Wearing a tie's the adult version of your PE uniform -- but what if your Lower Merion mesh jersey and shorts were so cool, you'd actually choose to wear them? Making ties that don't suck: Cyberoptix TieLab.
From a graphic designer and costumer for Skinny Puppy's '04 tour, this microfiber or charmeuse-silk line hand-silkscreens whimsy, dark humor, and detailed artwork onto three widths: skinny, narrow, and standard, worn by Skinny's more mature '09 incarnation, Standard Puppy. The spring/summer drop includes "Terminal Illness" (swine flu viruses attaching and replicating at the nodes of six conjoined int'l airport terminal diagrams), "Chemical Warfare" (text derived from the 1942 War Department Technical Manual of Military Chemistry and Chemical Agents), and "Topographical Error": distressed remnants of early 1900s sea-depth estimates, since significantly recalibrated thanks to global warming, or because at the time, "estimate" equaled "opium-befuddled best guess". Also new for summer is the self-evident "Woodgrain", "Fried Brains", covered in overstimulated axons, dendrites, and synaptic space, and "Unicorn", because "Unicorns are beyond awesome and manly and will make you way cooler than all your friends. For real!". Okay!
Cyberoptix has also collab'd with a handful of designers on unique ties like "Ghostly International" (Pac-Man-esque ghost in a Victorian circle), the Houdini homage "Escape Artist" (complete with actual skeleton key on a copper/brass chain), and "Let Them Eat Cake": Marie Antoinette's coat of arms/guillotine on back, hauntingly similar to your grade school mantra of "Let them eat Tastykake".