Plastered's exciting new range of T-shirts for men, women
and children explores the diversity and latent beauty of everyday life in
Beijing, and rejoices in the invention, humour and energy that make the Chinese
capital such a unique and thrilling city.
Every Plastered design incorporates potent graphics that are prevalent across
the capital. The illegal street stickers for reselling old drugs, the "Anquan"
logo featured on kids' yellow caps, the labels from bottles of baijiu and
Yanjing beer... these are genuine reflections of the Middle Kingdom's creative
hub. And Plastered argues that such images, though taken for granted, are as
iconic as the Temple of Heaven or Tiananmen Gate. And they should be celebrated.
Take a look around Beijing. Notice the advertising billboards featuring urban
images of luxury sedans and washing machines superimposed over lush grasslands
and pristine tropical beaches. Plastered's designers have turned this simple
graphic juxtaposition on its head, to ironic effect. Now a bikini-clad model
poses for the camera in front of the Great Wall. A surfer dude rides over text
that declares this quality shirt a souvenir of "Beijing" and not Bali.
Complemented by funky typefaces that took the west be storm in the1970s, and
screen-printed onto 100% cotton shirts in a rainbow of colours, the results are
sometimes playful, sometimes in-your-face, but always surprising. Guaranteed to
put a spring into every step through China's fascinating seat of power.
Location: 42 Nan Luo Gu
Xiang Hutong, east side near middle of street