These Designers and Engineers are Preparing Humankind for Life in Space

There’s been a recent spike in interest for private space travel now that the potential concept has become more of an approaching reality. With SpaceX aiming to begin manned missions to Mars as early as 2022, we’re closer to traveling to the Red Planet than ever before, and with scientific findings and research that show signs of creating a habitable environment, the possibilities are endless. This new territory has sparked some serious inspiration in a number of designers that have been conceptualizing and sometimes creating everything from fashionable and functional space suits to special 3D-printed living quarters.

From Elon Musk to IKEA, these designers and space enthusiasts have been on a mission to equip humankind with futuristic tools, habitats and clothing to live out of this world…literally. Check out some of the innovative designs below.

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RECAP: Timberland Revealed Their GHOST White Boot at BBC

If you’re a true New Yorker, you know Timberland boots, commonly referred to as “Timbs”, are the staple go-to footwear in our city. From the classic Wheat colorway to the sleek all-black must-have, and every design and color in-between, Timbs are a sure way to add edge to your ensemble.

Last Thursday, August 30th, Timberland revealed their Premium 6-Inch “Ghost White” boot right in time for fall. The boots feature an all-white nubuck upper, waterbuck and brand-classic 6-inch boot sole, all coming together in a crisp white, and perfect for those all-white events. To commemorate the release, Timberland held a party at the Billionaire Boys Club flagship in SoHo, NY, where BBC and Timberland friends, family and fans celebrated. With an all-white colorway, the boot also became the perfect canvas for some of our favorite artists including, tattoo artist Kevin Laroy, visual artist Sue Tsai, graffiti artist Toofly, and illustrator and graphic designer David Park. Each artist customized a pair of the new Ghost White Timberland boot with their distinct designs, which were displayed throughout the event at the BBC store, and will be auctioned with proceeds going towards the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX. And, to top off the event with a sweet treat, a Timberland ice cream truck dispensed soft-serve ice cream for everyone on the block.

The new Timberland Premium 6-inch Ghost White boot is now available in adult and junior sizes at the BBC ICECREAM flagship in New York and on our site here.

We’d like to give a shout out and thank you to DJ Bobby Trends, Laura Stylez, Avion Tequila, and the amazing Timberland team and partners for this great event. Click the “read more” jump to see recap pics of the event.

Images via: @_kidwzrd_

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DON’T BE QUIET, PLEASE

 

“Every tennis match starts with the same two words: ‘Quiet Please.’
But change can be noisy and our love can transform anything.
Outside the court we will let our voices be heard as loud as we can.
If you see the potential for good, speak up.
Together, we can change the game for the better.”

—Pharrell Williams

On Monday, August 28th, Adidas, Pharrell Williams, Stan Smith and Adidas tennis athletes Garbiñe Muguruza, Angelique Kerber, Sascha Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga gathered at Frederick Johnson Community Court in Harlem, NY, to host a tennis clinic with local youth organizations to kick off the launch of Don’t Be Quiet Please, a New York City-wide campaign inspiring individuals to make game-changing pledges. During the event, Williams delivered the manifesto above, inviting New Yorkers to join him in a citywide activation encouraging all to believe in their voices and be loud in inspiring change through love.

Pharrell and Adidas took this manifesto further and put it into action by re-creating one of the most powerful symbols in the sport of tennis. The umpire chair: the ultimate authority symbol in every tennis match. It is where every urge for quietness comes from. Pharrell and Adidas gave these chairs the QUIET PLEASE treatment, which displayed words from the manifesto. Ultimately, these umpire chairs became platforms, spread across New York City, for people to express themselves and their love as loud as they can. Ten custom umpire chairs were stationed around the city, including: Columbus Circle, Apollo Theater, NY Public Library, Herald Square, Astor Place, Flatiron, Christopher & Gay St., Petrosino Square and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

Inspired to look at tennis from a different point of view, and how sports can serve as a vehicle for positivity and change, together Adidas and Pharrell additionally announced a community program including the restoration of a New York City tennis court through a donation to the NYC Parks and children’s tennis scholarships in partnership with Court16 and Horizons, offered to 25 kids from Brooklyn Friends School.

