JIMMY CASTOR 1947-2012

Funk saxophonist, singer, band leader Jimmy Castor passed away at the age of 64.

Known for his disco funk classics like TROGLODYTE and KING KONG, Jimmy Castor is best known for producing one of the best b-boy songs ever made, IT’S JUST BEGUN.

The song became the infectious anthem of the b-boy. In the classic 80′s film Flashdance, It’s Just Begun is the track playing in the famous breakdancing scene. The dance sequence starring the members of the Rock Steady Crew was one of the first film sequences to introduce the art from of b-boying to mainstream America. The song continues to be heavily sampled by hip hop DJ’s and b-boys & b-girls still find it’s saxaphone and drums funky to this day.

FLASHDANCE (1983)

THE FRESHEST KIDS (2002)

via YOUTUBE

XMAS IS BAZAAR 2011

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mikojojo apparel is excited to announce that we will be part of this really cool event. THE 4th Annual BIZARRE BAZAAR is this Saturday December 17th,2011 from 11am -4pm.

We will be literally “sharing the stage” with a small group of great & eclectic vendors at this venue: Erickson Theater, 1524 Harvard Avenue in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. We’ll be the kids in the corner of the stage & can help you find a great gift. ( you have 11 days left.)

For more details visit the BIZARRE BAZAAR website HERE.

See the list of vendors here.

Visit their Facebook page HERE.

get map & directions HERE

*NOTE: Parking is metered in the immediate area but there is 2 hour street parking a few blocks away. Or you can be green & grab a Metro bus to be dropped off right in front of the building from routes # 10, 11, 7, or 49 or just a few blocks from the venue if you take the # 43 or the #60 towards Broadway & Capitol Hill. You can map you bus route here.

JULY 7TH: SEATTLE ART WALK/ FIRST THURSDAYS / OCCIDENTAL PARK

mikojojo apparel will be at Seattle’s First Thursday Art Walk in July!

For Seattlites and people in the city, the first Thursday of every month is an event and an invitation to see Seattle’s Art community intimate gallery spaces, big exhibits at Seattle Art Museum for discounted prices, and check out local artists and crafts people in Occidental Park in the historic Pioneer Square district for free!

Sponsored by the Northwest Art Alliance and Seattle First Thursday , mikojojo apparel will have a booth in Occidental Park 3pm until 9pm this Thursday July 7th, 2011.

Map of the venue: click here.

More info on the Art Walk: click here.

So while you’re checking out the big exhibits at the SEATTLE ART MUSEUM downtown or checking out art at a smaller gallery having free h’ordeuvres & wine, stop by our booth and check out the local wares in Occidental Park.

you can’t stop me: CHICAGO.

There’s a new BULL in Chicago. DERRICK ROSE.


On his way to being the MVP of the NBA and arguably the best point guard in the league, Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls keeps proving it every game: WILL + HARD WORK = beautiful shots & what real winning looks like. Forget the drama of Lebron’s betrayal of Cleveland, Carmello moving to NYC, or Bryant’s homophobic rant. Rose, a native of Chicago’s tough Englewood neighborhood, brings a true success story to the NBA, puts the work in, and is one of the reasons Chicago leads the East.

Check out his recent playoff performance in game one against the Indiana Pacers Saturday night:

and listen to his story here.

via ESPN, NPR, &YouTube

you can’t stop me.

Kelly Gneiting, American Sumo wrestler and truck driver from Rigby, Idaho became the heaviest man to finish a marathon Sunday in Los Angeles. Finishing the 26.2 miles of 2011 Los Angeles Marathon in 9 hours, 48 minutes, and 52 seconds and weighing 400 pounds, Gneiting killed the old Guiness World Record of 275 pounds and even beat his own personal best of 11 hours, 52 minutes, and 11. After jogging the first 8 miles, he walked the final 18. But that doesn’t matter. The guy finished.

“I was really struggling in the last five miles, but I said to myself, If I have to crawl, I will.” Gneiting told the LA Times after the race.

Anyone who’s run a marathon has thought the same thing at least once before the finish line.

Well done.

Read more here.

or WATCH:

Via The Los Angeles Times and YouTube.

DANCERS AMONG US.

Photographer Jordan Matters created an excellent series of photos starring professional dancers in everyday New York places doing extraordinary moves.

Check out the gallery here.

WATCH the process here:


Via Swiss Miss