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We started off the year with our Valentine’s Day release. At the time I wanted to design some non-cornball shit that was against (in my opinion) possibly the worst holiday to ever go commercial. The drop included 3 different t-shirts and a snapback.
The first design was a Kim Casali tribute called “Love Is…”
The second design was something I’ve had in mind for a long time and perfect for Valentine’s Day. I searched all over L.A. to find the right oxeye daisies, checked my little brother & sister out of school early, then took some pictures of them playing the game “She (or He) loves me, she loves me not.”
The snapback was designed from the absence of LOVE…
Our good friend Cole Moss released his “Why Unicorn Drinks” book.
We made new stickers and some new lookbooks for our field trip to Vegas for MAGIC.
Guerilla marketing at it’s finest!
My childhood friend Gilbert Trejo jumped back on the scene and I was privileged enough to put together a TDRT (The Dead Reagan Tour) x CBG (Chill Black Guys) show. It was the first time Gilbert’s band TDRT played a show in over 5 years, and the first time CBG ever played with a live punk band. The night was definitely one to remember!
FRANK151 reached out to us for an interview and posted the article on their website!
Click HERE to read it.
In May we released our second collaboration with Crap Eyewear. This time around we got to design 2 different styles. Our “T.V. Eye” style frames are possibly my favorite thing that I have ever designed.
Our brother “Black Daniel” was finally released from jail. In my best attempt to keep him out of jail, I decided to take a skate trip up North to Santa Cruz, Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco. He had the time of his life during the trip but my #KeepBlackDanielOuttaJail campaign didn’t work for as long as I wanted. He was arrested once again shortly after we returned to L.A.
We held Warm Brew’s listening party for their album “The Ride” at Venice Orignals.
A girl named Autumn in St. Louis got a Those Folks tattoo on her foot!
We purchased 2 VHS video cameras to start filming a new Those Folks video, and just like every year, we enjoyed every day of the Summer!
My cousin “Juice” started making Those Folks jewelry, it will be available soon.
We signed up in a basketball league for the first time, and definitely not the last.
I took my first ever family trip to Kern River. I had never been camping before, it was the best time I had all year.
We held our very first skate contest at the skatepark in Venice. We filmed the contest with our VHS cameras but we’re saving the footage for the new Those Folks video that will be out next year.
Our boy Miles Silvas from Sacramento got the cover of Transworld Magazine!
Mikey Alfred from Illegal Civilization put together his first art show featuring work from Nakel Smith, Lego, Cedric Grandberry, Myself, as well as his own.
I finally met Bobby Hundreds so we could talk about things that happened in the past and left a sour relationship between The Hundreds and Those Folks. I’m glad we cleared everything up and now there might be a TH x TF collaboration coming soon…
For the second year in a row, Those Folks fed the homeless in Venice for Thanksgiving. We served over 200 plates of food and handed out socks & beanies as well. It’s always good to give back and although the government is trying to make it illegal, I hope we can keep this tradition going.
THOSE FOLKS x CRAP EYEWEAR SEQUEL COMING VERY FVCKING SOON!!!
We started off 2012 with the release of our very first pair of sunglasses with Crap Eyewear.
The sunglasses would drop on the 19th of January, and later land on the face of Lil’ Wayne in his video for “Mirror” featuring Bruno Mars. It was very surreal to say the least…
We went through a quick “trippy” stage in all respect to Juicy J.
A GIRL GOT THOSE FOLKS TATTED ON HER!!!
We came together with DTA (Don’t Trust Anyone) to host a “Chill N’ Grill” at Stoner Park
The SMC Corsair published an article on Those Folks in their newspaper.
2012 seemed like the right time to put out a Those Folks x Warm Brew collaboration.
Not only are we very good friends, but they are a REALLY dope hip-hop group from the same side of town; it was only right to come together and give our folks a dope show & t-shirt.
Breaks Magazine interviewed me (Richard Massie) about Those Folks…
Our brother “Black Daniel” was released from jail, but arrested again later in the year…
WE ENJOYED THE SUMMER LIKE WE ALWAYS DO!
The demand for a Those Folks x DTA collabo grew strong so we decided to make that happen.
In July we held our very 2nd Art Show in Koreatown with a live performance by Azizi Gibson
We dropped our “Not Like Most Folks” video
After Blake placed 4th at Damn Am Woodward West & won the Zumiez Destroyer Award, he followed up with the release of his 2012 video part!
WE GOT OUR VERY OWN OFFICE SPACE!!!
We accomplished (in my opinion) our best/most challenging photoshoot so far.
We re-released our “Say No To Hoes” t-shirt in 2 new colorways along with a new logo tee at Brooklyn Projects in November.
After the release we took a percentage of the profits and fed the homeless in Venice for Thanksgiving.
2012 was a great year for us and we’re happy to say we survived “The End of The World”
Best wished to everyone in 2013, hopefully the good things keep rolling into the new year.
We started the beginning of 2011 with a trip to MAGIC with the DTA Posse.
We spent about a week back home in Venice before taking a trip up to Sacramento to film for the ThoseFolks video!
On the road again… Off to Sac-town!
On our way home we stopped by San Francisco to visit the Folks for a few days…
Our good friend “Black Daniel” was released from jail. Unfortunately he fell right back in not too long after… He should be home in May 2012!
Legendary Nate Dogg passed away at age 41. Rest In Peace!
We got these dope ass pictures from our Folks in Afghanistan! The sacrifices they’re giving for us, our families, and our future are very honored and appreciated.
I bought my first film camera and started taking black & white portraits…
Rogue Status/DTA filmed a “Day In The Life” of myself, Richard Massie.
Back to S.F. for some fun in the city!
BornxRaised was created and it was only necessary for us (ThoseFolks) to drop a collaboration!
Rest In Peace “Macho Man” Randy Savage!
We celebrated the 3 year anniversary of ThoseFolks!
We re-released our “Say No To Hoes” t-shirt for the summertime!
We held the release party at Brooklyn Projects on Melrose!
Bobby Hundreds hated on us by editing a photo of Jay-Ughh from CBG wearing our “Say No To Hoes” tee to make it illegible on the Hundreds blog.
We adopted a pig into our family of friends and named her “HAM” from ThoseFolks!
We met these cool ass people by the name of Crap Eyewear and got a collaboration in the works! TF x CRAP 2012!
The mini-ramp on Lincoln in Venice got destroyed thanks to the new Pastor at the church!
Steve Jobs passed away… Rest in Peace!
We took another trip up to the Bay area to film for our Those Folks video…
Every time we’re in S.F. it’s almost mandatory we visit Sacramento!
We dropped our “Thank You Skateboarding” video parts on Thanksgiving!
Just before Christmas we held very first art show!
We’re really looking forward to the new year and what it has to offer! Best wishes to everyone in 2012, it’s your time, our time, now let’s shine!
(^This picture was taken 5 minutes ago) Happy New Years Everyone!