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4/22/2005

 
Origin unveils the Can't Stop Won't Stop clothing series!

In 2004, CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation author Jeff Chang asked SF-based T-shirtologist Mike Stern of Origin to translate crucial political and cultural ideas from the book into visually compelling designs. The limited edition Can't Stop Won't Stop / Origin t-shirts capture the style, wit, emotion and breadth of this instant hip-hop history classic.

Mike came up with three visually stunning designs: Black Lights, Global Roots, and Breakin' Through. The shirts reflect the hip-hop generation's journey to crush invisibility, to represent and unite youth globally, and to reflect a generation's desires to inspire and incite, to rebel and raise consciousness at the same time. "It's an honor to work with Mike. I love his total attention to quality, design, and freshness," says Jeff Chang. "Mike's three t-shirt designs are works of art in themselves."

Origin founder Mike Stern is an award-winning painter and graphic designer who began as a graf writer in the 80s, has illustrated for URB, XLR8R, and Tokion Magazines, has been featured in high-end design books, and co-founded the influential clothing company Half-Life with skateboarding pro Matt Field. He is best known for wild performance paintings staged with artists like MF Doom, Aceyalone, and the Shapeshifters.

Mike started Origin in 2003 to make t-shirts that, he says, "weren't going to be just a well-arranged jumble of thread meant to keep the breeze off your back, but something more--something with political, social or cultural commentary, and always with the dopest design at the party!"

CAN'T STOP WON'T STOP is a groundbreaking history of the most important cultural movement of the past fifty years. CSWS features oOriginal interviews with DJs, b-boys, rappers, graffiti writers, activists, gang members, and unforgettable portraits of hip-hop's forebears and founders, including DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, Chuck D, and Ice Cube. The New Yorker calls the book "one of the most urgent and passionate histories of popular music ever written."

Check out the shirts now at the Origin website, www.HouseOfZero.com, and this Saturday at the Brave New Voices Festival in San Francisco. Details on the Saturday event are at: cantstopwontstop.com/appearances.cfm

The shirts are available at Future Primitive Sound and True in San Francisco, Transit in San Mateo, Workmen's Outlet in LA - 7562 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, Fifth Element in Minneapolis, and many other fine stores soon - check Origin's web site for an updated list of stores.

Online, you can find the shirts at The Giant Peach (www.thegiantpeach.com), Fabric 8 (www.fabric8.com), and of course, Origin's online store (www.houseofzero.com).

Find out more.

The Goods:
Black Lights > www.houseofzero.com/men/shirt_blights_bk.html
Breakin' Through > www.houseofzero.com/men/shirt_breakin_br.html
Global Roots > www.houseofzero.com/men/shirt_roots_bb.html

Origin:
www.houseofzero.com

Press Kit & Hi-res Images:
www.houseofzero.com/pk.zip

Mike Stern:
www.proper-gander.com

Jeff Chang / Can't Stop Won't Stop, the book:
www.cantstopwontstop.com

For more information:
Website www.houseofzero.com
Email csws@houseofzero.com




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