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Monday, April 7, 2008

DETROIT SHIRT COMPANY

We received a comment recently reminding us that we haven't reviewed the Detroit Shirt Company, and it's a point well taken. Detroit Shirt Co. is about the art rather than about being clever, and it is extremely good about meeting its objective. Personnel at the Detroit Shirt Company consists of a group of artists with a keen interest in Detroit and a knack for creating original designs. The company aims at showing Detroit/Metro in a positive light, while also promoting local artistic talent in the process.

The more I browse through the shirts that they offer, the more I appreciate what they are doing. Detroit Shirt Co. offers a wide variety of t-shirts, hoodies, long sleeve shirts, tank tops, sweatpants and shorts for both men and women. Each item has a distinct and original print on it, designed by one of the 18 artists or so who make up the Detroit Shirt Co. team.

The designs available are way too many to mention, but I do have some favorites. I especially like the design by artist Dorion Compo, which just says "the D," in the upper right corner, with the "the" in red and the "D" in blue, and both words dripping as if someone used too much paint. I also like the design with an interstate sign in the middle and an olde english D on it with a flame pattern coming from both sides of the sign. Additionally, the design by Kevin VanHooser, with a boxer in the middle and the words, "Detroit Muscle" written in a small font to the right has always caught my eye. Possibly an homage to Detroit great, Joe, Louis, or just a cool design which I've over analyzed.

Detroit Shirt Co. also has apparel with multiple print variations of the word Detroit, as well as designs related to Boblo Island, Corktown, Detroit's rock roots and an entire category they call Detroit Speed Shop, among others. I'm not sure exactly what Detroit Speed Shop is, but it's obviously related to our rich automobile culture, which the shirts in this category proudly show off .

I approve of pretty much everything about Detroit Shirt Co. It promotes the positive side of Detroit, aims to increase awareness of local artists, and provides loyal Detroiters with unique, hip, apparel for us to show off our civic pride. It's hard to argue with any of Detroit Shirt Co.'s goals. I can only hope that they continue to come out with new products and attract local artists interested in creating those designs. Detroit Shirt Co. is a company to be excited about and one which shouldn't have a hard time finding continued support.

Detroit Shirt Company products are available on their website at:
www.DetroitShirt.com
and can be found at a variety of retailers which can be found here:
Detroit Shirt Retailers
Detroit Army

1 comment:

truthbombs said...

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