2013 is a party. AND WE’RE ALL INVITED.


2013 is officially the year of the TRIBE. According to Chinese Mythology it’s the year of the SNAKE, which makes perfect sense – the time we are living requires a highly tuned intuition and a refined energy.

The old world, which consisted of anarchy and destruction, is nearing the end. We are currently in the Age of Co-Creation. This co-creation refers to how we build the world that WE want to live in. We do this by connecting with each other and by knowing what our role is within the new world. It is about how we connect, how we evolve and how we communicate within our TRIBES.

It is also about what we choose to do within our TRIBES, and what roles we take on. But remember, we need to be adaptable as we shift and tune into the world around us. YOU ARE THE MEDIA. WE ARE THE MEDIA.

The REVOLUTION is well under way.



Our world is a construct of our imagination. Everything involving human action is a construct. We’ve made up language, numbers, names, institutions, money, love, hate and everything in-between. We are not the constructions that we imagine ourselves to be. We ARE the creators, the silent observers, the decision makers. If we have imagined THIS world into to being, then we must imagine THE NEW WORLD into being. THE NEW WORLD is the world that is happening right now. It is not a future world. THE NEW WORLD is born out of pure awareness, and not out of ideology.

Electric Mountain /// Christian Tiger School


I present you the genius of Christian Tiger School. This is partially to do with me having to redeem myself after posting that kak Die Antwoord video. Bliksem, ek’s fokken jammer. It was an embarrassment to you, me and everyone associated with Under the Culture.

There is so much artistic brilliance bubbling out of Cape Town, and Christian Tiger School is one of those bubbles that is yet to pop. They’re without doubt some of the most unique and cutting edge audio acrobats in the Mother City.

Christian Tiger School are the psychedelic/dream hip-hop duo from Cape Town comprising of Luc Veermeer and Sebastian Zanasi.

Their soulful music meanders through filtered psychedelic synths to airy and playful melodies.


Download their debut album “Third Floor” here:



 Christian Tiger School

We Are Connected.

We’ve all heard the terminology: We are all one. We are all connected. We’ve heard it so often that we take it for granted as to the extent of our connection. During our daily meanderings, we over look the subtle flow of energy between us. When we raise our awareness a notch or two, we start to notice that we exist because of each other, and that every single thought and movement spreads into the world, bouncing and morphing between us and through us creating the “quantum soup” that we call life on earth.

The urge to write this arrived today, during my post Rocking the Daisies wave of synchronicity, while observing myself in my interactions with my friends. However, the seed was planted on Saturday night. Time: 11:42 pm. GPS Cordinates: -33.47’ N 18.52’’ W, or more commonly known as the Red Bull Electro Stage. Jamming to symphonic beats. Synched. Morphed together like a forest of waving branches in a hurricane of orgasmic beats.

The DJ’s: Twelv & Thesis. Lined up across four turntables. They looked like astronauts taking the helm of a spaceship. Videos projections. Surveilance footage cascading into 8-bit heaven. Futuristic. Conceptual. Poignant. The visuals mingle with the experimental beats. We’re teleported into the year 2078.

 I look around me. All eyes are up, looking into each other. We’re sensing each others rhythm. We’re locked into one dance. Our bodies melt. Our personal space is obliterated in a surge of serotonin and sweat. We see each other. Bodies liquefy into a river without a beginning or an end. Souls weaving. A vortex. Warping. Merging. Colliding. Fusing together in a cosmic stomping ground.  Time travelling. Gathering the past. Stirring it into the present.

We move because of the music. The music moves because of us.

I reach my apex. The beat moves on.

Time: 02:16 am.

Place: Somewhere between Red Bull and Main Stage.

Our bodies still swaying in a translucent symphony of sex and symmetry. A giant beach ball. Bouncing down the slope. Grown men and women chasing and kicking and diving and recovering the inner child. Laughter. Tomfoolery.

