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Meet Shea Serrano: Your New Favorite Author, Illustrator, and Twitter Dad

Shea Serrano is probably your favorite Twitter dad. When he’s not busy writing articles for Grantland, he’s chronicling the journey of raising three kids (and an adorable frenchie) while balancing it out with his ride-or-die commitment to hip-hop and sports. Two years ago, he released his first publication Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book. By this time next week, he’ll have released his second book called The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed, which publications such as Complex and Esquire are calling the “music history book you need” and “the reading equivalent of a Ken Burns documentary.” Check out my interview below with the man himself, and don’t forget to purchase his book at our stores too!


You’ve been featured on the Urban Outfitters blog before, mind re-introducing yourself to the Space15Twenty readers?

Sure. Hi. Hello. I’m Shea. I write things and draw things. You’ve maybe seen something I did at MTV or Vice or Complex or Rolling Stone or GQ or other places like that but maybe you didn’t. Right now, I work as a staff writer at Grantland.  The interview you mentioned, that was when I did the rap coloring book with Bun B. And this interview right now is because my new book is just about to be published (October 13). So there you go. Nice to meet you.


Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book came out 2 years ago! How’s life changed for you since then? 

Well, for one, I’m super rich now. That’s pretty great. I love being super rich. It’s nice to buy things. The other day I bought my first Picasso piece. And the day before that I bought a jar from an old Mexican woman who told me that the ghost of Tupac is inside of it. She charged me $25,000 for it, which seemed like a very good deal for me because I really like Tupac.

Another thing that’s different is I’m taller. I had a growth spurt last summer; shot up three inches. It was so weird. But I appreciated it.

One more thing is Matt Damon has become a good friend of mine. We talk maybe once a week, sometimes more. He really respects my opinion and so we have meaningful, important conversations.


What inspired The Rap Year Book 

My editor inspired it. It was her idea. We had done the coloring book together and it went well so we knew we wanted to work together on another thing. I didn’t want to do another coloring book but I did want to get another book check so we talked about me writing her idea as a book and then there you go. Now we have a new book. And it’s crazy how dope it is. I should probably give her the check back now because that’s how dope it is. I mean, I’m not actually going to do that. But I’ll at least say it.


You illustrated Bun B’s Rap and Coloring Book, do you have any illustrations in the new book?

I made all the charts and stuff that are in there. All the drawing, though,  that was all done by this guy that nobody’s heard of yet named Arturo Torres. I found him because I saw a flier he’d done for a rap group that I follow. When I saw it, I knew it was the exact style I wanted for the art in the book. I chased him down online, got him on the phone, and then just pushed him and pushed him and pushed him until the book was done. He did a marvelous job. He’s very talented. The art is a big part of why I like the book so much.


Tell us a little bit about your experience in working with Arturo Torres and Ice-T throughout the making of The Rap Year Book.

Working with Ice-T was great. He’s a very smart, insightful, cool person. I was so proud and happy when he agreed to do the foreword for the book. I mean, how the fuck does something like that happen, you know? He’s one of the most important, revolutionary rappers of all-time. He’s a for real icon. And he did the foreword for my book. Like… how? I think about it a lot and I’m just like, man, shoutout Ice-T forever. I’ma watch Surviving The Game and New Jack City once a day for the rest of my life.

Working with Arturo was fun and also frustrating. He would disappear for a few days at a time and not return texts or emails or do things like that. Then he’d pop up out of a hole in the ground like, “Here you go,” and then send me 10 just really amazing pictures and I’d forget how mad I was and we just did that over and over and over a bunch of times for eight months until we had all 150 illustrations done. He draws everything by hand rather than on a computer and is just a real art-y kind of dude. What’s crazy is, as I answer these questions right now, I’ve still not met him in person. We’ve talked on the phone twice. That’s it. It’s all been texts and emails. And now him and I are connected forever with this book. The internet is a really incredible thing.


Who in the industry contributed to the book, if any? 

