Born and raised in New York City during the golden era of graffiti, Eric Haze found fame hitting trains in the early 70’s, earning his place in the documentary Style Wars. Haze opened his design studio in 1986, becoming one of the first visual artists to define the look and graphic language of early Hip Hop. Some of his most classic works include designs for Public Enemy, EPMD, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys. It doesn’t get any more OG than this.
We're proud to announce that the next T-post collaboration will be with the pioneering brand ALIFE. Founded in 1999, ALIFE is a New York City-based, multi-tasking, multi-faceted lifestyle driven company. ALIFE is well known for its curatorial work, creative direction and production of editorial content for books and magazines, art shows, retail concepts, and top-tier branded collaborations. Their renowned backyard ALIFE SESSIONS, over the years, have included performances by Wu-Tang Clan, John Mayer, Cypress Hill, Nas, Moby, and Drake. ALIFE is art.
In 1986, Ricky Powell ditched his job selling Frozade lemon ices out of a street car — where, if you tipped him a dollar, he'd add a dash of rum to the refreshment — to tag along with the Beastie Boys on Run-DMC's Raising Hell tour. Only to continue as Def Jam Records’ in-house photographer documenting the early hip hop scene like no other. For two decades, Ricky Powell has prowled the streets of his native New York, toured the world with hip hop’s biggest acts, and full-on crashed celebrity-studded parties on both coasts.
Tony Arcabascio is a true NYC legend. Tony's done everything from working in a pizzeria, to dancing at parties and clubs for cash. While eventually ending up in the magazine industry he made a couple of great friends and founded the collective brand, alife™ and the alife rivington club™. In 2006 he became a daddy (to little Viva), and started a new business, Tony Arcabascio Inc™. "Basically, I just try to work on good shit with good people... My plan for life."™
Earlier this year jeffstaple was announced the fifth most important person within streetwear by Complex. Managing his clothing line STAPLE his store Reed Space and his design studio Staple Design, jeffstaple truly lives up to his own tagline "a positive social contagion". Over the years he's gained a considerable following on the underground streetwear scene. Perhaps his most famous product were the NYC Pigeon Dunks released by Nike, causing riots wherever they where sold. Today they sells for over 2,000 USD on E-bay.
How does a Swiss born, Belgian trained, graphic designer end up doing t-shirts for Spike Lee, collaborating with Bushwick graffiti vandals, and earning a Phd in vintage American sports uniforms? Over the past ten years, Kimou Meyer (aka Grotesk) has worked with almost all the key players in New York’s brand underground, drawing on his classical training and outsider’s perspective to develop an iconic graphic language and style.