We skip another 25 metres and the sound of Block Parties’ This Modern Love takes over. The sound reverberating through the earth and up our legs and into our chests. The beat goes on. Weaving in and out of each other. Daisies blossoming from under our shoes.

The hinges of society completely and utterly ripped apart. Everyone is open. Laid bare. Huston, we have lift off.

Rocking the Daisies proved to be the ultimate microcosm of the potential for life on earth. A world where boundaries don’t exist. A world where we are free to be ourselves. A world that is already here. And we made it.

Enter the Age of Networked Intelligence.

Clevedon Road, Muizenberg. 

When I lived in Clevedon Road, Muizenberg, I walked past this everyday on my way work. I was conflicted at the time – my intuition was telling me to start a career in advertising, yet the world around me was shattered and I saw advertising at the very heart of the fragmented society I was living in.

Luckily, we have finally become immune to traditional advertising. We are no longer the puppets of mass media. The digital world has already merged with the physical world. We are the Internet. We are it. We are the storytellers. We decide which brands live, and which brands die. We are the brands. We are the Indigo children. We are the economy. We are the government. We are nature. We are the society. We are the instigators. We are the media.

Of course, our work does not start and end with the Internet.

We are also acutely aware of how every single time we leave our front door that we’re creating the world we live in. We know that every single breath is an opportunity to elevate our consciousness, and the consciousness of those around us.

We have created a world in which we communicate online and in the “real world” simultaneously. The lines between “the real world” and the digital world have merged.

Never before in our history have we had so much power to affect change. Never before have we been able to mobilize, connect and collaborate with so many tribes around the globe. Never before have we had immediate access to so much information. Never before have we had the ability to connect with the entire world simultaneously.

I am forever indebted to the artist who made this. Your message eventually hit home.

I am indebted to the planet and everyone who has been a part of my journey. I have a responsibility to use my creativity and the media to its full potential.

I am enormously privileged to be in the position that I’m in. I’m busy finishing off my portfolio at The Red and Yellow School of Advertising. I feel honoured to have worked with some of the brightest minds in the country and to have made friends who have the same goal in mind: To harness the power of the media and use it to change the world.

I have yet to meet the artist who created this. I hope you’re out there, right now, reading this. You were right. I AM the media. YOU are the media. WE are the media.

CAPE TOWN DRUG “culture”.

Cape Town is the drug portal of Africa. Drugs are inseparable from Cape Towns’ music, fashion, art and pop culture – just like every other country. Drugs have played just as much of a role in shaping our society as the government and the media.

This is not about how bad drugs are, or even how drugs have benefitted society. I’m not even going to attempt to take some sort of middle road, because when it comes to drugs – that middle road does not exist.

I’m a generation Xer. An 80’s child. When I was 16 I used to dance in my room to Derrick the Bandit on 5fm. I lived two minutes from the Three Arts Theatre in Plumstead. I used to check ous kapping fat jols. I checked them smoking cigarettes outside; jamming to the beats banging in their boots. They smiled like cartoon characters in their neon outfits. I decided then and there that this was for me. I wanted to feel like that.

I felt that love. That 90’s plastic love.

I grew up on raves and ecstasy. Glow sticks and tiger balm. Bouncy, sweaty bodies. PLUR. Grinning. Rubbing skin. Free massages. Casual sex. Rubbing our sweat against each other and dropping the bass. Cities of Angels. Underground basements. Tidy Trax. Rothmans Special Mild. Cosmic Gate. Skydiving synapses. White gloves. White doves. Exploration of Space. Seratonin surges. NASA neurology. Dopamine diaries. Juked up joyrides. Speeding tickets. Candy floss gums. Bikinis in winter. Dialated disco dreams. Paranoid Sunrises.

Yellow Tweeties, Red Smileys, Yellow Smileys, Mitsubishis, Supersports, 007’s, Rolexes, VW’s, Green Pumas, Armani’s, Mercedes Benz, Blue Nikes, Pokemons, Blue Diamonds, T-Rexes, White Diamonds, Pink Angels. They were experimental tickets each offering their own brand of ride.

