Thursday, 27 May 2010

More Designzz.

Just doing more random little designs

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Stylin ideaz!

I was thinkin about different styling ideas for ma collection, i like the whole idea of this been kinda androgynous/street style going on, i was thinking of using handcuffs and chains to kinda represent it been locked up and chain gang style.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

More Designzz.

I've just been designing an sampling ideas really, some of the stuff I've been looking at it's a prisoner's mental state an how it drive them mad an also looking the idea of humiliation as a prison uniform with the stripes was used to humiliate a prisoner, it was as if they where wearing a badge of shame.

Thursday, 20 May 2010


I've also started designing taking inspiration from prison culture an the effect it had, one of my ideas is using recycled denim, the idea behind is that the idea of prisoners re offending and coming in an out of prison, it's almost like recycling doing it over an over again and wondering if they are every going to make a change in there life. Also I was inspired by a film called 'the boy in striped pyjamies' this one scene in the film at the end where all the uniform is hanging from the cloakroom and its all dirty and worn out.

I started trying out diiferent ways I could piece up the denim together and, at first I started doing it with stripes, I asked everyone there opinion an they didn't thinkin it was effective enough so I decided to do it on smaller parts taking key elements like the pockets and stitching out.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010


I also started talking to people with tattoos and asking them waht tattoos mean to them and why they have them and I also started drawing tattoos.


I've also started sampling, for my print I want to use gang tattoos and prisons, as I think tattoos play an important role in gangs. Because there tattoos have meanings and stories behind them. Each tattoos means something, I like the idea of incorporating a tattoo with a story behind it. I looked the gang MS 13, as I think there tattoos are interesting, also more tattoos you have the more devotion you have to your gang. It's almost as if they cover themselves completely. I've done a few samples of print on denim, I think it's ok I like the idea of it been subtle, but I asked other people opinions they said I should think outside the box and try something different then stencil.

Monday, 17 May 2010

The numbers gang..John Mongrol this man is truley scary!!!

I watched an episode of Ross Kemp on Gangs and this time he was in south africa, and interviewing the notorious Numbers gangs called the 'the 26s, 27s and 28s.
The leader of the 28s gang is a man called John Mongrol this man is responsible for over 2000 deaths inside the prison and rapes a different inmate every 3 weeks even though he claims he's not gay! He then talks about how he tattoos with a razor blade ouchhhhh!

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Behind barz

I started looking to look more into prison culture, when I ask my pen pals about it its like entering a completely different world. It surprises me that they have survived this long with the prison politics. It just that I got an e-mail from Robert today, he said he he's got is e-mail mins cut off an i won't get an e-mail from him till July. But he says we can still keep contact using the 'snail mail' as he puts it lool, I think he's been in trouble again it's not the first or the last either.
He started to tell about the different gangs within the prison system, the main ones are:
Black Guerilla Family
La Nuestra Familia
La Eme
Aryan Brotherhood

He says that the gangs are divided up by race, an they don't mix. They are hostile towards each other, an for they survival they must demonstrate loyalties to racial gangs. Even though my pen pal Robert is white hes a member of a black gang, he's the only white who functions with the blacks. An because of that he's hated by alot of the whites. The main races within prison systems in America is Hispanic, black and white.
I found this clip talking about racial tensions within prisons.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Women in Prisons

I started to look at women in prison, an how prisons affect them, the fact they are imprisoned miles away from they families, they lose their homes and there relationships with there children. I've also looking at sterotypes, how must people sterotyple women in prison as been 'butch' looking. I found an article about at one female prison. At Fluvanna Correctional Centre for Woman in Virgina segregated 'butch' looking lesbian inmates in a separate wing. The inmates had short hair and wore loose fitting clothes.
I think with women in prison, they are more open about there feelings and will talk about it. Also a lot of women in prison do have problems with men and feel more comfortable with been with a women.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Steven Miesel...again

I came across another photo shoot from Steven Miesel, it's based on prisons. Well it kinda portrays in a glamorous way, because prison is far from glamorous.
I quite like the styling and feel within the photo shoot.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010


Hehehe I came across a photgrapher called Steven Meisel, I quite like his work, I found two photoshoots from him. One of them was in Vogue magazine the shoot is called 'State of Emergency'

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Ross Kemp on Gangs

I came across this video about a gang called Surenos, an Ross Kemp was asking him questions about the gang, I have to give it to Ross Kemp he's one brave guy to meet some of the most dangerous people on the plant an sit an talk to them is incrediable.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Speaking of young people...

On my last post I mentioned talking about people in prison, and how people tend to start crime at a young age, which them onto a downward path spiral. I did futher research into it, I also came across an arguement, which questioned if a child was born evil?
I don't think a child is ever born evil, children that commit crimes come from a simular background. Their parents where poorly educated, unemployed or suffer from mental health problems or drug users. Also the family structure over the years has broken down, and most of there parents are either single or divorced. An also a lack of good role models, espically young men, has they have no father around, they usually turn to another male role model, or alot of young men look up to hip hop stars, who rap about sex, drugs , and voilence. Alot these young criminals grow up without boundries and no structure, I also looked at gangs a lot of young people turn to gangs an in a way see it as a family and also a sense identity and pressure to fit in.
I also came across a TV programme 'Ross Kemp on Gangs', I thought it was interesting to watch. It baffles in a sense because I think to myself the lifestyle they lead is dangerous and they could die any time soon. So why would they want to join a gang knowing that its dangerous.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Back again y'all

Hey hey hey
As you know I'm doing my FMP on prisons , I have been further extending my research on them, I have been interviewing people who work in prison. I have asked two people, one has worked in a young offenders for young men, and one has worked in prison in Jamaica.
I think they was a quite a difference between him. It definitely made me see prisons from a different point of view and the prisoners inside it. Reading both their statements it made me feel kinda sorry for some of these prisoners, their are so many factors that lead them onto that downward spiral in life.

Friday, 7 May 2010

Mmm stress

I think this video is some what random, abit like me reali... and the breakdown of society. And I though the idiots around my area where bad enough

Stress from Oscar Marie on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Them poor ginger people...

M.I.A new song born, a slightly dogey video...

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.