I enjoy warm days in London. Sunshine brings the happy people out and after a day’s worth of meetings I detoured, on my way home, to Dalston to check out the All Tropical guys at their gallery event. The area was everything I expected; entire sides of buildings caked in artistic graffiti and a multitude of creative looking people hanging out in cafés. After taking the overground, I found that our destination was right next to the train station – convenient. A friend and I entered into the Print House Gallery fresh from the warm evening air.
We were immediately greeted with a cold Budweiser. All Tropical had teamed up with the Dalston Open Studios and Hackney Community College to get their students to create designs, inspired by the local area, to be used on All Tropical’s t-shirts in return for some cash prizes. The first place winner would receive £125 and for the design to be used on AllTropical’s website and shop while second and third would receive other hefty cash prizes. The designs varied from punk style banksy-esque art to Rasel’s (the winner) bottle shaped cacophony of fonts, “T2”.
The showcase’s guests included new and veteran designers, some of whom have been working with the creative company since its inception. To give some background, All Tropical runs a t-shirt design competition weekly, and gives out a cash prize online for the best new design, voted for by the All Tropical online community.
It’s a great way for designers to interact, share artistic visions and have their work reviewed by their peers; not to mention have the chance to win £150 and have their designs printed!
Check out the winner and check out All Tropical to get involved (if I could draw, I would!)