ComplexCon Chicago featured an assortment of hype brands, culture and new music. Leading audio company, Skullcandy, unveiled a new experience during the 2019 convention that breeds different genres of music with art. A new program called 12 Moods brings a new mood to life every month through performances and limited edition products. Monthly artist features include Omar Apollo (personal favorite), Leikeli47 and Rico Nasty; along with athletes like Olympian Anna Gasser and skateboarder Chris Joslin.
360 Magazine had the opportunity to try the earbuds and sound did not disappoint. The wireless Bluetooth puppies last up to 12 hours of battery life, fit snugly for comfort and are water resistant. They are convenient for travel and come with a mini charging case perfect for the gym, work or a musical adventure. With different tones to match the month and a specific mood, consumers feel a personal connection to their unique item.
Click here for more info.
You heard it! Complex Networks is bringing ComplexCon to Chicago next year!
More than 60,000 fans attended ComplexCon in Long Beach last month, making it the most successful ‘Con in the event’s three-year history, and now ComplexCon is expanding to the heartbeat of the Midwest. For fans who can’t wait until next November for the annual ComplexCon in Long Beach, Complex Networks announces today that it is adding to a ComplexCon in Chicago on July 20 & 21, 2019 at McCormick Place.
Those who know, know that ComplexCon is the expertly curated, groundbreaking convention and festival that brings the world of Complex to life through pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.
ComplexCon Chicago will pay homage to the city’s unique and distinct influence on pop culture.
For the third annual year, ComplexCon takes over the greater LA area. Set in Long Beach, California, major brands and celebrities flooded their convention center to witness spectacular musical acts, speakers, brands and art. Over the two days, 360 Magazine visited various booths – Puma, Champion, Reebok, Pink Dolphin, 1800 Tequila, Cadillac and more. Reebok’s exclusive ComplexCon shoe, the R58 stunted vibrant colors and introduced all three logos shown for the first time.
Takashi Murakami, contemporary artist on the host committee, sprinkled his aesthetics across the summit (in addition to a collaboration with Drake’s OVO). 1800 Tequila partnered with artist Adam Lucas and streetwear designer Nicky Diamonds for custom-made vintage denim jackets which were raffled at this year’s program. Attendees waiting in line for the McDonald’s installation were treated with Mcnuggets and fries before choosing patches to press onto free backpacks and shirts.
Recording artist Tinashe was a 360 favorite. The urban singer performed hits “Company” and “2 On.” Other performances included Lil Baby, Nav and T-Pain while the crowd also bopped to headliners Rae Sremmurd and Future. Duo Sremmurd surprised fans with a special appearance from rapper Tyga.
ComplexCon(versations) topics revolved around today’s thought on politics, culture, fashion and music. Billboard producer of the decade, Pharrell Williams was a host due to his creative sense on the latest pop culture trends. Tommy Hilfiger spoke on his relationships with Hip-Hop and the connections between music and fashion. Jaden Smith and Yara Shahidi discussed growth out of chaos and how youth should address political issues. Rapper and icon, Nas, spoke on the behind-the-scenes of film, “Belly” and how it changed Hip-Hop and Hollywood.
1800 Tequila created an opportunity for two artists from different disciplines, backgrounds and styles to collaborate together to transform a raw piece of clothing into a refined and one-of-a-kind streetwear piece.
ComplexCon guests had the chance to design their own jackets this weekend and customize their Diamond Supply Co. by Nicky Diamonds x Adam Lucas jackets at the 1800 Tequila booth. Only 100 jackets were made and available exclusively at ComplexCon for lucky scratch off winners who had the chance to win!
Additionally, guests enjoyed custom 1800 Tequila cocktails and music courtesy of DJ Hed, DJ Mike and DJ Rick Trainor at 1800’s booth in the ArtZone.
Tens of thousands of fans gathered today in Long Beach, Calif. for ComplexCon. Below are highlights from Day One.
- Allen Iverson dropped his first kicks in more than four years, the I3 Legacy from Reebok, at ComplexCon. Two color ways were released and all sold out immediately. Reebok hosted Iverson in their booth for a fan Q&A moderated by former Complex Sneakers editor Russ Bengtson. Lucky fans got their kicks autographed by Iverson.
