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Sports Influences through UFC and MMA Have Created a New Subculture via Design Graphics, Brands, and Industry Players in Street Fashion Today August 29, 2008
Sports often inspires new fashion subcultures and one of the hottest coming is from the Inland Empire combined with MMA creating a darker motif and tattoo-heavy look (not to be confused with the glam Ed Hardy version) that’s created an entirely new subculture of its own.  More...
 
Sneaker Kingpins Nike and Adidas Go Head-to-Head Creating New Footwear Designs for the Olympics Sure to Impact Sneak-Freak Culture; Plus Latest IOC Moves to Attract “Teens” in Another Ill-fated (and Named) Campaign July 7, 2008
Things are heating up for the Beijing Olympics next month, including the launch of some 53 different sneaker designs from the titans of footwear, plus an update on how the IOC missed the youth culture boat again. More...
 
Sports News Round-Up: ASR Launches “Virtue” Trade Show; Shaun White 4 Target Drops; RVCA X Cinelli X Barry McGee Pumps Fixed Gear Cycling’s Cool-Cache-Factor; Surfing in Summer X Games Nixed June 24, 2008
Things are heating up in the land of action sports, with top pros turning big-box designers, fixed-gear cycling ramping up another cred-notch, surfing taking another hit, and yes, another “lifestyle” fashion show debuting. More...
 
Street Fashion X Graffiti Art at THELABELLAB Exhibition at Crewest Gallery Featuring Drifter, David and David, Pretti Vacant, with a Special Feature “Bomb It”—The Graffiti Documentary May 22, 2008
The 2nd Label Lab Exhibition providing street fashion designers with the opportunity to reflect their brand through artistic interpretations took place last weekend, drawing a mixed crowd of fashionistas, artists, designers, + media, as the momentum of street fashion X art continues to spawn new ideas and interpretations of creativity. More...
 
Coachella Music + Arts Festival Mixes Pioneering Performers from Prince to Portishead with Burgeoning Artists Like Metric, Data Rock, and Hot Chip, Resulting in a Ripple-Effect that Will Impact Music + Culture April 29, 2008
As festivals continue to become the venue of choice for musicians, this year’s Coachella with its mix of reunion bands + new bands provided a massive kick-off of what to expect to hit the marketplace over the next few months. Label Networks’ has the inside scoop on the hottest bands making the greatest impact. More...
 
Inflatable Giant Pig from Roger Water’s “Dark Side of the Moon” Escapes at Coachella; $10,000 Reward Offered + 4 Lifetime Tix to the Finder April 29, 2008
Roger Water’s “Dark Side of the Moon” was one of the highlights from last weekend’s Coachella, but when his giant two-story pig floated away, it was a sad yet comical moment. Find the pig and the reward is lifetime tix to Coachella.  More...
 
Coachella Music + Arts Festival Kicks-off Summer Styles with a Nod to Retro, Rave, Boho, + Bathing Suits, Unofficially Making It THE Place to Spot Upcoming Summer Trends—Part 1 April 29, 2008
Neon reflections recontextualized with hippy; ravers in cowboy boots; metallic one-pieces, bikinis, + sheer cover-ups, men in short-shorts (Speedos and fanny packs) + much more are among new summer fashion mash-ups that will have designers scrambling to define key looks as their own. Label Networks delivers the best in festival fashion—Part 1. More...
 
New Sports Trends Impacting Youth Culture Lifestyles Indicate Changing Marketplace Especially for Skateboarding, Rise of Fixed Gear Cycling, Aggressive Inline, + Other Sporting Cultures March 31, 2008
What was once considered action sports turf is now being replaced by other sporting cultures, new styles in streetwear, and underground heroes from the streets.  More...
 
Leroy Jenkin’s Continues to Push Trends in New Directions for Progressive Street Fashion with a Mix-up of Woven Shirts, Collegiate-Inspired Jackets, Fitted Caps in Florals Resulting in a Unique Sports + Art-Inspired Collection March 20, 2008
Inspiration for Ron Upperman from Leroy Jenkins comes from art and sports which makes their collections stand apart, starting with their signature polka dot splatters on wovens and reversible cotton hoodies, not to mention their twist on the fitted cap with florals, and quiet but cool tonal branding. More...
 
