Also, Spraygraphic Apparel™ is featured in several magazines across the country:
NY's YRB magazine, Phoenix's Java Magazine; Phoenix's 944 Magazine, Indiana's PEEL magazine, San Fran's SYNTHESIS magazine, and Houston's 002 magazine, and California Apparel News...
Also, we were recently part of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts SMOCA NIGHTS fashion show that is featuring the artwork of Andy Warhol on March 2nd. The show went great and the response from the audience, press and the museum was huge...some of the photos from the show that are found in CASHAK Magazine wesite and the arizona fashion foundation website.
Other recent fashion shows in Feb. that Spraygraphic Apparel™ included: The Downstairs Fashion show held at CounterCulture in Phoenix. The Cattleman's First annual fashion show to benefit the Phoenix Children Hospital, Arizona State University multicultural sorority's cultural show benefitting the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Spraygraphic Apparel™ also sponsored the Dietrich's CD release party in Feb. and sponsored one of sixty-four girls competing in the Tempe 12 contest.
Spraygraphic Apparel™ recently colloborated with PEEL magazine to do a shirt for breast cancer entitled check your self...for more infor visit PEEL magazine.
Upcoming events include the four city fashion show tour of GLAMM LIVE beginning on March 15th in Scottsdale, AZ.
The Frock and Roll Fashion Show in Phoenix on April 15th at Alice Cooperstown...
Here is an excert from the recent article by PEEL Magazine:
Spraygraphic Apparel™ is a clothing company that recognizes the potential power a T-shirt has to communicate artistic, social, cultural, and political ideas to others. They are creating a clothing line that creates what they call a Thought Provoking Style™ for everyone to wear and enjoy. Spraygraphic Apparel’s owners Matt Krise and Chuck b. sincerely believe, “The clothes we wear have the power to speak to others about how we feel, what we think, and what we would like others to think about.” There approach to fashion and street wear is a refreshing break from the logocentric and gear advertisement oriented clothing. Spraygraphic Apparel emphasizes the design first and foremost along with a social/political commentary that they print inside of their Tshirts as part of their tag, and then the Spraygraphic logo is located on the upper back shoulder because they hope that their designs will “turn heads”.
Chuck b.’s artistic and designer background stems from his prolific career as a theatre/performance artist and his political activism with the Arizona Surveillance Camera Players, Projekt Kardbored, Next Project: an Anti Theatre Company, Pro-Test-Or-Re-Actor and the art collectives SOS, and his connections to Alpha Monster via guest artist Adam Wheeler (Heart Attack and Urban Cowboy designs).
Matt Krise’s artistic and activist background comes from his experience as a product developer and graphic designer dedicated to finding ways to offer products that are more environmentally responsible and ethically made. One of the newer things Krise is introducing into the Spraygraphic line is a series of organic t-shirts that are 100% organic cotton and bleach free. All of Spraygraphic Apparel’s political commentaries, designs, and ideas are printed on sweatshop free clothing.
Much of their inspiration comes from the efforts of artists and activists (like themselves) fighting for social justice and social change through the mediums of art, design, graffiti, music, theatre, protest, books, philosophy, education, politics, the internet and basically everything and anything under the sun that has made a difference in our lives. They design clothes that hopefully will provoke thoughts about social, political, global issues going on throughout the world and at the same time produce an individual and eclectic style that celebrates the labors of artists and activists from all over the planet and helps their customer stand apart from everyone else and stand for something important: humanity, the value of life, and Thought Provoking Style…
Both designers love and appreciate the political stencil art and graffiti found on walls, post office boxes, and anywhere a sticker or spraypaint can stick to its surface. b. and Krise have worked with many artists and activists using stencil and graffiti as their principal artistic medium and wanted to make the art more accessible, more mobile, and more open to everyone to understand and value. For example, they have a shirt called Mind Grenade where the explosive component of the grenade is a brain with the social commentary reading, “Everyone is ready to explode! Pull the pin!” Or the shirt Worker Bee depicting a business man with a set of bee wings coming out of his suit carrying a honeycomb filled briefcase walking into a skyscrapper that resembles a beehive. For Krise and b. putting on Spraygraphic Apparel is more than just throwing on a plain old shirt. They believe, “It is an active choice that has the capacity to make a difference in your life and the life of others.” They have always preferred to find and wear clothes that have pushed them to think, inspired them to imagine, and invited them to look at life differently (if only for a moment).