Zack Ostrowski doesn't make a statement quietly. He screams it across the bodies of Detroit trendsetters, hungry for original, custom-designed fashion.
Inspired by punk, hip-hop, fine art and collage, Ostrowski creates vintage and hand-printed silkscreen garments, often t-shirts, that find their way to some of today's hottest music acts. From Why? of anticon, to Despot of Def Jux and Nicola of Adult, Ostrowski's collection is landing on pages of major music magazines.
"I really enjoyed the last collection I did titled 'Bar Sinister: Stain Alive,'" said Ostrowski. "I experimented with all types of stains and dyes and ran garments over with my car, buried them behind my garage, stomped, grinded, spilled, spit, laughed and yelled at them until they looked just right."
The CCS graphic design alum works with a team of other artists under the label sUPERIORbelly and frequently collaborates with Pure Detroit Design Lab, a collective studio and edgy retail boutique showcasing the latest clothing, accessories and art created by Detroit's fashion community.
Ostrowski's designs often express irony, humor and social statements that lead to some internal debate on what the next "hip" design will be.
"A lot of the time, I really think comedy is the purest and most effective form of art. I have always been fascinated and entertained by good comedy. But I have a wide range of design ability. I never force my personal style or views on any paying work that I get," he said.
- Graduation Year: 2004
- Major: Graphic Design
- Employer: Pure Detroit
- Title: Clothing Designer/Head of Graphics
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