V for ven­detta, T for T-shirt

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JOSEPH RO­MANOS

Three young men have formed a T-shirt com­pany with a unique twist.

CJ Berry, born and bred in Ti­tahi Bay, set up Ven­detta Boule­vard last year with Ash­ley Wicks and Nathan Brown. The trio launched their de­signer T-shirts in March. Each T-shirt fea­tures a comic-type char­ac­ter and helps form part of an over­all Ven­detta Boule­vard story.

When peo­ple buy a T-shirt they re­ceive one vol­ume of the story about the char­ac­ters who in­habit the graphic land­scape. The more shirts they buy, the more pieces of the puz­zle are re­vealed.

‘‘T-shirts are not a new or orig­i­nal prod­uct, but our point of dif­fer­ence is our art­work and designs by our very own Ash­ley Wicks,’’ Mr Berry said.

Mr Wicks, 21, stud­ied art de­sign and art paint­ing at Onslow Col­lege and has since un­der­taken the de­sign course at Massey Univer­sity, ma­jor­ing in il­lus­tra­tion.

His sketches are edgy de­pic­tions of char­ac­ters such as Half-faced Hero, Feather Face and Big­ger Bite. ‘‘I like work­ing in black and white,’’ he said. The name Ven­detta Boule­vard was cho­sen be­cause the three com­pany prin­ci­pals were seek­ing some­thing dark and mys­te­ri­ous, com­bined with a comic noir feel. ‘‘We wanted to de­pict a small area with a dark past,’’ Mr Wicks said. ‘‘The story is about char­ac­ters in the boule­vard and how they in­ter­act with one an­other.

‘‘The T-shirt draw­ings are a snap­shot of the char­ac­ters’ lives.

‘‘I get a lot of my in­spi­ra­tion from comic cover art, and that’s the main driver of the T-shirts.’’

The T-shirts cost $79.90.

Visit vendet­taboule­vard.co.nz.

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