10 Awesome Popular Culture References in Streetwear [part 2]
It’s no secret that streetwear fashion is all about reappropriation. The best streetwear trends to have ever landed on t-shirts, hoodies, and hats come from outside this industry. Many of the top streetwear brands borrow designs from other industries and launch them as their own after flipping them.
Interestingly, the streetwear industry will become a hollow shell if we take all its designs that are influenced by popular culture. From BRKNHOME’s American Pie to MILKCRATE’s New World Order, all products and brands draw inspiration from pop culture. Let’s talk about more pop culture references in streetwear.
1. Mad People in New York are Hustlers by MIGHTY HEALTHY
Brknhome is a leading online company owned by Joshua Pong, and Kenta Goto, that creates men’s streetwear fashion This cool T-shirt, which embodies a goofy state of being, is the first item on our list. The roots and inspiration of these t-shirts came from a comedy and reality-based movie, “Hustlers,” in which Jennifer Lopez performed the main character as a stripper who allures men, drug them and cash out their credit cards.
As the logo titles explain the hustle and bustle of the people living in New York with a lighthearted touch, people wear it as their identity and association, and they think it makes them look cool.
2. Dipset/Ramones T-Shirt by REASON
Now comes another band of t-shirts featuring a black theme knitted on quality cotton. These were introduced by the Ramones, who were a punk rock band in America in the ’70s. Artura Vega was the creative designer of the Ramones iconic logos.
Even the band members have died, their names are still alive as logos on diplomat t-shirts. People consider wearing it as a badge of honor. The logo designs are a public domain with no copyright; therefore, many brands launch their t-shirts and attract buyers.
3. ‘K’ Sweats and T-Shirts by KINGPIN Scarface
Originally inspired by Scarface (1983), this casual wear had become a trend in the 90s.
KINGPIN has expertly created this captivating theme up on the front with dark color prevailing all the way to the edge, bringing about a promising look. The shirts are also known for the famous Alejandro “Alex” Sosa, a fictional character and the main antagonist in the 2006 video game Scarface.
In “The World Is Yours,” he is a Bolivian drug dealer and the chief supplier of cocaine. Further, Tony Montana, the Cuban Kinpin is also the 17th playable character in PAYDAY 2. In addition, this shirt brings up that classic movie era inspiring streetwear.
4. Original Logo by ANYTHING
Here’s another important cultural reference keeping streetwear alive to this date is the “I Love New York” logo. It was originally created by graphic designer Milton Glaser and was first used in 1977 to promote the city and state when NY was facing a social and economic crisis.
Madison Avenue advertising firm Wells Rich Greene was appointed to advertise The Big Apple and to promote tourism with a song, logo, and a slogan, “I Love New York.” This clothing can provide you with decent value in your streetwear clothing reference and is memorable for New Yorkers.
5. Snapbacks by HUNDREDS
Are you longing to find a super cool streetwear cap with a famous culture reference? Well, this hat from Hundreds is your go-to option with the signature expression “snapback.”
This flat-brimmed hat has its roots in the early days of baseball when the first baseball teams wore straw hats in 1858, and these are now a part of baseball uniforms today.
Later in the ’90s, snapback gained popularity among hip hop artists like Tupac and Ice Cube and evolved as hot streetwear.
6. Supreme Team Sweatshirt by SUPREME
Here’s a great sweatshirt that is inspired by the style wars back in 1984. Supreme was launched in 1994 by James Jebbia. Talking about the logo inspiration, she said that the red box logo with “Supreme” in white Futura Heavy Oblique was taken from the work of Barbara Kruger.
And the shirts striking with an old fashion nostalgia are very favorite among masses: supreme targets skateboarding and hip hop cultures and youth in general.
7. SSUR Inspired by Star Wars
Moving on to another star wars inspired streetwear back from the famous culture reference in 1977. Ruslan Karablin in New York founded the SSUR clothing brand. It is the epitome of luxury streetwear based on Russian artistic heritage.
A variety of products, including hoodies, sweatshirts, T-shirts, socks, accessories, snapback hats etc., are famous with “COMME des FUCKDOWN” and “COCO MADE ME DO IT” logos.
Also, the brand shirts refer to Henry Chalfont’s elemental Star Wars and its theme that went up at that time.
8. SSUR Means T-shirt
This fabulous streetwear had taken its inspiration from the mean streets poster art back in 1973. The shirt design represents the glory of 70s cinema, which holds significant importance for cultural references.
You will notice a clear message mentioning something about New York streets and how it’s shown as an enduring conveyance. In addition, the gun violation theme is a part of the primary design element as well.
So, most streetwear fans love the aesthetics of this shirt holding a classic solid reference
9. Chinatown Gun Shop T-Shirt by STAPLE
The oldest Gun shop in the USA by John Jovino has inspired this casual wear since 1911. The Staple shirt actually pays tribute to the Beretta poster outside.
And the Guns on tees are an embarrassment that peaked in the faux-thugging on cotton stakes around 2008. The work has been presented in the Chinatown font and theme.
The overall design and vibe bring about the perfection of classic presentation while empowering better styling functionality.
10. FUCT Lips by Stones
Let’s take a glimpse at a very pivotal culture reference put up in the form of a logo by the craft of John Pasche. FUCT (Friends U Can’t Trust) was founded in Los Angeles in 1990 by Erik Brunetti and skateboarder Natas Kaupas.
According to Brunetti, the name “FUCT” was a homophone of the “fucked” and made people curious about its pronunciation.
It is also inspired by 80s music. FUCT has been a pioneering streetwear brand and iconic logos of pop culture, anti-government and anti-religious campaigns.