Archive for September, 2011

Do-Tell: Samantha Duenas, DJ Sosupersam

I hadn’t heard of Samantha until I YouTube searched a Childish Gambino freestyle performance at Fatbeats in LA I totally should have been at. And while I was curious as to who Donald Glover’s cute DJ friend laying down the dope beats was, it took me until I saw her play two sets in San Diego during Comic-Con before I knew I had to interview this lady with serious tastemaker style. Countless plays of her Cruel Summer mix track later, I got a hold of Sam to ask her how she met Donald (it was on Twitter talking about their obsession of an Amerie remix) and learned her full-time gig is leading the PR department at branding agency 722 Figueroa. Samantha admitted she rarely relaxes and is always working, but fashion and music are her passions so she does whatever it takes. Want to get to know her a little better? Yeah you do. You can start with two things she’s totally excited about right now.

Photo by TigerTiger Photography

1. Last month I had the honor of DJing in Singapore, and I opened for Dâm-Funk, a funk artist I really admire. I also got to go record hunting with him, and he picked out a record for me! That memory is still so unreal to me, every time I think about it. One of the coolest things that happened this year.

2. I’m generally not so savvy in the kitchen, but I made a really delicious salad the other day that I’m very proud of. Check this out: Kale, arugula, feta cheese, smashed up pita chips, lemon & olive oil, maldon salt, and freshly ground pepper. You just don’t know exciting until you know this salad!

The Jack Purcell that first hit the court 75 years ago is back!

The Jack Purcell that first hit the court 75 years ago returns for Fall 2011 with a modern twist: premium leather uppers and rawhide laces. Yup, we’re in love. Available through Converse. [via HS]

An illustrated history of tennis fist-pumps.

To celebrate the beginning of this year’s U.S. Open, Brooklyn artist Mickey Duzyj has assembled an absolutely gorgeous (and quite thorough) collection of arguably the greatest tradition in all of tennis – yes, we’re talking fist-pumps. Seriously, this is better than any infographic I’ve seen in years. It’s clear ESPN has more than just a talented illustrator on their hands as I’m convinced Duzyj might actually be a serial fist-pumper himself. Silent squeezes aside, I’m having a hard time deciding on my favorite – it’s either Lleyton Hewitt’s The Broken Chainsaw or Jimmy Connor’s The Hornblower. What do you think? View the entire collection here.

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