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Banksy’s Love is in the Bin

Written & Illustrated by: LDR   If you are into street art then you must be familiar with Banksy. If not, well here is a short background of what people know about him. Banksy is one of the most controversial and reputable British artist when it comes to street art. Part of it is because…

Pulling the Push Back

By: The G   Illustrations by: LDR   As Filipinos, we are raised according to certain cultural standards that may or may not exactly be as healthy as the sense of tradition supposedly tries to maintain in a society. Many of us grew up in households where pressure was a natural thing. Among us are…

Plan the Perfect Getaway

Long drives, highway trips, beautiful scenes, and a distant journey on the road. Road trips are always exciting, especially when you’re going with family and/or friends. Going to a certain destination to relax, unwind, soak in fresh air, and get away from all the hustle and bustle from the metro is always a good idea…

So, we made the cut

written & curated by: Batong-apog   How does it feel to wear your older brother’s clothes? Wearing something that isn’t originally yours. Thanks for the cool shirt, bro – but . . . ‘Ye feel me? At your young age there was a desire to earn good cash and buy your own shirt. But the…

DBTK x Bratpack Event Recap

Photos taken by: Batong-Apog   Originally, this event was supposed to take place last week, September 15 but because of the unfriendly weather conditions brought by Typhoon Ompong, we had to move it on a later date and prioritize the safety of everyone – and it’s true what they say, there will always be a…

An Internship Story: Be with the People who lift you Up

by: The G We don’t get to select the people that come to our lives, and that’s what makes life a thrill. One day, we may decide to go somewhere just for an uncertain purpose but may end up creating an unexpected friendship with great people out of a set of complementing personalities, a common…

Manila Vibe – Vol. 3

by m.   Art & Illustration by: Ella Girl   I’m a firm believer that songs have certain experiences. People that write, produce, and perform a song have a certain experience and encounter in mind that they want to portray. In some instances, people don’t get it. When they do, they appreciate the song more…

Colors: Not your Ordinary Traffic Topic

by: m.   Illustrations from: LDR + KidIllus   Me and my friend were having a conversation a few weeks ago inside a Grab ride. It was a Tuesday afternoon, and we were stuck in traffic. As very friendly banters would go, we were talking about all these wonderful countries like Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.…

Why Everyone Should Consider Taking a Break

by: m.   Today, I want to talk about something close to my heart: the importance of taking a break. You might be asking. “What happened that made this guy talk about rest all of a sudden?” Well… you see, I recently made the decision to make the most out of my time while I’m…

Building Blocks: Setting up your own Desktop

Setting up the PC that’s right for you can be somewhat precarious especially if you want it specifically accustomed to both your need and liking. Wether it’s for casual use, for work, for gaming, for heavy graphics editing, or for whatever reason you deem necessary, it’s best to be practical and consider how you will…

TONIGHT THE KIDS OWN THE STREETS

Written & Produced by: Batong-Apog   While we celebrate Margielyn Didal’s gold popping in Skateboarding – women’s street event in the 2018 Asian Games and the committee raises their glass for the 4th gold; the curbside “kuya-pa-skate” kid Miguel shoves my board in his blunt rubber slippers. Around 10 in the evening in a not-so-convenient…

HERE’S WHY UNDERDOGS TELL THE BEST STORIES

Illustrations by: LDR + KidIllus   Disregarding the measurement of skill, strength, and know-hows, everyone is evenly free to dream big and set their goals – however, not all of us are equal when it comes to our means and capability to perform and/or achieve our objectives, and I guess this is one of the…

PAYING OUR RESPECTS TO MALCOLM – THE MOST DOPE

The music industry and fans from all over the world including us are shocked, saddened and mourning over the untimely death of rap icon and self-thought musician Malcolm James McCormick, or more known as Mac Miller who was only 26 years young. Reports state that the Pittsburgh-native was found unresponsive on September 7 at his…

TOM’S TALE: THE HISTORY OF TOM CLUTCH

by: Lex Perry   If you see an image of Tony the Tiger, you would instantly recognize or recall the cereal Frosted Flakes, if you see an image of Toucan Sam, then you’d remember another cereal. Yup, I’m talking about the colorful Froot Loops – now if we’re going to look at streetwear brands, we…

