Let There Be Art! Introducing Tyler Jacobs For Feel The Piece
We all know T-shirts and tank tops can function as blank canvases, bringing to life artists’ visions. With this in mind, three-year-old sportswear brand Feel the Piece just unveiled its Tyler Jacobs for Feel The Piece line, which is dedicated to showcasing the work of up-and-coming street artists. What makes this particular line so unique is that, rather than incorporating prints from artists whose works are commonly found in galleries and art book tomes — think Warhol’s “Campbell’s Soup Can” or Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” — it shines a spotlight on all the unsung talent whose creative output is most commonly seen in murals around the city of Los Angeles.
For its inaugural collection, Tyler Jacobs for Feel the Piece opted to collaborate with 32-year-old, San Francisco-bred artist Annie Preece who first emerged into the local art scene as a guerilla aerosol artist with a whimsical and vibrantly colorful aesthetic. Unlike most graffiti artists, who start out by tagging up and perfecting their bubble letters, wildstyle lettering, and outlining techniques, Preece’s aerosol art focused mainly on capturing imaginary worlds filled with dolphins hopping over rainbows, submarines exploring an aquatic wonderland populated by sea horses, jellyfish, and octopuses; and unicorns breathing rainbow-colored fire.
The Spring 2013 Tyler Jacobs for Feel the Piece collection, then, captures some of the childlike wonderment of Preece’s work, with tees and tanks featuring playful illustrations with a decidedly urban feel. Take, for instant, her “Elephant” sketch, as seen in the gray tank with the high-low hemline pictured third from top, an abstract depiction of an African elephant’s head with its crinkled trunk upturned and its pinnae filled in with two different colors: one ear a baby blue shade and the other a bright yellow. This same design appears on a distressed black T-shirt with intentional holes and a cut-out back, the elephant’s features outlined in a deep red shade.
Another quirky design is “Fingers Crossed,” an illustration of a single hand raised upward, the palm facing outward so that the life, fate, and heart lines would be plainly visible to the onlooker, the pointer and middle fingers intertwined, the bent ring finger and thumb both featuring red nail polish, and the bones along the side of the thumb outlined in an exaggerated and cartoonish manner. In keeping with this cheeky and comic aesthetic, the wrist is shown as being extremely thin, its sides tapering inward and the bottom of the wrist featuring a drumstick bone. Whether the fingers are crossed to make a wish or, rather, to tell a white lie, depends on your own interpretation of course! This design appears on a loose-fitting muscle tank with oversize arm holes and slightly asymmetrical hemline and on a scoopneck tee with raw-cut sleeve openings and a similarly unfinished hemline, along with a cut-out along the back.
If you’re an abstract art lover, you’ll gravitate toward the “Face” design, which speaks to Preece’s fascination with capturing the human spirit via her renderings of the human face — in however surrealist a manner. The face’s features are, of course, intentionally distorted, the eyes far from aligned, the chunky rectangular brows practically jumping off the face, and the juicy lips painted a vibrant pink hue.
In addition to quirky illustration infused with a hint of color, some of the tees and tanks in the collection also feature quirky phrases like “Boss,” “Cray” and “It’s Not A Puzzle.”
All the tees and tanks in the collection are made of 50% supima and 50% micro modal to make them ultra soft and comfortable, and the cuts feel slouchy in a way that’s modern and streetwise, with asymmetrical elements, deliberate distressing, and unfinished hemlines and seams.
The pieces range in price from $74 to $85 and are available at Ron Herman, Nordstrom, and RevolveClothing.com.