In crappy times, creativity flourishes -- the Vietnam War spawned a musical revolution, while the tech bubble bursting gave us Super Bowl commercials featuring dead sock puppets. Drawing inspiration from current suckitude, Ten Deep's fall collection.
Out of NYC, Deep's wide-ranging menswear line was cheerily informed by "watching the dollar sink, the mortgage and credit markets go to s**t, and the continued erosion of America's standing in the world". Graphic tees range from pistol-headed businessmen, to a trio of Supermen with "EVIL." across the shoulders, to brass knuckles on a Pepsi bottle cap ("Bigger Better Fresher" -- but never again crystaler). Subtler are multi-colored zip hoodies w/ yarn-dyed striping and pieced panels, a baseball jacket w/ "New World Order" printed backwards, micro-checked cargo pants, even quilted sweatpants, for when the only power you're fighting is the inertia of a Law & Order marathon.
In a month, Deep'll drop a second, more militant installment, with camo outerwear & knit skullies that roll down into skimasks, and tees like "Mad Murk" (Mad Max w/ a brassknuckled-head) and "Apocalypse Wow!", printed over a block-lettered "OMFG!" -- what's more creative than destroying the English language?