Rapper Butch Dawson pays tribute to Baltimore with bizarre Carpet Company clothes
Rising rapper Butch Dawson is best known for his experimental style, in and out of the studio. The producer and songwriter explored the mix of genres like jazz and punk in his rap stream, while also making a name for himself in the fashion industry by modeling for brands like Telfar. Still, for Dawson, some things are too good to spoil – his hometown of Baltimore is one of them.
Butch tells Contribution He’s sort of an “it boy” in town, which is why he decided to pay tribute to Baltimore, its fans and its roots. Working with a Baltimore neighbor, the Carpet Company skate brand, Dawson has designed a four-piece collection that he describes as “extraordinary.”
Art inspired by art – Much like the experimental wave of the rapper’s music – and the equally exploratory nature of Carpet Company, which created Nike sneakers made to be ripped apart – the capsule takes on a DIY look. “It’s raw and playful, but still put together,” says Dawson. “It’s more than clothes – there’s art in this shit.”
He literally means it: the four shirts that make up his capsule feature graphics that appear to be hand-drawn or hand-written. A single long-sleeved t-shirt has almost unreadable words on the back, while three t-shirts feature a graphic of a black face – supposedly Dawson himself, he says, pointing to the star tattoo on the back. face.
Inspired by Jesse Kanda, whose illustration appears on FKA twig’s debut album LP1, Dawson wanted to portray an image of his own face reminiscent of Kanda’s alien faces in shades of black, red and pink. The rapper’s drawn face graphic appears against orange, red, and green backgrounds, with the latter being his favorite, he says.
IYKYK – “When people walk down the street and see [one of the shirts], I want them to wonder what it is, ”Dawson says. “Looks like a two-year-old drew [the graphics], but it gives people a reason to look at the shirt. And with the upcoming project “Stardust” – the lyrics of which appear on the back of the collection’s long-sleeved t-shirt – the rapper is inspired to make the collaborative collection stand out from the crowd.
Dawson is hoping his fans, especially those in Baltimore, see his vision in the clothing collection. With no obvious branding or obnoxious logos, the shirts carry the “if you know, you know” energy, the rapper says, which makes the product even more meaningful to those based in his hometown. If fans share Dawson’s vision, or want to take a closer look, they can purchase the graphic t-shirts from the Carpet Company website.