Influences: T-shirt Archive 002 (Stüssy)

This t-shirt is from the time period when I was studying Visual Communication at college in Aberdeen (2006-2008). Our lunch break often saw my college pals and I visiting the Earl of Sandwich, a formidable food spot from that era. It was owned by the same guy who would later induct me in to Risograph printing at Peacock Studio, Neil Corall.

The menu saw rap and hip hop stars reimagined as sandwiches and my favourite was the Notorious B.I.G. which consisted of salami, chorizo, ham, gruyere, Jarlsberg, red onion, pesto, Caesar dressing and wholegrain mustard. I would have this in toasted panini form and eat it on the benches outside; very quickly to avoid dangers of the molten liquid content.

Such heavy food called for a slow look around Hanon Shop. I was always greeted by a guy called James Mackay, he was invariably accommodating, had impressively large hair and immense product knowledge. At this point in time the t-shirts on the wall were from P.A.M., Suburban Bliss, Trilogy Tapes, Wood Wood, and bigger brands like Stussy and Nike.


  • Brand: Stüssy
  • Bought from: Hanon Shop, Aberdeen
  • Year of Purchase: 2006 - 2008

Why did I buy it?

- Quality Construction
- Silkscreen Graphics (Bold and clean with character)
- Sturdy Fabric
- Bright Colour
- Relaxed Fit

"Stüssy (/ˈstuːsi/ STOO-see) is an American clothing brand and private company started in the early 1980s by Shawn Stussy. It benefited from the surfwear trend originating in Orange County, California, but has since been adopted by the skateboard and hip-hop scenes...Shawn Stussy (born 1954), was a Californian manufacturer of surfboards. The logo defining the brand started in the early 1980s, when he scrawled his surname on handcrafted boards with a simple broad tipped marker. He then used the logo on T-shirts, shorts, and caps sold out of his car around Laguna Beach, California.The signature was derived from that of his uncle, Jan Stussy." (