Kabuki Madness The "Asian Inspired Typography" spells out the brand "Eighty Seven"
The theme for this collection was "Tokyo Drift" meets modern Samurai - Everything is fast, furious & fashionable
The Kimono Polo/ Asian Keys. If this was not supposed to be "Urban", the Appliqued could disappear for a cleaner, more contemporary look.
Subtlety, gradients and flash for the dip-dyed feeling.
Racing flames, electric colored graphic/ anime effects on a tweaked classic silhouette.
Chain stitch Embroidery Tattoos in a Bushido styling.
Chaistitch Tattoos & Leather piecing
Swift, subtle and spontaneous adventures of the modern ninja with concealed identity take form. Even the placement if the typography on the back was made to emulate a Samurai's sword.
In the spirit of design inspiration & research: we acquired a quick education on these beautiful late century samurai pistols, that were embroidered and appliqued with lurex thread to imitate the gold etching of the actual handles. The average westerner is more likely to have been exposed to the ornate Samurai sword, but, we saw it fit to share what we learned as well.
Coy fish, rising sun, track jacket fused with motorcycle styling, leather, and studs.
Opti Box Polo/ Origami pieced polo - I had fun with this one (fusion without the con).
Sales team said we were going too "Asian" with this entire collection. So we found a creative way to "add/ appeal to 'every hood' ... & make it all good" - Gradient Embroidery.
Had to keep something clean (graphically speaking). Subtle detailing & functional fabrications makes this utilitarian vest a VERY WEARABLE piece.
It's no rags to riches mystery that many platinum selling artists love to adorn, eat, drink, drive, live in & sport the "finer things in life". This is our way of allowing their fans to celebrate the look of success, at a fraction of the cost, without brandishing an obvious knockoff.
When asked to design insertion tees for holiday & fall, I thought, what better way to reflect that sporty sophistication of the rugged snowman appeal than with two favorites of the season - Snow & Trees.
Trademark, Trademark, Trademark .... Yeahhhhh
So blatant gang talk & street regalia was not the direction the artist initially intended for the brand. However, with enough prodding from the newly hired help, I found a creative refuge in utilizing the textile technology of the day to present a capsule of photo-documentation from New York City's teenage past.