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      NOW READ THIS

      Part of your New Year's Eve resolution should be to read more books. Books are awesome. Some of the best movies came from books, and you know how annoying it is when people say "the book was so much better". You could be one of those people! Reading a book is sort of like getting to see a movie years before it's in the theater. Imagine that! You could see the Oscar-winning movie that comes out three years from now in the comfort of your own home. 

      Plus, you get to do all the casting decisions in your brain when you read a book. Hell, you can cast yourself as the lead and surround yourself with Ryan Gosling and Jennifer Lawrence. How many movies have been ruined by poor casting decisions? Hundreds? Millions? Trillions? That will never happen again if you read books.

      Now, the downside to reading books. The time. It takes way longer to read a book than it does to watch a movie. There is no getting around that. Sure you could try and read it really fast but that's never going to work.  And that's why movies were invented in the first place, by lazy non book-reading people. But not everyone has the time to invest in a book, where it is infinitely easier to find 90 minutes to watch a movie. We aren't going to lie to you, movies are great for that very reason, well that, and the popcorn.

      And the last part of this post on why you should read books. Some books never get made into movies. They never get to see their full potential up there on the screen, with subpar actors, huge subplots cut from the story, entire endings changed. Those books just have to remain happy just the way they are, and sometimes that's a good thing. 

      NOW READ THIS, is going to be a weekly...maybe, but probably every other week, spotlight on a book worth reading. This week's noteworthy book is:

      THE STORY OF "S"

      S., conceived by filmmaker J.J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand. Remember Abrams did the tv show Lost and is directing the new StarWars-VII, so you know he knows how to tell a story. Here is the outline of the book lifted from Amazon.com:

      One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.

      A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.

      The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.

       

      The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.

      The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.

       

      What they don't tell you is all the crazy stuff that comes with this book...postcards, clues, decoders. It's a mystery story, wrapped in a conundrum, crammed into a book jacket. It will blow your mind. They may make a movie about this book, or maybe about you reading this book and having it take over every minute of your life. You'll stop eating, quit sleeping, all you can do is read and then read some more until you solve the mystery. J.J. Abrams you have done it again, now don't mess up StarWars.

      COMING SOON

      We have a handful of cool projects to release in the coming weeks, so come along with us now through time and space as we give you a sneak peak at the upcoming releases coming soon. For those of you keeping count, that's four uses of the word "come/coming" in one sentence. Is that some sort of world record? Probably, that's probably, most definitely, might be some sort of world record.

       

      D&D

      This is going to be the first NEW collab that we will be releasing soon. We've teamed up with cardistry masters Dan and Dave Buck, living legends in the world of card magic. Yes, we are about to delve into the world of magic, pick a card any card, well not any card, pick one of ours. T-shirts and more to add to this fine collection.

       

      Thermos Brand

      Thermos got their start back in 1904, but has really struggled over the last 110 years until we started talking to them about a collaboration. Oh sure, they've sold millions of their Thermoss? Thermoses? Thermosis? What is the plural of Thermos's?...but the real deal Thermos will be the HMNIM x Thermos collab.

       

      Vannen Watches

      A few of you saw this next one coming. We teamed up with Vannen for the Filmage documentary of Descendents/ALL. They're good folks, and we like to work with good people. So, yes a watch is in the works with our fine friends at Vannen. 

      1st ANNUAL PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST

      You know darn well that you were going to carve a pumpkin anyhow, but now you have a better reason than Halloween. $100 dollars worth of HMNIM. Now that you are properly incentivized what are you going to carve? Standard triangle face with square teeth? Witch on a broom? The world is your oyster as they say. Be creative, be weird, be original and that's how you will win. 

      You can submit entries to the HMNIM facebook page, or just tag your photo on Instagram with #HMNIM

       

       

      THE GREAT PUMPKIN CARVER

      Ray Villafane Master pumpkin carver

      Every October the internet is flooded by amazingly carved pumpkins. If you see a pumpkin that totally takes your breath away, you can be 96% sure it was carved by Ray Villafane. It was as if Ray was put on this earth to do one thing, carve pumpkins. Sure he can do other things, but his pumpkins are masterpieces, so why bother to do anything else? The downside to being this good at this one thing is that he only has a short window of time to show the world what he's capable of. Such a shame.

      The take away from this post is not that you suck at carving pumpkins, but that you should strive to find the one thing in this world that you can be amazing at. Keep your mind open, try new things whenever you can. The world's best surfer probably doesn't live by water, the best musician, may never pick up a guitar, the person who could cure cancer might never take a science class, you get where we are going with this. There is no way to know what you could be great at unless you make an effort to try to do everything.

