DR.Z &Co. “DOUBLE DEUCE” T-SHIRT

NEW T-SHIRT FOR 2020! NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

160 GMS COMBED COTTON WHITE T-SHIRT WITH HIGH QUALITY FULL COLOURDOUBLE DEUCEDICE PRINT

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PRE-ORDERS DEADLINE: FRIDAY 10 FEB 2020.

DELIVERY ESTIMATE: FEB 2020 *
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SHAISLIKE x KAIJUNE x DR.Z “FREAKY FRIDAYCOLAB TEE

The first in a series of “FREAKY FRIDAY SHOW” colabs features New York based rapper SHAISLIKE (@shaislike) & artist KAIJUNE (@mf_june). The concept is a horrific mash up of two fictional characters that appropriately marks the Friday the 13th launch of the new Shaislike album GOOD FOR HEALTH BAD FOR EDUCATION. — PREORDER THE TEE ONLINE NOW!

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THE FREAKY FRIDAY SHOW

Stay tuned for the launch of a brand new creative project called “THE FREAKY FRIDAY SHOW” which promises to be full of freakish surpises and unlikely collaborations …The first drop is happening this Halloween 2019 at 12am 31/10/19!

Follow the official instagram page here for more: https://www.instagram.com/thefreakyfridayshow


SHELFLIFE x DR.Z LETTER ‘S’ T-SHIRT PROJECT: PROMO CLIP

Quick edit of iPhone clips taken over the last month documenting the recent Shelflife x Dr.Z T-Shirt Project…

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TRACK: SHAISLIKE: “SPACE COUPE
ALBUM: GOOD FOR HEALTH BAD FOR EDUCATION: (OUT NOW!)

https://music.apple.com/us/artist/shaislike/1065291102


SHELFLIFE x DR.Z LAUNCH DISPLAYS AT ROSEBANK MALL


INTERVIEW WITH DR.Z FOR SHELFLIFE

A short interview with DR.Z for Shelflife Store providing some background to the recent ARTIST SERIES COLAB T-SHIRT PROJECT

FULL INTERVIEW HERE:

SL: Where did your love for illustration and art in general begin?

Like most kids I was heavily into cartoons, comics, toys, sci-fi movies but I’m going to mention Lego mainly because it’s also most relevant here. Lego was always extremely captivating to me. Then like most teens from my generation early skateboarding & surf graphics, brands like Powell-Peralta, Stussy, Hook-Ups, Zoo York and others that were consistently pushing fresh graphics made the biggest impression. Earlier hip-hop and rock album covers too: Beastie Boys, Tribe, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin. Although I didn’t realize when I was younger but I was definitely drawn to some of the most iconic, which looking back, is a pretty solid visual foundation to have.

SL: Who are some of your biggest influences?

Artistically, I have to mention two New York artists: Futura (OG graffiti writer turned branding genius) and The Rammellzee (Infamous multidisciplinary artist/ MC who appeared on some of Basquiats work and on Beat Bop, he was also the first ever artist to collab with Supreme.

Both were instrumental in sparking off my career, but it was Ramm that took me under his wing as his art student in 2010 just before his death and taught me more of the history and intricacies of the “graffiti” movement as it relates to the evolution of the alphabet and symbology.

SL: What have been some of your highlights as an artist so far?

DR.Z: Since about 2004 I have been actively involved in global street culture. I could mention a pretty diverse range of highlights, from touring the U.S. with Sneaker Pimps and working with Japanese companies like KiksTYO to my 13+ year working relationship with Shelflife, designing global release collabs for many of the major footwear companies like New Balance and Puma etc. Then finally getting my art published and exhibiting internationally along side some of worlds most recognised artists.

SL: If you could collaborate with one artist or brand, who would it be and why?

DR.Z: Although I have already checked off some major bucket list collaborations, I should delve further into my work with with Rammellzee. It’s important for context as it relates to this Artist Series with Shelflife and also the next question about how I interpreted the letter “S”.

The Letter Racers form part of an elaborate theory called “Gothic Futurism” (as Ramm originally stated in the ‘80s), that the structure and function of alphabetical letters has evolved through time from basic carvings up through medieval illuminated manuscripts then though wildstyle graffiti and now finally, into actual 3 Dimensional, weaponised flying tank sculptures or “Ikonoklast Panzerism”. With his written consent and instruction, I am simply continuing the trajectory and evolution of the alphabet in my own way through the medium and mechanisms available by combining a variety of Lego Technic sets, the medium of Lego reinforces the metaphor of “building-blocks” as synonymous with how individual letters build words and then language.

SL: How did you interpret the concept of the Shelflife “S” into your artwork?

