September 2012

Title: All things WTAPS./134th entry「How things work」

For all things, there is always "how it works"
and there is a huge difference if you understand it or not.

Even for chaotic international matters and the motorcycle ridden everyday,
first you have to understand the "how it works" which shapes them,
and without this understanding, you cannot determine your position or stance.
If you do not, logic and emotion sway,
and you end up depending on the decisions of those around you.
Looking back at my many personal mistakes,
there a quite a few where the problem was this.
You also need this to be able to sniff out what you are not good at and want to avoid.
There are many things out in the world which you do not know about.
I really do not feel like getting into everything,
but at least things I like, or things that are related to me...


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Naoyuki Inoue / Production


All things WTAPS.Naoyuki Inoue / Production

Title: All things WTAPS./133rd entry「Coffee stains」

The camouflage chosen for the GIP-STORE 1st year anniversary item was 3 color.

The pattern officially chosen by the U.S. military as a desert camouflage
was called 6 color that was developed based on the south western desert area of the U.S.
and it was a 6 color camouflage, there were many problems such as the sand color
being different from the sand in the middle east, the dark brown and black parts
would absorb heat, and it was also costly due to the number of colors.

Newly developed and officially adopted in 1992 was the 3 color pattern.
Originally a cotton ripstop type and a satin cotton/nylon blend type
was made, but the ripstop type stopped production due to the strong
MIddle East sun causing ripstop pattern sunburns.
It was issued In 1991 during the end of the Gulf War, but the war ended so
only certain troops received them.
Afterwards, in 1993, the Delta Force and others deployed to Somalia wore it
and it became heavily used.
It seems that troops called them coffee stains from its looks.
And, the name of the multi-national force operation during the Gulf War was DESERT STORM.


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Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production


All things WTAPS.Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production

Title: All things WTAPS./132nd entry 「One year anniversary」

Now matter how long it felt, or how short it felt
in the same way time is managed the days move
only just when stopping thinking
I notice things that have changed
I really do not have any leeway and even if I thought that is a bit sloppy
if the secure daily chases you
like sleep again, wake up, walk, and kneel
what I did not do
what I missed
instead of these trivial things I think that
September 10th will be a day where I feel regret and loneliness
from not being able to cherish many different scenes.

To be born is something ultimate.
To grow up is also the same.
I feel that everything
is not just born and raised on your own
but born celebrated and raised.


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Shiori Etsugu


All things WTAPS.Shiori Etsugu / PR

Title: All things WTAPS./131st entry「My first garage was the bicycle parking lot of an apartment」

I feel that fixing when something is bad
is how to keep company with old things.
I really do not like messing around with mechanical things
so honestly it is a pain.
I have been riding these kind of motorcycles for over 20 years now.
There was a time when I was all about modifying
but now it is normal and stock.
I like to ride.
Fixing when something is bad becomes trial and error
and in some ways is a result of many things.
As a result
you could say the philosophy of my current work was formed.


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Tetsu Nishiyama / Director


All things WTAPS.Tetsu Nishiyama / Director

Title: All things WTAPS./130th entry「Vests」

Out of this season's items,
the M-69 has both a heavyweight feel and a lightness to it.
This is a highly heat retaining vest with
a combination of twill for the outer fabric
and alpaca pile for the collar and lining.

The whole item is bio-stone washed,
on the front and also arm holes
bumpy expressions are created.
Lined with alpaca and a storm flap under the collar
this is 1 not only for early autumn,
but even winter where you can throw it over a jacket.
This is a highly practical item which can be worn in many different ways
on the right chest and both elbows are leather patches that make a presence casually;
an item that represents this season.
 
FYI, M-69 refers to the body armor used by the infantry
during the later years of the Vietnam war.
 

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Yasunari Iwasaki / Pattern Maker


All things WTAPS.Yasunari Iwasaki / Pattern Maker
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