This originally appeared on our Instagram page in a three part series, Follow us on Instagram @LOVEANDVANDALIZM for more stuff like this, images of upcoming products, and pictures of street art and graffiti from around the world.
They don't know who we are, but they know we are there.
They try not to see us, but we will make them see us.
We are always there…we will always be there.
We love this too much to stop.
Some people only see the vandalism, the destruction.
They don't understand what they are seeing so they dismiss it.
They don't see the skill.
They don't see the practice. They don't see the dedication
They don't see the drive to be the best.
They don't see the need to be recognized.
They don't see the Love.
But we see it, and soon they will see all of us.
Don't be afraid.., we know they told you it was bad, scary, terrible and destructive, but don't believe them. Look closer, see the colors, the shapes, the letters, the characters, the names, the Art, the Love.
See it's not so scary after all...
Now, what else did they tell you to be scared of?
NEW LOVE & VANDALIZM T-SHIRTS WILL BE DROPPING THIS WEEK!
So yeah, in 2015 we kind of took a step back. We had big changes in our family with the addition of a new baby girl and all of our focus went into taking care of her and being a family. So the Love & Vandalizm brand kind of got put on the shelf. But, taking the break from the brand allowed us to step back and really think about the future of Love & Vandalizm, and re-evaluate the direction we want to take the brand.
When we started Love & Vandalizm as a brand, we wanted it to be first and foremost about our art and creative vision. Love & Vandalizm is a brand that makes T-shirts, but we don’t want to be categorized or labeled as a t-shirt or clothing brand. Because, Love & Vandalizm, to us, is an art brand and what that means to us is that we create art first, T-shirts is just one of the mediums we use. When we made our first T-shirts, we got caught up in the ideal of being this big business that sold thousands and thousands of shirts nationwide in major retail outlets. However, we slowly started realizing, we do our best work when our main focus is the art. By trying to be something we are not, and focusing on selling instead of making art, it stifled our creativity and brought us down. We still believe we can do big things, but after trying to run the brand, and seeing the way the “business” side of things work, doing research and seeing how flooded the market is with thousands of people trying to start a “ clothing line” with stale, predictable, so-called trendy, copycat designs, we realized our view of how we want to approach things have changed. We don’t want Love & Vandalizm to be a business brand; we want it to be an art brand, an art brand that has moments of spontaneous creativity like graffiti. And like graffiti L&V art will be on everything… on t-shirts, on posters, on canvases, on walls, on stickers, pins, patches, hats, skateboards, bikes, jewelry etc., anything cool that can show the originality of the art we create.
So, this means, we will be dropping new Love & Vandalizm T-shirts, stickers, buttons, posters and prints, and anything else we can put artwork on, in an on-demand way. Love & Vandalizm will not follow trends and seasons, and what others do for street wear brands. Again, Love & Vandalizm’s first focus will be art. And to keep that focus, we will make everything - except the designs we feel are iconic to the brand and the designs there is a real demand for - limited quantity. The inspiration for this decision also comes from graffiti, because almost all graffiti eventually gets erased, painted over, or otherwise destroyed and is gone forever. However, we will not try to exploit the “limited edition” factor as a selling point and jack up the prices of our items, like other new brands have tried and failed to do. The point of making things Limited Edition is that will keep us on our toes, keep our creative juices flowing, and keep things fresh on the website, and give you guys new things from the brand. We will create a steady stream of Love & Vandalizm products that can help the brand grow. Again, making great pieces art the first focus.
With that being said, to commemorate the evolution of the Love & Vandalizm we will be having a clearance sale and be cutting the prices of our current line ofT-shirts by 40% and clearing out our inventory to make room for the new stuff!
Thanks for continuing to follow Love & Vandalizm. Spread Love with Art!
