Hidaki: This Brand is Legit

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, one of the best things about running this blog is that I get to meet some very interesting people. Sometimes I get to meet them IRL (in real life), while other times, we meet through emails or tweets that go back and forth. So I’m really excited today because I get to show off some designs from a reader of this blog that introduced himself to me more than a year ago (because of a post that I did about LOST).

Hidaki is a new brand from designer and animator Ilan Gabai. The brand is based in New York and is a project of passion that Ilan has been developing for some time now. The current line consists of 5 different designs, with some in varying colorways. You’ll notice right away that Hidaki is all about creating hyper real designs using big and bold colors. Admittedly, the man behind these designs is a talented fellow as noted by some of the projects that he’s worked on in the computer animation industry:

“The following year after that I enrolled in to the animation department at Pratt Institute, in NYC. I graduated in 2007 and worked for the next 4 years animating in the TV and film industry. Some of the projects I have worked on include Fast & Furious, Chuck, Fringe, Ben 10, V, Rescue Me and Lost. I recently jumped boats to feature animation, and work for one of the top animation studios in the world.”

It’s also rare that someone enjoys and actually loves what they do for their day job, while also having a side project that they are just as passionate about:

“I really do have a cool job and I love it! But I need to create things for pure fun, like I used to back in the day. Searching for a new challenge, I decided to begin with T-shirt designs. Creating designs that people would want to wear all day seemed like something that would keep my brain activity in high gear. Hidaki is my outlet of genuine fun and creativity. Everything I create starts in my sketchbook, and is is drawn from my surroundings.”

These are definitely all things that I can get behind and support.

My favorites of the bunch have got to be City Pigeon and Hidaki Boombox (not shown here, you’ve got to go to the Hidaki shop to check it out). City Pigeon not just for it’s Gestlat-ish qualities and crazy colors, but because it makes me miss NYC. Hidaki boombox simply because I love to support indie brands, and this one features a variation of the Hidaki logo. The T-Shirts themselves are printed on 100% Fine Jersey cotton American Apparel Tees and use premium “soft touch” silk screened inks. No doubt these will likely be some of the most comfy T-Shirts that you’ll own. The Hidaki shirts are priced at $25 a piece and are available now at the Hidaki online store.