Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Addict Clothing

Starting out life in 1996 as a menswear label, Addict has created a signature style of streetwear that fuses classic casual wear with quality, performance and functionality of high spec outerwear. The brand continues to grow and has over a decade's worth of history and heritage in the streetwear genre, It's roots run deep in the design, music, graffiti and board sports communities crossing over both to the mainstream and underground from birth.

Addict regularly work with and support a collection of independent highly sought after artists and illustrators on the more limited edition ‘artist series’ ranges. A reflection of their general company ethos, the artists and designers Addict work with are sourced mainly on a social basis. The limited edition artist series tees and related products have seen Addict working with a plethora of contemporary talent including long time collaborators She One, C-Law, Mitch and Swifty, Mode 2, Jimi Crayon, Ben Swift, Guy Featherstone, Shogun™, Will Barras, Mr Jago, and Steff Pleatz to name a few are all regularly on the roster and have become part of the unofficial extended Addict family.

Fat Buddha Store are glad to have some of there new line of clothing for Autumn/Winter 2011 which features the great Union Shirt Oakhurst below in two different colourways.

Both shirts feature Two large front patch pockets with Addict logo buttons, Chambray elbow patches and Inner collar detail. They are available instore now, with some more new fresh pieces expected to drop in the next few weeks!, As Addict say “Positive addictions…keep doing the things you love”

Craig





Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Golden Artist Heavy Bodied Acrylic Paint



Golden Acrylics Heavy Bodied Pigments

Heavy Body History


GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics were the first products introduced by Golden Artist Colors, Inc. in 1980. Initially, the Heavy Body line was sold directly to artists in Manhattan in quart and gallon containers. Pints, 8 oz. and 4 oz. jars soon followed as the products gained more and more popularity with professional artists. Tubes of GOLDEN Heavy Body Acrylics finally appeared on the market in 1990.

In 1980, it was considered unusual to contain a heavy body, high viscosity paint in a jar. Almost all of the literature written about acrylic at that time implied that jar colors were thin and tube colors were thicker. Actually, the first water-borne acrylic paint was thin - similar in consistency to house paint. Only after technological improvements allowed for thicker formulations could artist acrylics be put in tubes. Since GOLDEN began by directly supplying professional artists requesting quantities of paint, larger sized containers were preferred. As GOLDEN products became widely accessible, jars and tubes provided more size and packaging options for a growing group of artists with a variety of needs.


Pigment Selection:


The HB line is divided among inorganic and organic pigments.

Inorganic Pigments:
Some inorganic pigments have been around for centuries and some for millennia. They are produced either with naturally mined pigments (sienna, umber, ochre) or with synthetically manufactured pigments, (iron oxide, carbon black, etc). Inorganic pigments may also be produced using a combination of these two processes. Pigments that are both mined and manufactured include the Cadmiums, Cobalts, and Titaniums.



Organic Pigments:
The organic pigments are a group of colors that are synthetically produced through complex carbon-containing chemistry involving various materials including petroleum, coal tar and natural gas. Many of these pigments have their roots in the chemistry of the 1800's, although widespread production didn't really begin until the 1930's. Even though they have only been available for several decades, organic pigments have demonstrated remarkable abilities to withstand the impact of light and weather.



Pigment Families:

The Quinacridone Family:
There are more Quinacridones in the GOLDEN HB line than in any other acrylic line of paint. Quinacridone pigments produce seven intense colors ranging from deep yellow to vibrant violet. All of the Quinacridones, because of their vibrant undertones and high transparencies, tend to be excellent mixing colors. They tend not to muddy or gray, retaining their brightness.

Perhaps the most important GOLDEN Quinacridone color is Quinacridone Crimson, a color with excellent lightfastness and similar working qualities to the more fugitive Alizarin Crimson. GOLDEN Quinacridone Crimson possesses the deep burgundy mass tone as well as the bright, rosy undertone of traditional Alizarin. GOLDEN's Quinacridone Crimson has been used by conservation professionals to replace the fugitive Alizarin when restoring paintings. Like all of GOLDEN's Quinacridones, Quinacridone Crimson is exceptionally transparent and works particularly well as a mixing color. Mixing Quinacridone Crimson with Phthalo Green B/S will almost magically produce one of the deepest blacks imaginable.

Unique to GOLDEN's product line are the standout colors Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold and Quinacridone Burnt Orange. These Quinacridones have a luminosity that rivals the richest oil colors. Their mass tones tend to be quite dark, yet their undertones are incredibly vibrant. Quinacridone/Nickel Azo Gold looks very close to a Burnt Sienna in its mass tone, yet its undertone has a yellow fire not found in any Sienna. Similarly, Quinacridone Burnt Orange has a brown-red mass tone that reveals a brilliant red-orange underneath.

Quinacridone Red is GOLDEN's recommendation when a very intense mixing magenta primary is requested. It is very close in hue to the color gels produced by Kodak for primary magenta at 5500 Kelvin. Quinacridone Magenta and Violet tend to be excellent choices for mixing colors in the lavender through purple range, with the addition of various transparent blues. Quinacridone Red, Red Light, Magenta and Violet produce high intensity pinks through lavenders when mixed with white. GOLDEN recommends using these colors when a punch of a fuchsia or fluorescent color is needed, yet permanency is also required, for a particular work of art.