Street Fashion Meets Art at THELABELLAB Exhibition Premiere at Crewest Gallery Featuring Cardboard Robot, Miss Wax, Andrew Hanson, + Original Hip-Hop Chocolate March 4, 2008
Label Networks’ presents the 1st LABELLAB Exhibition to take place in downtown Los Angeles, providing the backdrop to see street fashion in completely refreshing dimensions.  More...
 
Santa’s Ghetto, East London’s Seasonal Pop-Up Art Show Takes It to Bethlehem Featuring Epic Work from Banksy, Swoon, Ron English, + Others—Proceeds Benefit West Bank Kids December 20, 2007
Pop-up art + retail taken to new heights with this latest from the artist collective Santa’s Ghetto. It disappears December 25th.  More...
 
Vivendi Buys Up Activision Stakes for $9.8 Billion Creating Massive Game Publishing House + Serious Competition for EA December 4, 2007
Makers of World of Warcraft buy into makers of Guitar Hero + Tony Hawk series, creating a massive gaming publishing--tips on what this means for new gamers + the industry in general More...
 
“Peel Here” Sticker Event Brings Out Subculture of Top Sticker, Graff, + Street Artists in Major Event at the Ghetto Mansion, Downtown Los Angeles December 3, 2007
Sticker art is as old as street + graffiti art, which was celebrated big-time in Los Angeles bringing out top designers and tag writers from the West Coast.  More...
 
Sundance Film Festival 2008 Preview—Movies that Will Impact Street + Youth Culture December 2, 2007
The films have been announced for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT, in January ‘08. Label Networks previews top films sure to rock Street + Youth Culture. More...
 
Marvin Magazine, Mexico City’s Hipster Publication Covering Music, Fashion, + Art, Showcases Exhibition at Urban Culture Fashion Fest in Unique Wooden Art Displays by Top Artists November 16, 2007
Marvin Magazine from Mexico City represents a mix of street fashion, lifestyle, music, + art. They’re recent art exhibition reflected the latest creations from top street + graffiti artists south of the border. More...
 
Ugly Doll-Like “Nomsters” + Mexican Wrestling Face Mask Pillows among New Version of Urban Toy Culture Coming Out of Mexico City November 13, 2007
In a fashion culture inspired by folklore, Mexico City has a thriving urban vinyl toy scene, but also plush character dolls and pillows which have become key accessories in various collections, similar to Harajuku-style doll accessories.  More...
 
The City Loves You Art Installation Highlights Latest in Urban Vinyl Toys, Graffiti, + Street Art from Various Branches of Mexico’s Urban Culture November 5, 2007
Mexico’s art collective The City Loves You multi-dimensional installation showcases latest creative endeavors in urban culture highlighting what’s going on in Mexico’s vinyl toys, screenprinting, pixel art, graffiti, + street scenes. More...
 
Mexico City Urban Culture Fashion Fest Illustrates Burgeoning Scene of New Designers Mixed with Top Bands, Skateboarding, Graffiti Artists + Urban Vinyl Scenes November 5, 2007
The 1st of its kind in Mexico, this trade show-like fashion, music, art festival created a buzz that indicates there’s a new version of urban culture on the rise. More...
 
Los Angeles River Bank “Meeting of Styles” Grand Graffiti Murals Painted Over By Industrial Rollers Indicating Foul-Play—Public Radio Stations, Groups Rallying Back November 1, 2007
Suspected foul-play is behind the recent destruction of the documentary-worthy graffiti art mural exhibition at the LA River as “professional” fully-equipped rollers destroy an historical graffiti landscape. More...
 
2nd Annual West Coast Graffiti Party Brings Out Top Artists--Frame DTK, CES one, King 157, Risk, Toofly, Ezra, + More To Educate + Promote Dialogue About the Power of Aerosol Art Among Today’s Youth Culture October 29, 2007
Graffiti art + the power of the spray paint can are often only recognized as a form of rebellion + pollution. However as the 2nd Annual West Coast Graffiti Party encouraged, programs + locations need to be built because it’s not negative but rather, the wave of the future for young artists.  More...
 
Horror Movie Popularity--Which Demographic Likes Them Most + Why Provides Target Market Opportunities in a Genre Mostly Relegated to Halloween October 21, 2007
In Label Networks’ North American Youth Culture Studies, we not only track favorite movies and actors, but “types” of movies and why. When it comes to horror flicks, there’s clearly target market opportunities among a specific genre and age group that most brands never realize.  More...
 
