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March 18, 2014
The new spring season and the dawning astrological new year aren't the only things arriving this month that we've been eagerly anticipating. Also happening right now is Brooklyn Grooming's first foray into fashion merchandising!
These locally printed his-and-her's tee shirts finally give our passionate, loyal customers a chance to show their affection for Brooklyn Grooming in ways that don't involve forcing friends and strangers to smell their beards.
Not that these handsome pullovers are exclusively for BG super-fans. There's something for everyone in these tee shirts. In creating his original design for the tee's logo, our graphics guru Alfredo Catedral has once again reminded us that the best graphics designers are nothing short of true visual artists.
What's not to love?
You may remember the nautical imagery that debuted when we introduced Anchor Aftershave Tonic. The roll-out of Anchor came with an re-boot of the website which incorporated fantastical images recalling pirate's treasure maps.
One of those images was a mildly grotesque octopus, but with monstrous eyes like an owl's, who for nearly a year was the first thing you'd see upon visiting our site. She became like some sort of cyber-gargoyle for our homepage.. (She can still be seen on our twitter banner.) Perhaps it's because he came to regard that octopus as the unofficial face of the brand that Alfie decided she deserved a redesign and resurrection via our tee shirts..
The debut of Anchor turned out to be a milestone moment for us. So maybe the octopus is a good luck charm, representing a time of marked growth and forward momentum.
Or maybe she's a fittingly absurdist mascot in homage to Brooklyn itself: the borough of identity crisis. Is it the borough of beards, hipsters, biergardens and artisinal cheeses? Or storied home to the Brooklyn Naval Yard, a once-major cruise-ship port and hub of industry?
In the collage above, in addition to the provocative octopus tees you'll also see Alfie's early prototype for the tee shirt design. The original was to have centered around a floating straight razor cleverly masquerading as a greater-than sign. Even though that tee shirt was never printed and is not available, I added those images because I find it so interesting how drastically designs can change and morph going from an idea to a finished product.
But the fact that this particular design could start out as a sensible, straight-forward straight razor and end up an esoteric, blade-wielding sea monster is at once completely ludicrous and unquestionably apropos. That's SO Brooklyn.
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