It seems FatKidOnFire has finally got through the slowdown over the end of the (lengthy and unpleasant) University process and is back up to speed with interviews, mixtapes and life in general. It feels good. Damn good! This next brand is one close to my heart; using hand drawn, traditional tattoo-inspired graphics on tees, prints and snapbacks. A perfect mix if you ask me…
Find out more after the jump
After being introduced to King Noir by my boy Thom (your £10 hook up fee is (not) on its way), I instantly copped the dope King snapback (peep it below) which is currently keeping my head looking fly as I write this. As I spent more time learning about the brand I became increasingly impressed with the enviable talent Tom and Lawrence have and their dedication to what they’re doing. I sat down with Tom to find out more…
Who/ what is King Noir? King Noir is not a real person but more of a character/representation of our brand. We like to think that anyone who is a fan or has an interest in our brand has a bit of King Noir in them. If he was a real person I guess he would be a mix between Jay Adams/ Henry Rollins/ Mr X. Basically a haggard punk King with a love of tattoos.
Your designs are strong and striking – do they have an underlying theme or do you consider these designs to be your main brand image? Is it flexible? You offer more than just tees – with snap backs and limited edition prints. Is this something you will continue? The only theme we like to carry throughout all of the designs is that everything is hand drawn, all ideas are a reference to tattoos in some way or another. Also the style of each design is drawn in a way that would imitate traditional tattooing if it means variation of line thickness or in the way they are shaded.
We pride ourselves in producing a variety of limited products to give our customers something a little more exclusive. We will always be bringing out new products such as prints and new caps in fact we are working on a few collaborations at the moment.
What does/ will make your brand stand out and distinguish itself from the rest of the UK streetwear pack? Well rather than just seeming like we are all about selling t shirts, we like our brand to be a bit more personal and feel that customers can speak to us and be part of King Noir.
We have a blog that we update daily as well as a facebook page and twitter and avidly encourage fans to post pics of them repping the brand and send us messages about music and tattoo artists etc that they’re into.
Who/ what influences you in your work? In terms of artwork and design I would say our main influences include Thomas Hooper, Mike Giant, Charles Burns, Deno and Jim Phillips. In terms of brands The Hundreds, Rebel8, Shirt & Destroy and Johnny Cupcakes.
What’s your take on the UK streetwear scene at the moment? I really like some of the small DIY brands but we try not pay attention to what everyone else is doing and just get on with our thing.
Where do you see you and King Noir being in 5 years time? Well hopefully we will be on our way to opening our first store and be established worldwide. We never started the brand to make money but if we can do what we love and get paid for it we will just keep pushing the King.
Where can people expect to catch your work, any UK stockists to watch? Well we have an online store but as we are still very new we are taking our time putting together stockists, although in the couple of months we plan to be in independent skate/tattoo shops in the UK, USA, Germany and Australia.
Top 5 favorite albums? Currently…
- Converge – Axe To Fall
- The Roots – Do You Want More?!!!??!
- 1865 – The Sodium Girl EP
- Botch – We Are the Romans
- Dredg – The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
- Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist
- Bracewar – Juggernaut
- The Mars Volta – Octahedron
Shoutouts Too many to list….
King Noir are pushing the boat as far as it’ll go when it comes to what a modern (relatively small) streetwear brand can do. With exclusive prints, tees and other awesome drops it looks like that isn’t going to change. It also happens that Tom is a fellow bike geek so King Noir get an even higher rating in my book! As ever, if you’re feeling what Tom has had to say, or just want to grab a limited edition print before they go (which they will) hit up the King Noir website, Facebook or Twitter to fire the boys props or part ways with some cashish. They deserve your support!