Man, sooooo many people. If in your head you thought about a bunch of the best music writers in the country, then chances are that there’s at least of the few of the names you’re thinking of in the book somewhere. What I did is, okay, so each chapter in the book is about a specific year, right? Each year gets a song that I write about as being the most important song of that year, right? So what I did was ask one person per year to write a tiny blurb that argued against my pick and for a different one. So, say, with the 1997 chapter, that one’s all about Puffy and Ma$e’s “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down.” At the end of the chapter, there’s a 150-word blurb from a famous music writer arguing for a different song. When I flip through the book now, I look at all the people who contributed to it and it’s really just like… whoa.


What’s your favorite part of The Rap Year Book?

My favorite part of The Rap Year Book is just that it’s done. It was SO much work. I drastically underestimated how much work it was going to be. It was for real the most draining, time-consuming thing I’ve ever worked on. I’m so glad it’s done and that it came out so perfect.


What inspired your love of hip-hop? What’s the first album that you owned?

I guess what inspired my love of rap is that I have ears and a brain and it’s just so obviously the best kind of music that how could anyone not love it, you know what I’m saying. It can be all things. It can be big and strong or small and feeble. It can make you happy or cry or wanna fight. It’s just amazing.

I’m not certain of the first album that I owned. I’m sure it was something terrible. I definitely remember getting Vanilla Ice’s To The Extreme. That might’ve been my first one. I was just a babe back then. Kids under 12 have the worst taste in rap music. Incidentally, 13-year-olds have the best taste in rap music.


Have you ever tried to rap? What would your rap name be?

I live in Houston and if you live in Houston you have to know how to freestyle. It’s just the way it goes. Like, let’s say you’re at the store and you don’t have enough money to pay for what you want. The cashier will let you just freestyle for a few seconds and then you get your thing. When you get pulled over, the cop freestyles your ticket to you. When you get into an argument with a girl, she freestyles about how much of a moron you are. So yes, I have tried to rap. I’m probably the best freestyler you ever heard, honestly.

If I had a rap name it would be something new but also familiar. Those are the best kinds of rap names. So maybe something like Biggie Talls, on account of I really like Biggie Smalls but also because of the three inches I grew this past summer.


Through experiences in your personal life and career so far, do you have any special advice for our readers?

The only advice I have is to try and do dope shit and also don’t be mean to people because that’s bad and also buy my book. Those are the three main things I want people to know.


What’s next for you? 

I’m headed out right now to do a photo shoot. I’m going to be on the cover of the December issue of Men’s Health. It’s me and Chris Pratt, I believe. It should be cool.

Thanks. Bye, dudes.

If you want to meet him, he'll also hosting a meet up at Skylight Books in LA on October 20th at 7PM.  Don't forget to pre-order Shea's book on amazon or in purchase in our stores next week, and follow him on twitter to keep your feed updated with hilarious posts about his kids, his frenchie, music, and more! 


PatriciaManlucu - 10.07.2015 File under - Books, Interview, Music, Urban Outfitters


It feels like just yesterday that summer began, and suddenly some of us are hitting the books again, or sharing memories of our trips with co-workers. Around this time, we like to rearrange our furniture, clean out our wardrobe, and set new goals. Some of the things currently on our mind...

  1. meditate daily

  2. drink more water

  3. stop killing our plants

  4. take more photos

  5. cow-hide rug

  6. more sweaters!

  7. new boots!

Below are some of our favorite UO things that are helping us throughout this, oh-so-hard transition. What kind of things are you doing to transition into Fall? Share your story with us! #UOhome #UOcampus #UOaroundyou




Krystabell - 09.10.2015 File under - Books, Clothes, dreamspace, Fashion, Furniture, Trends, Urban Outfitters

Nike Select at Urban Outfitters

We know how hard it is to find that workout motivation.  Whether it be the cute boy that always jogs past your place or looking good for that dreaded high school reunion.  What motivates us is some fresh looking workout gear.

