In 2009, business partners, the founder of Damascus, Nate Khouli and Josh Lyon, made the benighted decision with no experience or background, to unknowingly propel those head first into one of the most saturated and emulous markets in busines apparel. They expressed their creativity by designing T-shirts for their friends, family and people around San Diego.
They get their inspiration from everyday life; they focus on what is thrown in front of them that many others fail to see. Hip and urban phrases, like “live now, die never,” and “It’s nice to like,” or “rage harder,” song lyrics, and random pictures of women are just the beginning of how Damascus finds inspiration in an urban city with so much to offer.
Their line for the end of this year was all around 80s and video games. That’s why they made the Japanese letters that stand for “Live Now, Die Never.” They wanted their shirt to be a Sega Genesis start screen before the game begins. Most importantly, this line celebrates their primed accession to the Men’s Apparel industry.
STUBBORN SIDEBURN is brain-child of Japanense artists, Junichi Tsuneoka, whose focal point is the distintive a style often recognized as “California Roll Stylie,” the result of both a visual and conceptual fusion of Japanese pop culture and American urban culture.
With intention to experiment and explore while giving his “characters” a purpose to live and creating a world for them, Mr Junichi Tsuneoka started STBN SDBN (short for STUBBORN SIDEBURN) just last year. As he told me, his illustration is more into character design driven and it is very good at getting instant attention from the audience.
STBN SDBN tees are all hand-crafted. It’s because Mr Junichi Tsuneoka designed his own neck label and sleeve tag sawn on the tee. Surprisingly, there are only make 24 shirts per design and one of them already worn by Mr Junichi Tsuneoka as he only produces T-shirt if he want to wear it himself.
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Boomslank is all about Japanese anime pop culture printed on American Apparel T-shirt. It’s not only its tee shirts that contain full pack of anime… but also its website and the way its artist, P-shinobi, sees the world through anime.
Despite the passion for anime, Boomslank doesn’t want to be associated as a clothing brand that create and sell Naruto graphic T-shirt — if you know what I mean. And don’t you even dare to hire to them make a nice Manga because they’re not going to do it fo you.
But you can expect them to get a superawesome tee “Zero Frame” that remind you of shows like Gundam series, Evangelion, Escaflowne, Code Geass, even the classic Transformers. And if you like me who are really enjoying the artworks beautiful heroines in action and sci-fi anime, I think you have something you grab from Boomslank collection.
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