The Urban Woman Experience “Within” Draws Diversity of Female Talent in Graffiti Art, Slam Poetry, Rap/Hip-hop, + Street Fashion Indicating the Rise of Women in a Predominately Male Subculture October 16, 2007
In a unique event that highlighted the female side of urban culture, the Urban Woman Experience attracted hundreds of people curious to see what’s next in graffiti art + street fashion. More...
 
Video Game Music Tour Expands Beyond Gamer Fans Based on Demand from People Looking for Unique Music + Interactive Experiences October 12, 2007
Music in video games has become big business, just as Cosplay has spawned new subcultures in fashion design. The popularity of Video Games Live concert series proves new revenue models exist outside of the box. More...
 
Swerve Festival Brings Out West Coast Creative Culture Through Action Sports-Inspired Films, Music, + Art Exhibitions in 1st Annual Event October 1, 2007
While it’s well known that the bohemian lifestyle and creation of action sports, underground films, art, and music often duplicated around the world came from the West Coast, it was refreshing to see the celebration of the culture through the 1st annual Swerve Festival initiated by Fuel TV.  More...
 
Hundreds of Top Graffiti Artists Gather at Los Angeles Riverbanks to Create Massive Mural + Alter Perceptions about the Meaning of Art in the “Meeting of Styles LA”—Images Defy Words October 1, 2007
Worthy of a documentary, the live mural paintings of hundreds of graffiti artists working together for 2 days at the LA River was a breathtaking exhibition that transformed perceptions of a once-bleak concrete environment.  More...
 
Top Favorite Sports, Participation, + Sports to “Learn” in Pan-European Report Indicate New Trends in Lifestyle Associations among 15-25-year-olds September 30, 2007
Label Networks’ 5th Annual European Youth Culture Study ’07-’08 reveals far-reaching changes in sports and influences among youth culture across the UK, France, Italy, Spain, + Germany indicating new lifestyle influences on the horizon. More...
 
WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy + Diet Pepsi Collab with Designed Bottle by Graffiti Artist and WeSC Activist Axis, Signaling the Importance of Streetwear to Large Beverage Brands September 25, 2007
In a rare collaboration not often seen among massive beverage brands such as Pepsi and small streetwear brands such as WeSC, the Diet Pepsi’s Collectible Premium Goods Collaboration strikes a new chord for both sides.  More...
 
Saber of The 7th Letter Graffiti Crew Talks About the Graffiti/Fashion Crossover, Plus Who the Hypemasters Really Are—Exclusive Label Networks TV Interview September 17, 2007
Legendary Los Angeles graffiti artist Saber of the renowned The Seventh Letter crew talks about what’s taking place in the graffiti scene globally, how the LA style is ruling it, + what’s next within the graffiti fashion explosion. More...
 
THELABELLAB Exhibition Featuring Graffiti + Sneaker Artists, Plus Live Media Stage, Attracts International Brands + Buyers and Forever Redefining Networking Trade Show Lounges September 3, 2007
THELABELLAB Exhibition goes off at United creating much needed information, networking, and inspirational lounge that will forever raise the bar on what trade show lounges can be. More...
 
United Block Party in Downtown Vegas (Hosted by the Mayor) Features Hieroglyphics, plus Art Shows “The White Album” by FUN + “Graffiti Splinters” Featuring Moody + Baby 168 September 2, 2007
As trade shows move away from just being a place to do business and into lifestyle events celebrating fashion, music, and street cultures, United kept pace with a Block Party and various boutiques in downtown Las Vegas.  More...
 
Top New York City Graffiti Artists On Display at United, Along with Largest Collection of Mr. T Dolls Making for One Trippy Lounge Scene July 26, 2007
Moody, RD 357, Baby 168 were among the legendary New York City graffiti artists on site in a gallery at United along with a massive collection of Mr. T dolls in all types of attitudes and outfits courtesy of Greg from Mishka NYC.  More...
 
What’s Next in Virtual Fashion Runway Hits from H&M via Sims 2 Created by “Ordinary People Designers” July 20, 2007
Virtual fashion runway shows are now a reality with the launch of H&M’s and Sims 2 showcase with the theme Party Time illustrating a wide usage of asymmetrical cuts in dresses for women, and stripes in button-down shirts for guys (no T-shirts trends is in).  More...
 
