Friday, May 14, 2010

Woody Allen: a life in movies

For more than 40 years, Woody Allen has been one of the most controversial filmmakers. Adored by his fans and hated by his critics, his movies are like his personal diary. Whether it’s a comedy or a drama, Woody includes his personal view of the world in every film, his obsessions, his phobias, the things that make him happy, the things he hates… each one works as a volume of Woody’s encyclopedia.

In his beginnings, Woody was a writer and also a stand-up comedian. His directing career started in the late 60s, has never stopped since, and it is likely that he will make movies until his death. He has gone through different stages, from his early comedies full of gags with a moderate commercial success (Take the Money and Run, Bananas) to deep drama (September, Stardust Memories), influenced by Bergman. The question is: which is the film that identifies him most? If we would ask this question to Woody, he will probably refuse to answer. But let’s name a few possible answers:

Annie Hall (1977): commercially and critically acclaimed, Annie Hall is considered one of his masterpieces. Starring Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane and Woody himself, it chronicles the hazardous relationship between Annie and Alvy Singer (Woody’s neurotic character. It was originally titled Anhedonia (a psychoanalytic term for the inability to experience pleasure from normally pleasurable life events).

Manhattan (1979): another classic of Woody’s filmography, this romantic comedy pays tribute to his beloved New York City and its inhabitants. Keaton and Allen play the main characters again, plus Michael Murphy and a young Mariel Hemingway.

Deconstructing Harry (1997): after his crisis with Mia Farrow, Woody gets rid of his ghosts with this film about an author and his complicated relationships with friends, family and life. Woody plays the main character, accompanied by an all-star cast.

Melinda and Melinda (2005): Woody wrote and directed but didn’t act in this movie that mixes two story lines, one comic and one tragic. It received mixed reviews from critics.

We are not saying these are Woody’s best works, but they may be the ones that his represent persona best. However, we will be glad to hear any other suggestions. And don’t forget to visit, where you can purchase our new Woody Allen T-shirt.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The many sides of Tommy

When Pete Townshend conceived the idea of a story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy who becomes a pinball champion, he never thought of how many doors he was opening. Released in March 1969, Tommy quickly became a commercial hit and is still today one of the greatest rock albums.

If you are a Who fan, you probably know the story pretty well. Each song, in a chronological order, tells the story of Tommy’s life, since his birth to his tremendous final. The album is not only a mere collection of songs. It is not even a conceptual album; it is a rock opera, and its success changed The Who’s career for ever.

Before Tommy’s release, the band was going through a complicated period. Besides the usual arguments and fights between Pete, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Keith Moon, “Magic Bus” and their last singles were not as successful as their first ones, and that made Pete felt very disappointed. But luck changed when Tommy and its hit single “Pinball Wizard” took them once again to the top of the charts and gave The Who the chance to tour all over America and the UK.
After the initial happiness, The Who turned a bit reluctant to play Tommy. The album had become more important than the band. As Pete once said, “some people thought the band was called Tommy.” Fortunately, forthcoming albums by The Who proved to be almost as successful as Tommy. Live At Leeds (1970), Who’s Next (1971) and Quadrophenia (1973) were also great and were very important to renew The Who’s status as one of the greatest bands ever.

However, interesting projects renewed Pete’s interest in Tommy. To begin with, in 1972, a concert version was presented at the Rainbow Theatre, in London. Three years later, in 1975, Tommy was taken to the big screen, with Roger, in his acting debut, as the deaf, dumb and blind boy. Directed by Ken Russell, the movie was also a great success and Roger’s interpretation of Tommy was highly praised by the critics. The songs were recorded once again for the soundtrack of the movie, with an extensive use of the synthesiser and guest musicians such as Tina Turner, Eric Clapton and Elton John.

But that wasn’t the last reincarnation. In 1993, Tommy mutated again and became a theatre musical. Pete Townshend and La Jolla Playhouse theatrical director Des McAnuff wrote and produced a Broadway musical adaptation with several rewrites in lyrics and an all-star cast. The production won five Tony Awards that year, including Best Original Score for Townshend.
We hope that you liked our new Tommy T-shirt available at our website. And, according to Tommy’s historical mutations, we encourage you to send us ideas for new T-shirts dedicated to this great rock masterpiece, so that we can think of new forthcoming models. Thank you!

