Drawing Board: Me Vs World

By Maurice Chang

Drawing Board: Me Vs World

Tupac. More than a rapper, watching interviews of the guy even in his youth foreshadowed a powerful social change advocate, true politician for the people, and educator. Taken from the earth so much sooner than his potential (even as just an artist) could be realized, his legacy lives on forever.

It feels like he was such a straight-up no bullshit kind of guy, and his internal conflicts mixed with those of the industry that consumed him made us choose 'Me Against The World' as the first design inspired by Pac.

What we mean is: the ridiculously high number of records he sold only meant one thing: his words transcended far beyond young Black America. The struggles he alluded to, the life challenges he relayed, and the passion with which he spit his rhymes spoke to the world.

‘Me Against the World’ was released in the spring of 1995, and the album name and title track say it all. This was his third album, but arguably his most loved, and it’s the sheer honesty and candid delivery of every last word on the 15-track masterpiece that makes the listening experience so dope.

When people say "2Pac is the greatest rapper that ever lived", the claim goes far deeper than his abilities as a writer, lyricist, or his use of rhetorical devices; it's his decisive tone and ability to talk about difficult issues and make the world listen and think about things in a serious way.

Celebrate Tupac's life by rocking this shirt inspired by 'Me Against The World'. Though none of us can ever be Pac, we can all relate to what it's like to feel so small up against a world so big.

For the sneaker sneakerheads out there, subtle as they may be, Flowy is wearing Air Jordan XI Concords. Your friends will need to look closely, but if you pair this shirt with some Concords on your own feet…………. bruh.

FlowyTees is committed to creating the most beautiful graphic t-shirts, streetwear clothing, and accessories to celebrate Hip Hop culture to the fullest. If you live and love Hip Hop, and are using the culture to positively impact your community for social change and the support of youth arts initiatives, we'd be honored to spread the word for you. Hit us up! We'd love to chat.

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Drawing Board: Mama Said So

By Maurice Chang

Drawing Board: Mama Said So

In September of 1990, LL Cool J released his fourth album. The 90's ushered in the most rapid evolution of Hip Hop music and is often hailed as the 'Golden Era' of Hip Hop. And like LL Cool J himself, the music started growing up, working out, and showing some muscle.

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Drawing Board: Magazine Reader

By Maurice Chang

Drawing Board: Magazine Reader

When Biggie's voice bursts into the first verse of 'Juicy' as the beat drops, those initial words are some of the most recognizable in Hip Hop history. Even people who aren't Hip Hop heads know the first line: "It was all a dream, I used to read Word-Up Magazine."

Because of its recognizability, we're happy to have this design as our very first. Join the homie Flowy as he sits on a park bench, rocking his Air Jordan Fire Red V's, immersed in the articles in his own copy of Word-Up Magazine.

‘Juicy’ was released on his album ‘Ready to Die’, and, what many people may not remember, is that it was the first album to be released on Bad Boy Records. It was autumn of 1994, when Biggie put East Coast rap on his shoulders after a few years of West Coast dominance in commercial success 

To us, drawing inspiration from the opening lines of ‘Juicy’ was a no brainer. But beyond that, the design itself represents something that’s become increasingly more and more difficult for all of us to do in our fast-paced world: the ability to just kick it alone, enjoying the breeze on a park bench, and just reading.

The Notorious B.I.G. is inarguably, one of the most incredible lyricists to have graced the game. What better way to spread love for Hip Hop than by wearing one of the culture's most iconic rap lines ever?

FlowyTees is committed to creating the most beautiful graphic t-shirts, streetwear clothing, and accessories to celebrate Hip Hop culture to the fullest. If you live and love Hip Hop, and are using the culture to positively impact your community and youth arts initiatives, we'd love to spread the word for you. Hit us up! We'd love to chat.

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Drawing Board: Air Chair

By Maurice Chang

Drawing Board: Air Chair

This one’s dedicated to the BBoys and BGirls! Flowy’s been in the lab, working on his freezes, and which better breaking freeze to kick off our ‘Culture’ design series with, than the infamous air chair. Flexibility, balance, and strength all rolled into one, the air chair has become one of the greatest evolutions of the dance.

Every single year, BBoys and BGirls take the human body’s capabilities to new heights that were just imaginative dreams that they’d laugh and joke about between throw-downs at practices. And then… months later, someone somewhere actually accomplishes it.

With the air chair, it started as a blow up in and of itself; ending a set with a baby freeze or regular chair freeze, and then popping into an air chair for a split second before crashing into a burn as the crowd went nuts. And then dancers started resting on their triceps instead of stabbing their elbows into their backs and were actually able to hold that position.

From there, they started incorporating threads into the freeze, pop-ups into them, spinning while holding the freeze, and then air chair hops came, and today, crazy dudes like BBoy Kill from Korea, is straight dropping into a spinning air chair and transitioning directly into an airflare before catching himself back into a spinning air chair, all from the same hand.

Ridiculous. In any event, we chose this freeze to be the first design to celebrate Hip Hop culture, and chose breaking as the first element to do so, because to us, BBoys and BGirls are the last flagpole of true Hip Hop culture which is still less untouched by mainstream commercialization than it is. The elements of MCing and DJing are obviously a multi-billion dollar industry in and of themselves, while every brand has leveraged the cool factor of graffiti into their products or advertising efforts. Yes, breaking appears in some commercials and has recently experienced tremendous sponsorship opportunities in the forms of Red Bull’s BC-One breaking battles, but by and large, the dance is grassroots and the subculture is as raw and underground as you can get.

Celebrate your love for true hip hop culture with Flowy sticking that air chair freeze on your chest! As a subtle bonus to the sneakerheads, Flowy’s wearing some Converse All-Star high tops too!

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Drawing Board: Derailed

By Maurice Chang

Drawing Board: Derailed

“You can go with this. And you can go with that.”

The Black Sheep dropped their gem of a Hip Hop classic, ‘The Choice is Yours’ in October of 1991, and the culture embraced it and continues to, as one of those rare anthems that even mainstream DJ’s mix into their Top-40 sets on any given club night to this day.

We drew inspiration from the bridge, where Black Sheep actually quoted Roger Miller, best known for his classic honky-tonk style, and manifested it into an image of Flowy rescuing his train set after it fell off its track.

‘The Choice is Yours’ is a true classic and an integral part of the Old School Hip Hop cannon; a favourite anthem still, to this day, at breaking jams around the globe, sure to get the BBoys and BGirls hyped. You can’t help but bounce your head to the pocket of the beat, and take a dive into the golden era of Hip Hop music.

What better way to celebrate your love of true Hip Hop, than wearing our inspired design of this iconic piece of the culture, tied together with a fun and playful graphic that’s sure to start conversations.

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FlowyTees is here! Welcome to The Flow.

By Maurice Chang

FlowyTees is here! Welcome to The Flow.
FlowyTees has officially launched and we couldn't be more excited to introduce you to our blog: The Flow. This is our first post! It's short, but it's hella important. We just want to break down all the different types of updates and stories you can expect right here on The Flow.

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