Swarovski Crystals’ “Crystallized Elements” Show Illuminates the Possibilities of Artistic Expression Through Crystals in Streetwear July 19, 2007
Adornments outside of the realm of graphic art through use of crystals provides a new landscape of possibilities beyond bling as illustrated in the Swarovski exhibition in Barcelona.  More...
 
Barcelona Graffiti Scene Steps-up as Global Hotspot for Artistic Expression—Stunning Masterpieces as the Streets Speak July 16, 2007
The streets speak through Barcelona’s global graffiti and street art scene. Check out the latest.  More...
 
Royal Elastics with Letters First Offer Up Latest in Graffiti + Sneaker Art Collaboration in One-of-a-Kind Exhibition in Barcelona July 8, 2007
Top street and graffiti artists offered up their artwork in a massive exhibition on the entrance to the Sports & Style section of Bread & Butter attracting thousands. More...
 
Cosplay, Masquerades, J-Pop, Aristocratic Midnight Tea Parties, plus Anime + Manga Industry Panels + a Performance by S.K.I.N.—J-rock’s Concert of the Century--Among Highlights of Anime-Expo 2007 June 30, 2007
As the fastest growing industry in entertainment today, anime and manga are becoming a cultural force influencing new generations in fashion, role-playing, music, reading, and entertainment, making Anime Expo a must-see event towards gaining insight on the future. More...
 
Advertising Effectiveness in Youth Culture: "What type of advertising are you so over?" for subscribers only June 25, 2007
Label Networks' latest Sponsorship + Advertising in Youth Culture Report takes an in-depth look at who and what has the greatest effect on specific demographics, including sponsorship, advertising, communication patterns, and influences. This story takes an in-depth look at the advertising methods that 13-25-year-olds in North America are just completely over and why. For subscribers only. More...
 
Icelandic Street + Graffiti Art Will Inspire the World as Illustrated in “Icepick” by Thordis Claessen June 24, 2007
Icepick delivers on providing insight into the unique work of Reykjavik street and graffiti art through a well-documented and designed book that shows a refreshingly new slice of culture.  More...
 
“From LA with Love” Creates a Living Time Capsule of the Movement Going On Inside the “Other” LA—a Spirited Subculture of Musicians, Artists, + Entrepreneurs June 18, 2007
Most think of Hollywood glitz when it comes to the City of Angeles. Underground event creator Andrew Lejero from ArtDon’tSleep brings out the movement from the other side: musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs that have created a renaissance within the world’s freshest metropolis. More...
 
Skate-inspired Artists Andy Jenkins, Andy Mueller, + Andrew Pommier Premiere “stAAAmmering” Showcase Illustrating Art-Skate Connection June 18, 2007
Girl Skateboards is known for it’s collection of artists and as shown in this exhibition, there’s creativity that can stand alone, and yet is intricately tied to skateboarding culture. More...
 
H&M Collaborates with The Sims Allowing Players Opportunity to Dress Characters in Summer Collection, Create a Retail Store, + Enter a Fashion Runway Contest for Possible Production June 11, 2007
Crossing over from virtual gaming to reality in terms of design production, shopping, and retail creation is the latest effects coming from the recent H&M and EA The Sims collaboration called The Sims 2 Fashion Stuff Pack and Fashion Runway Showcase. New themes for the Fashion Runway and possible selection of the winner’s designs to be produced by H&M next include Party Time, Skate Park, and Streetwear. More...
 
Venice Graffiti Walls Move to Permit-Only Sparking Debate + a Paint-out Day Illustrating a Blast of Intense New Artwork—with video June 5, 2007
The Venice Beach graffiti walls, one of the most prolific areas in the world for artists, has launched a permit-only campaign sparking a debate between stifling artists’ space and creativity and local resident complaints of vandalism. ICU Art stepped in to offer up a compromise solution which kicked off June 3rd with an intense paint-out of from a select group of high quality graffiti artists. Pictures and video of the artwork, artists, and people onsite illustrate the thriving creative scene juxtaposed against heavy security. More...
 
Graffiti Book Collectors of Gathered Artists’ Tags Are Among New Youth Culture Keepsakes + Sources for Inspiration June 4, 2007
While many young people collect baseball cards, there’s a growing number of people today who collect graffiti artists’ tags in personal sketchbooks. As seen onsite at the Venice Art Walls Paint-out event last weekend, scores of young kids quietly wandered the area asking the working artists if they would sketch something in their books. This new source of inspiration and adoration for graffiti artists shows the change taking place in what a new generation considers to be credible art. More...
 
