Natures Mistake

Some people wear their emotions on their sleeve, but what if you're so filled with snarky aggro alienation that no sleeve could possibly be long enough for it? Then you'd wear Natures Mistake.

LA-based NM emblazons slim-fit tees and crewneck fleece sweatshirts with hard-edged, cartooney graphics that cleverly belie their sketcher's distaste for everything from hipsters to the US government, i.e., exactly the kind of stylish snark you'd expect from a label whose mascot's an evil, crown-sporting griffin-platypus. More confrontational designs include a skull (with a gold "SF" tooth) wearing a biking cap, upon which his demise is printed; "Start Wars" (a red/white/blue mashuup of a pointing Uncle Sam and Darth Vader); and a defused bomb with rotting teeth, aka "The Biters" -- an overt stab at streetwear competitors, The Hundreds, who, for the life of them, can't seem to come up with a way to make fun of a griffin-platypus. Toned down action ranges from a Disney-mocking series of sinister Mickey/Minnie/Goofy/Daffy skeletons, to an Obey-style rendering of Buckwheat from Little Rascals ("Otay"), to the Reservoir Dogs cover image, except with suit-and-tie rockin' "real gangsters" like Frankenstein, Nosferatu, and The Wolfman -- some of Quentin J. Fox's finest work.

If you need to see this live, NM's throwing an event at D:Structure in a couple weeks that'll feature an 80s Corvette being painted live, outside the store -- a car whose drivers had better of bought these shirts, because they don't even have sleeves.