ADDICT Blog

  • KERN INTERVIEW

    30th December 2013

    The Addict X Richard Kern tees are currently still valuable online via Addict

    How long have you been a photographer?
    I've been taking photos since I was 10 years old, so 48 years. I started taking photos of model cars I built with a 110 Kodak Instamatic.

    What made you want to become one?
    My father was the editor of our local newspaper and he often shot photos to go with his stories. His darkroom was cool.

    You’re also a film-maker. Do you prefer making movies?
    Both photos and films are fun. It's nice to have the option.

    I first got to find out about your work through Vice Magazine. Would you say that’s how most people discover your work?
    My work has popped up several times over the years. In the 80's people knew me for my films with Lydia Lunch and music vids I did with Sonic Youth. When New York Girls came out on Taschen, there was not a million photographers shooting naked girls and the hook, NY GIRLS was pretty good so people brought the book. Most of these people didn't know about the films. Vice is another audience and generation.

    You’ve also shot for a number of porn magazines…when did you decide to stop doing that?
    It became harder to make money because of the internet and my perceptions and personal work got all out of sync with what I wanted to do with my stuff. Plus the models were more interested in how much they were getting paid and how long they had to shoot.

    How many girls do you get asking to have their photo taken by you?
    Maybe five a week. But these girls rarely live in NYC.

    Do you look for anything in particular?
    You can look at my books and see exactly what I'm looking for. Good attitude is a must.

    How do you convince the girls to do some of the things you want? Like perform a handstand over a toilet?
    I don't try to convince anyone to do anything. I ask once and if they hesitate at all, I don't push it. The headstand shot was that way - I asked the girl if she could do it and she said "sure". It's hard to believe she could do it cause it's really hard to do. I shot a guy this way too. The girl shot is in Paris.

    Has a model ever said no to a request? If so, what was it?
    Yes. Too many things to write here. Once when I was about 30 I asked one for a date. She said no. That was the last time I did that.

    You recently released another book called ‘Contact High’, which we’ve used a couple of shots for the Addict X Richard Kern tees. When did you get the idea to make this book?
    I shot a girl smoking pot in the mid 90's. She reminded me of my teenage years and the pot just added to it. So I decided to re-live it over and over. Vice was going to do a book so I kept shooting a lot. And lots of the girls wanted to get stoned. They started asking if they could get stoned on camera.

    Do you end up with any hate mail from jealous boyfriends?
    No. But sometimes people that have unhealthy interest in a particular girl will write trying to get to them.

    I've had jealous boyfriends at a shoot. I understand it cause I was a jealous boyfriend when Gerald Malanga shot a girl I was dating when I was 22. I met him later and we've hung out. It was funny to think that I was jealous about that. But I understand the emotion.

    The Addict X Richard Kern tees have had a great response from the blogs and press. What is it about naked girls smoking weed that you think appeals to people?
    For me, when you are next to a girl smoking pot and her face changes and breaks into a stoned smile, that's the best. I try to get my wife to smoke in front of me but she won't.

    How can our followers find out more about you and your work (twitter,facebook, website?)

    www.richardkern.com

    The Addict X Richard Kern collaboration has been one of our most successful Guest Artist releases in recent years. We originally questioned whether a set of tees featuring half naked girls would work, especially with the market being flooded with tits and ass. Have people had enough? Has it lost its novelty? Perhaps in most cases.

    But there's a big difference with what Kern does and what's out there at the moment. Thanks to having well over two decades worth of experience Kern has managed to take something that could be considered pornographic and turned it into an art form.

    We managed to grab a rare moment with the man himself to discuss his work, how it all began, through to his current work, book launch and collaboration with us...

  • Addict x Swifty

    13th December 2013

    Camo seems to have had a bit of a renaissance recently, but for some of us Camo is a way of life! No longer the domain of the world’s military forces it now belongs to the people.

    So here we have it, back by popular demand, a new range Addict X Swifty tees very much on the camo tip! I’ve been digging again but not at the car boot fairs, this time in my own extensive Swifty archives and have dug out some little camo gems that have been hiding in the depths of my folders ready for a new lease of life

    The boys at Addict have done a nice job setting these up in large format, killer colour ways, with stenciled ACC133 A.D.D.I.C.T. 96 type - Hopefully you enjoy” - SWIFTY

    The Addict X Swifty partnership dates back to 2005 and quickly turned into a friendship

  • ADDICT IN THE NEWS

    6th December 2013

  • AW13 OUTERWEAR LOOKBOOK

    8th October 2013

    The Addict AW13 collection is about the classics. The Outerwear range brings two brand new styles in the forms of 1970’s style Expedition Arctic Jacket and the Down Fill Military Style Ranger Jacket. These new designs by Addict are a testament to our level of high standards in design and quality.

    There’s also the addition of the very British ‘Tweed Editions’ of the Down Jacket and Mountain Vest & the Wax Coated take on the 4 Front Pocket Mountain Jacket. Other highlights include a Leather Sleeved League Jacket with a Diamond Quilted Fill Lining and The 1969 Parka DPM, which is Camo Fishtail with detachable Down Fill Liner Jacket that can be worn separately.

