Slothwing Tees – A Wearable Museum

by on May 27, 2015

Slothwing Tees is a new brand launched in March this year and focused on bringing historic art oddities into the public eye. They print what you can call a wearable museum: shirts featuring vintage artwork by some of history’s strangest, most unique geniuses – including John Tenniel, Albrecht Dürer, and Aubrey Beardsley.

Slothwing is the second brand founded by owner Michael Phipps, who hand curates the shirts’ designs. The son of a professional genealogist and Anglophile, Michael grew up between the mountains of Utah and the rural woods of England, where he found inspiration in the distant past, in the solitude of nature, and in the Old World. Later graduating from college with a degree in illustration, Michael began his first shirt brand, Scatterbrain Tees, which featured his own original artwork and gained recognition from the Museum of Modern Art and ThinkGeek. His follow-up brand, Slothwing, became a way for him to share his own unique inspirations with the world.

Many of Slothwing’s designs reflect the woodcut styles prevalent in Europe from the 15th through the 19th century, and include works meant to be artistic, illustrative, and even scientific. Whatever the design hand selected by Michael, customers can be sure it will reflect a sense of unique whimsy, and of wonder at the work of mad geniuses past.

And to celebrate the Slothwing Tees opening you can use the Coupon Code SLOTH30 and get 30% OFF if you order 2 or more tees! Now check them out and grab yourself a new tee … or two!

Wearable Art from Slothwing Tees

A skeleton meditating on a skull lying on a funerary monument, with Latin inscription: “Man lives by his mind. The rest is doomed to death.”

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Although it appears to be a piece from the early 20th century, this surreal image is actually artwork from 1567 created by Lorenz Stoer and turned into a woodcut by Hans Rogel the Elder.

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Two mysterious riders are atop an even more mysterious elephant made up of many people, all of which seem to be perfectly fine with being an elephant appendage. You’ll love the detail in this unique illustration.

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A vintage horse skeleton diagram on a men’s fashion tee.

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Geometric Art

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Alice finds herself at a tea party with the Mad Hatter, March Hare and Dormouse. The look on her face would makes it clear she’s not too happy to be there. Features a classic illustration by John Tenniel based on the book “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll.

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A collection of intricately drawn vintage moths and butterflies.

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