Sunday, January 03, 2010

A song and a T-shirt from outer space

Jules Verne and many other great writers, musicians and artists of different times have been inspired by the moon, but only one was in the right moment at the right time. In August 1969, the world would experience one of the most important events of all time, when a group of US astronauts landed on the moon.

That same year, in London, a young and almost unknown musician called David Bowie released “Space Oddity”, a song about a fictional astronaut, Major Tom, who successfully departs from Earth but suddenly loses contact with ground control and prepares to spend eternity floating around in his tin can. “Planet Earth is blue and there's nothing I can do,” he sighs because he knows he will spend his rest of his life alone in outer space floatin' 'round far above the world. His last words are: “Tell my wife I love her very much, she knows”.

Besides this sad finale, the song could have never been so on time. The BBC employed the song as the theme music to its coverage of the Apollo moon landing and Bowie had his first single. Influenced by Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, released in April 1968, the song was originally written and recorded for a 30-minute promotional film that same year. Releasing it in the fall of 1969 was a clever move from Bowie and his label and a trick of fate too, because the project was delayed after Tony Visconti turned it down and Bowie had to look for another producer.

40 years after the release of this musical classic, ILoveWaterloo is proud to present a T-Shirt exclusively designed by Pulpo, a Latin American fine artist (, Inspired by The Thin White Duke’s masterpiece, his use of colours and strange hairstyles, the T-shirt’s design is a very original tribute to Bowie and his Major Tom.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Uncle Gabby T-Shirt Results!

The poll is over and we decided to print not only one but the two most voted designs!

Here are the results
#1. Uncle Gabby, car 26 (25%)
#2. Uncle Gabby, restroom 24 (23%)
#3. Uncle Gabby and Drinky Crow 23 (22%)
#4. Uncle Gabby, chair, bottle 19 (18%)
#5. Uncle Gabby, pissed 10 (9%)

We will be shipping on 01/25 but you can start ordering now to reserve yours!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vote for Uncle Gabby T-Shirt!

We want you to select our next Maakies T-Shirt.
We will produce the most voted design, vote now your Uncle Gabby favourite!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

40% Off. 2 T-shirts Each day until Christmas!

Each day until Christmast we will select randomly 2 T-shirts and they will be 40% Off!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

New collection! I love Maakies

It is a great honour to announce that I Love Waterloo has just launched a new collection of Maakies T-shirts.

Maakies ( is an acclaimed comic strip by Tony Millionaire, collected by Fantagraphics and adapted to the small screen as The Drinky Crow Show for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

Dark and bizarre, it focuses on the adventures of drunk and violent antiheroes, usually involved in the strangest situations.

We are proud to say that Mr Tony Millionaire himself has approved this new collection. If you are a fan of Drinky Crow or Uncle Gabby, like us, you wouldn’t like to miss the chance of having your favourite character on a T-shirt. Visit and choose your favourite!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009 ranked as one of the most stylish t-shirt websites

Great news!
CSSStyle has chosen our website as one of the 17 most stylish t-shirt websites.

Cssstyle site was built by morepixel, a german web and design agency specialized building modern Websites. Anyone can add his or her favourite website in Cssstyle, and it will be examined by their professional editors. was chosen among other great t-shirt websites, like Pop Junkie Design, la Fraise, Clear Cut Case and many others. You can go to to read the complete list.
Finally, we would like to thank
CSSStyle for choosing It is always very nice when someone recognizes your work…

Monday, June 08, 2009

The story behind… The Rolling Stones’ Some Girls

The Rolling Stones have risen and fallen many, many times in their 46 years in rock and roll. Some Girls was probably their greatest musical comecback ever.

