Taking its name from Bristols colourful ‘meeting spot for the homeless’, musically influenced clothing brand ‘Turbo Island has really grabbed my (snobbish) attention since it’s inception back in April this year.
Brainchild of illustrator Christopher Wright (who some of you might know from his delectable ‘Sport Cheeses’ colaboration), Turbo Island focus on designing t-shirts that showcase musicians and DJs you rarely see printed on a standard band-tee.
Now we’ve all owned a gimmicky music t-shirt in our time, but there’s not an ‘I heart’ in sight here as Chris creates entertaining illustrations, quips and parodies that give his designs unquestionable credibility. As someone with a passion for House and Disco record labels, the ‘Ron Hardy Jacks you for only 99 Cents’ Tee is my pick. However, if 70s disco is more your thing then the playful Arthur Russell Cello design is equally cool.
To get a feel for what’s influenced their clothing, think …
Arthur Russell, Noise In My Head, Optimo, Krautrock, Mixtapes, Ebay, Armpit Stains, Ron Hardy, Soundcloud, Awesome Tapes From Africa, The Summer, Test Pressing, E2-E4, Never Growing Up, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Beats In Space, Gimme Indie Rock, California Raisins, Fine Young Cannibals, Bowls Of Crisps, The B-52’s, Robert Crumb, The Metronomes, Ariel Pink, Sax Solo’s, Thin Cotton, Willi…am Onyeabor, Flying Nun, Post-Punk, Aperol Spritz, Cheeky Postcards, Sunday Drinking, Discogs, Factory Records, The Year Punk Broke, Psychic TV, Bigcartel, Happy Meals, Yello, Stubby Beers, MacBooks, Neil Young, Wear Your Old Band T-Shirt To Work Day, Cleaners From Venus, Orange Juice (Drink & Band), The Durutti Column, Moth Holes, Wally Badarou, Shimmy Disc, Juno, Spitting Image, The World Cup, Prefab Sprout, Etsy, Homemade Pizza, Ween, Wry Smiles & Dancing.
To hear more from Chris Wright about the launch of the label, check out this interview he did with Hyponik Magazine back in May.
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