    The collection also features a full range of Graphic Tees, Jersey, Knits, Shirting, Denim, Headwear and Luggage with a streak of Navajo inspiration. Shot by photographer Dan Reid, the lookbook centres around the Outerwear range, complimented by a striking array of sweats and tees.

    The AW13 Collection is available now online with more styles being updated regularly. For updates sign up to our news letter or simply follow us on Twitter/facebook/instagram via @addictclothing

  • Addict X Mysterious Al

    26th September 2013

    Mysterious Al is a London based artist, illustrator and designer who creates iconic gothic / pop imagery. Initially drawing inspiration from illustration icons such as Jamie Hewlett, James Jarvis and Pete Fowler, as well as his graffiti and art-school peers, Mysterious Al’s characters are monsters, mutants and sub-humans... Creatures that inhabit a dark yet playful universe parallel to our own. In 2001, alongside friend and contemporary D*Face, Mysterious Al co-founded the now world-renowned ‘Finders Keepers Crew’ a collective of young outsider artists using stickers, wheat-paste and found objects to create illegal street installations. The Finders Keepers crew gained international notoriety and found themselves at the forefront of a new art movement: ‘Street-art’. Their widely attended yet illegal pop-up exhibitions formed an often replicated template for promoting the biggest art trend in a decade whilst the roster of artists associated with Finders Keepers went on to become some of the biggest names in this new movement.

    Mysterious Al’s striking, satirical and often morbid artwork has long commanded an underground, yet global cult following with avid collectors rabid for his latest creations. Known for his iconic gothic eyed creatures, monsters, mutants and sub-humans...Creatures that inhabit a dark, yet playful universe parallel to our own.

    His recent work loosely surrounds Mesoamerican Gods, the doomsday calendar, Drum & Bass, demonic intervention, Graffiti culture, Wicca and the Occult.

    Addict team up with Mysterious Al, tapping into his latest interest in Mesoamerican Gods as he delivers a set of original masked creatures.

  • Addict X Marvel Artist Series 1 - Drop 2

    23rd September 2013

    Marvel.com: How did you get involved with the Addict Marvel series?

    Odisy: Jay [Hamdaoui] from Addict knew my work as a graffiti artist and illustrator. He got me involved doing the Avengers Assemble billboard painting. From there I was asked to do some t-shirt designs.

     

    Marvel.com: Tell us about your experience doing the Assemble Live project.

    Odisy: The Avengers Assemble billboard painting was great fun (apart from the rain). Me and my boy, Tizer, spent four days painting it with people tweeting in and voting which Avengers characters they wanted us to paint next. It was filmed and there was a live feed online, followed up by a time lapse of the four days.

    There was a lot of positive feedback from people on the street as well as online. It really meant a lot to me to do a painting for Marvel having been a fan for so many years.

     

    Marvel.com: So you've been a fan of Marvel for a while now?

    Odisy: I've been a comic collector and a big fan of Marvel since I was a kid.

     

    Marvel.com: Do you have any Marvel comics in your collection that you cherish more than others?

    Odisy: I have a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man #301 which, in my opinion, is one of the best Spider-Man front covers of all time. It is an incredibly dynamic pose and a stripped back graphic background. As an illustration is could be transferred to a poster, t-shirt, tattoo etc. without any changes. It was an instant classic. This was Todd McFarlane at his Marvel best. His illustration style and storytelling in The Amazing Spider-Man shook the comic world at the time and made him the most talked about name in comics. I spent a lot of time back then copying his panels. I'd say my copy of #301 is well loved. Others might say it's in very bad condition. Either way it's an important book for me both as a comic fan and an illustrator.

     

    Marvel.com: Do you have any other favorite Marvel illustrators?

    Odisy: Of course, Jack Kirby. Where would we be without Kirby? Steve McNiven -- incredible figurative work. John Buscema. Alex Ross. Bill Sienkiewicz. Jim Lee.

     

    Marvel.com: Where did you come up with the idea for your designs?

    Odisy: I tried to draw on my experiences in different art forms to come up with my ideas for the designs, not just comic artwork. Marvel already does "The Marvel Style." I wanted to add some of the dynamics and flow from graffiti as well as some of the techniques I know from working as an illustrator. I exaggerated the characters' movement, shape and environment to add my own twist while still staying true to the core of the originals.

     

    Marvel.com: For your Iron Man design, did you use Mark Silvestri's cover as inspiration?

    Odisy: That cover was definitely an inspiration. I wanted to do a classic Iron-Man-flying-towards-the-viewer composition and make it like the scene in the first movie where he's being chased by two planes. I added background elements to make it look like a target.

     

    Marvel.com: How did you decide on which characters to use?

    Odisy: I chose Spider-Man because there's a lot of scope with him. His webbing was always going to be a useful illustrative element. I wanted to get a city in there and he sees the city from all angles so it was an opportunity to really abstract that. Iron Man is metal and he flies. That's mad cool. Fighter jets, missiles, high octane speed... It's a no brainer.

     

    Marvel.com: Can you tell fans about your background in art, especially graffiti?

    Odisy: I've always been drawing. I got into graffiti properly in the early 90's. I went to art college in the late 90's studying illustration. In mid 2000's I started doing more large scale mural work and travelled to different countries to paint with my crew. I currently work as a tattoo artist, illustrator and graffiti artist in London.