What’s Really Behind Word-of-Mouth Marketing + Effectiveness in Youth Culture When it Comes to New Products + Brands; plus Fresh Results on Sponsorship Effectiveness through Free Swag—for subscribers only May 29, 2007
For subscribers only, we deliver fresh research results of how and where word-of-mouth is most effective when it comes to new products and brands and what young people think. In addition, we deliver results about the true effectiveness in sponsorship programs towards reaching youth culture via free give-aways at events.  More...
 
Anime Conventions Exploding Across America Indicate Massive Growth of Japanese Entertainment, Workshops, Cosplay Fashion, + J-rock Culture May 29, 2007
Anime conventions are among the most popular and fastest-growing new consumer shows in America today based on the growing fascination with Cosplay—dressing as anime or manga characters—manga comics, anime films and video games. Label Networks takes a look at this subculture, particularly the Anime-Expo Convention or AX in Long Beach, CA, and recent announcement of the supergroup Skin with Yoshiki, Gackt, Sugizo, and Miyavi to perform June 29th, and what it all means for the next generation of youth culture.  More...
 
New Trends in Entertainment Preferences, Sports, Technology, Communication, + Fashion Revealed in North American Youth Culture Study—Spring Report ’07 May 21, 2007
The launch of Label Network’s North American Youth Culture Study—Spring Report ’07 illustrates where trends are changing most and why when it comes to American youth culture. Here are some highlights of what to expect in T-shirts, denim, fashion, footwear, spending patterns, new media, communication patterns, music, sports, entertainment, technology, video gaming, and lifestyle traits. More...
 
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Lowrider Customized Bicycles Feature Evolution of Car Culture in DIY 2-Wheeled Rides + Provide Stepping Stone for Youth Culture May 14, 2007
Lowrider bicycles are the latest evolution is the fast-growing, multi-cultural scene of DIY cars, particularly lowriders. Tweaking bicycles into show stoppers like the high-handle-barred Hollywood Cruiser or stretched-out Limo bike with new chrome jobs, spokes, and candy paint and marbleized graphics, is also taking root among many inner city after school programs as a way to teach young people important skills and to provide camaraderie through various clubs that support lowrider bike shows and their artists.  More...
 
Projected Text Messages Made Into Instant Graffiti Using NYC Artist Jesus Saves May 8, 2007
Text messaging as an interactive public street art performance by Paul Notzold and Adam Chapman show the recent progression of using communication technology and art in a unique format for engaging viewers. Called TXTual Healing, the performances use the “drip” text fonts by NYC artist Jesus Saves to capture an artistic expression of text messages sent to them which are then projected onto the sides of public city spaces and buildings to engage the public and to think about their surroundings. More...
 
Summer Festival Fashion Kicks-off at Coachella Music & Arts Festival with Key Trends in Tube Dresses, Ankle Boots, Gym Class Heroes, + Slim Denim Among Top Styles May 1, 2007
Coachella Arts & Music Festival kicked off its 8th show last weekend in Indio, CA, marking the beginning of summer fashion we can expect to grace the festival fields across the world this season. This year’s Coachella was a sensation of mash-ups across era’s including the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, new takes on dresses, ankle boots, sport-punk, vintage, raver, and environmentally conscious styles.  More...
 
The Coachella Party Round-up Featuring Filter + Diesel, GQ + Rock ‘n Republic, Anthem + WeSC May 1, 2007
Coachella Music & Arts Festival has become the new scene where various magazines and brands get together to throw exclusive invite-only pool-parties for celebrities, musicians, and fans. We visited the Filter and Diesel party, GQ and Rock ‘n Republic, and Anthem and WeSC parties—each of which offered up different vibes, music, people, settings, and sponsors. Here’s the lowdown. More...
 
Energy FACTory at Coachella Offers Green Scene with Bike-Powered Cell Phone Chargers, Ethanol-Powered Popcorn BBQ, + Biodiesel DJ Porta Potty Station May 1, 2007
The green movement will be a major theme in upcoming music festivals this season as was apparent starting with Coachella’s Energy FACTory scene including bike-powered cell phone chargers, ethanol BBQ’s for making popcorn, and a biodiesel DJ porta potty station. More...
 
