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  1. Picked up the ol’ drum sticks again for the first time in five years and tried to pick up this beat... needless to say I butchered it lol. Nobody makes rhythms like fela!!!
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    Happy jeans: TCBxSufu S40s WW2 contest thread

    Went a month without washing while i started a construction job - after washing early this morning they’re back to being covered in mud and drywall dust
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    Superdenim community sale thread

    ^Oh man, that was my holy grail way back when... I’m disappointed I don’t live in a cold enough environment anymore. Whoever gets it, post tons of pics!!!
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    RESOLUTE by hayashi-san!

    That length looks great to me @cesco10. You can usually have jeans hemmed in 1” increments at a minimum, as about an inch of fabric is taken up by the folds of the hem. So that’s another option if you just want to go a little shorter, without having to go through the trouble and expense of buying a new pair.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Also in case anyone wants to get sucked into a (quite beautiful) rabbit hole regarding treadle machines, I came across this incredible artist on youtube several years ago. It’s so incredible how detailed her work is!
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    To be fair, it must take significantly more time and effort to sew jeans on a treadle machine, especially if it’s not something the maker is familiar with. But yeah that price is crazy. It reminds me sometimes, when I think the clothes we wear here are expensive, that there’s a whole upper echelon of fashion brands selling $600 t shirts and $2000 pairs of pants, and that the community of people who buy that clothing probably dwarfs ours.
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    Superdenim community sale thread

    I think it might be international shipping generally; I mailed a book and some tattoo magazines to a friend in Spain a while back, the whole package was pretty compact and weighed maybe 3 kilos, but shipping was nearly $70!
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    Yes, exactly, among other countries which are doing the same thing. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/19/coronavirus-vaccine-diplomacy-west-falling-behind-russia-china-race-influence Now, the article suggests there might be some favour-buying behind this, as the name “vaccine diplomacy” suggests, and again I’m not disputing that. But I do think it is a better policy, and that our own countries refuse to follow suit because their vaccines are set up for profit is worthy of criticism imo.
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    I didn’t say the uk vaccination program is doing poorly; I said they are focusing only on their own citizens, which has the benefit of working well for its own citizens, but has several drawbacks as well. for example, several poorer countries have argued that there should be a temporary waiving of patent for some of the western vaccines so the world as a whole can begin to bring vaccine production online. UK and US governments, as well as their associated vaccine producing companies, refused. the guardian called it “vaccine nationalism”. Our countries’ current practice is working well for its citizens and for its pharmaceutical companies, but in my opinion it’s not the optimal solution. If our stated goal is to end the coronavirus lockdown everywhere, then china’s approach of international distribution is getting us closer to that goal than the us and uk’s approach has been. that’s all!
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    I think you’re missing my point, Maynard. I am not pro-China. I think that their citizens live in a dystopian surveillance state, their government has shown authoritarian and militaristic tendencies towards ethnic minorities and nonviolent protesters, and their nominally planned and controlled economy has largely been taken hostage by multinational corporations. Now, I would also say those things are true about the United States, where I live. Obviously these things are true to different degrees in the two countries, but in my opinion they are valid criticisms of both and there is substantial evidence to back it up. What im pointing out is that despite the many failures of china’s response to the coronavirus, they were able to contain the spread of the virus extremely effectively, and develop a vaccine that they have distributed hundreds of millions of doses of, both to their own citizens as well as to other countries around the world. Compare this to the US or UK, where lurching and contradictory lockdown procedures have done very little to stem the spread of the virus, and where multiple for-profit pharmaceutical companies are competing with one another to maximize profits of their vaccines, which our governments are critically limiting international distribution of in order to focus only on their own citizens, and in the process letting both vaccines and manufacturing capacity go to waste. Again, not praising China’s government, not shit talking everything about Western society. Just pointing out that something as big and complicated as a nation is going to have elements worthy of praise as well as criticism, and one does not preclude the other.
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    @Maynard Friedman Yes, it’s the same China. Praising one element of its society doesn’t necessitate excusing any of its abuses or excesses, just as praising any part of Europe or North America won’t preclude criticism of its concentration camps, proto-fascist nationalist governments, or histories of violent imperialism. I’d like to think that any society, at any moment in history, has elements within it that are worthy of study—not necessarily praise, but at least a serious attempt to understand and learn from its successes, as well as its mistakes. The recent tendency to view events and people as unworthy of any further examination because they have done something we’re critical of is, to me, a symptom of the broader social problem I was addressing in my last post: when people aren’t willing to approach uncomfortable or unfamiliar topics with an open and critical mind, their understanding becomes limited to their pre-judgment.
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    What are your jeans doing today?

