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Hard Into Paint

Photos & Words by Anthony Pappalardo

Brian Lotti is a Brooklyn, New York-based painter. Like many denizens entrenched in the ‘80s/’90s skateboarding culture, certain brands and skaters grew to symbolize more than tricks or accomplishments; they became important timestamps and jumping-off points for creativity. This was my introduction to Lotti’s form of expression, not just in skateboarding but the precision and freedom he exuded—equally progressive and expressive. Street skating in the early-’90s was a renaissance but not only in tricks, it was a change of aesthetics and presentation that birthed many creatives.

Unlike many of his peers, Lotti’s personal evolution sprawled past the streets and industry and into universities and even Buddhist monasteries. He stepped out of skating around 1993 to pursue other creative endeavors but sharing a through-line of feeling. As a painter and filmmaker, he’s able to animate the mundane and underappreciated much like he did on curbs, ledges, and schoolyards but it’s never literal or obvious.

I’d liken his work to the snapshots that exist in our minds of everyday moments that somehow stick in the backs of our brains vividly. Unlike memory which often proves to be more false than true and more romantic than palpable, his work evokes feeling through process, intuition, and individuality.

After a brief visit to his Brooklyn studio, we chopped it up about painting and I quickly learned how little I knew about the visual renaissance he’s entrenched and thriving in.

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420 Dead Center

The 2020 World Series was not the first time that the Los Angeles Dodgers had to play in strange surroundings. During the 1959 series versus the Chicago White Sox, the Dodgers played their home games in front of record crowds at the historic Coliseum. With a short 251-ft screened porch in left field, the converted stadium was weird to say the least, but that did not stop the Dodgers from winning their 2nd World Series title and the hearts of their new West Coast fans.

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40 years of Art at the French Open

Beginning with Valerio Adami in 1980, the French Tennis Federation and the French Open Tournament Committee have been commissioning contemporary artists to create the annual poster for the Roland-Garros tournament. With play beginning in Paris this week, we look back at some of the stand-out works from the past 40 years.

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Music for Meditation

With information overload at an all-time high, Meditation is a key component to clearing the mind of all the excess noise. As we’re always on the lookout for a new approach or idea in the wellness space, we were instantly drawn to the WAVE meditation app and WAVE Kit, a music-guided meditation app and experience that you can use on-the-go or at home. We caught up with Matt Wong, the Director of Music at WAVE to learn more about the nuances of making music to meditate to.

How did you start composing meditation music? Before you did this, what kind of music did you like to create?

Growing up in Portland, Oregon, my mentor was a Buddhist. He introduced me to Jazz, where I got my start playing and eventually composing music. My first upright bass teacher also made me learn Qi Gong. That being said, my career took many twists and turns that lead me to WAVE. I spent most of my 20s touring the world as bass guitarist in Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, an indie rock band from Philadelphia. Touring and producing records eventually lead me to compose original music for film and tv. Being able to score a huge amount of original music for film & tv allowed me to transition to Director of Music at WAVE. Last year, we did over 900 minutes of original content. As Director, I lead a team of composers and engineers to create the WAVE Library.

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Game. Set. Merch.

It seems that everywhere you look around LA these days, the tennis courts are packed. We hear it’s the same in NYC and other cities on some form of distancing lockdown. Creative business culture has taken notice of this tennis boom as well and provided the wares to keep you looking cool both on and off the court. Here we share some of our favorite tennis hats, tees, and accessories.

 

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Motivational Aesthetics

As a culture, for generations, we’ve been presented with signs full of messages and slogans for inspiration. From ads on billboards to office walls, there has always been a motive to sell a better self. Between 1923 and 1929, Mather & Co. of Chicago created and distributed some of the first employee-motivational posters to companies across the United States. These eye-catching pieces of art glamorized discipline and gave workers the incentive to stay the course to achieve success. Over 350 posters were made over the course of the run, with many of them relaying values through the narrative of sports. Here we feature some of our favorites that help guide our own principles.

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Introducing the Core Collection

As a family business, we started Weed Sport with the goal to always be equitable, fair, accessible, and above all, inclusive. We knew that we wanted to develop a brand that stood for living boldly and unapologetically, and if you aligned with Weed Sport you were forward-thinking and unafraid of being different. Featuring a selection of limited edition Weed Sport apparel, our Core Collection pays this mindset forward by donating 100% of the net proceeds to causes that fight for racial equity, social justice, and the environment.

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A Message From the Founders

Racism in all forms must be eliminated. If you’re reading this, we hope you know and understand that by now. We say “level the playing field” because we must treat each other equally and value every individual’s life the same. Same clock, same whistle, same team. The time is now, and change must be made today. BLACK LIVES MATTER.

–Mikey & Dave

Exercise for the Body, and the Brain

Neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki discusses the mood and memory-boosting effects of working out on the brain, and how 30 minutes of aerobic activity (3-4 times per week) will protect your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

 

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