OBEY x SUICIDAL TENDENCIES
October 22nd, 2013 by Larry

OBEY Clothing teamed up with Suicidal Tendencies for release a clothing collection celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of the first Suicidal Tendencies record. They took the iconic graphics of Ric Clayton and the original line drawings done by Lance Mountain as the base of the collection. The idea was to pay homage to the original artists behind the Suicidal graphics as well as celebrate the history and influence Suicidal Tendencies has had on Shepard and OBEY.

From Shepard –

“I heard that Lance had found his original Suicidal drawings in a drawer after nearly 30 years. I saw the drawings and marveled at the clarity of the line work and how much the images had degraded (in true scuzzy, punk fashion) over the years. I reached out to Lance to ask if I could buy them and we began to talk about a potential Lance/Obey/Suicidal art collaboration. Glen (Friedman), who I have worked with on many projects, introduced me to Jim Muir and we began a limited edition collaboration for Dogtown Skateboards that used my illustration of Jim based on one of Glen’s photographs. I talked to Jim about my chat Lance and he brought his brother Mike Muir of Suicidal by my studio to hang. Mike liked the collaboration idea and I now have the honor of presenting the 30th anniversary of their first album. I feel very lucky to know all parties who helped inspire and bring this project together. Thank you Lance Mountain, Glen E. Friedman, Jim Muir and especially Mike Muir, the creative force behind Suicidal.”

About Suicidal Tendencies and their self titled first record:

Judging from their name, Suicidal Tendencies were never afraid of a little controversy. Formed in Venice, CA, during the early ’80s, the group’s leader from the beginning was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir. The outfit specialized in vicious hardcore early on — building a huge following among skateboarders, lending a major hand in the creation of skatepunk — before turning their focus eventually to thrash metal. Early on, the group (whose original lineup included Muir, guitarist Grant Estes, bassist Louiche Mayorga, and drummer Amery Smith) found it increasingly difficult to book shows, due to rumors of its members’ affiliation with local gangs and consistent violence at their performances. The underground buzz regarding Suicidal Tendencies grew too loud for labels to ignore though, as the quartet signed on with the indie label Frontier; issuing Muir and company’s classic self-titled debut in 1983. The album quickly became the best-selling hardcore album up to that point; its best-known track, “Institutionalized,” was one of the first hardcore punk videos to receive substantial airplay on MTV, and was eventually used in the Emilio Estevez cult classic movie Repo Man, as well as in an episode for the hit TV show Miami Vice (for which the group made a cameo appearance).

Suicidal Tendencies went to release numerous records and classic recordings such as Possessed to Skate on Join the Army, You Can’t Bring Me Down on Lights, Camera, Revolution among anthems. They remain active touring throughout the world and an inspiration to musicians, skaters and cycos everywhere.

5 Responses to “OBEY x SUICIDAL TENDENCIES”

  1. jonny Says:

    I totally understand paying respect to the music and artwork, and Suicidal is rad, so is Lance, but look at those prices, man. Fucking $70 for a zip-up, $123 for a bomber – the days of $25 t-shirts has gotta come to an end someday, I hope. [I don’t give a shit how high the thread count is, it’s still made by poor kids who can’t eat].

    Grab some blanks, a paint pen – and if you can’t do it yourself – a friend that can draw.

    I remember getting a Consolidated sweatshirt in the mail and on the tag it said “Made in a poor country by poor kids who can’t eat”, or something like that. Honesty rules.

  2. JB Says:

    Further to the above….I am wondering how this is even legit. The designs were barely altered beyond some branding.

    In graffiti copying someone else’s work is called biting and is generally accompanied by a jab to the jaw. Perhaps if Obey spent some more time perfecting the art of true graf and less time mailing out stickers for others to put up he’d understand history, culture and an honest way to pay respect to those who’ve earnt it as opposed to making money off it with boutique clothing.

    Full respect to ST and Lance as innovators and inspirations.

    Peace

  3. ropadopa Says:

    This is BEYOND lame….

    Like why not just do a Ed Hardy collaboration?

    Fuck nostalgia. Suicidal WAS a great band. Lance WAS and IS amazing. I know u dudes are getting paid, which is cool. I understand that… But i honestly think MORE would sell with out the OBEY… Granted these are prob in every Walmart and JC Penny, so maybe i am wrong..

  4. Mouthpete Says:

    whenever I see or hear the word Obey, I want to make a farting noise.

  5. dreadhead Says:

    Lance was great, but RIC CLAYTON IS THE REAL GENIUS BEHIND THIS!!!

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