The seventies was a difficult decade for the band. After all-time classics like Sticky Fingers (1971) and Exile On Main St (1972), the Stones released three records that weren’t bad at all, but didn’t reach the quality of the previous ones. Goats Head Soup (1973), It’s Only Rock And Roll (1974) and Black And Blue (1976) showed a band out of focus. Jagger, Richards & co. were in their late thirties and were looked as dinosaurs by a new generation of angry young men and women who were called punks. It was time to revitalize the Stones’ music.

Some Girls (1978) was the first studio record with Ron Wood as permanent member of the band. He excels as pedal steel guitarist in a country song named “Far Away Eyes”, one of the highlights of the album, along with “Beast Of Burden”, “Before They Make Me Run” and a Temptations’ cover, “Just My Imagination”.

For this new record, two recently-born genres were added to the musical palette: punk and disco. The band took them and played in a personal and interesting way. The songs “Respectable” and “Lies” showed the energy and sarcasm of punk, while “Miss You” was an immediate hit with its disco beat, an amazing bass line and Jagger’s falsetto vocals. This Stones’ approach to disco music was criticized by some fans and journalists, but the song is still hailed today as one of their greatest.
The album cover was designed by an artist called Peter Corriston,. An elaborate die-cut design, with colors varying on different sleeves, it originally featured the five members of The Rolling Stones and select female celebrities in garish drag, as well as a bunch of lingerie ads and the name of the ten songs of the album.

The cover immediately ran into trouble when some of those celebrities featured in it threatened legal action. Lucille Ball (star of I Love Lucy, a classic sitcom of the fifties), Farrah Fawcett (then starring Charlie’s Angels), Liza Minnelli (representing her mother Judy Garland), Raquel Welch, and the estate of Marilyn Monroe were not happy with the cover…

Corriston would design the next three album covers as well, but Some Girls remains as his most famous (and polémica) work. At ilovewaterloo we love this record and the cover, so we decided to create a T-shirt as a tribute, featuring some of one of those designs that scandalized the celebrities mentioned above. You can find it in Visit our website!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What’s your favourite Kubrick?

You may agree with us: A Clockwork’s Orange is one of the best movies ever. Based on a book written by Anthony Burgess, this masterpiece was directed by Stanley Kubrick, one of the best filmakers of all time.

A Clockwork’s Orange was released in 1971, but Kubrick had been making movies from many years before. His filmography is outstanding and includes a great variety of movie genres. Paths Of Glory (1957) was probably his first critical success, a war/antiwar story that in a way anticipates to other films of this genre like Apocalypse Now or Born on the Fourth of July.

Analysing his career, it seems clear that Kubrick was always exploring new fields. During the sixties, he directed an epic production like Spartacus (1960), the controversial Lolita (1962, based on Vladimir Nabokov’s novel), the sinister and macabre antiwar comedy Dr Strangelove Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964) and 2001: A Space Odissey (1968), a Sci-Fi movie which would become a landmark in his career and in movie history. All very different, all fascinating, all looking for more than just telling a plain story.

When the next decade arose, Kubrick prefigurated the violent times ahead with A Clockwork’s Orange, a dark and shocking fantasy in which he explored the use and abuse of violence in a fictional British society in the future. Alex and his hooligan gang are the main characters of the movie; teenage misfits and killers at the beginning of the film, their luck changes to become victims of the same brutal society. From its obvious and explicit violence, the films offers many interpretations and, in that sense, is a classical Kubrick work.

A Clockwork’s Orange T-shirt has been in our catalog since the beginning of As you can see in our website, it can be purchased in the classic orange color with a black stamp, but also in white, green and pink.

We have recently added a T-shirt of The Shining (1980) to our collection, but maybe it is time to pay tribute to Kubrick once again. Which of his movie could feature our next T-shirts collection. Could it be Paths of Glory? What about Lolita? 2001: A Space Odissey? Or the great Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove? Leave us your opinion!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Alexander Supertramp and some questions into the wild

What happens when you are young and successful, but suddenly discover that you are not happy with your life and your destiny? Bob Dylan’s masterpiece “Like A Rolling Stone” tells the story of a girl who had it all and out of the blue loses everything. But what happens when you are the one who decide to be a rolling stone, not due to an external reason, but because you discover you don’t like your life?

