Category archives: T shirts

uchi clothing Trojan T shirt - cream

uchi’s Trojan Records T shirt colour combo conundrum

uchi clothing’s newest T shirt, Trojan, is already being hailed as a classic. Since it first appeared the Trojan T shirt has flown off the shelves and online shopping carts. The black T shirt was well received and had many Trojan fans instantly asking if it came in different colours. As usual, the little details are important to uchi clothing so we’re reposted the how and why these two new T shirt print colour combinations evolved…

I had created an ‘artist’s impression’ of the new yellow T shirts, thinking red and green print on yellow would not only look great, it’d be perfect for a reggae based T shirt. However, the mock-up posted on the product page suggested otherwise. I dismissed this and put it down to it being a mock-up and not a picture of an actual real printed T shirt! I was confident that when actually printed, the colours “will look dope on that colour T shirt!”.

They didn’t. It did remind me of having an eye test. On the yellow T shirts, the depth of the red and green colours was two close. The whole print was too dark to show the Trojan emblem prominently enough through the text – the opposite of what I wanted. The mock-up turned out to be accurate after all.

Trojan men's T shirt - Red Gold and Green

Trojan men’s T shirt – Red Gold and Green?

I was a little disappointed, but (and you have to stay on your feet in this game), I remembered that the last yellow uchi T shirt was printed using a dark golden yellow and the same green we were using, so… We overprinted the poorly chosen red with the dark yellow and this is what we got.

Trojan men's T shirt - Sunflower Yellow detail

Trojan men’s T shirt – Sunflower Yellow

They say hindsight is a beautiful thing. And with further hindsight, or, by paying attention to the rules of colour instead of getting sentimental about red, gold and green combos, maybe even these current colour ways could be better? If instead, green and gold were printed on the cream and the yellow T shirt had the green/orange combo. Perhaps? It is a very limited run, so the next cream and yellow Trojan T shirts will probably see a reversal of colours… maybe clear and red inks? Feel free to let me know what colour combo you’d like to see on a future uchi Trojan T shirt.

Trojan men's T shirt - Black and Cream

Trojan men’s T shirt – Black and Cream

Thanks as always to Screen One Printers, Bristol for their skills.

Screen print  – The Revolution Will Be In Avant Garde Gothic

The Revolution Will Be In Avant Garde Gothic by uchi clothing

Here’s a short video from uchi clothing about the printing of “The Revolution Will Be In Avant Garde Gothic” T shirt and limited edition print. This design samples Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and features the typeface Avant Garde Gothic.

The Revolution Will Be In Avant Garde Gothic
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Public Energy T shirt

Uneasy About Energy T Shirt?

Fresh to OVER HERE. Green energy meets classic Hip Hop in a special edition T shirt. 

Here’s a little background from the people that bought you the Public Energy T shirt

In the 80s LA rap act Public Enemy were politically charged, angry, frustrated and concerned. Thirty five years later we share much of their feelings as we are Uneasy about Energy and we wanted to make it public.

Why make a Public Energy [sic] T Shirt?

Think about it. There are lots of reasons why you might feel the same. Energy issues are all around us: Pricing, efficiency, ownership, renewables, security, big 6 dominating the market, fracking, nuclear etc…

The huge issues around climate change demand us as a species to rethink many things that are taken for granted. Time is running out and equality and fairness should drive us forward. Energy is a resource but also should be seen as a right and therefore a responsibility. It matters. And people are right to feel angry about it.

For more information check out @Energy_Public / Uneasy About Energy

Now We May Begin Again T shirts by uchi clothing

Then and Now – Classic uchi T shirts

Here’s some old and new. A look back at the original uchi classic T shirt No 18 – Now We May Begin and the 2016 remix, Now We May Begin Again.

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The original images uses 4 photos from a series of 36 taken in sequence. From selecting the vinyl (Natural Selection) to the needle dropping on the record as shown on Always Use Clean Needles.  The remix is more subtle than the original T shirt design. The “sample” – the first verse from Randy Crawford’s song of the same name has been removed and the lines redrawn for a bigger print.

uchi T shirt - Now We May Begin Again

uchi T shirt – Now We May Begin Again

uchi clothing vs J Dilla – Album cover

Written by uchi clothing

J Dilla Photo: Roger Erickson

Source: www.stonesthrow.com/jdilla

If you’re a fan of the late legendary Hip Hop/neo soul producer J Dilla, you’ll know how much he is loved around the world as a prolific producer, beat maker and musician. He has produced tracks for the likes of Slum Village, The Roots, Janet Jackson, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, The Pharcyde… The list is as huge as his respect from fans and artists alike. Many of my favourite Hip Hop joints have been produced by J Dilla, aka Jay Dee, despite not always being aware at the time he was the producer. Recently, I dug out some of my Erykah Badu and D’angelo albums (amongst others), just to listen closer to that ‘Dilla’ sound, the smooth breaks with that organic feel that made me instantly like them so much. That’s the beauty of true authentic art. You’re not meant to notice the technicalities or the cracks and imperfections, but it’s those things that make them so special and stand shoulders above the rest.

Legendary J Dilla

J Dilla first made his mark as a producer for Slum Village, in his home town of Detroit and in the early 2000s went on to have a solo career and collaborations. Anyone will tell you that this only skims the surface of his catalogue. I won’t go into details, I would suggest you listen to anything he was involved in and go from there. You’ll discover the enormous amount of praise and respect he receives and recognise it was all well deserved. Needless to say, his status amongst artist, fans, beat makers, vinyl seekers, musicians and those that ‘know’ is that close to a deity. Upon his untimely death in 2006, he had already amassed a huge collection of production credits on a variety of diverse projects. He is widely regarded as “one of the most influential Hip Hop artists” and a “producers favourite producer”.

Sadly, after suffering for a long time with the blood disease thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpuran, in February 2006, J Dilla died at 32 years old. His legacy lives on. His dedication to his craft is legendary. Stories about his beat making methods, his mastery of equipment and rolling up to gigs in his wheelchair have given him cult status and inspired musicians worldwide. J Dilla underground beat tapes have being circulated and bootlegged, tribute albums have been produced and his work has been translated for a 60-piece orchestra.

Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes

Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes album cover

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Mochilla Presents): Timeless: Suite For Ma Dukes (The Music Of James “Dilla” Yancey)



This orchestrated homage to J Dilla’s work, brings me to why I’m writing this. Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes – composed and arranged by Miguel Atwood-Ferguson in 2009, pays tribute to Dilla, interpreting his work into sublime orchestral pieces. It features artists such as Bilal, Common, Dwele, Karriem Riggins, Posdnuos, Talib Kweli and more. Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes is, as well as everything else Dilla put his hand to, well a worth a listen.
 

Here is a work in progress. My own version of the Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes album cover. I wanted to capture Dilla’s intricate style, the classical elements, his layered loops and samples. I wanted to create something that looked elegant, intricate and, well, “timeless”. Timeless J Dilla timeless-dilla-vice2

J Dilla aka James Yancey, Jay Dee 1974-2006. For more J Dilla visit www.j-dilla.com. Watch Timeless – Suite for Ma Dukes

Videos: The Pharcyde – Drop (1995) Raekwon – House of Flying Daggers (2009)
Janet Jackson – Got ‘Til It’s Gone (Ummah Jay Dee’s Revenge Mix) (1997) Suite For Ma Dukes Orchestra – Untitled / Fantastic (A Tribute To J Dilla) (2009)