Originally founded in 1997 by Dave Kinsey and Shepard Fairey, BLK/MRKT initiated as a design studio whose principles are artists and designers who came together with similar lifestyle interests in art, street culture and music. In the beginning, we were looking to inject visually engaging work into the advertising and branding world, but at the same time our offices became a place for our other interests, as well as for our friends to gather and share their passions. The natural progression of this hotspot was a fine-art gallery that opened to the public in 2001 in Los Angeles moving to a Culver City space in 2003 where the gallery expanded into a full time entity. BLK/MRKT continued to design for clients while producing it own limited edition merch.
Fast forward—we've spent the last 20 years designing for big and small brands, putting on art shows and creating with the times. And while our books, prints and t-shirts have been available through the years in our gallery and limited shops, we've decided it was time to go ahead and introduce our own line of shirts and lifestyle items on a larger scale. We're about producing top-quality products with an eye on individuality, unique graphics and art-infused details. Our shirts are being released in editions, starting with Edition I—most of the designs will be gone once sold out.