The Salvages released new collection “Hybrid Creatures” on February 4th at TOKiON the STORE. This collection features T-shirts and sweatshirts representing music and movie motifs which founder Earn Chen and designer Nicolette Yip love. The artworks focus on the jacket of English Gothic rock bands, collages of U.S. music and movies named “HEAD”, and mixture of movies based on 1970’s New York gang culture and the rise of reggae in Jamaica. The unusual collages show the experience of Earn and Nicolette and aesthetic of The Salvages. To coincide with the launch, the photos feuturing the models HIMAWARI and ALI’s Cesar teken by @fuckingshun were also released. This time, we asked Earn to talk about his thoughts on each band and movie.
Earn: I grew up on these album covers, music and movies. In my and Nicolette’s mind, we find a similarity in terms of the aesthetics, graphic and words. Somehow we feel they are inter connected. So Nicolette and I decided to patch them up.
Siouxsie And The Banshees
Siouxsie is the ultimate female icon of our times and one of Nicolette’s favourite feminist icons. She has so much style and grace. I saw the band performing in the 1988 and the show had a big impact on me. I know the ‘eyes’ graphic is very similar to the Peter Murphy’s.
Bauhaus has a big influence on me. I was too young for Bauhaus, but I managed to see them separately as Love & Rockets & Pete Murphy solo. As a teenager, I listened to them a lot and watched their music videos closely. Like Siouxsie And The Banshees, they have Immaculate stye and attitude. The eyes t- shirt is most iconic t-shirt from the band.
This Morta Coil Filigree & Shadow
I am a fan of 4AD records which consists my favourite bands such as Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance and Pixies. Particularly supergroup from the label, This Mortal Coil. Filigree and Shadow is their second album. Of course, I noticed the eyes on the album cover too.
Talking Heads Remain in Light
Remain in Light is one of my favourite album by Talking Heads. Produced by Brian Eno. David Lynch x David Bryne compliment each other, don’t you think?
As a pre-teenager in the 80s, I saw a photo of David J from Bauhaus wearing this tee and thought it was a band, later I found out its a cult classic movie by David Lynch.
I was barely 10 years old when I watched this movie. I thought the movie is really cool. I rewatched them recently again and still find it very cool. Such a timeless classic.
I love everything about this Jamaican movie, from the fashion to the music and culture. The best scene is ‘This is the take-over’ part.