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  1. Espezially For You

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    Hide those new Nikes quick! Gary Aspden’s adidas Spezial exhibition is coming to Manchester. Featuring the collections of some of the North’s most dedicated adidas hoarders (including Oi Polloi boss-hogg Nigel), there’s alleged to be a grand total of 650 ultra-rare trainers on display. How many stripes is that? Answers written in marker pen onto the toe-box of your deadstock Tahitis to the usual address…

    Click the 'read more' button for more insightful information and some spy shots of the exhibition-space.

  2. Through the Magpie Eye: National Geographic Found

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    National Geographic Found is a cracking time waster from the dusty fingered folks in the archives of everyone’s favourite yellow magazine. Featuring photos of all sorts, from ‘a sled dog, tied to a whale rib, howling under the midnight sun’ to ‘two men struggling to free their scooter from a barbed-wire barricade’, this blog should provide you with hour after hour of rainy day fun.

    Click that little ‘read more’ button to see some stand-out images that we thought we worth copying and pasting.

  3. Interview: Windy Osborn — BMX Photographer

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    This was published in August last year, but seeing as we're in the midst of a 'slow news week', we thought we may as well knock it back under your nose.

    There’s no best and worst when it comes to photography, but some people are just better than others — Windy Osborn is definitely one of these people. Shooting BMXers in the 70s and 80s, her up-close, high-zoot shots captured BMX with a dose of straight-up rawness rarely seen in ‘action-sports photography’. Here she discusses how she got started, her own attempts at riding and her time working with a young Spike Jonze.

  4. Dispatches from Croatia

    Posted: Mike Sallabank /

    Much to the despair of Chris, OP operations manager, I've just had two weeks off to mooch up the Dalmatian coast with girlfriend in tow. From city to city and island to island, the entire place was extremely beautiful and the people were massively welcoming. All in all it was well worth a visit. I’m not quite sure how I managed to fit so much in whilst taking so many photos though… I even came across Croatia's answer to Nigel.

  5. Better Late Than Never: 10th Birthday Party Pics

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    Want to know what the staff, friends and family of Oi Polloi looked like back in the year 2012? Well, today’s your lucky day — here are some photos from our 10th birthday party. These pictures were meant to be posted up many moons ago, but for some reason known to no one, they never were.

  6. Worth a Watch: Potentially Lifesaving Public Information Films

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    Life is full of tough questions. Should I hide in that old fridge I found in the rubbish heap? Will that rotten old tree branch hold my weight? Can I pitch my tent under these overhead powerlines? Luckily for those who lack common sense, Public Information films provide all the right answers. Ranging from the ridiculously dull to downright terrifying, these films are a startling reminder that you’re never one daft mistake from a grisly death.

    Here’s a few classics that could save your life.

  7. Tumblin' Tumbleweeds

    Posted: Oi Polloi /

    As the eagle-eyed amongst you may have already noticed, we've gone and got one of those Tumblr things. Click here for photos of battleships and old trainers.

  8. Interview: Ruedi Karrer and his Jeans Museum

    Posted: Sam Waller /

    A few months ago a friend of the shop was walking around Zurich when he was stopped in the street by a man and complimented on his jeans. As the conversation developed it transpired that this man wasn’t just any part-time denim fan, he was the owner of the world’s only museum dedicated to denim — the Jeansmuseum of Heaviest Fadings.

    Upon hearing this heartwarming tale, we managed to track this devoted denim disciple down in deepest cyberspace. His name is Ruedi Karrer and here’s what he had to say…