2014 was a crazy year, filled with ups and downs. While some things did’nt go the way we had hoped and plans were delayed, other things did go well and were awesome! So, we will focus on the positive here. Last year we got the chance to travel overseas and to visit three beautiful European cities – Barcelona, Spain-Varna, Bulgaria and Bucharest, Romania – and had a phenomenal time. The people in those three cities showed us so much love and the culture and art inspired us. The abundance of street art and graffiti we saw was incredible and energized our creativity. That trip has given us the drive to become more focused on our goals of making the Love & Vandalizm brand a success. With that being said, we have created even more designs and we are hoping that 2015 will be a big year for us. So, we are pushing to release all new, and original Love & Vandalizm products soon. and are very excited to show the world what Love & Vandalizm and “Spread Love with Art” is all about! 2015 holds big plans that we are working to make true. The future is limitless, and the Love & Vandalizm brand is just the beginning of the movement we want to create. So stayed tuned and watch us grow. Spread Love with Art!
Good Monday everybody! we are going to start this week off right with one of my favorite duos in the Hip Hop game right now. KILLER MIKE and EL-P teamed up to form RUN THE JEWELS and here is the video for their track appropriately called RUN THE JEWELS. Enjoy and Spread Love with Art!
Happy Monday! With our recent trip abroad, we verified that not only Street art and graffiti are universal art forms, but also Hip-Hop is an universal art form too .So today we bring you some international flavor with this video out of Bulgaria by ICO HAZARTA, fittingly called "HIP-HOP". For those wondering what he's talking about, this song is a diss record of sorts calling out all the simple minded rappers invading the Hip-Hop scene in BG. Check it out below and enjoy!
WE’RE BACK! The LOVE & VANDALIZM crew spent three weeks over in Europe visiting with family and friends. Not only did we have some great times with good food and company, we got some great pics of awesome pieces of street art and graffiti! Here is a recap of our trip:
First up on our itinerary was 3 days in Barcelona, Spain. This beautiful city was a perfect mix of old historical architecture and modern city life. The streets were covered in art; there were tags, slaps and stickers everywhere. However, the graffiti and street artist were always respectful of the historical buildings and the famous pieces of art by classical and contemporary artist showcased in the city. That being said, almost every storefront rolling door had a throwie or mural painted on it, and a lot of our favorite street artists had great pieces around the city.
Secondly we headed to my wife’s hometown of Varna, Bulgaria for two weeks. Varna is a small town off the east coast of the Black Sea. It’s a fun tourist destination with great beaches, awesome food and a growing graffiti and street art scene. There are a lot of colorful throwies and some interesting pieces situated around the city center. There is also an awesome and famous 14-story piece of art by Nasimo and Nychos on the side of the building, not far from the Varna airport. However, My favorite spot for graffiti tourism was Varna’s Liberal Arts High school, which had a great graffiti mural by various young artists running along the bottom of the building. Including a sidewall showcasing some really spectacular pieces of art, Plus more graffiti and street art in the surrounding area.
Lastly we spent half a day in Bucharest, Romania. Even in the short amount of time there we were able to have a good time in this historical city and to see some great examples of street art and graffiti
Our time in these three cities across Europe showed us that graffiti and street art truly is international and is continuing to grow and be recognized universally. There are many talented artists out there, waiting to be recognized for their skills and dedication. We have been inspired by their creativity and hope to help the graffiti and street art movement continue to evolve. LOVE & VANDALIZM has big plans for the future and beyond, and will continue to spread Art with Love! Stay tuned!!
Great video created, shot, edited, and scored by RESER out of France. Decorating the living room takes on a whole new meaning! Check it out!
It has been a while since we did a Monday Morning Music jam, but we had to bring it back to showcase this wonderfully bizarre and beautiful video. From their upcoming album And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, this is the official video for "When the people Cheer" by The Roots! Enjoy! Spread love with Art!
Wow time flies! A year ago we launched Love & Vandalizm and we were very excited to see what kind of journey it would take us on. Today I want to share some the learning experiences we encountered while building the brand, and also get some things off of my chest about the clothing brand business.
1. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Yeah, nothing happens overnight. We already knew this fact and were fully prepared to be in it for the long run, but in the back of our minds we had dreams of making a big splash on the scene and blowing up. However, history tells us that never happens. The “overnight success” story is a myth. Yes, it seems like some products or people come up on the scene out of nowhere, but that is only because the hard work, patience, and time put in is down played in the fanfare of being the next big thing. Truly all things happen in their own time and that time will come. Until then keep moving forward one step at a time.
2. Love Your Work.
The saying goes if you love what you do you never work a day in your life, and we’ve found this to be the truest statement. Even if you are totally committed financially and mentally if you are not in love with what you do you will not succeed. You have to put your heart and passion into your work to truly build something successfully. If you don't love what you are doing, then why are you doing it?
3. Tell Your Story
It is human nature to be inspired by stories of people who follow their dreams. One of the reasons we started Love & Vandalizm is that the people and the stories of graffiti and street art inspired us. We too have a story to tell, one of art, love, and dreams, and we believe it can also inspire others. Even at times when it seems no one is listening we continue to spread the message, and try to connect with other people all over the world.
4. Word of Mouth
Speaking of connecting with others, Lets talk about this term “ word of mouth”. People always talk about trying to get things started through “word of mouth “ or “going viral” through social networking. However, no one talks about how difficult it actually is to do it. Your group of friends and family may do their part getting it to their friends, but that next group is little more unreliable and cracking the next level of social networking is harder than it looks. There is a fine line to navigate between marketing and being annoying.
5. You get what you Pay for.
We have encountered some deals that seemed too good to be true, turned out they were and we got burned for it. As a business you have to balance out expenses and profits to be successful. But to build something bigger and create something meaningful sometimes you just cant cut corners. As we once were told, “It takes money to make money, and scared money don’t make none."
6. Everyone wants something for free
Lets face it we all like free stuff. On occasion to promote the Love & Vandalizm brand, we have offered out free stickers, postcards, posters and some t-shirts. We are cool with that because it’s all part of the game, right? However, we cannot count how many times we have been asked for free stuff from people who have no interest in promoting or representing Love & Vandalizm. Oh, they say they are ”Big Fans” and will promote the brand, but their only mission is to get free stuff. For our true fans that follow us on twitter and instagram and liked on us on Facebook, we will be offering promos and giveaways to show our appreciation. People that hit us up looking for freebies however can kick rocks.
7. Do not be labeled
This is a lesson we picked up from one of our inspirations Marc Ecko. He said to never let others, no matter how important they seem, label your personal brand and put you in a category. We have always had a bigger picture for Love & Vandalizm and what, the brand can achieve. But we always come across those that want to label us as an
”independent” or a “novelty t-shirt “ or “graffiti” brand, without knowing what the brand is really about. So we refused these labels and you should too. Don’t let anyone ever label you- black, white, gay, straight, jock, nerd, thug, hipster , liberal, conservative- those labels just hold you back. Just be yourself let your light shine. The only label that matters is your own. Now this might come strange coming from a brand that wants people to wear there clothing. But that is why Love & Vandalizm uses minimal branding. We want to represent the creative people who inspire us, and not just have them represent us.
8. Stay Original
A lot of people try so hard to be original, but only end up copying what others do. That is because they are not being true themselves. Truth is, you don’t have to try to be original, you were born that way. Every human being on this planet is original, a one of one, but we tend to forget that. We have followed and studied the fashion industry to see what is trending and hot and it became apparent very quickly that even though other brands claim originality, they all follow the same formulas and in the end none of them really stand out. Love & Vandalizm will always strive to stay true to its roots. Artwork will always come first. The trends will come and go, but true creativity will always shine through and remain timeless.
I hope what we learned gives you a deeper understanding on the Love & Vandalizm brand and its future. And ask that you continue to support our growth in the years to come. Carry out the message "Spread Love with Art" and watch for new and exciting things to come from Love & Vandalizm. This only the beginning…
This is The First Monday Music of the new year so lets do it right. Today's feature; Cunninlynguist - "Doin Alright"
Enjoy and Spread Love!