- Michael B. Jordan and the cast of “Creed II” participated in a Q&A hosted by Terrence J in the Creed II boxing ring on the show floor.
- Pharrell Williams visited the Billionaire Boys Club installation for a book signing with fans, photo opps and to celebrate their Human Made x BBC ICECREAM 15th Anniversary collaboration. He then joined i am OTHER artist Kap G at the #iamVOTER installation.
- Allen Iverson made a surprise appearance at the ComplexCon(versations) panel “Crossed Over: Jordan vs. Iverson” with moderator Jemele Hill, Jerry Lorenzo, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pierce Simpson andVictor Cruz.
- Rae Sremmurd brought out surprise guests Tyga, Ozuna Miri Ben Ari while Ty Dolla $ign joined Vince Staples’ headlining performance on the Pigeons & Planes stage in the ComplexCon arena.
- G-Eazy was hanging at the Puma activation, that took fans back to one of the most memorable hangouts in the 90s – the mall, to release their latest sneaker the RS-X.
- Pharrell Williams visited the Billionaire Boys Club booth for a book signing with lucky fans, photo opps and to celebrate their Human Made x BBC ICECREAM 15th Anniversary collaboration. He then joined i am OTHER artist Kap G at the #iamVOTER booth.
- Lena Waithe joined Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors for a fireside chat at the Black Lives Matter booth.
- Takashi Murakami hosted “Sneakers for Breakfast” featuring creative sneaker-heads who united exclusively for ComplexCon to curate a range of custom kicks by six prominent footwear designers/innovators that will be in a silent auction with proceeds benefiting a charity.
- For a third year in a row, it was standing room only at ComplexCon’s most popular ComplexCon(versations) panel “Sneaker of the Year” with Joe La Puma, Allen Iverson, DJ Clark Kent, Don C, Lena Waithe, Trinidad James and Wale.
- Pusha T stopped by the Adidas booth to commemorate his limited edition EQT collaboration. He also sat down with the first round of adidas soundLabs finalists to review their work ahead of selecting the winners of his grant and mentorship through Adidas.
- Jaden Smith made an appearance at the G-Star Raw booth to launch his new line of denim.
- Snoop Dogg celebrates the launch of @adidasLA and the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle at the World Famous VIP Records booth.
- T-Pain arrived at the T-Pain Wiscansin University booth ushered in by a live marching band playing his hit song “Can’t Believe It.” Ace Hood, Shiggy, Lil Pete and Arab Music also stopped by the booth for photos.
- Grant Hill, Marcus Harvey, Victor Cruz, Demetrius Shipp, Young Dirty Bastard and Shiggy stopped by HBO’s barbershop experience in celebration of “The Shop,” inspired by LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s new unscripted series of the same title.
- Flosstradamus performed at Four Loko. Dillon Francis stopped by to make a customized jersey with Four Loko and Flosstradamus patches, then Francis danced to Flosstradamus’s DJ set. Riley Reid also made an appearance at Four Loko and posed for photos with the can and with fans.
- Pharrell Williams, Sarah Andelman and Marc Ecko checked out the Pangaia booth, then met up withDon C to pick up PopSockets at the PopSockets art installation.
- “Hot Ones” host Sean Evans stopped by the Fuse booth to help T-Pain test out the Bierstick, a syringe-like drinking device that allows users to drink up to 24oz of their favorite beverage in seconds.
- DJ Akademiks and A Boogie wit da Hoodie battled it out during a live episode of “On the Sticks,” a new gaming series from Complex and Xbox. The two played NBA 2K19.
- Barney Cools released their biggest collab to date with Dillon Francis & Gerald exclusively to Complexcon. Dillon Francis spent the day hanging at the booth greeting fans. Jaden Smith, Flosstradamous, @thedanlife, Blue The Great, Francis Kenneth, A-Trak and more stopped by the booth.
- Russell Athletic boasted a hyper-limited release with rising designer Rhuigi Villasenor, who made an appearance at the booth to meet with fans, pose for photos and sell his custom sweater collaboration with the brand.
