Skull and Bones Boys Club x FatKidOnFire - Interview #81

Skull and Bones Boys Club x FatKidOnFire

Interview #81

We’re pleased to be back in full swing here at FatKidOnFire. We’ve got a whole host of new stuff queued up to post over the next few days – but tonight we’re stoked to be dropping the next brand feature and then there’s a brand MakeItGood x FKOF interview and mix. You know where to be for when it drops!

But first up, here’s the latest FatKidOnFire brand feature with a brand new clothing label from Sheffield…

Dean from Skull and Bones Boys Club (SABBC) dropped an email in the FKOF inbox last week. Dean and Ant officially started SAABC just over a month ago (their Bigcartel webstore started trading on July 8th), so we were interested to see what they’d got lined up. We were more than pleasantly surprised to see 6 tee designs and 2 vests – not bad going for under a month!

We caught up with Ant and Dean to talk about their plans and aspirations with SAABC and what the past, present and future hold for the brand. Peep the interview in full below…

Who is Skull and Bones Boys Club? Well there are two of us who run things; but we have a large extended family, we put on shows every now and then so all the live side of things has a large team. We have a few SABBC DJs and stuff, then we have a group SABBC endorees, made up of band members, A few athletes, some DJs, and more recently a MMA fighter. But to be honest, anyone who reps a SABBC Garment is a member of the club.

You guys are based in Sheffield – there seems to be a strong scene developing up in Yorkshire! What inspired you to start the brand? You have strong links to “extreme and heavy music”; can you tell us a bit about how that came about? Me and a few mates started spinning tunes in a small bar in Sheffield, playing hardcore, sludge, doom, anything really. We’ve all been involved in the music industry in some shape or form since our teens. I’m a graphic designer and did all the promo stuff for our music night, people started picking up on the designs, so a clothing label seemed to be a natural progression.

I approached my friend to get involved on the clothing side of things because he has no shame and will explore any avenue to get our brand noticed and spread the word. We each started out with £20 each and got some plain tees and ink and screen printed at home with a very simple design for some of our friends. With the money we made from doing this we then decided to take it to the next level and placed our first order to get the ball rolling.

What does or will distinguish SABBC from the rest of the UK streetwear being dropped these days? I wouldn’t say that we’re streetwear to be honest. Our designs are pretty much us pissing around on Photoshop or chopping sh!t up, seeing what works and then we graft to make our garments. Our house has pretty much undergone a full transformation – our living is a DIY screen printing room, the kitchen is an exposure room, our basement is full of dyes and washing lines, every bedroom has a sewing machine. I’d like to think that comes across with our garments, we work hard. SABBC HQ is a mini two man factory!

Who or what influences you in your work? As said before, our roots lie heavily in music, so pretty much everything we do is influenced by music – may be aspects of band artwork. The Hardcore/ Punk ethic of DIY influences our approach of how we actually make our garments.

Some of our designs have been one offs just for ourselves to try and see what works best and looks good on a tee and if people approach us and dig the design then we know we are onto a winner.

We also have some tie dye tees and vests dropping next week that we are excited about, every garment will be different. We think it adds a personal touch to our label that you might not find from bigger companies.

What’s your take on the independent clothing scene in the UK at the moment? How do we compare to the rest of the world – can UK brands compete on an international stage? Neither of us really wear any UK brands except our own, we keep ourselves busy pretty much all the time so we don’t see many other brands. I wouldn’t want to be subconsciously influenced by someone else’s threads either. The few brands we do know of are very strong, such as Jilted Royalty and XCVB.

Where do you see you and SABBC being in 5 years time? As cliche as it sounds, we are two young lads who enjoy getting drunk and having a laugh with mates, we didn’t get into this to churn out sh!t and have our garments on every street corner. So, if in five years we are still bringing out designs that people like, still having fun and can make a living off it then that would be ideal.

We also love the idea of having limited edition designs where we will make a small number of a certain design (usually 25). One of our stockists is a tailor/ re-worked shop in Sheffield (Syd and Mallory’s) and they’re always putting a twist on our tees and garments and doing one offs for us.

Five weeks ago we hadn’t even launched and so much has happened in that time, so five years seems a million miles away!

Where can people expect to catch your product, is SABBC in any physical stores? We’re stocked in a few stores in Sheffield such as Arcade and Syd and Mallory’s. We split garments to stores so people know we only sell vests in one store, only jumpers in another. It keeps the retailers happy and a good circulation of stock. We’re going into Leeds within the next few weeks, with Manchester, Birmingham, and Liverpool to follow. We don’t like boring retailers, every shop is a bit unique, like an independent record store or skate store. Straight up clothes shops are dead.

If you could say something to your fans, what would it be? Likewise to your haters? If we do have fans; I’d say thank you, keep wearing our gear, supporting your scene, coming to shows, listening to good music, scribbling our name on bus stops and stickering the FKOF out of everything. I doubt we have any haters, we’re FKOFing lovely…

Top 5 favourite albums?

  1. Black Flag – My War
  2. Cursed – Architects of Troubled Sleep
  3. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
  4. The Dillinger Escape Plan – Calculating Infinity
  5. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin

Shoutouts Check these bad boys out:

  • Malevolence (Band)
  • While She Sleeps (Band)
  • David Davies (Athlete/ swimmer. Two-time Olympic medallist)
  • Nai Harvest (Band)
  • Grazes (Band)
  • Checan (producer/ DJ)
  • Clipboard (DJ/ The Tuesday Club/ First Word)
  • Bare Traina (Andy Nicholson) (Producer/DJ)
  • Adam Lofthouse (MMA Fighter)
  • Josh Beech and the Johns (band)
  • The Bowery (Bar/ our local)
  • DQ (Night Club)

There seem to be more than a few awesome new streetwear/ independent clothing labels coming out of Yorkshire at the moment. SAABC have been around less than a month and have already dropped more tees than some of the established brands we know of have done in over a year – seriously impressive. If you’ve liked what you’ve seen or what you’ve read, head over to the SAABC Facebook page, follow them on Tumblr and hit up that all important webstore to support this new brand. We will be!

If you have any thoughts on what the SABBC guys have had to say, or want to recommend us a new brand you’ve discovered or just want a chat about something you’ve seen on FatKidOnFire, fire us a comment below or get in touch via email,  TwitterFacebook or the FKOF TakesQuestions page.