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Zoo York and the Hairy King

by Mr Four Fingers on April 4, 2012

Zoo York Kong t-shirt

I don’t often write about the bigger brands, but I figured since I recently bought this t-shirt I might as we share it, well of course I will! For some reason I have always liked Zoo York, having never purchased any other their products, I can’t figure why. The name is cool and interesting, but it’s probably the attitude that I like. Yes it’s the old street wear ethos, which a lot of brands do, but I feel they are more ‘genuine’ than others, like Stussy.

The name is actually based on a subway tunnel built from 1971 to 1973 under the New York’s Central Park Zoo and soon became an area for up and coming graffiti artists. These guys have even branded cockroaches (no roaches were harmed or killed in this process).

The t-shirt itself is pretty standard, no special fit as this is a brand aimed at active wearers, not meant to be cared for like your special dress. I like the t-shirt because of the colour combo’s and it’s a fun design. The paint is laid on pretty thick, so feels kinda rubbery but as the nature of the design is textured, if it does crack after repeated washes, well, that just adds to the charm.

I bought this Zoo York Kong Zyong/Zoo Kong (what?) at TK MAXX for a pinch at £9.99. So if you are in Britain then pop into one of their stores and hunt for the bugger. You can also buy online at places like Ebay, well I found a large , pre-owned for $7. There is also a blue on white here for $12 and a green on white here for $26.65. These prices are all over the place.





The King by dkngstudios at Etsy

by Andy on January 15, 2010

I should have probably posted this a week ago when people were celebrating what would have been Elvis Presley’s birthday had he not suffered a tragic though surely not entirely unexpected burger related death 33 years ago, although I don’t know for a fact that this design is actually related to Elvis. Time has never stood in the way of cool things looking cool though… except perhaps for the Charlie Chaplin mustache, which quite rapidly became the Hitler mustache, which I would have thought would cause it to lose some most of its appeal.

Costiness=$20 Available from Etsy


King of Kings by Paid In Full

by Andy on July 15, 2009


I’m always a bit on the fence when it comes to overtly religious t-shirt companies (of any faith), because it’s a valid subject area to make tees about, but at the same time, I am in no way religious and actively don’t believe a lot of the things that I see coming up on Christian clothing sites. However, I write about clothes that I don’t personally like on a fairly regular basis, so where do I draw the line?

Paid in Full aren’t a hardline religious tee company, they’re actually fairly subtle, would you think that there were any religious connotations to this badass lion? Also, the quality of their designs (currently just a pair) is pretty good too, I really like the typography on the tee above.

Costiness=$16 (that’s a sale price, it will go up to $18 soonish) Available from Paid in Full


The King Is Dead! Long Live the King!

by Andy on August 13, 2008

Bristol-based Lhome have released a new design, and its a bit of a departure from what they’ve done in the past. Its good to see Kieran attempting new things with his designs, especially when the designs come out looking good! The oversized print works really well, and I think that keeping it as a one-colour print was a good idea too, if he’d coloured it in like a traditional playing card then it might have started to get a bit messy.

Costiness=£22 Tee Link


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