FOXSTA
WEARING THE 2ND EDITION "OG SNAP"
LITTLE TOKYO, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
OCTOBER 2012

 
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"THE MORE YOU SWEAT IN PEACE, THE LESS YOU BLEED IN WAR"



HEY GUYS,

BOY THIS IS SOME SMALL TEXT HUH.. YIKES I WISH I KNEW HOW TO FIX THAT.. WELL... GOOD LUCK...

FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO THOSE WHO HAD TO WAIT AS LONG AS THEY DID FOR THEIR ORDERS FROM OUR MOST RECENT DROP. THERE ISN’T ANY EXCUSE BUT I HAVE BEEN PRETTY OVERWHELMED LATELY. EVERYONE WHO GOT TRACKING A WHILE AGO, IT SHOULD BE UPDATED BY NOW AS ORDERS WERE FINALLY BROUGHT TO THE POST OFFICE, THERE ARE FIVE PEOPLE WHO'S ORDERS ARE BEING FULFILLED TODAY AND WILL GET AN UPDATED TRACKING OR RECEIVE IT FOR THE FIRST TIME.

SECOND OFF.. SO YEAH.. THE BRAND IS GOING TO TAKE A HIATUS AND HOPEFULLY WILL BE RETURNING BY FALL/WINTER AT THE END OF THIS YEAR. THIS WAS A PRETTY IMMEDIATE CHANGE AND I WANT TO BE AS OPEN WITH YOU GUYS AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE HOW AND WHY’S, SO SORRY IN ADVANCE FOR HOWEVER LONG THIS THING GETS. IF YOU WANT TO SKIP PAST MY DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO RECOLLECT THE MEMORIES OF THE GOOD OL’ DAYS, AND GET STRAIGHT TO THE POINT. THEN SCROLL DOWN TO THE REDTEXT BELOW. OTHERWISE, ENJOY MY ATTEMPT TO TO ILLUSTRATE THROUGH WORDS THE BEGINNING OF CITY APPROVAL, ONE OF THE BEST CHAPTERS OF MY LIFE:

» » » ACT-1 IF ONLY I KNEW THE LUXURY OF THE WORLD I WAS LIVING IN « « «

SO… HI, IF YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW, MY NAME IS CODY AND I CREATED CITY APPROVAL. IT STARTED OFF AS JUST AN IDEA BACK IN 2011 IN MY FINAL YEAR AT FIDM LOS ANGELES. I STARTED IT WITH ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS WHO LIKES TO BE PUBLICLY REFERRED TO AS SINGH (BECAUSE HIS FIRST NAME IS LONG AND HIS NICKNAME IS SILLY). SO BASICALLY WE DIDN’T DO MUCH BECAUSE I HAD NO IDEA HOW I WANTED TO BEGIN. ALTHOUGH I WAS LEGIT IN FASHION SCHOOL, I HAD A HARD TIME DECIDING ON THE IMAGE WE WANTED TO GO FOR BY THE TIME I GRADUATED IN 2012, WE BROUGHT ON TWO OF OUR FRIENDS FROM HIGH SCHOOL. ONE LEFT ALMOST IMMEDIATELY AND THE OTHER FRIEND SHALL REMAIN NAMELESS. (I DON’T KNOW IF HE’D WANT ME USING HIS NAME) SINGH AND I DECIDED SCREEN PRINTING OUR OWN STUFF SEEMED LIKE A BETTER INVESTMENT THAN SPENDING THE MONEY ON A COLLECTION WITH NO FOLLOWING TO SELL IT TO. (INSTAGRAM LIKE JUST CAME OUT OR WAS JUST STARTING TO BECOME SOMETHING PEOPLE ACTUALLY USED) OUR FRIEND LET US PUT THE PRINTER IN HIS GARAGE AND WE SPENT MONTHS FAILING AT LITERALLY EVERY ASPECT OF OWNING A CLOTHING COMPANY. JUMP FORWARD TO APRIL 2012 I THINK? I GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE INTO A 3 BEDROOM HOUSE, (LONG STORY) AND I MOVED THE PRINTER INTO THE GARAGE. OUR FRIENDS MOM WAS GETTING KIND OF ANNOYED WITH US MAKING A MESS AND HAVING NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT, AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, MY INABILITY TO DESIGN (ALTHOUGH I WAS LEARNING) MEANT THAT FRIEND AND I BUTTED HEADS ON DESIGNS.. NOT ANYONES FAULT, HE HAD A DIFFERENT IDEA IN MIND AND I WAS UNWILLING TO NEGOTIATE. SO MY FRIEND SLOWLY PARTED WAYS WITH THE BRAND. NOW ALONE IN A BIG HOUSE AND ONLY THE MOST NOVICE SCREEN PRINTING EXPERIENCE I HUNKERED DOWN AND BEGAN PRACTICING ON GRAPHIC DESIGN.

