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.

Priorities

While most guys lust for the newest, shiniest and fastest toy … their significant other is often stuck worrying about the “important” stuff. Adulthood means setting your priorities straight and that means that sometimes you need to pass on that shiny new toy. But my goodness … shiny new toys are always soooooo awesome. They always have this magical, unicorn-like glow that just pulls you in and cripples you. I call it the “Apple Effect” and I fall for it every time. I see it, I lust for it and I want it. I don’t always get it, but that won’t stop me from wishing!

Priorities is available now from Glennz Tees for $19.95.

Co-Tee TV Episode 75: Raglans, Random Objects and Pigeons

In this episode of Co-Tee TV I wear FFB Raglan by Fur Face Boy and review Random Objects by Random Objects, a New York based brand that draws inspiration from quotes and proverbs. PS: This episode was supposed to be uploaded a while back, so some of the things that I talk about might seem … a bit dated :)

“Quotes and proverbs inspire all of our designs here at RANDOM OBJECTS. They are the common theme that run throughout all of our t-shirts and products. We take these various quotes and proverbs and interpret them visually. Sometimes the quote [proverb or saying] itself is the graphic; while at other times, they inspire us to design a graphic based around its’ meaning.”

Fur Face Boy sent me an insane amount of T-Shirts from their Series 3 Line. I will be featuring the shirts throughout Co-Tee TV Episodes 70-79 so definitely keep an eye out for even more Fur Face Boy in the coming weeks! See Episode 70 of Co-Tee TV for the Fur Face Boy full review.

You can also watch this episode on Vimeo, Viddler, YouTube, blip.tv and download and sync all episodes to your iPod, iPhone or iPad by subscribing for free to Co-Tee TV in the iTunes Store.

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Coty’s Thoughts:

Origami Pigeon by Random Objects. Pros: I love the fact the brand is called Random Objects and that every shirt comes packaged with a … random object! My random objects was a pair of black pencils packaged in chop stick sleeves. So cool! The shirt itself featured the standard American Apparel white blank, which was comfy as always. The T-Shirt comes packaged in a clear plastic bag, which is a nice touch especially when the shirt is being shipped cross country. The T-Shirt is tagless and features a very large screen printed neck label instead. The T-Shirt graphic is awesome (i’ve always loved this design) and the print itself is quite soft. Cons: The only thing that I didn’t care for was the small Random Objects print right below the graphic on the front of the shirt. I the design could have gone without that. Price: $20 but use coupon code RANDOMOBJ at checkout for an extra 10% off your entire order.

“Pigeons are probably the most courageous birds in the world! They will walk through crowded city streets without fear, and will trot in front of oncoming traffic without hesitation. They’re everywhere… even on your shirt!”

Random Objects Origami Pigeon

That’s me in front of Katz’s in New York City, home of the greatest Pastrami sandwich and Meg Ryan’s infamous and very loud orgasm (Confused? Watch When Harry Met Sally).

Random Objects at Katz's New York City

Random Objects at Katz's New York City

Great cupcakes are to be had at Butter Lane! As suggested by long time Co-Tee TV viewer, Carlos J. EasyBake of Oven Fresh Dreams.

Random Objects at Butter Lane New York City

FFB Raglan by Fur Face Boy. Pros: Another excellent product from our friends at Fur Face Boy, this time, a Raglan tee. I’m a big fan of baseball style cut T-Shirts and so the FFB Raglan was a pleasant surprise in a box that was filled with FFB T-Shirts. My favorite part about this shirt is that it features the number 81, which coincidently, was the year that I was born. There are only a few left so be sure to grab them while you still can. Price: $34.

FFB Raglan by Fur Face Boy

Check me reppin’ the Fur Face Boy on the Brooklyn Bridge!

Fur Face Boy at the Brooklyn Bridge

Fur Face Boy at Brooklyn Bridge

Fur Face Boy at Grimaldi's

PS: I did get to try out both Grimaldi’s and Lombardi’s Pizza. Grimaldi’s FTW!

Also mentioned in this episode:

Red Iso Peanuts

Nestle Raisinettes

Oven Fresh Dreams

Nick Automatic

Pupu’s

Why do we never see dead pigeons around?

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