DR.Z: The “S” is a technical “style stroke” that forms the basis of style for all the other letters or in other words a template for the rest of the alphabet. First, I should maybe give further background…(I hope this isn’t too higher grade)

The dictionary definition of “graffiti” literally means to “scribble on a wall” and it incorrectly describes the act & culture of the style competition that was actually occurring. Basic letter forms evolved from block shapes into aerodynamic shapes though motion of the train into “Wildstyle”. The letters then became armed when writers added arrows to their design - this was symbolic of bombing missiles. Then through interpretation, Gothic Futurism as a function and art movement opposes or “fights” against standardisation of the alphabet. It replaces the word “graffiti” with “Ikonoklast Panzerism” and thereby frees the alphabet from constraints in order to allow letters and the culture to continue to evolve independently.

SL: What would an average day for Dr Z look like?

DR.Z: All days begin with coffee haha, then I would normally go through some emails and news off the internet before getting to some client work or pitch in the form of various graphics/illustrations or proposals. But on the days where I am building sculptures, it’s pretty intense focused work and I often forget to eat. The whole process from sketching out and drafting the geometry to final build and then packing and shipping takes about a month per letter. Also just for fun, I try to keep my Instagram looking fresh with something I do called #WallpaperWednesdays, so watch for that every Wednesday.

SL: Any advice to those wanting to get started in the industry and stand out?

DR.Z: It’s probably going to sound Cliché but I would definitely recommend anyone to simply follow their passion and work towards their own authenticity. Try not to focus only on money…easier said than done I know, especially when rent is due and the temptation is there to just hit the bank and run! Ultimately and in the long term, that would be the best way forward.


PRESS RELEASE: SHELFLIFE x DR.Z/ LETTER ‘S’ ARTIST SERIES TEE

South African artist/designer DR.Z puts his own twist on the letter ‘S’ with a new collaboration graphic t-shirt for Shelflife Store. DR.Z has worked with Shelflife many times over the years, including on some of the biggest projects such as the Puma Suede and New Balance 574 sneaker collaborations, in addition, the 10th anniversary BMX capsule in 2017.

Check out this short interview with DR.Z on the Shelflife blog, where he reveals some interesting history and motivation behind the tees artwork: >INTERVIEW WITH DR.Z<

The Shelflife x DR.Z Artist Tee is now available for purchase at all Shelflife Stores and online for international customers

SHOP ONLINE HERE: https://www.shelflife.co.za/products/Shelflife-x-DR-Z-Artist-Tee


SHORT FILM: “RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What”

A 9-minute cosmic journey that explores the legendary artist, graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer, myth-maker, and New York cult icon, RAMMELLZEE.

A Red Bull Arts New York film, “RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What” was written and directed by Oscar Boyson and produced by Elara Pictures. The film was created in collaboration with the Red Bull Arts New York curatorial team behind the exhibition RAMMELLZEE: Racing for Thunder, the largest survey to date of one of the most influential yet overlooked artists of the 20th century.


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: RAMMELLZEE [RACING FOR THUNDER]

Congratulations to Red Bull Arts, Max Wolf, Carlo McCormick, Candice Strongwater, Jeff Mao, and Christian Omodeo and all involved in putting this spectacular Rammellzee exhibition together.

May 4 – August 26, 2018
Wednesday – Sunday
12pm – 7pm

Red Bull Arts New York
220 w 18th Street 10011
New York, NY USA

Selected photography by: Lance Brewer. (Courtesy of Red Bull Arts New York. All artwork © 2018 The Rammellzee Estate.)

Exhibition Design and Architecture: studioSTIGSGAARD
Lighting: Sense Lighting Design
Art Director: Erin Knutson
Production Manager: Amanda Contrada
Installation Managers: Kyle Clairmont Jacques with Kyla Chevrier and Greg Kalliche
Exhibition Crew: Nathaniel de Large with Ilie Paun Capriel, Claude Barnes, Alex Holmes, Craig Monteith, John Bianchi and Hayley Martell
Gallery Manager: Jenny Slattery
Registrar: Beatriz Palacios
Content and Communications: Mac Concordia
Brand Manager: Hannah Chun

