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Photography archive by Edwin Phase Sacasa
COUNTERCULTURELOCALSMAINSTREAM / November 2014

SHIRT KINGS, PIONEERS OF HIP HOP FASHION

Photography by Edwin Phase Sacasa
Text by Dora Moutot

Fashion is undeniably integral to Hip-Hop culture today. What kind of rapper doesn’t have his or her own streetwear line?

But if mixing Hip-Hop and fashion now seems natural and even conventional, let’s not forget that this idea was totally unique and innovative not so long ago. A trio of graffiti artists from New York known as the Shirt Kings are at the origin of this idea. In the Eighties, Edwin “Phade” Sacasa, Rafael “Kasheme” Avery, and Clyde “Nike” Harewood began transferring their passion for graffiti from the surface of trains to the surface of t- shirts!

Fabric became their new canvas and soon enough, the Shirt Kings were translating street culture and street art onto clothes, becoming the first to commercialise their graffiti. Welcome to the birth of the streetwear concept!

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Kandi
MAINSTREAM / May 2014

KANDI RAVERS AND THE ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL

Photography by Roger Kisby
Text by Dora Moutot

Welcome to the world of the Electric Daisy Carnival. The festival gets called “the Ibiza of America”. Caught between two worlds, the Electric Daisy Carnival is a strange encounter where mainstream meets underground. It’s as if Burning Man decided to mate with David Ghetta.

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Photography by Austen Risolvato, Joshua Cobos & Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
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DISNEY GANGS: WHEN MICKEY MOUSE GOES PUNK

Photography by Austen RisolvatoJoshua CobosJamie Lee Curtis Taete
Text by Dora Moutot

If you take a walk through California’s Disneyland in Anaheim, you’ll notice groups of people with tattooed arms, wearing studded patch waistcoats. Take another look at their waistcoats and you’ll notice that the patches and badges of their waistcoats, as well as that of their tattoos, are to the glory of Disney characters. Here we are, face to face with a patch of Minnie and a tattoo of Walt Disney’s head! Who are these Disney gangs?

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Chavez chic
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CHAVEZ CHIC

Photography by Eduardo Leal
Text by Dora Moutot

While Hugo Chávez has made an indelible mark on the political landscape of Venezuela and America, as well as the world’s, he has also left his trace on clothing. Portuguese photographer Eduardo Leal noticed and documented this trend in a photographic reportage. His series “Chávez Chic” showcases the “fashion” paraphernalia of those in attendance at the funeral of Hugo Chávez: t-shirts, badges, glasses, earrings, hats, etc. In Venezuela, there is even a word to designate these “Chávez fashionistas”, or “Chavistas”. The passionate link between Hugo Chávez and millions of Venezuelans goes as far as to even find its’ way into clothing.

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