It’s a lonely email world we live in. Based on my Entourage contacts alone, I probably know hundreds if not thousands of people, mostly New Yorkers, mostly in PR. But do I really know these contacts — dare I say friends — of mine? Nay. I’d only recognize them on the street if they had their email handle in Times New Roman font glued to their forehead.
That’s why the occasions where we do get to know somebody on a level slightly more substantive is pretty noteworthy. Like Troy Sayakumane. We actually only knew him as jewelry designer Tina Tang’s in-house PR person. That is, until he gave us a peek into his inner artistic world.
Troy, it turns out, is co-owner and designer of Whitie Tighties Clothing. It’s a line of unisex tees and — you guessed it — tightie whities which are essentially used as a canvas for the design team’s unconventional artwork. Like a pocket watch shedding feathers. Or walking warheads in 18th century western clothing.
“A lot of our art is subconscious,” says Troy. “The warheads may have something to do with my family’s connection with the war in Southeast Asia and the involvement of westerners.”
Originally from Laos, Troy’s parents brought their five children to Amarillo, Texas, in the 1970s. His partner Vaso is originally from Greece, and it’s her memories of her childhood pet billy goat that inspired their goat print.
Their surrealist art is essentially their world view. “A daydream of a new world,” is what they like to say. Intrigued? Check out more of their art after the jump.
To check out their hilarious look book (grown men running around in tightie whities in a barren part of the woods?), go to Whitie Tighties.