» » » ACT-2 HE CAME FROM THE SHADOWS AND GOT SOME SMOKE IN HIS EYES « « «

LIVING IN A BIG EMPTY HOUSE, BRAND NEW TO BEING 21 I OBVIOUSLY WANTED TO FOCUS ON MY NEW FOUND LOVE FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN. BUT ALAS, I HAD A LOT OF FRIENDS THAT WERE ALWAYS COMING OVER AND BUGGING ME TO DRINK AND HANG OUT WITH THEM. :/ THE MOST ANNOYING ONE WAS NAMED VINNY. THIS LITTLE RUNT WAS SO TERRIBLE HE ACTUALLY CAME OVER LIKE EVERY DAY AND HAD THE GODDAMN NERVE TO GIVE INPUT IN THE BRAND.. AND IT WAS ACTUALLY REALLY GOOD INPUT. I HAD A GLIMMER OF HOPE. I WAS AT A COMFORTABLE LEVEL WITH USING ILLUSTRATOR AT THIS POINT AND VINNY WAS AND STILL IS A VERY TALENTED WRITER, SO IN EXCHANGE FOR LIVING IN ONE OF THE EMPTY ROOMS I HAD, HE WAS GONNA WRITE OUR BLOG AND HELP WITH CREATIVE DIRECTION. HIS LIFE AT HOME WAS NOT IDEAL.. AND NOT THAT I DON’T WANT TO REVEAL ALL OF HIS PRIVATE INFORMATION HERE, BUT THE DUDE ALREADY DID IT IN HIS FIRST BLOG POST YOU CAN READ HERE . (THAT SHIT MADE MY AUNT CRY LOL) VINNY AND I CAME UP WITH THE IDEA TO IMPLEMENT JAPANESE DESIGN INTO THE BRAND.

AND YO REAL QUICK, SINCE THE BRAND IS TAKING A BREAK AND IDC ABOUT BEEFS OR ANYONE GETTING UPSET WITH WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY.. WE STARTED THAT TREND. WE ARE THE REASON ALL YOU ANIME BRANDS EXIST. I WON’T GO AS FAR AS SAYING IT GOT AS BIG AS IT DID BECAUSE OF US. WE DEFINITELY DIDN’T MOVE THE TREND AS MUCH AS SOME OF THE BIGGER BRANDS THAT ADOPTED THE AESTHETIC DID. I’LL EXPLAIN HOW WE DID BELOW SO KEEP READING….

WE FINALLY HAD AN IMAGE AND A DIRECTION, WE MADE THE OG LOGO THAT NO ONE PROBABLY EVEN REMEMBERS.. BUT SOMETHING WAS MISSING…

» » » ACT-3 A MAGIC FLUTE WOKE HIM FROM A DEEP SLUMBER… « « «

ENTER ALEX! THE KID VINNY BULLIED THE SHIT OUT OF IN HIGH SCHOOL, SOME HOW TURNED BEST FRIEND..?? ALEX WAS A GOOD GUY, REAL SMART, SHARED OUR IDEAS OF DESIGN AND LOVE FOR STREET WEAR AND COULD HAVE HAD A BRIGHT FUTURE, BUT THANK GOD HE LIKED TO MAKE DUMB DECISIONS LIKE WE DID. IT WENT LIKE THIS:

ALEX: “I WANNA JOIN THE BRAND WTH! VIN IS IN IT, I WANNA BE IN IT!”
ME: “WHAT CAN YOU DO?”
ALEX: “WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BE DONE?”
ME: “MY WEBSITE SUCKS, YOU KNOW WEB DESIGN?”
ALEX: “….NO….”
ME: “….. :/..”
ALEX: “HOLD ON”
»»» LEAVES AND COMES BACK TWO DAYS LATER «««
ALEX: (OUT OF BREATH) “HERE I DID IT, I MADE YOU A SITE BECAUSE I AM THE BEST AT EVERYTHING AND I LEARNED CAUSE I AM SO SMART, CAN I JOIN NOW??”

