and contrast other successful local traditional breweries, like Fort Gary Brewery and Half Pints, is Farmery is an estate brewery. Essentially, the barley and hops that go into the beer are grown on their estate in Neepawa, Manitoba. The story is great. There is something rewarding about supporting local and seeing people pursuing their true passions. With this though, comes skepticism. It always seems that people have this preconceived notion that because it is local it can’t be all that good. It can be local good, but not nationwide good. At times, I’ll admit, I can be guilty of this. But truth be told Farmery is more than just another bottle on the shelf. I, by no means, consider myself a beer aficionado but can at times be caught wandering aimlessly, the asiles of the MLCC deciding on what beer to put away in the cabin fridge. We had a few Farmery beers kicking around after the holidays so it seemed fitting to give the beer a taste. After I got the snow bank chilled beer, in it’s inviting packaging, to pose so nicely on this tree branch, I cracked it open around the wood stove. It was the first time I really decided to stop and analysis a beer. Farmery’s Premium Lager is good, like really good. The “prairie-style” lager is clean and smooth. I’d ramble on about the hops, the mouthfeel, aroma and appearance, but it would be just that, uneducated ramble. What I do know is Lawrence and Chris have done their homework and lag work to make this a memorable … Continue reading
Hypebeast TV | Unrehearsed with Keys N Krates
If you caught our video lookbook last week you heard Madeon – Icarus Remix by Toronto’s Keys N Krates. Hypebeast caught up with them in Toronto and put this episode of Hypebeast TV out.