The Highly Vibey Neo-Deadhead Apparel of Elmer Gomer
This dude in Texas makes trippy patches, caps and shirts -- and surprisingly fresh coin purses?!
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Mason McFee is a Texas-born artist currently based in Austin. Over the years he's worked as an ad-agency art director, designed skateboards, painted murals and more, but today's post is about a funky little side project of his called Elmer Gomer, which he runs out of a shop in his backyard. The line's devoted to one-of-a-kind handmade patches and other embroidered knickknacks, such as this indigo-dyed "Doggin'" cap, which McFee -- in collaboration with NYC-based mender-distresser extraordinaire Ryan Sullivan, a.k.a. Rigg -- "reworked to floppy, back-pocket perfection" and festooned with charmingly rough-hewn patches:
There's a similarly post-apocalyptic-hippie-survivor vibe to Gomer and Rigg's one-of-one button-downs, like this resist-dyed vintage L.L. Bean workshirt...
...or this reworked Wrangler:
Gomer makes bags, too, ranging from totes to "sling sacks" to actually-kind-of-fire coin purses. We're not sure what we'd put in this thing, but the detailing is so idiosyncratically lovely we could figure something out:
"I like to work in a raw and unfinished method," McFee says of his approach to making patches. "I eventually just started using the sewing machine to draw and kept trying to get better at it." Much of the Elmer Gomer gear is already sold out, but yesterday Ryan Sullivan told us that he and McFee are "working on some new Elmer Gomer stuff now," which is great news.
You can see a bunch of McFee's work here, and Sullivan's here, and you can order Elmer Gomer items here.