Monday, 31 May 2010

Joel Hundreds

The biggest 'The Hundreds' fan we have in the shop is Joel, so much so we call him Joel Hundreds! He's always first in line to get his hands on any new stock we get in and he is well on his way to getting to a hundred Hundreds....that's some going in anyones book.

Joel was kind enough to let me take a pic of him with his latest purchase.


He also snapped up one of The Hundreds tees we had on sale - get yourself to the shop or check out what we've got left online. Check out The Hundreds blog for more info about the company, their latest products and the lifestyle of Bobby Hundreds and co.

Thanks again Joel and we're glad to have you as one of our most loyal customers.

Medicom Exhibition


The guys at Medicom invited me to the above exhibition, if i happened to be in Tokyo, hmmm i wish.

Tokyo is on my list of top places to make it to, but in the meantime you can shop with us for some Bearbricks & other Medicom toys.

La Reine Margot

Sunday night and the TV was up to its usual standard, had a browse through some DVD's i haven't seen in a while and came across this classic, i remembered how beautiful Isabelle Adjani was, it has been a few years since i seen this film, and it did not disappoint, as good as i remembered.

So if you are looking for a good French subtitled film, watch La Reine Margot.




Alexandre Dumas should certainly be satisfied with this superb adaptation of his classic. The setting is excellent and it gives a wonderful image of 16th century France. Naturally the highlight of the movie is the re-enactment of the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. The horrendous scenes of the murders in all their crudity are terrific. The actors did a wonderful job here. Isabelle Adjani is, as usual, terrific. Her nude scenes, depicting the queen's adultery, lust and incestuous affairs are acted in such a way that they are a form of art. Vincent Perez is in one of his best roles - his interpretation of La Môle is second only to his acting in "Indochine". The great Virna Lisi is simply marvellous posing as Cathérine de Médicis - no wonder she won the Best Actress Award at Cannes. She is the ambitious woman par excellence, stopping at nothing to get where she wants, not even if she has to see her sons being killed one by one and sell her daughter in a convenient marriage to unite the Catholics and the Protestants. The others, especially Asia Argento, impersonating the tragic countess Charlotte de Sauve did a good job too. A very well deserved Prix du Jury.


Isabelle Adjani, one of the most talented and accomplished actresses in the history of French and world cinema, was born on June 27, 1955 in Paris, France in the 17th Arrondissement, a working class neighborhood on the Right Bank of the Seine. She and her younger brother Eric were raised by her Algerian father and German mother in Gennevilliers in the Hauts-de-Seine Department, an industrial city located to the northwest of Paris. She started acting before her teen years, appearing in amateur theater by the time she was 12 years old and in her first movie at the age of 14. It all started in 1969, at the Courbevoie school, when she was discovered by the assistant of director Bernard Toublanc-Michel who offered her the leading role of his film Le petit bougnat (1970). At that time, Isabelle lived quietly with her family in Gennevilliers. She wanted to take a degree in psychology and believed that cinema was a parallel holiday activity. But fate decided otherwise, when in 1971, Nina Companeez proposed her for Faustine et Le Bel Été. Henceforth, Isabelle thought only about theater and soon after enrolled at the famous Parisian drama art course Le Cours Florent. She was cast for the TV series Le secret des flamands (1974) (TV), where she played a young Renaissance Florentine, she was then spotted by Robert Hossein who hired her for The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca. The piece was a triumph, and defied all the French Theater rules as Isabelle was the first actor to join the Comédie Française despite being under 18 and without coming from the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (where an actor should pass the obligatory entry examination of the Comédie Française after a 3 year study and upon graduation from the Conservatoire).

The teenage Adjani, already a great beauty, appeared with the Comédie Française, France's premier theater company, where she played the roles of Agnes in L'école des femmes (The School of Women) and Marianne in L'Avare (The Miser), both by Molière; Sister Marie-Francoise in Port Royal by Montherlant; and the title role in Jean Giraudoux's play Ondine, where she scored a great success while she was 17 (she repeated the performance on TV in 1975). Nevertheless, she rejected the exceptional twenty-year contract that had been proposed to her in 1974, left the Comédie Française (after being repeatedly told that she would regret it for the rest of her life) and returned to the cinema with the film what would prove to be her cinematic breakthrough La gifle (1974), (The Slapping) by director Claude Pinoteau, where she played Lino Ventura and Annie Girardot's adolescent daughter. The film was awarded the Prix Louis Delluc and Isabelle received the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti. Also that year, she played the title role in French cinema great 'Francois Truffaut''s L'histoire d'Adèle H. (1975) (The Story of Adele H.), a biographical film about Victor Hugo's daughter. The role brought her her first Best Actress nominations from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and from the French Academy (Oscar and César Awards, respectively).