One of our new T-shirts is inspired by a movie about someone who asked this question, and decided it was time to do something. The movie is Into The Wild, based on the real story of Chris McCandless. After graduating from university, Chris left his family and friends, gave away his savings of $24,000 to Oxfam and got away to begin a new life. He chose a new name, Alexander Supertramp, and travelled across the States like a complete unknown, with no direction home. He finally arrives to Alaska, where he dies after living approx. 4 months alone in the wild forest.

Besides the sad ending, Chris/Alexander’s search is authentic. And that’s probably what Sean Penn also felt and what encouraged him to make this movie, his first one as a Director. Featuring Emile Hirsch as Chris/Alexander, Into The Wild takes us on a trip across the beautiful landscapes of Deep America, while the main character travels looking for life experiences.

At first, you feel sympathetic for Alexander and his bohemian view of life. He struggles to find the meaning of 'real' existence, away from the trappings of the modern world. But then you realise that his search caused him his death. He ventured deep into a wilderness area on his own, without adequate planning, preparation and supplies, so it was almost guaranteed to end in disaster. For some experts, he essentially committed suicide, and this is possibly true. This inevitably leaves a bitter taste in every spectator. Do you agree with the way Chris dealt with his problems? Was he really looking for the meaning of 'real' existence or just trying to escape from his problems, and getting lost in Alaska was the final –definitive- solution?

Tshirt: Into the wild

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

A great rock myth: The Dark Side Of Oz

Rock and roll is full of myths. You may have heard some of them: Paul McCartney died in a car accident in 1966, Jim Morrison and Elvis are still alive… and many others.
This time we would like to refer to one of those great myths: the relationship between Pink Floyd’s masterpiece The Dark Side Of The Moon and the movie The Wizard Of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming.
Recorded in 1973, the former is arguably the best album by Pink Floyd, and one of the best in rock and roll history. A collection of nine sonic and ethereal songs about mundane, everyday details, masterly interpreted by Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Rick Wright, Nick Mason and guest musicians.
The latter was filmed many years before Floyd’s album, in 1939, and is also a classic. Judy Garland plays Dorothy, the young girl who is transported to a magical land called Oz, where she meets new friends: the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardyl Lion. Together, they follow a yellow brick road to Emerald City, where Dorothy would find the Wizard of Oz, someone who can help her to return to her home in Kansas.
Although the legend of The Dark Side of Oz (or The Dark Side of the Rainbow) is very famous among Pink Floyd fans, its origin is not clear. It refers to the act of watching the film and listening to the record at the same time. This weird theory became so popular that, in July 2000, the cable channel TCM (Turner Classic Movies) aired a version of Oz with the Dark Side album as an alternate soundtrack.
Apparently, there is an interplay between the film and the album, and many fans have collected different moments in which this interplay is noticeable. For example, the chimes in the song “Time” begin at the appearance of one of the characters, the witch Almira Gulch, on her bicycle, and the chimes stop when she dismounts. You can find a complete and synchronized list of The Dark Side of Oz moments in
Is this true? Well, for the creators of the The Dark Side Of The Moon, it is just a fantasy. Roger Waters, the mastermind behind the concept of the album, has denied many times the influence of the movie in the songs and said that it is only a coincidence, while his fellow bandmates agree with him.
Anyway, the idea of a combination between The Dark Side Of The Moon and The Wizard Of Oz sounded very attractive to us. That’s why we decided to create this original T-shirt. Hope you like it!

