The Stig Is Revealed

Top Gear is one of the BBC’s most popular shows, with millions of viewers across a hundred countries. But one thing about the show that has remained a secret for some time now has been the identity of the mysterious driver known only as The Stig.

“The whole point of The Stig is the mystique — the bizarre characteristics he has, the wonderment created about what he might think, feel, do or look like. Kids adore the conceit, and I believe adults, although they know it’s a man in a suit (or is it?) gladly buy into the whole conceit because they find it entertaining.” says Top Gear producer Andy Wilman.

However, because of a lawsuit brought on by HarperCollins, the identity of The Stig is a no longer a mystery. According to HarperCollins, The Stig is actually a 33-year-old driver named Ben Collins. According to Collins’ website, he has raced both Formula Three and NASCAR, and even drove James Bond’s Aston Martin in the latest Bond flick, “Quantum of Solace.”

The Stig

The Stig

So what’s Top Gear to do now that The Stig has been exposed? Well, hire a new and unidentifed Stig! At least that’s what they did when the identity of the Stig prior to Collins was revealed in 2003.

Despite the reveal of the white Stig, you can still purchase his T-Shirts from the BBC America online shop. The shirts are priced from $22.98 to $26.98 and I am sure that these will be pulled from the store soon so if you’re a Stig fan, you better pick one of these up soon!

The Stig BBC T-Shirt

The Stig BBC T-Shirt

Paris ’68

Paris ’68 is the newest tee design from the Manchester based Origin68. The shirt is an homage to the uprising in Paris in 1968 that eventually led to significant social reforms. What I especially like about Paris ’68 and the rest of the Origin68 line is the fact that their designs are well thought out and have some kind of meaning to them. They also have a great eye for typography. Their previous release, Anonymous, was dominated by type. The type in Paris ’68 is a bit more subtle but you can still see how the typography of the year 1968 dominates the imagery. Paris ’68 is available now from Origin68 for £18.

Paris '68

Paris '68

Olly Moss + Go Ape Sneak Peak

Olly Moss posted this on his Flickr and hinted that it would be an upcoming design on a future Go Ape shirt. It’s quite the epic – Robocop Crossing The Alps On A Unicorn. How do you think Hannibal would feel about this? I’m interested to see whether they will keep this black and white or will Olly be coloring this one up. What do you guys think of this upcoming tee? 

Robocop Crossing The Alps On A Unicorn