Acknowledgements and special thanks:
Adrian Boot, Aïshti Foundation, Al Diaz, Alex Behnke, Alain-Dominique Gallizia, Alessandra Bergero, Allard Wildenberg, Angela Boatwright, Archives of Edit DeAk, Arno Vriends, Arthur de Rooij, Barbara Braathen, Bethany Jacobson, Bill Connors, Bill Laswell, Brian Belott, Brian (B.Dub) Williams, Carl Everett, Carla Stellweg, Celia Bullwinkel, Charlie Ahearn, Chris Campion, Crazy Legs, Dave Tompkins, David Fouks, Daze, Delta 2, Dirk Müller, Dutch Graffitti Library, Elara Pictures, Elene Damenia, Eszter Balint, Evan Sutton, Fales Library & Special Collections, Futura, Galerie Thomas, Gen Atem, Grand Mixer DXT, Groninger Museum, Hasan Moore, Henk Pijnenburg, Henry Chalfant, Hesa, Hubert Kretzschmar, Hyosun Kim, Ian Pendleton, Immanuel Yang, Ink 76, Ivy Brown, James Jebbia, Jane Rankin-Reid, Janet Goldman, Janette Beckman, Jim Jarmusch, Joe Fama, Joe Hazan, Joe La Placa, Jon Campolo, Johnny Grizot, Jonathan Drew, Joseph Nechvatal, K-Rob, Keetja Allard, Keith Hopewell, Keo, Khalid Livingston, King Klast, Kool Koor, Kyle Piccirello, Larry Gagosian, Lee Quiñones, Lidia Carrieri, Liz Munsell, Lucy Castile and the Estate of Rammellzee, Luke House, Mac Concordia, Marcia Mercadante, Mari Horiuchi, Marissa Sackler, Martha Cooper, Mary Lord, Michael Benabou, Michael Holman, Michaela Langer, Mimmo Laera, Nick Taylor, Niels Shoe Meulman, Nina Garfinkel, Oscar Boyson, Patrick Fox, Peter Gramberg, Ralph De Haan, Red Bull Radio team, Ricky Powell, Rochelle Lewis, Salomon Emquies, Serge Ziegler, Seth Tillett, Shockdell, Simona Scarcella, Sonic Bad, Sotheby’s: Eric Shiner and Harrison Tenzer, Stephen Snyder, Stephen Torton, Steve Moore, Stuart Argabright, Stuart Losee, Suzanne Geiss, Sylvère Lotringer, Sylvia Menzel, Tamalyn Miller, Tim Kelly, Tiziano Tancredi, Todd L. Burns, Toxic, Vincent Vlasblom, Walter Bednarz, Waring Abbott, Whitney Museum of American Art Archives, Yaki Kornblit and Zephyr.


RAMMELLZEE: [RACING FOR THUNDEREXHIBITION

As many know I was an apprentice of the late Rammellzee, I have made my own submissions to this upcoming exhibition, anyone in New York will want to attend.

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: [RACING FOR THUNDER] at Red Bull Arts New York opening this weekend. It is the largest survey to date of one of the most influential yet overlooked artists of the 20th century - the equation known as “THE RAMMELLZEE.”

The exhibition will be on view every Wed-Sun from 12-7PM at Red Bull Arts New York from May 4-August 26, 2018. Entry is free and open to the public.

RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder is organized by Red Bull Arts New York Chief Curator Max Wolf and cultural critic Carlo McCormick, with Associate Curators Christian Omodeo, Jeff Mao, and Candice Strongwater

May 4 – August 26, 2018
Wednesday – Saturday
12pm – 7pm


CITY OF GOLD 574” NAMED TOP 10 BEST 574’S

New Balance x Shelflife Store x DR.Z “CITY OF GOLD” named one of the top 10 “ALL TIME HIGH - BEST LIMITED EDITION 574’S” in this new hard-cover book entitled “ICONIC” produced by Sneaker Freaker Magazine


SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE


EVENT RECAP: SHELFLIFEDR.Z

On the 5th of October 2017, Shelflife & Dr.Z launched the 10th Anniversary capsule collaboration project. The “BMXXX” capsule, consisting of a collection of retro BMX inspired streetwear, went on sale in Cape Town, Johannesburg and online alongside “First Thursday” celebrations. The event was co-sponsored by Jameson, providing Whiskey cocktails to attendees. Customers in Cape Town also were invited to tag a 1/1 custom Mongoose BMX bike frame which was up for raffle at the end of the evening. Watch the video below to see how it went down at the Cape Town event…


CELEBRITIES SPOTTED IN SHELFLIFExDRZ

Shortly following the release of the much hyped Shelflife x Dr.Z clothing capsule, local South African celebrity musicians were spotted on instagram wearing various items from the collection. Some of those spotted included Dj Doowap, Dj Milkshake, Sibot and Riky Rick who reportedly wore every item at a recent performance. See below for some snaps and clips from instagram…

@rikyrickworld FULL BLAST

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CUSTOM MONGOOSE BMX FRAME RAFFLE

To augment Shelflife Store’s 10th Anniversary collaboration campaign, the Shelflife x DR.Z “BMXXX” clothing capsule, Mongoose Bikes offered up a 2017 model Mongoose 20 Legion L80 frame for customization to be raffled off to 1 lucky customer at the launch event at Shelflife. All customers were invited to add their own artistic tag or signature before the bike was handed over to the randomly selected winner. Congratulations to Tarryn-Lee Alexander!

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