Friday, December 12, 2008

The story behind… With The Beatles album cover

Our black Zip-up Hoodie dedicated to The Beatles is based upon the cover of With The Beatles, the second album of the Fab Four, published in 1964. The music of the album was very similar to the music of Please Please Me; The Beatles were still evolutioning as a band. But the story behind this cover is quite interesting…
The picture cover of their debut LP, Please Please Me (1963) featured a photo of four happy young folks, neatly dressed in suits. For their second LP, The Beatles wanted to try something else. They had not intervened over that first cover but, for their new record, they preferred to show a more serious, mature look. They loved the black and white photos that Astrid Kirchnerr took them when they were English teddy rockers lost in Hamburg, wearing leather jackets and using Elvis’ hairstyle. So they spoke with Robert Freeman, the photographer of the band from 1963 to 1966, gave him a couple of those Hamburg photos, and, on 22 August 1963, they went to shoot a photo session in the Palace Court Hotel, in the city of Bournemouth, England. As Paul McCartney remembers, “Freeman arranged us in a hotel corridor: it was very un-studio-like. The corridor was very dark, and there was a window at the end, and by using this heavy source of natural light coming from the right, he got that very moody picture which most people think he must have worked at forever and ever. But it was only an hour. He sat down, took a couple of rolls, and that was it.”
The final photo was nice, but not “commercial” enough. In fact, the company tried to pull the cover because The Beatles were not smiling, and it was only after George Martin intervened that the photo was accepted. We can say that this was their first important artistic decision; none of them would have dreamed at that time that only 3 three later they would spend thousands of pounds in the cover of Sgt. Pepper and become unique “owners” of their music and image.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Syd: last, but not least…

In our last post we didn’t mention what happened with Pink Floyd after Syd Barrett. Of course, you know they made a lot of records and gained massive aclaim with such gems as The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) and The Wall (1979). Little by little, they developed a new sound, far away from The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (1967), Floyd’s only LP with Barrett as the band leader. However, his influence was still important, at least in a subtle way. Many lyrics from different Floyd albums seem to link with Syd and his absence. The most famous is Wish You Were Here (1975). An unrecongnizable Barrett visited the band while they were recording it; that was the last time they saw him. From all the lyrics that seem to refer to Barrett, I chose the last part of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, a very nice tribute that Roger Waters dedicated to his friend, probably trying to find an answer to the reasons of his emotional and mental collapse:
You reached for the secret too soon, 
You cried for the moon. 
Shine on you crazy diamond. 
Threatened by shadows at night, 
And exposed in the light. 
Shine on you crazy diamond. 
Well you wore out your welcome 
With random precision, 
Rode on the steel breeze. 
Come on you raver, you seer of visions, 
Come on you painter, you piper, you prisoner, and shine!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Shine on, you crazy Syd

Have you seen our new releases? Hope you like them! This post is dedicated to the artist who inspired to one of them: Syd Barrett. If you like classic rock, you must know his story. He is a icon of the Swingin’ Sixties, a pioneer of psychedelic rock with a sad ending, but his figure remains as a true symbol of an era.

Barrett was the leader and founder of the first Pink Floyd. This was some years before David Gilmour joined the band and Roger Waters took control of the ship. Syd wrote most of their songs and was a very particular lyricist. While most of his contemporary composers chose to write about love, and some of them were starting to talk about revolution (influenced by Bob Dylan), Barrett made his own way in search of bizarre stories. His lyrics were surrealistic, humorous and unique. Take for example the second verse of Floyd’s second single, “See Emily Play”: “Soon after dark, Emily cries. Gazing through trees in sorrow, hardly a sound ‘til tomorrow”. He also loved to give to his songs with the most incredible names: “Interstellar Overdrive”, “Astronomy Domine”, “Lucifer Sam”, all included in The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, Floyd’s debut LP.

Syd was also one of the most “English” rockers of all time, Like Ray Davies, his “Englishness” was very noticeable in his songwriting and in his singing. That’s why he was adored by many British musicians, like Paul Weller, who once said: “Syd was a unique songwriter. I loved his guitar style and the sound he got. He opened up possibilities.”

In addition to this, Syd’s musical approach was unschakled and free-form. Indeed, English rock music’s entire notion of extemporising on blues modes and propelling them via lenghty improvisation into the outer reaches of the tonal stratosphere was begins with Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd. His odd guitar playing was the key for the sound of the band. He used his Danelectro with total freedom, interested in the textures and effects. He was painter and he brought an artist’s visual approach to his solos. “Syd set the tone for what people think of as pshychedelic guitar playing,” stated Joe Boyd, producer of the band’s first single, “Arnold Layne” (1967), the story of a very particular man who likes to go for a ramble every night and steal women’s clothes.

