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Need a job? We need rad peeps. Check out our new job page here!

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Whilst most of us seem to be glued to some form of screen these days, there’s a group of people who spend their days suspended above city streets facing walls.

 Referred to as Wall Dogs; These were the kids in your school art class who - while you were busy giving yourself two tone (if that) block coloured hair - were painting away and like mini Michelangelos. As all the teachers gushed over their work you thought well at least I’m good at math and science, you know the “useful” subjects…Now those paintbrush-wielding-freaks are scouring the walls of New York and L.A creating larger than life photo realistic images for Colossal Media, the worlds largest hand paint mural and outdoor advertising company in the world based in Brooklyn NYC. Touché.

 True to their motto ‘Always Hand Paint’ Colossal whips up pieces for some of the world’s biggest brands - Nike, Marc Jacobs, Adidas, Disney, Pepsi and many more. Their work quickly shushed any talk of hand painted advertising being a dying art with the group painting over 300 walls a year.

 The craft and detail that goes into these paintings is phenomenal and not to mention refreshing. As you don’t really give much attention to billboards that saturate the city, if you came across one of these it would definitely stop you in your tracks.  To see the work in more detail check out their blog here for interviews, progress shots and more stuff to put you in a state of awe. 

 In saying that - As if you needed another reason to go to New York – pictures do not do their work justice, so you better start saving now and go get close and personal with these masterpieces. Otherwise fingers crossed they decided to trip to little old Kiwi land and paint the Beehive or something. 

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Their designs carry names like Nuclear Winter, Altar of Sacrifice, death Comes Ripping and Catacombs. This isn’t a wannabe metal brand – this is the real deal. Death Rites was a Sydney based zine from late 88-91 covering metal & crossover from around the world through the era of tape trading and zines. Over the course of the zine they interviewed/covered a diverse set of bands – Morbid, Nihilist, Hellwitch, Bloodcum, Demolition Hammer, Soothersayer, Sindrome, Morbid Angel, Tribulation, Nocturnus, Sadistic Intent, Autopsy, Righteous Pigs and many more. Their gear pays tribute to that era.

Whilst it isn’t for everyone, it certainly deserves some serious respect with all original art from UK artist French. It’s all black and white gear so far with long and short sleeves.  

Death Rites has come on heavy at GAG and whilst it’s a brand that knows so much more about metal than we do – we’re really enjoying digging in the history this brand has to offer.

Shop our Death Rites here.

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A wintery injection of supple leather, soft as goat fur, and molten texture has arrived in the form of Deadly Ponies’ classic style Mr Wallets and Mr Mini Wallets, along with the sassy Mr Siamese as the ultimate companion, in Henna, Cobalt and Black, there’s a little something for everyone. Check out what we have in stock online here.

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MOREPORKS

Moreporks is a NZ brand that epitomises the feeling of living life to its fullest and enjoying the rawness NZ has to offer. Be it in the woods or the beach, their advice is to get out there and just rip it up on something with two wheels. Their looks are refined kiwi classics, but not so refined that they aren’t hardy. Each look is made for a day that involves car fixing, off road riding biking and just general getting stuck-in. Check out the latest here

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Reebok's got that Lil Mama attitude with that lip gloss poppin’ cool, in Magenta Pop! and Cranberry Red, this womens classic nylon slim be one sweet as sneaker, trimmed down in width from the old school Reebok classics. And speaking of Reebok classics, there’s a black & white leather suede classic offering a different sort of sweet for the boys feet. Both with the tech and comfort materials to fit your feet. Check out our Reebok here.

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Okay so the weather in Wellington and right throughout the country seems to be depressing everyone a little (a lot). For those who don’t have a piggy bank of savings to dip into, to buy an escape ticket to some tropical island – you may find yourself stuck trying to figure out how to put a smile on your dial.

Due to some of the latest GAG drops we are currently in the empty piggy bank department. So when it comes to a quick smile on a budget - It’s the simple things that do it for us. Using a fresh roll of toilet paper in the bathroom, opening the dishwasher to discover it has already been emptied and @craptaxidermy.

A recent stumble on Instagram led us to a page consisting of only 23 posts and 5068 followers. The page description: Crap Taxidermy is a real thing. The posts are what you need on a day you drop your iPhone in a puddle when trying to text your mum for a lift home. Because hey - at least you didn’t use to be a humble squirrel that’s now pimping itself out on a shelf.

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Or this cougar that has legitimate facial expressions of a cougar on Courtney place at 3am…

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For your winter woes here is the anecdote. It may only be temporary but it’ll do the trick. See more at @craptaxidermy on Instagram or on Twitter here. There’s also a whole website dedicated to it…. 

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Our favourite jumpsuit styles, Phychedelic hibiscus prints, classic blacks and leather look, is whats on offer from Finders Keepers this ‘Westsider’ collection, keeping up their young, fun and fruity persona. Instore now and online here.