Her beauty and talent made her an international star, and the multilingual Adjani has performed in English and German language films apart from her native French. She garnered the Cannes Film Festival's Best Actress Award for her English-language role in 1981 James Ivory's film Quartet (1981). The next year she won the first of her five César Awards for Possession (1981), which was directed by her then-lover (and father of her first child) Andrzej Zulawski. She won her second César in 1983 for her role in L'été meurtrier (1983) (One Deadly Summer) and her third for playing French sculptor Camille Claudel (1988) in the eponymous film. That role also brought her her second Best Actress Oscar nomination (the film, which was produced by her own production company, also was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar). She won her fourth César Award for La reine Margot (1994), and her record fifth César for La journée de la jupe (2008). This last film represented the high-water mark of her career.

Adjani has appeared in few movies lately, among them the female lead in Bon voyage (2003) and a cameo role in Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran (2003). As Adjani explained after quitting the Comédie Française, work is not her consuming passion. Lately, she has devoted most of her time to her private life, including raising her two children, Barnabé Nuytten and Gabriel-Kane Day-Lewis (born 1995).

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Blek le Rat

For all those who have never heard of him, Blek le Rat is the godfather of stencil graffiti. He has been painting stencils on the street almost as long as guys like Banksy and Shephard Fairey have been alive!

Even Banksy acknowledges the influence that Blek has had on his work, (in)famously quoted as saying "every time I think I've painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it as well, only twenty years earlier."


Here's a little vid of the man talking about the more famous version of himself...







Here's some work from the early eighties right up to 2009.






If you want to read more about this guy, get hold  of a copy of his book. We've got a copy in our shop on Bath Street, Glasgow.


While your in the shop, you can pick up all the art materials you need to become the next Blek le Rat, Banksy, Shephard Fairey or why not put your come up with a style of your own and maybe somebody will be influenced by you twenty years from now.

RIP Dennis Hopper

Sad to hear another legend has passed away. The actor Dennis Hopper was best known for his roles in films like Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider (two films everybody should see at least once!).

Away from the silver screen, Hopper was a lover of modern art, you can see the passion he has for it in the film below.




Long may his memory live on...

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Slam Dunk.


(click to enlarge)


Today I embark on a weekend in Leeds with my homies Gonzo, Rat and Burke...
Been waiting for this day for many months, very excited to say the least!


Follow all my exploits and get up-to-date happenings on my Twitter





Fraser.

Kikstyo 4th Aniversary Party


KIKS TYO 4th Anniversaly Party presented by DYNAMIC ENTERTAINMENT and ESPIONAGE!
Dear Friends and Family!
KIKS TYO have hit Sydney Australia on 22nd!
1300 people got together @ WORLD SQUARE!
Sarah from adidas officially supported the KIKSTYO 4th Aniversary Event! (sarah is a HOTTIE)


Kikstyo t/shirts are like softporn, it shouldn't be allowed.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Cushion, Cushions and more Cushions


Our cushion section has grown over the past few months, we now have a full selection of Gloomy Bear And To-Fu Cushions, prices start at a respectable £20 up to the still cheap price of £39 for Tara Mcpherson.

To view the full range of cushions click here.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

My Favourite Things (pt.2- Taylor)



Taylor is the latest Fat Buddha recruit, but in the 6 weeks since he arrived he has helped get the stock room catalogued from front to back and is now working on various web site related tasks (he's a bit of a tecchy whizz kid!).

Anyway, here is some of his favourite things from the shop....

Taylor likes Metal music, which has influenced a couple of picks me thinks. You can see the inspiration from classic metal graphics on the latest Hundreds tee and Carhartt skate decks we got in.



We've got loads of art and design books in the shop, Taylor likes most of them! His love of comics means that a book on 60 Years of Manga is one right up his street. He also chose the Addict Camobot (by Mr. Jago) that we've had for a while but is still loved by vinyl figure fans from all over the world.

And we now know why Leslie likes Taylor so much.....he's the only one in the shop that likes KISS just as much as him! His final choice is therefore a no-brainer....the Gene Simmons Weenicon.



We'll have another staff favourites next week. If you've got any favourite things let us know about them and a bit about yourself.

Henk Hofstra's Invasion of the Ants

Here we have another cracker from the ever brilliant wooster collective, this piece would look great in any city.


About 500 red ants are spread in the city of Drachten, The Netherlands. Most of them came together in front of the theatre De Lawei, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Each ant is three meters in length and two meters wide. The ants on the building are from synthetic material.
More from Henk here.

As usual for all your Spray Paint Supplies, please visit the webstore.

The Magic Rolling Board



Came across this video, over at the Wooster Collective, a great site which i visit every week, this video harks back to the seventies and features the wonder of the Skateboard

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Industry.




Fraser.

Spongebob Squarepants TY Beanies


Latest product at the fat buddha store is the Spongebob Squarepants TY Licensed soft toys.
These cool toys come in 2 sizes and are priced at £6.99 for the small one and £11.99 for the larger one.