LSD inspired many of his work and opened up his imagination, but also affected his fragile personality. He was forced to leave Floyd due to his mental state while they were recording their second album, A Saurceful Of Secrets (1968). Schizophrenic, his sensibilities would be at odds forever, but made two amazing solo records, The Madcap Laughs and Barrett (both released in 1970), tried to occasionally play again live, and finally dissappeared from public life to remain at his house in Cambridge, still devoted to his painting, until his death, in 2006.
Although his musical discography is brief, his legacy is vital in rock and roll history and has inspired many artists. “Syd’s work as a sonic architect with Floyd is extremely inspiring to me and has something to do with where I’m going. The spirit of play there is where I think its at. His genius and his pure, childlike spirit make him shine as bright as anyone could,” said John Frusciante, one of his fans. Shine on you crazy diamond!
Note: some lines from this post were extracted from the great article “Seer. Painter. Piper. Prisoner…” by Rob Chapman, published on Mojo magazine #154.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Story behind the T-shirt: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Part 2)

Ever since I began to design the stamps for IloveWaterloo T-shirts, I have created a big list of “essential” artists to dedicate a T-shirt. Bob Dylan always had a priviledged position in that list.

I always loved the cover photo of The Freewheelin’ album. When I finally decided to make a T-shirt of Good Ol’ Bob, this was the first image that came to my mind.

To adapt this very famous image, I decided to re-create it my way, and I thought of make a drawing with pencils, watercolors and finepens. I had never used this technique in any of Waterloo’s T-shirts, but this was a character that deserved this kind of challenge. One of things that I most admire from Dylan is his capacity for surprise. That’s why the idea of making a T-shirt with a watercolor drawing seemed to fit perfectly in this case, because it was going to be very different from the others.

To begin with, I printed the image cover in a big size. I put the record on, sticked the printed image in the window of my house and made a trace of the shapes and buildings as a guide. I made the most of a pretty sunny morning to draw with daylight. I finished the strokes with pencil and then I started working with the watercolors.

It was not easy to paint with watercolors, especially for me, because I have never learned how to use them; I always improvised. In musical terms, it could be said that the first take was the best one. I painted and I left the drawing to dry near the window.

By the afternoon, the drawing was dry and I was pretty satisfied with it. I re-marked with a black finepen the pencil strokes to make them stronger.

Then I had to decide what to do with the texts of the cover. I want them to be in the drawing howsoever it may take. I tried to add them with Illustrator, using pre-existing tipographic fonts that were similar to the ones in the album cover. However, the coexistence between computer words and a watercolor drawing was not good, so I decided to adapt the texts too. I drawed the title and I found it pretty good, although I didn’t thought too much about it, I liked it to be something spontaneous.

For the song titles I tested some alternatives without any successful result. So the following day I showed to an old friend from work all what I’ve done so far. She picked the drawing and the album cover and began writing the song titles in a sheet of paper. I liked her writing style and the way it combined with the album title made by myself. That’s how this piece was finalised, after being scanned and has some color adjustments done with Photoshop. This was my graphic tribute to the great Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Story behind the T-shirt: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Part 1)

One of our T-shirts is dedicated to the great genius of Bob Dylan and one of his masterpieces, The Freewheelin’, his second album, which was also his big breakthrough, with songs like “Masters Of War” “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and, of course, “Blowin’ In The Wind”. The album cover is one of the best in rock history and our T-shirt stamp is an adaptation of the cover, a drawing painted with watercolors and finepens. But… what’s the story behind the album cover?