LIST OF ART GALLERIES TO VISIT

Header Illustrated by: LDR   Whatever you’re into, no matter who or what you are, art will always make you feel some type of way and like the vast majority art and the artists behind grow and evolve as well. Visiting museums and galleries make us realize that we are part of something much bigger…

THE DBTK INTERNSHIP

There are a lot of ways to enjoy your summer vacation or free time. Like going on a trip, eating out, visiting interesting spots, hunting for good finds, bonding with friends, creating something new, learning more stuff, attending events, any many other else. Yes, there truly are numerous ways to have fun and make every…

DBTK x LYNYRD PARAS

by: Lex Perry   Collaborations are special and great things happen when minds creatively work in unison. For this project, we’re heading towards a different course and the brand is taking on its biggest challenge up to date – the materialization of the entire Apoy Collection. “Concept muna iniisip ko bago image. Yung show ko…

MANILA VIBE – VOL. 2

Back at it with another feature of Manila Vibe, so here we are with another set of musicians to listen to. Get ready for a unique listening experience and get your playlist updated with these three talented acts. Enjoy!   PURE MIND QUIET HEART     There are lots of artists showing awesome musicianship by…

Let’s talk about Coffee and its Process

by: Migs Mosuela   Illustration by: LDR   Coffee is, I would say, the drink that most of us would have in our hands whenever we’re working, studying, having a friendly conversation, or just warming up on a chilly evening. Quite literally, it’s been there in our small and big moments. But a regular cup…

WEEKEND HANGOVER: MANILA GREY + NICK AUTOMATIC XL

After the Manila Grey concert at Black Market, the following day we went to the Nick Automatic XL show – featuring many great bands namely Three Legged Men, St. Wolf, Snakefight, I.P.O.T.S, Sirens, Dymphna, December Avenue, Autotelic, and Urbandub. Talk about having a jam-packed weekend attending back-to-back shows, this one’s obviously a great example. These…

THE METRO SCENES ACCORDING TO THE PRESENT STREET PHOTOGRAPHERS

The streets will always have an impact on every person regardless of who, how, and what they are. Streets don’t necessarily have to involve roadways or the urban environment; it is something that can link architecture, portraiture, landscape, and many other els – and what’s interesting is being able to capture surreal or unmediated moments that…

Mondays may suck, But this guy and his clothes don’t

Like any other journey or story, there’s never really a specific blueprint or formula that can automatically guarantee one’s accomplishment or success but it sure is interesting to know how these people think, create and operate on a daily basis because we learn and get something useful out of it. A streetwear brand based overseas…

A Quick Stroll in the Streets of Cebu

By: Lex Perry   If you’re from or at least been in the Queen City, you know that it’s only right for us to give more emphasis on how rich and cultivated the street culture in Cebu is – aside from having a 1-day pop up shop and collaboration release with The Good Neighborhood, we…

Past The Kids’ Bedtime: 5 Late Night Trips People Do

by Migs Mosuela   Illustration by: LDR + KidIllus   If you’re looking for an article that explains why people stay up at night doing all sorts of stuff, then I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve found the wrong article. In fact, I’m writing this article to ask a very mind-boggling, seemingly-mysterious question: Why…

Skin Bling: Things to do Before and After you get a Tattoo

Written & Illustrated by: LDR   Tattoo design The first and foremost thing to consider, however time-consuming, in getting a tattoo is deciding what design you are rooting for. Making a solid decision is a must so that regrets won’t haunt you. Most of the time, people choose a design that is something very personal…

ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY SHOW AND GIG YOU’RE GOING TO

We know how fun and exciting it is to attend a concert, gig, or tour but it’s much better and easier to have fun once you have everything ready ahead of time. Enjoy and get the best experience possible, here’s a list of things to prepare and consider for the next show you’re going to…

HOW TO UKAY LIKE YOU’RE REAL FLY

Written by: Giannel Marcos   Prod. by: Kat Doloricon & Pam Esclanda   Art & Layout by: LUNA M.   Ukay-ukay or thrift shopping began in the Philippines back in 1980’s in Baguio. It gained popularity all over the country for its branded yet cheap shoes, clothes, bags, etc. Fast forward to now, we already…