Music Break-out Performances + Key Highlights from Coachella Indicate New Directions + Influences from New-School + Reinvented Old-School Global Artists May 1, 2007
Coachella Music & Arts Festival represents the kick-off of which new-school and old-school artists will have the greatest influence during this summer’s festival season. With a wide range of bands, from Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, The Arcade Fire, Interpol. Arctic Monkeys, and Amy Winehouse, Coachella provides the round-up of what’s taking place in music and will be influencing global youth culture in the coming year. Label Networks captures the highlights.  More...
 
Massive Art Installations, Vaudeville, Kinetic Powered Sunflowers, Lightening, Fire, + a Misting Oasis Round-Out Coachella’s Art Festival—with video May 1, 2007
Massive interactive art installations are no longer just the realm of Burning Man events, but have become a key part of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival. From Vaudeville performers shooting water cannons of mist, to kinetic powered fields of sunflowers, lightening, fire, and giant metal sculptures, the Arts Festival at Coachella heightens the experience for festival goers beyond one’s imagination, moving from daylight, into an entirely new scene at night.  More...
 
Create: Fixate “Down to Earth” Show Provides Insight into Los Angeles’ Growing Green Movement, Artists Support, + Fashion April 23, 2007
Earth Day weekend in Los Angeles brought out the best among those who want to make a difference in the name of Mother Nature with a variety of festivals, events, concerts, and beach and city clean-ups. One of the best events was Create:Fixate’s “Down to Earth” show which brought up many of the up-and-coming artists in the area, plus silk-screen masters Hit + Run who created various designs on-site, and a 9 different DJ’s throughout the night. Eco-friendly and DIY fashionistas attended the event, checking out various non-profit groups such as Surfrider and Trees of the Future, and interacting to raise funds and awareness for various green organizations.  More...
 
Lowrider Customized Car Show Brings Out Multi-cultural Americana Featuring DIY Rides, Candy Paint Jobs, + the Return of the Zoot Suit April 22, 2007
The Lowrider car show came to Southern California bringing out the best in DIY rides, old-school Chevy Impalas, candy paint jobs, and the multicultural lifestyle behind it including fashionable zoot suits, mechanic/utilitarian wear, and the rockabilly girl.  More...
 
Brave Art at the Telus World Ski + Snowboard Festival in Whistler Attracts Top Street + Board Artists with Live Paintings + Awareness Campaigns such as Keep A Breast + Surfrider April 18, 2007
Brave Art, during the Telus Ski and Snowboard Festival in Whistler, B.C., brought in a unique selection of international artists in street and board cultures to paint live, including Chris Pastras, the dark, Russ Pope, among others, as well as breast cancer organization Keep A Breast who cast top skiers and snowboarders and had live paintings on-site. In addition, O’Neill displayed and auctioned off artistic renditions of surfboards with the theme of global warming to raise money and awareness for Surfrider Foundation. More...
 
Business Resource: Wrigley Gets Heat for “Mojito-Flavored” Gum; Chronic Candy Launches “Herbal” Green Tea April 18, 2007
Wrigley launched a “mojito-flavored” gum with their Orbit Mint Mojito campaign and has taken heat in the last week from alcohol watchdog groups for touting a rum-flavored drink to kids through gum. Meanwhile Chronic Candy is launching a new “Herbal” Green Tea, which as we saw at a recent event where they had a sponsor booth set up, was packed with people of all ages. To think that young people don’t know what these things are is to stick your head in the sand. However it does raise the question, especially for Wrigley which has a huge agency BBDO for Orbit, who claimed they were running out of names, why they can’t be more creative.  More...
 
Hispanic Youth Culture: The Strongest Demographic Wanting to Learn Action Sports, Indicating Vast Market Opportunities within the Nation’s 2nd Largest Cultural Demographic—for subscribers only April 10, 2007
Based on fresh results from our Hispanic Youth Culture Study, action sports are clearly preferred as the top sports that 15-24-year-olds most want to learn. For subscribers, the information in this story details not only key demographics by gender and age groups, but also the major sources of influence through lifestyle associations as well including fashion, footwear, video gaming title preferences, TV entertainment, and pro athlete icons. More...
 
Hispanic Youth Culture Indicates Strong New Marketplace for Video Gaming + Tony Hawk Titles—Especially Among Females April 9, 2007
Video gaming has a strong new marketplace among Hispanic youth culture of 15-24-year-olds in North America. However they have unique traits, as indicated in the recent release of our Hispanic Youth Culture Study ’07. As noted in this story, gaming platforms have distinct differences based on gender, and the Tony Hawk titles, while clearly meant for males, tend to be more popular among Hispanic females, indicating a new market opportunity. More...
 