     

    MARVEL ARTIST SERIES

    SHOGUN

     

    Marvel.com: How did you get involved in the Addict Marvel series?

    Shogun: I've been an Addict collaborator for some years, I've contributed to their Artist Series in the past & we've always had strong links, so it seemed a logical progression for me to get involved with this range...they have a rich heritage of using fantastic artists from different areas & disciplines, so it was a great honour to be asked to share this project with Mitch & Odisy...two of the best around...

     

    Marvel.com: How did you decide on which characters to use?

    Shogun: With the increasing popularity of comic book movies we tried to base the range loosely around what Marvel are doing in terms of feature films. This helps to capitalise on the hype surrounding upcoming releases, & to mine the residual interest generated by past blockbusters. Spider-Man & Captain America have new movies out this year, & there were the recent Iron Man 3 & Avengers movies...all this helps to generate interest in the characters, but it's good to throw a few new faces in there too...

     

    Marvel.com: Where did you come up with the idea for your designs?

    Shogun: I looked at a lot of source material from old comics & movie posters to statues & action figures, these are a particularly good source of reference for how the light falls on a particular figure & how shaded areas would appear in 3 dimensions...then I make a composite of my favourite pieces from each & kind of 'weld' them together into a cohesive whole, sculpting & shaping as I go...

     

    Marvel.com: Do you have a history of being a Marvel fan?

    Shogun: I was a huge Marvel fan as a kid, I'd spend hours trying to draw my favourite characters, & Saturday mornings were a pilgrimage to the local paper shop where I'd weigh up which sweets I could afford vs which comics...I often came back without the sweets...

     

    Marvel.com: Why did you decide to leave out Captain America's eyes?

    Shogun: Interesting question...I wanted to portray something moody & edgier than we're used to seeing...we often see Cap portrayed as the Boy Scout or the White Knight character & I thought it would be interesting to introduce a subtle note of darkness...I came across a statue & really liked the way the light fell across the eyes, I wanted to portray his grim resolution in the face of danger & to suggest how it might feel to have the weight of the world on his shoulders...

     

    Marvel.com: Can you tell fans about your art background?

    Shogun: Under the name 'Shogun' I freelance as a graphic artist, specialising in the editorial, street wear & popular culture arenas...currently the bulk of my work comes from New York where & I am represented  by Richard Solomon Artist Reps, a very cool agency with an incredible roster of talent, it's very humbling company to be in...my regular clients include; Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, CBS News, Sports Illustrated, Ford Mustang & Major League Baseball to name but a few... I also work closely with Addict on their Marvel, DC & Lucas film apparel projects...

     

    Marvel.com: Speaking of the Marvel films, do you have any particular favorites and why?

    Shogun: I really liked the Sam Raimi take on Spider-Man, (the first 2 anyway, the 3rd is perhaps best forgotten)...they really felt like the comics I grew up reading, & getting such respected character actors to play the villains lent the series great credibility...

     

    Marvel.com: What particular Marvel source material, comics or action figures, really struck your eye?

    Shogun: I looked at lots of old school Jack Kirby strips, not necessarily for style but he had a way of making the character look heroic & iconic that few have matched since, also Michael Turner & Alex Ross...in terms of action figures; anything by Bowen, Sideshow & Gentle Giant, also Kotobukiya, Hot Toys & Medicom. There's so much inspirational material out there by amazing artists it's sometimes difficult to know where to start, but once you have the kernel of an idea things start meshing together...

     

    Marvel.com: And finally, do you have any particular Marvel story lines you loved most as a kid?

    Shogun: Too many to mention them all, but Spider-Man 'Torment' springs to mind, written & illustrated by the great Todd McFarlane...his take on the character proved to be a seismic shift in the Spidey aesthetic & a true inspiration for me...also Wolverine Vol.1 written by Chris Claremont & illustrated by the legendary Frank Miller...Wolverine returns to Japan & has to battle a legion of ninjas...I'm all over that...I also really loved anything starring the Hulk as a kid, the list is endless really... 

     

    MARVEL ARTIST SERIES

    MITCH

     

    Marvel.com: How did you get involved in the Addict Marvel series?

    Mitchy Bwoy: I've been working with Addict clothing since the very beginning of my career. We've collaborated on loads of quality projects over the years, including the 'Clown Girl' signature series and the 'Star Wars' artist series.

     

    Marvel.com: How did you decide on which characters to use?

    Mitchy Bwoy: I was given a selection of characters to choose from. The decision to choose Wolverine & the Hulk was easy - they're both outsiders. They're not your typical hero types - they don't play by the rules.

     

    Marvel.com: Do you have a history being a fan of Marvel?

    Mitchy Bwoy: For years, yes. I originally started with the Silver Surfer. Thanos is my favourite nemesis, and through the fantastic Infinity Guantlet series I was introduced to a host of other characters from the Marvel universe.

     

    Marvel.com: Can you tell fans about your background in art?

    Mitchy Bwoy: After my graphic design degree my career started mainly in the music business - designing album & CD covers. These days its much more diverse; clothing, video, typography, advertising, events, exhibitions etc. All sorts of stuff!

     

    Marvel.com: Where did you come up with the idea for your designs?

