Recently caught up with Johnny co-owner of Common Dust and interviewed him about their recent colab with Bow3ry. We really digged their use of mixed media and the interview below goes onto explain how it all came together.
Who is Common Dust?
Est. 2014 in Melbourne, Australia, by twin brothers Johnny and Chico Leong. COMMON DUST pays homage to formative years spent indulging in underground music, skateboarding, cartoons, and graffiti. With both brothers coming from design backgrounds, a juxtaposed narrative of cohesive disorder is at the heart of the brand — one which considers originality and authenticity as paramount to solid design work. An interest in counter culture and social upheaval is manifested in COMMON DUST’s rough edge, which finds coherence in classic ‘90s streetwear styling.
Who is Bow3ry?
BOW3RY is a Stygian counter culture. A collaborative art platform for the discarded children of eras long forgotten. BOW3RY blends its distorted take on the world and releases it like a exploitation meat grinder on the market. Based in Melbourne but dwelling across all continents the BOW3RY mission is simple, "Create and Destroy"
How did you guys first meet?
We met earlier this year, we'd been fans of The Bowery's work for a long time and I guess due to a mutual admiration for what we were both doing, we started talking and decided that we should collaborate on a collection. We both have similar view points on how we design but different styles when it comes to our brand's aesthetics, yet together they work so well.
Where did you draw inspiration for the collaboration?
The usual things that we're into old skate graphics, heavy metal logos, punk flyers, etc. We generally work all these influences into everything we do.
What influenced you guys to use of mixed media in the designs?
That's what CD is all about, there's so much clean graphics out there (which is great), it's just not what we wanted to do, we've always been into punk, grunge, metal style graphics and I guess we used to do these kinds of designs for years it's also a bit of a nostalgic thing for us, reminds us of growing up and how much fun it is creating graphics the old fashioned way. Now days it's so easy to knock up a good design on the computer, but it's hard to digitally create something that's raw and fucked up, there's only one way to get that authentic look.
Where can people cop the drop?
The collection will be stocked exclusively at Dover Street Market (London & Ginza) from December.