WEAR YOUR True Colors INVITED ARTISTS BY KLEINSTEIN

As part of our diverse message T-shirt project WEAR YOUR True Colors, we are developing a special artist series WEAR YOUR True Colors INVITED ARTISTS BY KLEINSTEIN in collaboration with KLEINSTEIN (represented by Yusuke Koishi).

We will showcase message T-shirts by: John Dove and Molly White who propelled the punk movement with their provocative message T-shirts, Finland’s national artists and pioneering gay artist Tom of Finland, and APL.DE.AP from American hip hop group BLACK EYED PEAS.

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“ME?YOU&US!”

Me? – questions the way one sees oneself in the world and how one interacts with others in society. Sharing in the differing cultural experiences of life.
You – is about identity and interaction but we are taking a position of persuading others to join in this interaction. To see how a work of Art, Poetry, Music, Fashion or Dance can enhance the exploration of the everyday experience of living.
Us! – is about celebration and unity. That we are by nature already in continuous interaction with each other either through physical relationships, Darwinian anthropologic genealogy (our human origins) and through global communication and the arts.
In the context of TRUE COLOUR we are celebrating the truth and interaction of cultural exchanges and individual freedoms.(John Dove and Molly White)

message and design by John Dove and Molly White

price:¥7,900(tax-in)
size:XXL

  • John Dove and Molly White

    An artist John Dove from Norwich (1943-) and a textile designer Molly White (1944-) formed an artistic duo in London, 1964. They are known for influencing Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren who are considered to be the exponents of the PUNK MOVEMENT. The pair produced fully printed T-shirts and jackets under the label “WONDER WORKSHOP” in the 60’s. Their products were sold at boutiques such as “Paradise Garage” in London where “Worlds End” stands today and “Ians” in New York. The graphic T-shirt had earned recognition as a fashion item through their productions and became popular in London and abroad. In 1976 they opened a shop “KITSCH-22” and launched their own cult label “MODZART”. Various artists and musicians that symbolize the 70’s loved their T-shirts; Iggy Pop, Marc Bolan, Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Sid Vicious and Paul McCartney enjoyed wearing the T-shirts and jackets for their concerts and in their private time. Dove and White’s works have been included in many museum shows including The Victoria and Albert Museum in the U.K, TextielMuseum in Tilburg, Netherlands and many other museums and galleries around the world. After Paul Stolper Gallery in London became their main gallery in 2009, Dove and White have continued to present a body of works, which comprised not only their drawings and collage, but also screen-prints on hand-made rag paper made from recycled T-shirts with original artworks with which they used to print T-shirts in the 60’s and 70’s. Many of contemporary artists in London including Damien Hirst are collectors of their artworks.
    In 2017, KLEINSTEIN CO.,LTD., curated their first solo exhibition in Japan, “SENSIBILITY AND WONDER (DIESEL ART GALLERY)”
    johndove-mollywhite.co.uk

"Yes, I consider my work pornography. Pornography means to stimulate people’s sexual feelings, and I'm always very aware of that. My motive is lower than art."

“Tom of Finland is an influential artist who pioneered gay erotic art. At the same time, he is an individual who has pursued to be himself as a sexual minority and pioneered as way of living. The simple back-print message represents an individual that has strived to live life freely.” (KLEINSTEIN)

message and artwork by Tom of Finland
design by KLEINSTEIN CO.,LTD.
special thanks cultureEDIT LLC

price:¥4,900(tax-in)
size:M,XL

  • Tom of Finland

    Tom of Finland (Finnish 1920 – 1991), is the creator of some of the most iconic and readily recognizable imagery of post-war gay culture and is regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. He produced thousands of images beginning in the 1940s, robbing straight homophobic culture of its most virile and masculine archetypes (bikers, hoodlums, lumberjacks, cops, cowboys, and sailors) and recasting them through deft skill and imagination – unapologetic, self-aware, and boastfully proud enthusiasts of gay sex.
    In 1984, Tom of Finland and his friend Durk Dehner established Tom of Finland Foundation with the purpose to preserve Tom of Finland’s vast catalogue of work and offer a safe haven for all erotic art. The Foundation works actively in educating the public in promoting healthier, more tolerant attitude about sexuality.
    tomoffinlandfoundation.org

  • KLEINSTEIN

    KLEINSTEIN CO., LTD. is a design consulting office based in Tokyo, Japan. Founded by Yusuke Koishi and Miki Koishi in 2014, the studio covered a wide range of projects, such as special project planning focused on fashion, product development, editorial work, art direction, collaboration management, and consulting for strategy and Japan entry. The perspective of our studio is based on a strong interest in making something non-trivial. To pursue the real and original meaning of fashion itself, the modality of human behaviour in our society, something that changes the modality and dynamics of our life.
    kleinstein.com/

  • Joakim Andreasson cultureEDIT

    Joakim Andreasson has a background that spans across creative disciplines. He established cultureEDIT in 2014, with the mission to offer specialized services to artists and brands that guide them through the creative and marketing processes involved in the convergence of culture and commerce. Clients include Tom Of Finland Foundation, Henzel Studio, Bob Mizer, Helmut Lang (Artist), and Bernhard Willhelm.
    culture-edit.com/

“PROGRESS”

This T-shirt represents three components of an artistic life:

1. Is the blank slate/we all have some knowledge we’re born with but positive experience we can become wise yet we all are born with a blank slate.