Nike select items are available at Space15Twenty's Urban Outfitters and online.
Get motivated and just do it.

Nike Pro Classic Sports Bra
Nike Legendary Zebra Legging

Nike Modern Tempo Shorts
Nike Fly Tank Top
Without Wall Cage Bra

Nike Avant Crisscross Harem Pant

Model:  Tess Williams
Photographer:  Ebonee Shanay

EboneeShanay - 06.02.2015 File under - Urban Outfitters

UO Helps Nepal

Urban Outfitters is committed to aiding relief efforts in Nepal, as communities in the area struggle to recover from the devastating 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th.
We're partnering with Waves For Water to provide access to clean water by distributing portable water filtration systems to community centers, refugee camps and individual families within the disaster zone. Waves For Water has played a significant role in relief efforts around the world since forming in 2009, and they already have a team on the ground making a difference in Nepal.

Click here to see how you can help

Thank you!

EboneeShanay - 04.30.2015 File under - Urban Outfitters

Celebrate Rookie Year Book Three

This Saturday, come celebrate Rookie Yearbook Three with us, Tavi and friends!

Readings by Tavi and Rookie Contributors.

Book Signing and a dance party to end the day!

***Space is limited so early arrival is highly encouraged.  Entry will be first come, first served.***

We can't wait to see you there!

Saturday, February 21st
5PM - 9PM

1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles 90028

#RookieYearbookThree #Space15Twenty

EboneeShanay - 02.16.2015 File under - Events, Urban Outfitters

Space15Twenty Holiday Gift Guide

Tis the season to find something special for that someone special.  What we mean is tis the season for gift giving!
If you're having a hard time figuring out what to get for your mom, dad, sibling or your BFF we have a few holiday gift ideas for you.
Let's get started!

For The Music Lover:

The briefcase Crosley is perfect for the music lover.  A portable vinyl player in a faux leather briefcase can be transported from room to room or from their house to the next holiday party.

Crosley x UO Portable Vinyl Player.  .  .  .  $98


EboneeShanay - 12.15.2014 File under - Urban Outfitters

The Making of Market Space

After a successful launch a week ago, we have to share the making of Market Space.  Grueling hours of cutting rope, chopping wood and finding the perfect place for our local friends.  The boys and girls were hard at work and the end result was a beautiful Market Space.
Check out the BTS photos below.


EboneeShanay - 11.25.2014 File under - Market Space, Urban Outfitters

Inside Market Space

Take a look inside Space15Twenty's Market Space.  Now open!
Mon-Sat 10AM-10PM
Sun 10AM-9PM

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Market Space | Space15Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
LA, CA 90028


EboneeShanay - 11.25.2014 File under - Market Space, Urban Outfitters

Market Space Opening Party

Join us on Friday November 14th for the opening of Market Space.  Market Space will feature 30+ local Los Angeles designers, artists and creators.
Special cocktails from The Juice and Tequila De La Riva.  A live performance from El May and a free goodie bag for the first 25 customers!

Free and open to the public.
Friday November 14th

Urban Outfitters at Space15Twenty
1520 N.Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles 90028

EboneeShanay - 11.07.2014 File under - Events, Market Space, Urban Outfitters

The Locals behind Market Space

And So It Goes
And so it goes was founded on the principles of promoting local artisanship and pursuing environmentally sustainable practices by designers Georgia Tribuiani and Clarice Chin.  All pieces are one of a kind designed, handcrafted and assembled in Los Angeles.

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Dasein fragrances are hand blended in Los Angeles by self taught perfumer Sam Rader.  WINTER is a unisex fragrance with notes of blue spruce, black cardamom, forest pine and french lavender.

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Crescioni is an accessories label inspired by the natural landscape and spirit of the American West.  The handmade collection is modern and minimal, while staying rooted in traditional craft techniques.


EboneeShanay - 11.07.2014 File under - Market Space, Urban Outfitters


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