Today I wanted to focus on how to wear one of our Denver Artist Series patterns, Cthulhu Calls, designed by Josh Mowgli, a talented, up-and-coming tattoo apprentice and dear friend of mine. Josh has an incredibly unique style, twisting the balance between reality and fantasy. Additionally, he has an amazing way of working with color, which is why he was the first person I thought of when looking for artists to help me with this project.
We wanted something simple enough to work as a pattern, but creative enough to showcase Josh's artistry, so we landed on an anchor he had doodled one day. It needed a compliment, so Josh sketched up a classical nautical helmet. The two paired perfectly and really popped off of the textured sea foam green Josh put in the background.
I won't get into all of the logistics we have to consider when designing a pattern for a necktie, but below is a pretty good example of what Josh provided us at the onset of our design. The second image shows the alterations that we had to make for the pattern to work as a fabric, followed shortly thereafter with an image of how the tile would look when repeated. Doing a pattern in this way allows us to repeat over large amounts of fabric while only having to design a small square. However, because the design is so large, each tie is completely different. Sometimes the pattern will line up right down the middle, others it will be slightly askew, and rarely (like in the outfit I'm about to show you), you'll get an interesting pattern right along the edge, with most of the initial design on the backside.
The Denver Artist Series collection is pretty outside the box, so it makes figuring out what to wear with them a little bit of a challenge. However, I think with Cthulhu Calls, you need to make sure it's the star. Even if the pattern isn't fully visible (like in the tie I'm wearing), the color is still pretty bold, which is why I decided to go with a deep blue pin dot textured button-up, gray jeans, and black accessories. I tossed in some brighter socks to help compliment the tie and wore one of our padauk tie bars to add a bit of warmth and contrast to the entire outfit. I wore the exact same outfit with the bow tie, making sure Josh's pattern got the attention that it deserved this time around. Oh, and the icing on the cake! Blue suede shoes with a pair of our aqua blue, copper tipped shoelaces.
Torin had to be in the shot, as per usual
The warm color of the tie bar helps to add an interesting contrast to an outfit consisting of mostly cool colors
Selfie time with the lady!
One of my favorite pairs of shoes and shoelaces, adding an extra pop of color
Take a look at some of Josh's amazing artwork below and find him on Instagram to follow all of his creative endeavors!
10% of all profits from the Denver Artist Series go back to the original artist and each pattern is printed on 100% organic cotton! Support local Denver and Colorado artists!
All images are copyright HIM Clothing LLC and Josh Mowgli