Neon has made its conspicuous comeback last season; it was short lived but there is evidence of the euphoric recall of a period in space and time where we temporarily found what we were looking for. We dealt with the comedowns and the inevitable sunrises and the looming Monday mornings. Some of us moved onto harder drugs. Some of us were even lucky enough to find a seat in mainstream society.

I did my research (while under the influence of lemonade) and what follows is my dissertation of the progression of Cape Towns’ drug “culture”.

Happy hardcore has made way for psy trance. Hard house has glitched into tech. Uplifting trance has spiraled into the darker realms of the psychedelic with labels like MMD (Mind Manipulation Device) taking the reins. The atmosphere at trance parties is dictated by the music and by the brand of drugs.

Todays’ audience craves harder-edged vibrations and parties have evolved into an express train of beats bordering on 165b/pm. The speed of the music is mirroring the speed of the world and the drugs are fueling the space ship into overdrive.

LSD and Mushrooms have always been the driving force behind the psychedelic beats and they are dropped like candy at trance parties all summer long. Ecstasy has been replaced by MDMA which is the drug of choice among 70% of todays “recreational” drug users. Cocaine is still socially acceptable. Tik and heroin fall into an entirely different category, despite the blurred boundaries people would never admit to using them, unless you’re a full blown junkie of course in which case you just don’t give a fuck.

Drugs are sold by the clubs themselves – they always have been and they always will be. However, there has been a shift in the past few years: Gangs like the Americans and Hard Livings have loosened their grip on controlling all of Cape Towns’ clubs in order to focus on other things.

Drugs are sold by kids trying to put themselves through college. Drugs are sold by mothers on their way back from the school run. You can bank over 5 grand in 3 hours without even trying by pushing MDMA in Cape Town clubs. Nothing’s changed. The drug scene is the same as it always has been. The only difference is that you don’t need to meet manky Nigerians down dingy streets anymore.

When the sun rises at a trance party the ground is littered with little plastic bags. College kids still end up in prison being fucked up the arse by 28’s. We all know that drugs are only a symptom of an unbalanced society and that the eternal search for bliss always leads to sleep deprivation and all the other shite that goes along with jamming yourself full of chemicals.

There is very little else to say about drug culture. It hasn’t changed since the 60’s. I’m done. Over and out. Fuck drug culture. There is no culture in drugs.


The world is throwing us more surprises than Jakkels did when he attacked from behind in Wonderboy. Technology has already taken us into the realm of science fiction. The world is changing at such a rapid rate and it’s reassuring to know that there is a brand like 2BOP that connects us to our roots. 2BOP embodies what will become known as future nostalgia. They remind us that life is a game and we can skiet for as long as we want. They have created a concept that defies the laws of advertising. They’ve created a culture that reminds us how JAS is it is to be a South African. They have a created a brotherhood of gamekoppe and corner store colonels that will stand vas till the end of time. If you don’t know who 2BOP is by now – you better raak wys. It’s time to get with the programme.

I always start off by asking: What is your power animal? But in your case – what is your power character? If you could be any 8-bit character what would it be?

 Anthony: Could it be an existing character or must we invent one?

Brad: I’m straight up Mario, dude.Cos he’s tripping balls all day. He’s fucked on mushrooms in this weird world. He just spends his life tripping balls. It seems like a fun existence to lead. But ya, it could get a bit much.

Lekker. And then I was gonna ask you guys…

 Anthony: Hey! I didn’t get my one. OK … C’mon … there’s so many. OK, that dude from Vigilante … don’t know what his name is but he just walks around going KAPOW! KAPOW! He’s got this pair of nunchucks. He is pretty badass. I’ll find out what his name is and I’ll get back to you. [Lagging in the studio]

 Do you think Billy Mitchell was a true gamekop? Would you guys sit down and actually skiet games with Billy Mitchell?

 Anthony: Of course dude.