    For me, the controversy around adhering to social distancing rules, respecting closures and so forth speaks to one of the weakest points of individualist societies: atomization and self-preservation, often manifesting as ignorance and selfishness. Say what you will about China and its politics, but to me it’s undeniable that its collectivist social structure and single-party government instill a sense of solidarity among its people, and enable a sort of long-term strategic planning, that is practically inconceivable in the West. It saddens me to see us moving further away from the internationalism and global community-building that seemed so palpable in the 60s and 70s, and towards an understanding of humanity dominated by cultural, national and economic difference that encourages fear and violence over curiosity and understanding. Obviously each of us can only take responsibility for our own actions, but sometimes it feels like it is so easy to act only on the basis of immediate individual desire, and without consideration for our and our community’s long-term interests.
  13. Just unpacked my record player and pulled a vinyl at random.... how glad I am it was this one!!!! Don’t even have my dancing shoes on!!!
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    I believe this is part of a general push to standardize and regulate online income as a whole; my cynical impression is that it’s to ensure this income is taxable. When I first started tattooing I’d take payments over PayPal and leave as much as I could of it in my “PayPal balance”, which for all intents and purposes didn’t seem to be real currency. That way, I could just withdraw what I needed for daily expenses, and any extraneous online purchases would come out of my balance, technically never showing up as income or an expense in my bank account. It functioned the same as cash in that way. Now I will only take cash as it seems to be the only remaining form of currency that can’t be tracked directly to you as an individual.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    I will always really admire Roy’s meticulous and uncompromising approach to his work, and always thought the way he chose to live his life seemed really beautiful to me; a man working in harmony with so many ancient and delicate machines. He will surely always rank among the best of the small number of craftspeople who still choose to work in this tradition.
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    The Sneakers we wear with our jeans

    @Double 0 Soul Damn those premes are so nice! Around the time I got out of buying SB’s I remember Nike repro’d those... I stayed away so as to not get brained by a rabid hypebeast though the originals are very cool. My all time favourites were the sea crystals and the HUF collab, both of which I was lucky to own and, just like you, wear to shreds instead of keeping them hermetically sealed like the smart people. Those and some baggy nudies (and a bape sweatshirt lol!) and I was the flyest kid in the high school cafeteria i was a poster on n-sb.org for a few years, which now gives me a security warning when I try to access it lol. Guess your forum won out!
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    The Sneakers we wear with our jeans

