happy birthday nix

10 12 2009

nik t, originally uploaded by sizzled.

who else rocks a leather mcm hat in this day and age? none other than nik t aka nix the fingerprince of circle research.

hopefully you treated yourself to some vintage polo to celebrate!


30 11 2009

Reflection, originally uploaded by sizzled.

i feel like the pictures this old ass digital camera took were amazing. everytime i look at this set of images from one of the last 416 graffiti expos i marvel at their clarity and feel.

this was probably my first attempt at the picture in the sunglasses reflection, big up Nik Timar for being my test subject.

nix likes chicken

27 04 2009

Chicken, originally uploaded by sizzled.

it’s no secret!


(b)rainy day

3 04 2009

n.o.t.l. waterdrops, originally uploaded by sizzled.

Being stuck inside by the weather and also under the weather is one of those surefire recipes for thinking. There’s no particular order or theme to this post, I just feel like dumping some of these thoughts out rather than keeping them cooped up.

I miss a lot of things, but don’t have any regrets for those things evolving and changing into something that I don’t have a chance to do or enjoy as much. Some of them could easily become a regular occurrence, some had their time and place and will forever be part of my memories. This list includes, but is not limited to:

1. Ghazale Falafels late at night with the Cryptik Souls/Circle Research fam after parties in Kensington or on College Street.

2. Painting with Reslis and Dece, the city lost 2 of it’s brightest stars when you guys decided there were better ways to channel your creative energy. I’m not criticizing though fellas, I’ll support either of you no matter what venture you embark on.

3. Stomach Anvils with Gabe, Andy, Rainbow and whoever else we could drag down with us. The most memorable of all being the night that Rainbow and I walked from Fritz’s house in parkdale after being up for over 48 hours straight and caught handstyles in the alleys the whole way only to still arrive at Sneaky Disease over an hour before they actually opened. We just walked the alleys for another hour or so before coming back to eat the Stomach Anvil breakfast and ruin the rest of our day.

4. Making music. How did the process of mixing down and finalizing the Mulligan Stew album give me such a disdain for my creative process that I literally haven’t written 1 verse since then? I think I could have definitely done more with music and that bug is biting me a lot more these days.

5. Hanging out with Polo. I think a lot of my friends got used to me being gone when I was in Montreal and then the v2.0 that I became while working at G’ wasn’t a very good friend to anyone except my work and I know people felt dissed or disrespected so being back in Toronto wasn’t exactly the homecoming I expected.

6. Montreal, yeah I said it. I loved my 2 years here, shopping at Segal’s for cheap Organic Grocery items, Parc LaFontaine at night, working Fridays with Toddy and being on our hustle, listening to Jacob whine about any random thing, knowing that I would see Dylan almost every week, Al Taib salad bar after Dj’ing, laughing at all the Tam Tam goers every sunday rolling along Mont-Royal avenue, having friends from Toronto come to visit and getting to play host, veggie pate sandwiches at Aux Vivres, going to ride bmx at Rosemont or Parc Jarry, the list goes on.

7. Nasa-Footwork Tuesdays. The pre-party that always lead to the after-party at the radio show. I know Fase still has his night, but that energy and crowd is mostly gone. No diss Fase, I know you’re still playing amazing tracks and the night is the longest-running weekly in our scene but nothing will ever come close to the scene outside of Nasa at 2:30 on a Tuesday circa 2000-2002.

8. When everyone’s comfort zone was larger. Back in the days, we would travel to Pickering, Missisauga, North York, wherever we had to go for a session or party or gathering. Now everyone sticks to their neighbourhoods, and the East End gets a bad rep for being far or out of the way. It’s not like any of us had cars back then, so nothing has really changed, just people have less time and don’t want to spend it travelling on public transit.

9. Hand-painted signs and murals. These are making a slight resurgence as people see the limitations of digital and printing, but it’s nothing like the 90’s when Murad reigned supreme and half of the billboards you saw downtown were painted by artists with airbrushes, brushes and skill.

10. Street bombing. I could easily jump back into this one, but being the guy who gets locked up at my age for catching some handstyles or hollows is not the move. I’m glad I had a chance to do this though, my awareness of the city and the unique flavour of every neighbourhood is much higher than it would have been if I hadn’t been obsessed with going all city in my youth.

What do YOU miss?


19 12 2008

Maseobaby, originally uploaded by sizzled.

hey, check out this random soundless video of mase aka plug 3 from de la soul saying hi to errol nazareth’s kid at tune up music when it was still in this location on pape avenue.

a little +1 for the long haired nik t in the background, but mostly i posted this because i remember that day being really really snowy and obviously we have the same sort of weather going on today.

happy birthday nix

10 12 2008

NikT, originally uploaded by sizzled.

i know that i blogged his mug only a couple days ago, but hey it’s my man nik t’s born day today so it’s only right to throw him up again on the intarw3bz in the form of an OG pic from Una Mas. pretty sure this was an oddities/quartertones show there.

post up and let us know where/when the party is, son! birthday blunts in effect.