rolyatnerrad: Darren Taylor
Planet X
August 14th, 2004 - 15 years ago (988 logins)Last Login8 months ago
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looking real hard
So, I'm not on my own afterall.

I've been collecting Oakley stuff since about 97/98 starting with a pair of O shoes in Black, and a polo shirt that I bought from Newquay when I was at the Run to the Sun festival. I've had an unhealthy obsession with trainers for a few years now, and had always liked the nike acg range for their chunky look, until I saw the Oakleys.

Just enough sprinkling of weird, and not too much cyber.

Most of the stuff I have is from the earlier seasons, as I much prefer the designs like the ballistic jacket etc, proper urban protection as opposed to the most recent animal/bonfire/oniell esque style that seems to be reaching the stores.

I think the accessories line is still excellent however, and the same for the luggage.

I think at the moment, Oakley are trying to reach a wider market by toning down some products (lifestyle clothing) and keeping the nutters happy with the Medusa, Thump etc.

My house has an industrial theme going on, with steel handrails, switchgear etc, and the oakley display items really compliment this. I have the counter mirrors in the bathroom, for shaving etc, the display case will be mounted above the loft stairway with my X-Metals in it, and lit with spotlights, the banners make up a wall hanger in the office, and the next thing I'm after will be a couple of poster frames to make large mirrors out of.

I'm toying with the idea of sculpting a fire surround to look like the Foothill Ranch entrance, to hold an open fire on a heavy stainless steel grate....

My Ducati 750 Sport (Matt Black) has had the duke decals removed and replaced with the 3D Icon stickers, a triangular Warning Fasten sticker on the fuel tank, and No Adult Supervision stickers below the pillion. There is a custom made 6" x 6" Scatter Skull on the front screen, and a 2" Scatter Skull on the rear stop light. It turns heads, more than the run of the mill GSXRs and Ninjas, and people always ask what it is, and say they never knew Oakley designed bikes... I'm planning to buy a black 749 next year, and really trick it up with carbon, titanium and of course, a dollop of the O.

My sister has friends in the States, so hopefully, I can get over there with her one day, and take a detour to Cali and see HQ on a tour.

There's gonna be an O Store in London next year apparently, so I'm sure I'll be making regular trips down to the smoke.

Now for the funny bit....

A couple of years ago, when Oakley's site had 'Today's Bomb' and 'Hot Stuff' pages, I designed a few items and thought (doh) that Oakley might like to see them. I wanted to grab their attention, so going along with the 'Bomb' theme and Mad Max esque, Geiger style design and attitude I photocopied the following message and posted it to all Oakley HQs around the planet..

"Do not contact security forces, during the next few days, you will be receiving a 'Bomb'"

I then waited a few days, and posted copies of a shoe design called 'The Bomb' to the HQs.

Now, this is where I made a mistake!! I sent an email with the same message.

A couple of days later at six in the morning, the police were banging on the door. Apparently, Oakley had taken this as a serious threat to bomb their headquarters, got in touch with the FBI, evacuated the Foothill Ranch HQ and had the Canadian HQ on standby to evacuate, but the FBI already new about it because the email had been flagged the day before. They got in touch with Scotland Yard in London, who then sent two local officers around to see me. Luckily, before the police turned up, Oakley received the copies of the design, and saw that it was an attempt to make them take notice of an idiot sat in his office dreaming about shoes, and miraculously (for my sake, as I'm sure they have a pretty heavy lean when it comes to legal issues, and probably the best lawyers and a never ending pot of legal expenditure to play with) decided not to take any further action. They asked the police to tell me not to contact them again.

I don't know how true the evacuation bit is, but that's what the officers said, and funnily enough, one of the officers was called PC Penny(!), however, I don't recall seeing a police car outside at the time...

Well, I counted myself as being extremely lucky, and don't for one minute recommend playing any cards like that in the future, so for your own sake, learn by my experience, and don't mess with the O!!







