TSOTW: Champion Sound

T-Shirt of the Week this week is this beauty from Selector – both an homage to classic sporting goods, and, more importantly, sound system culture, which started in Jamaica, and has spread around the world.

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T-Files 049: Never Made

I’m happy to present the latest T-Files interview with accomplished Angeleno artist Francisco Reyes Jr., a/k/a Never Made. Francisco is an accomplished artist/illustrator, and he also works at Studio Number One, alongside talent like Shepard Fairey and, formerly, Cleon Peterson. With Never Made, Francisco presents his creative vision across a wide range of items, including lapel pins, T-Shirts, sculptures, and limited edition screen prints. He has also worked with brands like REBEL8, Hurley, Primitive Skateboards, Epitaph, Hellcat Records and Urban Outfitters. Big thanks to our mutual friend Eddie Zammit, Melbourne’s own tee game Godfather, for connecting us earlier in the year. I’ve really enjoyed following Francisco’s art and design work, and was eager to learn more. [Read More]

Numeric

Good morning. SF-based artist Aaron De La Cruz (interviewed) just released a new Numeric Print series, illustrating numbers 0 to 9, which was originally released during ComplexCon a couple weeks back. The signed and numbered 12 x 12″ giclee prints are on 310gsm museum smooth cotton rag paper ship flat with a record sleeve cover. Available now in his online shop.

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Nexus

Happy Monday. Finally made it over to Brand Library & Art Center in Glendale to check out the current art exhibition Nexus: Exploring The New Contemporary Art Movement, curated by the good people at Thinkspace Gallery. I’d never been to the library before, and it’s absolutely beautiful, set in a lovely park. The contributing artists for the current show includes major talent like Bumblebeelovesyou, Yoskay Yamamoto, CRYPTIK, Drew Merritt, Mark Dean Veca, and many more. . [View Gallery]

TSOTW: Kapache | AX Tee

This week’s T-Shirt of the Week is by my talented friend Kaplan a/k/a Kapache, in collaboration with Kauai-based label Aloha Exchange. Aside from looking amazing, proceeds from this design go towards the family of Lucas Makana Riley – a young man from Hawaii who was killed in a collision with a drunk driver. Available for both men and women.

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Immigrant Song

Kind of a weird time to be an immigrant here in the US – the new president repeatedly described immigrants as unwanted criminals, and worse, during his campaign, and it seems to have resonated across the country. Kind of ironic as British and French settlers were unwanted immigrants in the eyes of the Native Americans, presumably. Furthermore, immigrants work hard, pay taxes, tend to commit less crimes, don’t get any representation, and they add a lot to the economy too. Here’s an interesting FastCompany article about some massive American companies, founded by immigrants.

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Trumped

A mockery was made of democracy last night. Didn’t see that one coming. Turns out, we’ve all been Trumped. Unfortunately, sexism, racism, and bigotry have won – this time round.

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