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Positivi-tees…

Yes it has been a few days since my last post. I’ve been very busy, and I will post what has been happening at Underground Creations soon.

Anyhow, in today’s fashion world we can all say that there is a handful of tshirt lines out there. We all notice that everyone is knocking off everyone and no one really stands out. There are a few out there, but they are completely in the underground and its hard to discover them. Trust me I know.

Well let me shed some light on a company I’ve had the pleasure designing for: BPlusCLothing

The whole concept for their clothing is simple. Taking inspiring words from some of the worlds top icons, and passing the message on through their clothing.

I think its a great thing that they are doing and its going against the grain on what clothing lines usually go for in terms of concept.

Other than the great images that these shirts have, the words are what we should focus on. I have always said that one of the most powerful things in this world, are the words that we put out into the universe.

BplusCLothing will be available online and stores soon and we will definitely keep you posted.

But for now, go check out there stuff: http://www.bplusclothing.com/

Homeless Designer…

This goes out to all you graphics designers, illustrators, and painters out there.

There’s this rumor going around that designers come a dime a dozen. And I’ve actually heard that slip out of previous people Ive worked for.

Now here’s our struggle. People seem to believe that what we do is so easy and that it takes no time to finish. What people dont understand is that we have gone through schooling (some of us not), and have lost years of sleep to become this good in order to complete a job in no time. And not to mention develop a sharp sense of imagination so we can mentally put together your design.

Im just gonna go on a small rant and say that I cannot stand when people tell you how much they will pay you for a contract and don’t even ask you if its fair.

Ive been in the game for 9 years and if a client wants to pay me 25$ for a logo, I hand them a stick man.

Side note: Professional Graphic Designer should be paid minimum 30$/hour. MINIMUM. And when I say professional, I mean Professional. Not those people that learned designing of YOUTUBE.  Yall give us a bad name, so go back to the etch a sketch and just stop it!

Now this shirt I have created for all you freelance, or full time 9-5 designers who get underpaid. You know you deserve more. It seems that your artwork is only worth millions once you are dead.

Production for this shirt is now happening and will be available next week. For pre-orders please email me or you can click on the pay pal link which will be available in the link above “Limited Edition”

or just click here

Mr.West

For the past 10 years that I’ve been in the fashion industry, I’ve probably come across over millions of shirts, and I just so happend to come across this shirt right here

Now maybe I might be biased to this, because for one, Kanye is in my top 5 emcees of all time. Anyhow I’m assuming that this shirt came out after the mtv incident.

Well here’s my take on it.

Is it just me or did Taylor Swift not blow up after this? She’s in movies and she gets mad play everywhere (thats what he said, lol)

Yes Kanye can be super extra at times but that’s just his personality. This guy is a true artist. His vision for his videos are remarkable, and not to mention his music. Dude has Elton John, Alicia Keys, Fergi, Kid Cudi, and Rihanna all in one track! Who else can pull that off?

I’ve heard peoples takes on the situation (which I know was like 2 years ago) and it really is a mix bag of opinions.

But I stand by my dude and say Kanye West is not a “douche”

BACK TO BASICS

I know all of you have notice that everyone in the tshirt business has been doing the oversize prints and have been killing it for the past year and a half. Affliction and  Ed Hardy I can say made this look popular.Now you have different brands knocking it off. WHY? Cus it sells so why not do what the big boys do, right?

Well Im here to tell you, that working in the fashion industry, alot of buyers and stores have been tired of this look and are looking for something new. The new upcoming look is now plain and simple. You will start seeing a lot of type based shirts this year and probably for the up coming seasons. Also to keep an eye on is the pixelated/digital look. Almost a mix between 80s video game effect mixed with fancy fonts. You will still have some type of image in the design but not as big.

Also what will play a big role is the color combination. I’m seeing a lot of yellow coming into play. Purples, but not the Royal purple thats been killed last year but a lighter purple. As usual your cool greys, and pastels will still be hot.

A great brand to keep an eye on and that is always on the ball with trends is Ralph Lauren & Hugo Boss.

If you are a designer like me, I always go through the pages of certain sites for design ideas (ideas, as in inspiration, never knock off another brands look. that will just make you a fake artist)

And for colors, here’s my secret: SNEAKER FREAKER MAG.

I would look at the up and coming shoes and see what colors they use and try to create a shirt that would match it.

Enjoy

TOP 5 “I REMEMBER” SHOES

All those who know me, know that I’m a big sneaker head. The thing about my collection is that I dont buy the hottest Jordans nor do I cop the hottest air max’s. I’m the type of collector that can look at a shoe and 10 years down the line it will be posted in a blog post such as this one, and people will say “daaamn, I remember those”.

Well although only two of these entries were in my collection, the rest brought back sort of a nostalgic feeling, reminding me of my mushroom haircut days, and playing basketball trying to do the Shawn Kemp spin off the base line…….#reflection….lol

Now in no particular order, I present to you….I Remember:

The Shawn Kemp’s. Reebok’s Kamikaze

I remember seeing them in the Slam Magazines and thought how ugly the shoes were that I wanted them so badly. Not to mention Shawn Kemp was my favorite player back then.