AND JUST LIKE THAT THE DUO BECAME A TRIO. (I KNOW, I KNOW, WHAT ABOUT SINGH… WELL HE WAS KIND OF ON AND OFF WITH THE BRAND. NOT HIS FAULT, HE HAD A LOT OF SHIT ON HIS PLATE AT HOME, THERE WAS ALWAYS A PLACE FOR HIM HERE WHENEVER HE HAD THE TIME) SO SKIP AHEAD A COUPLE MONTHS, THE BRAND IS GROWING AND WE GOT A PRETTY COOL TUMBLR FOLLOWING GOING, HYPEBEAST HATED US, WE WERE PRODUCING AND SENDING OUT ORDERS AND FEELING PRETTY GOOD AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN BAM. THE REASON YOU PROBABLY EVEN HEARD OF CITY APPROVAL IN THE FIRST PLACE, THE REASON I AM SO SURE ABOUT THE JAPANESE TREND THING, THE REASON WE EVEN MADE IT THIS FAR…

DRUNK ON THE COUCH IN THE LIVING ROOM AT 3AM, VIN AND I WERE OWNING AT SAMURAI WARRIORS 2 PLAYER IN FREE MODE, THE STAGE ENDS AND WE GET TO THE CHARACTER SELECT SCREEN. AT THIS POINT VIN AND I ARE HALF ASLEEP AND BORED AS HELL, AND THIS WHOLE TIME ALEX HAS BEEN TALKIN’ AWAY.. (THE MOUTH ON THIS ONE I SWEAR…) HE BRINGS UP HOW THOSE KAWAKUBO AND MARGIELA TEES WITH THE NUMBERS OF THE YEAR THEY WERE BORN ON THE BACK WERE SICK AND SAYS “WE SHOULD MAKE SOMETHING LIKE THIS! BUT LIKE IDK HOW..” AND THAT THOUGHT BEGAN TO PROCESS, SIMULTANEOUSLY VIN AND I BOTH LANDED OUR CURSOR ON THE SAME CHARACTER WE WANTED TO PLAY IN THE NEXT ROUND… HATTORI HANZŌ… I JUMPED UP AND SAID “WE SHOULD USE HANZŌ!!!!!I!” ALEX AND VINNY’S EYES LIT UP AND I SAW THE GEARS IN THEIR HEADS BEGIN TO TURN WITH THE POSSIBILITIES. THERE WAS NO QUESTION, HE WAS THE DOPEST CHARACTER IN THE GAME, AND BASED ON THE LITTLE JAPANESE HISTORY WE KNEW AT THAT POINT, HE WAS LOW-KEY THE REASON IEYASU UNIFIED JAPAN. ALL THREE OF US SPRUNG UP WITH NEW FOUND ENERGY AND HUDDLED AROUND MY LAPTOP ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER, POINTING AT THE SCREEN, YELLING “OH SHIT THATS DOPE” AND TAKING SHOTS LIKE WE DIDN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT A HANG OVER WAS.. AND BY THE CRACK OF DAWN WE DID IT.. WE CREATED THE HANZŌ TEE.. AND THE REST IS HISTORY.

» » » SKIP AHEAD 5 YEARS « « «

PRESENT DAY.. IT’S JUST ME HERE NOW. THERE’S WAY TOO MUCH TO WRITE ABOUT WHY, AND I HAD MORE FUN REMEMBERING THE PAST.

