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
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.
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.
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!
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.