During a time when people are being persecuted just for being who they are, we also ask you to speak up and change the game for the better when you see an opportunity to do so. Don’t Be Quiet, Please.

Check out photos from the event by clicking the “read more” jump, where Pharrell, Stan Smith and the Adidas tennis athletes are donned in Pharrell’s new Adidas tennis apparel collection, and photos of celebrities speaking up on the QUIET PLEASE umpire chairs.

Photos via Getty Images and @_kidwzrd_

Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for adidas (PRNewsfoto/adidas)

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BBC EU Fall 2017 Collection: Delivered in NYC

With three BBC flagship stores in NYC, London and Tokyo, we’re constantly creating new designs to deliver to these respective territories. We often hear cries on social comments from our fans around the world about their never dying need to have what their territory doesn’t offer. But, this Fall, we have a special treat for our NYC fam, coming from across the pond.

For a limited time, the SoHo, NYC BBC shop will exclusively offer select pieces from the EU Fall ’17 drop. Classic curve and helmet logo tees in new colorways, as well as sherpa fleece pieces and overdyed cargo pants, to name a few, are included within the collection. The capsule mostly features neutral colors that are fitting for the upcoming Fall temps. Additionally, galactic-themed pieces are also found within the limited collection. And, parkas and pullovers with our infamous all-over print designs tie the capsule together.

Take a look at some of the selections from the BBC EU Fall 2017 Collection being sold at BBC NYC (7 Mercer St.) below.

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Don’t Miss the First Solar Eclipse Since 1979

We’re big fans of all things space related here at BBC, and today, August 21, 2017, we’re being treated to a special solar eclipse showing.

For the first time in the U.S. since 1979, there will be a solar eclipse that will be seen in totality by fourteen states across America, wich will experience more than two minutes of darkness in the middle of the day. Additionally, a partial eclipse will be viewable across all of North America. The eclipse will provide a unique opportunity to study the sun, Earth, moon and their interaction because of the eclipse’s long path over land coast to coast. Scientists will be able to take ground-based and airborne observations over a period of an hour and a half to complement the wealth of data and images provided by space assets.

If you are viewing the solar eclipse today, please be sure to wear proper protective goggles or glasses, specially made for eclipse viewings. 

Check out the list of times below to see when the solar eclipse will be viewable in your city/state (click on images to enlarge them).

Via: NASA and USAToday

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One Of The Blackest Paint Colors is Now Available to the Public

Artists worldwide are known for using color as a form of expression in their artwork. Despite thousands of colors made available to artists and many more to be created by mixing those available hues, there has always been a demand for colors that don’t necessarily exist in paint form. One of those colors is the blackest pigment known to man. That has changed with Massachusetts manufacturer, Nanolab, which has officially released one of the blackest paint colors to the public, called Singularity Black. Not the first manufacturer to create the blackest paint colorway, Nanolab’s Singularity Black now rivals artist Anish Kapoor’s Vantablack, created by British company NanoSystems.

Originally created as part of the company’s ongoing research with NASA, which needed ways of reducing glare on space equipment, Singularity Black is a carbon nanotube paint that absorbs light to an exceptionally high level – meaning surfaces painted with it appear completely flat. The color was aptly named after singularities or the center of black holes in space. Singularity Black is similar to the controversial Vantablack – a paint also composed of microscopic vertical tubes that trap light instead of bouncing it off, allowing it to absorb 99.6 per cent of light. However, Vantablack has even less reflective properties, making it more black than the newly released Singularity Black.

Unlike NanoSystems who sold the exclusive rights to Vantablack to Anish Kapoor, Nanolabs has made the new Singularity Black available to the general public, and also offers a coating service for anyone that sends in pieces to their lab. The manufacturer has made the paint very accessible, offering various paint tin sizes, including a small artist’s sample for $30 USD.

