The Original Skin is a brand new label based in London. They do provocative, edgy, and in my opinion very cool T-shirt.
It isn’t every day that we find a cool T-Shirt brand, with a fresh concept that might interest a lot of people. I’m wearing these garments less and less, and only take interest in pretty, out of the ordinary items. Remember the Johnny Cupcakes post?
So, this collection of The Original Skin is based of Freedom a pretty important thing that we sometimes take for granted. From Freedom of speech & press, to Freedom of movement, Freedom fight for civil rights and Freedom and equality in Gender & Sexuality. Another pretty cool thing is that every design comes with a little explanation of what it is about. I hope they keep this up on their next collections.
Here’s the designs, click on the links to go to their online shop. They come at a very decent price to. 19,99 GBP.
My fav is the Octopus, I love these kind of old nature and animal drawings.
Freedom and equality in Gender & Sexuality: This piece is entitled “Pin-up”. A woman sits provocatively contemplating the the men who joust around, with humour as their tool, vying for her attention. This bold design is a statement to how we as people can be empowered. This rather cheeky design is something we feel captures the very essence of humor and desire. A truly inviting piece.
Freedom of movement: This design is entitled, “Octopus” – Yes we know… Original right?! Looking back through the age of discovery and the blending of cultures across the globe. This illustration, a memory of what was deemed to be a mystical, yet beautiful creature, is a throwback to when we found beauty in the unknown. The same is true today. There will always be beauty in exploration and adventure.
Freedom (fight for), civil rights: This design is that of the inspiration historical figure of Rosa Parks, A key civil rights activist in the United States, fighting oppression and the lack of civil liberties. In our collection – Rosa Parks is seen upholding a quote from Nietzsche, a globally renowned German philosopher, stating “Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color”. This piece aims to bring about bold feelings of how many people struggled and indeed do still struggle in the fight against prejudice.
Freedom of speech & press: This design recalls the rich yet ever evolving history of printed media. We believe there is something romantic about our use of language, something that conveys meaning, just like identity and personal style. Language is after all a statement.