Hear Yee, Hear Yee!

Today's post is a brief interview about an emerging brand YD&HS. I ran across a interview on the boss man himself Mr.Maiko, and liked the project he has going. I'm going to start sending readers a insight to the things I'm reading about and the people I interact with.

Introduce yourself to the readers.

what's up Gold Safety Pin, I'm Christian Maiko Head Designer & Creator of YoungDumb&HighStrung (YD&HS)

What inspired you to start YD&HS?

YD&HS was inspired by the song US Placers by CRS. It was originally just small graphic design & blog campaign to show the general observation of our generation the partying, sex, drugs, music etc. then the name just stuck & it quickly began gaining support.

What item(s) can’t you leave the house without?

My blackberry BOLD of course,sunglasses & cigarettes//lighter..I know its two items but you can't have one without the other.haha.

When is the release date for the project and what goals do you have for it?

Well the original release date was on January 1st 2010, but I realized I couldn't provide the full effect of what I want to do in such a short period, so the new release date is February 10th 2010. As far as goals for YD&HS, too many to put in just one statement, but I just want to open some peoples eyes.

Cigars or Cigarettes?

Cigarettes,all day every day..cigars are just too much in my opinion.

What is the Breakfast of a Champion?

Haha, I don't know about "champions" but my breakfast usually consists of a cigarette, some vitamins, candy or waffles & an iced chai latte or water. Worst meal possible I know.

What Cd’s are currently in your stereo?

1.) Lupe Fiasco-Enemy of the State: A Love Story
2.) YD&HS- Halloween Horror Mix
3.) The Bloody Beetroots- Rombo
& I've been meaning to pick up The Clipse-Till The Casket Drops but its been sold out everywhere.

If you could pick 4 people to collaborate with, who would it be.

Hmm..I had a few people in mind at first, but now I'm not sure. As of right now nobody, but later on down the road we'll see.

Where is YD&HS located?

Currently headquarters is based out of Virginia, but we're making a move soon.


Blackberry of course.

Interesting talents?

None that I can think of.haha.

Do you see anything wrong with the current industry(fashion)?

I'd say streetwear, but I have friends in the streetwear industry that are actually doing new inventive things & making a name for themselves by doing so..So I'm going to say the over saturation of the market. Everyone wants to be a designer or a model & don't get me wrong I'm not saying they can't have a dream but not everyone can be in this industry, besides the world still needs teachers,police officers & pizza delivery.

Favorite Designer?

In streetwear & on the business side of things I'm always sticking with Johnny Earle.
In high fashion I have to say Marc Jacobs I know it sounds cliche but after seeing his creative process & the product that comes out of it you have to respect the guy.

Last Words!

Thanks again Gold Safety Pin,
be sure to check out more from YD&HS at www.YDHS.wordpress.com & follow us on twitter @YDandHS www.YDHS.com coming soon!



A item im feeling this season is the Stadium Jacket. Synonymous with the Varsity jacket or Letterman jacket, this is a classic look. Every year I go on the hunt to find the perfect one. It must be simple, but not school uniform corny. Many brands carry them, and H&M even had one in house. The Bape one is real neat. How do you feel about the Stadium Jacket?


Honestly, she's really bad. I think that her image management is on point. This picture give me work inspiration for work. Like look at her! Im slowly becoming a Rihanna fan because of her image, the music is decent. Not really too enthusiastic for Rated-R but she's going through some things.



(Photos: via HB)

Im extremely feeling the upcoming H&M season. However some of the pieces are on the wack end of the scale. The two looks above stand out in my eyes, and seem to be the most universal. After watching project runway, I'm convinced that it is important to create staples. My top picks: The crewneck "sweater shirt" (high end cough cough) and the Coat.



Im currently stuck on this one. I want a new pair of sunglasses. As you can tell they both are extremely similar. But the pricing isnt. One frame is made by grey ant, while the one pharell is rocking is by fashion powerhouse Lanvin. Lord help me! Fortunately a little bird in the skye told me where i could possibly find them. Which one do you approve? The Lanvin or the Grey ant?



( Photography and Video by Tone)

Brother Phil chats with Tone about some things ( watch the video to catch my drift) and there's a TINY! hint about the "club". I think what Tone is doing is super fresh. His places is like a giant photobooth and I'm a fan of the work. Since I'm really going to take off with my photo's I'm really paying attention to different styles and examples of the media form. It is not to be played with!

Grab Bag #1

This bad boy here is a X-Mini speaker. I found this on the N.E.R.D blog and did some research. As you can tell this isnt the biggest piece of equipment in the world, but from the reviews ive read they pump. Hopefully ill be placing my order in soon, i might cop two of them. Unfortunately their official site is currently down. If i cop ill post some more info on them.


Fashion Heavy Hitters: Wale x Cudi and Drake


I am in LOVE with incase. My computer case is by them, all their concepts are fresh and even the packaging