    Mitchy Bwoy: My brief from Addict was pretty concise. Looking at Marvel reference material - choose a classic retro character design and give it a contemporary spin with my 'signature' style (hand done contour outlines coloured with bits of spray paint, drips & splats).

    Last week we released the highly anticipated Addict X Marvel Artist Series 1 - VOL.1 featuring the iconic characters Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk by artists Shogun, Odisy and Mitchy Bwoy.

    Fans and followers were eager for more, which is why we've released VOL.2, featuring three new characters: Spider-man, The Thing and Wolverine. Odisy, Mitchy Bwoy and Shogun return once again for this highly anticipated drop.

    Addict and the team at Marvel.com managed to grab a rare moment with Shogun, Mitchy Bwoy and Odisy to talk about their work, their love for all things comic inspired and what it meant to them working with Addict and Marvel.

    MARVEL ARTIST SERIES

    ODISY

  • ADDICT X MARVEL ARTIST COMP

    13th September 2013

    Marvel Competition

     

    To celebrate the launch of our Addict X Marvel Artist Series featuring art by Shogun, Mitchy Bwoy and Odisy we’ve decided to giveaway three sets of Addict X Marvel Guest artist series tees + Ltd Edition a2 size art prints signed by the artists to three lucky winners.

     

    You can enter through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by following the simple instructions below. A winner will be chosen from each one and even though you don’t have to apply through each step, there is a better chance of winning if you submit through all three channels. 

    The contest begins September 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. GMT and ends on September 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. GMT. Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on September 23rd , 2013. 

    You can find out how to enter and be in with a chance of winning this great prize by following the instructions below.

     

    Like Addict Clothing on Facebook and Like the ‘competition’ post

    OR

    Follow @addictclothing on Twitter and Retweet the competition post using the hashtag #addictmarvelcomp

    OR

    Follow addictclothing on Instagram, LIKE the competition post and re-post tagging addictclothing

     

    Good Luck to everyone who enters

  • ADDICT X MARVEL ARTIST SERIES 1 - DROP 1

    11th September 2013

    ABOUT THE HULK

    Supervising the trial of an experimental gamma bomb that he designed for the U.S. Defense Department at a nuclear research facility in New Mexico, Bruce selflessly rushed to the rescue of an ignorant teenager who had wandered onto the testing field as the countdown ticked inexorably toward zero. After shoving young Rick Jones to safety in a nearby ditch, Bruce was struck full-force by the bomb blast. He survived, but was irradiated by the deadly gamma energy.

    At first, Banner would transform into the brutish gray Hulk only at sunset, and revert to human form at dawn. Eventually, his changes into the childlike green Hulk came to be triggered by the release of adrenaline when he was intensely excited, no matter what time of day. The green Hulk possesses little of Banner's memory and intelligence, and is easily enraged; making him a menace to society.

    Since Banner's initial transformation into the Hulk, military forces commanded by the implacable General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross -  Bruce's one-time benefactor – have hunted him continually. Hulk continued to make more enemies within the military such as Major Glenn Talbot as he and Bruce constantly competed for the affections of Ross' daughter, Betty.

    For a short time, Banner successfully treated his condition with radiation and was able to maintain enough of his own personality when he became the Hulk to control himself in that form. Subsequently, he earned the government's favour by destroying the alien Metal Master and received a presidential pardon.

    POWERS

    The Hulk possesses an incredible level of superhuman physical ability. His capacity for physical strength is potentially limitless due to the fact that the Hulk's strength increases proportionally with his level of great emotional stress, anger in particular.

     

    The Hulk uses his superhumanly strong leg muscles to leap great distances. The Hulk has been known to cover hundreds of miles in a single bound and once leaped almost into orbit around the Earth. The Hulk can also use his superhumanly leg muscles to run at super speeds, although his legs have limitless strength he does not have limitless speed and once he reaches a certain speed his legs become too strong and destroy the ground giving him no friction to run on, therefore he jumps to travel.

     

    The Hulk can slam his hands together creating a shock wave, this shock wave can deafen people, send objects flying and extinguish fires. His thunderclap has been compared to hurricanes and sonic booms.

     

    The Hulk has shown a high resistance to physical damage nearly regardless of the cause, and has also shown resistance to extreme temperatures, mind control, nuclear explosions, poisons, and all diseases. In addition to the regeneration of limbs, vital organs, and damaged or destroyed areas of tissue at an amazing rate. The Hulk also has superhuman endurance.

    The Hulk's body also has a gland that makes an "oxygenated per fluorocarbon emulsion", which creates pressure in the Hulk's lungs and effectively lets him breathe underwater and move quickly between varying depths without concerns about decompression or nitrogen narcosis.

     

    ABILITIES

    Dr. Bruce Banner is a genius in nuclear physics, possessing a mind so brilliant that it cannot be measured on any known intelligence test. When Banner is the Hulk, Banner's consciousness is buried within the Hulk's, and can influence the Hulk's behavior only to a very limited extent.

     

    WEAPONS

    While on Sakaar Hulk fought with gladiator's weapons

     

    Following the artistic and creative successes of our Lucas Film and Disney licenses, we are excited to be able to apply the same original Addict interpretation to one of the most influential and iconic brands in popular culture today - the characters of Marvel.

