It’s taken me a little bit to get round to this, but I wanted to make sure that the (fairly late) Summer collection from Washington’s Actual Pain got a mention. As well as the usual mix of dark and occult imagery, the Summer season see’s the brand inject a little humour into their work, and the result is something pretty special.
I’ve got a lot of time for this brand, mainly because it speaks to the metal T-shirt clad youngster in me, but also because they haven’t been afraid to do something a little different with their shirt graphics. The earliest, black metal inspired scribbles first caught my eye, and despite the fact I couldn’t imagine many people wearing them, I admired their willingness to do something that didn’t resemble a box logo or NFL team emblem. The ‘King of Pugs’ and ‘Immortal Mouse’ designs see Actual Pain poke a bit of fun at themselves (and I like that a lot), and the ‘All Of Them Witches’ and brand carrying ‘Pyramid Logo’ pieces are great too, but of course, I’ve still got a soft spot for the scrawled illustrations of old, such as the ‘Knock Knock’ tee.
Cream coloured tees aren’t really my thing, but keep it black and I’ll happily wear pretty much all of them. The logo crewnecks look good too, and at £55 it’s an investment I’ll gladly make. Oh, and as a bit of a side note, I’ve just discovered that founder TJ Cowgill is one of the men behind a little band called Book of Black Earth, which makes the whole thing even sweeter (if you like your death metal black, they are definitely worthy of your time). Everything in these shots, and a whole load more, is now available from Street Casuals.