BASICALLY, WE ALL HAD BEEN GROWING APART. VINNY AND ALEX LOST THE SPARK THEY HAD IN THE BEGINNING AND I WAS GOING CRAZY TRYING TO RUN THE BRAND DOING ALL THE DESIGN, PRODUCTION, AND WHAT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE.. ALL THE MONEY WE WERE MAKING WAS INVESTED INTO THE BRAND TO FIX THE INTERNAL PROBLEMS WE WE’RE FACING, SO I TOOK ON PRINTING SHIRTS FOR PEOPLE OR COMPANIES AS SIDE WORK TO PAY MY BILLS WHICH WAS A FULL TIME JOB AND I HATED IT. ALL OF THAT ON TOP OF CITY APPROVAL WHICH WAS MORE THAN A FULL TIME JOB, ON TOP 40-60 HOURS A WEEK I PUT IN AT THE WAREHOUSE I ALSO WAS TORTURED BY MY THOUGHTS. WHAT USED TO BE FUN AND EXCITING TURNED INTO MY PERSONAL HELL I COULD NEVER ESCAPE FROM. I COULDN’T GO 5 MINUTES WITHOUT THINKING ABOUT THE BRAND AND INSTEAD OF INSPIRING THOUGHTS OF A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE… IT WAS ALWAYS A PROBLEM, A DEADLINE I WAS MISSING, AN ORDER THAT WASN’T SHIPPED ON TIME.. THE LIST GOES ON AND EVERY MOMENT I WOULD GET A CHANCE TO CATCH MY BREATHE IT WAS BACK TO PRINTING FOR CLIENTS TO MAKE SHIT MONEY THAT JUST KEPT ME SANE ENOUGH TO FEEL LIKE I WASN’T A COMPLETE FAILURE. ALEX AND VINNY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE TO HELP, THEY DIDN’T DO THEIR JOBS ON TIME IF THEY EVEN MADE AN ATTEMPT AT ALL, AND THIS HAD BEEN GOING ON FOR A VERY LONG TIME NOW. BUT I CAN’T BLAME THEM, THEY DIDN’T WANT THIS DREAM I HAD ANYMORE, SHOWING UP EVERY DAY SEEMED LIKE A CHORE FOR THEM AND I DIDN’T DO ENOUGH TO CONFRONT THE PROBLEM. IF I SAID SOMETHING MAYBE WE WOULDN’T BE HERE. THEY BOTH HAVE THINGS THEY ARE GREAT/PASSIONATE ABOUT, AND THEIR LIVES WERE ON HOLD AS MUCH AS MINE WAS BY JUST DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER WITH HARDLY ANYTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. ALTHOUGH THEY GAVE IT 110% FOR A VERY RESPECTFUL AMOUNT OF TIME HOW CAN YOU EXPECT SOMEONE ANYONE TO KEEP GOING AFTER 5 YEARS WITH (SMALL) TOUCH AND GO PAYCHECKS, CONSTANT FAILURES AND OBSTACLES, SLEEPLESS NIGHTS FOR WHAT SEEMED LIKE MONTHS ON END AND SET BACKS THAT HURT SO BAD YOU COULD FEEL IT PHYSICALLY. THEY GAVE IT THEIR ALL AND ULTIMATELY BECAME DEMORALIZED WHILE I WAS THE CRAZY CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP HEADING TOWARDS A HURRICANE YELLING DOWN TO THE DECK “DON’T WORRY GUYS THIS TIME WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT! THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT!”

SO PROBABLY ALMOST A MONTH AGO NOW, WE ALL DECIDED IT WAS THE BEST OPTION FOR THEM TO LEAVE THE BRAND AND TAKE THEIR LIVES OFF HOLD. I THOUGHT I COULD DO IT ON MY OWN BUT QUICKLY REALIZED HOW MUCH MORE THERE WAS TO DO. I WASN’T THE PERSON I USED TO BE, I HAD BECOME A HOLLOWED OUT VERSION OF MYSELF. I HATED WHAT I WAS AND THE ANGER BLED OUT INTO MY PERSONAL LIFE. I WAS BEGINNING TO LOSE EVERYTHING THAT I HELD DEAR TO ME. AND IT GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I WAS ABOUT TO LOSE THE FEW PEOPLE/ THINGS THAT MADE ME HAPPY OUTSIDE OF CITY APPROVAL. AS CLICHE AS IT SOUNDS I WAS AT THE WAREHOUSE TRUDGING THROUGH A MESS OF SCREENS, PRODUCT, INK AND SQUEEGEES, ALL OF WHICH WERE A PHYSICAL REPRESENTATION OF MY MENTAL HEALTH. I WAS IN THE RESTROOM WASHING INK OFF MY HANDS AND SAW MYSELF IN THE MIRROR, WHERE MY MY EYES ONCE WERE, DARK SHADOWS LOOMED, MY FACIAL HAIR LITERALLY LOOKED LIKE STRESS GROWING FROM MY CHIN, I LOOKED SKINNY AND DEFEATED. LOWEST POINT OF MY LIFE. THE BRAND WASN’T WHAT I WANTED IT TO BE AND WAS GETTING WORSE. I AM TAKING A STEP BACK FROM THE BRAND BECAUSE I HAVE TO. IN ORDER TO GET THE BRAND BACK TO WHAT IT WAS, I NEED TO GET BACK TO WHO I USED TO BE. I NEED THIS TIME TO GET MY LIFE UNDER CONTROL AND REMEMBER WHO I ONCE WAS, THE BRANDS DIRECTION WILL FOLLOW SUIT.

