We usually try to keep things on the up and up around here when it comes to the things we write about, but I felt compelled to put this nugget of negative into the world. Warriors of Radness, if the name wasn’t enough to make you hate them, “listen to what we named our company, we sound so cool, so casual, so fun that really what we are saying is, we are so insecure with who we are and what we are doing that we have to convince ourselves that we are awesome.” Well, good luck because you are indeed far from awesome. Label me a hater, I’m ok with it. To be honest if you’re using words like hater than you are probably wearing a Warriors of Radness shirt right now.
My whole problem with their collections is that they have a lot of 80′s inspired nostalgia in their designs reminiscent of Jimmy Z, or Gotcha, which sounds like a good thing, but you cannot recreate that stuff. If you want to wear an old Jimmy Z shirt, then drag your ass to ebay and pay way too much for one that you can call your own but at least it’s original, real, and you don’t run the risk of being a poser. Do Warriors of Radness even know what a poser is? Additionally if you want to use 80′s surf wear as your inspiration, awesome, but you need to put a new spin on it and keep it fresh, not just recreate some garbage from the past. Insight comes to mind when thinking of brands that have used this same time frame and social setting for inspiration, but they have still kept it relevant and up to date. Did you know Warriors of Radness got nominated for Best New Menswear Designer!?!?! Well, that just makes me loose all faith in GQ, although lets be honest, how much did I have in the first place…not much!
If you buy this stuff, put it on, look at yourself in the mirror and feel like you are 10 or 12 years old again and that makes you feel good, then go with it. I just hope that the 2011 you realized what an idiot the 10 or 12 year old you was and kicks the shit out of him before you actually leave the house and give other people a chance to do it. I promise you that they will be much less forgiving in their beating. I mean, look at the dude wearing the “surf punks” shirt on the opening page….fuck off! BUT….don’t take my word for it, take a look for yourself. Warriors of Radness