The Mint City "Tide Eye" has been a trademark of Mint City for over 5 years. It was what embarked the apparel line in 2009 when they were exclusively for sale at, "Rista Board shop" in East Norwalk. The original "Dank Tops" featured the "third eye" embroidered on the garment with a spiral of color projecting from it. The evolution of this embellishment ranged to patches, silkscreen print, to even a hand-weeded vinyl patch. This years release will revisit the full embroidered version again as a homage to the representation of it roots.
This time of the year provokes nostalgic feelings of excitement of the summers past.
It reminds me of a time when life was about finding myself and portraying a life I wanted to live. I spent most of my life surrounding myself with color and fashion; a culture of hip-hop/reggae mixed with the psychedelic tropics of music in general. And Jazz. It caused me to want to embody a feeling of enlightenment, portraying it through the creation of transcendent colors.
When Mint City came about the elders in street wear were Stüssy and Wu-Wear. Stussy, is a west-coast based street wear company which originally created some of the most OG street wear graphics ever. It has deep root in Mint City's influential roots and motivated me to want to be a part of a clothing movement as well.
Wu-Wear was that real hype before hype was even a thing. The homies made "Wu"-everything before it was even cool to be a conglomerate, if you wanted Wu-Wear in 1992 you had to buy their cassette tape, rip out the order form from the cover and mail it in, no pre paid postage either. They were really about it and their fans realized that if they were really about it too, then they would know what's good. Shout out to the whole Wu-Tang clan cause they're still here today. I feel the way hype is responded to today has roots in the "Wu's teachings"; this can be seen in the way companies like Jordan or supreme cause hysteria with releases: the want for something can become an hallucinatious need.
This type of hustle is where I find myself, and it's what I like to feed. This culture is extremely Marxist and can be described with language like, "haves" and "have nots". When things are released as a limited quantity it is more scarce and creates a demand and causes people to want it, sometimes even if they don't; yet, sometimes just to be able to say they have it and that the next person does not. This type of behavior stems from the way high art is consumed. When an artist creates 1 of something, like a painting or sculpture, it can end up in a museum for everyone to see or in the home of a private collector for only he or she to consume. The idea of a 1/1 is something a cultured artist and art appreciator can understand to be, "True"; not a reproduction and in its purest form. That's what Mint City's vision is, a 1/1 concept of Hand Made Small Batches.
Mint City is still in an era of art and it's now in an era of hustle. After the past 5 years I feel the aura of a Mint City dank top has the same aura of a modern painting. I'm giving you an item I made with my hands and my time because I believe it will help you surround yourself with art and color, as well as the described embodied culture above. This "true" representation of art is what I'm giving you to perpetuate the appreciation of art in general. Therefore, this week I will be presenting the first half of the Mint City "Château Mente" Collection. Shout outs to everyone who supports and is ready for this years dank tops. Shout outs to everyone making art and music and shout outs to everyone who is true to their roots. Also shout out to Gucci mane. Free GuWop