HOKUSURF - G.O.A.T. Sluggers
We knew this print would be a hit when we got the first samples, but we had no idea how popular it would be.
We've printed more Hokusurf Sluggers than any other print. There's something about the design that shouts 'beach'. Maybe because it's a loop of never-ending waves.
The shades of blue suit most blokes skin tones, from the most pale white right through to dark skin. It's loud without being too showy and the messy pattern at the front makes sure your mates on the beach don't need to know your religion when you drop your boardies. When you're looking for men's swimwear - that's one of the things you really need to be thinking about. Blocks of plain light colour can create a clear shadow of your junk.
The print is based on a famous artwork known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, which is a woodblock print by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai.
It was published sometime between 1829 and 1833 in the late Edo period as the first print in Hokusai's series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.
It is Hokusai's most famous work, and one of the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world, and we thought it would look pretty cool on a men's swimsuit.
Hokusai was a pop artist of his time - making prints and coming up with incredible ideas that he could recreate using traditional methods.
When we first applied the wave onto a pair of Sluggers the result was pretty underwhelming. We realised it would look better if the design wasn't too literal, so we went on the hunt for some art that could loop perfectly around the bathing suit.
The image depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the town of Kanagawa (the present-day city of Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture). While sometimes assumed to be a tsunami, the wave is more likely to be a large rogue wave.
As in many of the prints in the series, it depicts the area around Mount Fuji under particular conditions, and the mountain itself appears in the background.
Original impressions of the print are in many Western collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and in Claude Monet's home in Giverny, France, among many other collections.
Our Hokusurf Sluggers come in our chlorine resistant Classics and Racerbacks for lap swimmers and backyard pools along with our DEETEES for recreational swimming.