Historically Hip Hop. Elevate Your Swagger With the Grillz Tee!
Grils have an intricate history well beyond the Hip Hop connotations of the Dirty South. Dating back as early as 200 BC in ancient Italy, the gold adornments have accessorized the mouths of many as a symbol of status.
Fast forward to the 1980s, the “Godfather of Grills” Eddie Plein used his South American culture's tradition of gold teeth replacement to expand the popularity of grills in Black American culture. This was marked by the appearance of gold in the mouths of Flavor Flav, Big Daddy Kane, and many other Hip Hop pioneers. The tradition clearly has its role across time and spaces around the world, but there is something about its affiliation with Hip Hop culture that makes the trend come to life. Because it is webbed with the music, lifestyle, and overall expression of our culture, grills tell a story of a funky swagger that would not exist without the interconnectedness of those other components.
Grillz are a symbol of State of Funk by the way they capture the richness of a culture from one image alone. Starting as an ink sketch, we celebrate this lively piece and its ability to convey an effortless cool.
* Unisex fit – ladies order a size down for a more form fitted look
• Light ash gray shirt with red, black, white and yellow water-based ink print.
• 100% Airlume combed and ring-spun cotton
• Artwork size: 9"w x 11.5"h
• Model is 5'7", 36C and wearing size Medium