As a queer person, I know two things to be true: We can never have enough shit with rainbows on them and we can never stop supporting the members of our community in need. Tim-Scapes has created a new design to benefit the victims of the Orlando massacre. It features a rainbow and Tim-Scapes’s signature duct tape lettering. The design can be purchased as a print, t-shirt or tank top, with 100% of the proceeds going to Equality Florida’s Pulse Victims’ Fund.
Tim-Scapes is known as the “little shop with the big gay heart” based in Provincetown, Massachusetts. It’s run by Tim Convery, an ex-New York executive who moved to P-town back in 2010 and rediscovered his creativity with Tim-Scapes. As explained on his website, “Convery’s designs celebrate vintage travel posters utilizing his unique duct tape typeface and creating bold logos of over 50 American destinations. Each design is a colorful, geometric icon highlighting a famous landmark or drawing attention to a social cause.”
The Orlando logo was originally created only to show solidarity on social media. But, due to the reaction of his customers, Tim began selling shirts featuring the logo for charity. “I was really surprised about the design’s popularity and immediately went into production,” said Convery. “This whole project became a crystallization of what I want Tim-Scapes to be about – helping people through the power of design.”
While the exclusive Orlando design is available only through Labor Day, many of Tim’s logos are available as standalone prints, mugs and even trivets. …
We had a super busy Summer so far and we are very grateful for that. For those of you who were paying attention, we launched Issue 4 of our magazine with two separate covers, one by photographer Kostis Fokas and one by Gerardo Vizmanos. Our latest endeavour is a collaboration with Print All Over Me.
The official announcement should come soon, but you’re reading our newsletter so you get to find out first. “The collection is made up of utilitarian classics – T-shirts, baseball hats and tote bags – with full bleed prints of Issue 4’s striking covers…Their respective images depict a landscape of multiracial behinds and a portrait of a man making contact with his own reflection.”
More about Issue 4, which is almost sold out. It features work by photographer, Alvin Baltrop, Campbell Addy, Hal Fischer (author of Gay Semiotics), the comedian Josh Thomas, Rumi Mussabi (a founding member of The Cockettes), the band PWR BTTM, a look at the Tom of Finland house in Los Angeles, an amazing feature on Edmund White photographed by Slava Mogutin amongst other things.
The collection will debut online August 4, at paom.com. …
Hair by Lisa Raquel and Make Up by Mark Edio
Society has debated for decades whether or not men follow their cocks over their hearts. The fashion brand Cockheart is here to tell us that the two are more intertwined than one might think. They combine two of the body’s most influential organs in a simple, playful cartoon and then proceed to put the image on every piece of clothing imaginable. Shown here are their pink and grey t-shirts.
Cockheart was founded in 2014 in the heart of the East London queer scene by East London queers. The logo was designed by Bence Baranyai who wanted to create “an iconic symbol, and a brand, that encompassed a union of traditionally masculine and feminine traits in one image.” Cockheart is not just for cisgendered males but for anyone looking to subvert what the image of a penis can mean. “Whatever your interpretation of the symbol, we want our clothes to inspire you, we want you to look- and feel- good wearing them, and we want you to have fun. We seek to challenge heteronormative values and rituals by creating a icon-based identity queer people can congregate around.”
Cockheart is wholeheartedly dedicated to the future of the queer community, and last year came out with a special shirt for World Aids Day. All proceeds from the shirt go to The Terrence Higgins Trust, a British organization that fights for the destigmatization of those living with HIV/AIDS and works to promote sexual health and safety within the UK. …
It’s always an appropriate time to buy new underwear, but now you don’t have to feel guilty about the whole spending money part. In support of Visual AIDS, Yuasa has teamed up with International Playground and GAYLETTER contributing photographer Benjamin Fredrickson to create a special pride edition of their already beloved undergarment. The look is cute and simple. A white boxer short featuring a small printed image of naked boys in various compromising positions. Choose between a front or back view, a man all tied up, and one crawling towards his destiny.
“Founded in 1988, Visual AIDS is the a contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS awareness and creating dialogue around HIV issues today. Visual AIDS produces and presents visual art projects, exhibitions, public forums and publications – while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS.”
In Yuasa’s own words, their “short boxers are designed to be right for any occasion, whether you’re wearing jeans, shorts, dress pants, or nothing else at all.” Pick your preference of boy and use these boxers as the bedroom dream board you never knew you needed. If you wear it…he will come.
Proceeds from the boxers go directly to Visual AIDS. You can purchase them here. …
The Swiss designer shares his latest collection
Skateboards, after their rise to quintessential coolness in the 70s, have continued to be a focal point for fashion throughout the years. Since their rise into popular culture, skateboards have gone on to do something not many objects end up doing, that is, transcending beyond object and becoming a symbol. Skateboards are cool by definition and have a heavy connotation with a certain laxity — all of this while paying no mind to class boundaries. Ultimately, they are a universal message of chill. For his Spring/Summer 2017 collection, Julian Zigerli has taken skateboards and used them as a playful prop to supplement his menswear that is full of lively prints, popping colors and men and women aware of how chic they look.
