Shirt Kings: Pioneers Of Hip Hop Fashion

Check out this exclusive gallery of images from a new book celebrating hip hop and urban fashion.
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Check out this exclusive gallery of images from a new book celebrating hip hop and urban fashion.

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Jamaica, Queens, New York in the mid 1980s. Rappers and hip hop fans came from all over the city to get their own customized t-shirt by The Mighty Shirt Kings. The style traveled all over the world through record covers and music videos, and the Shirt Kings designs soon became synonymous with hip hop and the culture of making something out of nothing.

SHIRT KINGS: PIONEERS OF HIP HOP FASHION looks at the early days of urban fashion through the lens of the pioneering group of artists. By adapting their graffiti skills from spraying trains to shirts they created a new look for a new and vibrant generation. At the same time they were laying down the ground work for the hugely successful streetwear industry today. Edwin 'PHADE' Sacasa, founding artist of the Shirt Kings, shares his archives and transports us back to the 80s - to a time where the fashion was loud, colourful and filled with cartoon imagery like Pink Panther with gold chains!

Head over to the Topman Generation website to check out the gallery and get yourself a copy of this fantastic book.

Created by Sabotage Times, Topman GENERATION is a new daily interactive multi-media men’s magazine providing a unique cultural insight into the worlds of fashion, music, film, sport and art.