If you enjoy Howie Kim’s kitschy and psychedelic art and avatars which he shares on his Instagram account, or love the whimsical digital cover he created for FEMALE‘s June 2020 edition, then you can own a piece of the 30-year-old’s surrealist fantasy. And no, we’re not talking about NFT art.
Instead, Kim has just released his first line of apparel – a limited-edition series of oversized T-shirts featuring the prints of three new original characters named Crying Boy, Crying Girl and Bongdirk.
Priced at $75.90 (noticed what he did, there?), the designs are retailing at irreverent multi-label store Super Freak’s Stamford Court boutique and its e-shop. Each purchase will come with specially-designed sticker packs by Kim.
If you’re wondering why a digital artist has decided to revert to a more traditional print medium to showcase his work, Kim shared that he wants to keep art relatable.
Each T-shirt purchase comes with a fun sticker pack featuring iconography from Howie Kim’s whimsical universe.
He said: “Most people regularly express their artistic side through their fashion which is why it got me thinking, ‘Don’t we just sometimes want to wear art?’ Putting my digital art pieces on something more relatable and expressible – like a plain black or white tee, it’s highly versatile – you can even frame the shirt up once you’re done wearing the shirt around since there are only a few pieces going around for each design.”
Ahead, a closer look at the designs.