Label Networks’ Hispanic Youth Culture Study Reveals Power of the Marketplace Effecting Businesses in Fashion, Footwear, Technology, Entertainment, Sports, + Lifestyle April 3, 2007
Label Networks release of the Hispanic Youth Culture Study indicates that there are many new influences effecting youth culture in America today based on the strength of this demographic. As the 2nd largest population group in America, knowing what’s taking place in this market is vital for success. Here are highlights from the Study.  More...
 
The United States of Japan: Invasion of J-Pop Culture, Cosplay, Video Gaming, Online Entertainment + Its Influences on America March 24, 2007
Japanese pop culture including video gaming influences from Manga comics is having an impact on American youth culture not only through gaming, but also in fashion such as Cosplay—dressing as specific gaming characters—fashion, technology, and arts and entertainment patterns. More...
 
Street Artist WK Interact Showcases in Paris’ Addict Galerie Drawing Street Art Fans; WK + Shepard Fairey to “Battle” in East/West Propaganda Project in Tokyo + Paris March 24, 2007
Street artist WK Interact showcases new work in Paris drawing fans of graffiti and street art to Addict Galerie. WK Interact and Shepard Fairey will also be battling next month in the East/West Propaganda Project in Tokyo and Paris with live on-site creations and comparisons of the two artists’ propaganda work.  More...
 
Sneaker Artist Sole Junkie Delivers the Scoop on the Painted Sneak + Battle Scene, His Inspiration, Latin Roots, Bobbito Garcia, Color, + the Power of MySpace—with Video March 19, 2007
Sneaker painter/artist Sole Junkie tells the story and importance of sneaker culture and what’s going on in the sneaker battle and art world, the importance of Bobbito Garcia, and the power of MySpace for creating his own business. Label Networks TV delivers this exclusive interview with Sole Junkie, delivering the depths of sneaker culture with the new king of sneaker art.  More...
 
Space-Invader Pacman’s Paris + Brings “Rubik” Street Art + Old-School Game March 12, 2007
Space-Invader’s Pacman artwork of Rubik cubes and old-school gaming as graffiti is one form of street art that police do not seem to discriminate against in Paris. Made of colorful tiles in obscure areas just above street signs, Space Invader reminds us to look outside the box. Label Networks delivers recent pics from Paris.  More...
 
Reaching Youth Culture In America: Online vs. TV?for subscribers only Some of the best ways to anticipate changes in reaching youth culture via entertainment patterns is to watch what?s going on in the music industry. March 5, 2007
TV vs. Internet continues to be debated in terms of the most effect ways of reaching youth culture today in North America. However as we?ve seen in our primary data and shifts towards entertainment via online among young people, including watching YouTube, spending time on MySpace, etc. you can see that the future of reaching this new consumer group is not via traditional means of TV as it is today. Intuitive brands in music and action sports have turned to creating webisodes, ads, and interactive entertainment online for years now, which is just starting to catch on among the big players and agencies. This story quantifies trends and future forecasting and where things are headed and why. More...
 
Label Networks TV with Hit + Run Silk-screening Masters March 5, 2007
Brandy Flower and the Hit + Run collective are known in underground circles for making a statement with their live, on-site silk-screening events. Not only do they provide a platform for collaboration of up-and-coming artists with T-shirt brands for interactive, one-of-a-kind pieces, but the H+R crew also creates the Mark of the Beast ‘zine and events that bring corporate cultural jamming to new heights. More...
 
In the House: Graffiti, Street, + Sneaker Artists Sole Junkie, ManOne, King 157, DJ Shiro + Natasha, VJ Paul Sangster--Elevating the Label Lab Exhibition + Attracting Scores of Fashion, Music, Art Industry Players and Forever Redefining Trade Show Lounges February 19, 2007
The Label Lab Exhibition goes off in the South Hall creating a much needed information, networking, and inspirational lounge that will forever raise the bar on what trade show lounges can be. The 3-dimensional aspects included Label Networks primary data and charts, global streetwear photos, live art installations with ManOne, King 157, Shiro and Natasha, VJ Paul Sangster, Sole Junkie, attracting musical artists such as Grandmaster Caz, Omari, DJ Nick Cannon, and the band Blacksmith among hundreds of fans of fashion, art, and music. More...
 