The Cadmium Family:
The second largest pigment family within GOLDEN's HB line is the Cadmium family. GOLDEN was the first company to introduce concentrated Cadmiums within an acrylic line. Before this occurred, other acrylic paint companies were using less expensive Cadmiums co-precipitated with Barium Sulfate.

The Cadmiums range in hue from the glowingly bright Cadmium Yellow Primrose to Cadmium Red Dark. As a class of pigments, the Cadmiums are some of the most opaque of all colorants. Additionally, within their hue range they provide some of the most intensely vibrant mass tones. Because of their opacity, when mixed with other colorants they tend to produce rather dull hues. Cadmiums do mix with other Cadmiums quite well, however. Mixing a Cadmium Orange with a Cadmium Yellow will produce a deep yellow or light orange and the mixtures will retain the brightness of a pure Cadmium color.

GOLDEN is one of the only acrylic manufacturers to include a yellow hue that is lighter than the typical Cadmium Yellow Light. This unique pigment called Cadmium Yellow Primrose is as bright as some fluorescent colors, yet offers the same stability as the other Cadmiums in the GOLDEN line.

Cadmiums have been considered somewhat controversial as a pigment class because of the claims of toxicity of the pigment. We do know that soluble Cadmium can be quite dangerous and produce heavy metal poisoning. All of the Cadmiums used within our product line have gone through extensive testing to assure that they have extremely low soluble Cadmium content. This is not the end of the controversy though, since more recent theories have suggested that even non-soluble Cadmium pigments could potentially be toxic. OSHA has created strict requirements for work environments where Cadmium pigments are being used. This is of extreme importance legally for artists, schools or any business that hires other employees or is responsible for public safety. If you are using Cadmium dry pigments within your work process, you are not, according to the new OSHA regulations, within allowable limits of exposure for yourself and those within your care.

The Phthalocyanine Family:
The Phthalocyanines are known as the oldest organic pigments. The GOLDEN HB line contains 5 Phthalocyanine colors, including Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) and Phthalo Green (Blue Shade), Turquois (Phthalo), and two Phthalo Blues, (Green Shade) and (Red Shade). These different Phthalocyanine colors actually contain the various pigment forms of the Phthalocyanine group.

The Cobalt Family:
The Cobalt pigments are unique within the HB line. This range of 7 colors includes Cerulean Blue and Blue Deep (these contain both Cobalt and Chromium), Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Green, Cobalt Titanate Green, Cobalt Turquois, and the newest addition, Cobalt Teal. Cobalt Teal is an unusually clean and high chroma shade that possesses excellent lightfastness and opacity.

The Pyrrole Family:
The Pyrrole family is one of the newer pigment families to be developed. The Pyrroles are almost as opaque and, in fact, brighter than our Cadmium colors. Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red Light, and Pyrrole Red exhibit excellent opacity and lightfastness. They also offer clean mixing with other organics, unlike their Cadmium counterparts, which produce muddier blends.

To view the full range, click HERE

Monday, 29 August 2011

Converse - Now online and in store

Yesterday we told you about our new G-Shocks and today I'm going to tell you about our new Converse! The converse arrived at the tail end of this working week, and was uploaded to our site on Saturday.
We have two styles the All Star Hi and the low topped All Star OX.

Not only that but we for the first time have Ladies (and kids) sizes available in our core colourways.

First up well look at the hi',

Black:
White:
 
Loden Green:

Charcoal:

  • Canvas upper
  • Rubber toebox
  • Rubber outsole
  • Chuck Taylor All Star patch on the inside ankle. 
The lowtops (OX) are available in the above mentioned colours as well.


White OX:
  • Canvas upper
  • Rubber toebox
  • Rubber outsole
  • All Star branding on the tongue

Marquis Mills Converse, opened the Converse Rubber Shoe Company in Malden, Massachusetts in February 1908. The company was a rubber shoe manufacturer, providing winterized rubber soled footwear for men, women, and children. By 1910, Converse was producing 4,000 shoes daily, but it was not until 1915 that the company began manufacturing athletic shoes for tennis. The company's main turning point came in 1917 when the Converse All-Star basketball shoe was introduced. Then in 1921, a basketball player named Charles H. "Chuck" Taylor walked into Converse, complaining of sore feet. Converse gave him a job. He worked as a salesman and famous ambassador for the product, promoting the shoes around the United States, and in 1923 his signature was added to the All Star patch.
Converse went through a long period of change and management until it lost much of its apparent near-monopoly from the 1970s onward, with the surge of new competitors, including Puma and Adidas, then Nike, then later Reebok, entered the market who introduced radical new designs. Converse found themselves no longer the official shoe of the National Basketball Association, a title they had relished for many years. While being employed at Converse, one of its employees, created the iconic chevron and star insignia / logo that still remains on most of the footwear items to the present day.