Late Night Guilt Trips: Classic Anime Films

Prod. by: Josh Tiu   Written by: Migs Mosuela   A lot of people love watching anime. It’s arguably one of the most watched style or genre in the whole world, and it’s really not hard to see why. The way the artists with this kind of style convey their message through the way they…

DBTK x The Good Neighborhood Event Recap

By: Lex Perry   Damn Cebu. Much wow. We’re still at a high and I don’t think that we can ever get over what happened last weekend, it hasn’t fully synced in yet but the whole experience definitely adds more fuel to get us going and do what we do. There are a lot of…

Behind The Minds: How Inspiration & Experience Shaped DBTKJPN Vol. 2

Interview & Words by: Migs Mosuela   Photos from: VinceKids   When people talk about Japan, they talk about a lot of things: their culture, trains, technology, food, people, and all the things that make it so interesting. Everyone has a thing or two that they admire on countries like this. I’m the kind of…

WORLD GO SKATEBOARDING DAY IN MANILA

Written by: Pam Esclanda   Produced and Photographed by: LUNA M.   Video by: Kat Doloricon Every year on June 21st, skate enthusiasts from all over the globe celebrate their love for skating by gathering and riding altogether. This year, among all of the various locations in the Philippines celebrating Go Skateboarding Day, we were…

The New & First-ever DC Super Heroes Café in the Philippines

Written by: Giannel Marcos   Prod. by: Stolen Identity   Photos from: LUNA M. Layout by: Lisa Dela Rosa   Video by: Kat Doloricon   The first-ever DC Super Heroes Café in the Philippines officially opened its doors to the public on June 23rd last Saturday in SM Megamall, and we are giving you the…

Manila Vibe – Acoustic

by: Miguel Mosuela   Art & Layout by: PINS & kidillus   So, okay. Two things: One, MANILA VIBE as we know it is constantly reshaped. Culture is fluid, and so is music. But for the volumes, we’re sticking to hip-hop. With that said… Two, we’ve figured that this is the perfect season to feature…

QUICK CLOTHING FIX

by: Pam Esclanda   Art & Illustration by: Kat Doloricon   The weather can be really hard to bear especially during the rainy season where the risk of passing through floods and being in an uncomfortable position is present. Talk about it, I know it sucks to see your favorite shoe, shirt, hoodie, or sweater…

MOVIES TO BINGE WATCH THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY

by: Giannel Marcos   Art & Illustration by: Lisa Marie Dela Rosa   Conceptualized by: Pam Esclanda & Kat Doloricon   Independence is something we Filipinos constantly seek may it be politically or not. The word is engraved in our history, culture, society, and individual lives, for it has driven many people through time to…

TOY HUNTING IN MANILA

by: Lex Perry   Photos from: Paolo Nicomedes & Josh Tiu   If you fancy toys, comics, and similar collectibles, you’ll find the entirety of this post interesting or at least intriguing to say the least. Somewhere around the heart of Manila, you will find a place that is known to have a cluster of…

PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY 2018 – REPRESENT YOUR OWN

by: Lex Perry   Photos from: VinceKids & Paolo Nicomedes   Lookbook & Art Illustrations from: @kidillus & Josh Tiu Braving the streets of Manila early in the morning, we can’t help but be mesmerized by the hustle and diligence of hardworking Filipinos. If you often pass by Quiapo, Recto, Intramuros, and the other busy…

THE QUEEN CITY CREATIVE & THE GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD

by: Lex Perry (@xelyrrep)   Photos taken by: Cris Ong (@cristutooo)   It’s really awesome to see how people from the local scene or local community continue to step up and really focus on what they are passionate about. Of all the destinations in the Philippines, we’ve noticed that a lot of creative minds hail…

The Role of Music in Breaking Divisions and Uniting the People

Can you remember the music you’ve listened to for the past 5 days? I’d wager that a part of that listening list of yours contain some new artists, or maybe even rising stars from their respective genres. Heck, maybe some of you listen to Death Grips and actually like it! (Check them out. If you…

MANILA VIBE – Vol. 1

Every day, different people from around the metro have been moving and hustling in their fields. Picking up from different sources of motivation to get in on the grind, most people would turn to music. It’s not hard to see why. Music has been reflecting the culture that most people operate in, and while people…

