Survival Pack & Sticker Release

As promised, we have updated the Where’s My Hippo store with 8 new items. In addition to the Survival Pack which we had previewed through our Instagram this past week, individual sticker purchases are now available. The Survival Pack, Stickers and new 3″ Waldo Pin, all ship for Free (all 50 states).

Here is a quick look at the Survival Pack which comes with stickers, a limited edition (10 made per print) thin print folded poster, pin, and a 4 x 6 photograph. All this is put together in a bag (for waterproofing on your sea adventures) which is then tucked into our custom printed, recycled kraft envelopes.

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As you can see, we have a lot of new stickers, some are brand new designs, while others are remixes of previous shirts. We have received a lot of request for particular stickers, and now you can order individual stickers from the store.  Here is one of the new designs we printed:

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If you are just looking for Hippo Heads, which are our original sticker and what launched this search campaign, you can find those for sale right here.

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A lot of changes near Shoup and Ventura, off the Shoup Ave., NB exit on the 101 freeway. Stickers and big Obey on a billboard above the California Chicken Cafe. Oh and a Herbert sighting as well!Shoup Ventura Woodland Hills Hippo Sticker Wheres My Hippo sticker art macorssticker sticker

BLENDS SD: New Location (Post-Fire)

BLENDS has a new address!

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San Diego has it’s fair share of stores and streetwear boutiques.  But there is only one source for the latest sneakers in the area. Blends. This place has always stuck out to us because of their unique selection – only stocking the latest sneakers – and of course the friendly staff helping you getting laced up.

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The original BLENDS SD location was a beautifully modern, minimalistic masterpiece, that unfortunately was overcome by a fire. The new location builds on that original location further, creating the perfect atmosphere to browse along the custom lit wood shelves, in this art gallery of a sneaker store.

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Inside you’ll find the entire floor is what we like to call, “a BLENDS-styled zen rock garden” – with thousands of uniform stones. In the middle of the floorspace is a path of larger rocks that provides a pathway. (You could almost see Herbert’s paw prints in the rocks.)

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It’s hard to imagine how they even completed this in 2 months, but they did. The attention to detail is something to be witnessed in person and serves up the sneakers like a painting in the Louvre.  Clean lines and a beautiful raw finish, contrast against the stone pebble floor throughout the store. It creates a one of a kind experience, as cliche as that sounds, we can’t mean it enough.

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The new BLENDS SD location at 719 8th Avenue in San Diego, CA 92101 makes this portion of Downtown San Diego’s 8th Ave. a urban and streetwear lifestyle mecca. It would be hard to match finding the likes of 9Five, 5&A Dime, and Blends, all in a row anywhere else.

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Sneak Peak 3/3: Front

The final sneak peak is the front of our new garment releasing this weekend.

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Behind the Design…

The last release was focused on providing a simple logo garment for those of you guys looking for something simple in our store. This time we wanted to get back to our creative side but not in the typical illustration way we had developed Where’s My Hippo shirts around.

This time we focused on photography. To get started on this design, we rifled through a collection of old photos from 2008. Everything in this folder had been shot on a 1.3 megapixel Olympus digital camera. One of the shots was taken on a street (which shall remain nameless) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA. The palm lined streets of Southern California are as iconic as the stars on Hollywood Blvd. so shooting a good picture of them is pretty easy.

As we were scrolling through this album of pictures, we  stopped  on the picture used in this design. We ended up editing the image down to three colors and having it screen-printed on a black American Apparel California Fleece. Soft and warm.

Available for purchase exclusively through our online store, this weekend, Saturday evening October 12, 2013.

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Grand Star Jazz Club

This past Friday night we went to the Grand Star Jazz Club, located on 943 N Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (in the Old Chinatown Central Plaza). Grand Star Jazz Club has been around since 1946 and has a bar upstairs as well as a larger space and bar upstairs.

