During the Cold War, the impending Russian invasion was anticipated with fears of devastation, enslavement, and Patrick Swayze breaking down in tears in front of Partisan Rock. Now the Russians have arrived, bearing...awesome shirts and stuff, at UBIQ's Mishka Pop-up.
Named for the co-founder's Russian family-bestowed nickname, Mishka's taking over the sneaker gallery's 2nd floor for a three-week residency, showcasing their not-yet-in-stores Spring '09 collection of punk, comic, and flossy-nouveau-hobo inspired tees, buttondowns, denim, and jackets. Outerwear includes the plush red Clutch Fleece MC Jacket, the new-wave military Day Break Twill w/ blue-and-orange plaid lining, and the "Keep Watch" fleece "coaches jacket" -- stamped with an iconic bloodshot eyeball, because it too was getting drunk behind the field house. Tees range from the Smiley (a yellow cyclopian face flippin' two birds under the Mishka logo), to Mansonic (a 3-eyed, still un-illuminated Charles), to the Frank Kozik-designed "Pipes and Porridge": also available as a signed print, it features a trio of mean-looking girls about to turn a teddy bear's brain into breakfast gruel (this one's too cold?).
Tomorrow night, Mishka's throwing a free opening party, complete with booze, DJs Dirty South Joe, Flufftronix, and Sega, and rhyme-masters NinjaSonik -- because even though it's silly to still fear the Russians, you're right to be paranoid about ninjas.