- YouTube sensation @kingvader stopped by the Dumbgood booth to check out the brand and the new Cowboy Bebop collection.
- At the kaikai kiki activation, J. Balvin was gifted a custom diamond and gemstone necklace by Takashi Murakami and Ben Baller featuring an iconic Murakami design before heading to the J. Balvin & Buchanan’s “VIBRAS!” booth. Fans were treated to exclusive blended scotch whisky tastings, J Balvin’s limited-edition merchandise and other surprises.
- Sherbinskis released and sold out its limited-edition Sherbinskis Nike AF1 Low Bespoke, a bespoke shoe design created from of the love and passion Sherbinskis has for the Nike brand and culture.
- Vans paid tribute to NASA’s 60 years of space exploration and innovation by dropping the space gray sk8 high space voyager shoe and more exclusives at @Pacsun’s pop-up at ComplexCon.
- Crep Protect teamed with DJ Khaled and We The Best to release a Complexcon-exclusive box set limited to 250 pieces. The gloss red box set contains all the Crep Protect products needed to keep your sneakers fresh.
- Visitors had a chance to unlock the first unveiling of the upcoming Extra Butter x The Halal Guys x Clarks “Halalabees” through an augmented reality experience powered by Frenzy App.
- Garey The Third released two sets of limited edition porcelain sculptures by Cleon Peterson called “Paint The Town” and released two sets of collaborative skate decks by Cleon Peterson and The Skateroom, both of which sold out.
- All three silhouettes from Herschel Supply x Joshua Vides collection, revealed at ComplexCon, completely sold out around 2 p.m. with more being made available for Day 2! Joshua Vides was on-site to help with the launch.
- Grant Hill, Trinidad James, Lena Waithe, Lance Gross, Robert Horry, Broderick Hunter, Brandon McEachren, Vince Staples and Jerry Lorenzo checked out the goods on the show floor and posed for selfies with fans.
Today, Reebok unveiled the first sneaker in their highly anticipated limited edition, R58 capsule collection with the release of the Aztrek R58, which was available only at ComplexCon.
The series, which encompasses three of Reebok’s key sneakers, nods to the brand’s heritage as well as the grit and attitude of their co-founders — encouraging wearers to be unafraid and push the limits beyond the conventional. The Aztrek R58 ($120) also nods to the brand’s 90s heritage as the original off-road runner and features shades of black, yellow and red with all three Reebok logos artfully placed throughout.
In partnership with basketball legend Allen Iverson, Reebok also debuted the long-awaited follow-up to the Answer XIV, the Iverson Legacy. Featuring an entirely new design, the sneaker is the first collaboration between the two in four years and pays tribute to Iverson’s life and career. Championing his legacy both on and off the courts, the Legacy features design elements from his first five Reebok models and reinterprets them for today. Fans of Iverson will recognize details like the ghillie lacing system, iconic I3 jewel logo and woven heel tab from the Question, Answer I, Answer II, Answer III, Answer IV.
Officially launching November 17 on Reebok.com for $160, Allen Iverson made an appearance at the Reebok booth to officially unveil the sneaker. Along with the black/white colorway, a custom version from sneakerhead and former Complex editor, Russ Bengtson was offered as an exclusive for ComplexCon attendees. Bengtson’s shoe, which nod’s to Iverson’s unprecedented legacy, is inspired by classic Iverson models as well as his various tattoos — featuring a bold, red and camo pattern throughout. The red leather nods to the Question and Answer I, while the multiple patches bring in a lot of other Iverson-themed graphics, an easy way to let people personalize their own pairs.
First Available Exclusively at ComplexCon, Custom Design Elements Nod to Both Brands’ Anniversaries
Today, Casio announces their second collaboration model in partnership with international streetwear brand The Hundreds – available first exclusively at ComplexCon this weekend. In celebration of G-SHOCK’s 35th anniversary, as well as The Hundred’s 15th anniversary, the men’s timepiece features an updated DW5600 case in a matte-black colorway. With The Hundreds’ signature red, yellow and black colorway dynamically positioned on the face, the new model also features their brand ethos of “Blood Sweat & Years” on the watch strap.
