With 2014 winding down and coming to a close, I want to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe holiday and thank you for your continued support. This past year was filled with so many great moments and milestones – here’s a super quick look back:
We revealed our new area code tees at the Nonstop Keg Party
August from Nonstop to Cairo and JP from Oogee Wawa (above) repped their respective area codes at the Nonstop Keg Party in January. Jake Furia, Whiskey Hotel, Warden and Fame and Ant Matos lit up the stage at Revolution in Amityville – it was great way to kick off the year.
We tabled at a Tropidelic / Oogee Wawa show at Nappers in Smithtown
Stoked to get a chance to see Cleveland, OH’s Tropidelic play Napper’s in Smithtown along with Oogee Wawa, Nonstop to Cairo and Frank Bones. Stay Loose had a table set up selling what was left of our 2013 product line and I snapped a bunch of pics.
I also met up with skater Keegan Cumisky (below) and Justin Kull of Revolution Athletics earlier in the month to get some pics of the guys wearing the new area code tees.
We released Stay Loose Sticker Packs featuring six new illustrations
I had been busy over the Winter working on a bunch of new illustrations and decided to release some of them together in a sticker pack. I handed the packs out at shows and would include one with all stayloose.net/shop orders.
Ant Matos, August Harris, Bart Stepien and Miko Toic (below) all stopped by the Stay Loose studio for a photoshoot.
The official release the new Stay Loose Collection
We launched the new Stay Loose collection on April 25th and got a great response right off the bat thanks to the support from Oogee Wawa, Nonstop to Cairo, Whiskey Hotel, Ant Matos and so many more to help spread the word during their shows.
We also met up with and interviewed Shawn O’Connor before a Whiskey Hotel show at Revolution in Amityville.
Met Hi-Rez & Sun Dried Vibes
Hi-Rez (Ft. Lauderdale, FLA) and Sun Dried Vibes (Fort Mill, SC) are two artists I had been following for a while and it was great to have the chance to see them perform here on LI – especially cool to meet them and have them rep Stay Loose during their sets. Rye Palmer and Ant Matos opened for Rez at Amityville Music Hall and Sun Dried played with Oogee Wawa at Dublin Deck.
I also completed a new logo design for Oogee Wawa.
And had Rye Palmer, Slim (below) and Joe Rom stop by the Stay Loose studio for a photoshoot.
The 3rd Annual Beerfields Music Festival was held on Saturday June 21 – local acts like Warden and Fame, Nonstop to Cairo and Oogee Wawa alongside national acts Ballyhoo and Matisyahu made this the premier event of the Summer. We did very well, thanks to the support of the thousands of people in attendance that day – we even got a mention in LIB Magazine saying “Stay Loose LI was also very impressive…we saw hundreds of their garments floating about all night.”
I met up with local skaters Keegan Cumisky and Joe Rom later that month to snap some pics at Tanner Skatepark which re-opened in 2014.
Announced the start of Stay Loose Records and released a song and music video with Jake Furia
Bill Burns and myself got together and decided to start a new venture that would allow us to connect and collaborate further with the LI music scene. We produced and shot a music video for Jake Furia’s single “Access to Ecstasy”, and wrote an instrumental for Rye Palmer’s upcoming single “Photo Album” off the Stay Loose “Seasons” project.
Released the first installment of 10 Songs Out of LI You Should Hear
In trying to come up with new ways to help promote the local music scene and to try and turn people on to artists in their community, I decided to write a post called “10 Songs You Should Hear” featuring songs from artists like The Montauk Project, Electrik Tongues, TK the Architect, Ant Matos and more – the response was great, and I knew it would be something I would continue.
The Nonstop Summer Party was also in August and I got a chance to meet a bunch of new artists and was turned on to a whole bunch of great local music I hadn’t yet heard, bands like Groundswell, Number F and Dune Local.
Interviewed up-and-comer Rye Palmer
Got a chance to sit down with Rye Palmer to talk about some of his music and his plans for 2015 including his song for the Stay Loose “Seasons” project in this video interview.
We also had some drawstring backpacks done up for donation to the Frank Rizzo Memorial Golf Outing.
Celebs Wearing Stay Loose
Around early October I started a little project on social media called Celebs Wearing Stay Loose, which has gotten totally out of hand, but I’m having fun with it. Follow on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
We released our clothing collaboration with Loose Camp
Ant Matos and myself had the idea to bring our two brands (Stay Loose and Loose Camp) together – so I started working on some illustrations and designing some tees, hoodies and skatedecks. We shared a bunch of the work in progress in October and plan to release the SLXLC clothing line sometime in 2015.
I also finished up a new illustration for Oogee Wawa: the Oogee Yeti – which they had printed up and for sale on their “Ya So Fancy Fall Tour” across the US.
That month, I also launched a new version of stayloose.net (shown below)
We linked up with the guys from Warden and Fame
I crossed paths with the guys from Warden and Fame many times and we finally got to work together in November – we set up a photoshoot at their rehearsal space in West Babylon. In typical Warden and Fame fashion, the photoshoot turned into a party – I’ll be working with these guys again in the near future.
Earlier this month we released 10 Songs Out of LI You Should Hear Part II
Part II of this new series includes rapper Quiet Storm out of Lake Grove, Ant Matos who paired up with Reek Da Villian on his new single, The RBC and more.
It’s fun to look back, but now it’s time to move forward and we’ve got so much in store for the new year. The motto for 2015 is Move Fast and Break Things, so here’s to that – until next year,
– Chris Hoenigmann