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.
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.
Everywhere you look around LA these days, the tennis courts are packed. We hear it’s the same in NY 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.
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.
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. Our reward for this mindset is high-quality products at accessible prices. But that’s not enough, we must give back to the communities that give so much to us, and invest in the future world that we want to live and operate in. We did not start Weed Sport to be a small business forever but are blessed to be small at a moment when we can map out what we want our company to be and where we want it to go. The cannabis and sports industries have been built on the backs of the Black and Brown communities, and we will make it our mission as Weed Sport grows to reflect that diversity through our brand visuals, our hiring practices, and the company culture that we build. A world-class athlete does not become one overnight, and we know that it will take a sustained, focused effort to realize these goals.
Our first step in giving back is through our Core Collection, a selection of limited edition black Weed Sport apparel with 100% of the proceeds donated to causes that fight for racial equity, social justice, and education.
All proceeds from this release will be donated to Black Futures Lab. We believe that the best way towards change is at the voting booth and investing in policies that benefit black communities, and we support Black Futures Lab’s mission to transform Black communities by building Black political power. This is only the beginning and the future is all of ours to create together. Learn more here.
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.
We stand tall with all those who seek justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and every single victim of police brutality and oppression. The time is now, and change must be made today. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
–Mikey & Dave
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.
With hemp legal in all 50 states*, and those with a little outdoor space searching for something to do now that it’s warming up, this Summer should see a boom in casual home grows. After a few years of giving starter plants and cultivation tips to friends and neighbors, and at the request of those same kind folks, I’ve written out the basics to be able to Grow Yer Own at Home. This is by no means a definitive guide, just some easy steps and hand-holding for the beginner.
For anyone that has ever collected baseball cards, Dick Perez’s artwork is immediately identifiable. Distinguished with classic portraiture accompanied by bold graphics, Perez is the artist behind Donruss’s Diamond Kings and prior to that, the man who brought art back to baseball cards with his set for the Hall of Fame. Now 80 years old and living in NYC, Dick is working on a supplement to his 560-page career-spanning book The Immortals: An Art Collection of Baseball’s Best. We caught up with him earlier this month to talk about his life in art, baseball, and his love of tennis.
Let’s be honest, we’re in one of these times that wearing a robe all day does not seem out of the question. After an extended morning session, or hours of training—working, whatever—in the afternoon, the comfort and ease that a robe brings to life is undeniable. With those attributes in mind, we compiled some of our favorites to keep you wrapped up until we’re out of this mess.