Sophomore’s clothing brand combines sustainability and streetwear

In significant faculty, Jacob Warman identified himself hanging out with the incorrect crowd and required to escape it. He turned to his childhood pastime of drawing. Later on, his doodles grew to become a part of his apparel manufacturer.

“I’ve just been dreaming of it for so prolonged,” Warman, a sophomore visible media arts significant, reported. 

As a child, he’d meet with his mom on Fridays to go to Barnes and Noble, and the moment he received older, it grew to become a safe and sound area exactly where he would go and examine anatomy books and attract. 

“I would just be there until eventually they kicked me out,” Warman explained.

Drawing grew to become an outlet he could usually depend on. All through a educate trip a single day, he manufactured a doodle based on the phrase “knucklehead,” a title his mother employed to get in touch with him.

“It’s an insult, but it is endearing, and that is why I appreciate it so substantially,” he claimed.

He then started drawing people based mostly on the fashion of his knucklehead drawing. His “No Monkey Business” t-shirt layout was primarily based on a drawing he did at Chipotle. When his pals introduced him to Zumiez and released him to streetwear and skater models, he based mostly several of his drawings on them. He was also encouraged by conventional Japanese tattoo artwork. 

Photograph by Jacob Warman

Warman made the decision to start out his personal garments model known as KNUCKLEHEAD when he observed that he could integrate his artwork with his clothing. At the time, nevertheless, he was nevertheless a sophomore in significant college and couldn’t afford to pay for it, putting the project on keep. In summer season 2021, he saved up revenue from his film internships and brought it back.  

“It’s constantly been my intention to fuse superior fashion and skate streetwear,” Warman reported. “I knew that each single section of the garment desired to be genuinely thought by way of for the highest quality.”

He uncovered a maker in Los Angeles that was ethical and sustainable, which he desired to prioritize for his brand. Garments are created with 100 percent cotton by sewers compensated at least $18 for each hour. They are silkscreen-printed with eco-welcoming h2o-based ink made in New York City. 

“I just truly needed to make positive that when persons put on a knucklehead shirt, they would say, ‘Wow, this is the very best shirt that I have at any time had,’” Warman stated.

The designs on the outfits are characters—some that he started off drawing in high school—who each and every have their own tales and meanings. He stated just about every character’s indicating is a reflection of himself and who he was. 

“For me, a knucklehead is someone that is ready to display resilience in tricky periods,” Warman stated. “[It is] somebody who does not shy away from carrying out matters that they may perhaps appreciate, even if it is in opposition to the grain. It’s not a quite well-liked term, so which is also thrilling for me that I can almost reinvent it.”

KNUCKLEHEAD has also experienced pop-ups at an Afterlife Offers LLC live performance at Middle East Cafe and Nightclub and Emerson’s Double Exposure Occasion.

“I designed good revenue, but just the point that people ended up truly intrigued in the store, it was pretty emotional,” Warman mentioned. “It’s a definitely terrifying detail putting your self absolutely out there to the entire world where the layouts that you have been sitting down on for like five many years are just there for persons to seem at and can say they never like it.”

The folks who purchased his clothes were being largely his buddies. The 1st stranger who purchased a hoodie was an Emerson pupil who attended the initial pop-up he went to. 

“I was just acquiring a bad day, and I was likely in the dining hall just to grab something to consume,” Warman mentioned. “I [saw] her sitting down with the hoodie on, and I have no strategy who this human being is, really don’t know her title. And I was just like, ‘Wow.’” 

In the long term, Warman hopes to generate animation skits to explain to the backstories of the characters on his garments. He is also passionate about mixed martial arts and hopes to donate proceeds or battling gear to a nonprofit corporation, which his cousin launched him to in Rio de Janeiro that can help previously incarcerated people master self-self-discipline via martial arts. Warman also hopes he could potentially sell his clothing at consignment outlets. 

KNUCKLEHEAD has been 5 yrs in the producing with Warman constantly dealing with demo and mistake, but he explained he is proud of how far his brand has occur.

“Those times of just getting so shut to failure, I’m just truly appreciative of how considerably I’ve arrive and that persons are carrying it,” Warman mentioned. “That’s the craziest portion.”