Bay Area Legend: R.I.P. The Jacka

Anyone who grew up on the bay area rap scene has a heavy heart at this difficult time, as one of the most beloved artists was gunned down earlier this week, but his music will live forever.  Like the death of Mac Dre, this is more than just a hip hop artist and his presence was felt throughout the entire Bay Area. I was first introduced to The Jacka’s music back in 2005 by some friends and became a fan instantly, I immediately went home to buy more of his music, and to this day Tear Gas is one of my favorite albums of all time. It’s tragic that somebody could take the life of an artist we all grew up on and shared respect for. A real pioneer of the underground rap scene in the bay area, the mob figaz showed us you didn’t need a major labels distribution or radio play to sell 100,000 copies of an album, just a dope sound and real artists who weren’t afraid to show who they were and what they came from. He represented the bay area on every song he touched and every place he performed. As we all deal with the reality of this hard loss it’s tough to imagine what the bay area music scene will be without the legendary mob figa. The passing of The Jacka is a huge loss for the bay area and music in general, you will not be forgotten.image image image


Aaron Kai: The New Wave

If you’ve had the chance to check out some art in the bay area lately, one of the dopest young artists on the scene is Aaron Kai, his post pop art painting style combined with his vibrant use of color makes his work literally jump off the canvas, or wall. Originally from Hawaii but living in San Francisco, Aaron has been seen all over the world painting murals lately but it isn’t just about the quality of his work that’s gotten him recognized. They guy has a personality, he’s real and he’s not afraid to connect with his followers or share some advice with them on how to Carve their own lane, his brand message is way bigger than art or social media. He’s creating a new blueprint on how brands can market and reach their followers as well as show their creative process, and brands like The Hundreds have taken notice. The work he’s doing is incredible, whether its a painting on a canvas, a design for a logo, a mural on a wall, a shirt design, or even a fuckin sculpture! (As seen on snapchat) This dude is always putting in work in the art world, and we just wanted to say that we see you man, keep the focus and continue to create dope work. Look forward to seeing more artwork and supporting your hustle. Heres some dope examples of his work, or see for yourself on his instagram or snap chat. @aaronkkai








For The Locals: San Jose t-shirt drop

Our latest shirt just dropped online and it touches home for a lot of people,especially us. An outline of San Jose’s skyline (or lack there of) and a familiar airline jet flying through the sky, highlighted by San Jose’s mountain side lurking in the background. This shirt pays homage to the city that raised us all and that we all love. A piece for the true locals. The hardest thing to do is find a way to brand San Jose, what should it be most known for? besides being the capital of Silicon Valley and being one of the first established towns in California, how do we popularize the dope artistic culture that has cultivated here in San Jose. The city has become a well known clothing hub, being the home of brands like Breezy Excursion, Cukui, and Halloway. Artists like Rey Resurrection show us how dope our local music scene can really be and shows how creativity flowing right through these very streets we grew up on is coming together to create a counter culture that will only continue growing.






San Jose has always had a big soccer community and a huge influence from its soccer community. From soccer clubs of all ages through out the city to the San Jose Earthquakes there has always been soccer roots in the city. So it brings a lot of smiles to peoples faces that the city of San Jose has created a community center that has its own Hockey/street soccer arena. The city has also been hosting weekend pick up games as well as weekend tournaments put together by local San Jose resident Mauro Figueroa. With the help of the Roosevelt community center and the soccer youth, the new street soccer court and events have been thriving and bringing people in the community together.












Locals Only

Life’s all about enjoying time with your homies and loved ones that share your interests. On this sunny Monday afternoon we got to escape from the classroom to hit the local skate park off King and Mckee just to check out some local talent and get some photos. What I found was a bunch of skaters and bikers and kids just enjoying their afternoon the only way they know how. I got to kick it for a while and get some good shots and got to meet some cool local skaters from East San Jose who didn’t mind me snapping photos of them. What I got in return was awesome and raw images of a culture and a sport we are lucky to have here in California. Growing up here we’ve seen the culture grow and change so much from the days where it was almost illegal and frowned upon, to now, where we have multiple skate parks and designated areas to skate throughout San Jose. What started as a counter culture has sprouted into a big industry of talented individuals who devote their lives to inventing new tricks and perfecting their craft like many other artist.The locals definitely made me feel welcome and were chill enough to let me catch some photos. These dudes were cool and represent exactly what the skateboard culture is all about, skating until the sun goes down and riding off into the sunset, or in this case, the street lights. World Piece pays homage to, supports and respects the skateboarding culture in California and in our San Jose community.












