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Featured Artists – Hit + Run

Hit and Run Los Angeles Mobile Silkscreen Shirts
On a Monday in October, Hit + Run founder Brandy Flower loads a black sedan with silk screens. Tomorrow he’s scheduled to leave for London for five days to host yet another Hit + Run event. His partner, Mike Crivello, is driving across Los Angeles tying up loose ends for a four day stint in New York. I am standing in the middle of their studio, an expansive warehouse, filled with pieces from the most notable street artists in LA. An impressive library of silk screens is assembled along the south wall of the studio, archiving the screen collections of Hit + Run artists.

Hit and Run Los Angeles Mobile Silkscreen Shirts
With a twenty member crew and three key designers, Hit + Run dispatches teams to locations across the globe, where they engage audiences with live silk screening exhibitions. By creating custom compositions for each recipient, they have brought craft and artistry to the t-shirt. Events range from the Grand Avenue Fest in LA, to the DJ Krush concert in Tokyo, to CMJ in New York. Brandy explains that hopping a flight to Tokyo is commonplace for these guys. With over 180 exhibitions and events down, they are no strangers to travel. Getting the crew and the gear to an event across the globe, printing ’til the party’s over, and heading right back to do it all over again, is just part of the job description.

Hit and Run Los Angeles Mobile Silkscreen Shirts
Brandy and Mike met while attending Cal State Fullerton. The beginnings of this game changing endeavor stem from parties the two held in their homes. Silk screening clothing was a performance and the audience became collaborators. Through these events, Hit + Run developed a unique process, a new category in fashion, and a thriving business.

Hit and Run Los Angeles Mobile Silkscreen Shirts
There is something more dynamic, and more stimulating about eight artists composing and printing their work on demand. Viewers cannot help but become involved in a process which is rarely observed and typically void of input. Some wait in lines for hours at events watching the screens spin and the shirts dry as the teams print in tandem. Mike notes, “Even though the process can take time, our audience is so interested they never complain. During events with kids, parents explain what we’re doing, and the kids light up describing how they want it done. That’s really satisfying.”

Hit and Run Los Angeles Mobile Silkscreen Shirts
The clothing industry largely falls into two categories, cut-based and graphic-based apparel. For the fashion industry, business models are heavily dependent on mass production and label recognition. Hit + Run can be categorized as variant in the graphic category, creating one of a kind pieces with limited edition designs. Mike and Brandy work with Ambusch to design for the crew’s numerous events. The three are almost always composing and screening their garments on site. “By closing the gap between the creative moment and the time when the consumer gets the product,” adds Brandy, “we are dictating new rules in fashion.”

With creatives like Abcnt and Restitution Press, and Kofie One/Draftsmen collaborating and a client list that includes Levi’s, Boost Mobile, Saatchi & Saatchi, Fuel TV, The LA Philharmonic, and Fox, there’s no doubt that they have exiting things ahead. In the works are limited edition lines to be distributed in Los Angeles and New York as well as online at Digital Gravel. New events are being booked constantly, so keep an eye out.

Upcoming Hit + Run Events:

NOVEMBER 6, 2008

NOVEMBER 8, 2008

NOVEMBER 8, 2008

NOVEMBER 9, 2008

NOVEMBER 8, 2008

4 Responses to “Featured Artists – Hit + Run”

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    Can you print the image of Jesus?

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