5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens Provides Graffiti Artists from the Boroughs Space to Create + Speak the Streets February 1, 2007
5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens is one of the only places where graffiti artists can do their thing (under strict permit) and tell their story. It’s a place intended for graffiti artist from the 5 boroughs, this it’s name, and it’s constantly morphing—speaking the word on the streets.  More...
 
Coachella Music + Arts Festival—Kick-off of the Music Festival Season—Announces Band Line-up + Top Selection within Today’s Influential Music Scene January 29, 2007
Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the kick-off festival of the summer music scene, announced their band line-up last week, 3-day festival format, and new artists that will surely have a massive impact on music and its influence across America this summer.  More...
 
Sundance Film Festival + the Sponsor, Lounge, Gifting, Marketing Ambush—Highlights of the Most Innovative Attracting the Brightest Celebs January 29, 2007
Sundance Film Festival always attracts top sponsors, celebs, pr agencies, and brands. This year was no different despite the “Focus on Films” campaign with MySpace producing a cool lounge along with loads of others. While gifting lounges for celebs have been cut back thanks to the IRS taxing such prizes, top brands did figure out a way to get into the action. Here’s the scoop. More...
 
Business Resource: Transworld Media, Publisher of Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Surfing, Bought by Swedish Bonnier Magazine Group January 30, 2007
Transworld Media and Time4 were bought by Swedish-based Bonnier Magazine Group for an estimated $200 million. Speculation about what will happen to youth culture magazine titles such as Skateboarding, Snowboarding, and Surfing remain uncertain however VP Jonas Bonnier says they are willing to invest in niche magazine markets in the U.S, More...
 
Starbucks in China’s Forbidden City May Close Based on Heat from Popular Insider Blogs Indicating New Internet-based Power Exchange January 23, 2007
Starbucks in China’s Forbidden City may close based on heat from Insider internet correspondence and disgruntled visitors, not to mention an insider CCTV blog. This indicates a change in policy in China as internet campaigns gain power.  More...
 
Venice Beach Graffiti Wall January 2007 January 16, 2007
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“Rock Fresh” Graffiti + Street Art Documentary DVD Release Provides Insider Perspective on the Struggle of Urban Artists + Where Things are Headed in Street Culture January 16, 2007
Rock Fresh documentary delivers the world of graffiti and street artists through the struggles between balancing creativity and commerce in a rare glimpse at what’s going on in the underground as seen through top artists Axis, Clae, Kofie, Trixter, and Tyer—some who have been commissioned by brands such as Levi’s, Toyota, Red Bull, MTV, and Nike. More...
 
Snow Sports Industry Trade Show Gets Urban + Provides Lounge called “The Yard” for Up+Coming Brands; Action Sports Retailer Trade Show Goes Green January 15, 2007
ASR goes green and SIA adds the urban vibe for up-and-coming brands called The Yard, which provides 2 new aspects of trade shows worth noting this season as others try to keep up with innovative plans and progression. More...
 
The Label Lab Exhibition: Label Networks Presents Global Street Culture, Fashion, Attitudes in a 3-Dimensional Multi-media Art Exhibition Showcasing at MAGIC January 9, 2007
Label Networks presents the Label Lab—a 3-dimensional art exhibition live at the MAGIC International Fashion Trade Show, featuring Label Networks streetwear fashion photography from around the world, live top graffiti and street artists, a VJ multi-media show, and fresh charts and trends from Label Networks’ marketing intelligence.  More...
 
Latest YouTube Conspiracy Theory: Is The Dew Behind the Elderly Crunk-lovin’ Masher, Sue Teller? January 8, 2007
YouTube conspiracy theory behind the funny and creative new show, elderly Sue Teller’s “Do Your Own Adventure” has people speculating on just who are the creative geniuses behind this show. If indeed it is Mountain Dew, then it’s a great example of how the brand has mashed the concept of short videos via YouTube, humor, pop culture, and mystery—all in what’s essentially and an ad for the Dew. More...
 
Sundance Film Festival Preview—What to Expect from a Global Youth Culture Perspective January 2, 2007
Sundance Film Festival kicks off in Park City, Utah January 18-28 with a new crop of amazing films. This is a round-up of films with a global youth culture perspective that are premiering in the following categories: Native American and Indigenous, Short Film Programs, Urban Interest, Women’s Interest, Music Interest, African-American Interest, Politics & Conflict. More...
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