You won’t find baby blues or cotton-candy pinks among Phil Rowntree’s creations. Seriously. We looked. His palette starts and ends with basic black. Add a dash of wit, and there you have it: kids’ tees with a refreshingly irreverent style.
Phil prints each Young Punks shirt by hand in Berkeley, California. An artist and a single dad, Phil started making clothes for his son in 2005 when he couldn’t find any kids’ clothes that fit his tastes. Jules and her sons spotted Phil’s hipster T-shirts and onesies at a street fair in Northern California, and the guys just had to get one for their newborn cousin, Killian. They picked a onesie that says “YOU’RE OLD.” We’re also partial to these sassy sentiments: “DO NOT IRRITATE,” “DON’T MESS WITH ME” (paired with a picture of Earth), and “THEY PUSH ME AROUND.”
The printed messages are maverick, but without going overboard. Moms, dads, cousins, and grandparents alike can get a kick out of the Young Punks shirts—and they’ll make the young wearer feel pretty cool too.
Originally published on DailyGrommet