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Merch-Isle: Gay blogs go postal in time for the holidaze

13 Dec









I have to admit I really want both of these, though I do perhaps want the Fuck Yeah Dykes t-shirt more even though I’m a bigger Effing Dykes fan. Just what level of geeky does having multiple blog t-shirts make you? Especially when you host a blog yourself… ?!


Merch-Isle: Revel and Riot sets up shop

24 Oct

Going down the rabbit hole of the internet sure has its perks.  Lord knows how I stumbled upon this the other day but it sure as hell wasn’t intentional.  Regardless of the route however I am extremely happy that I managed to find the new site of Revel & Riot just days after its launch. Revel & Riot is a design-house type project that strives to “to promote LGBTQ rights, awareness and equality through new media, graphics, writing, and products on the internet.” The result is articulate and well curated blend of art and activism.

I was so impressed with the level of design that I really shouldn’t have been surprised that the project was co-founded by one Emy Storey, the art director for Tegan and Sara who makes me like their t-shirt catalog better than their music catalog, and is easily my favorite designer.  Emy is joined in this venture by her partner Sarah Fobes, who I suspect is largely responsable for the impressive writing, resources and research that pepper the site.  I for one am very excited to see where this venture goes, though you can bet my wallet is a little worried about all the new wearable Emy Storey designs bound to come out of this.  In classic style a portion of the proceeds from all sales on Revel & Riot will go to benefit groups working for LGBT rights and equality.

It really is a stunning example of community activism through a desire for a cultural aesthetic.  I tend to be of the opinion that more artists, though not all, need to advocate for their beliefs through their work, especially those who have the privilege and the means to do so.  So I can’t help but be inspired when I see direct and thoughtful action taken in the name of art.  If you have some time to check out the site and all that it has to offer, I really can’t recommend it enough. And I’m curious to hear what you think when you come back.  In the meantime I’ll be trying to figure out which shirt I’m going to order with the money I already don’t have.

Merch-Isle: Kicks by Tegan and Sara

24 Jan











This isn’t the first time  Tegan and Sara have ventured into the shoe design world. And, I’ll be honest I think this particular set of designs is a vast improvement on last years DC model. This could largely be due to the fact that I prefer the look of Macbeth to DC in general. Or it could have something to do the overabundance of green on that shoe. Either way this whole thing has gotten me thinking about the merch tables at shoes. They used to be pretty straight forward. Or maybe thats just some latent retro romanticism talking, pop bands from the 60’s did after all have a rediculous amount of product tie in with lunch boxes, pencils, frisbees, thermoses, plates and the like. But really, pins, T-shirts, posters and albums. Does a band really need anything more than that?  At what point do we stop being fans and become merely walking billboards, I mean these shoes even have the appropriate twin’s initials emblazoned on the instep.  Perhaps this is why my favorite band shirts have no overt reference to the band themselves.   At any rate I love that Tegan and Sara actually have an art director, the ever faithful, so-called “third member of the band” Emy Storey, who remains one of my favorite graphic designers.


Since I first wrote this post the shoes have been officially released, and as a result, in typical Tegan and Sara fashion, there is an accompanying web video.  Its pretty funny, which is also pretty typical.  Anyway, I thought I’d share and if the video still leaves you wanting more head to their here for an additional interview.