Unless you're fortunate enough to be Frank Stallone or Roger Clinton, it's hard to make a name for yourself while living in a famous brother's shadow. Trying bravely: Ames Bros.
Ames Bros is a T-shirt/poster/graphic design company co-founded by Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's brother, who's one notch on the obscurity totem lower than Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready's brother. To their credit, the Bros hand-made-in-LA, slim-fitting shirts stand out on their own, with designs as instantly iconic as the corporate logos they've done for MTV, Converse, Nike, blahblahblah. Among the latest:
Bad Moon: A mutton-chopped man morphs into a ferocious werewolf -- but will his role in Kate & Leopold win the audience's hearts?
Stalkerazzi: A photog's face is covered with eyes, some sly, some world-weary, some rounded with shock -- guess which one has spied an errant Hollywood vagina.
Uh-Oh!: Chipmunk + Hand grenade = what a nut.
Ames has also just published a coffee-table book compiling all 229 of their Pearl Jam posters -- because as Clint Howard knows, if you can't beat your brother, join him.