Dr.Z Feature in GQ Magazine

Dr.Z recently featured in GQ MAGAZINE print edition (May 2014) and named among the list of GQ’s “coolest guys” in South Africa.

CITY OF GOLD 574” Video/ TV Interviews & Event Coverage

Watch some coverage and interviews filmed at the recent New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “CITY OF GOLD 574” launch event in Johannesburg:

Hunting for Kicks:“Special Edition” with Mkay Frash

Turn up on Channel O: with Siyabonga “Scoop” Ngwekazi


Following the South African launch a week back, the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr. Z ‘City of Gold’ 574 will release today (28th of April 2014) through the following select international retailers:

UK: End, Crooked Tongues, Foot Patrol, Hanon


EUROPE: Starcow, Premium Supply Store, Fresh Kicks, Lockwood, Version Originale, SNS, Tres Bien., Caliroots, NORSE, Wood Wood, Suede-Store, Slam JamUnotre.com, Titolo, Actdis, Paranoia, 4elements, Cromwell, Paar Laden

RUSSIA & UKRAINE: BrandShop, Rockland, KM20, Helen Marlen Mandarin, Ostrov, Conquest Store


ASIA: Mita Sneakers, Phantaci, InvincibleLimited EDT Vault, Sole WhatNew Balance Past Present Future Hong KongNew Balance Past Present Future ChinaNew Balance Past Present Future TaiwanNew Balance Past Present Future Korea 


AUSTRALIA: Up There Store, Highs and Lows, Capsule Store

USA* (DELAYED): Blends, Feature, Burn Rubber, Nice Kicks, Packers, West, Kith, Concepts, Kick Theory, Shoe Gallery


*Please note: The bonus canvas carry bag is only available in certain regions


In the tweet below, Raekwon the Chef is of course referring to the CITY OF GOLD 574.

What I tell you about wearing the wrong New Balance, man? - Raekwon the Chef (intro Ghostface Killah - Bulletproof Wallets )

Watch this clip of Rae talking New Balance..


PRESS RELEASE: DR.Z Custom Vintage Racer for Oakley “Hertiage Collection”

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oakley Sports Performance eyewear, the “Heritage Collection” salutes the old-school by bringing back all the original retro frames for a limited time only. This is your chance to own a piece of history with the original 1980’s colorways of the Frogskin, Razorblade and the iconic Eyeshade model! Available in extremely limited quantities worldwide, Shelflife Store is one of the few select stockists and in honour of this special occasion Oakley have commissioned local artist and OG Shelflifer “Dr.Zulu” to customize a rare vintage 5-speed racing bike, which is currently on display in the Shelflife street level window.

Oakley “Heritage Collection” purchase enquiries:
Shelflife 119 Loop St. Cape Town SA
Tel: 0214223931
email: contact@shelflife.co.za


South African sneaker boutique, Shelflife, and local designer, Dr.Z, have teamed up with international sneaker brand New Balance for a collaborative project: the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574.

Showcasing the best of the South Africa’s homeland to sneaker aficionados around the world, the New Balance “City of Gold” 574 draws design inspiration from South Africa’s largest metropolis, the city of Johannesburg, dubbed the “City of Gold” for its large-scale gold trade and wealth.

The graphics also make reference to the formidable “Parktown Prawn” king cricket. Specific to the Johannesburg region, the Parktown Prawn has grown into a cultural icon due to its aggressive nature and the urban legend of indestructibility.

Two additional design elements have been worked into the sneaker; with the yellow and grey colourway reflecting the colours of the local train system, as well as a stylized diamond symbol that mimics the graphics of traditional African tribal artworks.

Built with premium detailing and materials, the “City of Gold” 574 features a mix of mesh, nubuck, pigskin suede and reflective 3M heel panels. Further notable features include the yellow speckled sole, prawn graphic lace locks, yellow lace tips and variant branding on the heel.

Boasting a collection of premium extras, the “City of Gold” 574 package comes with two interchangeable velcro options for the ‘N’ logo, a spare pair of black laces, a canvas carry bag and a rubber prawn keying.

The New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574 will release in South Africa, through Shelflife, on the 17th April 2014, with the global release date following soon after, on the 28th April 2014.

Watch the promotional video for the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z “City of Gold” 574 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lOZQKYsOIA

Solo Photographic Exhibition at Beijing Opera

My first solo photographic exhibition has opened today at the new BEIJING OPERA restaurant location. The show features a series of postcard size prints from a recent trip to Asia.

ORMS professional quality prints & canvases are available to order at various sizes by request.

BEIJING OPERA 3-9 Rose Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town. Tuesday-Friday 10:00-17:00 and Saturday 10:00-15:00

Contact Yang Zhao: yang@beijingopera.co.za


New Balance Instagram Preview

New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z - “City of Gold 574”

I am very pleased to announce the upcoming release of the New Balance x Shelflife x Dr.Z collaboration sneaker project …the “City of Gold 574”!

More information will be dropped throughout this month and next…but for now check out this teaser video clip:

Video credit: www.conduit.co.za
Sound track credit: Sibot / www.saythankyou.co.za

Dr.Z featured in Warp Mag Japan

Recently featured in Warp Magazine Japan (Vol. 202 - 2014.1 +2) “Trip to Heaven” issue with a small interview in Japanese discussing the highlights of Johannesburg city, South-African street culture and some upcoming projects.

Architect Benjamin Lowder talks “Word Magic”

I am honoured to be personally mentioned in this talk by Illinois architect/ artist Benjamin Lowder ( around 21:55). During his art exhibition “Myth, Math & Magic on the 90th Meridian ” Benjamin talks “Word Magic” at Buckminster Fuller’s “Center for Spirituality & Sustainability.” He drops some knowledge and personal wisdoms explaining the intention of his art through quantum mechanics and the cultural importance of Rammellzee.


I recently found this video online, hidden & embedded inside a mix of other random clips…an extremely rare performance-art style interview with Rammellzee in his “Crux The Monk” costume. Crux is one of the characters in the “Alpha’s Bet” mythology with the description of “A time puzzler and dimension juggler. A maker of poisons”.

Unfortunately I do not have any more information about the origination or source of the clip, but I hope my reposting here on youtube will assist in finding a better quality version or other similar archived videos that might exist.


View Larger Map

Recently the “Google Maps” Street View cameras documented the The Children’s Museum of the Arts in New York. By chance it was during The RAMMELLZEE Galaxseum exhibition, which presented the most comprehensive collection of works to-date. Take the tour around and spot the life sized Rammellzee & Shun-U standing guard!


Feature: Dr.Zulu on 10and5.com

I was interviewed for 10and5.com. “Between 10 and 5” is the popular South African website showcasing creative talent and creative industry related news.

link up here to view: http://10and5.com/2013/09/13/featured-dr-zulu