 Brad: Fuck yeah. He’s a legend.

 In terms of skill?

Anthony: You cannot deny his skill. The guy took the whole gaming perfection thing to a whole other level. Even if he just happens to be the biggest douche in the universe, it doesn’t mean you don’t want to play games with him.

Brad: I like people that are dicks. I think they’re important in society. And the thing is: I’m all about paying your dues. And there’s not one person on earth that can say that dude has not paid his dues. As far as playing Pacman goes, and Donkey Kong. He is a god, so basically, when he’s inside that small world, he should be allowed to be a dick.

 Anthony: We need people like him for sure. Without him the world would be a boring place.


OK, now into 2BOP. Part of 2BOP’s success seems to be because people are becoming nostalgic – wanting to remember times when games were about the gameplay and not about the graphics. It helps remind us of the carefree times we spent with our brasse. When life was all about getting the next two bop and skieting a game. Is this true?


Brad: I think nostalgia definitely plays its role here. I think that by nature people are perpetually nostalgic. I’m in my early 30’s now and I’m beginning to sound like my Dad. And when I was I kid I was like: ‘You old ass’. And now I find myself doing the same thing.

Anthony: And I’ve said this somewhere before … 2BOP is not just about nostalgia. This friend of mine came up with this term: Future nostalgia – it’s almost like getting déjà vu in the moment and you’re like – ‘WOW! I’m going to remember this moment forever.’ So, we’re trying to create that kind of feeling where even though you’re inspired by some past era – we’d rather reinterpret it in terms of what’s happening now, and what’s going to be happening in the future. In those terms it is a futuristic style.

 I dig that term – future nostalgia!

 Anthony: Don’t use it too much, it’s trademarked! [Laughs all round]

I believe that colored culture is the most authentic culture in Cape Town, and Cape Flats culture needs to be celebrated. I think you guys are doing a pretty good job. What do you skiem?

 Anthony: What is colored culture? From my side – that’s cool and everything. But I’m like … fuck colored culture, you know. What is colored culture? How do you define culture by one group of people? What is it? Is it because we all eat gatsby’s and lower our cars?

It’s a stereotype, ya?

 Anthony: Exactly. It’s too much of a generalization. It’s about celebrating an area. Obviously there is a colored culture … I’m just saying that to be controversial.

Brad: Stereotypes exist because they are true. I don’t give a fuck what anyone on earth says to me, stereotypes exist because they are true, and I believe you should celebrate it. I believe in not being skaam of who the fuck you are. For me, when I think of colored culture – that’s what I think of – an overwhelming feeling of not giving a fuck. But it’s not giving a fuck because you’re so comfortable in your own skin. And I do think it’s totally and completely unique, and people should celebrate it more. But, you know, I don’t think that colored people would ever tell you to celebrate it, just by the nature of being a colored. You know? So it’s kind of a weird thing because I’m saying that it should be celebrated more, but at the same time you’re like: ‘Nah… fuck, you know, just let it be.’ In a perfect world it should be celebrated, but I’m also like – why?

Anthony: That’s kind of what’s cool about it. People don’t want to be defined by it, but they are. [Laughs all around the studio]

Brad: It’s like the dude rolling past in his lowered to the floor Ford Cortina, or not even a Cortina these days – like a Toyota or some shit, and he’s standing out the side…’tjsy, don’t put me in a box!’ It’s just funny dude.

 I get the feeling sometimes that 8-bit characters are begging to be set free from antiquity. They need to be set free into the real world and into pop culture. Is it just me? Or does 2BOP give these characters a new lease on life?


Anthony: Stop smoking so much ganja!

