The Urban Graduate [art.it.seams]
Urban Graduates, here is a chance to show your artistic side (since your creativity is already apparent by your clothes). T-shirts are one of the most prominent mediums used in the Streetwear world. At times, tees can become drab, cliche’, or even overworked. How many times have to seen a tee with “F%#K B#%CHES, GET MONEY” on it or something similar to that? How many times have you seen a tee with like 30 different ornate, floral type vectors, gold foil, and a skull somewhere on it?…RIGHT. Urban Grads have more to express than that. So here is another question I pose to you Urban Grads out there, when you create what is your muse? Whether you are an aspiring actor, entertainer, or designer, everyone has something that inspires them to create. Maybe yours is music from RA D IOHEA_D. Every band has a tee with their insignia on it, but RADIOHEAD tees always have a message; whether it be a satire on society or an observation of personal relationships. They really present the message in a way that translates into great designs.
These tees come from the RADIOHEAD official merchandise website.
These Jean-Michel BASQUIAT print tees are live too! I believe that Basquiat, along with his pal Andy Warhol, are the forefathers of the pop art movement…and pop art is on a lot of my favorite tees. Basquiat is no doubt an Urban Graduate. He started out as a graffitti artist in NY, but he became one of the most influential, Neo-expressionist artists of his time and modern day. Throughout his career he used his medium to express his concern with his own mortality and interest in his black identity. From the works I have seen, it appears that he was concerned with the negative characterizations of blacks in America. Even though his message may have been unpalatable to some it was presented in a visually pleasing, yet intense manner.
(Uniqlo used to have a series of t-shirts that featured prints of Basquiat’s art, but I don’t think that they are available anymore — consult Ebay.)