Shirt Kings | Pioneers of Hip Hop Fashion
By Edwin PHADE Sacasa and Alan KET
144 Pages, 8.75" x 11.25", Hardcover
Published x Dokument Press
A trip down memory lane to when customization and art reigned supreme in New York City. Shirt Kings - Pioneers Of Hip Hop Fashion looks at the early days of urban fashion through the lens of the pioneering group of artists known as the Shirt Kings.
Rappers and hip hop fans came from all over to get their own customized T-shirt by The Shirt Kings. The style travelled all over the world through record covers, magazines and music videos and The Shirt Kings designs soon became synonymous with Hip Hop and the culture of making something out of nothing.
By adapting the graffiti skills from the trains and spray cans to shirts and airbrush they created a new look for a new generation. Edwin PHADE Sacasa is a founding artist of the group and it is through his archives that we are transported to the 1980s in New York City where the fashion of the day was loud, colorful, and filled with cartoon imagery on clothes. The Shirt Kings were the inventors of this style. From DJ Red Alert to LL Cool J to Big Daddy Kane to Mike Tyson - they all had to have their Shirt Kings designs. Shirt Kings - Pioneers Of Hip Hop Fashion chronicles the art, the styles, and the people who where loyal supporters of the Shirt Kings style and takes us on a trip down memory lane to when customization and art reigned supreme in New York City.