    I agree, I used to collect and resell Nike dunk SB’s between 2007-2012 and feel like their rise and fall pretty carefully mirrored what went on with Jordan’s up to now. the first few years were magical as the designers were still very creative and each pair, while not all classics necessarily, at least had something different to offer from the rest. i remember being 14 and sneaking out to camp outside of “goods”, the local Seattle shop that used to get all the new releases, with my little folding chair lol, and finding a little corner of the line to pretend to sleep so as not to be visibly intimidated by all the cool older kids, who must have been 17-18 and spent the night covertly drinking malt liquor and listening to Bay Area rap. pretty sure that was for the MF Doom collab, which was the first pair I bought that had a lot of hype around it. by the start of 2012 they seemed to either be running out of ideas or realizing that the money was just in repros, the quality (lol) diminished significantly and a lot of people jumped ship. I sold off my whole collection around 2014, some pairs I almost had to give away as interest was so low and people’s focus seemed to have shifted over to designer stuff and new balance. life in the neoliberal “end of history” is such a drag, nothing is sacred anymore, anything of nostalgic value needs to be dragged into the present and have poor plastic reproductions constantly churned out, with no regard for the fact that a lot of the original item’s appeal came from the quality and ingenuity of its manufacture. sneakers, movies, furniture, you name it! denim as well, although something has always felt different about this scene, maybe because the makers sincerely care about the process and aren’t just in it to milk a trend. Sorry for getting sidetracked lol. but it is something I wonder often - whether we’re doomed to live in a world constantly set to replay the greatest hits of the 20th century...
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    @Double 0 Soul wow that’s genius thank you!! the cog is made out of some kind of orange resin that’s become extremely brittle with age. if i can’t find a replacement in a better material I might go ahead with your plan and refashion the whole gear bit by bit. thanks for the help! as an aside I’ve been noticing almost all of the clock radios I’ve come across online were made in Japan... I wonder how many radio builders saw this as practice in order to develop their manufacturing capacities to the level where they might one day faithfully reproduce our fancy blue jeans
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    Had some free time during the snow day today so I decided to troubleshoot (or at least learn about) this old clock-radio I got at a flea market for a few bucks. It was advertised as “working” but that’s only half-true; the radio would come on but not when the alarm went off, and the clock itself (the most useful function) didn’t appear to be working at all. Nice, isn’t it?? I was really looking forward to having a proper jarring buzz to wake up to rather than the soft singsongy digital alarms our phones provide us nowadays, but unless I use that to wake myself first, and then go crank the alarm on this clock, it’s not gonna happen just yet. About twenty screws and knobs later, I got to the internals of the thing. Pretty wild that so much engineering went into something that performs such a basic set of functions, at least by our standards. The whole clock system is driven by a set of gears as I’m sure you all who frequent the watch thread are aware of. This one, however, is powered by some sort of motor that’s hidden away to the right of the clock dials. At this point I’m not sure how to access it - let me reiterate how tightly packed everything is in here Look at all of the crap packed into this little circuit board! I’m no engineer by any means but I can’t even imagine how someone who was would be able to tell all this stuff apart. Something I love about electronics from this era is that you will have stuff like that circuit board coexisting with some ridiculously simple analog mechanism like this little string setup here. If you follow the string over to the left side, you’ll see it’s got a small piece of metal sitting atop it. That piece of metal is hooked to the little dial that shows what your radio is tuned to, and at the other end, it’s tied to a little spring on that rightmost wheel. The spring stretches ever so slightly as you spin the dial from one end of the frequency band to the other, I guess so as to keep the proper tension on the string so that the radio stays on the right station. So cool! Anyway, after having some looking around I got one part of the clock working again: the snooze button. The button itself presses down on the close end of that cream-coloured lever, which then locks it into the small gear. The gear is connected through a series of other smaller gears to the “sleep” timer knob on the clock face. Each turn of the knob locks the snooze gear onto a different track that’s spinning at a different speed, sort of like how a manual gearbox operates in a car. That way, once the sleep timer is up, the cream coloured lever slips off the gear again and activates the alarm. Here’s a short video demonstrating how that works, admittedly not shot very well lol, but now I have the radio unplugged and am waiting for the capacitors to discharge before working on it again. Anyway, this is definitely nonsense but maybe some of you might find it interesting. Not much else better to do on a weekend these days edit: found the problem! I took apart the motor to oil the internals and discovered this: That damn little gear is missing a tooth lol. Unless anyone knows where I might be able to find a replacement for this I might just be out of luck here.
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    Denim Blunders, Reflections and General Nonsense.

    @JDelage I was laughing yesterday at having barely escaped another seattle snowpocalypse, as it was 60 degrees and sunny in albuquerque! Then overnight a blizzard came in and set me straight, it’s now 8 degrees with 30 mph winds. Found a massive tumbleweed hitched to my car this morning! Seattle is sounding pretty nice right now
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    WAYWT 2021 [denim edition]

    Roy, vintage shirt, tender belt, TCB 40s, novesta sneakers
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    @andrewrose Oh damn good looking out! They looked pretty worn out in the photos that are on the new listing, 80 seems a bit more fair than 200 lol
  23. Came across this magical album at a record store today, you’ve got to listen to it if you haven’t before!! Many know this artist as Beverly Glenn-Copeland or just Glenn Copeland; he released a well known album called Keyboard Fantasies in the mid-80s which I also highly recommend. This album is from 1970 and quite different but absolutely beautiful in its own right.
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Thanks young, those look great!
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    Roy. (expurgated edition)

    Anyone have any fit pics of hemmed All Ducks on hand? Found a nice pair online in my size but am wondering whether they might be a bit too slim down the leg... these are tagged 30, 7.5” at the hem with a 34” inseam. I’d say 8” is probably the smallest hem I’d hope for and could take up to 5” off the legs to get there. Kind of a ridiculous specific question but I figure the knowledge must be here if anywhere!
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