[Laughs all round the studio]

Brad: You know what: To a certain extent, what you’re saying is true. Anthony and myself are very aware of what we’re doing. The whole 8-bit thing has been done before, but a lot of people just take the Atari sign and put it on a t-shirt. But we always try and keep shit a lot more cryptic. So a lot of the time, for example – the Billy Mitchell shirt – it’s this perpetual inside joke. And when someone gets it, they get it. Because it’s always in the weirdest places. We have this one shirt – aesthetically it’s got rad colours, a nice sort of visual image … Lot’s of people can dig it for what it is. But there are hidden layers. It’s this weird character, and it comes from playing Wonder Boy to a level of abuse that you will know who this character is. So, in essence, you are kind of setting it free because you’ll meet someone who’s on that same level as you, they’ve played it just as much as you, and they’re like: ‘Holy shit! That’s that dude that comes from behind and kills you!’

Anthony: It’s true. Back in the early 2000’s I was working some stupid office job – I used to print out stickers and shit on the company printer. No wait … I shouldn’t be saying this. [Brad laughs] I used to put up Wonder Boy characters in the most random spots. They’d normally get stolen. So ya, there was this desire to get these characters out in public spaces. But also more of the obscure characters – not Mario, not  Pacman, not the Space Invaders. It’s also about letting people know that there is depth to the stuff.

 Brad: There are also these background characters that are just kind of there. Like those poor fuckers in that round in Street Fighter – they would just cheer, they would cheer constantly… [Brad laughs]











OK. Role playing games are big today. Kids in Korea actually drop dead from malnourishment due to weeks of playing. Games like World of Warcraft and Diablo have become the new obsession. Kids are actually dying! Do you guys think todays’ gaming culture is completely different to the old culture?

 Anthony: It’s just evolved. I mean – arcade games by their very nature were designed for you to play them for as little time as possible, so you could put more money into the machine. That’s kind of the fundamental difference. But mobile gaming is becoming quite popular nowadays. It’s something that you can play quickly on the go. Through mobile phones and technology evolving, I think there’s a similarity between arcade games and these quick entertainment games.

Brad: Ya, you know that Thai term – same same … but different?


Brad: That’s kind of how it is. It’s still, in essence about being obsessed with whatever it is. Whether it’s playing shoot-em-ups or old mame games. For me it’s still the same sort of thing, but then again it is different. Technology has allowed shit to move a lot further forward. But as Ant says … at the end of the day – everything is designed to make you fail, which is what makes it so appealing. Because you wanna fuck the system. You wanna beat it.

 One of the reasons I love 2BOP so much is that it reminds me not to take life so seriously. It reminds me that life is fun. Life is a game. It’s a philosophy that I’m trying to live by. Do you guys agree with that?

 Anthony: Yeah, totally. That’s why we don’t take ourselves too seriously, or our prints … or our website.

Brad: Just have a jol bra.

 Cape Town is renowned as being cliquey. What do you guys skiem?

 Brad: I think people that say that are fucking whiny bitches. Cape Town is the sort of place where people really don’t give a fuck in a good way. I get annoyed by people who are like: ‘Dude, you my friend right? Dude, you my friend right?’ I want to tell you to fuck off then. If it doesn’t work, if things don’t clique then why force it? I can understand if you’re a buiterlander and you come in. But people persist. They’re like: ‘that guy is such a dick because he won’t be my friend.’ I think Cape Town is simple on that level. I think it’s a massive misconception- fabricated by the haters.

 Anthony: You create that shit yourself. If you just talk to people, they’ll talk back to you.

You guys know what’s happening in Woodstock, with all the gentrification. Where shits becoming more expensive and people are getting kicked out. It makes me feel that a part of Cape Town culture is becoming a bit phony. What do you guys think?

 Anthony: Yeah we totally agree that it’s happening.

Brad: One thousand percent dude. If you look at Woodstock – the Woodstock Industrial Centre – there was a place there called The Golden Plate. These places have been legendary spots to buy gatsbys and fast food. My Dad used to go there back in the day. I’m not saying that shit needs to always remain the same. I do believe in progression, and I do understand that it’s the natural cycle. The city needs to expand. But you can be respectful in the way you do it. It all boils down to respect.