Following a previous collaboration between the two fashion entities in 2012, the DW5600HDR-1 model nods to with a classic square face and compellingly simple yet distinctive design, as well as The Hundreds’ two signature logos on the strap and on the case back.
“Since we aspire to have a timeless brand, in handpicking our collaborators we seek out partners with classic legacies,” said Bobby Hundreds, founder of The Hundreds. “Casio G-SHOCK is a heritage player, having maintained relevance through design and quality over generations. When The Hundreds works with G-SHOCK, we’re not just making a watch, we are bridging our histories: A timepiece that stands the test of time.”
The Hundreds, a streetwear brand founded in Los Angeles in 2003, was inspired by California’s punk, hip-hop, skateboarding and surfing culture. Its products are now sold worldwide and have expanded to include eyewear.
The DW5600HDR-1 will first be showcased at ComplexCon, a one-of-a-kind street culture festival in LA that is bringing together the top brands across pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education. The festival is taking place on November 3 and 4 in Long Beach, California.
In addition to a black IP case back, the DW5600HDR-1 timepiece also comes equipped with G-SHOCK technology including:
- 200M water resistance and shock resistance
- EL backlight
- Flash alert
- Multi-function alarm
- Hourly time signal
- Stopwatch and countdown timer
- 48.9mm case
The DW5600HDR-1 will retail for $160 and will be available for purchase exclusively at the G-SHOCK booth at ComplexCon from November 3 – 4, with a global release date of November 9 at select fashion boutiques, Macy’s, and .
For a third year, ComplexCon is ground zero for a global gathering of culture-shaping artists to showcase works, collaborations and interactive installations November 3-4, in Long Beach, CA.
The ComplexCon Art Experience once again features some of the most influential street, contemporary and pop artists and galleries from around the world including Takashi Murakami’s KaiKai Kiki Gallery, FriendsWithYou, Avant Arte x Felipe Pantone, Hebru Brantley, Scott Campbell and dozens more. 1800 Tequila™ returns to ComplexCon for a third year to present the Art Experience. This year they’ve teamed up with acclaimed artist Adam Lucas and streetwear designer Nicky Diamonds to create 100 exclusive, one-of-a-kind jackets to giveaway at ComplexCon, celebrating their “Just Refined Enough” campaign.
A sneak at what awaits attendees includes the following engagements:
• Avant Arte, the Netherlands-based art collaborative reunites with artist Felipe Pantone
• Avenue des Arts, the Hong Kong based gallery is bringing works from Los Angeles deconstructive pop artist Matt Gondek
• Bettermeart, a contemporary fine street art gallery based in Shanghai, makes ComplexCon its first ever US show
• Evan Rossell, better known as “Stink” is bringing his iconic “Hairy Fools” installation.
• Eddie Kang Studios – South Korean artist known for his colorful and dreamy works which are philosophical stories which he creates based on life’s reflections.
• Gallery Stan – Based in Seoul and NYC is bringing So Youn Lee, pop artist Sam, Sergio Garcia, and Fidia Falaschetti
• Gallery Delaive – presents a unique live painting session with Japanese artist Ayako
• Gangster Doodles, the artist who transforms Post-It notes into “Gangster Doodles” of famous rappers.
• Friends with You “PopWorld” is a spectacular 60’ x 60’ inflatable experience from LA-based art collective FriendsWithYou. The immersive, Instagram-worthy installation asks guests to donate to charity — any amount is accepted starting at one cent — in order to experience PopWorld. PopWorld is supported by PopSockets.
• Future Tech Labs is launching a sustainable clothing line.
• Hebru Brantley, the contemporary American artist best known for his Afro-Futurism approach to anime and graffiti, is bringing exclusive art pieces
• Joshua Vides is unveiling two new installations: a moonscape installation with Herschel, and a walk through experience with Ebay.
• Mariella Angela, a Los Angeles based oil painter known for her portraits of rap’s greatest artists
• Mr. Flower Fantastic “MFF” is a New York based artist who explores floristry, sculpture, and design with an unprecedented style and an anonymous public persona.
