Clink Hearts Japan Pt. 4

I know some of you may have been looking forward to seeing the work we did for Hoshino-san. And I would love to be able to show you, but I can’t. Sorry for the buzz-kill. Maybe someday. But I can show you the one picture I have of our meeting. It took place in a hotel in Kobe. Yes, we had steak at the meeting. It was all very covert ops. We waited in the lobby till they prepped the room then we went up then Hoshino-san came in and we got to hang-out and pepper him with questions. Even though he’s not famous in the U.S. we still saw him everywhere, TV ads, the printed ads hanging in the subway. By the time we had our meeting it was very exciting. And he was a really cool, funny dude.

This poor dude had to wear a full Rudolph get-up in front of department store.

Some of the most memorable parts of the trip were the most surprising. Being terrified at how fast the bullet train from Tokyo to Kobe was. So freakin’ fast. I couldn’t sleep the first night, so at 3:30 am I woke up and went for a run around our hotel. It was our first 24 hours in Country, so everything was fascinating and with it all being so quiet while I ran around the buildings, across rivers, and around the Emperor’s Palace. It was very surreal and memorable.

We also went to a few Buddhist temples. This one had these great, Ginko?, trees all dressed in yellow. Those drawers all had different prayers in them.

Clink Hearts Japan Pt. 2

We had 10 days in Japan for our trip. Our goal, whether it’s Japan or Pensacola, is to submerge ourselves in that city or countries vibe as much as humanly possible. I’ll admit, it’s exhusting. But it’s always fascinating. From tourist spots to Tower Records. We try to see, do and eat as much as possible. Here’s a tip. Wanna get stuff for friends and family on your international trips? I always go for magazines and books. I came back with a giant stack of magazines from Tower. Everything from fashion to home decor. People always freak for them. Look at this fantastic subway sign!

We even had time to meet up with my roommate and a really good friend from college. Toru and I lived together for 4 years. He works at Toyota now as a designer. And Takashi is crazy and awesome. When I first met him he had dreads down to his ass. He’s so scared of flying that he would buy tickets on shipping freighters to get from Tokyo to NYC. I miss both these guys.

Clink Hearts Japan Pt. 1

As promised, and as a way to get you guys excited for a Japan themed Clink Kong patch, here is part 1 photo journal of Jason and my trip to Japan. We were fortunate enough to be taken to the Land of the Rising Sun on business. And our hosts were amazing. Full-time tour guides and translators. Great meals. It was awesome. We were there for a great project too. Help infamous baseball player and manager Senichi Hoshino brand himself. Aside from his many on-field achievements, Mr. Hoshino is a huge pop culture figure in Japan. He was even voted father of the year (Yeah, they vote on that. Awesome.). It was our first time to Japan so everything was interesting to us. Vending machines, the fact that Jason could get his Dr. Pepper fix, advertising, leaves.

Old Score Cards

These 1884 Score Cards were posted a few weeks ago on Uni Watch (sorry to all you Uni Watchers out there for the redundancy.) But I thought they were so brilliant. More folk arty than great retro design. They have a lot of art nouveau elements to them. I’ve never seen that influence in baseball design before. Probably because I haven’t seen many print pieces from the 1800’s. There’s more great stuff to see over at Lelands. Really great stuff. Thanks Uni Watch!

Next week we’re going to have a small belated promotion to help raise a little cash for the Red Cross’ tsunami efforts in Japan. As a lead up we’re going to share some of our favorite photos from Jason and my trip to Japan a few years ago.

Kick this weekend’s ass Clinkers!

The Clink-uverse June 23rd

Love me a look round the Clink-uverse! First off, here’s a cool picture of Rollie Fingers (Greatest name in baseball? Naw, Coco Crisp.) giving a talk at the Modesto hosted All-Star Smash. Guess who designed that event logo?

Here’s etomic in SF in his Taco Bulls 59/Fifty. There’s more to see at the Clinker’s Around the World.

Here’s Brian Eagle rockin’ his Everett Aqua Sox cap in front of a Buddhist temple outside Tokyo with his kid in tow.

And last but not least, the Clink Room is now available in the store Born Trouble located in the Wanhua District in Taipei City, Taiwan! Owned and operated by Clinker Andrew Song, He moved from NYC to open the shop. It’s a great example of people out there doing cool things. We’re flattered to be apart of it.

Born Trouble is located…
1F., No.2, Ln. 27, Chengdu Rd., Wanhua Dist.
Taipei City 108, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Yankees are Wife Swappers

Wanna read about one of the strangest stories not only in life but in baseball? Read about these two Yankees pitchers who swapped wives, houses, kids and even dogs in 1973 while they were both pitching for the Yankees.

“Don’t make anything sordid out of this,” said the 31-year-old Peterson, a twenty-game winner in 1970 who was then living with Kekich’s wife, Susanne, in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. The 27-year-old Kekich agreed. “Don’t say this was wife- swapping, because it wasn’t,” Kekich said. “We didn’t swap wives, we swapped lives.”

Here’s the article from New York Magazine. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are trying to make a movie out of the story! Does that make Damon and Affleck’s wives think something’s weird about their relationship? It’s all weird.

Crosscutters: Now Available!

Williamsport Crosscutters Official On-Field – Now available! This New Era 59/Fifty fitted cap is the same cap worn on the field by the Single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The cap features a scarlet crown and a navy visor and button with the Crosscutters’ own lumberjack logo on the front.

PS. The tees in The Clink Room store “Sale!” section are now available for only $9.95 each. Get em while the gittin’s good. Go to our “Sale!” section to see availability.

Kick this weekend’s ass Clinkers!