‘Breaking News’ at One Rockwell

COMME des GARCONS recently launched its new capsule collection ‘Breaking News’ featuring some collaboration with other prominent names like Anti Social Social Club, Adam Lucas otherwise known as Hanksy, Braindead, Dreamland Syndicate and Cactus Plant Flea Market among others. We’re talking about a 6-piece shirt bundle along with a variety of outerwear. The CDG release…

Meaning & Happiness – A Call to Life Awareness

There has been an overwhelming amount of suicide issues in pop culture recently, from famous public figures taking their own life to shows that continue to spark controversies about what being suicidal really is. People on social media are quick to jump into these debates mostly encouraging others to reach out to those who they…

Common Ground Summer Fest + ‘Roast & Toast’ collection release

by: Lex Perry   Common Ground Summer Fest 2018 – What an awesome treat! Three different music stages all in one building; Wow! Hats off to the whole team and the other magnificent partners behind this, not to mention all the amazing performers who filled every corner of the place with rhythm and melody. It…

DBTK “ROAST & TOAST” SUMMER 2018 COLLECTION

After spending a long time of cogitating, refining the elements, stirring the final ingredients, exhausting our plating ideas and garnishing techniques, all that is left to do now is serve you guys what we have been cooking and preparing for a long time. This summer, the wait is finally over and we’re excited to announce…

SCARS by Lynyrd Paras

By: Miguel Mosuela Makati Cinema Square would be one of the quirkiest places a typical Filipino could find themselves into. Along with numerous thrift shops and countless choices of food stalls that serve affordable meals, it’s also home to a variety of specialty shops that sell unique and unusual stuff, not to mention the people…

No Island is an Island….Anymore?

By: Gia Marcos   No man is an island, we all have heard of that and a lot of us agree on that thought. It’s even funny how we have come to terms with the fact that we people need to interact with one another yet ignore a lot of facts about that very island…

Meet the Wonder Woman of Manila’s Modeling Scene

Written & Produced by: Gia Marcos Photos taken by: Alex Gamir Layout by: Brian Villanueva   Models are a big part of the fashion culture which means they are also a big part of our society in general. Because of them, even unwearable clothes seem to be easy on the eyes when they start rocking…

Simpsons Creator proves that he is ahead of his time

You’re probably a fan of this 1989 American animated sitcom by Matt Groening, or at least interested in all the things transpiring and happening around the globe. Now if you remember Episode 225 from May 9, 1999 they digitally featured Stephen Hawking performing a rap song called “A Brief History of Rhyme” which is a play…

An Intergenerational Responsibility

Story by: Lex Perry Ignacio Photos & Video by Kris Villano & Chino Villagracia of The Visual Club (@thevisual.club)  Music/Audio from c/o Beastie Boys It’s oddly refreshing to know about the remarkable or extraordinary matters that happen in and within the neighborhood. Unless you’re someone who hears word about what goes around, it would obviously…

Meet Drew – the comic creative and creator of Hunghang Flashbacks

Times are definitely changing. Nowadays, the term conventional is hardly ever used to describe a certain thing because almost everything is being reshaped and redefined, but a good balance between tradition and innovation is always a good idea. Let us all take a closer look on how this artist and comic creative curates the blend…

Talkin with the Mob Ep.4 – Migo Señires & Al James

Performing at gigs here and there, every now and then, plus having many other things and responsibilities to do, we were lucky enough to spend half a day with these local icons. Bringing you folks fresh and new content, for our 4th episode, we have Migo Señires & Al James of Baryo Berde Atbp. This…

DBTK “HEADSTRONG” F/W 17′

Story & words by: Lex Perry Ignacio @xelyrrep   Time and again, the brand has been straightforward and vocal with its on point messages. Scrutinize the fine points of every piece and you shall comprehend to the stories inherent within. Here’s the last but not the least (actually the most), collection of 2017. Just before…

PONYxDBTK official launch at Dulo Manila

From the moment you open your eyes, get off your bed, and lay your feet flat on the ground until you call it a day or maybe a night; you know you have to make every moment count. Heed all of your focus and attention to who you truly are, what you’re into, and how…

MANILA MEETS NEW YORK – PONY TAPS DBTK

by: Lex Perry Ignacio @xelyrrep   Honestly, who would’ve thought that a local brand with only 20 sq. meters of physical space stationed in the narrow streets of Shorthorn, which is not even a fraction of Quezon City would be tapped by a footwear brand from New York and be given the chance to do…

