Vancouver has this tendency to spawn awesome in the most unlikely places. So when I came across Sharks and Hammers on a stroll to my radio show one night, I knew there was another bloom in Gastown’s concrete garden that we could all love.
Vancouver has a long and storied history of street/skate wear brands. Skull Skates and Westbeach all made their name here in Vancouver. Hell, even Lululemon has a tinge of street cred having been founded by a former Westbeach founder.
So it makes sense that the lads who run Sharks and Hammers would pop up. notorious hip-hop lovers (you may remember co-founder Rhek working the counter at legendary Vancouver record shop, Beat Street and champions of East Vancouver, they’ve got balls, brashness and a happy appreciation for their hood.
Lots of designers will have a go at putting together shirts that pay tribute to rappers, political figures and weed. Sharks and Hammers though have pulled out to classic tributes to departed or soon to go Vancouver landmarks in the form of the Save On Meats sign and Main Steet’s legendary Juicy Chicken.
As rent goes up and the gentrification of the Downtown East Side continues, Vancouver will soon be left with its memories. As much as Gene Simmons sponsored ski-wear and and condo towers may appeal, may become the norm in Gastown, but someone has to throw up their fist for what was.