SpongeBob SquarePants is an extremely energetic and optimistic sea sponge (although his appearance more closely resembles a kitchen sponge) who lives in a pineapple under the sea with his pet snail Gary, who meows like a cat. Although Gary only speaks in a few episodes, the characters have shown an ability to understand him. Living two houses down from SpongeBob is his best friend Patrick Star, a dim-witted yet friendly pink starfish who lives under a rock. Living between the two is Squidward Tentacles, an arrogant and egotistical squid who lives in a moai and dislikes his neighbors (especially SpongeBob) for their child-like behavior. He enjoys playing the clarinet and painting self-portraits.
Another close friend of SpongeBob's is Sandy Cheeks, a squirrel from Texas, who was sent to Bikini Bottom to do scientific research for her chimpanzee bosses. Sandy is an expert at karate and lives in an underwater tree dome. When not inside her tree dome, she wears an astronaut-like suit because she cannot breathe in water. SpongeBob and Squidward's employer is former officer cadet for the Bikini Bottom Navy force and war veteran Eugene Krabs, a miserly crab obsessed with money, who is the owner of the Krusty Krab restaurant. Mr. Krabs’ archenemy is Sheldon Plankton, a small green copepod who owns a low-rank fast-food restaurant called the Chum Bucket across the street from the Krusty Krab. Plankton spends most of his time plotting to steal the recipe for Mr. Krabs's popular Krabby Patty burgers to obtain success, though his schemes always end in failure.

Spongebob is a cool character and all the kids in my family love him, keep on rocking and you can visit the official Spongebob squarepants website here.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Maisie - Fat Buddha Store Dog



This is Maisie, the Fat Buddha Shop dog, just trying to figure out how camcorders and all that editing stuff work, blah blah blah, anyway's if you are passing by the store, pop instore and give her a clap and a dog biscuit.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

My Favourite Things

The thing about working in Fat Buddha is the amount of temptation around you day in and day out!

I think it's the same for all the staff in here and a lot of staff wages get recirculated back in to the shop on pay day. Here's some of my favourite things in the shop at the moment.

Loving the Dunny Fatale series - it's probably the best one since the French ones a few years back.




I tried out some Krink ink a couple of weeks back and even though they are a bit more expensive than others, they're worth every penny!


Montana Gold Paint is also keeping me happy at the moment. The fluoro colours look hot against black or dark colours.


There's also about fifty or sixty books from the shop that I have on my 'to get' list. The one which I 'NEED' is Obey Supply and Demand (20th Anniversary Edition).

Anyway, better get back to it or I won't get paid and won't be able to get all these things.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Sharpie Inspiration

I was telling somebody the other day about the various applications for Sharpie Markers and mentioned the pic that was going about the web a couple of years back (the Sharpie Lamborghini).




What an inspired bit of marketing that was! It took two weeks and was covered with a clear lacquer to keep it intact. I suppose it would help you stand out from all the other Lambo's on the road.

I was checking out the sharpie blog and they've got loads of different things sharpified (I don't think that's a real word). Here's some of my favourites.



and one for Star Wars loving Leslie...

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Angelus Leather Paint - An Example


Anyone who uses leather paint uses Angelus Leather Paint, WHY ???? i hear you ask, well just take a look at this bag that Paul Holden painted Orange to match his Flymo bike.

Paul dropped us an email and he loved the product, he wrote

"Hi there,

I just thought I’d drop you a line to say how please I am with your leather paint! I’ve recently customised my bike in a “nice” black and orange colour scheme to go with my Flymo nickname and using your paint to paint the tank bag has made it match really well. Feel free to use these pictures for marketing if you want.

All the best.

Paul"

We are the only UK stockist of Angelus Leather Paint, and are always amazed at the diversity of its uses, for a product we imported to customise sneakers, its gone way beyond that now and if you have some work photgraphed please send us the images and we will post them up to let other aspiring crafts people show their work.

So, to sum it up, Angelus has a great many uses, from Jackets, to saddles, to car interiors, to sneakers to greyhound collars, to view the full range click HERE.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

DIY Trexi's Fully Stocked

For those who like a bit of DIY vinyl figure customising, you'll be pleased to hear we've got the full range of DIY Trexi figures back in stock.

There are eight different styles for you to choose from, each with their own unique features and personalities, and being blank, they are ready for you to unleash your creativity on them with pens, paints, markers or almost anything that takes your fancy!

This little dude below is my favourite (DIY Trexi, pink), and at only £6, it's one of the cheapest ways to get into this addictive market.

If you're not that confident in creating your own, then there's always the Joe Ledbetter Trexi blind box figures which make great little ornaments or a quirky little trinket to sit on your desk at work.




Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Spongebob Beanies

When Leslie told me about Spongebob Squarepants I didn't believe him....a sea sponge who is a chef at the Krusty Krab, whose best friend is a pink starfish called Patrick Star! To my surprise, he was not kidding! Not only is it a real cartoon character, but apparently he's quite popular with kids and adults alike!

Anyway...we got in these plush figures of Spongebob Squarepants and his Starfish friend. They are made by TY and are top quality soft toys. I still don't know what to make of them, but the customers seem to love the beanies in the shop and the bearbrick Spongebob in our online store.