• Over the Influence (OTI) Gallery will exhibit Cleon Peterson solo on Saturday featuring limited edition skate decks and sculptures.
• Gallery Delaive presents a unique live painting session with Japanese artist Ayako Rokkaku, showcasing her signature painting technique of applying acrylic paint with her bare hands.
• Scott Campbell’s Whole Glory Tattoo Project is coming to ComplexCon. Attendees can enter to win a chance to get inked with a mystery tattoo selected wholly by Scott Campbell. Those lucky enough to get an appointment will place their arm through a small hole in a fence and get inked, with no consultation, discussion or even eye contact during the process.
• Spokeart is exhibiting new works by Mark Drew (Tokyo) and GATS (Oakland)
• 1800 Tequila intersects art and style through a real time collaboration experience within the 1800 Tequila bar and lounge space in the ComplexCon Art Experience. Attendees have the opportunity to add their creativity to wearable pieces of art by customizing a Nicky Diamond-designed vintage denim jacket with patches and pins created by Adam Lucas, exclusively for 1800.
• Uzumaki powered by Redbull* returns to ComplexCon to build a plush installation
General Admission tickets are still available at ComplexCon.com. General Admission tickets are $60 per day for Saturday or Sunday or two-day General Admission tickets can be purchased for $100 (plus fees). But hurry because earlier this summer, ComplexCon sold out its limited presale and VIP tickets in a matter of minutes.
ComplexCon is bringing some of the most relevant voices of today’s generation to perform at this year’s fest, including Future, Rae Sremmurd, Vince Staples, Action Bronson, Nav, Lil Baby, Tinashe, A-Trak, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Kodie Shane, Lou The Human, City Morgue, Trill Sammy, World’s Fair, Michael Christmas, Mixed by Ali, Flipp Dinero and Jack Harlow. Artists will take to the Pigeons & Planes Stage, which has been moved into the larger arena space so fans can be fully immersed in the musical experience, on Saturday and Sunday.
Surprise guests are also expected to take the stage throughout the weekend. Last year’s ComplexCon was packed with surprise performances including Migos, Lil Uzi Vert, and 2 Chainz who joined Pharrell on stage. Also surprising guests last year were J Balvin, who jumped on stage during Virgil Abloh’s DJ set; DJ Khaled, who brought G-Eazy on stage; and, Bad Bunny, who joined A-Trak on stage for a surprise set.
Saturday’s lineup starts at 12:30 pm and includes the following artists, listed in order of appearance:
· Trill Sammy
· Lou The Human
· Kodie Shane
· Michael Christmas
· World’s Fair
· A-Trak and Friends
· Vince Staples
· Rae Sremmurd
Sunday’s lineup starts at 12:30 pm and includes the following artists, listed in order of appearance:
· Jack Harlow
· Flipp Dinero
· Mixed by Ali
· City Morgue
· A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
· Lil Baby
· Action Bronson
Also representing at this year’s ComplexCon will be Puma, which returns as the Official Footwear Sponsor, as well as Champion, Union Los Angeles, PLEASURES, Chinatown Market, AAPE, G-Star, KAPPA, Herschel Supply Co., Swatch, Polaroid Originals, Urban Decay Cosmetics and many more. And, epic eats can be had from Jon & Vinny’s, Lotus of Siam, Howlin’ Ray’s, Here’s Looking At You, Burgerlords, Sweet Chick, Alvin Cailan’s “The Burger Show” Pop Up, Uncle Paulie’s Deli, Dino’s Chicken and dozens more.
Concerts are included in the cost of admission to ComplexCon. General Admission tickets are still available at ComplexCon.com. General Admission tickets are $60 per day for Saturday or Sunday or two-day General Admission tickets can be purchased for $100 (plus fees). Earlier this summer, ComplexCon sold out its limited presale and VIP tickets in a matter of minutes.
In the coming weeks, ComplexCon will unveil artist collaborations, as well as the icons participating in ComplexCon’s widely popular “ComplexConversations,” a series of moderated discussions that tackle the critical issues impacting today’s generation.