Nov 12, 2013 12:12 AM
all i can say is wow!
all that metal!

you hit a few thing right on the head there mate, keeping it real and enjoying it, that's what it's all about, some wise words from the doctor, and that display cabinet is very cool, it makes a change to see another method of storage instead of the usual blah doublewides, they're all well and good, but if everyone has them, they're not that special huh?

excellent spotlight man!
Mar 26, 2008 3:48 AM
are we having a back to basics moment then? this is what got me into o in the first place, nice simple clean technical designs with a big fat o on them! jeez this is hard
Jun 18, 2007 8:29 PM
i think you should be able to transfer the money from your account to a british one, you'd need to ask the british account holder for their account name, number and bank sort code, there may be a small admin fee, but i've done this from the uk to other countries without any charge, you may have to go into the bank though...
Jun 14, 2007 2:44 AM
the hatfield vault is now closed down, i called in tonight to do some holiday shopping and it was shut down and empty.

i pressed my disappointed face up against the glass and to add insult to injury, i saw row upon row of empty display cases, tables, poster frames etc just sat there!

hey adam and lex, fancy a raid, we'll need a hammer, some wire cutters and a balaclava each...hehe
Jun 14, 2007 2:02 AM
those gold m's are mental! some celeb will have those for way more that we can scrape together.

so when will the retro eyejackets come out then?

i like stuff like this from time to time, but when companies start doing this, they're just using retro as an excuse to dust off the old molds in the shed and make some money by doubling the price. good idea i know, but soon we'll be wearing retro flak jackets and we won't have a clue where we are!!

i guess they are hitting the market who were too young for the first time round, like all the 80s revival thing...
Jun 9, 2007 1:07 PM
nice. good color combination, which paint did you use and how did you splatter them?
Jun 6, 2007 9:03 PM
oh yeah they were brown, didn't know about the white ones, not taken much notice as they're not really for me...
Jun 6, 2007 8:59 PM
Jun 6, 2007 8:58 PM
my sub zero box had the same phrase but was followed by 'so don't even think about it'
Jun 6, 2007 8:55 PM
that is nice!
Jun 6, 2007 2:57 AM
are text cans hard to come by then? they had them in the london o-store on wednesday..
Jun 6, 2007 2:55 AM
they'll be sending them all to bong's house then, shit! hey bong, got any dtt's for sale?!?!
Jun 5, 2007 2:42 AM
do we know how many diamond editions there will be and how they will be distributed?
Jun 5, 2007 2:19 AM
And he's a pirate too?

maybe you should buy an EYEPATCH....
Jun 5, 2007 2:18 AM
such an awful thing to have to deal with. Unimagineable. Love to both.
May 28, 2007 12:41 PM
I just got a pair of pearl fire, brand spanking new.

After taking a good while looking at them, I'd say that they are one of oakley's finest pairs ever made, they are unbeleivably light and have just enough detail to not be over the top, and are plain enough to be subtle (apart from the colour)

I can see them pushing my juliets off the top spot as my favourite pair infact, everyone wears juliets but i've not seen many people in mags,

I think the new x-metals should go in this direction, squared off to fall in with the current trend with gascan etc but tweaked with spring hinges and more colours, anodised frames etc with a similar finish to the 24k xx's would be sweet.

If the problem with the coating was sorted i think these would have held up as much as the juliets, or even polished up like ollies pond/g26 pair....
May 28, 2007 12:32 PM
good read dude, i'm just recovering from the effects of going to a brewery last night,

May 27, 2007 2:45 AM
i was taking the piss, kinda like, why worry about generations, they don't do it on purpose for collectors, they change from batch to batch or whatever because materials and techniques vary, i'd prefer them to be a bit rougher myself in varying conditions, makes them seem more personal and unique,

i was referring to the ruby craze as regards the comment on the price, and that people will say anything on ebay to push up the price...
May 23, 2007 9:34 PM
fucking hell, i just skipped to the bottom to reply, my dad this, he said she said, cartier, omega, who gives a fuck, have you heard yourselves??

I like oakley because I like it, not cos it's better than anything or cos other people like it, if i'm gonna customise it, i'll do it for my benefit, no one elses.

if we're gonna be picky, put this thread in the off topic section, if we're gonna slag off oakley, fuck off and don't come back with your bullshit!!

May 18, 2007 9:27 PM
do they whistle when you run real fast?

very nice, cool pics too, cheers
May 14, 2007 10:53 PM
hehe, funny!
May 14, 2007 10:47 PM
i guess it's an easy way to make a bit of cash by cutting lenses...
May 14, 2007 10:38 PM
i like it, classic with a twist
May 13, 2007 2:40 PM
diggin at me frankie??

pm'd you
May 13, 2007 2:38 PM
will do mate...
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