DBTK 5th Year Anniversary

by: Lex Perry Ignacio @xelyrrep   5 fruitful years and just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, you guys have once again made this one reach a whole new level. You people never fail to give us something to remember and share; and even if I have a lot of things to say,…

Product of New York

by: Lex Perry Ignacio @xelyrrep   Across the court, through the streets, and into the future, the Product of New York (PONY) has been through pivotal changes and momentous advancements ever since the brand has been born in Manhattan, New York on 1972. With over 40 years thriving, it is undeniable that they objectify evolution…

Passion Show Mechanics

All those who wish to join and audition for the Passion Show must submit a sample video or link of their act/s along with their contact details to events.dbtk@yahoo.com with the subject titled as ‘Passion Show Audition’. We will select a total of 10 participants who will qualify and be able to join the contest. Deadline…

Talkin’ with the Mob Ep.3 – Paul Lee

Words & Interview by: Lex Perry Ignacio @xelyrrep Visuals by: Kris Villano & Raymond Manglo of @thevisualclub   It was exactly a year ago when I was given the opportunity to interview one of my long-time heroes in the hard court. At that time, he was sporting a different go-to sneaker, playing for a different…

Telefuture – Delivery 2

Progressing from the first drop, the initial delivery focuses on the blend of classic and modern. Similar but distinct from the prior batch of the same collection is the development of the second distribution and the next bundle in line is the addition of custom set of top and bottoms, cut & sew outerwear and…

Talkin’ With The Mob Ep.2 – Slick Rick

Words & Interview by: Lex Celera Visuals by: Raymond Manglo & Kris Villano @thevisualclub   There’s a very slim chance you haven’t heard of Boys Night Out at least once in your life. The most common occasion would probably be when you’re in traffic a little past dinner time and you’re slouching in your seat.…

Talkin’ With The Mob – Rjay Ty

Interview & Words by Lex Perry Ignacio @xelyrrep Photos by Kris Villano @kris.villano     It all started back in 2002 as a 6th grader being influenced by Snoop Dogg’s Greatest Hits and Linkin Park’s Hybrid Theory when a young Rjay Ty started to write his own lyrics. 4 years after that he decided to form a crew with frequent…

DBTK “Telefuture” Collection-Delivery 1

Telefuture Collection-Delivery 1  Nostalgic and innovative, classic yet advanced.  According to one of our nation’s icons Dr. Jose Rizal, he who does not know how to look back at where he came from will never get to his destination. With this collection, we take a step back and take you through time to give our…

DBTK will be CLOSED OUT!

Unfortunately, we have to cut our stay short. Our contract with the landowners has come to an end and we were not given the chance to further extend our operations in the area. As much as it pains us to bid our last farewell, we are still looking forward to celebrate our third and last…

DBTK for Kapwa Studio

 Kapwa Studio (@kapwastudio) Model: Dionnelea (@dionnelea) Photographer: Earl Roxas (@rxserl)

Everyday DBTK

Just another ordinary day at the Flagship store Diyalogo sticker : Etong sa’yo :: Diyalogo stickers available at the DBTK Flagship Store Fall/Winter 2016 Patches Mood door Purveyr Magazine Issue 2 :: Available at the DBTK Flagship Store The happy Rjay Ty :: Hit the spot Album launch! Congrats brotha man!

Greater North ’16, Greater Year ’17

What a year it has been for us in 2016, and we’ve come up with no better way to cap the year off than to have friends and family gathered in our event – Greater North. It was a blast! With raffle prizes given away by our host M$tryo, along with ridiculous beats and hits…

Behind the Lens: Zacspicy

Behind the Lens: Zacspicy

It is amazing how Photography is becoming more and more popular and known to many, if not all. It is through great pictures that we can spark limitless imaginations and colorful ideas to name a few. It is through those camera lenses that we have a better sight on how the world looks. With that…

DBTK “Superfine” Fall/Winter 2016

Don’t Blame The Kids – “Superfine” Fall/Winter 2016 Collection

At times, it’s the desire and eagerness of achieving our goals that lead to frustrations, especially during the moments when we think that we are only creating little to no advancements in what we do. But do know that it’s often the series of small improvements that make the biggest developments, and that is what…