US VERSUS THEM – OIL & WATER | November 12th, 2011

November 05 2011 . 05:17pm

in conjunction with
Known Gallery, City Fog Surf, Biltwell, Chop Cult, Lowbrow Customs and Dice Magazine

A group show of new works and art.

441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Public opening:
November 12th, 2011 | 8-11pm

Traditionally oil and water do not mix. The surf, hot rod and motorcycle cultures that grew out of Southern California from the 50’s -70’s however, were all connected by the idea of personal freedom and expression- not conforming to the standards of the societies they existed in.  For this show we are bringing together dozens of artists and craftsmen from these respective backgrounds and beyond- from legends to rookies.  Each artist will be provided with a particular canvas: a blank board from City Fog Surfboards, helmets from Biltwell, gas tanks from Lowbrow Customs among other items.

To kick off the event a run is being organized for that day that will end at the gallery on Fairfax.  On hand there will be a live performance by ex-TSOL singer Joe Woods, as well as live installations and pinstriping.

To coincide with the show, Us Versus Them will be creating a pop up shop that will occupy the back room at Known Gallery. In addition to UVT Fall product and accessories, exclusive artist prints and tees based around some of the pieces included in the show will be for sale. PBR is providing beverages, and UVT will also be creating a custom ale brewed specifically for the event.

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December 15 2009 . 06:48pm

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Us Versus Them x Crooks & Castles | RISE UP

December 04 2009 . 09:54pm

The shirt will be released Friday December 11th, 2009 and will be available exclusively at the Crooks & Castles flagship stores, select top tier Us Versus Them stockists and online at


About the project:

From Us Versus Them designer Graham Nystrom:
      "When we create designs for our clothing, we try to make sure even the simplest ideas have some sort of depth and meaning behind it.  T shirts are one of the most effective platforms to convey an idea, and we like creating graphics and designs that not only look good but convey some sort of attitude or message. 

       When I first started working out the concept behind the collab with Dennis at Crooks, both of our brands have such strong aesthetics and branding, so I wanted to incorporate something that brought together not only a message, but a strong blending of our visual styles in a way that stands out from the generic crop of tshirts that is floating around now.  Both myself and Dennis have a great appreciation for the hand painted Polo designs that were ubiquitous on their products from the teddy bears to the sport collections in the 90’s, and we felt that this was the proper way to go.

       The whole idea behind the concept of the painting is basically rising from the struggles, hustles, poverty, strife, etc, to power, wealth, style, etc.  It plays with the themes from both of the brands, which are about making your own way to the top, whether its financially, politically, artistically, etc – by whatever means necessary.   In the painting, you have the skull (symbol of death/danger) which attracts the eye first, surrounded by a hangman’s noose, machetes and the palm tree. These are placed to reference our crosscut logo, but also because they are symbols of struggle, and the palm tree representing third world countries where strife is commonplace.  The banner brings the eye up from that section to the upper section, which has the symbols of wealth and power.  The jeweled crown, the castle rising from it symbolizing wealth and power – referencing Crooks & Castles ubiquitous icons – and the rope from the noose emerges from behind the banner and is woven into a nautical hitch knot to reference class and luxury.  The keys being the tools one uses to open locked doors, represent the actions people take to rise up above their circumstances and create a better life for themselves."


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Us Versus Them | 2009 Fall/ Holiday 2009

October 01 2009 . 08:48pm

Click above to peep the new Us Versus Them Fall/ Holiday 2009

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