     

    With links to critically acclaimed contemporary artists both domestic and abroad, we have the ability to curate and create Addict & Marvel artist series collections allowing us to express an exciting range of infamous characters presented on premium custom tees using the highest level of multi-coloured screen print techniques to produce a highly desirable product perfect for street wear and young contemporary fashion market as well as appealing to the huge dedicated and loyal Marvel fan base.

     

    Marvel Artist Series One features designs from three UK illustrators at the very top of their game. Mitch, Shogun and Alex ‘Odisy’ Young bring their own unique interpretations to some of Marvel’s most iconic characters; Hulk, Wolverine, The Thing, Captain America, Iron Man and Spider-Man.

     

    Each artist has been inspired by Marvel comics since childhood, resulting in a set of tee graphics designed from the heart. Individual styles and techniques combine to showcase a diverse range of skills, forming a cohesive and complimentary collection which, embodies the true spirit of Marvel...

     

     

    SHOGUN

    Raised on a staple diet of Marvel comics, cult TV shows & Kung Fu movies, Shogun™  has long been obsessed by the visual medium. Over the years he has built up a diverse client list including Marvel, Lucas film, Disney, Sports Illustrated & The Wall St. Journal to name but a few. Shogun™  is currently represented by Richard Solomon Artist Representatives in New York, an agency with an exceptional pedigree & 28 years of delivering excellence at the highest level.

    CAPTAIN AMERICA

    In World War II patriotic solider Steve Rogers recipient of the "Super Soldier Serum" became the living symbol of freedom, Captain America. Left for dead while frozen in ice, the star-spangled hero with an indestructible shield awoke years later to continue his never-ending battle for liberty.

     

    POWERS

    Captain America represented the pinnacle of human physical perfection. He experienced a time when he was augmented to superhuman levels, but generally performed just below superhuman levels for most of his career. Captain America had a very high intelligence as well as agility, strength, speed, endurance, and reaction time superior to any Olympic athlete who ever competed. The Super-Soldier formula that he had metabolized had enhanced all of his bodily functions to the peak of human efficiency. Most notably, his body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing poisons in his muscles, granting him phenomenal endurance.

     

    ABILITIES

    Captain America had mastered the martial arts of American-style boxing and judo, and had combined these disciplines with his own unique hand-to-hand style of combat. He had also shown skill and knowledge of a number of other martial arts. He engaged in a daily regimen of rigorous exercise (including aerobics, weight lifting, gymnastics, and simulated combat) to keep himself in peak condition. Captain America was one of the finest human combatants Earth had ever known.

     

    WEAPONS

    Captain America's only weapon was his shield, a concave disk 2.5 feet in diameter, weighing 12 pounds. It is made of a unique Vibranium-metal alloy that has never been duplicated. The shield was cast by American metallurgist Dr. Myron MacLain, who was contracted by the U.S. government to create an impenetrable substance to use for tanks during World War II. MacLain was never able to duplicate the process due to his inability to identify a still unknown factor that played a role in it. The shield was awarded to Captain America by the government several months after the beginning of his career. The shield has great aerodynamic properties: it is able to slice through the air with minimal wind resistance and deflection of path. Its great overall resilience, combined with its natural concentric stiffness, enables it to rebound from objects with minimal loss of angular momentum. It is virtually indestructible: it is resistant to penetration, temperature extremes, and the entire electromagnetic spectrum of radiation. The only way it can be damaged in any way is by tampering with its molecular bonding.

     

    ODISY

    Alex “Odisy” Young is a versatile artist and illustrator born and raised in London. He produces fine detailed illustrations, pointillist canvases and huge murals all influenced by a background in comics, skateboarding, graffiti and tattoo culture.

     

    “I wanted to convey the way in which these characters interact with their surroundings by illustrating them in dynamic poses using lots of perspective and interesting angles. They made such an impact on me growing up that I really wanted to give them my own twist and interpretation, Odisy style.”

    ABOUT IRON MAN

    Tony personally attended a field test of his military hardware at one of his international plants; however, soon after his arrival Stark’s party was attacked by a gang of terrorists led by the Sin-Cong revolutionary Wong Chu. During the skirmish, a land mine went off and lodged a piece of shrapnel near Tony’s heart. Taken back to Wong-Chu’s camp, Tony shared a cell with Professor Ho Yinsen, a world-famous physicist. Wong-Chu demanded that the two scientists develop advanced weaponry for his forces. Knowing that he could not live long with the shrapnel so close to his heart, Tony proposed that he and Yinsen devote their gifts to creating one of the battle suits he had been developing, equipped with a magnetic field generator to prevent the shrapnel from reaching his heart. The armour they created became the first true Iron Man armour and was equipped with crude magnetic weaponry for defense. While the armour’s battery was being powered, some of Wong-Chu’s men attempted to break in on the proceedings. Yinsen went to create a diversion and was shot to death by Wong-Chu’s men. When the battery had finished charging, Tony went into battle as Iron Man and tore Wong-Chu’s camp apart. He eventually returned to the USA with the aid of US Marine James Rhodes. Tony offered Rhodey a job with his company should he ever need one.

     

    POWERS

    None; Tony's body had been enhanced by the modified techno-organic virus, Extremis, but it is currently inaccessible and inoperable.

