The world of horror inspired clothing is a competitive one indeed. I have gotten the opportunity to interview some newcomers to the world of horror clothing Kevin, owner and lead designer of 7hirteen.
LBoH: What inspired you to start 7hirteen?
Kevin: I had been thinking about starting a design company for a while. I just didn’t know exactly what I wanted to design until September of last year (2013). I guess you say it was sort of an epiphany of sorts. It just hit me one day. A design popped into my head. I guess you could say that was the start of 7hirteen. I released by first official design Halloween 2013. The Nosferatu “Do The Creep” tee.
LBoH: 7hirteen is a very interesting name, how did you come up with it?
Kevin: Ha, I actually get asked this a lot. Basically I took my favorite two numbers, 7 and 13, and put them together. That’s really it. A lot of people see 13 as an unlucky number and 7 as a lucky number. For me it’s the opposite. It’s kind of my version of the whole good and evil, Cain and Abel, Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde thing. There’s also some other angles and reasoning behind the numbers specifically but I’ll save those for another time. 🙂
LBoH: How long have you been designing?
Kevin: Well, I’ve been artistic for as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, creating and exploring the arts in different mediums. I would say I started “designing” things in my teens. I used to draw concept cars and things like that.
LBoH: Where do you pull your inspiration for your designs?
Kevin: I am inspired by a number of things. I’ve always been a huge fan of things like horror movies and metal music. My favorite bands like White Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails…they all had a lot of visual art along with the music. Todays bands just don’t have that kind of impact I don’t think. I was always interested in the dark arts. The occult. I’ve always been fascinated by things that were considered “evil” or “taboo” by some. I would read books and articles about serial killers. The more you learn about those people the scarier they are. It’s psychological. Not just the horrific acts they performed, but the reasoning. I’m sorry, am I rambling on again? Lol. My ideas probably draw from all the above and then some.
LBoH: What types of designs will you be releasing, licensed, original or both?
Kevin: I really want to concentrate on originals. At least for now. I would love to do some licensed work in the future. I try to pull something from the past, like a classic horror icon, and mix them with something current. Grab the attention of fans from different angles. There’s really no limits on what I will create. No topic or genre I won’t tap into. I want to push the envelope. I’m not trying to be better, or scarier, or more popular than anyone else, I’m just creating designs that I like. That I would want to wear myself. If other people dig them (the designs) then great! If not, stay tuned. My next one might be the one. You’ll never see it coming.
LBoH: Will 7hirteen only ship within the US?
Kevin: Definitely not. I am looking at different suppliers to offer customers international shipping. Plus, if a customer contacts me and they want something shipped outside the US, I’ll find a way to get it there.
LBoH: Have you ever considered taking 7hirteen to horror conventions?
Kevin: I have not considered that. It may definitely be an option in the future but right now I feel 7hirteen is just too small and new to do that. You never know though.
LBoH: What do you see 7hirteen in the future?
Kevin: It’s hard to say. I do know I will continue to push this further and bigger as long as people are interested and like the designs. I have a lot of short term and long term goals I am going to set in place when the timing is right. Right now I’m just having a lot of fun with it and seeing/hearing peoples feedback and comments on the social networks has been great. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr and stay up to date on what’s happening. And don’t forget to GET IT ON!
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