Everyone has vices; guilty pleasures that others may not approve of. Fuck them.

Abe's Holding.

Everyone’s done something that society doesn’t approve at one time or another, even individuals held in the highest regard for their ideals and vision.

“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.”

-Abraham Lincoln

Is this quote real? I don’t know, and I’ve been drinking too much to bother searching for an answer. What I do know is that if it is, Abe must have had some great fucking weed.

This is the first of 6 shirts featuring individuals who played a critical role in the formation of our country and some of their lesser known activities. Launching Spring 2013. Stay tuned.

There are some prototypes of this shirt floating around, so if you’re a hot chick and happen to be wearing one  — get someone to take a photo, OK?

"Abe's Holding" Shirt

God Bless America.

Seen, one of the most well known graffiti artists in the world, got his start at the early age of 11. From then until around the time of the graffiti crackdown in New York during the late 1980′s, his pieces could be seen all over the city. Many of the most iconic images of graffiti from the time, pieces that spanned entire subway cars, were his creations.

He fucking tagged the Hollywood sign in L.A.

During the 1980′s, Seen began producing works on canvas, shown by galleries around the world. The shows featuring his work included the world of other artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Towards the end of the 1980′s, around the time the MTA began to actively crackdown on graffiti on trains, Seen opened one of the most successful tattoo studios in New York. He continues to create pieces to this day which are featured in galleries around the world.

Seen - Hand of Doom

Seen “Hand of Doom” full train piece.

I was around 11 years old when I first discovered graffiti; seeing it as an art form and not simply vandalism. At the time, my Mother worked in the South Bronx and I would occasionally spend days at her office during the summer. We would take the railroad from Long Island to Manhattan and then take the 2 train to the Prospect Avenue stop in the Bronx. The entire trip, around 2 hours, afforded me with plenty of time to look out of train windows.

While there is a lot to view during the trip, it’s mostly cold, grey surfaces; industrial buildings and transit hubs littered with sloppy, mono-tonal graffiti – pointless scribbles and other nonsense. As you got closer to the city, though, the landscape begins to change – colors and imaginative forms begin to appear; exploding from the lifeless surfaces they are painted on.

This is when my obsession with the art form began. I did whatever I could to scrounge enough money to afford film to capture these amazing pieces of art on film whenever I possibly could, found books filled with the history of graffiti and it’s major names, and began to sketch pieces of my own. These books are where I learned about Seen and his exploits. Countless sketchbooks were filled with sketches of my own, often emulating his styles, during my early teen years.

The photos below are from a trip I took to Brooklyn during the summer of 1995:

My energy turned to technology within a few years, by my love for graffiti never died. The work of Seen, and countless other street artists, have had a profound impact on how I view the world and the surfaces it’s comprised of. Now that I’ve found a new canvas to work with, a small series of shirts inspired by graffiti’s notable artists is definitely something I plan to work on in the future.

skull tee - redSkull tees are now available in the online store! They are currently available in red/white, charcoal/black and green/navy. More color combinations are on the way, including something just for the ladies. Stay tuned.

Oh, and if you’re going to grab one of these tees for yourself, why not get a matching flask while you’re at it?

ledouche first post header

Welcome to ledouche.com! The site just launched and we’re excited to have you here!

ledouche* is an independent clothing brand from Long Island, New York. We’re a bunch of satirical fucks and it shows in every item we create.

Originally nothing more than a joke back in 2008, ledouche* has grown in to a small brand with a focus on creating quality goods with a DIY ethic in mind. Our shirts are printed by hand on a manual press; metal and glass items are hand-etched. If we can produce an item in-house, we do. If not, we partner with other small businesses that have a common view on quality and self-sufficiency.

Products go from an idea to a finished product in one place and are produced by our own hands, so we have total control over what is created.

DIY for real.

We own the equipment our clothing is printed on. From exposure units to screen printing presses, it’s all in the workshop. If we need access to something we don’t already have, we work with our partners to produce our products, our way.

The details matter.

We spent a lot of time working on our products, and treat them well. Even details like labeling are taken as seriously as the products themselves. Clothing labels went through several revisions before we were happy with what went on the inside of our shirts:

The clothing tags found on some products were selected and produced with great care, too:

Even the product tags were produced by hand to be in line with our vision, exactly how we wanted them to look:

Let’s do this.

ledouche* is the product of some creativity, late-night drinking, and a drive to create something unique, sprinkled with just a tiny bit of irreverence. We’ve worked hard to produce our goods and hope that you like what you see. Enough talking – go check out the site and please feel free to let us know what you think.

This is only the beginning of ledouche*. There’s plenty more on the way!