     

    ABILITIES

    Tony has a genius level intellect that allows him to invent a wide range of sophisticated devices, specialising in advanced weapons and armour. He possesses a keen business mind.

     

    WEAPONS

    The Iron Man armour includes Tony’s primary energy weapon, repulsor rays, a powerful particle beam which is standard equipment in the palms of his armour; the repulsor ray can repel physical and energy-based attacks, traveling as either a single stream or as a wide-field dispersal. The armour has also been outfitted with pulse bolts (extremely powerful plasma discharges which grow in strength as they seek their target), sonic generators, explosive shell projectiles, mini-missiles, magnetic field generators and a laser torch built into the finger of Tony’s gauntlet. The armour’s surface can generate an electric charge to dispel attackers.

     

    MITCHY BWOY 

    Graphic artist Mitchy Bwoy has exhibited world-wide, from the Barbican / London to the Art Basel / Miami, with numerous solo & group shows. He has collaborated with other celebrated artists including Mode 2 and Banksy. His work has been commissioned by major clients including Nike / Jordan, WeSC clothing, Addict clothing / Lucas film and a whole host of musicians such as Ziggy Marley, Nitin Sawhney, Chase & Status + many more.

  • ADDICT X RICHARD KERN

    5th September 2013

     

     

    Addict Clothing continue with their photographic series of Guest Artist tees, this time focusing on the work by renowned New York based photographer and filmmaker Richard Kern.

    For more than two decades Kern has sought to unravel and illuminate the complex and often darker sides of human nature. Kern makes the psychological space between the sitter, photographer and audience his subject. With his dry, matter of fact approach, he underlines the absurdity of truth and objectivity in photography while playing with our reliance upon taxonomies around sexual representation.

    The Ltd Edition offering from Addict takes two striking images from Kerns latest book, ‘Contact High’. A collection of playful portraits taken from a time in Kerns life when...

    “I spent a lot of time with my friends smoking pot, listening to music, running around in the woods and sometimes swimming naked. Back then, when I was around a naked girl, weed was either about to be smoked or had been smoked.” - Richard Kern

    Kern is a regular contributor to Vice and Purple and has published 11 books. His films and photographs have been exhibited at MOMA, The Whitney Museum and in more than 30 solo shows around the world.

  • Twin Atlantic in Addict

    30th August 2013

    Here's a shot of Scottish band Twin Atlantic performing on the Main Stage at Reading Festival. Guitarist and lead singer Sam McTrusty performs in the rain to a huge crowd whilst wearing an Addict Mountain Jacket. The Rock band from Glasgow have been together since 2007. Recently they've been going from strength to strength with they're recent performance at Reading going down a storm.

    You can listen to their live Reading set here

    We look forward to working with Twin Atlantic a lot more. Keep checking back for regular updates as and when they happen

  • Addict X Richard Kern -Front Magazine Feature

    30th August 2013

    Here's a nice bit of press from the guys over at Front Magazine in their latest issue with the one and only Arabella D on the cover. The issue is out now features our latest photo series tees with New York photographer Richard Kern, which are  available online here

  • Addict Present Maribou State

    23rd August 2013

    With the AW13 season upon us we thought what better way to launch the collection than with an exclusive mix from Maribou State.

    Maribou State were introduced to us via their management team thanks to our close links with label Born Electric and friend Mouj. Since then the guys have been non-stop working hard in the studio and performing all over the world, recently coming back from ibiza and currently getting ready for Bestival!

    It was in 2011 that the pair started to seep into the souls of their followers after playing at one of Mixmag’s top 10 clubs nights - WAYF. It continued to be a successful year when a mix created for Hush House caught the attention of TFA and they were soon signed onto the label.

    The Habitat EP and Got Me Down single were quickly released the same year, although it wasn’t until the dulcet notes of Olivia eased through people’s speakers that the group really started to high tail it. Since then, their remixes of Jagga, 2 Bears, Wretch 32 and Crookers (which soared to number one in The Hype Machine) have earned them an array of followers.

    The well-respected Eddy Temple Morris of XFM weekly supports the 2 Bears remix and voted Olivia as ‘Tune of the Year’ as well as naming Maribou State his ‘Number one producers’ of 2012.

    It's for this reason and many more that we're glad to be sponsoring the guys, who have grown up as fans of the Addict brand. AW13 is set to be a great year for both us and the boys and we wish them all the best with the future.

    Addict are proud to present Maribou State: The Honey Collection Vol:2
    You can listen to more from Maribou State on their Sound Cloud here

  • AW13 ADDICT ARTIST SERIES

    23rd August 2013

    Mysterious Al is a London based artist, illustrator and designer who creates iconic gothic / pop imagery. Initially drawing inspiration from illustration icons such as Jamie Hewlett, James Jarvis and Pete Fowler, as well as his graffiti and art-school peers, Mysterious Al’s characters are monsters, mutants and sub-humans... Creatures that inhabit a dark yet playful universe parallel to our own. In 2001, alongside friend and contemporary D*Face, Mysterious Al co-founded the now world-renowned ‘Finders Keepers Crew’ a collective of young outsider artists using stickers, wheat-paste and found objects to create illegal street installations. The Finders Keepers crew gained international notoriety and found themselves at the forefront of a new art movement: ‘Street-art’. Their widely attended yet illegal pop-up exhibitions formed an often replicated template for promoting the biggest art trend in a decade whilst the roster of artists associated with Finders Keepers went on to become some of the biggest names in this new movement.

