I’m so enthralled with Duncan’s blog on electric t-shirt design, specifically his reference to old school heavy metal bands, I think I’ll use this golden opportunity to inspire or better yet coerce some unknowing designer into designing some awesome metal tees for us here at Springleap! MuHAHAHAHA (evil laugh).
When I say old school the first bands that come to mind are Metallica, Iron Maiden and Led Zepplin. Metallica was as Duncan said very popular with the Lightning Bolt as it was one of their key symbols on tees, album art, well just about any merchandise of theirs had a lightning bolt on. So Evil! HAHA
The origins of the trucker cap are inglorious to say the least, also known as a ‘gimmie’ cap or ‘feeder’ cap due to the nature of work the common wearer would do. It was frequently a promotional freebie (with a branding and logo’s on the foam) from farming supply companies to farmers and truckers alike. Not very long after the beginning of the new millennium the cap had become a fashion trend and was given the name Trucker cap.
The trend seems to be a bit of a paradox as most of the folks donning this trendy head gear are Suburban youth while the rural ‘blue collar’ average Joe who would use the cap for a more functional purpose would be of a slightly older demographic. Many claim that Ashton Kutcher was the biggest drive behind the styles popularity. Although an irritatingly arrogant Justin Timberlake claims in response to fashion Rocks magazine and I quote ‘that while Kutcher has been cited for originating its popularity, Timberlake had been wearing them since the age of seventeen.’ I bet he discovered America as well… Go Justin.
Today the caps come in varying colours and designs. Most come with some sort of design on the foam but there are the odd blank one’s floating around. I personally prefer the blanks, but Duncan has a few Iron Fist one’s that have awesome artwork on that I wouldn’t mind getting my grubby little paws on either. Hopefully Springleap can come out with a trucker cap range, I’m sure the local crew of designers would have a field day with a new medium.
P.S To all the metal heads in our community, the infamous Aussie band Parkway Drive, are touring and stopping off in Jozi for the Lucky Fish MusicFestival that’s happening from the 3rd to the 6th of September. A must see for Lamb of God and In Flames fans.
Art and Fashion in South Africa are in for a crazy blow during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Adam Carnegie, a Cape Townian illustrator and designer has got to work with exactly this, and the environment, in mind. He has formed Kelp, the Kelp Environmental Learning Project. The project gives homeless people and volunteers alike the opportunity to become a part of making vuvuzela’s out of kelp. Here’s Adam blowing one of his hand-painted vuvuzela’s.
As far as fashion goes, the South African fashion industry will take a step into the limelight as tourists do the usual shopping thing! They’re all going to be going home to their friends saying “ OMG look what I got in South Africa, it’s so…” and we have the responsibility to fill the end of that sentence with positivity!!!
What is your opinion on what the World Cup will do for South Africa? Excited or Scared for the rush?
I had such a vivid dream last night! It will be on my mind all day!
Those of us who are able to dream – and remember them – should treasure them!
There are many artists who use their dreams as inspiration. Many fashion designers get their inspiration from dreams too. What’s so amazing about using a dream for inspiration of your design, is that it is a pure product of your imagination.
Yeondoo Jung a South Korean photographer has a totally different take on the interpretation of dreams into art. One way he uses dreams in his work is by studying images and explanations of children’s dreams to fuel his photography projects.
If he made my dream into a photograph I’d sure be honoured, I doubt it would be as pretty a sight as this one though!
So there you are t-shirt designers. Don’t know what your next t-shirt design will be based on? Try using your dreams as a reference! That’s something we’re all looking to wear- an original t-shirt design!