“After struggling to cope with the impact of the March 11 disasters last year, a burst of national pride has got Japan’s fishing industry off to a stirring start in 2012: A brand new all-time record price tag for a bumper bluefin tuna.
“Weighing in at a hefty 269 kilograms, the fish, caught off the coast of northern Oma, Aomori prefecture, was sold for about Y56.5 million, or about $736,700, at the year’s first auction at Tokyo’s renowned Tsukiji fish market Thursday.
“The new record valued each kilogram of the prized fish worth at about Y210,000, or roughly $2,736, and blew away the previous one, set last year, by more than Y20 million.
“But the high price was more about national sentiment than tuna economics… The reason for the premium bid? What’s caught in Japan ought to be eaten in Japan, according to the man who runs the company.”
BUT the overfishing of the Blue Fin Tuna is an alarming issue and extinction is a real threat -the commercial overfishing of these beautiful fish needs to be addressed. Find out more here
“Overfishing will wipe out the breeding population of Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of the ocean’s largest and fastest predators, in three years unless catches are dramatically reduced, conservation group WWF said on Tuesday.
“As European fishing fleets prepare to begin the two-month Mediterranean fishing season on Wednesday, WWF said its analysis showed the bluefin tuna that spawn — those aged four years and older — will have disappeared by 2012 at current rates.”
Have an Exceptional New Year.
We’ve received all your orders this week.
Sorry for the delay, they will go out at the beginning next week.
I just watched probably the most bad ass music video I’ve ever seen:
Saviours – “CRETE’N”
Warning not for the PC/easily offended
Wow. Brunette Myrt, Motorcylces & Coffee, an amazing trifecta of goodness. This holiday the Bixel Collection
has really stepped it up, with a custom blend Don Medardo coffee by local LA coffee legends – Handsome Boy Roasters. Bixel Boys curated a soundtrack to compliment the Honduran coffee and together they shot a lookbook that has coffee looking sexier than ever.
More Myrts & Coffee Here
Saturday we cruised to the opening of the DRUGS CREW show at New Image Art Gallery to support our buddy who was part of the show.
Immediately upon stepping inside, we were overwhelmed by the complete floor to ceiling multimedia installation. Layered underneath the pieces, the walls had been completely painted and pieces were even hung from the ceiling.
I took some detail shots of the pieces, but this is really a show you have to check out in person.
LA based artist, Augustus, who recently had a show here, was in the crowd as well as MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch.
I loved these oversize scratchers hung around the gallery.
Thanks to Hex for supporting the arts!
Come celebrate the holidays with our friends from this summers No Shirt/No Shoes party.
Tuneage by the Pool Party Legends ; Surf Ambassador Hendo, Bixel Boys, Tropicool, & Junkyard
Golden Gopher DTLA 10-2.
Japan was an amazing trip, and Ampal will be making some big moves in 2012 over in the land of the rising sun. Extended Blog Posts to come…
On the westside, our friends over at Witness This are holding a charity for a great cause. If you’re out in Venice go check out “Give Get” benefiting the woman’s shelter – Time for Change Foundation – out of San Bernardino. These ladies deserve a little holiday support, womans shelter x San Bernardino = heavy!!!
Tickets available HERE
I’m in Japan with my brother, Nick from Crap/N.Potash Jewelry, exploring our roots and getting inspired. Today we checked out the 20th anniversary Mooneyes Carshow in Yokohama. This is a little preview of the most glorious collection of gasoline fueled speed machines ever assembled under one roof.
Stay tuned, lots more to come…
I got to cruise to the Kendrick Lamar/DJ Green Latern show at the Music Box on Friday. I had heard the hype about Kendrick – endorsements from Dre and Snoop as the torchbearer of Westcoast Hip Hop etc. – and listened to a few mixtapes and tracks, but seeing it in person, I’m now a believer. Kendrick’s from Compton and his music is part classic West Coast gangsta rap, but with a lot of other influences and a flow that emerges as uniquely his own.
Fellow Compton/TDE artist Schoolboy Q, was on right before Kendrick and put on a great show as well. We were stoked to see him come on stage wearing a REMINGTON snapback – I’ve never seen the winter pin-up girls looking so hard.
Going into the show I was excited to see the legendary evil genius DJ Green Lantern do a set. I’ve been listening to his mixtapes forever so it was great to meet him and I was pumped he was feeling our new hats.
After the show the good doctor, DRE!!!! came backstage to introduce the fam to Kendrick, I was going to ask him about Detox, but had second thoughts when his security locked down the hall.