       Ray Villafane Master pumpkin carver

      Ray Villafane Master pumpkin carver

      Ray Villafane Master pumpkin carver

      Ray Villafane Master pumpkin carver

      Ray Villafane Master pumpkin carver

      BRUTAL

      Last night, London saw the opening of the latest Lazarides annual art show, this time aptly titled "Brutal."  It took place in an abandoned bank building on The Strand.  First recorded in 1002 as "la Stranda," meaning "shore," The Strand runs along what used to be the north bank of the Thames River, before the construction of the Victoria embankment. It now delineates the southernmost edge of the Covent Garden district, and is in no way pertinent to this blog post, or the art contained herein, other than the fact that it is the name of the street upon which the show took place.  Also, my wife almost tripped crossing the road and her friend dropped her phone, but the screen was okay.  Let's move on, shall we? 

      Lazarides is the gallery at the cutting edge of the intersection where fine art meets street art, and this show is no different.  Walking into the venue, you feel like you're entering a zombie apocalypse, or a rave from the early '90s.  Decaying walls, exposed concrete, darkness, and loud music.  We arrived early and were met with performance artists beating the walls with metal pipes and baseball bats.  A crowd gathered and watched as they eyed the audience members and launched into a macabre contortion act.  

      Lazarides Art gallery’s annual art show, titled “Brutal” with  Conor Harrington,  Antony Micallef, Miaz Brothers, Pete Hawkins, Know Hope, Estevan Oriol, Todd James, Katrin Fridricks and others. Review by Mark Hoppus Blink182.

      We wandered the dark ground floor halls of the forgotten financial institution, and around every corner we encountered work from some of the world's foremost artists.

       

      Conor Harrington.Lazarides Art gallery’s annual art show, titled “Brutal” with  Conor Harrington,  Antony Micallef, Miaz Brothers, Pete Hawkins, Know Hope, Estevan Oriol, Todd James, Katrin Fridricks and others. Review by Mark Hoppus Blink182.

       

      Antony Micallef. Lazarides Art gallery’s annual art show, titled “Brutal” with  Conor Harrington,  Antony Micallef, Miaz Brothers, Pete Hawkins, Know Hope, Estevan Oriol, Todd James, Katrin Fridricks and others. Review by Mark Hoppus Blink182.

       

      Miaz Brothers.Lazarides Art gallery’s annual art show, titled “Brutal” with  Conor Harrington,  Antony Micallef, Miaz Brothers, Pete Hawkins, Know Hope, Estevan Oriol, Todd James, Katrin Fridricks and others. Review by Mark Hoppus Blink182.

       

      Pete Hawkins.

       

       

      And other works from Know Hope, Estevan Oriol (photographer for the blink-182 untitled album and director of the "Down" video), Todd James, Katrin Fridricks, Faile, and on and on and on.  Paintings, sculpture, wall projections, installations, video art, and photography.  

       

      There was even a cafe in the back serving soup.

       

      We spent the night hanging out with artist and collaborator Rich Simmons, and here's a photo of us awkwardly standing next to one another.

      Blink182's Mark Hoppus and UK artist Rich Simmons

       

      Here's another photo from the night, of me standing next to my wife in front of work by the Miaz Brothers.  She's the one standing on the right.

       

      As we were leaving, the event was in full swing, and as we approached the exit, I got to meet Antony Micallef.  We spoke for a few minutes about art and and the importance of honesty in expression, and I'm happy to report that the dude is friendly, smart, and very down to earth. It's awesome when you meet one of your heroes and he turns out to be a great human.

       

      Brutal runs through the 27th.  You can book tickets online.  Steel yourself and enjoy.

      JOUSTING WITH SEAN CLIVER

      Last week we interviewed Sean Cliver for his upcoming collab with HMNIM. We tried to think of a place that would work for an interview but would also have some sort of special significance that would add to the interview experience. What we came up with was the skate ditch from the famous jousting scene in the movie "Thrashin". What? You haven't seen it? Well, go right out to a museum and ask to borrow a VCR, then go to your grandparents' house and see if they have a copy on VHS.

      Now, for the famous jousting scene. Believe it or not, jousting was a big part of skating in the 80s.

      Not very many people know the location of this ditch. It's a long-guarded secret passed down from one skater to another. If you do end up finding it, be sure to bring your jousting gear because just like in Indiana Jones 3, there's an old man guarding the ditch and you have to beat him to skate it.

      Interview Sean Cliver at the famous Jousting skate ditch from the movie Thrashin'

      Interview Sean Cliver at the famous Jousting skate ditch from the movie Thrashin'