    Mysterious Al’s striking, satirical and often morbid artwork has long commanded an underground, yet global cult following with avid collectors rabid for his latest creations. Known for his iconic gothic eyed creatures, monsters, mutants and sub-humans...Creatures that inhabit a dark, yet playful universe parallel to our own.

    His recent work loosely surrounds Mesoamerican Gods, the doomsday calendar, Drum & Bass, demonic intervention, Graffiti culture, Wicca and the Occult.

    Addict team up with Mysterious Al, tapping into his latest interest in Mesoamerican Gods as he delivers a set of original masked creatures.

     

    Camo seems to have had a bit of a renaissance recently, but for some of us Camo is a way of life! No longer the domain of the world’s military forces it now belongs to the people.

    So here we have it, back by popular demand, a new range Addict X Swifty tees very much on the camo tip! I’ve been digging again but not at the car boot fairs, this time in my own extensive Swifty archives and have dug out some little camo gems that have been hiding in the depths of my folders ready for a new lease of life

    The boys at Addict have done a nice job setting these up in large format, killer colour ways, with stenciled ACC133 A.D.D.I.C.T. 96 type - Hopefully you enjoy” - SWIFTY

    The Addict X Swifty partnership dates back to 2005 and quickly turned into a friendship

    The guest artist range is available direct from Addict. Each GA tee is printed on our premium custom tee. Designed and made to be cherished.

    The Guest Artist Series has been a firm fixture in the Addict range from the very beginning, with each season getting stronger and stronger. The Guest Artist collection is a precious part of what it is we do. It gives us an opportunity to connect with some of the best talent from all around the world. It isn’t trend led and you won’t find it hanging in your mass market, mass produced high-street store next to another tee with ‘Swag’ or ‘Geek’ plastered over it.

    We’ve searched near and far, reaching out to artists that we believe are doing something special that deserves to be seen and worn and this year is no exception as we continue to bring you all the things you’ve come to love from the GA range.


    This season we bring you camo, we’ve got photo/Graff style illustrations and you’ll be pleased to know we’ve got half naked girls smoking weed.


    We’re proud to present the latest Addict AW13 Guest Artist range featuring Richard Kern, Mysterious Al and Swifty… 

    Addict Clothing continue with their photographic series of Guest Artist tees, this time focusing on the work by renowned New York based photographer and filmmaker Richard Kern.

    For more than two decades Kern has sought to unravel and illuminate the complex and often darker sides of human nature. Kern makes the psychological space between the sitter, photographer and audience his subject. With his dry, matter of fact approach, he underlines the absurdity of truth and objectivity in photography while playing with our reliance upon taxonomies around sexual representation.

    The Ltd Edition offering from Addict takes two striking images from Kerns latest book, ‘Contact High’. A collection of playful portraits taken from a time in Kerns life when...

    “I spent a lot of time with my friends smoking pot, listening to music, running around in the woods and sometimes swimming naked. Back then, when I was around a naked girl, weed was either about to be smoked or had been smoked.” - Richard Kern

    Kern is a regular contributor to Vice and Purple and has published 11 books. His films and photographs have been exhibited at MOMA, The Whitney Museum and in more than 30 solo shows around the world.

  • TLP @ STOLEN SPACE - INTERVIEW / VIDEO

    16th August 2013

    SS: Chaz, everyone is dying to know: How does one learn to draw a perfect circle? Is it something you must be born with or does it take years of training, practice and dedication?

    CHAZ: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, YEARS OF TRAINING, DEDICATION, PRACTICE, MORE PRACTICE, DEDICATED PRACTICE AND SOMETIMES SOME CIRCULAR TEMPLATES HELP AS WELL.

    SS: It is good to have you back in London, do you have any plans to paint any new walls while you are here?  Where are you off to next?


    CHAZ: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALWAYS GOOD TO COME HOME AFTER MANY YEARS GRAFTING IN THE DEBAUCHED ADULT PLAYGROUND OF AMSTERDAM.

    ONE OF OUR PIECES IN THE SHOW WILL BE A FRAMED PAINTING ON A VINTAGE MONOPOLY BOARD. WE WILL VISIT EACH VENUE ON THE BOARD AND LEAVE SOME ART IN THAT PARTICULAR STREET OR PLACE. IF THERES TIME AND THE POSSIBILITY WE HOPE ONE OF THESE VENUES WOULD BE A BIGGER WALL BUT LETS SEE. EVERYTHING WILL BE DOCUMENTED AND DISPLAYED IN THE GALLERY AT THE SHOW.

    AFTER LONDON ITS STRAIGHT OFF TO BRATISLAVA FOR A BIG FAT MURAL AND LOTS OF RIDICULOUSLY STRONG SCHNAPPS FLAVOURED IN THE STYLE OF ROCKET FUEL. WE ALSO HAVE AN ANIMATION PROJECT IN THE WORKS AND LOTS OF SUMMER DATES FOR ‘THE LONDON POLICE DOG SINGERS’ INCLUDING BRIAN FERRYS NEPHEWS BAR MITZVAH. LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL!!

