Isolation inspiration: Graphic twist

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We’ve been taking a closer look at some of our favourite designs and putting them into mini themed collections. This week, the theme is Graphic Twist.
A graphic twist is when a design has used elements in an unexpected way, so that things aren’t always what they seem – making for a more distinctive or intriguing design. So here’s our graphic twist mini collection –

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Our new Alpe d’Huez shirt celebrates one of the most famous climbs in cycling. The design started with a capital ‘A’ (for Alp), which we cut in half and used as a mountain, with the distressed pattern at the top of the A reflecting the increasingly rugged scenery as the climb progresses. The zig zag shape represents the 21 famous u-turns the riders need to negotiate on the climb.

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Staying with cycling, our RainRider t-shirt uses diagonal lines laid over a cycling symbol – and the eye immediately sees it as a cyclist riding through rain. The French caption (France being the spiritual home of cycling) is accompanied by the red, white and blue colours of the rain, bringing to mind the French flag.
Our C90 design takes elements from the early days of cassette players – speaker, tape counter, record button, wood surround – and reassembles them into an image which is contemporary in style, but retro in content. Vintage tech brought bang up to date – it’s available as a t-shirt and also a poster.

For our BBQ Star t-shirt, we wanted a decorative design that also tied into the idea of heroic barbecuing. Distressed grey circles of charcoal lie over a fiery red and orange star – the elements are both decorative and representative. We also have this design on a sky blue t-shirt where the charcoal is blue – so not quite so representative – but it looked so good we printed it anyway. You can see them both here.

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Watching mountain-bike lights disappear into a pitch-black forest was the inspiration behind Night Run. We translated the dazzling effect of the lights – white at the front, red at the rear – into overlapping concentric circles, creating a shimmering Op Art style design.

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Our Flat Out design shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 as a sharp-looking infographic.
It doesn’t fully explain itself -it’s a bit of a conversation starter. Once people have figured it out (it helps if they’re petrolheads), they still have to guess the cars. And when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking t-shirt (or poster).
We went for style over accuracy in our Over & Out design, which features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer. Any concerns we may have had about our customers taking to this minimalist approach have been pushed aside by the fact that its our biggest-selling t-shirt in 2020 👍👍🏼👍🏾
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Alpe d’Huez longsleeve

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One of the most famous climbs in cycling, Alpe d’Huez is best known for its 21 hairpin bends that riders have to negotiate whilst ascending – with each bend having a number and the name of a former Tour de France stage winner. It’s a 14km climb covering an ascent of 1120 metres and topping out at a windy 1860 metres.

With its dramatic scenery and mountain-top finish the climb has long been a Tour de France favourite. With up to 500,000 spectators filling the mountain on raceday it can often be boisterous and borderline chaotic – but the fans love it.

Alpe d’Huez’s fame has also made it popular with amateur cyclists, with up to 1,000 cyclists a day attempting the climb in the summer season.

Our design uses half of an A (for Alp) to show the mountain and its hairpin turns, becoming more wild and broken up as the climb reaches its 1860m summit.

Screen printed onto a longsleeve heather navy blue 100% organic cotton t-shirt. Alpe d’Huez is also available in shortsleeve heather ice blue and shortsleeve dark grey.

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Alpe d’Huez dark grey

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One of the most famous climbs in cycling, Alpe d’Huez is best known for its 21 hairpin bends that riders have to negotiate whilst ascending – with each bend having a number and the name of a former Tour de France stage winner. It’s a 14km climb covering an ascent of 1120 metres and topping out at a windy 1860 metres.

With its dramatic scenery and mountain-top finish the climb has long been a Tour de France favourite. With up to 500,000 spectators filling the mountain on raceday it can often be boisterous and borderline chaotic – but the fans love it.

Alpe d’Huez’s fame has also made it popular with amateur cyclists, with up to 1,000 cyclists a day attempting the climb in the summer season.

Our design uses half of an A (for Alp) to show the mountain and its hairpin turns, becoming more wild and broken up as the climb reaches its 1860m summit.

Screen printed onto a dark grey 100% organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt. Alpe d’Huez is also available in heather ice blue, and heather navy-blue longsleeve.

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Alpe d’Huez heather blue

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One of the most famous climbs in cycling, Alpe d’Huez is best known for its 21 hairpin bends that riders have to negotiate whilst ascending – with each bend having a number and the name of a former Tour de France stage winner. It’s a 14km climb covering an ascent of 1120 metres and topping out at a windy 1860 metres.

