June 10, 2016 1:47 pm

As a recent graduate with lots of free time on my hands, I spend a great sum of it looking at different things that might peak my interest. While most of those things do seem to be job related, some of it has to do with style. Admittedly, I’ve never been one to know anything about fashion, let alone some kind of style icon. Yesterday I wore this old grey Pokemon shirt that has ketchup stains from middle school still on it. It is one of my most prized possessions.

While there are various sources to seek tips on how to be stylish- or even how to be a “man”- Inside Hook is definitely one worth taking a peak at. While it mostly markets to an older demographic, I’m 22 going on 23 and I find it useful. It is definitely one to consider.

The site has a sleek and modern design, and it’s content is actually pretty entertaining. I just spent the past few minutes looking at their “Culture Hound” pieces that give you an insight into that month’s pop-culture “happenings.” Now I don’t know about you, but I love me some pop-culture. This month they included some movies to watch and while I disagree with their recommendation of Independence Day, (that movie does not need to be re-done I’m not going to go into a rant, I’m not going to go into a rant, I’m not going to go into a rant) I do agree with some of their other ones. I even came across something new when they recommended the Star Wars “Floating Disk Vinyl.” Why is that a thing? I don’t know! But doesn’t it sound oddly cool?

While some of the site’s content can be great, other stuff just might not apply to you. For example their “Father’s Day Gift Guide” includes a horseshoe set that seems more useless than a tie, but costs over 900 dollars. I am not included in their demographic if they think that I can A.) afford that and B.) think that that kind of monstrosity is a good gift idea. Another thing that bugged me about the site is that on their latest “Where to go on dates” section they had a piece about “Netflix and Chilling” while watching A Clockwork Orange. Now I’m just going to blissfully assume that you, my dear reader, have watched this masterpiece and therefore understand why this is definitely not a good date movie. Your date will likely not be comfortable watching a little bit of that ultra violence that occurs in that beautifully fucked-up film.

While I can’t say that my journey to seek sources that will assist in my becoming the man that I can be is over, I can say that I will consider Inside Hook for light suggestions. While it may be a little bourgeois, that’s definitely not enough reason to overlook it. It is a site that you should also consider, male reader. Or female reader. Or person that would like to be a little more like Rob Lowe.

May 5, 2016 11:47 am

Beware gamers and shoe users! Hide your wallets because Vans and Nintendo have teamed up for some fine footwear coated by our many memories of 8-bit goodness. A line of stylish Vans printed with Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and other classics, reminiscent of that wet dream from the 8th grade. 

Nintendo has had serious ups and downs over the last five years. They had produced monster consoles like the Gamecube and the Wii which did crazy good at first, but lost some steam and began to lose a lot of money around 2012. It wasn’t until 2015 that Nintendo made a sizable profit again and things are more or less looking up for them. As for now, Nintendo has been in a little bit of a bind in selling products, games and consoles, especially since their biggest games are being pushed to next year. With all that, they’ve expanded their branding, doing so in a super awesome way, I mean who doesn’t want Princess Peach and Goombas on their feet?


As for Vans working with Nintendo, there is literally no reason why they wouldn’t do this. It expands their already wide audience into the gaming community with style and finesse. The shoes’ designs are sleek and simple, using the oldest version of these classic characters and their counterparts in smart designs. These shoes are prepared to fly off the rack so keep checking back to Vans’ site to see when they’re available, which is rumored to be in early June. 

Vans has also done a lot of band themed shoes including Metallica, Pearl Jam, Kiss, and Iron Maiden to name a few. I would love to see some Twenty One Pilot, Muse or Beatles shoes!

What would you want to see on your next Vans?