    SS: Your upcoming show, ‘It’s All Fun & Games Until Someone Gets Hurt,’ at StolenSpace Gallery is about sports, youth and nostalgia. Were you athletic kids, big fans…both? What does ‘sport’ represent to you today?

    TLP: WE WERE BOTH VERY SPORTS ORIENTED GROWING UP. BOB WAS UNDER 15′S MID-ESSEX BADMINTON DOUBLES CHAMPION AND CHAZ COULD HAVE PLAYED FOR WEST HAM AS A YOUTH IF HE HAD BEEN ANY GOOD AT ALL AT FOOTBALL.

    I GUESS THE CHALLENGE FOR US WAS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMBINE THE POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CHOICE OF MIXING ART AND SPORT. ITS A SUBJECT THAT IS MUCH OVERLOOKED IN THE ART WORLD. PROBABLY FOR THE GOOD REASON THAT THEY HAVE VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH ONE ANOTHER. HOWEVER THEY DO OVERLAP IN SOME WAYS. THERE IS A CERTAIN ARTISTRY TO SPORTING DISCIPLINES, LIKE WATCHING THE FIRM-THIGHED OLYMPIC COLOSSUS SIR CHRIS HOY BOLT AROUND A CYCLING TRACK, WITNESSING A BEARDED IAN BOTHAM SPRAY 4′S AND 6′S AROUND LORDS CRICKET GROUND OR THE GRACEFUL LEAP INTO THE CROWD OF ERIC CANTONA BEFORE HE KUNG FU KICKED SOME GOBBY BLOKE IN THE FACE.

    SS: TLP is involved in other projects alongside street and fine art, such as creative writing and video art.   We have been particularly intrigued by you latest foray into music and live performance with your catchy ‘Dog Songs.’  Can you describe this conceptual direction, is music something we can expect to see more of?

    TLP: MOVING FROM MAKING ART INTO SINGING SONGS ABOUT DOGS JUST SEEMED AN OBVIOUS STEP REALLY. WHO WOULDN’T SEE THAT AS THE WAY FORWARD. WE HAVE AT LEAST THREE MORE ALBUMS WORTH OF DOG SONGS SO EXPECT TO SEE PLENTY MORE FROM ‘THE TLP DOG SINGERS’ IN THE NEXT 8 YEARS OR, IF YOU LIKE, 56 DOG YEARS OR , IF YOU’RE A DOG, 56 YEARS.

    SS: You guys have been working together for quite some time now and your styles have remained completely distinct of one another.  We feel that this quality adds an exciting tension to your work.  Do these different styles reflect your different personalities in any way?

    TLP: WE WOULD DEFINITELY AGREE THAT THE DIFFERENT STYLES REFLECT OUR DIFFERENT PERSONALITIES AND THERE IS AN EXCITING TENSION WITHIN THE WORK. ALTHOUGH THERES CERTAINLY NO TENSION BETWEEN US…

    CHAZ: BOBS COMPLEX ARCHITECTURAL STYLE AND ILLUSTRATIVE PORTRAITURE CONJURE UP AN IMAGE OF A TWO DIMENSIONAL MAN WITH MANY PERSONALITY ISSUES AND PROBABLY A SHORT STACK OF PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS.

    BOB: CHAZ’S SMILEY FACED SIMPLE CHARACTERS ARE PROBABLY VERY REFLECTIVE OF HIS PERSONALITY AS HE TENDS TO ALWAYS BE SMILING LIKE SOME PROPER SIMPLE TWAT.

    They're comin' home, They're comin' home, They're comin', TLP is comin' home! And so it's back to East London again for UK exports: 'The London Police,' for their first solo art show in England since 2009 @ Stolen Space. This time around, the Amsterdam based lads have themed their show around sports and games... And although they have totally mistimed their sterling effort of jumping on the Olympic bandwagon, the Essex born duo have produced a slick show of considered artworks and designer sport products.

    For inspiration, TLP have leaned on the memories of their athletic exploits growing up: The times when a pool cue was for the pursuit of sporting excellence not for finding someone who owed you money and whacking them around the face. The days when a cricket bat was for hitting sixes into Mrs. Norrington's back garden before you smacked a ball through your mum's greenhouse, blamed it on your brother, and had to wait for Dad to come home to give you both a couple of wallops with a rolled up Daily Mail... Aaaaah, sport. Memories.

    Alongside canvas originals, TLP has produced an exclusive range of limited edition, designer pool cues and hand drawn cricket bats.  The games theme continues with a unique painted vintage Monopoly board and photography from TLP's city-wide Monopoly Street Art installations in London. Attendees at the private view will also have a chance to try their hand at a lucky dip and win prizes by competing on a handmade, wooden, ball-bearing maze game. Four of these very limited edition games will also be for sale.  After a serious injury involving a finger and a wood saw, production of these maze games (and the aforesaid mentioned finger) were 'cut short' so to speak...as they say, It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt...

  • DENIM

    2nd August 2013

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    It's been a while since one of our ranges included a denim collection so we're pleased to present you with three new styles engineered in 12.7oz ring slub denim for SS13. Featuring tapered, slim and standard fits to suit all preferences this new collection keeps it simple with a focus on comfort and style resulting in three instant easy to wear classics for your summer wardrobe...