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



Diddy Bop

Nothin has changed with Diddy. I really like this song, even though they were harlem shakin the whole thing through.





Today i stayed home from school, and went crazy! I did a master sweep of the sea of nonsense in my topcloset. I threw everything out and grabbed a trash bag and went in. I was amazed to come across half the things that i did, old prehistoric drawings before "High End" was High End.




If you follow me semi-often, you know that i LOVE to read things that i find interesting, like complex. Here is visual proof that im not new to this, check those dates on those young magazines. There are more but i didnt dig them up. All of those were located on my desk next to my old computer. I find complex to be helpful,informative, and comical. Then next on my list of things are two Bibles. The first one is the Street-wear guide and the second is the Teen Vogue Handbook. Both are extremely helpful in two areas i would like to occupy. So this was a little book club post to let you know what im reading. Ill keep you posted.



Now playing thanks to my new personal music guru. lmao.

check her out:
whit's tumblr

This made my night. Who ever thinks that she doesnt have talent should kill them-self.


The Commonwealth.

So this weekend was definitely interesting. I didn't do shit friday or saturday, But sunday, lovely sunday. I had a photo-shoot! (Yay) So I packed up my goods and headed towards the fairfax district. Before everything began i made sure i made my stop to Yogurt-Land. Me and my mom make trips here religiously. If we pass it or even sense it we stop!

(Heaven in a cup,my deadly mixture from yogurt-land, taken with canon xsi)

It was a beautiful day, but that never takes away from the random things that happen in sunny Los Angeles. As i was sitting in my car waiting for a friend to begin the shoot, i see Common drive by. Im like wait. . is that Common. Turns out it was him and he stopped by the park to catch up on some basketball. Aside from this appearance there were many other things at this park, and finally "she" showed up for the shoot.

(Shots from the shoot, "Senior Portraits")

We spent some time wondering around the park laughing and shooting. To me the photographs turned out really nice. It was a very random and diverse park. We even received another special guest appearance from a friend. As we began to wrap up the shoot a random kid showed up to our table. He explained his situation and that he was in rehab and only wanted to call his girl friend. When he originally asked i was shocked and didn't pay attention. We let him use a phone and some what listening to his convo since he was sitting right by us. I began to feel a little bad for him. He is from the east coast and is down here, i think he might have a interesting story to tell.


Finally the work was done! we wrapped the shoot and i began to move forward to my next adventure. We parted ways and i then convinced my mom to take me to the grove. Mind you this was my first time out in public eye with the "new" camera. I stepped out the car and went into the grove, where i was treated like a paper-razzi. I have never received that type of vibe.

( Me leaving the park looking like a monster, taken with Canon Xsi )

( The Grove Crowd, taken with Canon Xsi )

( The Book, taken with Canon Xsi)

I received slanted eyes as i made way to the bookstore. Is that to much to ask for? A simple book from the bookstore. Once inside, you know the world didn't want me to have the book so it took like five hours but i finally got it! The book is by teen vogue and it has a spread on professional photographers in the industry. I've been shuffling through it and its pretty damn good. There was my WHOLE sunday.



Are you not Entertained!

Chris Brown Ft Swizz Beats y Lil Wayne - ICTY


Change of Heart.

Meet the replacement. There has been a change of plan. No more nikon, i know some of you might give me shit about this decision, but im the one with the $$$$. Canon XSI 12.2 megapixels. Cut me some slack, its nice! Im waiting any day now. Im TOO excited!

Goals #1

I know this might sound far-fetched but i need polariod film. BADLY. Im really upset that its discontinued because ive had this camera since i was atleast 5. I want to do some different things to add variety with it. If any of you know where I can get some or can donate some please contact me asap!

Break the mold!

Does this look familar? HP jumped on a good things. Introducing the HP "Envy" 15 in. super notebook, their fastest consumer notebook and the world’s thinnest, lightest quad-core notebook. Inside: Intel Core i7 Processor, 16GB of DDR3 1066 MHz system memory with a choice of two 15.6″ HP Brightview high-resolution LED backlit displays. WOW

Stepping to the dark side.

I originally told my self, "self, were not going to buy expensive headphones." and we lied. The Beats by Dre empire has release a couple of new products lately. I don't know if you guys have been on top of things. I went in house the other day and these bad boys were $179.99. WHY NOT! The only con is that these are not the original beats. These puppies are called the SOLO and their a little bit smaller in size which is fine with me. Its going to happen. Im sorry!

Pulling my hair out!

Me in AP studio, Fall 2009

Well, fortunately im alive. I've been overly stressed out. Between school, family, and the social, i dont know what to do. Some of you may not know, but i am a High School Senior. And right about now life is hell. Graduation plans, College Apps, and Personal time can drive you insane. Above you can see snap shots of me in class, my AP studio class. That class is going to be the death of me. My artistic abilities are constantly tested and stretched. Please stay tune for a progression of me and my work. Im going to blog as often as possible. Like its a homework assignment. I promise.