Upper Playground – 10 Years of T-Shirt Graphics
Up for the book of the month this time around is Upper Playground: Ten Years of T-Shirt Graphics. The book shows, well, exactly what the title is – the last ten years of t-shirt graphics by SF’s finest street culture shop & clothing line, Upper Playground. If you’re a fan of the latest street art, t shirts or just cool stuff – this book is definitely worth checking out.
Another fine cover this time around. The main cover has a photo of a screen with the UP walrus & the number 10. There is a spot UV gloss over the “inky” parts of the screen giving it a very screenprinted feel. Nice touch.
10 years in this culture is forever, even if you don’t count that they’ve been leading the pack that entire 10 years. To the right is one of the many awesome pieces by Mike Giant.
The book’s little bit of typography has a nice look to it. Very bold and in step with UP’s status in street culture.
Talk about heat. Each chapter / year shows a list of the artists / collaborators that UP worked with. Pretty much a who’s who of current Beautiful Losers era artists. It’s interesting to see how the beginning of the book they only worked with a few artists and by the latter years / collections the number was ridiculous.
Yeah, yeah. I know, get to the good stuff. Well, here are a few shots from the book. This is literally like 2% of what’s in it, the book’s thicker than the bible in the nightstand at the hotel.
Amazing. How funny is the OJ target with the bag of loot?
Not really any explanation needed. Biggie + KISS = Chang chang chang, winner.
LOVE Jeremy Fish’s work
Sam Flores is well represented and his work is awesome.
We’ll leave it off with Alex Pardee’s awesome Walrus shirt.