I was recently invited by Bettery Magazine to submit a city story, and the one I chose to share is actually kind of embarrassing (when/if you read the story, keep in mind I’m Canadian-born Japanese). You can read it here.
Some time last year I approached hat manufacturer, Flexfit, about making some products for Booooooom. After meeting with them I realized that making a hat was just one of several projects I wanted to do together.
In the fall I collaborated with them, and their parent company Yupoong, to make a short piece about their factory in Vietnam. This is where they produce hats for many of the largest lifestyle brands, and where they will be making some special things for Booooooom. I expressed interest in shooting a portrait of the people who actually make the hats rather than focus on the factory itself, and they were excited about this idea.
They gave us complete access to their facility, which had previously never allowed any cameras. I’m sure there are companies out there who would be reluctant to show this side of their operations but Yupoong is proud of their efforts towards fair working conditions.
This is a portrait of some inspiring people we met in Vietnam. People who dream about the same things we do, while they’re working, playing soccer, or singing karaoke.
Enjoy. (Go full screen if you’re computer can handle it)
I directed this video with my talented friend Liam Mitchell, and with the enormous help of our friend Dave Ehrenreich. It was an adventure shooting this piece renegade-style in a place none of us knew. The music is by a band that more people should know about, called Programm.
Over the course of this next year I’ll be working with Flexfit to produce, among other things, a whole series of art-focused videos. I can’t wait to show you what’s next.
Not too long ago I was approached by Aritzia to make some t-shirts for their new line, La Notte. I don’t know anything about women’s fashion but I thought it would be fun to work with one of Vancouver’s largest brands.
I designed a little collection of five t-shirts for them, and I called it “Dreaming About Living The Dream”. I’m not sure how many t-shirts were made in total, but if you want one they are now for sale over HERE.
This week I’ll be launching a project on our Instagram and giving away two complete sets of t-shirts, so stay tuned for that!
Here’s a small selection of photos I took in 2013. When I look at them all I feel very blessed to have a job where I get to travel a bit. This year I was able to fly all over the US, and added new stamps to my passport in Australia, Ireland, and Vietnam.
The photo above is not a camera trick, it’s a real dandelion (possibly radioactive) that I found with my sister in a field in Richmond. I don’t think the rest of the images need any sort of description, but if you’re wondering where any of them are from just ask in the comments below. If you already follow me on Instagram (@jeffhamada) you might remember some of these.
Enjoy the photos below!
A few weeks ago I was brought out to Arizona by Hypebeast to be a part of Levi’s “Station to Station” project and got to chat with Florian “Doc” Kaps, the founder of The Impossible Project.
This is 10 mins of an hour long conversation we had (in really awkward chairs) and it kinda ends just as it’s getting to the good stuff, but it’s better than it being way too long.
Becoming friends with Doc was the highlight of the entire trip for me, when we shared ideas it was like our heads were two puzzle pieces interlocking. We will definitely be working on a project together in the future.
After we filmed this piece an amazing thing happened, we were having a beer together in another train car, and randomly Giorgio Moroder and Bruce Sudano sat down with us. Some may only recognize Giorgio from the recent Daft Punk album but to me he is the guy who scored Top Gun. What I didn’t realise is he is also the guy who made the first electronic live-to-digital album in 1979. He is Mr. Digital. Doc on the other hand, having devoted years of his life to saving Polaroid from destruction, is Mr. Analog.
The two Mr.’s got into one of the greatest arguments I’ve ever witnessed.
It was a friendly argument, but definitely an impassioned one. Digital versus analog, one-off experiences versus multiple viewings, which of these make life better? The Giorgio side of my brain wishes the conversation had been recorded but the Doc side of my brain enjoys the fact it wasn’t.
You can watch my conversation with Doc below!
I don’t use Reddit much but the subreddit I enjoy the most is r/IAmA. If you aren’t familiar it is essentially a series of interviews where a person (sometimes famous, sometimes not) answers everyone’s questions, and it’s really a great way to learn a lot about them.
So the reason I want to do one here is that I am often emailed the same questions over and over, and I’d love to answer them all in one place. Hopefully if enough people ask questions here this post will become a great resource for anyone starting a blog, pursuing a career in the arts, or maybe just looking for a good movie to watch.
There’s some rules/etiquette that Reddit uses and I’d like to use a variation of the here, consider the following:
The reason this is an ‘Ask Me Almost Anything’ rather than an ‘Ask Me Anything’ is that I’d like it to be filled with content worth looking at. I don’t know everything there is to know about everything but I do know a bit about building a large online community and turning a hobby into a job.
This is an experiment for today. If there is interest I will keep coming back here to answer your questions. Anything that disregards the rules/etiquette might be ignored.
So here we go!
I AM A 30 year old Japanese Canadian who started a blog in my parents’ basement five years ago, that blog became Booooooom, and it is now my full time job. Ask me almost anything.
I read somewhere they’re aiming to be the first billion dollar company to stay in Vancouver. Kinda wild! One of their clients is the White House. If you’re bored you can read it, here.