2. The more we fill the slate with diverse people and perspectives the better

And 3. Now go and create the greatest movie ever made with your Life and the world will Progress because of you.(Apl.de.ap& Patrick Cunningham)

message by Apl.de.ap
design by Gyoh Shidara
production by Patrick Cunningham
creative direction by KLEINSTEIN CO.,LTD.

price:¥4,900(tax-in)
size:M,L

  • Apl.de.ap.

    A Filipino-American rapper, singer and record producer, known as a member of the Grammy Award-winning hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas. As his family was poor, he was adopted by an American lawyer at the age of 14 and moved to the United States alone from his home in the Philippines. His mother tongue is Tagalog, and there is an episode that he could not speak English at all when he went to America. In addition to his music activities, he is currently receiving attention for his various charity activities. He established the Apl.de.ap Foundation, with the vision of fostering world-class artistic and technical specialists from children in their home countries of the Philippines and Asia. The Foundation provides an opportunity to improve the educational environment by constructing school classrooms and supporting the scholarship program, and to acquire knowledge of life improvement skills.
    www.apldeap.com/

  • Gyoh Shidara

    Graphic Designer, Born in Tokyo in 1983.
    Spent his childhood in London, studied graphic/product design at KIDI Parsons and Parson School of Design in New York after he graduated from high school.
    He was working at Stephen Talasnik Studio as an artist assistant while attending school.
    After coming back from New York, he entered Nike Japan and worked as a seller for 7years in Nike Harajuku and worked as an intern in design team.
    The last carrier in Nike Harajuku was Jordan/Basketball manager.
    Started freelance designer career in 2016.
    He has designed for Lafayette, 68&Brothers, Mitchell&Ness, NBA, Rakuten, UMB, Basketball player and more.

  • Patrick Cunningham

    Patrick Cunningham is an entertainment consultant and producer.
    He left the investment banking industry to start a career in Hollywood.
    He is best known for being the CEO of Maybach Cunningham.
    For the past 15 years he has been working around the globe with the worlds most beloved stars and the most enduring brands including Marriott, Sony, Kimberly-Clarke, Pepsi, Maybach, Ford, etc. His projects and seminars have taken him to such diverse destinations as Russia, China, Japan, Jamaica, Korea, Guatemala, Germany and many more.
    As a producer he’s worked closely with Mathew Perry, Will Smilth, Whoopi Goldberg, Juliett Lewis, Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Michelle Mognahan. His movies have won Grand Prize awards and Premiered in over a dozen different countries including the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Sundance and over 50 top festivals. In 2009, Patrick was chosen by The White House staff to be a judge of the Presidential Rank Awards. Later, President Obama requested a private screening at The White House for his movie, Martha,Marcy,May,Marlene. In 2017 he met President Obama during his visit to Tokyo, Japan. Now he’s producing the Japanese hit movie “One Cut of The Dead/Don’t Stop The Camera” REMAKE.
    www.imdb.com/name/nm0192416/

  • KLEINSTEIN

    KLEINSTEIN CO., LTD. is a design consulting office based in Tokyo, Japan. Founded by Yusuke Koishi and Miki Koishi in 2014, the studio covered a wide range of projects, such as special project planning focused on fashion, product development, editorial work, art direction, collaboration management, and consulting for strategy and Japan entry. The perspective of our studio is based on a strong interest in making something non-trivial. To pursue the real and original meaning of fashion itself, the modality of human behaviour in our society, something that changes the modality and dynamics of our life.
    kleinstein.com/

SELECTOR

It’s hard not to see how political correctness becomes tainted and overshadowed by capitalism every time you see the word “diversity.’ However, in today’s world, even if you present a message that is morally correct, people who are not directly involved will not pay attention. If you are not careful, it can even come under fire and create more divides in communication. What we need now to captures people’s attention is something powerful and creative. For this series, I invited people that have been sending a message that our world is constructed of diverse individuals. Apl.de.Ap has African-American roots but also emigrated from the Philippines to the United States. Tom of Finland was not only a pioneer in gay erotic art but also is a role model for how minorities can freely live as who they are. John Dove and Molly White started to print messages on T-shirts in 1967 and started a new movement of street fashion, and are still cutting-edge artists today. I hope to celebrate freedom and individuality together with these artists.”

Profile:
KLEINSTEIN
KLEINSTEIN CO., LTD. is a design consulting office based in Tokyo, Japan. Founded by Yusuke Koishi and Miki Koishi in 2014, the studio covered a wide range of projects, such as special project planning focused on fashion, product development, editorial work, art direction, collaboration management, and consulting for strategy and Japan entry. The perspective of our studio is based on a strong interest in making something non-trivial. To pursue the real and original meaning of fashion itself, the modality of human behaviour in our society, something that changes the modality and dynamics of our life.

Yusuke Koishi
Creative Director. The representative of KLEINSTEIN CO., LTD.
The speciality of KLEINSTEIN CO., LTD. is rebranding and design consulting. The client list includes notable domestic and foreign brands such as NOVESTA and COMME des GARÇONS. Koishi himself also works as a critic and writer. After graduating from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo, he worked as a planner at Comme des Garçons. His art projects while working as a COMME des GARÇONS includes ‘BIOTOPOLOGICAL SCALE-JUGGLING ESCALATOR’ (DOVER STREET MARKET NEW YORK, 2013) by REVERSIBLE DESTINY FOUNDATION led by Shusaku ARAKAWA and MADELINE GINS. He also works on curations that connect contemporary art and fashion. As an artist, KLEINSTEIN released its first artwork at the exhibition ‘BEING AND TIME’ with photographers JÖRGEN AXELVALL and Daisuke Hamada.
kleinstein.com/

 

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