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Other Criteria – Damien Hirst

July 15, 2014 – 16:32 in Design | Robert

Other Criteria – Damien Hirst

Other Criteria is an arts-based publishing company co-founded by Damien Hirst. With spaces in London, Ilfracombe and New York, Other Criteria has established itself by producing an array of unique artworks, art publications and limited editions in a variety of media. Whether you are a fan of Hirst’s work or not, there will undoubtedly be something for you on this site. Artists include David Birkin, Josh Cheuse, Jeff Koons, Rankin and The Hours. These sit coherently alongside the more internationally renowned Banksy, Tracey Emin, David Bailey and of course Damien Hirst himself. It’s safe to say there is some really weird, trippy shit on display. And we love that.

Having browsed this site a number of times, but admittedly less and less frequently, it was my colleague that brought to my attention the fact that items from Damien Hirst’s Poisons + Remedies body of work are on sale. There’s nothing I like more than black T-shirts and skulls, he knows me so very well. The t-shirts are made from 70% Bamboo Viscose & 30% Organic Combed Cotton, and all half price. Sadly the box Poison T-shirt box set is sold out, and really not surprising considering you would have got all thirty-four designs in a big black box of badassery, for half price.

Something that got me even more excited however was the Poisons + Remedies book. Published on the occasion of Hirst’s exhibition, at Gagosian Gallery’ in Davies Street, London in October 2010, Poisons + Remedies publishes Hirst’s series of large-scale oil paintings depicting the skull to represent poison, and pills to represent remedies. The books plastic cover is a reference to blood bags and saline drips. There is a book for the poisons in one side of the sleeve and the remedies on the other side. There are 76 images displayed – all of the poisons + remedies works Hirst has made are included, plus two studio shots. The loosely inserted duratran is an x-ray of the artists skull shown face on and in side profile. And in perhaps a nod to his rebellious nature, and love of punk, the lyrics to “Poison” by The Prodigy are included on a page strewn with rainbow coloured pills.

You can view the book, t-shirts and many more items on Other Criteria here.

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New Black Lodges T-Shirt

July 11, 2014 – 12:19 in Fashion | Calum

New Black Lodges T-Shirt

Black Lodges have just released their latest tee made in collaboration with London-based Fatsarazzi. This may be my favourite BL tee to date, despite some pretty stiff competition. Anyway, I’ll leave it to Lodge Grand Wizard and our esteemed publisher, Steven Vogel, to give the lowdown on the Blackarazzi release:

For the next collaboration I am stoked that I got to make this with my long time friend, lodge brother and over all bad ass that is Fatsarazzi. You may have heard of him, you know, photographer, maker & doer, music lover. Fats has been an integral part of this industry for longer than he cares to remember, having worked with everyone’s favourite brands and then some.

“Blackarazzi” is the logical result of our ten year plus friendship and our interests: women, dark hearts and good times.

View it here.

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SBTG x Thrasher

July 10, 2014 – 17:12 in Fashion | Calum

SBTG x Thrasher

Long time friend of TRC, designer and all-round awesome dude, Mark Ong – Aka Mr Sabotage – has just released a preview of his forthcoming collaboration with Thrasher. Now, if you’re reading this site I am assuming I don’t need to explain the importance of Thrasher – both past and present. The collaboration is being released by KicksLab and utilises the classic skate aesthetic of Thrasher’s Decker model. Truthfully, there hasn’t been a trainer release all summer that has caught my eye this much. Featuring a Military Herring Bone twill (HBT) fabric combined with the Signature SBTG “Parsillia” Camo pattern on the sides, the SBTG Decker harnesses a familiar military aesthetic but with a fresh execution. Available in off-white  and olive, these shoes are exclusive to predominantly Kickslab & the Japanese Market and also the SBTG Workshop and friends from the region.

If you don’t catch them from any of the aforementioned retailers, check out Crossover (Malaysia), WeLegendary (Manila) and Next to Normal (Bangkok) for the chance of grabbing some SBTG goodness for the summer months.

For us here in Europe, you’d better have a proxy on standby if you want to catch these.

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Red Wing Post

July 9, 2014 – 22:54 in Current Affairs | Robert

Red Wing Post

Today saw the inaugural release of the Red Wing Post, a collaborative initiative with the Red Wing Shoe Stores in Europe. The first edition kicks off by honouring the pioneers, whilst taking an in-depth look at the heritage of the brand, focusing on product, craftsmanship and a feature following the footsteps of Red Wing Shoe Company founder Charles Beckman.

This issue explores the cities that inspire the brand, such as Berlin and London, and the like-minded people around the World who are similarly driven to do what they love with a keen eye and a passion for detail. A similar mentality to that inherited from Charles Beckman. Photographer and designer Paul Octavious is also featured, no stranger to footwear having worked with both Nike and New Balance, with the impetus being how his work merges graphic design and photography to create stunning images.

Few things cause more fervour in menswear circles than a brand steeped in heritage, and give authenticity like having it’s products being made in the country it derived from. Red Wing Shoes is a brand that boasts almost one hundred and twenty years of production, plus it’s own factories in Missouri, Kentucky as well as it’s own tannery in Trout Brook, Connecticut. The end result being tough, comfortable footwear crafted by skilled experienced workers. For the more au fait readers, you are probably most familiar with the Moc Toe boot, although the Engineer boot gets plenty of love from our brothers in Japan. Whether you have owned a pair or not, the brand’s rich history, contemporary influences and advocates surpass that of many of it’s contemporaries.

The Red Wing Post looks to be a compelling inclusion to an already ardently revered brand, especially here in Europe. The publication is being launched with a series of events in Berlin (July 9), London (July 10), Frankfurt (July 14) and Amsterdam (July 24). For further details head over to Red Wing Heritage here, and check out some shots of the magazine over the page.

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