55DSL is currently hosting a worldwide foosball tournament offering the overall winner a trip to South Africa. To help celebrate global football fever, an exclusive pack of tee shirts has been created in collaboration with 55DSL and PANINI featuring a roster of artists and designers including Kakofonia, Super Expresso, Niark 1 and Théo Gennitsakis to name a few. It looks like a really fun project and it appears that the creative brief was pretty wide open for the design of the tee shirts which feature some interesting artistic approaches to each country’s unique brand of football fanaticism.
Joshua M. Smith, otherwise known as Hdyro 74 has launched a new clothing line called Brass Tack Apparel in conjunction with a small handful of artists. They are currently selling t-shirts and a few prints but it look as though the collection will be expanding in the future.
I do a lot of design and illustration work for clothing and tee shirts. I am always pushing my clients to be more aggressive and have fun with what they print. I think the tee shirt is kind of a special canvas with a rather unlimited amount of possibilities and it’s rarely used as expressively as it can be. So I have a special place in my heart for clothing companies that just flat out go for it when it comes to their tee shirt designs and Drop Dead Clothing is pretty fearless. Their is no denying that anything in their collection wouldn’t make an immediate impression on any one within eye shot. I’d imagine wearing one would elicit the question ‘where’d you get that?’
Teenagers In Love is a clothing label founded in San Francisco committed to fun and fashion drawing aesthetic inspiration from vintage surf, skate, & bmx culture as well as vintage motorcycles and graphic design. Amen, and I’ll rock one of those bad boy crews any day of the week. ‘Radical’ is the word I believe.
The Strange Attractor launched a t-shirt line through their online storefront some weeks back. There are some really nice and very fairly priced shirts available that would strike a cord in any designer’s heart. Pete Barnett established The Strange Attractor a year or two back after leaving Denver for Chicago. It was another sad loss for the local community but Pete has worked hard the make his blog a really amazing contributor to the online creative community and the quality of the Pattern and Shape t-shirt series is exactly what you would expect from his level of commitment to all things creative.
I have previously featured the work of artist Kora Krit but I believe this may be a new website showcasing some of his very unusual and original clothing. Either way, his fascinating t-shirt designs are still worth a second look.
A little more about the artist:
“Previously known as “Pissingsquirrel”, “Kora-Krit” is a collection of tees, hoodies and fashion items made by Korakrit Arunanondchai. Korakrit loves having fun and hopes that people who wear his inventions will feel the same too.”
Poketo was once a fun project in collaborating with artists and designers to produce wallets has evolved into a more robust fashion brand. They just relaunched a new website this week with some new and good looking goods in stock.
Here is what the newly launched French clothing brand La Painthouse has to say for itself:
“Each line of clothing is based on 3 ingredients:
-A basic theme (for this first season, our inspiration was the crisis as a result of an inefficient monetary system).
-A critical interpretation or artistic vision of that theme
-The use of a high quality cotton and print for an edgy top-notch end result.”
Beyond that what you need to know is that the shirts have been designed by the likes of Evil Design, Jean Spezial, Jon Burgerman, Nate Williams and Shin Tanaka. They aren’t cheap to purchase but they are definitely some well designed tees.
Dripping in Fat is a small focused company committed to a high level of quality when it comes to the design and production of their unique collection of tees. Personally, I really like the tees but the display of the product via the website really makes Dripping in Fat hard to ignore. It’s a brilliant way to exhibit their wares.
Fail-ure is a new brand that has been launched by the Serial Cut creative team. The collection consists primarily of tees, sweatshirts and tanks. There is no Spring, Summer or Winter collection because they have no idea where you live. Once a year a new collection will be released for your wearing pleasure.
As could be expected from the minds behind Serial Cut, the website is slick and imagery of the collection is striking and artfully composed. The collection itself is also highly considered and would make a bold statement in anyone’s wardrobe.
“Aitor Throup was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He has also lived in Spain and moved to Burnley in England in 1992. It was in Burnley that Throup developed a passion for labels such as Stone Island and C.P. Company. It was a mixture of Aitor’s interest in these products and his own passion for drawing that led him to begin a BA in Fashion Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, from where he graduated with first class honours in 2004. In 2006, he completed an MA Postgraduate Degree in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art in London.
Aitor is fascinated with anatomy and his main interest is drawing. His hand drawn characters become the primary tool in the exploration of his ‘justified design philosophy’, which highlights the necessity of a reason or function behind all design features. Aitor’s design process is centered around innovative methods of design and construction, in particular a construction process which utilises his own sculptures of the human body as a system for blocking garments.”
Aitor has an amazing body of work and his process of moving from abstract sketch to reality makes him all the more intriguing.
It’s pretty much impossible not to like and appreciate the amount of work that went into creating this little stop motion video. You might recognize the guys in the video from I Love Local Commercials. It gets a little self-promo heavy at the end but that’s part of the genius behind these two gents, they just know how to market themselves.
“Founded in 2007 by Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Burns, Part of It works with artists to create products for causes they are passionate about. Sales from products benefit charities chosen by the artists.
Part of It stems from our belief that artists (and conscientious consumers) can make a positive difference in the world by supporting causes close to their heart. Expressions of protest, simple declarations, moving graphics that encourage conversation and dialogue—there are many ways to enter into and encourage civic discourse. We believe activism can be fun, personal, beautiful and engaging; we can all play a part in making a better world for ourselves, for our communities, and for future generations.”
There are some nice things for sale crafted by some very talented people at Part of It. Do your concience good while supporting artists that you appreciate.
There are some very artistic and good-looking t-shirts in the Das Monk online store. They run about twice as much in price ($59.95) as an already overpriced t-shirt, so that might deter you a little. But they are still pretty cool, and I couldn’t resist mentioning them for the potentially more fashion-conscious and still tee wearing readers.
It’s not all that often that I write about clothes, shoes or fashion that strikes my fancy. I am not paid to endorse anything on this site so when I do mention something in the fashion arena, it’s because it’s something that I would wear. The minimal scaled down to the essentials approach of sneaker-makers Cipher are really easy on the eyes. I would feel pretty damned cool sporting a pair. Love that velcro.
Ugmonk got in touch to inform us that they have updated their already flawless cache of shirts with a new design that you can see above. The extra special part of their correspondence was that they would like to offer Changethethought readers an extra 15% off of their purchase until December 15th. Just enter the discount code CHANGETHETHOUGHT at checkout.
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