First hitting the streets in 2007 with their distinctive hand-drawn tees, Das Monk launched into a full-fledged art-based clothing collective. Created and run by husband and wife duo Marc Hendrick and Anna Lunoe in their harbour-side Sydney studio, they release a new collection every three months. Intent on breaking the mould on t-shirt graphic designs, the quarterly collections feature a number of guest international and local emerging artists who are handpicked for individuality.
Das Monk cite that their inspiration feeds religiously on large amounts of music, record covers, the surreal and the dreamy, film noir, tribal motifs and alchemy – which is easily identified by only catching a glimpse of a few of their pieces.
Having recently broadened from t-shirt production to sweatshirts, tote bags and art prints, the Das Monk team also run a pretty dope (and not to mention, eccentric) blog which contains a bunch of left-of-field, international and art-related posts (the last post was a trailer dubbed “a soft porn musical with heart”).
Stocked in over 30 leading stores throughout Australian, Japan, USA, Canada and New Zealand and worn by such artists as The Cool Kids, Busy P, Lupe Fiasco and even Ron Weasley. I doubt it won’t be too long until your local clothing store will be showcasing their unique and prodigious collections.
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