Shop Tony South

Online blog where I interview and showcase various music artists, fashion designers, photographers, ect that I've worked with on projects for my online boutique. And other cool things I like.

shoptonysouth:

Vincent is a photographer from brooklyn park. He has made a living off shooting portraits and has been shooting scenery on his free time. We have worked on projects together including shooting for my clothing line. He has a special skill of catching the right moment. Moments that we forget that he is even there. Pics of casual lounging and times of happiness. It is an honor for him to be my first collab. A 12x18in print of the 3 photos of the city will be on sale! Click the shop link if you want to purchase them.

What kind of gear do you use?
- Camera(s): Canon 5D Mark II Lenses: Canon 28mm F/1.8, Canon 85mm F/1.8, Canon 28-105mm F4L

Which is your favorite lens? Why?
-My 28mm is my favorite lens; it’s a lot lighter than my 85mm & brings out a wider picture.

Where would you like to travel to take pics?
- I would love to travel to Europe; I haven’t been out of the country much or Minnesota to take pictures.

Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought? Why?
- Yes the very first lens that I bought I don’t use much, Canon 28-105mm F4L, it was pretty expensive & it doesn’t work well for what I do. It doesn’t work well in low light situations.

What kind of tools do you use for post processing?
- Explain your work flow and what goes through your mind.  The main tools for my post processing are Lightroom & Photoshop. I start off with looking through all my images, picking a few of the best and editing away.

How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
-Tumblr.com has been a big inspiration, millions of photos to look through!

Now that everybody has a digital camera do you notice less work coming your way as people now think they can do it themselves?
-I still seem to find enough of work to keep myself busy while working part time.

Links?
-@Threegoldlions.tumblr.com

dont forget vjw pics are still for sale at my store.

ssomething-borrowedd:

#BeithSt 1-4 brought to you by @steen_jones & @alexlehours for @authorityclothing #AuthorityClothing #Dope #Swag #StreetWear #OOTD #MustHaves www.authoritycl.com

dope clothing from Australia

ssomething-borrowedd:

#BeithSt 1-4 brought to you by @steen_jones & @alexlehours for @authorityclothing #AuthorityClothing #Dope #Swag #StreetWear #OOTD #MustHaves www.authoritycl.com

dope clothing from Australia

Seperators

Escape is my birth rite
The prey that escapes
golden manes, and golden eyes
If they are too lazy or tired
Around here there are no lions
Or golden fields, just wolves, at the door
Wolves that have never been hungrier

Take half of my brain, float with it far away
May it bring you luck, float with it far away
Take half of my brain, float far away

Rimbaud escaped, lost his leg, shot to kill, and died knowing he had accomplished things
That no other ever will.
I’m stuck, its sticky, when you take half my brain, don’t ever stop running, cause someday

I may need it again.
I’m still trying to escape.
Hello heaven, it’s me again, in this bar, just talking to you
About disgrace, with lesser words, and smaller understanding
It’s me again, but I’m not ready to enter
I am still cultivating my sins
Shedding human skin with an immortal intuition.
Revolving in circles of smoke at night
To completely forget my days.
Escape is my birth rite.

shoptonysouth:

Super cool chat with an old friend and new designer Kahoua! we are currently working a shirt together that will be up for sale on my site soon! get to know her she is going to make a splash in 2014!

Kahoua XiongPachay. Fashion Designer. B.A. in Individualized Degree (Psychology & Design), Diploma in Apparel Technologies, currently working towards my B.S. in Apparel Design & Development.

 How long have you been sewing?  Was it always a passion or something you just got into?

I remember when I was still a child I would sew scraps of fabric onto my Barbie dolls.  I would sit in the basement alone for hours doing that.  I never really learned how to sew until I went to Minnesota Community & Technical College.  So I’ve technically been sewing for over a year now.  Even though I know how to sew growing up I remember as a little girl I would watch Ralph Lauren runway shows on the internet.  I would watch them over and over.  That’s where my fascination started with fashion.  Ralph Lauren runway shows were just so fascinating…so dreamy.   

What shows have you been in so far?  How did that make you feel?  

I’ve been in two fashion shows so far.  The first one I did was last October for Fresh Traditions.  I was happy to be a part of Fresh Traditions because not only does it showcase talented Hmong fashion designers but it also brings the community together.  This event opens the door for people to celebrate and learn about the Hmong culture.