Infusing loungewear with classic separates and a few really great coats, Zigerli’s SS 2017 collection seems to pay homage to the city kids who travel in packs, dress effortlessly well and always damage the pavement. Featuring clouds, some lighthearted phrases, smiley faces, sunflowers and more, the look book strikes a modern chord for a generation drenched in eclectic colors and various graphics. It’s colors and long silhouettes keep an eye interested. Knits almost touch the ground, shorts go way below the knee — it all looks very breathable (the cloud print point nods to this quality as well) while still continuing to show off the ease Zigerli’s clothing often exudes.
In the trailer for the collection, boys traipse down a Parisian street riding skateboards, having cigarettes and letting the wind hit their outfits. …
Pride month is definitely not the time to blend in with the crowd. As every other Queen in town takes a glitter bath, the objective becomes finding an outfit that stands out, but still actually looks cute. If you’re over “queer” themed shirts that feature slight innuendoes or double entendres, then boy, do we have the shirt for you! No beating around the bush with this one, only maybe beating your bush. Valentine Amartey has created five different shirts displaying tender (and not so tender) love making for you to wear.
Featured here we have “The Kiss,” which is not your grandmother’s “The Kiss,” and a shirt that’s able to capture the delicate moment where a bottom looks back in thanks to his top. Last but certainly not least, “Ying Yang” is Armatey’s answer to Chinese philosophy. I suppose you can pick out which one to wear depending on your mood, but be warned that once you put these shirts on, you might forget whatever plans you had and just stand in front of the mirror…
Amartey is a Brooklyn based designer who has previously dressed Shakira and Lady Gaga. You can’t get much gayer than that. He has a background in costumes, and in addition to designing, also teaches part-time at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan. We chatted briefly with Valentine and he explained how he sees the two sides of his business; “The T-shirts embody my masculine side and the costume side is all about celebrating the female spirit. …
Converse Celebrates LGBTQIA+ Pride with Shoes!
I think about fashion a lot. Sometimes I’m walking down the street and I see someone throwing it, feeling themselves in their labels, and I’m like yaaassss, wow, *grunts*, ok then. But don’t get it twisted — just like size isn’t everything, neither are labels. The best kind of fashion comes from within and that’s why when I see a mom with her wild-ass children, in yoga pants and Versace sunglasses, I nearly fall over. Not only is she enduring motherhood (which is cunt) but she’s still expressing herself. Converse are unique in the way that they transcend that kind of class barrier. Converse are the original progressives in the way in which they don’t care if you’re black, latino, gay, trans, queer, mom, dad, step-sis, or half-brother. Whatever you define your style as, and however you choose to identify, a pair of Converse can turn your look out!
If you are like me, then your first memorable pair of Converse were black, and purchased during middle school where you wore them into the ground and wrote cultish phrases on them during Italian class. I’ve since owned several other pairs of Chuck Taylor’s that, in their own way, serve as symbols of who I always felt I was and who I wanted to be. My icons, and the cool kids I looked up to in media, always wore Chuck’s. In 2016, you’ll still look effortlessly cool in a pair. They are timeless! Following their decades old mentality, and “encouraging the creative community to be their most authentic selves, Converse proudly unveils the 2016 Converse Pride Collection — three colorful new Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers designed to be worn at pride parades, concerts, jubilations and beyond. …
Artist and GAYLETTER Issue 2 contributor artist Richard Haines has created the perfect shirt for Pride season. In case you’ve never heard of him — Haines began his career as a menswear designer for classic American brands like Calvin Klein and Perry Ellis. We have been following his blog long before everyone knew about him in 2008 (What I Saw Today), and he has since collaborated with everyone from the New York Times to Prada.
The Richard Haines Limited Edition Today’s Mood: #Lovewins was designed last year, Haines has only a few limited edition #LoveWins shirts left for sale. The shirt is “printed on 100% cotton power washed T.” — trust us, it’s cute. It’s a very tasteful way to do Pride. Let’s be honest the famous Pride colors are a bit…over exposed, but hey, it’s history and we gotta wave that flag whenever we can. Each shirt is delivered with a numbered card and is hand stamped. Pictured is James, doesn’t he look lovely in that shirt?
Purchase your shirt just in time for Pride, right here.
From Jack'd comes a political tee, just in time for summer
Let’s keep it real, things are in a sorry state. We live in a masc-centric culture that tells us to beef up and act butch, to believe that flabby stomachs and floppy wrists are not okay, to reject who we are. It’s a box that we don’t want to be stuffed into, so it was refreshing to see the Jack’d app put their own spin on the ‘No Fats, No Fems’ tank tops doing the rounds in Hell’s Kitchen… The result? ‘No Bullies, No Bigots’. Here’s what Director of Marketing, Kevin Letrourneau, had to say about it:
“Gay men are three times as likely to have an eating disorder, twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression and anxiety, and suffer a suicide rate double those of other men. Words matter. They have consequences. That is why we were disheartened to see Marek + Richard perpetuate the toxic put-down, ‘No Fats, No Fems,’ in their new line of apparel.
As the youngest, and most diverse community of gay men around the world, we see it as our responsibility to create a safe space to connect, and empower our generation to stamp out exclusionary phrases from our vocabulary once and for all.
We appreciate the conversation this has sparked, but retroactive satire is not enough. All proceeds from our new #NoBulliesNoBigots apparel will go to support The Trevor Project, an organization focused on suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. For every purchase, Jack’d will commit a dollar-for-dollar.
Please show your support, and challenge all of us, both on Jack’d and throughout the gay community at-large, to respect our differences and embrace our uniqueness as individuals. …