To begin with, the cover picture -taken by CBS staff photographer Don Hunstein- presents a young Dylan (he was only 22) walking through a corridor of parked cars and tallish buildings laced with fire escapes along with her girlfriend of those days, Suze Rotolo. The photo was taken in Greenwich Village, in the corner of Jones Street and West 4th Street, just a few steps from the apartment they shared. They are both walking to the camera; Bob looks shy and nervous, and gazes at his shoes, while Suze, attractive and thoughtful looking, smiles and looks to the camera. They look like a happy couple; they were, in fact, deeply in love around those days, and it is said that some of the love songs Dylan wrote for this album (“Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”, “Down The Highway”) were inspired by this relationship. However, they have met some months ago (when Bob was 20 and Suze 17), and they would separate soon; this photo was taken after Suze’s six-month trip to Italy. Bob was affected by her sudden absence and, when she returned, things would never be the same: he would soon leave her and fall into Joan Baez’s arms. Nevertheless, this photo captures the instant moment of a man who was about to become a legend, and is one of rock`s best album covers.

The circumstances behind the shoot are described by Rotolo in a book that was recently published: A Freewheelin' Time: A Memoir of Greenwich Village in the Sixties. The cover of the book is, not surprisingly, this famous photo too.

Coming soon: the next post, Part 2, will feature a detailed description of how our Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan T-shirt was created.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Royal Tenenbaums (soon available!)

Before watching The Royal Tenenbaums, I listened to the film soundtrack. I didn’t know who was the director of the movie, and I was surprised that he chose "She smiled sweetly", a very rare Rolling Stones song (from 1967 record Between The Buttons), for that movie.
Some time later, I came up with The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. In fact, I watched it after a friend of mine recommended it to me because it had a weird character called Pelé, who played David Bowie songs in Portuguese. So before watching any of Wes Anderson’s movies, I had already got some kind of connection with the humour that this very particular director uses in his movies.

The Tenenbaum’s are a dysfunctional family. As in other Anderson’s movies, the father is a self-centered and selfish person, and so is the mother, but in a more absent-minded and intellectual style. The selfishness of the paternal figure is more concrete, generally based in a particular interest in some personal objective, like taking revenge from a striped shark, or enjoying the comfort of a good economic situation. While on Life Aquatic we have Pelé, on The Tenenbaums we have Pagoda, a brilliant character, of unknown nationality. He is the Sam Gamyi of Royal Tenenbaum, with the difference that he could get upset so much with his boss that he could even stab him with his little penknife. Pagoda is my favourite character of the movie.The three sons deserve, each, a special paragraph:

Margot Tenenbaum is depressive, argumentative, cold, heavy-smoker, and also she has a finger missing. In her intimate relationship’s mental archive there is a very nice kiss with a girl.

Richie Tenenbaum has been all his life in love with Margot, her step sister. He was a great tennis player whose career came to an end in the final match of a prestigious tournament, after he saw her sister, in the middle of the crowd, accompanied by her brand-new husband, Raleigh St Clair, (performed by Bill Murray, one’s of W.A. favourite actors).

Chas Tenenbaum is a “numbers’ man”, with the skills to be in charge of the account books of the family since he was very young. Obsessed with order and tidiness, he has two children and dresses them exactly like himself. He takes excessive care of both after her mother’s death.
I have always found the movie poster always very interesting. It is a classic family portrait with the characteristic esthetics of W.A.Every picture has a selection of the chromatic palette, which is tightly observed in the costumes, the setting and the plot lines that comes in, explaining certain things. He always uses the same typography.

Here’s my explanation of the creative process of the T-shirt, in four steps:


In the first design, I wanted to play with the gym outfit that Chas and his sons wear. That’s why I drawed the collar of the gym jacket over the collar of the T-shirt, and the zip all the way down. On the back side I wrote the name, as it usually appears on sport clothes. Besides, it was a good way to include the name of the movie.
On the front side, where club badges usually are placed, I combined the name of the movie, a “dalmatian mouse”, like the ones Chas raises, and the candelabras, which are very present in the graphic aspects of the movie.
In the second design, I included for the first time the image of the family,that will later evolve even more.