The second show I did was held by Seams Vintage and B. Resale.  This show was a great experience for me because I was able to showcase my collection in a more intimate setting.  I loved meeting the employees at B. Resale and having the opportunity to work closer with fashion designer Nonmala Xiong, who is the designer for Seams Vintage.  Also, being able to say that I’ve done a show at Glam Doll Doughnuts is pretty awesome! 

I loved my experience in both shows.  Meeting people who share my passion in fashion and the arts has been one of the biggest rewards.  I’m an introvert so I was always so nervous when I had to walk the final walk with my models.  My friends say I should try to smile while I’m out on the runway, so I’m working on that!           

When making or planning to make something do you make random pieces or do you usually plan a themed collection?

It really depends.  Sometimes I see something that inspires me and I instantly envision a garment.  Other times I envision a whole collection.  There are many ways to go about creating a collection or just one garment.  If I’m intentionally making a collection I start off by defining my collection through research and fabric swatches.  Most of the time when I’m designing just one garment it’s because I want to experiment or as I stated before I was spontaneously inspired by something I’ve seen.

Which designer would you say inspires you the most? Why?

A designer that always inspires me is Valentino.  I love Valentino because the collections are always so timeless and effortless.  Valentino dresses always amaze me in the fact they personify elegance, beauty, power, and independence all at the same time.  I find that to be a hard balance to obtain.     

When you’re not working what do you do on your free time?

I try to spend as much time with my family as possible.  I’m away for school so I try to make it home for the weekends.  Also, I’m constantly watching documentaries, surfing the net for new fashion trends/styles, constantly pinning away on Pinterest, and watching TedTalks.  

What is your game plan for 2014? What are you looking to achieve?

I have a couple projects lined up for the summer.  Other than that I want to spend time in my studio.  I’m really looking forward to having time to build my craft.  Overall, I just want to better myself as a designer.  There’s always something new to learn.

Currently working on some 5 panels hats!! Will be available soon at my store. Stay updated!

Currently working on some 5 panels hats!! Will be available soon at my store. Stay updated!

Super cool chat with an old friend and new designer Kahoua! we are currently working a shirt together that will be up for sale on my site soon! get to know her she is going to make a splash in 2014!

Kahoua XiongPachay. Fashion Designer. B.A. in Individualized Degree (Psychology & Design), Diploma in Apparel Technologies, currently working towards my B.S. in Apparel Design & Development.

 How long have you been sewing?  Was it always a passion or something you just got into?

I remember when I was still a child I would sew scraps of fabric onto my Barbie dolls.  I would sit in the basement alone for hours doing that.  I never really learned how to sew until I went to Minnesota Community & Technical College.  So I’ve technically been sewing for over a year now.  Even though I know how to sew growing up I remember as a little girl I would watch Ralph Lauren runway shows on the internet.  I would watch them over and over.  That’s where my fascination started with fashion.  Ralph Lauren runway shows were just so fascinating…so dreamy.   

What shows have you been in so far?  How did that make you feel?  

I’ve been in two fashion shows so far.  The first one I did was last October for Fresh Traditions.  I was happy to be a part of Fresh Traditions because not only does it showcase talented Hmong fashion designers but it also brings the community together.  This event opens the door for people to celebrate and learn about the Hmong culture.

The second show I did was held by Seams Vintage and B. Resale.  This show was a great experience for me because I was able to showcase my collection in a more intimate setting.  I loved meeting the employees at B. Resale and having the opportunity to work closer with fashion designer Nonmala Xiong, who is the designer for Seams Vintage.  Also, being able to say that I’ve done a show at Glam Doll Doughnuts is pretty awesome! 

I loved my experience in both shows.  Meeting people who share my passion in fashion and the arts has been one of the biggest rewards.  I’m an introvert so I was always so nervous when I had to walk the final walk with my models.  My friends say I should try to smile while I’m out on the runway, so I’m working on that!           

When making or planning to make something do you make random pieces or do you usually plan a themed collection?

It really depends.  Sometimes I see something that inspires me and I instantly envision a garment.  Other times I envision a whole collection.  There are many ways to go about creating a collection or just one garment.  If I’m intentionally making a collection I start off by defining my collection through research and fabric swatches.  Most of the time when I’m designing just one garment it’s because I want to experiment or as I stated before I was spontaneously inspired by something I’ve seen.

