It seems that many people make a decision on whether to buy a t-shirt depending on whether a "celebrity" has worn the same one. Even the children of celebrities seem to be inspiration judging by some of the "as worn by" images we've seen splashed across some t shirt site home pages.
In the absence of having a regional news readers brother photographed wearing a Far t-shirt, or the girl who does the weather, we thought we better get in on the act too. Trawling through the Beatles archive we came across an image of the Fab Four from the 1960's and quess what ... they'll all wearing Farq. Rather than keep that quiet we, reluctantly, decided to publish it. Always ahead of their time, we see each band member wearing a t-shirt design for a popular culture event that wouldn't actually happen for years to come.
Highly controversial in life, Che Guevara has taken on an iconic status in death. Achieving fame and notoriety as a Marxist revolutionary until his death in 1967, he has since become a symbol in popular culture for all thing anti-establishment in the same was as James Dean since his early death. Che's face adorns a wide variety of items, not least the everyday t-shirt. Even today Che's face can be seen on t-shirts for men and women throughout the world. The most commonly used shot is based on the facial caricature by Irish artist Jim Fitzpatrick (pictured) which has undergone countless revisions and reinterpretations but always remains unmistakably Che.
For many, this is the big movie of the year. Forget Antman or Fantastic 4 from 2015, or Batman v Superman or Captain America from 2016, this eagerly anticipated "superhero" movie is set to break new ground and shake the whole comic book movie industry up. You may have seen the trailer, you may have seen the movie posters and billboards, and if you're one of those in the know, you'll already have worked out which new movie our superhero movie t-shirt is inspired by, if not you'll probably need a clue to work it out (it begins with "D").
The movie came into being rather unconventionally. Those eager to make the film produced a three minute "test reel" in January 2012. They hoped to encourage the studio bosses into making a full length feature - but it didn't work. They were unconvinced this type of "super hero" movie would be popular enough. Mysteriously, in August 2014, the 3 minute film found it's way into the public domain and guess what - there was a hugely positive reaction on social media! The rest, as they say, is history. (incidentally, the content of the test reel was re-created for the movie).
So you've seen the brand, "got the t-shirt", and noticed all are carrying the Farq brand name - but what does it mean? Those with an ear to the ground will already keep up to date with the latest in the ever growing number of new "urban" words added to our language each year. For others we offer this explanation. First of all "Farq", written without emphasis on the Q (as in "Far Q" - geddit?) may at first glance appear rude, but it isn't really offensive at all. In fact, it's the polite way to use an expletive in mixed company.
Here's what The Urban Dictionary says: FARQ. adverb; the apropos method of saying f**k in a crowded room without offending your parents."
So wear your t-shirt with pride safe in the knowledge that you're being very considerate to those you may meet (just be careful if they ask you what it means).
OK, producing a new Beatles t-shirt isn't exactly original, least of all if the design is based on one of their many famous album covers. We're not sure which Beatles LP cover is more famous than any of their others, as all have taken on somewhat iconic status over the years. Certainly the Abbey Road cover has been mimicked more than the others, with countless fans photographing themselves making that well known crossing, but we've taken another angle to our latest t-shirt design - how about no Beatles? Look closely (albeit not too closely) and you'll find John, Paul, George and Ringo in there somewhere, Where's Wally style.
Update: The Beatles still pack a punch even so many years after they disbanded. This re-working of the iconic cover has had a bigger response on social media than the other of our Farq t-shirts we've designed since our launch. Clearly they're still "Fab" to many.
Will he? Won't he? Everyone's talking about the Best Actor Oscar nominations for 2016 and whether Leonardo DiCaprio will make it sixth time lucky. That's right, he's been nominated on five previous occasions as either actor or producer without walking off with the award. He's up against some fine actors again this year, including "Matt Damon" and our very own Eddie Redmayne, but we're rooting for Leo even if he's playing it cool. As he said: "I am really moved by all the people on the internet demanding that I should win an Oscar. But to be honest, I only do this job because I love it, not to win prizes"
Well anyone who goes 10 rounds with Paddington and lives to tell the tale deserves all the awards going, so good luck Leo.
A giant of the music industry, David Bowie's career included 27 studio albums. From the self titled David Bowie in 1967 to Blackstar in 2016, Bowie's output spanned six decades and he influenced each of them in his own way. His fifth single "Do Anything You Say" (in 1966) was the first released under his own name, having previously released singles starting two years earlier with limited success. A total of 121 singles were released, culminating in "Lazarus" also in 2016. 59 music videos were produced from 1972, starting with "John, I'm Only Dancing". Our commemorative David Bowie t-shirt pays tribute to this astonishing output, few can match.