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Kikwear Relaunches Their Famous Screen Tees on the Market After a Ten Year Hiatus
Recently I had an opportunity to speak with Kikwear CEO Alex Berenson about their plans to launch a brand new line of phat pants and other rave apparel this coming winter. Today I had another great opportunity to discuss Kikwear’s recent plans to put their screen tees back on the market after being off for a decade, the photoset you see here is a preview for the new line to give you an idea of what awesome graphics we can expect to see on their brand new screen tees.
What made you decide to bring back the screen tees after so long? Have they been off the market longer than your other pieces of apparel?
We decided to bring back screen t’s AND hoodies for a few reasons. First of all, as we started posting some of the new graphics on our Facebook wall, the response was amazing! Printables are an easy category to turn quickly for production and it just made good sense to add some flavor to the range of bottoms that are being re-launched very soon. Yes, they have been off the market longer than our pants, but we see that as a plus factor. You can’t even find then in the secondary market and with such great demand for our brand in general, we concluded that this was a prudent move. We also took a closer look at what the event enthusiasts and DJ’s are wearing. They have a pretty simple uniform of pants and t’s or hoodies. With this being the case, we felt that it was important to reintroduce some stuff other than our well known phatties.
Will they be available in retail locations or will they be exclusively sold at online vendors only?
At this point we haven’t announced to the market or press exactly what our distribution plans are. We’ve hinted at what types of pants we’ll be re-launching, but we haven’t divulged the details. The same applies with the new screened items that we’re debuting. Nobody will know exactly which designs are coming out until they’re available. A little mystery is ok, right?
Will these designs be available on other pieces of clothing? Such as long sleeved shirts, tank tops, hoodies, etc?
Kikwear is well known for utilizing its graphics for multiple categories. So it’s a good bet that some of the new designs will appear on t’s, hoodies, and of course pants. As we get some traction again and our footprint develops, we’ll have a better plan as to how best to use them. Some of the new graphics work best as screened styles, while others can be worked into embroideries for pants, caps, and other categories.
How much space on the t-shirt will these graphics take up? Any double sided designs or sleeve designs?
The amount of space that the logos take up on a given style will have a lot to do with the make up of the graphic. If it lends itself to a big bold print, we may explore that. If not, we will decide the best way to print them. Each screened t-shirt will have a primary logo in addition to a small hit somewhere else. Let’s just leave it at that. The customer will be getting an outstanding product when it comes to screened styles.
Have you considered putting these designs on pieces of apparel that have become rampant at raves? Such as legwarmers, backpacks and scoodies?
At this point, we haven’t considered applying old skool or new graphics to any core rave oriented accessories such as fluffies or scoodies. The simple reason for that is because Kikwear isn’t producing those categories. The question regarding bags is a bit more open ended. We used to have a broad selection of back packs, record bags, and others. That’s a category that we had a great deal of success with, but they also require a lot of development. We’re going to keep a close eye on bags and bags as the line develops. If we reintroduce anything in that genre, I’m certain that we will tastefully use our graphics to make the particular bag special and a definite Kikwear style.
I also had a chance to ask Kikwear’s head designer of the graphic tees, Robert VanWest about his inspiration for the designs on the new line:
What artists and designs influence your graphic tee designs?
As far as my influences on the shirts. A good number of them are hand drawn, then digitized which is very different than my normal graphic work which is 100% Photoshop. It pulls from different places than I normally would. I’d say I really have 3 major influences when it comes to style whether it shows in my work or not.
The first of which is Genndy Tartakovsky who we all know from his work on shows like Dexters Lab, Samurai Jack, and the first season of StarWars the Clone Wars. He was really my first introduction to the hard line style and the freedom to ignore normal proportions in lieu of creating a certain feeling that your going to have for a character or object. I’m certainly not saying he’s the first but he was the first to make it click in my brain. The second would have to be Drone, known for his work across all of the Jackal and Hyde albums. Strangely enough he was actually my receptionist for a short while. It was a really weird role reversal being a fan of his work for a long time prior to working with him. Everything he does is just so aggressive you can almost feel it emanating off of the print. and the final is Brute of KMFDM fame I’ve always been a fan of soviet era propaganda art, and Brute perfected it. for me its all about strong lines and impact.
I’m really excited to be a part of Kikwear’s relaunch, Especially for my own advancement as an artist. Before this it had been years since I’d picked up a pencil and this has pushed me to attack subjects that I would have never considered before and to use methods that previously had only been an idea rolling around in my head.ered before and to use methods that previously had only been an idea rolling around in my head.