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McBess at Dudes Factory

by Mr Four Fingers on March 16, 2012

McBess - Dudes Factory

I was recently introduced to the world of Mc Bess when visiting a friend who had a print of his on their wall. Afterwards I looked more into this French artist and found a world that seemed familiar and yet so new at the same time.

McBess sells his his t-shirts through, Berlin based, Dudes Factory where you can pick up t-shirt for €29 and they are all printed on American Apparel. There is also some hoodies (€55), custom t-shirt design builder and loads of original art if you are interested. His website does state that the t-shirt are €35, but I have a feeling that this is incorrect.

The Dudes Factory website itself has a load of other great designers, it’s slick and kinda makes me feel jealous that I’m not a part if it! I recommend a visit.


Parra and his surreal characters

by Mr Four Fingers on March 5, 2012

Parra and Rockwell


Over the years, Dutch artist, Parra has become one of the  most recognisable styles that I have seen, not just for the weird and kinky content but also for the bird like faces and looping hand drawn type. I used to own the a Wallow in Pity Self t-shirt (since gone missing) and it was only after wearing a few times did I reailse that it actually said this! I thought it was wallow in self pity. So Im not sure why he changed it up, maybe just to be playful, but it still conveyed the same  meaning.

I first saw his designs at online clothing store Rockwell, amongst other designers, but since then Parra has taken over the whole store. I imagine this is due to his rise to fame in recent years.

T-shirts cost €35, so more expensive than the average but you are sure to stand out with some of these designs. There are also other products like pillows, hoodies and even duvet covers! Check out the online store here.



by Mr Four Fingers on February 20, 2012

DOOOM t-shirt design - Under the Needle
20sixFresh - UnderTheNeedle - Design

20sixFresh - UnderTheNeedle - Design

Hello HYA fans and anybody new (in which case welcome). My name is Doug, one part of a two part duo who operate under the name of Mr Four Fingers and I’m the latest person to join the Hide Your Arms writing team. Ask me what we are and I will probably distract you with some bright colours. Basically we create illustrations and our meetings generally involve tequila. Oh yes, this is our first post. Cheers Andy!

While perusing the internet I found a design in a t-shirt competition by an illustrator who goes by the name of DOOOM. His design caught my eye and I soon followed some links back to his website where I found some serious talent.

This design is entitled ‘Under the Needle’ and is sold under the  20 Six Fresh brand. The design and colour choice are well considered for dark fabric execution, which is not always easy. The clean vector lines, traced from hand drawn designs are well balanced and the overall feeling off oddity is heightened by the strange mushroom shape at the top of the illustration. Later I found out that this is the view from under the Seattle Space Needle.

Cost: $25


I’m sure that there are plenty of terrible jokes I could make about a company called Medicated Clothing, but I’m afraid I can’t think of any… I’ve lost my bad joke mojo!

Medicated Clothing is the brainchild of a children’s book illustrator who has a thing for irony and surrealism, something which you’ll notice runs through the tees on the site. The designs from Meidcated Clothing can be broadly put into three categories, illustrative (pictured above), slogan, and photo. For me, the illustrative tees are far better than the slogan and photo efforts. Even though the slogans are original, and the photos certainly live up to their promise of being surreal, I don’t really think that they fit with the rest of the site, especially since the illustrations are really strong and work well as t-shirts.

*Update: It’s been brought to my attention that the designs I wasn’t giving much love were launch designs and don’t really reflect where the company is headed, so I’d guess that those designs will be phased out at some point, so buy ‘em if you like ‘em.

Medicated Clothing


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