Anthony: What do people value? Like The Golden Plate for example. Some people will say it’s just another failed business, or it’s just another café. But people don’t get the heritage. They don’t get the culture. And back to your earlier question – what is colored culture? That’s part of colored culture. Those developers don’t value that. They could have handled that in a different way.

It always seems to boil down to profit. Profit always seems to reign. Ya?

 Brad: Absolutely dude. This is how it’s always happened, throughout the world. There’s an extremely passive aggressive approach to it. They don’t directly say: ‘Look, we’re kicking you out.’ They say: ‘You can totally stay here for the next 6 months,’ and then they come back and things have changed… rents gone up. So it just puts them in a position where they can’t afford it, so they have to give it up. It comes down to black and white – as in the facts, we know they never actually kicked them out; they left because they couldn’t afford it. But we all know it was just a nice way of them telling them to fuck off.

Anthony: It’s crazy man. You know where that new office block is? With the Spar? A friend of mine lives just around the corner, and she said these old people just got kicked out of their houses, and the houses are just standing there, empty. They’re not using them for anything.

2BOP has a unique and beautiful culture. You guys actually stand for something. You have connected with a core group of followers unlike most brands. How do you guys do this?

 [Anthony and Brad laugh]

 Anthony: We don’t. It just happens. I think people can see when you take pride in what you do, and that you’re having fun and considering what you’re doing and not just doing it to make money. They can see the love you put into it.

Brad: You know what I said earlier about Cape Town and the cliquey thing? Well … we’re not trying to be anything but who we are. If I meet some dude and we clique we’re gonna be homies. It’s not like a “will you be my friend kind of thing”. We don’t say: ‘Please will you wear our clothes?’ So, if you like us, you like our clothes, then cool … fuck with us. And if you don’t then that’s also cool. I think it’s because we don’t push too hard in a society that is based on just forcing shit down your throat. Look at kids nowadays – before they start a band and before they’ve played any instruments they’ve got a Facebook page. And they’re marketing themselves and they’re asking people to like them?! That whole concept of asking someone to like you! What a fucking loser, you know! It’s retarded. And as Anthony says – we just are who we are.

What do you think of Cape Town Fashion? Are we finding our own expression? Or are we still following European trends?

 Anthony: I don’t even consider us part of the Cape Town fashion scene. I don’t even know when it’s Cape Town fashion week. But it depends on what you mean by fashion.

Brad: I do understand that there is a specific European kind of fashion sense, but if you look at the history of Cape Town – it is part African and part European … and that’s a fucking fact. Look at shweshwe prints – all that shit came from Holland and then was just adapted in a different way by Africans. It’s all a mix.

Anthony: I guess the whole world is following everybody else.

The whole world is becoming more globalized. I just don’t see any particular influence. It just seems that everything is becoming more enmeshed. Do you agree?

 Brad: It’s rad when things are enmeshed. I don’t believe that being an individual means that you’ve got to hang onto something. I’m not an individual because I’m holding onto my African heritage. Being an individual is being an individual. And celebrating the fact that we are this massive big pit of inbred fucking mongoloids.

 I study culture and one thing that I find fascinating is how subcultures overlap each other, especially in Cape Town. Gaming culture overlaps with skating culture which overlaps with hip hop culture. It doesn’t seem to be one thing.

 Anthony: I think gaming culture is so ubiquitous nowadays. It’s so huge. It’s as big as Hollywood in terms of revenue. You can’t separate the two. And any others for that matter.

And finally: RAAK WYS: What does this actually mean?

 [Laughs all round]

 Brad: If you directly translate it – RAAK WYS would mean get wise or wise up. But I don’t think it actually means that. It’s the same as the word JAS. It depends on a multitude of different things. It’s about how you use it and it’s in the delivery as well.

 Anthony: It’s also like the ‘shits gonna go down now’.

Brad: Exactly. You could walk in somewhere and someone is kissing your chick and you’re like: ‘Naaier! Raak wys!’ Or your football team could have just scored a goal and you say: ‘RAAK WYS!‘


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