Posts Tagged ‘ogden clothing’

my NYC soundtrack

March 22, 2011 2 comments

No this isn’t a list of my favorite songs or songs that make me think of the Large Apple. It’s just an explanation of what I have thought about so many times, but never written about. Have you ever thought about the soundtrack to your life? If you could choose the music, what would it be? How loud it is pumping and is this music only for your ears or all of the world to enjoy?

I don’t know what the arrangement would be for the music to my life, but I know it would be loud and inspiring. As I stepped out of the office today and strutted my happy ass back home, I couldn’t help but think about the awesome day it had been. To this note, I put on an appropriate jam from “A Day to Remember” and played out my own music video while staring at the NYC buildings clawing at the sky. A huge, cheesing grin draped across my face, just playing this all out in my mind.

This thought brought me back to the feeling I get when I pop on the headphones and skate NYC. There is nothing like pushing to the music that shapes your life as you duck red lights, flow on open concrete, and dodge those yellow monstrosities. On a sunny day in the spring or fall, there are not many places in the world that I would rather be than penning the soundtrack to my life on the asphalt pad of the greatest city on the planet. Read more…


24oz of heaven

January 15, 2011 Leave a comment

24oz and a cherry pepper on top

I recently posted an old blog of mine about La Isla and their outstanding stuffed french toast. In doing so, I received a comment from Marlzipan (I just love her name) about her opinion on the top 5 Hoboken eateries with La Isla being ranked. I followed up and read her post which lead me to rediscover Arthur’s Tavern last night with Chris from Ogden.

We were driving up to Washington to eat in search of Panera Bread, but I decided to throw a curveball into the mix and suggested Arthur’s. Chris’s face lit up and he smiled from ear to ear like it was his birthday. We both laughed bc everyone knows Arthur’s is good, but no one thinks about it day to day with all the bars in town to watch the games. I would like to formerly thank Marlzipan for hitting me with a reminder of how amazing this food is. 24oz was a little bigger than I remember, but they sure know how to grill em. Read more…

Collard breath…

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

south of the Mason/Dixon people is the south

…may be the most rancid smell on the face of the earth outside of the shitters in Afghanistan.

I’ll explain. I technically grew up in the south, as you can see with this graphic depiction to the left of this blurb. See Maryland IS part of the South non-believers! Because of this, I am in love with southern food. Fried anything, BBQ any style, stewed tomatoes and corn, cornbread both sweet and jalapeno-y, red beans and rice, Cajun or creole, and of course collard greens. Maybe I have a little more “soul” in me than most from my area, but I just love me some southern food.

Being an adventurous eater, I know that some food items don’t truly agree with me though I love them. One of these happens to be collards. Not thinking clearly, I ordered a batch from Fat Fish Blue in Orlando the other night (best meal I have had in a while. Fried chicken with their own recipe, mashed reds, red beans and rice, and an order of collards) and it was possibly the best collards I have ever eaten. Everyone at the table tried them, most for the first time, and all agreed they were great. Read more…

surf expo 2011 booth

January 6, 2011 Leave a comment


Reef cups far behind us, Chris and I rolled out to Orlando to set up Ogden Clothing’s booth at Surf Expo 2011. We had walked the Surf Expo in Sept and had a blast, but now it was time for our first exhibition of NJ style with the big dogs. Every major player in the surf world would be there; Billabong, Reef, Quiksilver, and here we were. Little fish in a big pond.

The idea behind our booth was to capture something out of Anchorman with rich mahogany and many leather-bound books. We wanted to make the shop owners, other exhibitors, and anyone else walking the expo to feel welcome with our setup. We wanted people to walk into the booth, look around and catch our vibe. We had everything from cassette tapes to vinyl, an old radio, pictures of our whole crew and riders, some Bustin longboards, and Andy Warde’s mind-blowing artwork. We had some guitars, a couple old school snifters filled with sophisticated man drinks and grandma’s pimp cups which were conversation starters by themselves. The idea, the concept was amazing. The set up and assembly, however was a nightmare. Read more…

reef cups are dangerous

January 4, 2011 5 comments

Finger lights and long exposures are sick

so dont try one when you go to the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo with the Walsh family. They say its “tradition” then they laugh at you when you almost fall off the bridge into the 20 foot tall mangrove trees and alligator infested waters. Thanks guys.

The night really was an awesome time because I love sitting around with this family. We had some dinner and just talked about nothing, then had a drink at the bar, and that’s when my night got interesting. A reef cup is a drink that should be reserved for spring break, but I had one because I cant

Thumbs up. I swear Im ok. Really. You dont have to take pics.

break “tradition.” After one, the ideas started flowing and I was privy to one of the greatest ideas for a story that I have ever heard. I cannot discuss it hear because it is not my idea, but I hope to collaborate on it because this idea could make the DaVinci Code look like child’s play. I have never been more serious in a comparison as I am right now with this very book idea. Its brilliant and Im pushing to start research in the near future. Its 10 years in the making so hopefully we can fast forward it a little.

We ended up taking the golf cart out onto a bridge to photograph the city and then play around with finger lights to draw out words

sweet dreams 30 yr old matthew. let the cool tile soothe you into sleeptown

with the camera’s long exposure. It was a relaxing good time, until the reef cup set in. The drive back was rough, no I didnt drive and the walk up the stairs was rougher. I admittedly slept on the tile floor for a while because it seemed like the right choice. Yes, I am too old for that. I am no longer college aged, though I attend a university. No more reef cups and I might have to start breaking “traditions.”


January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Newark Intl sunrise

Goodbye Newark, Hello Miami. It’s nice to see you for the first time. I hear it’s 68 degrees outside. Thanks for keeping the temp right where I like it. I guess I need to buy a pair of Tommy Bahama shorts while I’m here or maybe some white linen pants like big Will Smith. Oh, it’s nice to see you sun. You left the northeast a while ago. I’ve missed you from my jersey shore days, can you say the same? I’m ready to get reacquainted with FLA.

Rise and shine at 444a this morn with a jolt because I was having a dream that I missed my flight. The morning came way too quickly, but I can’t really complain as I am now sitting in Key Largo. I’ll trade a few hours of sleep for a flight to Florida any day. Read more…

WELCOME HOME JOE (its in all caps for emphasis because its a good cause!)

September 30, 2010 5 comments

So a long time ago, when I used to keep up with this blog, I wrote about a photo shoot that I particpated in with, Joseph Abboud, and JC Penney. Well if you read about it and wanted so longingly to see those pics, well here THEY ARE!!!! Im totally joking about the previous statement, but really, the campaign is about to launch with the JC Penney mailer that goes out to a hand full of millions of people and also the JC Penney website has a section devoted to it. Im honestly amazed at how well we all were portrayed and the pics and videos are incredible. Im sure Ill get some fun poked at me for doing this, but this is an experience unlike I have ever had and I am thankful to, JC Penney, and Joseph Abboud for letting me be a part of this. I am truly and humbly thankful. Read more…