Which designer would you say inspires you the most? Why?

A designer that always inspires me is Valentino.  I love Valentino because the collections are always so timeless and effortless.  Valentino dresses always amaze me in the fact they personify elegance, beauty, power, and independence all at the same time.  I find that to be a hard balance to obtain.     

When you’re not working what do you do on your free time?

I try to spend as much time with my family as possible.  I’m away for school so I try to make it home for the weekends.  Also, I’m constantly watching documentaries, surfing the net for new fashion trends/styles, constantly pinning away on Pinterest, and watching TedTalks.  

What is your game plan for 2014? What are you looking to achieve?

I have a couple projects lined up for the summer.  Other than that I want to spend time in my studio.  I’m really looking forward to having time to build my craft.  Overall, I just want to better myself as a designer.  There’s always something new to learn.

Brain

Acumen lens, you shudder, and panting ensues
Inglorious vault of confided delusions
That opens again as wounds, gleaming death beams
On wrists and hearts a bruise, chemically indoctrinated
By the sway of the way that she moves


Heathen goddess, mourned through nights
Just passing by, all the avenues, of this dauntless brain
Beat my drums with your fiery fists, frail and bone bare
Yet, they never once have missed
Until your heels cascade down my tongues unrolling train
I will not breathe again.

here is an interview i did with Josh Weglarz, a poet and the  lead singer of the pretty boy band. we are really good friends. he is a great guy check out our convo below!

are your poems all about a certain someone? a muse?

-Everything I write involves someone in my life, there isn’t a specific thing or person, just anything that makes me feel something. I just like words, and it feels good to write things. I am glad that anyone would talk the time to read anything I wrote honestly, I just feel good doing it; hopefully someday I would be able to make a living doing one of the things I love.

you started a band? name? who are you band mates?

-Our Band is called Pretty Boy, the name comes from a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “ The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs,” it’s about a boy who goes to hell and steals the devils golden hairs for a king in order to marry his daughter, the princess. The story encompasses all the elements I appreciate in writing and in our music, the journey, the dark spiritual aspects, and love. I feel that it represents our band well as a whole.

what sound do you guys play?

 -For our sound, it’s difficult to describe properly. We make beats with  Maschine beat pads, Sam plays guitar, Seth plays drums and I sing. So dance music mainly, we make disco  songs, hip hop songs, some blues, anything that comes out.

what do you guys have planned? album?

-Right now we are working on a set of 13 songs with wheresnovyon  (Finding Novyon). The project is called , “13 wretched faces: Resolve into Remedy,” and it will the first recording that we have with this band. We are working on the songs now and will be recording when we are finished.  We are writing all the songs together. Each song represents a different group/ person in history, all writing has to do with recognized religious groups/cults, differences/similarities between them, and their delusional leaders. The results of these things joined together and the inevitable outcomes. Some aspects of fairy tales mixed in, Bluebeard by Charles Perrault, about an aristocrat who murdered his wives, the compass is curiosity, and its effects. It is supposed to symbolize finding reserve to resist delving into things that aren’t worth the time or the risk.

you are completely sober? and vegetarian? why?

-I don’t drink at all, I just don’t really like it. Also I have too many other vices. And I have been a vegetarian for 8 years, I do my best to not eat anything that has to do with an animal. I can’t say I’m vegan, but I would be if I had the time and money to have all a vegan diet requires. Doesn’t matter to me what anyone else does or thinks. I just don’t think anything should die just for me to eat it, when I can live healthily without it. Basic ethics. Say what you want about loving animals or whatever, it’s just not right.

what do you represent? goal in this lifetime? what word are you trying to get out?

-I don’t know that I stand for anything or represent anything, just trying to understand this shit like everyone else. Hopefully others would be inspired by things I write, or music we make. Finding beauty in weird things, pretending like this world doesn’t exist, whatever it takes to stay above.

Links?

-Check out our band page  facebook.com/Prettyboymusic

Thank you sincerely to anyone who supports me/us in anyway, love you all, its awkward as fuck trying to be yourself in front of a world of people who want you to fail. Stay close to genuine people/artists who support you and nothing can stop you.