As far as multidisciplinary partnerships go, WACKO MARIA and Neckface flaunt a relationship that sees the worlds of progressive streetwear and visual art collide. WACKO MARIA’s founding father, Atsuhiko Mori, is a huge proponent of graphic undertones, often combining underlying military cues with forceful animal prints as a way to inflect signature staples. His move into contemporary art was all but inevitable, and has enlisted the creative expertise of Neckface numerous times over the past few years.
The West Coast-based creative is a renowned graffiti artist whose oeuvre revolves around gory, heavy metal-centric imagery bolstered by playful text positioned here and there. New for the spring/summer season is a collection of short-sleeve button-downs which do well to highlight the above.
Stylistically mimicking Hawaiian shirts from afar, a narrow zoom in on each piece, however, tells a very different story altogether. Available in four different colorway options, the creative apex lies in the graphically demonic caricatures seen terrorizing vacationing humans in a variety of vile ways. As seen time and time again through previous Neckface works, a spattering of humorous text comically informs the neighboring renders, with phrases like “My yoga mat is 100% organic!” imbued throughout.