With its dramatic scenery and mountain-top finish the climb has long been a Tour de France favourite. With up to 500,000 spectators filling the mountain on raceday it can often be boisterous and borderline chaotic – but the fans love it.

Alpe d’Huez’s fame has also made it popular with amateur cyclists, with up to 1,000 cyclists a day attempting the climb in the summer season.

Our design uses half of an A (for Alp) to show the mountain and its hairpin turns, becoming more wild and broken up as the climb reaches its 1860m summit.

Screen printed onto a 100% organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt, in a heather ice blue colour. Alpe d’Huez is also available in dark grey and heather navy-blue longsleeve.

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Flat Out

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Flat Out shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 in a sharp-looking infographic.

It doesn’t fully explain itself – but that’s part of the design. Once people have figured it out, they still have to guess the cars. And even when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking shirt.

For the record (and we realise this could start a debate) the cars in question are – 1967 Lamborghini Miura, 1985 Lamborghini Countach, 2005 Bugatti Veyron and 2020 Bugatti Chiron.

Flat Out is screen-printed in the UK onto a long-sleeve 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton dark grey t-shirt. 40º machine wash. Its also available as a purple short-sleeve here.

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Flat Out

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Flat Out shows the top speed of the world’s fastest production cars in 1967, 1987, 2005 and 2020 in a sharp-looking infographic.

It doesn’t fully explain itself – but that’s part of the design. Once people have figured it out, they still have to guess the cars. And even when they’ve done that, you’re still left with a great looking shirt.

For the record (and we realise this could start a debate) the cars in question are – 1967 Lamborghini Miura, 1985 Lamborghini Countach, 2005 Bugatti Veyron and 2020 Bugatti Chiron.

Flat Out is screen-printed in the UK onto a 100% organic ring-spun combed cotton purple t-shirt. 40º machine wash. Its also available as a dark grey long-sleeve t-shirt here.

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RainRider

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Rain – it’s not really the cyclist’s friend. It makes the roads slippy, it blurs your vision, it’s cold and it’s clingy. Yet when you’re still 20 miles from home there’s not much you can do about it, except carry on like the pro you are. And maybe swear a little bit : )

Our RainRider long-sleeve t-shirt is screen printed in the UK onto 100% cotton shirts. It’s also available as a short-sleeve t-shirt here.

• Classic fit
• 40º machine wash

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RainRider

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Rain – it’s not really the cyclist’s friend. It makes the roads slippy, it blurs your vision, it’s cold and it’s clingy. Yet when you’re still 20 miles from home there’s not much you can do about it, except carry on like the pro you are. And maybe swear a little bit : )

Our RainRider t-shirt is screen printed in the UK onto 100% organic ringcomb cotton shirts. It’s also available as a long-sleeve t-shirt here.

• Classic fit
• 40º machine wash

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Screen-printed onto a 100% cotton navy long-sleeve t-shirt.

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Over & Out is screen-printed onto an organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt and is also available in dark grey here.

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Over & Out

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Our Over & Out shirt features a strictly non-technical but nonetheless good-looking graphic illustrating the fundamental differences between oversteer and understeer.

There are many technical documents explaining the difference between the two, but in a nutshell understeer is a bit boring whereas oversteer, where the back of your car tries to overtake the front, is far more exciting.

Over & Out is screen-printed onto an organic ringspun combed cotton t-shirt and is also available in navy blue here.

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Freedom festivals

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Festivals are moving on. No longer just music-focused, newer festivals are springing up, many in beautiful settings, hosting events such as interactive art, poetry and wellness in mind and body. We’ve taken a closer look at 5 festivals that offer a complete chance to get away from the stresses of everyday life and free your mind.

Also – Warwickshire, 5-7 July

Set in a Capability Brown landscaped garden with a lake, Also is billed as a ‘festival of ideas’. Alongside an eclectic list of musicians there are talks and workshops on themes such as Why comedy stand up matters, The Subconcious, Urban Birding  and #mindwilding – an Also festival-goer’s ability to bring new and exciting ideas to their consciousness and thought. Oh, and a big lake where you can go boating and swimming.

Find out more at www.also-festival.com

 

Kelburn Garden Party – North Ayrshire, 5-8 July

Described as an annual explosion of colour, creativity and culture, the Kelburn Garden Party takes place in the Gardens of 13th-century Kelburn Castle, set in a Scottish Glen. The music is a broad-based mix of disco, jazz, electronica, hip-hop and folk, mixed in with interactive art installations, living theatre, pop-up parties, poetry events, glen walks and waterfall plunge pools.

