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

Screen print  – The Revolution Will Be In Avant Garde Gothic

Gil Scott Heron screen print by uchi clothing

This four colour limited edition screen print by uchi clothing is a tribute to the late legendary activist, musician, poet and author, Gil Scott-Heron and from the same era, the typeface ITC Avant Garde Gothic.

The Revolution Will Be In Avant Garde Gothic – screen print

16 four colour hand pulled screen prints on 300gsm Somerset White paper. Each one signed and numbered by the artist. Print size 38 x 42cm. Printed at Spike Print Stuidos, Bristol by uchi clothing. Available OVER HERE and from the uchi website.

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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