World Piece street soccer Tourney

You can tell a lot about a company by the people who support it and those who represent it proudly, this brand is no different, over the past few summers, World Piece Clothing has been lucky enough to be a part of a culture bigger than clothing and street wear. Each year since our founding we have held an annual and sometimes seasonal street soccer tournament for the people and youth of San Jose’s community. What started as an innocent way to get out of the house and take part in something we all loved to do turned into a tradition that I couldn’t have imagined when we first began. It also an opportunity for one lucky group of soccer players to make a few bucks for the day. But money was never what made us get together, it was the fact that everyone came together to make something fun, cool, and competitive, something that brought us together, it gave us all the feeling that we belonged there with like minded individuals. World Piece is proud to be a part of something that contributes and gets people together from our community that represent the same culture we do. We are proud to be a part of the culture in San Jose that helped raise us and made us who we are. We’d like to take the time to thank anyone who has been a part of, shown up, or even played in any of our World Piece Street Soccer Tournaments, because without you guys they would never have been created or became a tradition. Here are the 2014 World Piece street Tourney champions!













Copa Mundial Collection: A tribute to the culture

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Today we released our Copa Mundial collection as a tribute to to all the World Cup  supporters as well as global soccer and cultural fans. Being from the United States I can remember vividly running through my dad’s soccer shop screaming “Goooooooooool!!” at the top of my lungs during the 1994 World Cup, which was held in the USA. Like many people I know, the World Cup was never just another tournament, it was always treated more like a holiday, a month long holiday that comes around once every 4 years. The World Cup is a cultural celebration. The amount of pride and passion players show after scoring a goal is something unparalleled by any other sport or competition. 20 years later were still as excited and are releasing this Copa Mundial capsule as a celebration and as a tribute to the World Cup we love so much.  When the World Cup comes around, life is good.



Sandy Beaches

With the weather getting warmer and summer getting closer we decided to gather up the homies and take a trip to the beautiful sandy beaches of sunny northern California. We made our way out to Half Moon Bay to catch some waives and sun and play an epic game of beach soccer. Goes to show that even on the most hectic weeks it’s important to grab a few beers and relax with some friends. While we were enjoying the sun, we even got to see a couple of adventurous rock climbers get stuck on the rocks, priceless. Here’s some photos from this week’s adventure. Thanks for supporting World Piece Clothing, tune in for our new drops coming this summer.


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Exploring with the homies

We got the chance to kick it and chop some game with the homie and local artist/photographer Dario Cruz this week, it was cool to get away from school to get our head out of the books and see some creative work. While we were out wandering downtown San Jose with him and local musician and artist AC OH . We got some good looks at some San Jose art and some architecture. Being from San Jose we sometimes take for granted how dope of a city we really have, if we just take the time to explore it here and there you find some pretty unique spots and murals. So heres some photos from the homie Dario Cruz and AC OH. Thanks for reading


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Recently we had the chance to sit down with high school senior Jacob Muniz of Lincoln High, as a brand that supports higher education we thought it would be dope to share the achievements of this young student athlete. As a young adult growing up in the inner city streets on San Jose we know the difficulties and distractions the youth face that could easily take them off the right path to success. Despite all of that, Jacob is overcoming the odds by boasting a GPA of 3.7 and we couldn’t be more proud to have him represent San Jose as well as World Piece Clothing. Next fall he’ll continue to pursue his dream of playing soccer for Chaminade University of Honolulu on an academic and an athletic scholarship. Muniz is both a role model and a symbol of perseverance and determination among the soccer and academic community. Thanks for supporting the brand and making San Jose proud man, keep representing on the field and in the classroom.
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