A couple of our friends were spinning sets throughout the evening. It started off with Peter Hessenius & Lucas Long followed by Ray Kayacan, then Everett Lee-Sung, and to close the night, Ian Wetzel.

 

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San Diego Zoo

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Every pet owner feels conflicted walking into a zoo because they care for the animals wellbeing. Fortunately, that is not an issue found at San Diego’s. In fact, it was our search for Herbert that brought us there.

A quick visit to PETA’s official blog – featuring a video of a hippopotamus as a friendly house pet – was all the assurance we needed that no funny business would arise as a result of our visit.

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Herbert’s knack towards finding places to stay for free was uncanny. It would be classic him to masquerade his way into such a fine shindig as the world famous San Diego Zoo.

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There’s nothing better than seeing a happy, healthy, attention loving hippopotamus basking in the amusement of his fans.

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The further we poked around the “zoo”, it began to feel like WE were the ones missing out. Honestly, the food is delivered to the animals by an attentive staff waiting on their every beckon and call. And you thought having your mom clean your room was good!

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It became clear that EVERYBODY LOVES HIPPOS (*fact*). If lions are kings of the wild, then these guys are definitely kings of the zoo – stuffed animals, self portraits, a giant statue made in their honor - what more is there?

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After searching all day, we were disappointed that Herbert was nowhere to be found. Nonetheless, we gained a ton of respect for the San Diego Zoo and all of their hardworking staff.

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BAJA CALIFORNIA

Dr. Chris Foster has a project, and its more interesting than Where’s My Hippo. It is called PlanetEarthQuest.com.

Having said that, we’re lucky to be friends with the man who has traveled to every corner of the world on his motorcycle. Further, he’s brought Herbert along on many of those journeys. Our friendship is based on a mutual admiration for adventure and travel, which is a foundation of our search at Where’s My Hippo.

Anyways, look at this map, its about 1,050+ miles, ONE WAY.

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“…had to take it within a military zone with no cameras allowed…finally two soldiers walked over and asked what we were doing…’nothing’.”

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Do you see a Where’s My Hippo sticker?

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Do you see a Where’s My Hippo sticker?

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Here’s a Fourth of July quote since I don’t know what to say:

You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness.  You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.  ~Erma Bombeck

Anyways, 20% in our store for 24 hours, use code TRAFFIC.

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Early Summer Lookbook & Release

The things that we do inspire the things that we make. From the shirts, to the photos, to the videos and the blog posts, we try to bring a slice of our life into every part of Where’s My Hippo.

Enjoy the shots below and check out the new products available from our Early Summer release in the store.

The photos below were shot all around Los Angeles, some in the Venice Canals, others at several skate plazas in North Hollywood and East Los Angeles.

In terms of the shirts, they are simple and different from our previous designs. They are printed on Alternative Apparel as opposed to American Apparel, we wanted better quality and we wanted it to last through multiple wash cycles.

As usual, follow along on Instagram for more updates, and if you have any questions or comments, hit us up there as well.

Finally, be sure to check out the video we put together of our adventures through Los Angeles and San Diego in preparation of this release.

 

 

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The Sierra Nevadas

Other than being a mediocre beer, the Sierra Nevada is an expansive mountain range lying in both California and Nevada. It runs 400 miles and is about 70 miles wide. Within the range, you’ll find Lake Tahoe and Mount Whitney (the highest point in the contiguous United States). There’s your geography lesson.

We left at about 2:00 AM on Saturday morning and reached Whitney Portal by about 6:00 AM. From Whitney Portal, located in the sleepy town of Lone Pine (which surprisingly has a pretty nice skate park) you can access the trailheads to both Mount Whitney and Mount Langley. We hiked here for the day, covering about 25 miles and climbing to over 14,000 ft above sea level. In a 24 hour period, from the time we left Los Angeles, to the time we returned, we gained and lost over 28,000 ft in elevation (which is a great recipe for altitude sickness).

Here’s some photos from our adventure:

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