The Shawn Kemp’s. Reebok’s Kamikaze

I remember seeing them in the Slam Magazines and thought how ugly the shoes were that I wanted them so badly. Not to mention Shawn Kemp was my favorite player back then.

 

Maybe I havent been keeping up with kicks news, but if they haven’t yet, they need to bring these back. Like soon

The Patrick Ewing’s. If you didn’t have a pair you were non-existant. lol. I think these were a flag of New York City but on your shoes. I also think these were what birth the coolness in the color purple. (maybe not. lol)

Dikembe Mutombo’s.

Some one please educate me but did Adidas make this shoe? Cus I remember buying them at a Payless back in the day, and I know damn well Adidias’ do not sell at Payless.

I just love the tribal African inspired details. I have pics of me wearing these kicks, which I would love to show, but it would expose my mushroom hair cut.

 

Now who can forget the Magic Johnson shoes.

Plain, simple, and an instant classic.

I remember getting them, and thinking of how cool I was, cus no one had a clue in my elementary school who Magic Johnson was, and why I was wearing his shoes. Damn I was so cool.

Last but not least, we got the Grant Hill’s.

They came in the low and High tops, but in my opinion the Hightops are always cooler, that and if you got the low tops it meant you didnt have the extra 20$ to spend on the high-tops. lol

When I played in these shoes, I dont know if it was just me, but I felt like I could jump higher. ( dont judge me!!)

 

 

Well there you have it. My top 5 “I remember” shoes.

if i did leave anything out, and I know I did, pls drop me a line.  There’s like a million kicks out there!

 

enjoy

This is just a small announcement. We will be having a a boxing week special, where you can get anything in the store for 2 for 40$ (includes: shirts with prints, long sleeve with prints, and selected airbrush prints. All other stuff can be negotiated at the store. So come on by!

This sale will end on the 2nd of January.

BEAR MADNESS…

 

And it has begun. I received these items from Build-a-Bear yesterday and it seems that people are now catching on to the custom tees for their bears.

The way it works is that I do my pick ups on Tuesday and return them on Friday for customers to pick up their items at the Build-a-Bear location.

We might have to change that since I know for a fact that the holiday rush is gonna be bananas!

I mean who wouldn’t want a personalized shirt or jersey. What scares me is not the amount of shirts that will be coming in, but the time that they will be coming in. I wouldn’t be surprised if Christmas Eve was the busiest day of the season.

So consider this a warning, if you come at 4:55pm on Christmas Eve, expect the Grinch to be serving you. lol!!!

 

 

Ill be open and say that I am 30 years old and over the years have come across a few hundred thousand album covers, almost making it impossible to remember them. Now to break it down to just top 5 was quite the challenge, and absolutely wouldn’t be fair to other album covers that I may have forgotten. SO, I based this on what was going on in my mind at this present moment, pure spontaneous instinct, if there is such thing. lol.

Number 5:

Nas. I love the fact he used the same background for these 4 albums. It tells a story and if you follow and listen to Nas you to would see what he was trying to portray.

Number 4:

Alice Smith.

To be honest her album was good, but when I was short in space for my ipod, she was one of the first to go. No offense. But to me, what stuck out the most was her cover. Love the artwork, looks like a mix media between airbrush, photo shop, and marker. I could be wrong. But the way they used the background for some reason really pulls me in.

Number 3:

Outkast: ATLiens

Big fan of the comic book look. I think they were one of the first to try this and pulled it off.

Number 2:

Kanye West. Why? Because you know that he just wanted to make people ask “WTF?”

But if you know what Kanye’s been through and all the battles he’s faced, whether it be spiritual, emotional or personal, the art work says a lot, and says it loudly.  Here is just one of the few paintings that are a part of Kanye’s “My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy” album.

And at number 1:

MJ. Yes that’s right. Since i was 8, when this cover came out I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. And today I still find this cover badass.

think about the technology back then. they didnt have photoshop. this piece must have been done with airbrush, maybe some guache, and maybe some acrylic work. But just think of how they pieced it together.  This cover is a true piece of work.

Mentionables: Metallica ( and Justice for all), Blackstar (mos def & talib kweli), beatles white album, jayz black album, Gorrilaz (all of them)

Cancer Stinks…

It sucks that to this day, there is still no cure for cancer. I myself know some who have survived it, and unfortunately some who haven’t. But if we come together and fight it, we will soon find a cure.

Today Mephitis Clothing, a Montreal based clothing line, has announced the launch of their special edition “Cancer Stinks” tee.

Within the next few days I should have more info as to how much these tees are going for, and which foundation they have chosen to donate money to.

I find it such a great, and genuine gesture for a company to take time and raise money for such a cause.

As Q-tip (tribe called quest) said, and I use this quote all the time, it should be mine lol, “PROGRESSIONS CAN’T BE MADE , IF WE’RE SEPARATE FOREVER”.

 

Stay tuned

Shirt of the week: Breath Habs

So for this weeks shirt of the week I designed this new piece. For all you Montreal Habs lover, this shirt is for you.

To be honest with you, if you dont feel the Habs you can always customize the artwork and i can put your favorite team in there, but I gotta support my city’s team.

available for both men and women in all sizes . even for the young ones.

Price: shirt 20$, long sleeve 25$

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