Kobe Bryant of the current NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers has some things in common with me. He enjoys nutella, is a cinephile, and his favorite movie happens to be Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill”…a favorite of mine as well.

Nicknamed the “Black Mamba“, Kobe Bryant’s favorite movie and lethal nickname provided the inspiration behind the Big Nike High and Auto Flight High below. In addition to being an incredibly dangerous snake, “Black Mamba” was also the nickname for of the most deadly member of the “Deadly Viper Assassination Squad”, played by Uma Thurman.

The Big Nike High’s colorway is quite obvious with the upper also receiving a splattering of blood – most likely from the blade of a Hattori Hanzo sword! The Auto Flight High comes with a mixed nubuck/leather upper and a classy vulcanized bottom.

The in-soles also feature Black Mamba’s infamous “Death List”, with a little Kobe-twist to it. Last year’s NBA championship defeat was over the Boston Celtics – leaving Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to be the first 2 names crossed off Kobe’s list. Will #’s 3, 4, and 5 be next? -Via Extra Butter


“Italia Ruotolo was born in Naples-Italy. She did classical studies of ancient
Greek and Latin. Later she graduated at the Fine Arts Academy of Naples.
For many years she worked as a goldsmith and designer. This had great influence in her painting in the search for the preciousness of matter.

Her paintings have many influences, as many references are her artistic ideals
ranging from pop art to art nouveau. Her source of inspiration is the world that surrounds her, but her art is not realistic in the strict sense. Quite the contrary, as it is likw travelling into a parallel world, where provocative acts trigger fantastic reactions. In her art there isn’t distinction between high and low cultural level, because she’s aware that man lives in a myriad of sensory stimulation, and is itself the product of the continuing contradiction between what is real and what is mere appearance or fiction. We find echoes of these contradictions in her work in constant search of a balance between past and future.”


Pop-Rock artist, Avril Lavigne, launched her own clothing line in 2008, to mixed reviews, but she’s back in 2010 with this photoshoot, showcasing the new collection. Here’s what she had to say:

“[There’s a] lot of hot pinks and blacks and stars and purple and zebra. Basically, everything I wear. I have a very particular style. I want it to be available to a lot of girls, and I want it to be affordable. What’s really important to me is that everything fits well and is well-made, so I try everything on and approve it all. The hoodies are slimming. It’s not a thick, bulky material.”