In the second design, I got into the relationship between Richie and Margot Tenenbaum, one of the most eccentric moments of the film. The T-shirt is called Strange Love, like the Depeche Mode song. In both options, the characters are facing each other. Richie has his post-tennis player look, when he still had long hair and beard and used a hairband and glasses. Margot uses her typical coat and hairstyle.


Green color takes the stage. In one option, I included the film logo, the mouse and the candelabras over a striped background, which refers to the typical wallpaper of the Tenenbaum’s old house. Pink is a very strong color in the official poster of the film.
In the second option, I wanted to play with the figures of the characters, like in Sgt. Pepper’s booklet, in which every character is pointed with a number, and then you have a list of names to know who’s who. I always compared the poster with the cover of that magical record, and I wanted to reflect it in this T-shirt.


I came up with the final image of the T-shirt when I realized that the characters are the strongest aspect of the movie. I chose to show the family portrait through my own eyes. Even more absurd, and without the need of showing their real faces, but insinuate them. Something important to make this T-shirt is that the characters are very different, not only physically but also in terms of personality. I “dared" to include Pagoda, that is not present in the original picture. I liked the idea of closing the image with the dalmatian mouse, the name of the movie and, in the end, tha names of each character.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Mods: time goes by, and the kids are still alright

After taking a look on our T-shirt collection, you may have realised that we feel close to the Mod movement.Is it possible to be a mod in the 21st Century? We consider “Modism” not only a trend or a music style, but an attitude. And that’s how we approach to it.

Of course we know the origins and the ritual. It all began in England in the early 60s (although you could argue there were previous urban tribes that would later evolve into Mods). Young white English guys who started listening to black American music (blues, soul, jazz, gospel) and would soon create a new rock sound that expressed the anger and the ambition of a new era.

The Who, The Small Faces, The Creation and many other bands would become the avant garde of the mods, their megaphone. The great Pete Townshend was seen as the leader by these young numbers that felt so identified with his fierce guitar-playing and his songwriting, so personal. “I Can’t Explain”, “My Generation”, “The Kids Are Alright” and many other Who songs became hymns for the mods. Clearly, this was something different from beat bands (like The Beatles) or white rhythm and blues groups (like The Stones).
"Modism, Mod living, is an aphorism for clean living under difficult circumstances," said Who publicist Peter Meaden. And that’s why the music of these groups was so important. It expressed the feeling and the way of life of a new generation that invaded every street of English cities and would remain as one of the symbols of the swingin’ London.

Mods felt identified with them, and also with a number of things that became a ritual (as you can see on the classic movie Quadrophenia):

  • a red, white and blue logo (taken from the Royal Army Force airplanes)
  • an argot (“number”, “face”, etc)
  • clothes (clean and new suits, parkas, three-button Fred Perry polo T-shirts, Levi’s trousers)
  • neat haircuts
  • scooters with dozens of rear mirrors (Lambrettas or any other Italian brand)
  • Rickenbacker guitars
  • Pills
  • Weekends at Brighton (including violent fights against the Police and the Rockers, the other big urban tribe that rivalised with Mods)

Besides this stuff (and we believe some if it is really forgettable, specially the riots in Brighton beaches), in I love Waterloo we prefer to think of “Modism” as an attitude, as we previously stated. In fact, if it is still alive, it is because many others felt the same, like Paul Weller, The Jam and all the Mod-rock revival movement during the Punk Rock years. Or like Damon Albarn in the 90s Britpop era (Does anyone can deny that a masterpiece like Parklife is a Mod record?).

We love Mod-rock (as we are also musicians and it is a big influence for us), but we also feel identified with this urgency, this desire, this need of satisfaction. It is like a “forever young” soul that pushes us forward in our work and our daily life.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

New Retro bags collection

We released 4 retro bags designs for boys and girls. Each of them with different color options. The names are based in one of the bands that influenced our life: The Who (you can also check our Who T-shirt design). Three of them are MacBook (or similar) ready. Check them out!

Our intention is to continue adding more options, but don't worry because T-Shirts are our main love.

Please tell us if there's anything you want to find at Waterloo, for example: belts, wallets, bracelets, etc.