Boris Karloff t shirt by Maximino Rajado

£29

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Boris Karloff is the rather exotic stage name of one William Henry Pratt who grew up in Enfield, brother to 8 older siblings. Having reached King’s College London with the aim of going into the consular service William dropped out in 1909 and headed to Canada where he worked all kinds of odd jobs before getting lucky with the acting gig, overcoming a stutter in the process. Karloff joined the Jeanne Russell Company in 1911 before heading to Hollywood making silent films and serials.

One of the first roles which brought Karloff attention was the 1931 film The Criminal Code in which he reprised the role from a stage production. His fortunes changed forever when he played the now iconic monster in Frankenstein (1931). Aided by substantial platform shoes and a generous helping of makeup he made the role his own, though he was lucky to land the part with it being offered to the more established Bela Lugosi who declined it.

A string of other films quickly followed including The Mummy, The Old Dark House and The Mask of Fu Manchu.His Frankenstein’s monster was too popular to leave behind, however, and Bride of (1935), and Son of (1939) saw him back in full make up. Though Horror was his strongest genre, with a career often characterised by frequent collaborations with Bela Lugosi, it wasn’t his only work to be recognised. He was the narrator and played the Grinch in the animated tv short film Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966). Other film work included the 1932 film Scarface, and The Lost Patrol in 1934, while radio and stage performances also kept him busy. The last four films he shot were low budget Mexican horror films for producer Luis Vergara, all four of which were released posthumously. Despite living most of his adult life in America, he moved back to Hampshire, England and died of pneumonia after battling emphysema, in 1969.

It is his talent for exuding the ghoulish and mysterious that has formed the basis of this t-shirt design by Maximino Rajado.

 

The shirts:

These t shirts are unique for being made exclusively for us wholly with cool-max-image-e1485361440757.png fibres ring spun into yarns manufactured exclusively for WeAdmire. These yarns are then knitted into a single jersey fabric suitable for t shirts.

The CoolMax bit exploits the surface tension of water to wick moisture from your skin. It works through micro channels engineered into the profile of the fibre. These channels are physical attributes, they are there for the life of the fibre.

The Fresh FX bit embeds a silver salt in the molecular structure of the fibre that stops the propagation of bacteria which, left unchecked, ultimately cause a sour odour. Because the silver salt is embedded within the fibre it, like the wicking, is similarly permanent; it will not leech out with wear and washing.

These attributes deliver shirts that remain cool and dry almost regardless of what you might do in them and similarly they remain fresh. And the ongoing performance of the fabric is guaranteed. This is important, these shirts will become your favourite items of apparel, you will want to wear your shirts again and again.

These shirts are marvellous to travel with, they stay fresh if you don’t have the chance to wash them, they wash easily when you do have the chance, and they dry super quickly. There is also a very useful side effect to all this: our shirts keep anything you wear on top of them and what you might wear after wearing them fresher too.

The cut and fit and sizing of these shirts is exclusive to us and was specified by Anastasia Vouyouka, a published guru of fit in the fashion industry.

The feel of the very best natural fibre shirts you have experienced with the performance of the fibres that set the benchmarks for wicking and freshness. It is very unlikely you will have experienced this level of technical performance in a decorated t shirt before.

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