Story and photography by Stefhan Gordon, Special Correspondent
At RONROBINSON | Fred Segal on Melrose, this Thursday night, Dirtee Hollywood premiered it's spring, summer and fall lines featuring the art of award winning artist Molly Crabapple printed onto Dirtee Hollywood's sweats, tees, hoodies and other casual every day garments. Each respective line has 10 different illustrations for women, and 6 different illustrations for men, so in total, 48 different pieces of Molly's art are part of these lines.
Every time Dirtee Hollywood's creator and founder (founded in 2007) David Long saw an illustration he liked while searching the web, those illustrations seemed to all be by Molly Crabapple. So David contacted Molly, and inquired whether she'd collaborate. David's goal was twofold. Through his lines sold in 500 specialty stores, in 26 countries, David wanted to use his clothing to give Molly a larger audience. Additionally David wanted to incorporate Molly's art to be able to sell his clothing line to different audiences in different more cultural types of retail locations. Dirtee Hollywood's other collection of graphics and colors represent contemporary surf, skate, hip hop, and punk trends. The new Molly Crabtree collection provides more of an "artistic tee". He plans on introducing other amazing artists in additional lines, though any names provided were done so strictly off the record. Additionally David noted the ink was water based silk screens, with spring colors more in the grays with black imagery for men, and black and red for women. Summer is brighter.
Above Molly Crabapple
While every one was crowding into the store, sipping wine, and admiring the collection, Molly drew with sharpies rather than her normal ink pen and ink well. While drawing, she noted that her work is inspired by the spirit behind Toulouse-Lautrec and Aubrey Beardsley. When asked about her art education, she noted she dropped out of art school since it was too restrictive. Though since dropping out, Molly’s illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics, and in many major museums and collections.For more on Molly Crabapple visit her website at mollycrabapple.com
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