Say hello to Tiosk — combining the words T-shirt and kiosk, the small newspaper stands in Europe that sell daily goods. Tiosk is Highsnobiety’s new T-shirt shop, selling a series of tees designed exclusively for us. The first edition will feature T-shirts by Souvenir Official, GEOGRAPHICS, BEINGHUNTED., and Carne Bollente, as well as one of our own design. Tiosk edition one drops on August 7.
For the next collaboration in our inaugural Tiosk drop, we've tapped Carne Bollente for a pro-Europe graphic T-shirt adorned sex-inspired illustrations, typical of the brand's trademark "XXX" aesthetic. Viva la Europe.
The Paris-based label with an Italian name meaning "boiled/hot meat" and taken from a 1987 porn film felt like an exciting partner to deliver a T-shirt design that speaks to Europe's waxing and waning sense of liberty and unity in 2019.
We caught up with Carne Bollente founders Hijiri Endo, Théodore Famery, and Agoston Palinko to discuss the concept behind their Tiosk T-shirt and what Europe means to them.
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How did growing up in Europe affect who you are and what you do today?
We have grown up in a borderless Europe, where traveling from Paris to Berlin for the weekend has become a regular thing. Where choosing between a handsome Swedish boy and a gorgeous Spanish girl in a bar in Rome is nothing out of the ordinary. Where relocating to another country is just a matter of choice. Where crossing three countries to meet your lover is natural.
By the same logic, the three of us come from different parts of the world, but growing up in Europe taught us that we are just part a big family. This mix between people and cultures has definitely inspired us as creators.
Can you explain a bit about the graphic used on your Tiosk tee design? What does it represent to you?
We love this plural Europe, the one that lives, the one that exchanges, the one that finds alternatives to the disappointing politics, the one that makes love. Our starting point for the design was the stars on the European Union flag. They stand for the ideals of unity, solidarity, and harmony among the peoples of Europe. We replaced the stars with couples as a representation of sexual freedom in Europe.
Can you tell us about another Carne Bollente design that has been inspired by Europe?
We often use European clichés to create our patterns. For example, "Welcum to Italy," based on the Italian summer boy, or "Our Bare Ladies" reminds us of the German landscape. We use elements which speak visually to everybody.
As a brand with a sex-positive ethos, how do you think European attitudes to sex differ from the rest of the world? And what does Europe mean to you?
We think Europeans in a general way are much more open-minded than other parts of the world, or maybe became [that way over] the last 30 years.
For us, Europe means "humans with no borders." We think humans are what makes Europe what it is: the projects they create, the love they make, the sex they have. In these dark times, we are choosing optimism, we are choosing this new generation made of people who are growing more conscious and more sensitive every day, and who feel that the emergency is evolving and are loving each other more so that these borders do not close. Europe, let's give more love!