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John

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Bearbricks FEST, Series 22, 21,20,19

Bearbrick Series 19

Yes, you know we are the Bearbrick kings, we stock the biggest range in all of Europe, quite remiss of us we just notice we had never loade online series 19, 20, 21 or 22 of the Bearbricks, what a glorious cock-up, but as they say better late than never.

You can view th full range HERE.
Bearbrick Series 21

Bearbrick Series 22

Bearbrick, Series 20

Casio G-Shock - Available online and instore

We have been patiently awaiting the arrival of these beauties since we ordered them a few weeks ago! As you all know we have offered the very best in quality of Nixon watches to you here at Fat Buddha. Well I'm happy to announce that we have now got 4 styles of the very high quality Casio G-Shock watches.

First we'll have a look at the GW range:

  • Countdown timer: Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1 second increments and 1 hour increments)
  • Countdown range: 24 hours
  • Atomic timekeeping: Multi Band 6
  • Measuring unit: 1/100 second (for the first minute) 1 second (after 60 minutes)
  • Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split times, 1st-2nd place times
  • Regular timekeeping: Hour, minutes, seconds, pm, year, month, date, day
  • Accuracy: 15 seconds per month

We have one colourway of this GA-100:


  • Countdown timer: Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1 second increments and 1 hour increments)
  • Stopwatch: 1/100 second stopwatch
  • 12/24 hour format
  • Measuring mode: Elapsed time, lap time, split times
  • Measuring capacity: 99:59'59.999"
  • Accuracy: 15 seconds per month

Our third style is the G-7900:

  • Countdown timer: Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1 second increments and 1 hour increments)
  • Stopwatch: 1/100 second stopwatch
  • 12/24 hour format
  • Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split times, 1st-2nd place times
  • Measuring capacity: 999:59'59.99"
  • Accuracy: 15 seconds per month
Our final style is the DW-6900:


  • Countdown timer: Countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours (1 second increments and 1 hour increments)
  • Measuring unit: 1/100 second (for the first 60 minutes) 1 second after (60 minutes)
  • Battery life: 2 years
  • Regular timekeeping: Hour, minutes, seconds, pm, year, month, date, day
  • Measuring mode: Elapsed time, split times, 1st-2nd place times
  • Accuracy: 15 seconds per month
This style is available in 7 colours with this pink one being my personal favourite:


G-Shock is a brand of watches manufactured by the company Casio. They are known for its resistance to shocks (e.g. hard knocks and strong vibrations). They were, and continue to be, designed primarily for sports, military, and outdoor adventure oriented activity; for example, practically all G-Shocks have some kind of stopwatch feature, countdown timer, light and are water resistant.
Recent models have become more luxurious  and design oriented as well as becoming very popular across all age ranges and genders.

The first G-Shock was the designed by an engineer working for Casio named Kikuo Ibe.It was released in April 1983. For the next few years Casio released a handful of new models each year. The Baby-G models were released in 1991.

The popularity of G-Shocks increased rapidly throughout the 1990s. By 1998, 19 million G-Shocks had been sold globally and there seemed to be a peak in demand as over 220 new models were released in that year alone.

Here you can have a look at G-Shock's full range of products.

Feel free to browse our whole selection of G-Shocks from our website.


Keep up to date with all the goings on from the store via our Twitter and Facebook.


John

Wallpaper

 The Wallpaper Magazine


The Wallpaper Magazine, 150 issues, spanning 15 exciting years and still going from strength to strength! This special September edition is to celebrate it's ground breaking 15 years in the field of art and design, popular culture, fashion and lifestyle and all things aesthetically pleasing!  Available here at the Fat Buddha Store and on our dedicated website.



In this edition you will find our pick of the best from the last 15 years in the world of design and in their own words......

"We celebrate 150 agenda defining, ers-defining issues that have made the world a better-looking place to be"

On the cover there is a photograph of the the best in the field of fashion and design from the last 15 years, all the things we have desired, acquired and loved! As much for their practicality but especially for their good looks and timeless classic appeal.

There are the classic pieces such as the "Palla" armchair by Giovanni Travaso for Vittorio Bonacina, this appeared on the cover of the very first edition of the magazine in 1996 through various examples of great design in various forms to fast forward to the 21st century and the pieces that demonstrates design in 2011 is the "Lello" umbrella stand Maddalena Casadel






These are just a few examples of the design icons potrayed in this edition there are many more that are sure to wet your appetite for era-defining items and an ecclectic mix of items that will add street credibility to anyones lifestyle!

Also featured in this edition are articles related to:-

Fashion - Sea change, Lost Weekend, Shining Example, Chair Lady
Architecture - Action Man,
Art - Wrong Turn, Two become one
Design - Talking Shop

So if you fancy curling up on the sofa and digesting what has been iconic and made the headlines in the league of styles and changing fashions then this is for you.  This edition is available now in-store in our new fab magazine section on our light filled mezzanine level or if you prefer the comfort of your favourite chair you can order on-line at the Fat Buddha Website.

Happy reading Janice X