“Poetry is a way of living, it is not just words with which you can weave a poem, it is just the way you feel about things; and I feel that I am drawn to everything in a poetic manner,” says designer and co-founder of Huemn, Pranav Misra on the everlasting impact of Charles Bukowski’s words on him as an artist, poet and creator. “Having a distinct, fearless and unapologetic voice is what draws me towards him,” adds Misra who is also passionate about the written word, and recently collaborated with Good Earth for their summer collection.
As for his and Shyma Shetty's own urban label, the German-American poet and writer’s words have long inspired the design process at Huemn. In fact, co-founder Shyma Shetty reminds us of how Bukowski’s lines and iconic portrait—shot by Mark Hanauer—found the basis of their fall/winter collection back in 2014. The creative duo acquired Hanauer’s compelling photograph from 1981 as a digital print for their neatly-cut shirts. “The moment of this photograph was just a culmination of energy and fun. Bukowski, and this picture taught me—over and over—how simplicity can be the greatest foundation to creating imagery. Just allow the personality of whoever I am working with to emerge. To simply be in the moment,” shares Hanauer on the widely-used monochrome. Years later, he even created an Instagram account devoted to this image, full of others’ interpretations, called @bukowskigrams.
Paying homage to their muse on his 100th birth anniversary, the designers decided to launch two limited-edition T-shirts—one with a digital print of the original portrait and the second featuring Huemn’s interpretation. Misra’s hand-drawn illustration draws from both Hanauer’s style and painter Francis Bacon—“I think the sketch has both my heroes in it,” he tells us. While the first design in white was launched on August 16—and sold out almost immediately—the to-be-released piece in black will be made available on their own e-commerce portal and multi-brand online stores VegNonVeg.com and Capsul.com, from September 6, 2020. In their signature oversized, gender neutral silhouette, the latest drop will feature a coloured-chalk-like digital illustration, with rubber printed details and an excerpt from a Bukowski poem at the back.
A preview of Pranav Misra's illustration for Huemn+Bukowski
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