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ON & ON

On & On has refreshed our racks with a spritzing of nautical themed graphic prints on everyday tees. Their respect for simplicity and workmanship shows in all their gear. The tee’s are super easy to wear, seemingly simple from the front but making up for it with a bit more goodness on the back. It’s safe to say this drop is quality and timeless, aligning perfectly with their name On & On. Don’t worry about not being able to choose, the tee’s are long and short sleeved which means layering is completely viable and encouraged. See you in store or pick one up online here. Be warned, these bad boys are already selling out.

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The Puma Suede Classics cannot be denied their classic title. From back when hot chicks wore hot pants and tall boys in basketball shorts dominated the city scene blasting the Beastie boys and hip hop beats straight from 80’s New York City blocks. They’ve been backed by Basketball legend Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier and athletic great Tommie Smith. They have that iconic suede street rep. And they’re online here for you to get yours, cos everybody loves getting fresh kicks.

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1992

If you’re familiar with the infamous ATL Twins, then knowing that they’re the face of 1992 will paint a pretty explicit picture of what the brand is about. We say that like it’s a bad thing, it’s certainly not. 1992 is new to join GAG and has dropped us looks that play on iconic brands like Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Kawasaki – completely messing with them in the best way possible. Based in LA, 1992 is an art and design collective serving up fresh looks that appropriate classic American styles/obsessions. There’s a heap of sick tee’s all available here

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A while back we stumbled across a trippers paradise; the life size sculpture collection at Gibbs Farm. If you haven’t checked it out before, you should put a Sunday aside and head up north of Auckland to Kaipara Harbour. Prepare to have your perception of distance and size obscured at this art collectors wet dream. 

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After 20 years Gibbs Farm includes major commissioned works by a plethora of national and international artists including Graham Bennet, Chris Booth, Daniel Buren, Bill Culbert, Neil Dawson, Marijke de Goey, Andy Goldsworthy, Ralph Hotere, Leon van den Eijkel, Zhan Wang and the list goes on. A major challenge for the artists is to compete with the extraordinary landscape; as rolling hills climb into mountains and gullies succumb to the dominating Kaipara Harbour- the largest harbour in the southern hemisphere. 

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Gibbs Farm is open to the public by appointment on a monthly basis, were telling you about it now so when Summer comes you might be able to take a look around. It’s fully booked well into December. You can check out more info here

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So make a reservation, round up a solid crew, pack some tasty treats and make a day of it. It won’t disappoint. Everything will demand your attention, and bloody well deserves it. 

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THE ORIGINAL NB TENNIS SHOE

Known for killer collaborations and even better sneakers, New Balance’s most recent endeavour see’s the original CT300 tennis shoe make it’s grand return for 2014. Originally released back in ‘79, the low cut silhouette has had it’s colourway re-envisioned by premium sneaker retailers across Europe. Online and instore now, we’ve got two of the four collaborative feats in some pretty slick colours.

Colab number one has Berlin based store Firmament revamp the sneaker in a vision of burgundy, maroon and tan with a vibrant neon inner. Hanon’s Scottish take on the CT300 has a colourful combo of grey, purple and blue suedes ensuring the vintage style stays fresh. All of the latest sneakers from this drop have been hand-crafted to perfection at the iconic New Balance factory in Flimby, UK…hence the Made in England on the tongue. If this little write up isn’t enough to get you amped for these shoes—check out the sicko promo vid featuring all four colabs. And while your at it, check out our full range of NB here

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Timeless, sophisticated, comfortable and versatile – is that too much to ask for? Surprisingly no. Alpha 60 has just wowed the GAG store again by ticking every damn box on our Winter wish lists.

They are back and not only did they personally curate the drop, we’re also the only ones stocking them in NZ - way to raise the bar guys. Every piece is made with top-notch materials and treated with respect and admirable restraint. They give you just enough of all the good bits and never over indulge in unnecessary detail.

It’s hard to do simple but when it’s done right you’re left with the overwhelming feeling of ‘give it to me now’ – you can’t it try on / buy each piece fast enough. You’ve two options; choose to drool on your keyboard online or come see it for real in store.

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APPRECIATION & LOTS OF BE’S: Jessica Walsh

Get a load of this girl, but not for too long or you’ll just start questioning the meaning of life and move to NY. We know she has been around a while – twenty-eight years to be exact but she’s busy ticking off all the BE’s.

Be born in New York. Tick.
Be coding websites at 11. Tick.
Be made a partner of Stefan Sagmeister’s design firm. Tick.
Be great looking. Tick.
Be blending handcraft, photography and painting with digital design and BE so bloody good at it that people want you to BE a judge of really cool award shows and stuff like that.
Be a fan of avocados.
Be a yogi with a dog.
Be ETC

Even if you don’t want to be these things you will at least be impressed when you check out her workA. ND if you haven’t already seen it, her ‘Forty Days Of Dating’ project is definitely look worthy. As an experiment she dated her best friend for forty days – documented it and designed it for our viewing pleasure. Because she’s Jessica Walsh.  

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