Part 2 of the Mishka X The Clink Room Collaboration: More sketches.
This grouping of sketches was heavily influenced by sports iconography. Retro baseball logos, the Mets, Chief Wahoo, lock-ups, even a 70’s basketball reference thrown in for good measure. We’ve gotta get that Cyco Simon mask a set of monocular athletic glasses. Safety first.
Tomorrow we’ll show you the final family of logos.
Around 9 months ago, Jason and I were contacted by one of our favorite streetwear brands, Mishka, to see if we were interested in doing a collaboration. Of course we said yes. Mishka blends metal, hip hop, comics, video games, horror flicks, sports and New York imagery into a brilliant stew of mayhem. When they pitched the idea of us branding a fictional team based around one of their characters, a horned cyclops skull-headed guy named Cyco Simon, we knew it would be a great project.
How did we become fans of Mishka? Let me count the ways 1) For 5 years I lived 3 blocks from their South-side Williamsburg offices and store, it’s got that home-team feeling to me. 2) I count this tee (Jon Vermilyea’s great design “Some say the World will end in fire some in ice!”) as one of my all-time favorites to ever grace my closet. 3) When Jason and I were thinking about starting The Clink Room we knew that the streetwear community would be an important part of the Clink story. So we walked all over the East Village looking at shops getting inspired by ways we could contribute to the culture. Mishka was a brand that appeared over-and-over as a guiding light even before their Broadway store was open. Yeah, you could say we’re pretty big fans.
If your not familiar with Mishka, become initiated. Here’s their addictive blog, Bloglin. And be sure to check out their great online store. Jason and I are especially into their iconic 59/Fiftys. You can visit one of their 3 stores: Brooklyn, L.A., or Tokyo. Lil John, Weezy, and Rick Ross agree.
The term “family friendly” is thrown around a lot when we brand a sports team. And that’s great, we love trying to make our logos and characters seem tenacious or aggressive without sending kids to bed with nightmares. But with Mishka, the mission was to make it sporty but ditch the family friendly. So we hit the drawing board, taking Greg, Mikhail, and Mike through the same process we take all our clubs through. And that means research with a shotgun style sketch-fest. These are just a few of our favorite images they sent over for inspiration. Gotta love that mascot head!
Then we hit the drawing board. The 80’s, Bo Jackson, Batman, shamanism, baseball’s superstitions, comic book origin stories, and magic were all inspiration.
More sketches tomorrow! Friday you’ll see the final logos. And Monday all the crazy stuff we created together will be available in the Clink store.
The Asheville Tourists have the tallest outfield wall in Minor League Baseball. Now when you hit a home run over it, you literally hit it over the moon. Scratch that – our moon!
Our good buddy Mundhenk, front office extraordinaire at the Great Lakes Loons, sent us this photo and they prep for opening day. Gives new perspective to pulling tarp*. Godspeed to all you Northern teams. Godspeed. Go check out the Loons, and all our awesome teams, as Opening Day approaches!
*For all of you who don’t work in Minor League Baseball, pulling tarp is a right of passage in the Minor Leagues. Everyone on the staff runs down to the field when threat of rain approaches. Everyone. And pulls the tarp to cover the infield. You can’t call yourself a Minor Leaguer till you’ve pulled tarp. Muddy, sweaty, the best and the worst.
By request! Jason and I are excited to offer The Clink Room Gift Cards! Want to give the gift of Clink to your favorite Clinker but don’t know what size or style Clink they would want? Give em The Clink Room Gift Card and let them choose the Clink they want to Clink! Go here to check em out…
Each gift card comes backed on a Clink Kong card, in an envelope, with a Clink Kong sticker patch inside!
In fact all purchases for the next week will come with a new Clink Kong patch! After a week, we’ll go back to picking a random patch or the corresponding sleeve-patch to include in your order. Click here to gift them for friends and family!
Kick this weekend’s ass everyone!