New Release: Crowd Sourced Tank Tops

Apliiq Custom Tank Tops

Apliiq has never been about telling anybody what to wear but we do enjoy asking what you like. This recent batch of limited tank tops just dropped on the site and many will sell out quickly as the fabrics are all highly limited. The designs were posted to our instagram page and our followers voted on their favorites for us to release. What’s better than crowd sourced fabric radness?? Nothing. Except maybe ice cream.

Get your favorite tank top before it’s gone here.

Interview with Quilter Luke Haynes

Apliiq CEO Ethan Lipsitz recently connected with Luke Haynes in the Apliiq workshop. Luke is a fabric artist who uses quilting as a medium for creating incredible works of art. His quilts have shown at The American Folk Art Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Duke University and The International Quilt Festival and he’s been commissioned to create one of a kind quilts for many large companies and private collectors.

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The Art of the Hunt: Finding the Perfect Fabric

In 2004 I discovered the ancient art of the fabric hunt.  There’s something magical about digging for textile treasures in the dusty corners of a 50 year old shop that feels like it’s well over 100.  I feel major accomplishment uncovering a secret stash, back room, second warehouse or basement where only those in the know can go.  And getting to know the rag traders, the families, many of whom have been selling textiles for generations, is an incredibly gratifying and humbling experience.

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Too Broke to Go to Coachella?

So if you are like most people stuck in the LA area this weekend, $600 is not a thing you can just fork over for a festival. On top of the ticket price, you still have to account for food and party supplies. As much as we want to see Outkast reunite, my bank account will not allow it.


Enter Brokechella; a festival taking place in Downtown Los Angeles with 4 stages, visual artists galore, and even a space for your dog fittingly called Puppychella. The best part about it is that it is only a $10 ticket ($20 at the door).


At first I was a little hesitant to commit to something called Brokechella but after researching the event, I have to say that I am actually excited to attend. There will be live art installations, interactive art exhibits, and even a portion with comedy acts. As if the price tag and hippy attitude of screw the mainstream was not hipster enough for you, they are encouraging sustainability pretty heavily. There will be recycling bins everywhere and they are not handing out paper programs but encouraging festival goers to download an app to keep track of the set times.


Not only am I excited that this event is giving me less of a reason to complain about not making it to Coachella, but it is located in my neighborhood and I am totally walking to it. You can get more information on their website where they have a good FAQ section. So bring your camera, your dog, and we will see you guys Saturday at Brokechella!

Coachella Weekend 1- Must See Music

You got your tickets, or a decent shot at sneaking in. Your bags are packed. You have somewhere to stay. Coachella is on. You are pumped.

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With the sheer amount of talent that will be performing in weekend 1, you are NOT going to be able to see everything. A little planning goes a long way. Check out our selection of must see sets.

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4 ways to Sneak into Coachella

The only time I have been to Coachella, I snuck into the festival.  That’s right.  I didn’t even have my own ticket.  Truth is, there’s always ways to get in when you don’t have a ticket. If you have the desire to make your way onto the polo fields for Andre and Big Boi’s triumphant reunion this year, but don’t have a ticket, it is time to take a risk.

Use one of these 4 strategies to gain your entrance. All have been done successfully, but none are guaranteed to work. Use at your own risk. See you on the other side.

Sneak in Strategy #1 – The Photographer

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I Just Acquired a Half Pipe from Skrillex

For the last few months we’ve had a new neighbor in the workshop. It wasn’t a normal tenant who comes at 10 and leaves at 6 with a cleaner and a couple parking spaces. This was unique. They normally showed up at 6 and stayed all night. Around 9 the building would start shaking with bass and smoke would permeate the halls, occasional strobes and lights shining from the main hall.

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Bennie rips the ramp during our skate break

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Van-xiety New (old) Car

There are a few decisions as difficult as the purchase of a new car. You know its a decision that you are gonna live with for a while, so “choose wisely” is the mantra.

Being a surfer, with a family of 3, soon to be 4, my requirements are simple. Get the boards and the family from point a to point b.

Now is the time to make the move towards the van. NO, not the minivan. Hell no. Are you kidding me?

Dodge Sportsman 1969 Front

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