AND REALLY QUICK I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT DESPITE ALL OF THIS, THE PRODUCTS WE MADE AND HAVE BEEN MAKING ARE THE ONLY THING THAT DID WORK THIS WHOLE TIME. OUT OF ALL THE ISSUES AND DISTANCE, WORKING TOGETHER ON GRAPHICS NEVER TOOK A HIT. THIS BREAK IS TO FIX THE INTERNAL PROBLEMS BUT ALSO TO PREVENT THESE PROBLEMS FROM TAKING A TOLL ON THE PRODUCTS WE MAKE.

I WILL BE POSTING ONE FINAL DROP TODAY AT 5PM PST. I DON’T HAVE TO FOCUS ON ANYTHING BUT THIS SO I SWEAR THESE ORDERS WON'T TAKE AS LONG AS THEY DID IN THE PAST. THIS IS TECHNICALLY A PREORDER BUT WITH LIMITED QUANTITIES.... AND YEAH THATS RIGHT, YOU GUYS DESERVE IT SO ONE OF THE TWO TEES IS THE HANZŌ TEE. (HAVE AT IT AND GOOD LUCK) I GUARANTEE THAT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO START UP AGAIN THIS TEE WILL NEVER BE AVAILABLE AGAIN. CHECK INSTA OR TWITTER FOR UPDATES.

BEFORE I GO I WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE ALL THE LOVE FROM ALL OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED THE BRAND. I MEAN HONESTLY YOU ARE ALL WHAT KEPT ME GOING THROUGH ALL THE HARD TIMES. IT WAS ALL ABOUT YOU GUYS. I AM SCROLLING THROUGH THE HASHTAG NOW AND DAMN THERE ARE A LOT OF YOU. I’M SORRY I HAVEN’T SUCCEEDED AS MUCH AS I SHOULD HAVE OR MAY HAVE PROMISED AND I AM SORRY FOR ANYONE WHO HAD TO DEAL WITH ANY INCONVENIENCES BECAUSE OF SLOW SHIPPING TIMES OR WHATEVER ELSE WE SCREWED UP ON ALONG THE WAY. I AM GOING TO FIX THIS NOT JUST FOR MYSELF BUT FOR YOU GUYS, COME THE END OF THIS YEAR YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED. SO YEAH THIS ISN’T GOODBYE FOREVER.. BUT IT IS FOR NOW.

-CODY









GOOBY HIS NAME IS GOOBY, OR WELL GURDVINDER IS HIS REAL NAME.. SINGH, REMEMBER THE GUY FROM UP THERE? ^^^^ HIS NICKNAME (WHICH HE CHOSE) IS GOOBY, LIKE IT’S HIS NAME AND HE DOESN’T LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW IT, BUT NOW YOU ALL DO AND HE'S GONNA BE SO MAD LOL FUCKING GOOBY, FUCK MAN. AIGHT LATER.



















“P.S.

THIS IS VIN. THE ROTTEN LITTLE SHIT YOU JUST READ ABOUT AND LEARNED TO LOVE. TECHNICALLY, I’M ONLY SUPPOSED TO BE PROOF READING THIS FOR CODES. SO IT SHOULD'VE BEEN HELLA OBVIOUS THAT I’M GOING TO TOSS IN MY (PERHAPS, FINAL) WORDS TO ANYONE READING THIS. I WOULD LOVE TO GIVE YOU ALL SOME HUGE GOODBYE, BUT THATS JUST SIMPLY NOT GONNA HAPPEN. I ONLY REALLY WANT TO SAY, THANK YOU. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE EVERLASTING SUPPORT, DESPITE ALL THE MISHAPS. THANK YOU FOR READING ANY WORD I EVER WROTE. THANK YOU FOR LETTING US VENT AND LETTING US CREATE. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING THREE GOONS WORK FOR SOMETHING BETTER THAN OURSELVES. SO LONG.

-VINNY











"Proof read" lol well good job vin, I used the word "My" twice in the FOURTH to last paragraph...

Okay shit this is it guys.. thank you all so much. This is the hardest decision I have ever made. I promise we'll be back soon.

-CODY