Archive for the ‘T-shirt Inspiration’ Category

The Postcard Tees Series by Vahap Avsar

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Ali Men’s Graphic T-Shirt

Ali is regarded as a hero by the Sufis in Turkey and posters of this picture used to be hung in almost every Sufi households. Ali was the cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. In Muslim culture, he is respected for his courage, knowledge, unbending devotion to Islam, and equal treatment of all Muslims. The image disappeared when the printing company that created the posters in Istanbul went out of business in 1999. As part of his project Lost Pictures, Brooklyn Industries Creative Director Vahap Avsar found the iconic images and started repainting and reintroducing them. This Ali painting was reproduced and the posters were given away at Avsar’s museum show in Berlin this year where the lost images came back into circulation.

Get Graphical with New BKI Designed Tees

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Only in Brooklyn

Friday, May 11th, 2012

It’s no secret – we are thrilled to live in such an incredible borough with fantastic food, parks, cafes, bars, and people, so we asked Brooklynites what you can do in Brooklyn that you can only do in Brooklyn. Here are a few of the responses:

Go get a hot dog at Nathan’s in Coney Island — Jeanette

Ride the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel – Lauren

Go to Dun Well doughnuts – Jeannine

Soon watch the BK nets – Tania

Wait for the G train – Teddy

BKI Teams up with Brooklyn Children’s Museum to Create an Educational T-Shirt Line for Kids

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Brooklyn Industries stands on a foundation deeply rooted in the idea of Live, Work, Create. This is not only a tagline, it is a mission statement and choosing community partners with a similar mission is something integral to the company’s existence. This season Brooklyn Industries has partnered with The Brooklyn Children’s Museum because of their ability to create an inspiring environment that actively engages children in educational and entertaining experiences through innovation in exhibitions and programs.

Three signature designs were created for children’s tees and infant onesies on both organic cotton and 100% cotton tees to represent the museums various exhibits and campaigns. BCM Patterns tee was inspired by the upcoming Pattern Wizardry exhibit. The colorful tee features hand-drawn patterns found at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and highlights the museum’s mascot, Fantasia, as she coils around the Brooklyn “o’s.”

As the first LEED certified museum in NYC, it was important the Brooklyn Industries design team captured the museums commitment to the environment. The Green Threads tee spells out ways to help make Brooklyn green and illustrates the five new exhibits that explain the museum’s new green features.

In celebration of the partnership, Brooklyn Industries will host a Children’s Day at the Park Slope retail location that will include interactive exhibits from the museum, arts and crafts and snacks. Guests can RSVP for the event at

Children’s Day at Park Slope BKI: April 21, 2012, 10am-1pm. 206 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Special Delivery From a Mail Escort

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

BKI’s Mail Escort Tee, as seen in the March 2012 issue of Nylon

With the mild winter this year, we’re excited about T-shirts already, and our new arrival, the Mail Escort tee. The shirt, while providing us comfort that our mail will arrive safely, also reminds us of one of our favorite New York classics – Midnight Cowboy. Here is some interesting trivia you may not know about the film:

-Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

-Sylvia Miles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, despite appearing in the film for less than four minutes.

-Contrary to conventional wisdom promoting otherwise, the cab that almost runs over Dustin Hoffman during his famous line, ‘I’m walkin’ here!’ was planned.

-Jon Voight’s role was originally offered to Elvis Presley, but he refused, wanting to be taken ‘seriously’ as an actor.

-In order to have a convincing limp, Dustin Hoffman kept pebbles in his shoes.

America the Beautiful

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

For the first time ever, the LGBT community in New York will be allowed to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day as legally married couples. While tremendous progress has been made and the landscape is shifting to a more optimistic outcome, our designer illustrated this graphic for our Valentine’s day t-shirt to show just how much more work needs to be done. Here at BKI, the issue of gay marriage equality is very close to our hearts, and we stand firmly on the side of civil rights, equality, and love. For each shirt sold, we’ll be donating 10% of proceeds off the sale to our friends at the Ali Forney Center, who do a commendable job of providing homeless LGBT youth in the NYC area with housing and help.

We want to hear your voice. Visit our Facebook page to let us know how you are going to make America Beautiful in 2012, and enter for a chance to win an America the Beautiful t-shirt.

Below is a picture in front of our West Village store of the 2011 Gay Pride celebration, 2 days after gay marriage became legal in New York.

A Young Designer Pays Tribute to an Icon

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Ever wonder what it’s like to grow up around a design studio? For Aslan, age 11, being around the Brooklyn Industries factory and studio has instilled a precocious recognition of the beauty of art and design. Even at an early age, Aslan was an admirer of Steve Jobs’ products and aesthetic. This T-shirt is the young designer’s tribute to Jobs and his contributions. After some initial sketches, the design was simply scrawled on the studio door, then photographed in honor of the minimalist style championed by Jobs.

Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of this shirt will be donated to CFY, a nonprofit that uses digital learning to help low-income children in NYC do better in school.

Wooden Butt Moons Mahogany Bust

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Wondering what the t-shirts that say “Raw” and “Cooked” mean that have appeared in the Brooklyn Industries t-shirt walls of late?  We were a little puzzled too when the Brooklyn Museum approached us for a t-shirt collaboration.  But as the project progressed it made more sense.  The words refer to the title of 5 on-going exhibitions of under-known, or “below the radar” Brooklyn artists invited to develop pieces that interact with objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection.

Kristof Wickman is the first artist whose artworks include a wooden butt with sprinkles mooning a mahogany bust from 1925 (Emile Zettler), a pueblo native American chair that rests on cast jelly donuts, an Egyptian vase upturned next to a porcelain white hand with two gold fingers.  The dialogue between material and historical objects includes works that have nothing to do with the Museum as well.  There is an exercise ball with arms around it (above) and a pumpkin with a head slammed against the floor.

Interesting work, interesting context.  The exhibit runs through 11/27/2011 at the Brooklyn Museum.

Picture: Courtesy of Kristof Wickman (American, b. 1981).

Movie Review hits T-Shirt-Return of the Planet of the Apes

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Monkeys on t-shirts with headphones has got to bring out the inner cyborgian thought in all of us.  Animal meets machine as an analogy for human is exactly the theme of the recent movie Return of the Planet of the Apes. Caeser, the Ape protagonist, who bears a distant resemblance to the star in the BKI shirt, is injected with a super drug in a test to cure Alzheimer’s.  He does indeed become super intelligent and leads a Che Guevara style Guerilla revolt to free his fellow guerillas to the red woods outside San Francisco.  The pretty amazing special effects from the same studio that brought us Avatar, masks a fairly good story of father/son, quest for the betterment of mankind, mixed in with evil empire corporation.  Amusing.