Kelburn also hosts an end-of-season event in September called Psychedelic Forest, which sounds exactly our kind of thing.

Find out more at www.kelburngardenparty.com

 

Mandrea Festival – 11-14 July, Trentino, Italy

Set in the foothills of the Italian Alps and close to the shores of Lake Garda the Mandrea Festival offers up some truly magnificent scenery. In the evenings the music has a definite dub / reggae vibe to it. In the daytime activities include climbing, canyoning, mountain biking, mountain lake swimming, performing arts and yoga. And because it’s Italy, food and drink have a major role to play – you can get stone-baked pizzas, locally baked bread, Aperol spritzers and, of course, spectacularly good coffee.

Find out more at www.mandreafestival.com

 

Standon Calling – 25-28 July, Hertfordshire

Set in the grounds of the splendidly-titled private house of Standon Lordship, Standon Calling started life as a birthday barbecue and pool party which has now grown into a fully-fledged festival. The swimming pool is still in use though and is joined by hot tubs, wellbeing areas and er, Rockaoke. Standon Calling also takes its music seriously and the 2019 line-up includes names such as Rag’n’bone Man and Nile Rodgers & Chic.

Every year there is a festival theme with many guests dressing up to match it. Previous themes have included Gods and Monsters and Lost in Latin America. This year its … Twisted Creatures.

Find out more at www.standon-calling.com

 

Waking Life – 14-19 August, Crato, Portugal

Billed as 6 days of music and art, Waking Life is set next to a lake, close to the medieval town of Crato. There are mini musical events set in intimate spaces around the lake, guests are invited to wander around and see what’s happening. In keeping with its name, Waking Life also has an extensive programme of ‘immersive performances, stimulating installations, cinema, workshops and interactivity for the body and mind’.

Find out more at www.wakinglife.pt

 

Of course its always good to look the part at any festival, so may we recommend our collection of relaxed-but-on-it summer t-shirts, knits, shorts and jeans here.

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C90

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The cassette tape gave a new generation the freedom to record its own music. To take it with them wherever they went, and of course to make fantastic mixtapes for friends and parties.

C90 ( the name comes from the 90-minute cassette format – just enough to get a full album on each side ) is our stylised tribute to this brilliant piece of tech, which in its 1980s heyday was the world’s favourite music format and sold by the billion.

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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BBQ Star

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Nothing beats a good barbecue. And cooking well on a charcoal barbecue is something of an art form, although luckily its a challenge that most men are happy to take on.

So our BBQ Star design is a tribute to all those charcoal-smudged, hot-handed artisans making it happen over a hot grill and a cold beer.

The design is inspired by the hot coals of the BBQ blended with a contemporary star image – making it ideal for lazy days around the barbeque, or for beach and festival wear.

Shown here in sky blue, BBQ Star is also available in dark grey.

Screen printed in the UK onto a soft 100% cotton shirt.

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BBQ Star

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Nothing beats a good barbecue. And cooking well on a charcoal barbecue is something of an art form, although luckily its a challenge that most men are happy to take on.

So our BBQ Star design is a tribute to all those charcoal-smudged, hot-handed artisans making it happen over a hot grill and a cold beer.

The design is inspired by the hot coals of the BBQ blended with a contemporary star image – making it ideal for lazy days around the barbeque, or for beach and festival wear.

Shown here in dark grey (to hide those charcoal smudges) it’s also available in sunny sky blue.

Screen printed in the UK onto a soft 100% cotton shirt.

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Night Run

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Night Run is an eye-catching Op-art style print originally inspired by mountain-bike lights seen moving through a forest on a pitch black winter night.

• Black 100% cotton shirt
• Crew neck
• Screen printed
• 40º machine wash

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Night Run

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Night Run is an eye-catching Op-art style print originally inspired by mountain-bike lights seen moving through a forest on a pitch black winter night.

Our boyfriend fit is a classic mens cut worn as an oversized t-shirt. Tuck it in or let it flow – the choice is yours.

• Black 100% cotton shirt
• Crew neck
• Screen printed
• 40º machine wash

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Night Run

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Night Run is an eye-catching Op-art style print originally inspired by mountain-bike lights seen moving through a forest on a pitch black winter night.

• Black 100% cotton shirt
• Crew neck
• Screen printed
• 40º machine wash

Please note this t-shirt has a slightly slimmer cut than our standard t-shirts – see here for sizing.

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