Lighten up gents.
to be multi-million pound-earning rock n roll stars and yet continue to look as permanently pissed off as they always have.
Lighten up gents.
I work in office number 501. In one of my breaks, I designed this one on iTailor, inspired by some things in my head.
It’s not showing it properly on the back, but the collar is piped orange around the edges, rather than completely orange. It made a nice contrast with the blue when I first did it.
I'll figure it out.
Blue Autumn edition.
This is actually a really good photo. That blue with crisp autumn leaves arrangement works well artistically. Whoever took this has got taste.
Couple of people contacted me asking for specs on the shirt I designed the other day. I must say I am flattered by the interest! Anyway, I won't get too ahead of myself, so here's a guide, point-by-point, on how to re-create "The Edinburgh".
Also apologies. This is quite long, but I thought it best to give as much detail as possible, given how complex the website can be. Any questions, put them in the comments and I'll get back to ya.
It’s Luke Campbell MBE of 2012 Olympic boxing fame.
Initially I was asking who the hell this was, but the more I learn, the more realise he’d make a strong face of the brand. And they’ve dressed him up real good in this pic.
Well I guess if Bradley Wiggins has already been snapped up...
LG never really took off on his own, which is a bit of a shame.
I felt that when Oasis split, Beady Eye were the attitude without the art and the High Flying Birds were the skill without the spirit.
Beady Eye are fully rock 'n' roll, but their songs are a bit ropey in places to be proper hits.
HFB's songs are strong, well-written pieces, but they just lack that bit of swagger.
Is it too late to call for a reunion?
Now I realise not all Arctic Monkeys fans are Mods and by no means are all Mods Arctic Monkeys fans.
However, I am both and this is my blog.
There were rumours flying around that they would be back in the studio by the end of the year working on album number 6. While these rumours were clearly generated by people getting overexcited, the press office didn’t confirm or deny them. Also, Alex Turner said that there were “not yet” plans for the sixth album.
I interpret this as code for "there will probably be a sixth album, but when I can be bothered."
This is understandable. Turner himself only just completed Everything You’ve Come To Expect in April with his other band The Last Shadow Puppets for fuck’s sake.
As the engine room of the band (at least in terms of songwriting) Turner is the key element to any new Arctic Monkeys album and, although he’s prolific with his songwriting, he’s not that prolific. I vote we give him a break for now, be patient and just refresh our memories with some of his best from before. There’s more than enough to be going on with!
Apparently not soon enough for Pretty Green.
This is their new "Lowry" roll-neck sweater in recent arrivals and it couldn’t have been launched at a worse time. I don’t know what it’s like anywhere else, but the mercury topped 27 degrees C yesterday here in London.
Having said this, it does look pretty neat - I like what they’ve done with the sleeve cuffs and it’s only natural that a big brand prepares in advance for the next season. I hope they come in more colours too, but in a few weeks maybe. Unfortunately at the moment just looking at a picture of this one is making me sweat.
Twee but amusing. Not sure I agree with all of it, but it's nice to see Mods mentioned for fucking once, rather than skipping straight to the hippies.
Full graphic here.
Over my recent trip to Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival, my creativity went through the roof. This usually manifests itself in buying umpteen million new shirts, shoes and various other things that I cannot afford.
However, nowadays it comes through designing shirts on iTailor’s cool online system. This was partially inspired also by a set of Pinterest pics my girlfriend showed me depicting a few skulking Skinheads in various check and plaid shirts, one particular feature of which was a subtly contrasting plain-coloured back panel which is just visible over the shoulders from the front. Although now I of course can’t find the pic, so you’ll have to take my word for it.
I see this more of a Skinhead-Mod crossover aspect to be honest, I know how particular Skins can be about this kind of thing. It also has long sleeves, again more Mod than Skin. Let’s call it Skinhead-inspired.
See below for the RUMod Edinburgh Collection 2016. It’s on it’s way to me as we speak, a snip at £35.
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