To showcase the paint’s capabilities, Nanolab partnered with Boston artist Jason Chase to coat an iron-cast bear and set it on a rainbow wheel, creating the piece called Black Iron Ursa. Check out photos of the artwork below and click the “read more” jump to see the video of random objects coated in Singularity Black.

Via: Dezeen.com

 

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BBC x PRIVATE LABEL NYC

BBC X PRIVATE LABEL NYC

We’re super proud to announce our newest collaboration, this time with PRIVATE LABEL NYC—the premium travel bag brand.

As the first official boutique location to stock PRIVATE LABEL bags, we decided to turn it up a notch for PRIVATE LABEL and BBC ICECREAM fans, as well as sneaker enthusiasts everywhere, with the first collaboration between the two brands. The collaboration focuses on our intergalactic enthusiasm, as the sneaker traveling bag features an all-over moon print interior, and an exterior displaying our classic BBC Helmet logo and a PRIVATE LABEL logo on the reverse, both in 3M reflective ink.

Every BBC x PRIVATE LABEL duffle is TSA Compliant & Carry-On approved and comes fitted with:

  • Three adjustable dividers that allow users to fully customize the space within.
  • Two sneaker cases that each fit shoes up to size 14.
  • Hidden laptop compartment that fits up to size 15″ laptops.
  • Water resistant material that is vented for easy cleaning and decreasing unwanted odors.

The BBC x PRIVATE LABEL Duffle will be available on Saturday, August 19th, exclusively at the BBC NYC Fagship in SoHo, NY. We’d like to thank the amazing team over at PRIVATE LABEL NYC for working with us on this awesome collab!

Click the ‘read more’ jump for look book images of the BBC x PRIVATE LABEL Duffle.

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PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNS WANTED at BBC

It’s that time of year again—we’re looking for Fall/Winter interns!

We’re looking for interns with skills in photography and video to join the marketing team (time potentially extended if permitted). Take a look at who we’re looking for:

  • We prefer that you are able to receive college credit or you have educational background in these areas as a graduate. (Note that this is a non-paid internship).
  • You must live in the NYC area and be able to dedicate 5-8 hours a day, 2-3 days a week. (Office is located in Soho, NY)
  • We’re looking for motivated self-starters and prefer you have an educational background and strong interest in creative marketing, photography, video and graphic design.

What’s in it for you?

  • You will have the opportunity to assist in product/seasonal photoshoots, social media, promotions, as well as a bit of design. If this sounds like you, send over your cover letter and resumes to internship@bbcicecream.com. 

*Partial travel reimbursement

Portfolio required. Please send over with your resume to internship@bbcicecream.com

(Bonus if you have your own digital camera!)

WATCH: Skater’s Paradise: On/Off

Filmmaker Youri Fernandez turns his lens on the art of skateboarding in this monochromatic portrait of four boarders—including Fernandez himself—as they make Berlin their playground, soundtracked by a metronomic composition from electronic musician Petit Fantôme.

The film is part of the HOW MANY BPM? project in which skateboarders become human metronomes as they ride back and forth on a ramp. The project was founded in 2014 at the Parisian gallery l’Hermitage by both Fernandez—co-founder of Berlin-based skateboard brand and art collective FLVR—and visual artist Iouri Camicas, who invite various musicians to create a sound universe to accompany each of the performances.

Via: nowness.com

Daniel Arsham Shares How His Art Attracted Collabs with Pharrell and Adidas

Installation artist, filmmaker and co-founder of Snarkitecture, Daniel Arsham, shared with Complex how his art challenges the mind to rethink what we see as normal objects in everyday life. His unique art has attracted major collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Adidas; and of course we show him love for our beloved  NYC flagship store in SoHo, designed by none other than Snarkitecture. Watch Arsham’s Blueprint below.

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